|I arranged to meet Matthew and Caroline in|
Aylesbury so we could cruise up to Stanford
Hall together. We had not pre-booked so we
had to park in the public car park, which was
opposite the show site.
|The field for the public parking was massive |
and must have been close to a quarter of a
mile long. The number of quality VW's parked
in the field was amazing and almost as
interesting as walking around the show.
|Just inside the Stanford Hall grounds, heading|
towards the show I spotted this split screen
single cab pick up which looked awesome.
|This split must be riding on air, to be that|
low. I love that narrowed from beam and the
|If like me, you like the RAT look with patina,|
how about this split screen. It looks just about
right to me.
|Yes, it'll do nicely...|
|Or maybe a patina'd early bay with sign|
written doors. Continuing the RAT theme the
trailer behind was towed by this early bay
and made from what looked like scrap wood
and corrugated tin sheeting on a caravan
|From one extreme to another, this immaculate|
deep blue spilt screen was totally to show
standard. It had plenty of period accessories
including the chromed air conditioning unit,
and Porsche 356 headlight grills and
|Inside this split panel van was to the same |
standard, OK not to everyone taste, but you
can't fault the quality and workman ship.
|The cab area continued along the same lines|
with everything painted or polished.
|As you would expect the engine bay and rear|
end were just as clean.
|Another very clean and straight split screen|
|This engineering company were showing off|
their VW engine and accessories, it looked
very nice, but where is the oil leek? every
VW has an oil leek, right?
|OK we have all seen VW furniture before but|
the Beetle front end sofa was different. With
a price tag of £995 GBP it had better be
comfortable and those light better work.
|This beach buggy caught my eye, nothing flash|
or fancy just an honest fun early buggy which
was up for sale.
|More patina on this split screen. The rusty|
bumper is almost as good as mine.!
|I never realised how much room there was in|
an early bay until I saw this one. I love
the swivel front seats and the amount of leg
room there is without any wardrobe, cooker
or sink units and of course a bulkhead.
|This Mk1 caddy looked great sitting so low|
and with that faultless deep cherry red paint
job it certainly made it stand out from the
|No VW show would be complete without a|
Porsche or two and this 1967 912 looked
at home amid the other air cooled vehicles.
|This lovely 1965 sky blue and white split |
screen was so straight and clean.
|One of the traders had this early split screen|
panel van to haul all his parts around. Very
RAT looking and very cool.
|One of the traders at the show was 'Seaside|
Neil', who as you can see creates these truly
amazing creations with pin striping and
|Seaside Neil sign writes on old saw's, oil cans,|
pushbikes and almost anything else. The
standard of his work is fantastic.
|Another trader, Alan Schofield had this single|
cab split screen pick up.
|Also parked up in the traders section was this|
1967 early beetle finished in a faultless red
paint job with chromed style US bumpers and
sitting down in the weeds.
|The photo doesn't show the true deep colour|
but is does show how straight the body was
with the reflection in the door.
|The interior on this split screen isn't to every|
ones taste, but the quality and workman ship
|Just in front of Stanford Hall was the historic|
beetle display. The display includes all
Beetles built prior to the introduction of the
34 bhp engine in August 1960. This green
split oval beetle was gorgeous.
|How about this for a totally original engine. It|
is just how it came out of the factory.
|A split oval beetle finished in grey with salmon|
painted wheels and pin striping.
|The quality of cars in the historic beetle line |
up was incredible, they are probably cleaner
than when they left the factory.
|Gorgeous cars with the lovely backdrop of|
|The simplicity and classic lines of these early|
beetles is why they are still sought after all
the years later.
|This army themed early bug is a regular at|
Stanford Hall, and it always looks immaculate.
|Iconic shape that changed very little through|
out it's production.
|I did like the hub caps and rear fender skirt|
on this gloss black beetle. Just look at that
reflection on the door and rear quarter panel,
how straight is that.
|This split oval is pretty close to perfection.|
|This beetle was faultless, the amount of time|
and money these cars must take to maintain
must be huge. I did like the semaphore
|Classic beetles don't get much better than this.|
|Another vehicle with the army theme was this|
|Interior is very sparse, but functional.|
|I did like the headlight covers with the small|
slit to allow minimal light out so as not to get
seen by the enemy.
|A very appropriate number plate on this Bug.|