Sunday, 30 August 2015

Outcast VW Club, August Monthly Club Meet.

This weeks blog review is about the Outcast VW Club which is not so much a club, but more of a group of friends who have Volkswagen's, either air-cooled or water cooled and who like to meet on a regular basis to chat about well, almost anything. The club was formed by Claude, Stuart and myself back in July 2012 to enable local Volkswagen owners to have a regular place to meet up and discuss their vehicles. On the first club meet we had just 4 vehicles attend the club meet, today we can have up to 20 vehicles. You can read about our second Outcast Club meet here   There is plenty of opportunity to ask advise about how to do something or how to fix something on your VW, as well as give advise to other members on how you fixed or done something. There is also opportunity to chat about what ever arises. We are a friendly relaxed group and welcome new members. To become a member of the Outcast VW Club all you have to do is turn up at a club meet. We hold regular monthly meets but there is no obligation to come along every month (we do understand people have a home life!) We meet on the first Thursday of each month, come rain or shine and throughout the year at The Charter Public House, 2 Rimmington Way, Aylesbury, HP19 8AW, from 7.00pm onwards. It is located on the main A41 towards Waddesdon close to McDonald's so it's easy to find. Our members have a diverse array of vehicles from split screen and bay window buses to early beetles, to off road beetles to the newer T4 and T5's and a few Golf's and a Lupo.
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About 12 -18 months ago fellow Outcast VW
Club member John bought this gorgeous satin
white over satin blue split screen kombi. This
bus was really nice, the body panels looked
perfectly straight, the satin paint looked almost
flawless, and it sat just right.

The chrome bumpers were shiny and looked
like new, the painted steel wheels were finished
to the same high standard as the body so you
would think John would be happy with his new
purchase wouldn't you? So would I, but John
wasn't and shortly after purchasing the bus he
announced that he was taking off the road for a
complete rebuild.!  I have to admit I thought he
had gone mad, but John had a vision in his

mind on how he wanted his bus to look and
at this months club meet John debuted his 
newly rebuilt bus and wow what a difference...

The first thing you notice is the new colour of
mango and white. This two tone colour
combination on a split screen always looks
good and John's is no exception. John was
saying that there are a few minor paint defects
that he isn't happy with, but these will get sorted 

once it goes back to the paint shop. But overall 
the paint finish is to a very high standard. The
 twin NOS yellow fog lights mounted to the 
colour coded towel rail bumpers finish off the 
new look to the front end. 

The new colour transforms the looks of this bus
giving it a fresh new look. The floor pan and the

whole underside is also painted to the same 
high standard in the mango colour. New wheels 
add some sparkle to the clean fresh new look.

Perfectly straight panels covered with an almost
flawless coat of paint provide almost perfect
reflections. John has also had a complete new
suspension set up fitted which should provide
better handling and a smoother ride.

The rear end is so good looking with the
colour coded bumpers. What a difference a 
colour change can make to a vehicle.

The repaint also included all the interior which
is finished to the same high standard. New
flooring and upholstery compliment the colour.

The new tan vinyl upholstery and door cards
 were all re-trimmed by 'Bromsgrove Auto 
these guy's are specialists in re-trimming VW's 
and the whole of John's interior only took 
about a week to complete from start to finish. 

Looking inside the cab area of John's split
screen you immediately become aware of how
nice the paint finish is and how nice the new
upholstery looks and smells. Well done John,

the bus looks awesome.

A regular at our club meets is Kevin who came
along in his off road beetle. Kevin regularly
competes in off road trails all over the U.K.
Kevin also has a crew cab T25 pick up that
he uses as a daily driver.

Kevin's newly painted pink wheels, I'm not
going to say a word, but you can add your
own caption here:....................................

Sam also came along in his off road trial Bug.
Kevin and Sam are father and son and Sam
often joins Kevin in their trialling pursuits. This

Bug is also Sam's daily driver.

Stuart and his son Tim came to the club meet
in his 1970 green Beetle that Stuart uses as a
daily driver. Stuart also has a turbo powered
1971 early bay.

My 1969 Microbus actually looks quite clean and
shiny, not quite sure why..? but she does look

good in the evening sunshine.

Claude's 1960 split screen kombi was looking
as clean as ever. This Californian imported bus
sees plenty of mileage with several road trips
into Europe already under it's belt.

Dave and Angela came along to our club meet
in their 1967 split screen which has just taken
them on a 2000 mile plus round trip across

Europe including Belgium and Germany and
France without any mechanical problems.

