Thursday, 29 August 2013

House of Dub, August monthly meet.

On the last Wednesday of each month the House of Dub VW club hold their monthly meet at The Globe Inn, in Linslade, Bedforshire LU7 2TA. The club meet is organised by House of Dub / H.O.D. Imports ( ) I met Stuart / Liza and Steve at our club meeting place, The Charter Pub in Aylesbury for the short 10 mile cruise over to The Globe Inn.

My 1969 bay window which is a Californian
import and imported by The House of Dub.

Steve's '70 white beetle complete with roof
rack but minus the usual accessories he
normally carries around.

Steve mentioned that he very rarely drives his
bug in the rain, this could be why it's so solid
and relatively rust free.

Phil and his son Nathan came along in their
1975 red and white beetle. Phil had spent
most of the day polishing the car and it was
worth it, because this bug did have a nice

From the side view of Phil's bug, you can see
his hard work has paid off.

This was new to the HOD club meet, it was
owned by a guy called Kevin and he was
saying that the car was built some years ago
in Wales and was regularly used for time trials
up the sides of muddy Welsh mountains.

It certainly has the 'time trial' look about it.
Sitting quite high to provide ground clearance,
and minus running boards. I assume the rack
on the deck lid was for spare wheels and to
also provide weight over the rear axle to help
provide grip.

Plenty of ground clearance helps the car over
the muddy ruts and small rocks.

A regular at the HOD club meet is Tony in
his immaculate 1990, T25. This is one of those
vehicles that you never see with any dirt on.

Mark came along in his stunning T5. The
colour of this bus has to be seen to be
appreciated as the photo's do not do any
justice as to how nice it really is.

A single colour so bright on a bus this size
shouldn't work, but with the black tinted
windows, black wheels and black stripe, it's
just enough to make the paint scheme work.

Liza came over from Oxfordshire, met us in
Buckinghamshire, and then cruised with us
over to Bedfordshire to the club meet. Three
county's in one night, Phew.!

Stuart parked up at the meet and promptly
opened his engine hatch to let his turbo cool
down. Stuart has now re-designed his exhaust
system, to reduce back pressure and it now
consists on a piece of pipe about 8in long.

Mystery T4 parked up. I'm not sure who owned
this, but it was nice to see it at the club meet.
I have just been informed by Mark with the lime
green T5 that this T4 belongs to Darren, a
member of WGC VW Club, thanks Mark.

Simon and Amanda joined our convoy en-route
in their latest vehicle, a 1997 T4. I had a chat
with them both and had a look inside... very nice
and kited out with the camping interior.

Amanda had the right idea, order food from
the bar, and get it delivered to your camper.
Now that's what I call style. !

Another car I haven't seen at the club meet
before was this 1970 Notch-back. I did chat
to the owner briefly and he did tell me his
name, but I'm at that age where I forget things
espicially names, sorry mate. Phil just sent me
a message saying the owners name is Doug!
Thanks Phil.

Very clean from every angle. The U.S. style
all red rear light lenses, the roof rack and the
BRM wheels compliment the car perfectly.

Lovely straight bodywork finished off with
deep gloss black paint.

The Interior on this left hand drive notch-back
was lovely, it looked original and was in such
good condition.

Josh arrived later in the evening in his T4,
which I believe is up for sale.

Elliott and Alanna came down in their stunning
1970 cherry red beetle. This is another of
those vehicles you never ever see with any
dirt on it, quite a feat with the weather we
have in the U.K.

Such a pretty bug and very straight, look at
the reflection in the door of Elliott and Alanna's
bug. I do like those clear indicator lenses on
top of the wing, it's all about the small details.

Ash came along in his newly acquired Jetta.
You would never believe this cars paint was
so faded when Ash got the vehicle it was
a dull pink colour, but lots of polishing later
and it's gleaming deep red paint is back to
how it should be.

A lot of hard work has gone into this to make
it look this good, but it's certainly well worth all
the effort.

Lewis came along in his tough looking '82
Golf. This must be a menacing sight in your
rear view mirror.

Lewis's Golf tucked away under the trees at
dusk. This really is a nice looking car.

Neil came over in his '97 Golf, with the instantly
recognisable paint scheme, orange flecks over
gloss black. I do like the paint on this car.

Those orange wheels compliment the paint
scheme perfectly. A really nice looking Golf.

Ben decided to come along in his '99 Golf,
having left his spilt screen and T5 at home.
Ben's Golf tucked away under the tree's in the
car park. Ben works long hours so it's always
nice to see Ben and have a catch up.

Another Elliott, made his debut at the HOD club
meet with his impressive '71 deep red beetle,
even more impressive is the fact that Elliott is
still a teenager.

I believe the car belongs to Elliott even though
he's not old enough to drive yet, so was driven
to the meet by someone else. A pretty nice
ride for your first car! Apparently it has just been
M.O.T.'d and flew through with no advisories at

Interior is pure '70's classic bug and looking
good. I bet Elliott can't wait until he's old enough
to drive this lovely bug on the road.

Stephen has started to work on his 1960 beetle
so he came over in his 1978 Californian bay
window import with pop top. Finished in a
lovely beige colour which looks like the original
paint and has the original chequered seat
covers and original curtains.. although these
are faded from the hot Californian sun.
Stephen was saying that like my bay, having
lived most of it's life in the sunny U.S. the bus
was quite solid and relatively rust free... not
sure how long that will last in the damp U.K.

So the August House of Dub club meet came
and went in the blink on an eye. It was good
to see so many familiar faces and meet some
new faces, (just wish I could remember their
names!) I'm not sure if the Globe Inn was
exceptionally busy or whether the HOD club
meet have almost outgrown the venue but
it was extremely busy and difficult to park
later in the evening. Still, could be worse,
the rainy season starts soon...

Photo quality: Unfortunately although it's still
only August, it's almost dark by 20.00hrs.
(it doesn't help that the car park is not
illuminated, apart from one bright orange
spotlight) I don't use a fancy camera or any
accessories and only use a Panasonic Lumix
FS16 14 mega pixel camera, so my apologies
if the photo's are not up to the usual quality,
but I guess we should be used to this living
in the U.K. !

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