Wednesday, 27 June 2012

House of Dub Monthly meet.

As regular readers of my blog will know, on the last Wednesday of each month the 'House of Dub' and 'H.o.D. Imports hold a monthly get-together which is an informal affair with friendly people, a good variety of vehicles and at a great location, and this month was no exception. Why not check out the H.o.D. website after you have finished here of course.!

A lovely evening for a cruise over to the Hare and
Hounds pub in Ledburn, LU7 0QB for the monthly
H.O.D. VW meet. Stuart led in his yellow '67 beetle
followed by James and Helen in their immaculate blue
beetle, and I followed in my bus.

Ledburn is a small village in Bedfordshire and getting
to it means driving along scenic country roads on a
sunny evening... it's a hard life eh?

Shortly after we arrived some members from another
VW club, 'Ox Dubs' pulled into the car park. It was
great to see them again as they came quite a distance
to be here.

This stunning square back was 'riding on air'

Not many road driven cars are this clean. The
paint was immaculate and the chrome work
shone like new.

When you have such a clean car you need some
special wheels to compliement the body, and
these Porsche wheels are a perfect choice.

Under the trunk was just as clean as the outside.
Note the hydraulic suspension.

Interior was, as you would expect immaculate.

This lovely notchback was full of period accessories.

The patina look, the ratty suitcases and the overall
look of this notch make it stand out from the crowd.

This buggy just looks so much fun. If I was going to
get a buggy, this is just how I'd like it.

I love the triple light set, and the roll cage, and the

But most of all, I love the polished alloy side panels.

The H.o.D. monthly meet is not just for air-cooled
VW's, this super clean Golf with tinted windows
arrived and caught my eye.

My bus, Jame's blue beetle and Stuarts bug with
the chequered front.

'Toby', James and Helen's beetle with it's new lowered stance
looking as clean as ever.

We never lose Stuart's bug in a crowd, it certainly
stands out.

'Spike' of the 'House of Dub' brought along his newly
finished Audi powered T25. It sounded mean
and certainly didn't hang around.

This really clean Polo arrived, and is a regular at
the H.o.D. meet.

Super straight, super clean,and a trick exhaust.. you
don't have to spend thousands to have a nice motor.

It was nice to see Ben there in his split screen,
he was syaing that his bus is good for 100mph

This blue buggy arrived, I didn't catch the owners
name or where he's from but it was nice to see
him and his buggy.

Not ideal for the British climate, but I bet he has
some fun driving around.

This T25 turned up and once again I didn't catch
the owners name, even though I spent some
time talking to him.!

Mark arrived in his lovely T5, with very low profile tyres.

T4 / T5 is doesn't matter what you drive,
( hey that rhymes !) at the House of Dub.
(That doesn't.!!)

This is Zoe's (from House of Dub) current ride
she was saying they have now
sold it, and just waiting for the new owner to
contact them.

A very casual affair with everyone just chatting about a
all sorts of topics.. all though most conversations were
about VW's.

The 'Ox Dubs' vehicles drew some admiring glances,
and the owners were very chatty about their rides.

VW's everywhere..

James and Helen leaving, nice to see you both,
see you soon.

Wednesday, 20 June 2012

Ace Cafe VW night

For anyone who is new to my blog, and doesn't know that on the 3rd Tuesday of each month the world famous Ace Cafe, London hold a VW night for air-cooled T4/T5 vehicles. As the weather was pretty good I decided to go along in my bus and enjoy the VW scene at the Ace.

My bus in the 'bay' line up.. It was still quite early
when I got there so car park is a bit empty.
Always a good variety of beetle's at the Ace.

This early beetle arrived shortly after me.

Dedicated to the 'Rat look' and slammed on
the floor.

Narrowed front beam complimented the stance.

This is taking the 'Patina' look a bit far..!

Beetle line up outside the main cafe windows.

Here is a lovely 181 Trekker ( I think) with a
very narrow front beam, and custom exhaust.

Such an iconic shape. This was very low and
looked like it was hand painted, although it
was a very good job.

Interior is not pretty but fully functional for
the intended purpose.

The owner must have studied 'A' level German
at school.

Beach buggy had lots of trick / neat accessories.

A proper roll cage on the buggy which
looked good from every angle.

The engine, as you would expect from a
buggy this clean, was just as clean with
lost of shiny bits.

I spotted this lovely green split screen
driving into the car park.

Very clean exterior, immaculate interior and
such a lovely colour.

Engine bay and engine were both as
clean as the bodywork.

Now here's a bus I recognise, Mark Odell
from House of Dub VW Club and I think
WGC VW Club was at the Ace...
doesn't his lovely lime green T5 stand out
from the others..?

I've said it before and I'll say it again... I
do like a sign written bus. This sign
writing was unique and quite fun.

A late bay, but I liked the colour with the
retro stripes.

OK it was a late bay but it was very straight.

Another regular at the Ace is Darren in his
bay. Darren is always there come rain or shine.

Late beetle was a bit different.

Immaculate late bay, with nice choice of colours...
these guys were chillin' watching the football
on the TV. 

Here's another bus I recognise, Joe's early bay
looking clean as ever.

Saw this sticker in the back of a bay... made
me smile. very true though!

Lovely turquoise and off white split screen.

This was very nice and very straight, loved the
full length roof rack.

This Fiat 500 was parked on the road outside
the Ace. Purple flamed paint job and a neat
number plate.

Gorgeous splitty with full length fabric sunroof.

Really nice looking bus. Perfect colours, and
a nice stance.

Beautiful does not have to be complicated.
Sparse interior on the splitty dashboard, but
functional with timeless beauty.

Another splitty with safari screen.

Tom Dunkley from 'The Wolfsburg Weed
Huggers' was also there in his bug.

I do like the look of the front of Tom's beetle.

Bay line up... Joe's blue bay far left, Darren's
White bay in the middle, and my green
bay far right.

Lovely green / gold oval beetle turned up.

Absolutely stunning everything as it should be.

Some really nice touches were the B post
indicators and the plastic air conditioner
that simply fitted to the top of the window.

Another neat accessory, apart from the
steel sun visor was this spot light.
On back of the light was a concave mirror.

Blue beetle with a modern twist, with alloy
wheels and tinted windows.

Although not to my personal taste, it was very
clean and straight.

This buggy was 'work in progress' and had
a long way to go, but it was on the street
and having fun.

The Ace was originally and still is primarily a
biker cafe, and the local kids were on hand
to entertain the VW fraternity with their wheelie
skills on their 'twist and go' mopeds.

Yeah OK so they are wheeling on public roads,
but you have to hand it to them they were
really quite good.

Every time they went pass, a different stance.

Standing on the exhaust...

Kneeling on the seat.