Wednesday, 7 May 2014

Stanford Hall 2014, part 2 of 2

Part 2 of my 2014 Stanford Hall VW show review continues in the show field with a lovely trio of Karmann Ghia's.
The first of the trio is this gorgeous 1957
convertible, in green with a white hood and
whitewall tyres. The convertible KG was
produced from 1957 - 1974.

You can tell this is an early KG as it has the
finned front grilles.

Interior was in mint condition, it even has plastic
covers over the seats.

The second KG was this later model, circa
early 1970's and features different style front
grillesand bigger wrap round indicators.
This one was finished in a lovely brown colour
with a deep red hood.

The engine bay wasn't as it left the factory,
but is was extremely clean, and looked
very impressive with the twin carbs.

The third Karmann in this late 1960's model
finished in super bright red and lowered. Three
different years of Karmann Ghia's but each
equally as nice as each other.

I do like a panel van, either a split or a bay,
and this late split screen panel van looked
lovely. Finished in the single colour green
with matching roof.

A nice red and white split screen, but what
caught my eye about this bus was the almost
perfect reflection along the length of the bus.

It's always nice when someone gets away
from the run of the mill paint jobs, and this
splitty looked great with it's old skool flame
paint job with orange flames over a yellow

Single cab split screen in army livery looked
pretty cool.

This gorgeous white over orange deluxe
split screen was all for show. I did like the
matching cover for over the doors.

Back to extremes again, this single cab split
screen pick up looked awesome, it had bucket
fulls of patina a narrow front end, a Cyclopes
light and a lovely old looking cover for the bed.

A crew cab split screen pick up in what looks
like red oxide primer. The bodywork looked it's
age which just added to it's charm.

I did like this early crew cab, a good honest
bus in 'what you see is what you get' condition.

Being different is the name of the game, no
matter what vehicle you drive and this green
over white splitty looked refreshing. Most paint
schemes have the dark colour on the bottom
and a white top, this was reversed and it
looked good.

Two late split screens, both deluxe models and
both with the same colour scheme, but oh how
the styles differ.

A lovely mid 1960's notch back in what looks
like original condition.

Lovely and clean, nice and straight and just
how Volkswagen had intended it to look.

A really cool retro paint job on the buggy.

A regular on my blog, as it attends a lot of
shows is this very RAT 'Canada Dry' split
screen panel van.

In the public car park I spotted this pair. A
yellow '73 Karmann Ghia and a mid 1960's
bright red notchback.

A lovely slammed early bay with just the right
amount of patina. This US deluxe model looked
just about perfect with it's low stance.

A narrow front beam enhances the overall

There is a name for this, but I can't for the life
of me remember what it is... anyway it's a
late bay front end, split screen double doors,
side windows and tail gate with late bay tail-
lights. I like it... a lot.

This lovely yellow type 181 caught my eye.

Very clean and straight. I believe these Trekkers
use the Karmann Ghia floor pan and the rear
swing axle suspension from the split screen.

Interior was purely functional, due to the military
links this vehicle has.

A lovely slammed beetle in a sort of olive green
colour, this bug was immaculate and so straight.

Beautiful lines of the early beetle, enhanced
by the colour choice.

An early bay, and a late split screen tyring to
get some shade whilst parked up under a tree
in the public car park.

This heavily patina'd US import bay looks
very similar to one recently imported and sold
by some old friends at The House of Dub. It
may well be the same one...

Have you ever wondered why the majority of
a bus has patina, all apart from the rear side
panel and rear quarter? It's probably due to
fact that the bus has sat somewhere hot with
the sun beating down and the sliding door has
been left open so the sun cannot bleach the

A nice pair of beetles in the public car park,
same car but looking so different.

After we had walked round the show a few
times, Matt, Caroline and I decided to head
home. Before we headed off, Matt offered to
make a cuppa for all of us, well how could
we refuse...

While the kettle was boiling I had a quick walk
round the public car park and parked in the row
 in front of us I saw this T4. This belongs to
another mate, Kevin who lives just a few miles
outside Aylesbury.

This really is a nice looking bus in a gorgeous
colour scheme. Last time I saw Kev, he said
that was getting some work done on the rear
doors as they looked a bit rough... they look
fine to me Kevin.

Then would you believe it, two rows in front
of us was another mate, Claude who went
to Stanford hall with his partner Jean in his
Golf. You can see my green bay in the
background. Because the show is so big,
I never bumped into Kevin and his family or
Claude and Jean at the show, but I have
the photographic evidence they were there.!

So that was my review of the Stanford Hall
VW show, it was just a shame I missed the
'early bay' line up, but overall it was an
excellent show that gets bigger every year,
and set in the beautiful grounds of Stanford
Hall. Entry this year was £8 which is very
good for a great day out with so much
to see, however a word of caution, the food
and drink prices are high, for example 2 hot
dogs and 2 cups of tea was £12, so pack a
lunch or take some bacon and some rolls and
cook in your bus.

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