Sunday, 4 November 2012

S.S.V.C autumn jumble

This weekend Claude and I decided to go the the Ace Cafe for the
SSVC (Split Screen Van Club) Autumn jumble. It was a cold November morning as we left Aylesbury at 08.00am, but an hour later when we arrived in North West London the sun was shining, even so it was still a very cold winters day.
Neil's Syncro and Darrens bay outside the
Ace Cafe. Neil is from my hometown of
Aylesbury and Darren is a member of the
WGCVW club.

Some members of the Oxbubz club also had
a drive out. Tony took his notchback.

Big T. also from Oxdubz brought his super
clean squareback.

Big T. must have raised his air suspension
to get up the kerb.

The Ace Cafe always attracts American cars
and Hot Rods and this 1947 Dodge was
immaculate and looked awesome in the
winter sun.

How cool does the front end look... love all the
chrome work.
Such a beautiful car, and the whitewall tyres
suit the car perfectly.

Being an event organised by the SSVC, you
just knew the majority of busses would be
split screens, and most of them brought some
parts to sell.

Nice looking split, slightly rat looking but still
very nice.

If your going be selling some parts you may
as well be comfortable...

 This palm green bus was one of my favourite
busses at the jumble.

The patina on the rear quarters of the palm
green bus was just about perfect.

Another rat looking green and white split,
parked up next to a an immaculate red and white
single cab pick up

Interior of the split was, as you would expect
also ratty and basic, but still very nice.

Yep, looks good from every angle.

The owner of this single cab pick up had a
ready made stall to sell his un-wanted parts.

The selection of used parts and NOS was
wide and varied. 

Claude's Kombi at the Ace Cafe. Follow
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Claude's Kombi next to a regular at the Ace,
a yellow and silver split screen.

We explained to the marshalls that we
wouldn't be staying long, so they kindly let
us park right next to the exit, to save us
getting blocked in later in the day.

I bet thus guy is thinking.. "now where did I
put that!

Another seller just trying to make some
money in time for Christmas.
I spotted this Model 'A' 5 window coupe
parked opposite the Ace, so I just had to go
and have a look.

Very nice... it had a steel body, a wind down
rear window, drilled visor, 'I' beam and '40's
Ford brake drums and being fenderless
it looked pure Hot Rod

Classic model 'A' chrome radiator surround
stood out against the traditional black gloss
paint and whitewall tyres on American racing
mag wheels.

Looks like a small block Chevy motor to me..
with triple carb set up, again pure Hot Rod.

Interior was cool... love the 'radio mike' gear
shifter, and the novel way to prevent theft...
a pair of handcuff's locked from the steering
wheel onto the shifter.

Nathan, another member of the Oxcubz VW
Club was also there in his California imported
bay window

As Nathan was approaching the Ace, the
local police pulled him over for a 'technical
irregularity' issue on his bus, luckily they saw
it was a genuine mistake and let hm off.

Parked up near Nathan, was this immaculate
23 window Samba in silver. Not everyone's
choice of colour for a Samba, but doesn't it
look good.
A pair of splits parked in the corner, the high
top was especially nice.

This high top was my other favourite at the
Jumble, how cool is this?

Interior of the high top... home
sweet home.

Claude and I got talking to this guy, Fillip, who
travels all across Europe in his busses buying
and selling those hard to find VW parts. He
recently completed a journey from Poland to
Mongolia via Ukraine, Russia. He carried spares
including a complete spare engine and gearbox.
Some of Fillip's parts for sale. Lot's of NOS
in the Hella boxes. Fillip gets e-mails from people
looking for that special part and Fillip will look
out for it on his travels.
A sign written panel van...the only way to go.
Outside the Ace Cafe, a trio of split screens.
High and shiney or low and rat?
Not noticable at first glance, but the contrasting
stripes on the paint looked good.
Parked opposite the Cafe was this lovely blue
Kombi, complete with decals.
I spotted this lovely looking Karmann parked
on the hill opposite the Ace.
Very nice photo of the Karamnn with the Ace
Cafe in the background.
This late bay was very clean and had some
cool stripes down the side.
Another pair of regulars at the Ace.
Cool photo of the beetle, T25 and bay.
Very clean and straight.
It's best to get a prime spot to show off your
parts, and these guy's were parked just
outside the main enterance.

So that was the S.S.V.C Autumn jumble. Although
Claude and I didn't stay very long it was still
a good day out, and nice to see some old friends
with the bonus a nice drive there and back (although cold)


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