|This lovely looking square back looked great|
with it's mesh sun visor and full length roof
rack, I also liked the blinds in the rear quarter
|This 181 Trekker looked authentic in it's army|
green livery, it had European plates so it may
have belonged to one of the many European
visitors that attend the show as it's just a short
hop across the English Channel.
|This mini moto motorcycle looks like it was|
based on Batman's motorcycle, the Batpod as
seen in the 2008 movie, The Dark Knight
starring Christian Bale and Micheal Caine.
|I wasn't sure if it actually worked or not, but|
having looked at it for quite some time I could
see no reason why it wouldn't, the design and
engineering was very well thought out.
|If you like some bling on your vehicle, take a|
look at the engine on this early bug. Everything
is either painted or polished or chromed.
|Lovely bright metal flake electric blue paint, a|
narrowed front beam, sitting nice and low with
chromed Empi 5 spoke wheels and an amazing
opening screen, simply gorgeous.
|Parked next to the electric blue bug was this|
equally nice pastel blue early bug. It also has
a narrowed beam running on painted steel
wheels and although a totally different style
it's equally as nice.
|This '69 beetle had been modified with a body|
kit, which looked as though it was based on
a Ferrari Testarossa.
|I must admit it's not really my 'cup of tea' but|
having said that it was extremely well built
and the finish and detail were excellent.
|I was tempted to have a Bratwurst, but after|
cooking 2 fried egg rolls for breakfast I resisted
the temptation, although I am partial to a nice
|This 1966, SO42 split screen was trailered to|
the show. It's a very solid US import from
Las Vagas, and comes with a current UK
M.O.T and a price tag of £24,000.
|Beach buggies, as you would expect from a|
show called Beachbuggin, were there in force.
There were so many different models from
the the late 60's to modern day and so many
different colours and styles.
|The majority of beach buggies are not painted|
but the colour is added to the fibreglass whilst
in production and they tend to be bright colours
and a lot have the 70's style metal flake look
which makes them look so cool.
|Unlike most beetles and buses, buggy owners|
have more ability to customise their buggy to
their own taste so even two buggies with the
same body can be vastly different, in style
and looks which can only be good.
|A stones throw from the show venue is |
Southsea beach. There is a hovercraft service
from Southsea to Ryde in the Isle of Wight
which is only about 3 miles away.
|In my opinion Hovercraft's are very under-|
rated, they are very versatile and go almost
anywhere on land or water and they should be
used in disaster areas where flooding or mud
|Standing on the beach front looking to the |
right at the Beachbuggin show.
|And looking left towards Portsmouth city|
centre, just to give an impression of how big
the Beachbuggin show really is.
|Beautifully clean 1982 MK1 Golf was simply|
stunning.The bright red paint was immaculate.
|This early bug looked nice and clean but the |
size of the exhaust got my attention. A closer
look inside revealed a huge rev counter. I
had to find out more about what motor the
owner was running.
|Although it was a normally aspirated engine |
and not with a turbo or nitrous it was still
pushing out 200bhp and the rev counter
was there just so the owner could keep an
eye on the engines rev's.
|Lovely early bay with pop top in black over |
red with clear indicator lenses and twin retro
spotlights on the bumper with bumper trim.
|This looks like a 1964 Volvo Amazon, OK it's|
not a VW but it's always nice to different makes
of vehicles at a show.
|Custom tooth grill and sun visor were neat|
|The bright lime green and white paint, made |
this late split screen almost glow in the
|Regular readers of my blog will be aware of|
my Hotrod background, and I always like to
see some American muscle cars at VW
shows.This 1957 Pontiac Star Chief was
stunning and in like new condition.
|We had the police from 2 states attend the|
show, so whatever was going down it must
have been big.! Here is the N.Y.P.D. squad
car from 42nd precinct, which by my
calculations is the Bronx area. The owner was
even dressed as a New York cop.
|Not to be outdone the Californian Highway |
Patrol squad car also attended the show.
|Awesome paint job on this T5.|
|In the RAT line up was the sweet looking early|
60's beetle complete with patina, roof rack
with accessories and an original 'car cooler'
air conditioner unit.
|Lovely looking from every angle, the patina|
on the roof and round the windows looks so
cool, as does the cool box, radio flyer and
suitcase on the roof rack.
|Also in the RAT line up was this early split |
screen, well the sign did say RAT looking!
|A little further down the line was this early|
crew cab split screen pick up complete with
|This super bright green Karmann arrived later|
in the day. It was super low and super clean.
|A glorious way to spend a sunny Sunday|
afternoon by the sea at a VW show. Fiona
just poking her nose out in the line up.
|This lovely cherry red and white late split |
screen was parked behind me, it had the
deluxe trim and safari screens, with chrome
US style 'towel rail' bumpers.
|Parked up behind one of the trade stands was|
this lovely looking oval window early beetle.
It looked pretty much original, apart from the
roof rack but even that was an early period
|This was one of my favourite buggies at the|
show, painted in Empi colours with huge
banded wheels and a hard top roof.