Welcome to part two of my blog review on the DTA VW and Porsche club's end of season meet, which was held on Sunday 19th October at The Old James Cond Printing Works, in the centre of Birmingham. This was the DTA clubs 4th annual end of season meet and the last in it's present location. My review continues as I walk around the old printing works, which has now been converted into a single storey car park. If you missed part one, you can find it, and all my other VW related blog entries in 'My Blog Archive' to the left of this page. Simply click on the arrow next to a particular year, then click on the arrow by a particular month to reveal a drop down menu of all the blog entries for that month.
|An absolutely stunning early Beetle in show|
winning condition, from the perfect paint work
to all the polished and chromed metal work
this Bug was amazing.
|This Beetle had been seriously lowered and |
the colour and wheel choice suit the stance
of this car perfectly.
|A lovely imported early bay that looked so |
RAT in its white over blue paint, and lowered
almost to the ground with a narrowed front
beam. I do like shiny buses but I like the RAT
looking buses even more, especially this one.
|This lovely line up of Beetles looked really|
stunning. Various years, various styles and of
course various colours.
|This early bug was very low and had a super |
narrowed front beam and super bright flawless
|The DTA end of season meet had plenty of|
seriously cool VW's, most of which I hadn't
seen before, including oval window Bugs, and
early split screens all parked up together in an
ideal dry location.
|A lovely pre 1957 Beetle parked alongside a|
row of early split screens.
| A lovely photo showing the diversity of the|
quality vehicles at the DTA meet. Beetles,
Split Sceen's and even an NSU.!
|Another red Bug that looked awesome with it's|
very low ride height and those lovely early
painted steel wheels. The shine and finish
on the paint was truly amazing.
|This 1966 1300 Beetle really was a nice clean |
and tidy car. Apart from the lowering and the
narrow front beam, this Bug was pretty much
standard, but oh, so clean.
|Looking along one of the lines of seriously|
cool VW's parked up in the old printing works.
|A 1969 bright orange Beetle, parked next to|
a red Porsche 911 and a red square back. No
matter what you were into, this meet had some
thing for everyone.
|A lovely clean '67/68 Beetle with some gold|
'Empi Beetle' style decals.
|A lovely pair of bay window's. A late bay in |
white over blue and an all white early bay, and
both were finished to a very high standard.
|Friends of mine Anthony and his partner Tania |
went along to the meet in Tony's '69 notchback.
Tony is a member of Oxdubz, a VW club based
in Oxford, which is fairly local to me.
|Tony's notch is a really nice looking car and |
has always got new accessories on and in it.
Tony and Tania get to many shows in this
notch, and even venture over to Europe to
some European VW shows.
|A couple of early bays, a white '69 with a pop|
top and gorgeous yellow headlight lenses and
twin yellow spot's and a 1971 tin top belonging
to more friends of mine, Matthew and Julie.
(sorry I didn't get a better photo of your lovely
|In my eye's this early oval window Beetle was|
a close second for the best of show. I just love
this Bug's patina, it's stance and of course those
yellow head light lenses.
|This really is a gorgeous looking car that looks|
just about perfect from every angle.
|A slightly blurred photo showing this bug's |
patina on the roof and wing tops, this Bug must
have spent most of it's life somewhere hot, with
the sun beating down onto the paint day after
day to create such a nice patina effect.
|This late '50's, early 1960's Porsche 356B |
looked great in it's race themed paint scheme.
The 356B was produced from 1959 - 1963.
|This really is a nice looking car from every|
angle. You can tell it's a 356B by the twin engine
lid grills and the oval rear lights.
|This lovely single cab split screen pick up |
looked so nice with the slightly RAT look
bodywork and the sign written cab doors. The
cover over the back looked as though it was
made for this bus, and the cab roof rack was
a nice accessory.
|OK, it may need some body work, but if you|
start welding in new panels you lose the original
look, which is what makes this bus stand out.
|Just a few of the split screen buses at the DTA|
end of season meet. Various years, various
styles and various finishes. This meet really
did have all the variety you could want.
|The converted covered car park was an ideal|
location for a club meet. All the vehicles have
all the space they need, and it allows the visitors
to walk round each vehicle and get a good look.
|Another Porsche 356 but this time a 356A|
circa1955 finished in a lovely bright red. This
car must be worth an absolute fortune, in fact
I dread to think how much money all the
vehicles inside the old printing works were
worth all together.
|A gorgeous pair of Porsche's, The 356 is a |
1950's design (with a single engine lid grill)
and the 912 behind it was a design from
the early 1960's. Both vehicles were stunning.
|A stunning pair of Beetle's. An early model in|
the foreground with the U.S. style all red tail
light lenses, and a slightly later model in
|This 1963 split screen looked great with it's|
green patina paint and front panel covered in
surface rust. This is how to do the RAT look.
|This late bay hearse was apparently made like|
this at the factory. The two large side tinted
windows and the reworked tail gate make this
bus different. The body trim in between the
side window and the wheel arches was also
a custom feature.
|OK it needs a bit of work, but it's all there and|
should not take too much effort to get this
unusual hearse back to how it was meant to be.
|This 1965 Notchback finished in a stunning coat |
of white paint was immaculate. This notch has
been lowered and running on polished Empi
5 spoke wheels. This car was so straight and
clean, it was beautiful.
|An early split screen panel van with the Fire Bus|
livery. This was an authentic looking Fire bus,
with the additional modern accessories such as,
Roof rack, truck mirrors and a mesh sun visor.
|This late split screen caught my eye, maybe it|
was the matt red oxide primered body, but what
ever it was, I did like how this bus looked.
|A lovely imported single cab early bay in what|
looked like OG paint. The 'Roo' bars on the
front were a nice accessory. Details such as
matching painted steel wheels and clear front
indicator lenses made this bus something special.
|A photo looking across one of the halls in the|
converted car park. Wall to wall classic VW's.
This is how every car park should look.
|A lovely pair of early split screen buses and|
both in what looks like dove blue (?) Both
buses are a bit RAT looking but both look
|OK the one on the right is a panel van, but|
from the front they are so similar. What a
difference having a white roof and matching
white bumpers compared to an all blue bus
makes. They look totally different.
|An early bay riding at what looks like standard|
height, and a late split screen bus having being
lowered. Both buses were immaculate and looked
great parked up together.
|The 1969 / 1970 early bay, and the 1966|
split screen just show the diversity of lovely
air-cooled Volkswagen's that attended this
|This photo shows yet more variety of vehicles|
at the DTA club meet. This meet really did have
something for everyone.
|This lovely 1964 Beetle looked stunning in|
it's silver paint, with those neat polished wheels.
The Porsche head light grills blended in the
paint perfectly, as did the chrome nerf bars.
|How's this for a rear end..? That BIG exhaust|
looked trick, I didn't find out what motor this
Bug was running so maybe it was needed.
The all red U.S. tail light lenses were just
enough to add a splash of colour to this