Saturday, 4 April 2015

Volksworld Show 2015. (Part 1 of 2)

The 2015 U.K. Volkswagen show season in the kicked off in style over the weekend of 27th - 29th March with the Volksworld Show at Sandown Park Racecourse, in Esher, Surrey KT10 9AJ. The show is organised by the Volksworld magazine ( and it attracts entrants and visitors not only from across the whole of Europe, but also the U.S.A. Due to the excellent venue this show boasts two floors of top quality show cars, plus hundreds more quality vehicles on display outside in the show and shine arena and at the club stands, and you will even find plenty of quality Volkswagen's of all descriptions in the public car park. There are numerous traders selling everything Volkswagen, from curtains and cushions to wipers and wheels, and yet a another floor dedicated to an auto jumble, which is a good place to source those hard to find original items. There are several catering vendors where you can get some hot food and hot / cold drinks, and of course the very attractive VW Heritage girls.! There is overnight camping available for the hardy campers who want to spend all weekend at the show. Stuart, a good mate of mine and a fellow Outcast VW Club member, and I decided to drive the 50 miles down to the racecourse together in my microbus on the Sunday morning to spend the day at the show. Visitor numbers at the show each day run into the thousands and the day visitor car park gets full up very quickly so we decided to get an early start.
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Upon entering the venue for the Volksworld show
you passed this amazing display of a 'cut away'
split oval beetle. The body and various other
components have been cut in half so you could
see how different components would work. 

My photo's do not show just how good this 
display really was, it was so interesting to see
inside all the internal parts.

The engine had also had some components cut
away. The edges of each cut away component
was painted in red to make it visually easier
to see what is what, and how things worked.

As you walked into the first show hall, the quality
of the vehicles on display was immediately 

apparent. These are the top show cars from all 
over Europe and the standard is getting higher 
and higher each and every year.

This simply stunning bright red Karmann Ghia
was one of the European entries at the show.
It was produced sometime between 1960 - 1969
but I bet it didn't look this nice coming off the
production line some 55 years ago. The narrowed
front beam with the polished 5 spoke wheels
and the very low stance of this car help set this
Ghia aside from all the other Karmann Ghia's.

The body was perfectly straight and the finish
on the paint was amazing. The chrome bumpers

shone like new as did the chrome 5 spoke wheels. 
This stunning Karmann won a very well deserved
'top 20' trophy at the show.

This 1956 oval rag top beetle is the infamous
Mende Speedwell Oval, the body sits on a 
1973 floor pan and is fitted with the complete 
full front and rear Mendeola suspension.

This car was built in 2009 by Kevin Zagar at 
Mendeola Signature Motors in San Diego.

This one off unique interior looks fantastic. I did
like the seat bases made from polished alloy, and
the matching door handles. This gorgeous bug

also won a 'top 20' trophy.

This 1961 beetle was simply stunning. It was, as
you can see absolutely immaculate and the almost
perfect reflection in that gorgeous dark blue paint
is incredible. 

The rear of this gorgeous bug is as you would
expect equally as clean and straight as the rest
of this car. It is no surprise that this bug won not

only a 'top 20' trophy and also won the 'Prosign 
choice' award. Another well deserved placing.

The supercharged engine is more like a piece
of art than a mechanical component. Beautiful
detailing inside the whole of the engine bay to
match the rest of this fantastic vehicle.

It is no surprise that the interior was as new. Every
switch, button and lever looked brand new. The
door cards were finished in dark blue vinyl and
a biscuit coloured material as were the seats.

Karosserie Rometsch produced this stunning
upmarket Sport Cabriolet in the 1950's for the 

discerning German clients that wanted more luxury 
than the popular Volkswagen Beetle it shared 
many of it's components with. The body was 
designed by Johannes Beeskow and produced in
aluminium at Karosserie Rometsch in
factory Berlin, Germany.

The stunning  Rometsch Convertible also became
known as the 'Beeskow Hollywood Car' because 
they were very popular in the U.S.A. They were
only produced from 1951 - 1956.

Underneath the bespoke body is Volkswagen
Beetle running gear. Some of the cars were
upgraded with a dual-port Okrasa motor that
could produce 70 bhp. Estimates have been
made that around 170 of these cars were
produced with about 30 cars remaining. This
beautiful car also won a 'top 20' trophy.

This beautiful plum coloured early beetle was
stunning. The unusual colour choice works so
well and compliments the chrome Porsche wheels
and chrome body trim. Again, the perfectly straight
body provides an almost perfect reflection, but then
these are the best Volkswagen's show cars in Europe.

