VW Action claims to be the longest running VW show in the world, and probably one of the best on the UK VW scene. I hadn't planned to go to this weekend show, but late on Friday evening my friend James called to see if I was going, and well he talked me into going for the day on Saturday. So then I talked him into all of us (James, Helen and myself) going up in my bay. Check out the VW Action website to find more info on the show.
|Lovely split screen with 'distressed look; paint.|
This isn't what I call 'patina' but it still looked
good to me.
|I think the low stance and narrowed front beam|
helped the rust coloured paint scheme work.
|This is one you will either love or hate. A|
homemade beetle pick-up. This was quite
trick with some nice details, like the beetle
engine lid grill in the rear valance.
|Personally I love it, it has been very well |
fabricated,and gives you the best of both
|This is a regular at various shows but I do like |
it. Maybe it's the whole colour scheme or the
retro stripe, with the logo in the middle..
I'm not sure why I like it but I do.
|How's this for retro, a mid / late 1940's Chevy|
truck with caravan that must be early 1960's?
|A very nice looking beetle, not flash or fancy,|
just straight and clean with nice decal on the
side. You don't have to spend mega amounts
of money to have a nice looking car.
|Some of the beetles in the beetle line up in the|
show and shine arena.
|A very nice razor edge in rust!|
|How deep is the gloss black paint on this|
split screen crew cab pick up...?
|I loved the stance of this early resto beetle.|
Very low, narrowed front beam, straight body
and gorgeous colour.
|A pair of high top split screens. I do like these.|
|In one of the marquees was this sweet 1932|
roadster, with 21 stud Flathead V8, I beam
and four bar set up in baby blue with red steel
wheels, pure hot rod.
|For those of you who read my blog regularly, |
you will remember this beetle from the posts
in March and April from the Volksworld show.
It was the overall winner at the show and here
you can see why.
|Such a stunning car, with so much detail.|
|Love the exhausts, looking like machine guns.|
|A closer look at the front end shows just how|
much time and effort have gone into the bug.
|From one extreme to the other, this was a |
bit mad, but kind of cool at the same time.
|Rear end looks like something straight out|
of the 'Mad Max' films.
|I know it's not a VW, but I always have got|
time to admire a 1957 Chevrolet.
|This rat look beetle, caught my eye and also|
James and Helen who seem to be discussing
|Lovely split screen pick up in Dutch Esso|
livery. This was so clean.
|We visited the 'trade area' to try to find some|
bargains.. one of the sellers have a good
array of period accessories.
|I have said it before, and I'll say it again..|
I do like a nice retro cycle.
|This cycle was very nice, loved the chunky|
tyre's in white and the design of the frame.
|A very clean, very bright 181 Trekker.|
|Never seen a Trekker built to a 'show car'|
|Later in the day the owner put the roof down|
and I'm not one to miss a photo opportunity.
|Yes, still the basic interior but how clean is it?|
|This lovely olive green and white split with |
the cyclopes light really got my attention.
|Just a few of the split screens in the show and |
|This split screen had something special, I'm |
not really sure what it was, but it had it and I
|On route to the drag strip this guy came down|
the road on an armchair. Steering via a joystick
and some form of electric motor.
|Two beetles line up on the strip, place your |
bets on who wins...
|The left hand lane bug wins with a respectable|
time of 13.343 secs with a speed of
|Early split screen against a Mini Cooper.|
|1/4 way down the track it's close, but the Mini|
is just starting to pull out a lead.
|The split screen runs a time of 15.503 but it|
wasn't enough to beat the Mini's time of
14.076 @ 95.64mph
|A beetle against a modern saloon car.|
|Off the line the bug just sits down and powers|
away, not even 1/4 distance and the lead is
|The beetle crosses the line with a very |
impressive time of 9.873 seconds with a
speed of 134.55 mph.
|Two beetles line up.... take your pick!|
|Although the left hand lane posted a time of|
12.839 at 101 mph, it wasn't enough to beat
the right hand lane who posted a time of
10.671 @ 129.92mph.
|Beetle against a dragster... don't even think|
about it Mr. dragster.! The lead is apparent
as the cars leave the line, the gap just got
bigger and bigger and the bug had an easy
|Back in the show and shine arena, this lovely|
single cab split screen was so clean it could
have been brand new.
|I spotted this Karmann Ghia, OK not a show|
winner, but isn't it just right? I liked the
louvred bonnet and narrowed front beam.
|Another 'rat' Karmann, looking so good, the |
only thing I wasn't sure about was the US
style bumpers were too shiny.!
|Crew cab early bay, very low stance and with|
a 'ratty' body, very nice.
|Super clean early bug, with rear fender skirts,|
and very, very low ride and very narrow beam..
this must have had hydraulic suspension.?
|A pair of beetles, again goes to show you |
don't have to spend thousands of your ride
to make it look this good.
|On the way back to my bus I spotted this early|
bay with patina paint.