The Outcast VW Club was formed in May 2012 by three air-cooled VW owners (including myself) from Aylesbury, in Buckinghamshire who wanted to form a VW club and have regular club meets and drive outs to various VW shows throughout the VW season. The Outcast VW Club hold an informal monthly gathering of VW enthusiasts at 'The Charter' pub on the A41 Bicester Road, Aylesbury, HP19 8AW, on the first Thursday of each month from 19.00 - 22.00. It's a chance for local VW owners, both air-cooled and water cooled to meet up and chat about their rides. It's a great opportunity to ask the best way on how to do something, or where to get some parts or even give advise on how to carry out a particular task. The club members are a friendly bunch and will always offer their advice freely. Newcomers are always welcome and will be warmly greeted by the other club members. We organise drive outs to other local VW clubs and events / shows throughout the season, but don't worry there is no obligation to join in. This month's club meet was the last before the clocks go back in October, but even so it's still getting dark by 20.00hrs.
|Colin came along to the club meet in his lovely|
bright red 1970 U.S. imported bay window. This
really is a nice and clean deluxe bus that I'm
Colin uses as a daily driver.
|With the all red U.S. style rear light lenses and|
front side markers this bus is still in it's original
U.S. specification. I think I'm right in saying that
the deluxe buses had factory fitted reversing
lights as standard.
|Sam came down to the Charter in his 1970 off|
road trail Beetle. Sam recently went off road
trialing in his Bug and posted some photo's of
him going over the top of a hill climb with the
front wheels in the air.
|Kevin's off road trial Bug which like Sam's is|
sitting high for plenty of ground clearance, to
allow easy access over rough terrain.
|Kevin's Beetle is very similar to Sam's, albeit|
a bit more shiny. The drilled rear apron is a
a neat touch, I'm not sure if this has any
performance related benefit or whether its
just a cosmetic touch but it does look good.
|Let's go off-roading...|
|The rear of Simon's 1997 T4 (just hope that's|
right!) which bears his company's logo. This is
a nice and straight bus that Simon makes full
|John came along in his super straight 1960|
split screen. This bus is a favourite of mine and
looks just right. The paint is in a satin finish and
with the chrome trim and bumpers this bus really
|This splitty is so straight and clean it's amazing.|
The chrome bumpers and painted wheels with
chrome domed hubcaps add the finishing
touches that make this bus special.
|A nice photo of the rear of John's split screen.|
It sits quite low, (compared to my bay) and the
lovely chrome bumper only just clears the kerb.
|My bay parked up looking immaculate as ever.|
I also need to get a new tailgate rubber as the
one in there leaks when it rains, and as the
rainy season is on its way I'd better replace it
sooner than later.
|This is Gary's gorgeous white over turquoise|
early bay. Gary hasn't had this long and paid
only half of what bay window buses are selling
for these days. We all think Gary grabbed a
|Although Gary has had minor jobs done on|
this bay, he still has big plans for the future but
as always there never seems to enough time
and money. Still, Gary has got to a few shows
this year so its not all doom and gloom.
|One of the jobs on Gary's list is to get his bay|
lowered a bit. Riding at standard height at the
moment really shows when parked next to a
lowered early bay.
|Early in the evening at the Outcast VW club|
monthly meet. We had a total of 15 vehicles
both air cooled and water cooled turn up this
month, which considering its October and the
nights are drawing in is very impressive.
|The Comic Relief event was started way back|
in 1985 and has raised so far a very impressive
£750 million. The paint scheme on this car is
so unique and features a huge 'Red Nose' on
|Dave and Angela have owned this Bug for as|
long as I can remember, and it always parked
outside the main entrance to the 'Volksworld'
show, where it still raises donations.
|Dave normally brings his white over blue split|
screen along to the club meet, so it was a
nice surprise to see the old bug once more,
which still looks striking in its graffiti paint.
|Steve owns this brilliant white beetle with its|
smoothed bonnet. I recently made a backdrop
for Steve, who owns 'Swale Photography' that
might help him in a future photo shoot.
|This is a cool looking Bug with it's roof rack |
with the deck lid raised off the body. Steve will
soon be putting this away for the winter as he
doesn't like to drive his beetle in the rain...
Which is probably why it looks so clean.
|Stuart and Tim arrived just after Steve, in his|
1970 beetle. This is Stuarts daily driver and
also a small parts carrier. Stuart owns and runs
the 'Oil Droppers' VW repair workshop.
|A better photo using the flash to show the true|
colour of Stuarts Bug. I do like this colour, but
then I am partial to a green air cooled VW.
|Claude's kombi looking sweet as usual, with|
the 'Tesoro' sign writing. I think I'm right in
saying this bus used to carry fruit back in
California many years ago.
|A few of the Outcast VW's lined up in the |
spacious car park. The pub even put the
flood lights on for us.
|A new comer to the Outcast VW club meet|
was Jeremy who owns this lovely T4 in red
with a pop top. This really is a nice clean
looking van, that I believe Jeremy hasn't owned
for that long.
|I hope the Outcast VW club made Jeremy feel|
welcome and that he joins us again soon. I
think Jeremy used to work with Claude, so
hopefully we'll see him and his T4 again.
|Amanda arrived later in the evening in her|
silver Golf. Work and family commitments meant
she couldn't come along with her partner Simon,
but she got there when she could and that's
all that matters.
|Mandy was saying that it's almost time to |
remove her red coloured wheels and put them
away for the winter, to stop them getting dirty.
|Kevin's immaculate T4, with the new tail gate|
fitted and painted. The Grinch used to have
double doors but these were not practical for
Kevin so the tailgate was purchased.The colour
match is perfect.