Saturday, 18 July 2015

'Simply VW' show, Beaulieu Motor Museum. (part 2 of 2)

This weeks blog review is the second and final instalment about the 'Simply VW' day, organised by and held in the grounds of the world famous Beaulieu Motor Museum. This one day event was held on Sunday 28th June, with overnight camping available on the Saturday night within the grounds. This inaugural event was open to both air-cooled and water cooled Volkswagen's and promised to be a great day, judging by all the interest the event was causing on facebook. My review of the show continues as I wander around the grounds of Beaulieu looking at all the Volkswagen's in the glorious sunshine.
To see part one of this shows review and all my other blog entries, go to ‘My Blog Archive’ to the left of this 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 variety of Volkswagen's that attended this
Volkswagen show was hugely diverse, from

show standard to RAT looking and everything
in between.

A gorgeous mid '60's Karmann Ghia finished
in sliver with a black roof. This Karmann was 
super clean and perfectly straight. I did like 
the Fuchs style wheels and the overall look.

This lowered Karmann Ghia looks so good.
The chrome bumpers compliment the silver
paint. The shape of the tail lights denotes
that this Karmann Ghia was produced some-
time between 1960 - 1969.

This 1968 split screen had a very subtle two
tone blue paint scheme and with the safari 
screens and the double doors open, it looked
great. I did like the awning / cover going over
the double doors. 

Inside this two tone beauty was a lush looking
white vinyl seating arrangement which looked
so comfortable. Contrasting blue check curtains 

and cushions finished off the interior.

Another Karmann Ghia, this 1969 model looked
fantastic with it's lowered stance and the perfect
grey gloss paint.

After walking around the show for a few hour's
I headed back to my bus to have a cup of tea

and a bite to eat, this was the view looking out 
of my sliding door. It was a similar view which 
ever window looked out of, Volkswagen's
of all descriptions everywhere!

The venue started to allow vehicles into grounds
at 10.00 am, and even at midday there was still
a steady flow of VW's coming into the show.

This 1963 white over grey split screen looked 
great as it drove into the show venue, I'll have
to make a note to go have a better look at this

Beetle's and buses parked up around every
corner. The number of Volkswagen's, both air
cooled and water cooled that came along to
 this inaugural Simply VW day was amazing.

I think this is a MK1 GP buggy, although I could
be wrong but whatever it was, it was gorgeous.
I loved the aqua blue metal flake paint and the

 white interior, it reminded me of a toy car I had 
many, many years ago.

The super wide banded white wheels were the
perfect choice for this style of buggy. This was
one of those vehicles you see every so often
where everything was just right.

Fiona, my green early bay and the white early 
bay under the tree we shared for some shade.

I recognise this late bay crew cab pick up, I saw
this at the Just Kampers open day a few weeks
back. (check out my blog archive to see that
review) This really is a nice looking bus in what
looks like a dove blue colour.

Here is another bus I saw at the JK open day,
it's a gorgeous 1988 light green and white

T25 with a pop top. 

There were hundreds of water cooled VW's at
the show, Golf's, Polo's, Scirocco's, T4 / T5's
etc, but this MK1 Caddy caught my eye. I liked
the lowered stance, the wheels, the sign written
doors... well everything really.

And the icing on the cake for this cool caddy,
was the chopper style cycle on the bed. This
really was a cool combination.

The variety of air cooled vehicles at the 'Simply 
VW' show was immense. This lovely cherry red
1970 Beetle was parked up next to a very clean 
looking white T25.

This 1966 split screen panel van was painted
in a German fire truck paint scheme. This bus 
did look good, and I liked that huge spotlight on 
the roof, not the usual cyclopes light but it still
suited the vehicle perfectly.

A lovely pre '63 split screen panel van in a lovely
RAT condition. I did like the painted decal on the 

The RAT look and buses with patina are the 'in
thing' at the moment, and it's easy to see why
when you see something as nice as this van.

The unusual colour choice of cream and orange
on this 1977 late bay worked really well and
it looked fantastic.

The interior of this bus was also unique, and so
nice looking. I did like the green check pattern
on the brown vinyl seats.

This line up must be for the blue and orange
bays only. The amazing thing was, each bay 
was different from the next as each one was
an expression of it's owner.

This white over signal red early bay found a nice
patch of grass to park on. This lovely pop top bay
had numerous accessories including twin roof
racks, (with a fire pit) a cool looking sun visor,
and chrome headlight peaks and Fuchs wheels.

I'm sure I saw a T25 around here somewhere...
I just love this photo, every so often I surprise
myself with how well a photo comes out.

This 1963 white over grey split screen looked 
great with it's stock ride height and the 'old' 
looking two tone colour scheme. I did like those 
windows in the double doors.

This old split screen looked just about perfect  
from every angle. This really was a nice bus.

Mid way through the afternoon we had a short
rain shower, which was forecast so I headed
indoors as entry into the VW show gave you
access to the motor museum and the 'Top Gear'
world vehicle display. This is the electric car
that Jeremy, James and Richard made, which 

if I remember correctly they named: Eagle i-Thrust

This is what is left of the Toyota Hi-Lux that they
tried to destroy by submersing it in the sea,
crashing it into a tree, placing it on top of a high
rise building and then demolishing the building,
setting fire to it, hitting it with a wrecking ball,
but all to no avail, as the truck still started
(without any new parts) and still drove.

Who remembers the boat's the Top Gear team
made out of cars? James' Triumph Herald yacht,
Jeremy's Toyota Hi Lux, and Richard's T25
Camper van barge. If I remember correctly the

boys actually crossed the Channel on Jeremy's
Toyota in the end as the other two sank.

There is also a section for 'Cars on screen' a
selection of the famous cars we used see every
week on our favourite TV programme's. Here
is Del Boy's Reliant, from 'Only Fools and 

Horse's,  with Mr. Beans yellow Mini in the

Moving inside the main motor museum, which
has a collection of over 250 automobiles and
motorcycles telling the story of motoring on the
roads of Britain from the dawn of motoring to
the present day, suffice to say too many to take
photo's of. Having said that here is a few that
caught my eye. These two F1 cars are the
Rothmans of Damon Hill, and the Lotus of
Romain Grosjean.

Looking down onto a row of classic sports cars.
The green torpedo shaped car at the bottom of
the photo is the land speed record holder for
steam powered cars, aptly named 'The biggest
kettle in the world'. It reached an average speed
of 139.843mph at the Edwards Air Force Base
in California.

Throughout the museum there where these great
little displays of workshops / garages and shops

from yesteryear. The attention to detail was
simply incredible.

Another display of an old shop, the shelves were
crammed full of boxes of the products that were
available back in days gone by. 

On leaving the museum I noticed the monorail
and thought I could get some good ariel photo's
of the show from there, but unfortunately the show
looks half empty from my photo's, but trust me
it wasn't.

Another ariel photo, and again the show looks
empty... the monorail went around the perimeter
of the show area so I'm guessing that's why it
looks as though it's half empty.

So that was part 2 of my blog review on the 'Simply
VW' day at Beaulieu. If you missed part one check
out 'my blog archive' to the top left of this page.
This was the first VW show to be held at Beaulieu, 
and I would say it was a total success. The were
hundreds of VW's both air cooled and water 
cooled all descriptions. The atmosphere was
chilled and relaxed, and the setting along with
the weather were both fantastic. This is definitely
one show on my calendar for 2016.

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