For this weeks blog I travelled down to the world famous Beaulieu National Motor Museum, which is located deep in the beautiful surroundings of the New Forest in Hampshire for their first ever 'Simply VW' day. It was a day where Volkswagen owners were invited to bring their Volkswagen's along to Beaulieu and park within the museum complex for what promised to be an unforgettable day. I saw this event advertised on facebook and they stated; "Whether you are an owner or an enthusiast there will be something for everyone; from modern marvels such as the Golf GTI and Scirocco to classics such as the Campervan or the Original Beetle, all models are welcome. It is an opportunity to admire some superb examples of these cult vehicles and to connect with fellow enthusiasts at an iconic location". Beaulieu is a place I have wanted to visit for many years, but for one reason or another I never actually got around to going but after seeing that they were holding a VW day, with access to the museum I made a conscious effort to ensure I went. The event was on Sunday 28th June, with weekend camping available in the grounds of the Beaulieu estate. I put a post on facebook to see if anyone I knew fancied a drive down, but I think the 220 (ish) mile return journey may have put a few people off, so Fiona and I set off on our own.
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|Another photo of my early bay under the tree|
which I shared with a lovely white 1970 early
|Here is a better photo of the all white '70 early|
bay. This gorgeous bus looked original and
looked so nice. I do like the stock ride height
and the white wall tyres.
|If you like your buses with the patina look, how|
about this 1970 white over blue early bay. This
really was a RAT looking bay, and doesn't it
look good. I did like the two roof racks and the
|Sign written buses always catch my eye and this|
lovely 1970 bay was no different. It had this old
looking sign writing on the cab doors and side
panels, which give the bus a unique look.
|This U.S. import looked like a nice solid bus,|
and it looked as though it may have had a
narrowed front beam.
|A pair of bright orange late bay's, one has been|
lowered, and one is at the stock ride height,
so which one would you have?
|This gorgeous two tone green pre 1963 split|
screen looked great parked up in the 'Simply
VW' line up. The 'old' looking colours really
suited this early split screen.
|This really was a nice looking bus, which was|
accentuated by the colour choice and by the
small details like the colour coded bumpers.
|A cool sticker in the rear window, how many|
vehicles still use semaphore turn signals?...
This lovely split screen does.
|This white over blue 1971 deluxe early bay was|
so straight and solid looking and with an almost
perfect reflection on the rear panels.
|This cool pop top deluxe early bay looked great|
parked up. I did like the twin yellow spot lights
on the bumper and the 3 bow roof rack. The
reflection on those side panels is amazing.
|A lovely 1970 early bay with the front hinging|
pop top. This super clean bus had aftermarket
door mirrors fitted, they give so much more
vision compared to the original items, so it has
to worth thinking about changing the mirrors.
|This 1972 British racing green Beetle had some|
seriously cool custom wheels which made this
bug stand out.
|The green bug also had a neat comic book|
design on the bonnet featuring the incredible hulk.
|This stunning 1966 single cab split screen pick|
up was totally immaculate, and super straight.
I did like the awning attached to the pick up
bed cover, and the roof rack, and the sign
written doors, and ....
|This really was a cool ride, the painted white|
bumpers and wheels added a nice contrast to
the dove blue ( I think) body colour.
|Another cool ride was this white over bronze|
1965 split screen. Again the paint work was
immaculate over super straight panels. I did
like the twin roof racks and the Porsche style
|This totally original split screen bus looked as|
though it had just been driven out of the factory.
It was totally immaculate and everything was as
it should be.
|The ride height and the overall look of this bus|
is something I could look at for hours on end
and had to be one of my favourites at the show.
|A nice variety and a very colourful display of|
just a few of the buses on show at the
Simply VW show at Beaulieu.
|This gorgeous turquoise 1957 oval beetle was|
stunning. The combination of the colour choice
along with with those white wall tyre's looked
|This 1950's beetle cabriolet looked amazing|
in it's super shiny gloss black paint. This is
another car that looked totally original.
| Another 1950's beetle, this time it's a lovely|
1953 oval window. Again it's another totally
original looking car, they do look so much better
in all original specification.
|No, this guy isn't about to steal this lovely |
1974 Jurgens Autovilla, he is the owner of
this rare sought after South African import.
|I had a quick chat to the owner who said the|
worst bit about owning such a rare vehicle is
trying to get parts and accessories for this
coach built beauty.
