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|Having paid my £10 entrance fee I was directed|
into the show and shine line up. You can see how
dark the sky is, luckily the storm was going away
from the racecourse and the show.
|A lovely un-restored 1971 type 3 fastback with|
original paint and panels. The fastback was
produced from 1965 - 1973.
|One of my favourite's at the show was this lovely|
early split screen. I remember seeing this bus at
the Volksworld show way back in March and it
still looks as nice now as it did then.
|When you look at a vehicle you sometimes think,|
if that was mine I'd do this or that, but all that goes
out of the window when I look at this bus, there is
not a single thing I would change.
|From every angle this bus looks great. I did like|
the patina which was on virtually every panel. I
also really liked the high stance this bus had, I
also liked those chunky tyre's.
|Going from one extreme to another is this 1972|
early bay finished in a lovely coat of grey gloss
paint with a cool looking red pinstripe and a nice
chequered design on the roof. This was a nice
clean and straight bay window.
|This gorgeous cherry red 1969 beetle must |
have been riding on air suspension to sit that
low. The immaculate paint and super straight
body panels make this bug stand out.
|You can see by how far the rear wheel arch sits|
over the rear wheel, just how low this bug sits.
I did like the rear luggage rack on the deck lid.
|Another super clean beetle was this blue 1972|
example. This bug had a lovely, slightly lowered
stance which always suits a beetle.
|The single colour and the bright chrome work|
help to make this bug look something special.
|The clean sharp lines of the bus continued|
around to the rear. The white painted bumpers
contrast with the green painted body and it
|This early split screen in what looks like mango|
and white colours (although I could be wrong)
looked great. This colour scheme really suits
an old split screen bus.
|I do like sign written buses and this on had a|
neat looking design. I'm not sure what it says
or means but it looked good. I keep thinking
about sign writing my bus...
|From every angle this bus looks 'just right'.|
I did like the custom made stay for the engine
lid, it adds character.
|This lovey 1955 oval beetle looked fantastic in|
it's deep red gloss paint. The perfectly straight
body had been lowered and was running on
those classic BRM wheels.
|The classic shape of the oval beetle. The super|
bright chrome work and the contrasting white
wing piping added to the overall look of this bug.
|Another immaculate split screen, this time it's|
an early pre '63 model in the classic white over
green paint. The safari screen's were a nice
touch and added so much to the overall look.
|The interior was as you would expect, also|
immaculate. The custom unit and colour matched
upholstery finish off the classy look.
|A pair of classic early 1960's Beetle's parked |
up in the show and shine. The variety of air -
cooled VW's at the show was immense.
|This gorgeous late 1950's beetle looked great|
in it's single light green colour with chrome trim
and by being severely lowered. This cool bug
is running on BRM wheels.
|The old front beam has been replaced with a |
new narrowed item and means the front wheels
are almost hidden under the front wheel arches.
|This 1967 fastback looked great with it's patina|
paint and the contrasting bright chrome on the
wheels and trim.
|This really was a nice looking car, I did like the|
all red rear light lenses and the overall look.
|I'm not sure if you would class this as a buggy|
or a sandrail, but whatever it was, I liked it.
It did look a bit 'homemade' but that was what
made it so good. I bet this is fun to drive.
|No air-cooled show would be complete without|
some beach buggies, and there was a very
good selection at the Aircooled 15 show.
|Unfortunately I'm no buggy expert so I will not|
try to name all the different bodies on these
buggies, suffice to say they all looked great
parked up, and considering the weather it was
a very good turn out.
|This cool looking buggy I'm sure I saw earlier in|
the year at the Dub Freeze show. It looks as if
it has had a vinyl wrap and the colour is amazing.
|This British Racing green buggy was another|
cool looking ride. There are so many companies
who produce the buggy bodies, and each one
is different from the next.
|This yellow buggy looks so different from the|
others with it's bright yellow paint, white seats
and chrome wheels.
|An unusual body style on the deep purple buggy,|
but it's equally as nice as the others. I did like
the removable roof which being in the U.K I think
you'd need quite often, even during the summer.
|Now, I think this super bright lime green buggy|
is a MK1 GP body, (although I could be wrong)
but whether I'm right or wrong, it was still a lovely
|Just a random photo of the show. You can see|
the clouds are still threatening to produce some
rain, luckily though it didn't rain all afternoon.
|Which do you prefer? On the left a stock height|
1974 late bay and on the right a lowered pre '63
|A lovely white over red 1960's split screen. This|
bus looked great with it's patina paint and that
narrowed front beam.
|The 3 bow roof rack was a nice accessory with|
the picnic basket and cool box on.
|This 1976 bright orange late bay looked great|
parked up, and when the sun shone, this bus
almost had an orange glow. The super straight
body panels give an almost perfect reflection.
|Another late bay, this time a white over baby|
blue 1974 model with a pop top. This bus was
riding at stock height, and with the lovely colour
choice it really stood out.