I seem to have photographed all the winners at the
show because this not only won a 'top 20' award
but also the 'Cool Flo' choice award.

This Beetle camper is as rare as chickens teeth.
Back in the 1970's Popular mechanic's magazine
built a beetle camper called "lil bugger" and from
that they offered the plans as a kit so you could

build your own camper bug. The adverts said
that "apart from a small loss in top end speed
and slightly more fuel consumption it was like
driving a regular beetle"...!

Inside this has all the facilities of a standard
camper. A 
butane stove (that could swing
outside), stainless steel sink, a 50lb cool box 
and 2 double beds (one folds down from the
over cab space.)

The only downside to this camper is the limited
rear visibility, hence the plans suggest using
larger rear view mirrors. The cost of this bug
camper was about $2000 back in the 1970's

and the plans are still available today should
you wish to build your own "lil bugger".
A beautiful early bay that looks better now than
when it was new. The time and effort and not
to mention money something as clean as this
takes to produce is colossal, but it's certainly
worth all that effort to end up having something
as nice a this.

The interior of this early bay was amazing, I did
like the LED lighting which accentuates the lovely
floor and units, and the whole interior of this bus

so it was no wonder that this early bay won a 'top
20' trophy for that hard work.

This pre 1959 Karmann Ghia finished in a
brilliant white looked stunning under the coloured
spot lights. This car looked 100% original and
was a stunning example of this classic vehicle.

The classic flowing body lines of a Karmann
Ghia. The body has a timeless shape that still
looks just as nice, if not better than many modern
cars of today. This was another of the stunning

European entries at the show.

One of the numerous traders at the Volksworld
show was selling this super great looking cool box
in the shape of a split screen for £499.00 ($740)

This 1967 beetle was a favourite of mine. It
belongs to a guy called John who is a member
of 'Oxdubz' VW Club, a local club that I visited
a few times. I did like the green body colour and 
the contrasting cream coloured material of the 
Webasto sunroof. I also liked the rear window
blind, the chrome towel rail bumpers and most
of all I liked that big red rear spot light. This
really was a nice looking beetle.
The Volksworld show is massive with entrants
from all across Europe attending and it attracts
thousands of visitors a day over the 3 day
weekend. This gorgeous silver Karmann Ghia
was just one of the incredibly beautiful vehicles
on display.

A stunning red and black type 34 Karmann Ghia,
(or more commonly known as a 'razor edge') and
and beautiful orange beetle with a Paris sun roof
were just two of the diverse 
Volkswagen's on 
display at the Volksworld show.

The variety and standard of the cars in all the halls
at the show was immense. Attention to detail is
what gets these cars into the show as this early
1960's beetle and the early 1960's cabriolet show.

This gorgeous 1967 rag top beetle looked great
with it's stunning red paintwork and magnesium 
BRM wheels. A 1776cc motor powered this bug 
along while the CSP front brakes and Porsche 
356 drums on the rear helped it stop.

This lovely oval window beetle another stunning
classic bug. The mid grey paint looked gorgeous
on the super straight body. Look at the reflection
of the chequered floor on the under side on the
deck lid, how shiny is that paint.

Another oval window beetle and no surprise it's
another incredibly straight and clean vehicle.
Again just look at the reflection of the floor in
the door. These oval rear window beetle's were
only produced from 1953 - 1957.

This drag racing beetle has a 2332cc engine
with twin 48 carbs and an Engle FK87 cam
amongst other engine mods. It has fibreglass
doors and wings and has an aluminium floor
pan and the whole car only weighs 640kg.

It features a 4 into 1 header and a racing flow-
master muffler. Wheels are 3.5 x 15, 6 x 15
centerlines with 145/15 front, and 6-26-15
Phoenix rear tyres. The car also has a home
made roll cage and using the original brakes.

 The reflection of the chequered floor in the door
of this 1960's beetle was amazing. This bug was
incredibly straight as the gloss black paint shows.

The 'early bay' line up at Sandown Park. I think
I'm right in saying that this line up was organised
by the  they are at the
show every year with a very impressive and varied
display of early bay buses from 1968 - 1972. 

I do like early bay panel vans and this one caught
my eye, it looks like a 1968 model in white with
bag fulls of patina. It has been lowered and what

looks like a narrowed front beam.

This imported 1969 looked fantastic with it's
yellow headlight lenses and the twin yellow spot
lights. It had also been slightly lowered which
always suits an early bay. 