|Anybody call for a taxi? This bright yellow 1975|
beetle looked great with it's taxi sign on the roof
and sun visor which both helped to make this
super shiny bug stand out.
|This gorgeous 1967 sky blue beetle looked |
fantastic with it's contrasting cream coloured
steel wheels. This was another car that looked
just as Volkswagen had intended it to look.
|This late 1950's beetle looked stunning with it's|
flawless deep red paint, perfectly straight body
panels and super shiny chrome trim.
|You can see from this angle just how perfectly|
straight the body is and how good that paint job
is. I did like the colour coded painted wheels.
|Another pair of 1950's / early 1960's beetles|
in almost original condition. The standard of
vehicles at the Simply VW day was amazing.
|Adrian's 1977 Fire bus in which carries all their|
VW stock to different shows. Adrian also owns
a 1970 beetle that he uses as a daily driver.
|This lovely 1971 pastel yellow RHD type 182 |
trekker stood out amongst the other VW's that
were parked next to it mainly because it was
a Trekker, and because of the unusual colour
but also because of...
|The two grass parasol's and the hammock at|
the back of the car. I'm not sure why they were
there, but it did look good and suited the car
perfectly, the only thing missing was the beach.
|This super clean cabriolet looked fantastic in|
it's black and red colour scheme. The polished
Porsche wheels and chrome trim finished off
this car's great looks.
|This really was a show standard vehicle. The|
attention to detail was amazing.
|This gorgeous turquoise 1961 Karmann Ghia|
looked fantastic parked up. This lowered KG
looked like a U.S. import, and had a narrowed
front beam with BRM wheels.
|On route to the show, I joined the M271 and saw|
this lovely pre 63 split window beetle just ahead
of me, so I sped up to try and catch him up, but
I was doing 60 mph and this little beetle was just
pulling away from me like I was standing still.!
|This great little show really did have something|
for everyone, a lovely yellow 1972 fastback, a
blue 1967 squareback, and a notchback all
lined up together.
|This 1977 late bay stood out with it's super|
bright green paint and Fuchs wheels. This really
was a nice clean bus that had several cool
accessories such as the 3 bow roof rack, the
chrome headlight peaks, but most of all because
|The use of a scooter, well the back half anyway|
for use as a buddy seat. It was painted in the
same bright green as the bus, this really was a
cool looking interior.
|This stunning black and white 1967 split screen|
belongs to a wedding hire company. It would
certainly create a good impression for the bride
to arrive at the church in this beautiful bus.
|This 1986 Karmann Gypsy was another rare |
and sought after vehicle. The Gypsy was only
produced from 1986 - 1989 and a total of only
741 were produced on the type 3 (T25) chassis.
|We have all heard of the 'barn find' buses that|
end up being show winners, well this is one of
those barn finds. This 1966 split screen was
found in a barn in the U.S. and shipped to the
U.K for the restoration to start.
|This is the result of many years hard work and|
dedication. This really is a rags to riches story.
|The interior, is as you would expect of the same|
high quality. I don't think there was a single
square inch of the bus that was not worked on
during the transformation, which is probably why
this bus won 2nd place in the peoples choice.
|This 1968 deluxe microbus had some serious|
patina going on, which is normally a sign of the
bus spending a long time in direct sunlight or
other forms of extreme weather, but doesn't it
|I'm guessing, but as this looks like a U.S. import|
I'd imagine it'll be the hot east coast sun that
has caused this cool looking patina.
|Open safari screens on a split screen just look |
so right, as this 1967 deluxe bus proves. This
baby blue and white bus had painted steel
wheels with whitewall tyre's that also looked
just about perfect.
|The unusual colour choice on this pre 63 split|
screen actually works really well. It's sort of an
olive colour with black over the top. It's also
unusual to have the darker colour on top.
|A nice diversity of buses around every corner|
at the Simply VW day at Beaulieu.
|This 1978 South African panel van looked great|
in it's bright orange paint. This van really was
immaculate and has obviously had an easy life
compared to most of these utility vehicles.
|A lovely white over black 1963 split screen. The|
BRM wheels looked great and complimented
the paint scheme.
|This gorgeous 1964 type 34 Karmann Ghia|
looked fantastic in it's bright red paint with a
black roof. The type 34 was introduced in 1961
and in 1962 it was only the 2nd car in the world
to offer an electrically operated steel sun roof.
|These are commonly know as the 'Razoredge'|
but in Germany they were called 'Der Grobe
Karmann' (the big Karmann) and 'European
Ghia' in the U.S.