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|This really is an awesome looking van that|
deserves to be clean and shiny if not for any
other reason but than to show off the perfectly
straight body panels.
|I wondered why Kevin had parked nose first|
into the car park, everyone else reverses into
the parking bay, then I remembered... it must
be to show off his new cool looking 'cartooniez'
caricature drawings on his tailgate.
|Kevin, or the guys at the car wash have even|
gloss blacked the tyres. It looks like Kevin's van
runs on Audi wheels which suit it perfectly.
|Chatting to Colin and his dad, it appears they|
may have finally sorted a problem on the engine
that has been going on for a few months, well
done guy's perseverance does pay off, in the end.
|Colin's lovely bus still has the original deluxe|
belt trim, and the all red U.S style rear light
lenses. This really is a nice looking bus especially
as it's used every day and in all weathers.
|The interior of Colin's 1970 bay, I'm loving the|
red and white chequered flooring and the home
made side panels with the U.S. licence plates.
|A better look at the home made door cards|
which look like bamboo. The cab area is very
clean and tidy for a 45 year old bus.
|It seems the rear side windows of all Volkswagen|
buses just seem to attract stickers off all styles.
|I think I'm going to treat myself to some deluxe|
belt trim. The bus had it on originally so all I
have to do is find some original trim. I could buy
it new but I think original is better in this case.
|Very early on in the evening and the green|
vehicles have the edge... for the moment.
|It looks like Colin's and my bus have been |
lowered to roughly the same amount.
|Colin's 1970 bay and my 1969 microbus parked|
up side by side at the Outcast VW Club. Both
these buses are Californian imports.
|The second wave of club members arrived |
shortly after I did. The red vehicles are making
|Steve came down to the club meet in his 1971|
white beetle. Steve is a busy man who owns
and runs his photographic company called
Swale Photography based in Aylesbury.
|We haven't seen much of Steve lately due to|
his work commitments but it was a pleasure
to see both him and his lovely looking beetle
and we hope to see him again soon.
|A humorous sticker on the rear wing above the|
exhaust on Steve's bug, which made me smile.
|Their trials consist of trying to get up very steep|
hills which are normally very wet and very muddy
tracks so ground clearance is vital to avoid getting
grounded on rocks and boulders.
|The twin spare wheels mounted to the deck lid|
are there in case they are needed, but also to
add weight over the rear drive wheels to aid
traction in the mud.
|The interior is as you would expect not exactly|
luxurious. A small toolbox under Sam's legs,
no carpet in the foot well and a special grab
rail bolted to the underside of the dash. This
gives Sam's co-driver something to hang onto.
|Sam's dad Kevin has a very similar looking|
beetle to Sam's that he also goes trialling in,
but he also owns this cool looking T25 crew
cab pick up.
|When Kevin purchased the pick up it didn't have|
a cover for the pick up bed, but chatting to Kevin
at the club meet he was saying that he picked this
one up, and that he thinks is an ex east European
|Kevin is going to Lands End in Cornwall on|
the April bank holiday weekend to go trialling,
now that is dedication because that has got
to be a round trip of close to 600 miles.
|Scott was on a break from University so he and|
his partner Beth came along in Scott's cool
looking green 2000 model Lupo. Scott has fitted
the bra which gives the little Lupo a sporty look.
|Scott's Lupo is a very similar colour to my bus,|
only a lot more shiny as the reflection of
Kevin's wheel in the tailgate shows.
|Scott has de-badged the rear and painted the |
VW badge black which gives the rear of this
car a sleek clean look.
|made way for Simon and Amanda who came |
down to the Outcast club meet in Simon's red
1997 T4. This is the works vehicle for Simon
and Amanda's retro furniture business.
|Simon had the lime green wide wheels fitted|
with the low profile tyres which certainly make
this van stand out.
|Simon asked if I could get a photo of his new|
sun strip with the company name on. If your
into retro furniture and vintage items check
out Cushty n retro.co.uk
|We had two new arrivals this month and both|
were late bay panel vans and both were twin
sliding door models. The first is the lovely white
over red panel van. I didn't catch the owners
name, so my apologies for that.
|This 1979 panel looked so straight and clean.|
The paintwork looked gorgeous in that deep
|This bay appears to be riding at close to stock|
height, and the more stock height bay's I see
the more I'd like to raise mine back up.
|The 2nd new comer and the 2nd twin sliding|
late bay was this orange panel van. This belongs
to a guy called Stu, who came along with his
partner and their dog.
|This van used to be painted in the colours of the|
toy manufacturer 'Matchbox' on the rear top
panel, but has since been painted over. I do like
that retro looking roof rack, it suits the van well.
|Orange and yellow, who says they don't go|
together... This 1978 bay is one cool ride.
|Stuart once again left his 1671cc turbo powered|
early bay at home and came along with his son
Tim in his daily driver, this green 1970 beetle.
|Stuart or more specifically his wife Julie prefers |
to be driven about in this rather than in the
turbo powered 1971 early bay as the drive
is more leisurely, and why not it's a nice
looking bug, so why rush?
|Green, of all shades was the name of the game|
at this months club meet. A good variety of both
air-cooled and water cooled VW's from the
|Kevin's green T4, Scot's green Lupo and |
Stuart's green beetle.
|Mid way through the evening we had 11 VW's|
of different sorts parked up in the un-official
section of the The Charter pub car park. We have
had, during the summer months all of this car
park crammed with quality Volkswagens.
|Just a random photo of Colin's 1970 bay and|
my 1969 microbus, for no other reason other
than I liked this photo.
|A good variety of vehicles at our club meet|
ensures an interesting evening talking to the
vehicle owners about their plans vehicle, or
what they have just finished doing to their ride.
|Gary ventured over from Leighton Buzzard in|
his daily driver, this lovely turquoise and white
1972 cross over bay.
|What was I saying earlier about the rear windows |
of Volkswagen's attracting stickers, well Gary's
rear window is also getting the sticker treatment.
|The thing I really like about this cross over bay|
is the ride height. It is as Volkswagen intended
it to be up in the clouds, but the ride is so smooth.
In a lowered bus, every pothole and bump you
go over dislocates yet another vertebrae. !
|Gary's bay window parked up next to Stuarts|
beetle. The height difference really shows in