Saturday, 21 February 2015

Dub Freeze VW Show 2015. Part 2 of 2.

Welcome to part two of my blog review on the Dub Freeze VW Show 2015. This is a 3 day weekend Volkswagen show with camping available for brave hearted. The show was held at Bingley Hall, The Staffordshire Showground, Weston Road, Stafford ST18 0BD. I travelled up to the show on the Sunday with friends of mine, and fellow Outcast VW Club members Kevin, Sam, John and Mike.. and all of us in Kevin's T25 crew cab pick up. The blog review continues as I wander around the showground loking at all the Volkswagens parked up at the show.
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This lovely1972 Variant (Square back) looked
solid enough and pretty much original but the
paintwork was just starting to show it's age, so
why did I take a photo of this '72 classic ?

Because it had a really neat 'swan' bonnet
mascot. I've never seen one of these before
but I thought it looked so good and unique
on the old VW.

BruteBox had this old cycle on display. I did
like the modification they had made with the
addition of a drinks cabinet within the frame.

A close up of the custom drinks cabinet... well
cycling can be a thirsty pastime you know.

This 1965 split screen was gorgeous, I saw
this a few years ago at the Camperjam show,
and it still looks as good now as it did back then.

A very unusual colour combination. I remember
the faint chequered design on the upper body
and how cool it looked.

It's all about the detailing, just like the swan
bonnet mascot on the white square back from
earlier, this splitty had a plastic toy rat tucked
away under the U.S spec towel rail bumper.

This really is a nice looking bus from every
angle. The full length roof rack compliments
the overall look.

The all red U.S. style rear light lenses look
great against the patina orange and brown

This 1971 Beetle caught my eye, for no
particular reason. Maybe it was the colour or
maybe the 'big and little' tyre combo... I don't
really know why but I did like it.

Looking a bit RAT this 1967 split screen deluxe
panel van looked cool. I did like the Maltese
cross painted onto the lens of the cyclopes light.

The guy's that came up to the show in this cool
looking buggy were pure hardcore. Remember
this is still February in the U.K. and the daily
temperature only just gets above freezing.

This was a nice looking buggy, with what looked
like a two tone (purple and green) body wrap
in a carbon fibre design. I used to have a suit
in this colour, but that's a story for another day.

The interior is, as all buggies are very sparse.
Mind you, when you're exposed to the elements
the less electrical components you have to get
wet and go wrong, the better.

This 1982 T25 looked cool with it's distressed
paint job, and the angle of the camber on those
wheels had to be seen to be believed. (my
photo's do not really show the true camber)

 A lovely clean and straight '66 split screen in
white over blue. This was a really nice clean
and straight bus.

Looking as though it just came out of the VW
showroom in 1964 was this gorgeous notch
back.This model is also known as the type 31.

Simply stunning, it looked totally original and
in such good condition for a 51 year car.

A good looking deluxe '67 early bay in blue.
This bus has been lowered and running on
 OG painted steel wheels.

A nice pair of blue '66's. A gorgeous light blue
Beetle with gorgeous chrome 5 spoke wheels
and a darker blue type 3 fast back on Fuchs

Take your pick, as the saying goes 'Get your
kicks in a '66'. well OK the song lyric was 'get
your kicks on route 66' but it was close. I just
noticed a light blue fast back on the left.. where
did that come from?

This 1969 / 70 early bay crew cab pick up was
ultra nice. OK it was very RAT looking but the
potential this bus has is huge. All the panels
were present and surprisingly straight.

And yes, it could also do with a really good wash
to get rid of the moss that was growing on the
window rubbers...

But just have a look at it from the front. A coat
of paint, polish those Radar wheels and give
the canvas cover a good clean and you have
a show winner all day long.

This stunning 1963 deluxe beetle was for sale
outside the main hall. It has had a partial
restoration in the past and finished to a very
high standard.

New floor pans, heater channels, wings and a
new wiring loom are just a few of the resto
mods. Finished in the gorgeous Turkis (L380)
colour and running on steel wheels, and how
much was the seller asking for this beauty?
A mere £7000 ($10,760 approx)

Another vehicle for sale was this lovely 1967
Karmann Ghia finished in bright red with a
white roof.

This U.S spec KG really was immaculate and
up for sale for £9500 ($14,603 approx)

This 1972 fast back was immaculate. Under the
bonnet was cleaner than most of the other VW's
bodywork. You can see the standard of the
finish on the underside of the bonnet.

This army T25 crew cab had a 1.8 Golf engine
fitted was also up for sale at a modest £2650
($4,073 approx). I'm not sure about the fibre-
glass rear cover as it seems to overhang the
body by a good 6 inches. But that aside, this
looks to be a bargain, even though it was being
sold with the stock wheels fitted.

This lovely white Porsche 912 was up for sale,
there wasn't many details on the car, except
for the price... £27,000 ($41, 506 approx)

This early 1960's cabriolet beetle in pastel
yellow looked ultra cool as it cruised past us.
The highly polished Empi 5 spoke wheels and
the front and rear chrome towel rail bumpers
complimented the paint perfectly.

This 1986 T25 Syncro looked the business
with it's huge tyres and high riding stance.
I did like the quad spot lights on the roof.

This Type 181 Kurierwagen or as it is more
commonly known, the Trekker was slammed
on the deck and finished in an army green paint

Running on Fuchs rims this 1972 type 181 was
one cool ride. Again, you have to be a hardcore
VW enthusiast to drive this in February. 

The LHD versions are known as a 181, and a
RHD version is know as a 182. That trick gear
stick looked pure old skool and it suited the car.

Walking around the make shift campsite I
bumped into Aaron and Robyn who I met for
the first time at the beginning of the month
at the House of Dub VW Club monthly meet.

Apparently they had been there all weekend
camping in their lovely pre '63 split screen, that
I've heard doesn't have any form of night heating,
 you're both very brave guys, I hope you had a
good time.

This early 1960's beetle looked so cool in that
mango (sort of) colour and with the ski's on the
back just cruising around the site.

Another T25 Syncro this time a crew cab pick
up version. I was very impressed with the
performance of Kevin's crew cab on the way to
the show, so if this crew cab goes half as well
over the dirt, then that's going to be an amazing
ride... and a lot of fun.

This lovely 1961 double door split screen panel
van is for sale, it has a 2276cc motor and has
 some Roo (kangaroo) bars on the front and a 
cool cyclopes light on the roof. The price is
£16,000 ($24,681 approx). I do like panel
vans, regardless of what model they are., and
this one was no exception.

So that was my 2 part review of Dub Freeze 2015
with just a very small selection of the vehicles that
attended the show. This was my first time attending
this show, but I can safely say it will not be my last.
A very well laid out show, plenty of traders selling
all manor of things and a very impressive turn
out in the public car park, with hundreds of
VW's both air cooled and water cooled.
There were plenty of places to eat and drink
and overall it was a really great show.
Many thanks to Kevin for the ride up in his
crew cab pick up, and I'm well impressed
with it's performance, certainly a lot quicker
and a lot warmer than my microbus. !
Thanks again mate.

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Archive'  at the top left of this page.

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