Another 1969 model, this time with what looks
like a Devon Moonraker pop top (although I
could be wrong) This stock looking bus was
gorgeous and again mostly original.

A  lovely 1970 deluxe model in white over blue.
This imported bus looked great having been 
lowered slightly and with the Empi 5 spoke 
wheels. Other nice touches are the clear front
indicator lenses and the full length roof rack.

This 1969 early bay looked unusual with it's 
black roof and black bumpers, but it's works
so well especially with the black wheels. Most
buses have a white or a lighter colour roof but
this bus proves that a darker colour roof can, 
and does work.

This T25 crew cab Syncro caught my eye with
it's satin finish grey paint. Sitting on those huge
tyres this bus looked like it could go anywhere.

The hydraulic tipper bed was a neat feature as
was the roll bar that went up the front and across
the roof.

These syncro's, whether they are a crew cab or
a single cab pick up or even the bus version are 
really cool and starting to get popular in the U.K.

This Porsche 356A 1600 super in silver with 
metallic grey stripes was up for sale, I didn't
see the price but then I suppose as the saying
goes 'if you have to ask the price, you can't afford 
it.' The 356A replaced the 356 pre A, and was
 produced from 1955 -1959.  In 1959 Porsche 
introduced the 356B.

This really is a nice car. I'm guessing this was
an original 356, if it wasn't it was a extremely
good copy.

I was once told that the easiest way to get a good
idea if a 356 is original or not is to look at the
transmission tunnel. Original Porsche's have a
rounded tunnel while kit cars using a Beetle floor
pan will have a squarer tunnel. Unfortunately I didn't
have a look at the show, and I can't really tell from this

This beautiful 1966 beetle looked so cool in it's
monotone paint with chrome trim. The unusual
painted white wheel choice suit the car perfectly.

I do like '66 bugs, and this one was no exception.
The stance, the colour and the wheel choice all
help to make this beetle make an impression.

A trio of split screen buses parked up in the
outdoor arena at Volksworld. Different years,
different styles and different ride heights but
all equally as nice as each other. That really
is a nice reflection in that red paint.

Someone once said, "If you're going to paint a
vehicle black it needs to be straight, as it'll show
every imperfection" well whoever said that need
not have worried as this 1967 split screen shows,
the body panels were perfectly straight and without

any imperfections what-so-ever.

The immaculate paint, the twin roof racks, and
the matching front thermal screen all helped to
make this bus something special.

Claude was at the show with his partner Jean,
in his 1960 split screen kombi. Claude and Jean
are both fellow members of the Outcast VW Club 

based in Aylesbury.

This 1966 split screen was immaculate in it's
chocolate brown and white colour scheme. The
deluxe bumper trim and headlight grills help to
make the lovely bus stand out.

This really is a nice straight bus, those perfectly
straight panels are accentuated by the choice of
contrasting body colours.

This bus does not have a VW logo on the right
hand side of the rear hatch, that is in fact a
reflection from the the bus behind. Now that is
what you call a deep shine.!

This gorgeous early beetle cabriolet looked great
with it's pastel yellow paint. The super low ride
height along with polished 5 spoke wheels made
this rag top bug something really special.

This Rometsch was one of my favourites at the
Volksworld Show. Rometsch Lawrence made
these from 1957 - 1961 and it's basically a VW
Beetle with a new body. The body had a design
similar to the American cars of the time and
featured tail fins and panoramic front and rear
windscreens and two tone paint scheme.

The vehicle was available as a coupe and as a
convertible. The aluminium bodywork was made
by hand, and it had a very  luxurious interior, all 
of which affected the vehicle price. In 1959 the
cost of a new car was 8000 DM, which was a

lot more than the newly released Karmann Ghia.

In 1961 the production of Lawrence was
terminated since the sales had stagnated, not least
due to the competition of the Volkswagen Karmann
Ghia. Since the beginning of production 1957 and
the end of 1961 about 85 vehicles were 
manufactured. A restored copy of a 1959
'Lawrence' is in the Wolfsburg museum in

So that was part 1 of my review of the Volksworld

show 2015. Regular readers will know that I like
to publish my blog entries on a Saturday morning 
(U.K. time) so due to the review of our club meet,
next Saturday, part 2 of the Volksworld show will
be in a fortnight but it will be worth the wait as it 
features the vehicle that won the 'Best in show'
there is aslo the lowest high top bay I've seen,  
plenty more bays / splits / beetle's / karmann ghia's 
/ a lovely black and green trekker, a few more
356 Porsche's and of course you get to see
the gorgeous VW Heritage girls.

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