Friday, 12 July 2013

Camperjam 2013 (part 2 of 2)

Part 2 of my Camper jam 2013 review continues with the numerous vehicles that I spotted walking around the vast show site in the glorious sunshine. There were hundreds upon hundreds of vehicles at the show so this is just a very small selection of what was at Camper jam this year.

I spotted this early split screen panel van in
the day visitor car park as it really stood out.
Sign written buses always get my attention
and this one was gorgeous. 

I love these Harp style mirror brackets. They
were for T2 buses from '55-'67 and they just
look so cool, but surprisingly very few of the 
early split screen buses have them.

This really is a nice looking, clean and straight
barn door bus.

Camper jam is all out VW's old and new,
air-cooled or water-cooled. Whatever your into
you will see it at Camper jam.

This split screen was immaculate and very
straight. Those 3 louvre windows, the 3 bow
roof rack along with the two tone paint on
that amazingly straight body make this
bus really stand out. 

This incredibly bright orange Mini was parked
on a hill behind the trade area, and it stood
out like a beacon. The extended arches
with the wide wheels give it a classic '70's

This lovely '69 beetle looked gorgeous in it's
deep gloss black paint. The roof rack and the
deck lid rack, along with the polished front
and rear bumpers and wheels complimented
the colour. How low is that exhaust?

I remember this split screen from last years
show and it still looks as good. The deluxe
trim and colour coded bumpers really do
make this bus something special.

Single colour paint on this split screen looks
good, with contrasting bumpers and wheels.

I do like RAT looking buses, and this early
split screen was nice. Not your average
patina bus, this had repaired panels in
primer, visible knocks and scratches and
replacement bits, but I think it's looks great.

A good honest bus in 'what you see is what
you get' condition parked alongside a lovely
clean and straight immaculate painted version.

This panel van was as close to perfection as
is physically possible. Lovely sky blue paint
with deluxe trim topped with a white roof and
super straight body.

With temperatures in the high 20's (75-80f)
all weekend the local Fire Brigade had been
booked to come and cool everyone off with
a cold water shower. The children and many 
of the adults enjoyed the cooling off

Another incredibly straight splitty, in deep
gloss black over the brightest of orange paint.
Deluxe trim, chrome bumpers, a Paris roof 
and safari windows, make this late split
screen an outstanding bus.

This home made convertible originally started
life as a 1970 beetle and was certainly

Tough looking rear end, with a 1641cc engine
with twin carbs. How mad is that 'one off' hand
made exhaust system, and those huge rear
tyres on banded steel wheels.

A neat touch was the classic windscreens,
not sure what they were from but they looked
pretty cool.

I spotted this original looking split screen
shading from the sun under the trees. Looks
about stock height running on steel wheels
and painted in white over grey. A very nice
looking bus.

I do like period or custom cycles and this
trader had made some neat accessories from
various cycle bits. Love the little yellow stool
in the foreground.

The same trader had some awesome looking
cycles for sale. I did like the matt black one
with contrasting white tyres.

Matching bumpers and curtains on this '64
split screen.

The trade area was full of traders selling just
about everything you can think of. This is one
one of the many traders selling used parts,
NOS and accessories for almost any VW.

This was my view from my awning on Sunday
morning in one of the many camping areas,
with the morning sun just starting to rise, it's
going to be another hot day.

I always say it's good to see some hot rods
and American muscle cars at a VW show.
I spotted this 1952 Ford pick up tucked away
in the camping area. It's a RAT looking motor
with some non standard parts, but it just
looked so cool.

They look like American racing torque thrust
wheels with white wall tyres. Just love
the wooden slats on the pick up bed.

This '72 Chevrolet Camaro looked tough in
grey primer with the two black stripes down
the centre on the body and running on
chrome 5 spoke wheels.

How campsites throughout the country should
look in the summer, full of bay window buses.

This is another vehicle I remember from the
show last year. This '71 Karmann Ghia rides
on air suspension.

This is such a nice looking Ghia, I never got
to see how high it was in drive height, but I'm
guessing it wasn't much higher than it is now.

Finally, a big thank you to Zoe and Spike and
the others from the House of Dub for their
hospitality. I travelled up to the show on my
own on the Saturday morning and on the
Saturday evening I had just planned on
having a bacon roll for my dinner but Zoe
invited me to eat with them, and I have
never eaten so well at a VW show. The menu
consisted of: Chicken, mushrooms, peppers,
sausages, salad, corn on the cob, new
potatoes with bread rolls and I even had a
slice of Spikes Birthday cake!
Many thanks guy's.

So that was Camper jam 2013. A three day
show that I thoroughly recommend to anyone
who hasn't been yet.  There is so much to
do and see throughout the weekend, although
you could just relax and enjoy the atmosphere.
It is very well laid out, in a glorious setting and
has good toilet and shower facilities. Dogs
are allowed on site so there is no excuse not
to go, weekend camping is pre-book only
so get in quick as this show does sell out.
It took me just over 3 hours to drive the 112
miles from my hometown of Aylesbury to
the show ground via mostly the motorway, 
with a short stop about half way to let Fiona, 
my early bay cool down. OK, I didn't break
any land speed records but she ran like a
dream and never missed a beat on both
legs of the journey in very hot conditions.
So will we see you there next year?

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