Saturday, 23 May 2015

Outcast VW Club monthly meet.

This week's blog entry is all about the Outcast VW Club which is a Volkswagen club based in Aylesbury, Bucks for owners of both air-cooled and water cooled Volkswagen's. The club hold a monthly meet on the first Thursday of each month come rain or shine, throughout the year at The Charter Public House, Rimmington Way, off the A41 Bicester Road in Aylesbury, Bucks, HP19 8AW. The idea behind this free to join club was to have somewhere to meet with fellow Volkswagen enthusiasts on a monthly basis, and also somewhere to seek or give advise on technical issues, ideas on how to do things and of course to have a look at all the various Volkswagen's that you have seen driving around the Vale of Aylesbury. Owners of any type of Volkswagen's are welcome, just come down in your pride and joy and join in, where a warm welcome is guaranteed. We do organise drive outs and cruises to various shows and event's but don't worry there is no obligation to join in if you don't want to.
To see all my other blog entries, go to ‘My Blog Archive’ to the left of the page. Simply click on an arrow for a particular year, then click on an arrow for a particular month, this will then give you a drop down menu for all the blog entries for that month.

The Outcast VW club meet from 7pm on the first
Thursday of each month. I only live about 1.5
miles from the Charter Pub, so I was the first
to arrive in my 1969 microbus. The pub car park

has ample space for our club meet.

By the time I had got a soft drink from the bar
and returned outside, three other club members
had arrived in their buses.

Stuart came along to the club meet in his very
distinctive 1971 early bay. Stuart owns and runs 
'Oil Droppers' an air cooled Volkswagen repair 
and restoration shop just outside Aylesbury.

Stuart's red oxide painted bay is running a hot
1671cc engine with a home built turbo system.

To keep an eye on what's going on with the
engine and the turbo, Stuart has a rev counter
with shift light and boost gauge for the turbo
mounted on top of his dashboard.

Claude arrived at the Outcast meet in his 1960 
split screen kombi that has been lowered and
has a narrowed beam with disc brakes.

Claude's 'Tesoro' bus is running a 1641cc motor
with a Scat C35 cam with twin Dellorto carbs.

My 1969 VW Microbus parked up at the Charter
Pub with it's new 'Route67' sticker on the front
screen. This is a charity event I am taking part
in, a trip from John O'Groats to Lands End in
a convoy of Volkswagen's (mostly air cooled)
to raise money for the charity 'Crisis'. 

The event is taking place in July, so I think a full
service is due before the adventure. From John

O Groats to Lands End it's 1008 miles, and so
far there are about 60 / 70 old air cooled VW's
signed up for the cruise. Check out the Route67
website for more info:

Dave and Angela came along in their lovely
1967 Split Screen. Dave and Angela have
travelled all over Europe in this bus which is
a testament to it's reliability.

Dave is running a strong 1955cc motor, with all
the internal goodies. This bus really does go as 
well as it looks.

A new visitor to the Outcast VW Club was this
lovely looking green T4. This bus was so clean
it put most of us to shame. My apologies but I
cannot remember the owners name.. Doh!

The contrasting cream coloured wheels are
actually from a Land Rover but they look so

good on this T4. This really is a nice looking
bus that we hope to see again at our club
meet in the near future.

The club line up quite early in the evening, it
doesn't matter whether you own an air-cooled
or water cooled Volkswagen, you'll be more
than welcome at the Outcast clubs monthly
meet at the Charter Pub.

It doesn't matter how you get to our club meet...
The owner of this Sierra Yellow panel van had
just purchased it and had taken it to the car wash
which is down the road from our club meet. Driving
past he noticed all our Volkswagen's so turned
around and came to visit us. He had bought it
for a very good price and was thinking about
breaking it for spares as the body / chassis were
very rotten. It turned out that the owner has a lovely
bay window and lives locally so hopefully, we'll
see another new club member soon.

Gary came over from the neighbouring county
of Bedfordshire in his gorgeous 1971 early
bay. I believe this is Gary's daily driver as well
as his weekend camping vehicle with his
partner Maria and their dog Frankie.

Gary was in discussions with the owner of the
late bay on the trailer regarding the Empi 5
spoke wheels, which Gary thought would look
good on his cross over bay.

Kerry and Becky made an appearance at the
club meet in Kerry's 1979 late bay which is also
 painted in Sierra Yellow. Kerry has a new colour
matched chequered bra fitted to protect the
front from stone chips and general road kill.

A slightly blurred photo of Kerry's bus, but even
in a blurred photo you can see how immaculate
this bus is.

Kerry's late bay next to Gary's cross over bay,
the variety of vehicles at the Outcast meet is
always varied.

Kevin came along in his lovely 2002 T4, Kevin
did pre warn me that his normally immaculate 
bus was somewhat dirty with general road grime,
but at least it shows this bus does get used.

Kevin's bus is a long wheelbase, twin sliding
door model finished is an off white over green.
The custom side step and tinted windows help
to make this bus stand out.

Even covered in dirt this bus still looks good.
The 4 tip exhaust and the custom badge on the
tailgate help to make this bus unique as does...

... The buses name, 'The Grinch' hand painted
onto the tailgate which Kevin had done recently.

The club line up is starting to fill out, the white
Beemer belongs to the owner of the trailered

bay window, who's name I have also forgotten,
Sorry, .... It must be an age thing.!

The warm evenings mean it doesn't get dark
until about 9.00pm which always increases the
number of vehicles attending the club meet.

There is nothing better than a car park full of
the Outcast VW Club's owners Volkswagen's. 

Late comer Sam and his partner Amy, arrived 
in Sam's 1970 off road beetle, with the newly
painted green wheels. Sam and his dad have
at least 4 red Volkswagen's between them
and they all have had their wheels painted in
this fluorescent green paint, it must have been
a job lot they purchased in the sale.!

Sam's very distinctive beetle. I recently wrote a
blog review on Sam and Kevin's off road trialling
exploits, if you missed that blog entry check out
'My Blog Archive' to the left of this page.

Sam's beetle sandwiched between two buses.
A nice variety of vehicles, and all of varying
styles always make for a good club meet.

Sam's work colleague came down for the first
time in his immaculate MK1 Golf Convertible.
This 1990 model finished in a stunning white
looked amazing and it looked all original.

This soft top Golf was super straight and super
clean. The hood looked as though it was new.

The side profile of this classic 1990's car. These
cars in this condition are getting hard to find.

The immaculate white paint looked amazing,
and the reflection from the super straight body
panels was almost perfect .

The club line up from the right...

The club line up in the middle...

And the club line up to the left. A great effort by
all the club members who attended this month
to make the variety of vehicles so varied.

That was the The Outcast VW Club's monthly

meet for May. Overall a very enjoyable evening
with some cool Volkswagen's and some even
cooler people. If you own a Volkswagen, and if
you can get down to the Charter Pub on the first
Thursday of the month, we'd love to have you
come and join us, what have you got to loose?

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