|While we waited for the Drive to be opened|
a few other VW's joined us and also parked
up. One of the VW's that joined our queue
was this RAT look Beetle. It was real rust on
the body work and a real 'Rust-eze' decal on
|Another VW parked up with us was this split|
screen crew cab pick up, complete with a long
board on top. This is a lovely looking split with
a narrowed front beam and was lowered nicely.
|A group photo of VW's waiting patiently. The|
light blue bay and convertible Beetle had also
joined us, as they had also arrived too early
on the sea front.
|While I was sat in my bus killing time, I decided|
to get all arty with this cool photo looking into
my door mirror.
|A very RAT looking split screen cruises past|
our group as they kill some time until they can
get on the seafront.
|Once we were allowed on the Drive I parked |
up and took a wander about. I was one of the
first onto Maderia Drive but the constant flow
of various VW's onto the sea front was endless
and went on for a few hours as more and more
|The first vehicle to catch my eye was this 1957|
oval Beetle. It was an import from the sunny
state of California, OK it's a project but it
has plenty of potential.
|A lovely looking Bug that requires some work,|
but it's all there and quite solid. For the asking
price of £5,500 new floor pans were included
in the sale.
|The stock motor may need some TLC but again|
it's all there and shouldn't require too much to
get it running again.
|A very clean and straight bus that doesn't need|
anything doing to it, and it could be yours for
for a mere £27,000.
|If you like the RAT look with patina, then you'll|
love this Split screen. The complete roof was
rusting as was the full length roof rack, and
many other body panels including the front
clip and doors.
|The other end of the 'early bay' display on|
Maderia Drive. A glorious selection of early
bays. Well done guy's, an excellent line up.
You can check out the 'early bay' forum here
|The standard of some of the vehicles at the|
Breeze was amazing. This white over bright
orange 1965 deluxe split screen was immaculate.
|A gorgeous single cab split screen pick up.|
Sometimes you don't need a £10k paint job
to make your vehicle stand out, sometimes
you just need to leave it as it is.
|An amazingly straight 1964 'notch back' at the|
'Cool Flo' stand. The paint finish on the inner
wheel arches was better than a lot of the
paintwork on the bodies of the vehicles at
Brighton. A excellent promotional vehicle for
|This early / mid 1950's split oval Beetle was|
almost perfection. It looked to be in all original
condition. When you have a sought after car
like this, it's best just to keep it the way
Volkswagen had intended.
|This really is such a lovely looking car. The|
paint also looked original and the body work
had a few minor knock and bumps, which just
added to it's character.
|An unusual colour choice on this navy blue|
over sky blue deluxe split screen, but I like it
a lot. This chrome deluxe trim and the chrome
bumpers break the colour up perfectly.
|I'm not sure if this young lady owned this early|
split screen or whether she was just helping
out, but she was doing an excellent job. Look
at that reflection on the rear body panels.
|This 1965 splitty stood out in the October sun|
on the sea front. I did like the light grey over
orange paint scheme. another unusual choice
but again, it works very well.
|This lovely blue and white early bay must have|
been riding on air suspension as it's sitting so
low. The very low profile tyres also help the
stance. This really is a nice looking bay window.
|This early Beetle finished in an off white colour|
was simply stunning. Everything about the Bug
looked just about right. From the single colour
choice, to the stance to the detailing.
|A very nice and straight body painted in a |
lovely single colour and only broken up by the
all red U.S. rear light lenses and the body trim.
|This early bay in beige was gorgeous. The |
matching pop top canvas was a nice touch.
The chrome headlight mesh and the clear
indicator lenses broke up the colour scheme
nicely as did the deluxe body trim.
|This 1970 early bay was one of my favourites|
at the show. Why? because it's just so different.
I loved the high riding stance with those huge
off road tyres. This U.S. import certainly caught
|This really is nice, I like everything about this |
bus.The name of the game is to do your own
thing, don't follow the trend and this early bay
was leading the way in being different.
|A late split screen parked up on Maderia Drive|
at Brighton Breeze. This lovely bus had the
turret pop top and looked gorgeous.
|Again, from one extreme to another, this early|
split screen was full of patina and riding lower
than standard. The narrowed front beam added
to the overall look of this RAT bus.
|You can see in this photo just how narrow that|
front beam really is. A really lovely looking bus
that is a show winner in my eyes.
|This 1970 early bay was just like new. It was|
totally immaculate and finished to a very high
standard. Again, an unusual colour choice, but
it works so well. The body was so straight, you
can see the almost perfect reflection in the rear
|Another 1970 early bay finished in a beautiful|
coat of what looks like Chianti red but in a satin
finish. This lowered type 2 looked great with it's
chequered red bra and lowered stance. A really
nice bus, in a really nice colour.
|This early Beetle was parked on the sea front, |
a stones throw from the beach and it looked
gorgeous. The olive green paint, along with
the slight rake in it's stance and those huge
rear tyres made this Bug grab my attention.
|My '69 bay parked up on the sea front with|
mixed company. A lime green late bay and
a black T4 ensure the visitors have plenty
of variety to look at as they wander along the