|This bus proves you don't necessarily need to|
have mega expensive chrome wheels to make
your bus look something special. This bus is
running on the original rims that have just been
painted in the same colour as the upper body.
|My 1969 VW microbus parked up in the show|
and shine line up (!) She's never going to win
any prizes, but I love how she looks and that's
all that matters.
|My microbus from the back / side. This will be|
my home from home for about a week when I
take part in the 'Route67' charity cruise from
John O'Groats to Land's End in July. ( the full
length of the U.K, from top to bottom)
|A gorgeous mid 1960's split screen crew cab|
pick up in what looks like a lovely patina'd Dove
Blue colour. This lowered crew cab did look
|The patina paint continues across the whole of|
the bus. This did have an unusual wheel choice,
not the normal chrome wheels that most people
|Looking into the engine bay you see a 2.5 litre,|
425bhp Subaru Impreza engine. This incredible
conversion was carried out by the guys at
'Fellows Speed Shop' and is getting quite a
common conversion over here in the U.K.
|This stunning white over green 1970 early bay|
was gorgeous. This bay had a narrowed front
beam and numerous accessories including a
mesh visor, chrome peaks for the headlights
and clear lenses on the indicators.
|I'm guessing this is a U.S. import, the same as|
mine, as the sliding door is on the correct side
and it has the all red rear tail lights.
|The interior is just as nice as the exterior, the|
amount of time and effort that must have gone
into creating the lovely space must be huge.
|This super low 1967 Karmann Ghia looked |
great with it's patina'd red paint and of course
being so low. The narrowed front beam adds to
the overall look of this Karmann.
|You can see just how low this KG really is by|
how far up into the wheel arches the wheels sit.
|Friends of mine, Matthew & Julie and their two|
daughters spent the weekend camping at the
show with their lovely 1972 early bay.
|I think I'm right in saying that Matthew's bay has|
a 1641cc engine with a 110 cam and duel
Webber carbs, and Matt says it pulls like a train.
Matt's bus has been featured in several VW
magazines including VW Vibe. (I think?)
|The interior of Matthew's bus is really nice and|
homely and is a testament to Matthew and
Julie's dedication in keeping it this way.
|This 1970 early bay finished in a single coat of|
white paint had just the right amount of patina to
help this bay stand out. The Fuchs style wheels
also helped the overall look.
|This really was one solid and straight looking|
bay window. The all red rear light lenses, and
side markers indicate that this could be a U.S.
import, it certainly looked solid enough to be one.
|This GT Beetle was in an absolutely immaculate|
condition and it only had 41,000 genuine miles
on the clock, which works out less than 1000
miles a year for this 43 year old car.
|OK, this little 1972 beetle had a couple of new|
wings in the past and a touch up of paint here
and there but apart from that it's all original.
| A couple more orange beetles in the line up.|
Firstly this 1971 in what looked like original
condition apart from the neat yellow spot light
mounted on top of the bumper.
|And secondly this fenderless 1972 orange bug.|
Being different is the name of the game and this
orange bug was certainly that.! A nice touch was
painting the inner arches black rather than the
body colour as it gives the car some shape.
|This does look good from this angle, I did like|
that exhaust and the way it came straight out.
|The profile of an early bay that has not been|
lowered. This pop top EB was gorgeous and
the Fuchs style wheels added to the overall look.
|This 1965 (I think) split screen bus was really|
nice, it was so straight and clean. I did like the
twin yellow spot lights on the towel rail bumper.
|From any angle this splitty stands out as a nice|
bus. The single colour, as opposed to the usual
two colours normally used on a bus, works well.
|This white 1965 beetle was another original|
looking bug that looked great, I do like those
Porsche style headlight grilles, I think they suit
the sloping beetle headlights perfectly.
|It was a real shame about the nearside rear|
fender, it looks as though it has had quite a bad
scrape, but even with this damage this was still
a lovely old super lowered bug.
|This imported 1967 split screen had some nice|
patina going on with it's white over dark blue
paint scheme. I do like those opening safari
screen's that some buses have.
|It looks as though this bus may have a slightly|
narrowed front beam, judging by the way the
front wheels are tucked right under the body.
|Remember that cherry red '69 bug from the top|
of this blog review, well I saw this reflection in it's
lovely domed hubcaps and just has to take a
|I noticed this lovely looking mustard 1971 cross|
over bay in the camping area of the show. This
U.S. import looked like a good honest bus with
it's original paint.
|This really was a nice pop top camper in what|
looked like stock condition, apart from the BRM
|This 1966 split screen looked great in it's satin|
finish blue paint. The missing rear bumper gave
this bus a unique look. I also liked the stance this
split had, nice and high just how Volkswagen had
|This lovely blue 1970 early bay looked so clean|
and straight. The colour coded steel wheels with
the whitewalls looked good as did the new pop
top material in a chequered design.
|Just a random photo of just a few of the vehicles|
at the show. There really was a good variety of
air-cooled vehicles on display.