On the 3rd Tuesday of each month the world famous Ace Cafe, London hold an air cooled night and as I haven't been to this event since October last year, mainly due to the great British weather being so bad, I decided to go. I knew my mate Stuart who normally goes with me would not go as he was still designing and making a home grown turbo system for his '71 bay, but his son Tim said he fancied going... so off we set.
|Tim and I made good time getting to north |
west London and arrived quite early. At least
it was still light enough to take some good
|The first vehicle I saw as I drove into the Ace|
car park was my mate Mark's lovely T5. Mark
is from Dunstable Dubbers VW club
|Mark's Super clean T5 with my bay in the |
background. Being such a lovely bright green
colour, Mark's ride is kind of hard to miss.
|T25 lowered crew cab pick up looked sweet.|
I reckon this would look even better with a
canvas top to cover the pick up bed.
|Another member of Dunstable Dubbers was|
my mate Darren, who was celebrating his
birthday with a trip to the Ace with his fellow
|Nice windscreen sticker on Darren's|
|Another sticker on Darren's fuel filler cap...|
I can see a theme here.
|This freshly painted early bay looked good.|
|Another blue bay, but this time it's a late bay|
with a pop top.
|Satin black cars always appeal to me, reminds|
me of my old hot rod days. This bug was
lowered, had nerf bars and painted in satin
black and looked cool.
|This turquoise beetle has been a regular on|
my blog for some time now, the owner attends
a lot of the shows I attend.
|Nice and low, and a lovely colour.|
|This very rat looking bug is a regular at the |
Ace Cafe. It has rust on most panels and a
narrowed front beam and sits real low..
but doesn't it look good.
|From the front you can see how low it really |
is, loving the rusty roof rack and the rusty
|The phrase on the beetle number plate made|
|Fresh from exhibiting his '66 Beetle at the |
Volksworld show, my mate Tom brought his
bug up to the Ace. Nice to see you mate...
maybe see you at our club meet sometime?
|This really is a lovely looking beetle from every|
angle. Tom is a member of the Wolfsberg
Weed Huggers VW Club.
|Nice photo of Tom's beetle showing off the |
classic lines and lovely deep gloss paint of his
|This lovely early bug used to belong to a friend|
of mine, Zoe, who with her partner Spike run
the House of Dub. These are the guy's I bought
my bay window from so if your looking for a
solid imported bay window, give them a call.
|Maybe work in progress...but it doesn't matter|
it's just nice to see another air-cooled VW on
|Another early bug, this time in what looked |
like original paint with roof rack filled with
|Love how low this was, and the camber of the|
|Early '70'S bug sporting a chequered |
bra and big spot lights.
|A late bay, riding at just below stock height |
with a two tone paint job and a pop top.
|Very clean split screen in a off white colour,|
|I hadn't seen this beetle before. Sitting really|
low and with pastel blue paint.
|You can see the varying high and low spots|
better in this photo... along with a script the
owner has somehow created. Un-usual, yes,
but kind of cool.
|Another stock height late bay, very clean.|
|Yes it was air-cooled night, but you can't turn |
away water cooled VW's can you?
|Stock height late bay, this was very straight|
and very clean.
|Another member of Dunstable Dubbers was|
Carlo in his retro T25.
|Bright orange and white early bay. Again very |
|Lovely green paint and cream coloured steel|
wheels on this beetle looked just about right.
|A very clean bronze coloured rag top bug.|
|A dark blue T5 with tinted windows and |
custom wheels. Very nice.
|My bay parked up enjoying the spring evening.|
|My bay at the Ace Cafe, London.|
|A nice looking bug parked up next to me later|
in the evening.
|The first of 3 beetles I hadn't seen before was |
this lovely gold, race themed beetle.
|Although I didn't find out much about this|
bug, it did look nice.
|A window sticker in the back of a bay window|
|The 2nd beetle I hadn't seen before was this|
blue beetle, it was advertising the 'Apex
|Love those wheels.. not sure what they are|
but they suit this bug.
|The 3rd beetle I hadn't sen before was this |
white one. It had so many decals I wasn't
sure if it was advertising something or not.
|Ah, now this is better, a rat looking stock|
|The local kids on their twist and go scooters|
were on hand to give us Vee Dubbers an
impromptu show of their skills.
|The 4 scooters spent well over an hour pulling|
wheelies as they rode past the Ace.
|As I mentioned there were 4 kids on scooters |
providing the entertainment, but the other 3
were going past so quick it was hard to get a
good photo, this guy was pulling really slow
wheelies... which are much harder to do.
|He would virtually come to a standstill, resting|
on his number plate before accelerating off.
|They were wheeling past this monster Chevy|
truck. It was that big I couldn't even look in the
|Massive pick up bed, was the size of a normal|