Gary came along in his new look early bay.
Gary has had the bus lowered and recently
purchased the white Empi 5 spoke wheels
and the front over riders. These changes
 make the bus look so different.

The variety, the standard and the sheer
numbers of Volkswagen's at the Outcast VW
Clubs monthly meet is always very impressive
which is a testament to the dedication of
the members.

Split screens, early bays and late bays line up
together. The diversity of vehicles at the Outcast

Club's monthly meet is fantastic.

Aaron and his partner Robyn came over for
the first time from Milton Keynes in their 
gorgeous 1960 split screen bus called 
'Sammy''. Aaron and Robyn recently got 
back from a trip to Wolfsburg in Germany
 in their bus and apart from a minor brake 
issue the bus behaved itself perfectly
and never missed a beat.

Ryan came over to our club meet in his cool
1970 early bay. Ryan's bus is running a 2054

cc engine with CB044 heads, an FK8 cam,
1:4 ratio rockers, full flow oil flow, oil cooler
with fan and a custom oil breather. It also has
44mm modified Kadron carbs, and a CB bell
crank linkage.. and yes it does goes very well.

Luke came over with Ryan in his 1975 white
over light blue late bay. Luke's bay is running

a standard 1600 motor with a centre mounted
Dellorto DRLA & GT style exhaust. Both Ryan 
and Luke are members of a new Volkswagen
group called 'VW Collective' on facebook.

Three generations of the Volkswagen bus
parked up side by side in descending order

at the Outcast Clubs monthly meet.

New member Pete came along in his cool
looking Mk1 white Golf convertible. This 1990
rag top looked in fantastic condition.

Water cooled and air cooled Volkswagen's
parked up side by side. All Volkswagen's are
welcome at the Outcast Club monthly meets.

The Outcast VW Club is a very relaxed and
informal gathering full of friendly of like minded
people who offer a warm welcome to all

Looking along the main line up of vehicles at
the Outcast VW Club monthly meet.

Looking along the main line up of vehicles at
the Outcast VW Club monthly meet.

Ryan and Luke are having a leisurely stroll
around looking at all the members vehicles at
the Outcast VW Clubs monthly meet.

The members of the Outcast Club are friendly
bunch of people, who just love to talk about
 their vehicles and show off what they have
done to them.

Looking along the main line of members
vehicles parked up at The Charter. As usual
the variety of both air-cooled and water cooled
Volkswagen's was amazing.

A nice trio of buses parked up at the Outcast
Club's monthly meet.

The car park is big enough so that the Outcast
Club can all park together without bothering
other customers. This also allows for some
great photo's of members vehicles.

A better look at the Outcast Car Park who
meet at The Charter Inn, 2 Rimmington Way,
in Aylesbury. HP19 8AW on the first Thursday
of each month throughout the year.

We had another new member turn up this month,
Jason in his 1987 white high top T25. It was
great to meet him and we hope he enjoyed
his visit to our club meet and hope he will come
back again in the near future.

It's almost dusk and Ryan and Luke have
quite a distance to get home so they said
their goodbye's and headed off home.

A rather fuzzy photo of Luke leaving the club
meet. I did like the white LED driving lights in
the indicators. It was great to see both Ryan
and Luke at our club meet and we hope it's

not long before they come back again.

Amanda came along later in the evening in her
silver Golf. Amanda and her partner Simon

also have a T4.

Aaron and Robyn leaving the club meet to
head off back to Milton Keynes. This was
Aaron and Robyn's first visit to our club meet
and we hope it's not long before they both

 come back again to visit us.

So that was the August Outcast VW Clubs
monthly meet. Yet again it was a fantastic
effort by all the members to have such a
large turn out of members vehicles and 
a fantastic evening overall. Next month
we'll be into September so it'll probably 
be the last month of a daylight meet, but
hopefully the members won't be put off
by the darker and cooler nights. Our next
club meet is this Thursday coming, 3rd 
September at The Charter, 2 Rimmington 
Way in Aylesbury HP19 8AW from 7.00pm 
onwards so we hope to see you there!

Saturday, 22 August 2015

Ace Cafe, London monthly VW night.

For this weeks blog review I ventured into North West London to visit the world famous Ace Cafe, as on the 3rd Tuesday of each month they hold an air-cooled & T4/T5 night. The former transport cafe located in Stonebridge, in North West London used to be a bikers cafe back in the 1960's. Today the cafe "welcomes all who share our passion, based upon the traditions of motorcycles, cars and rock n' roll"  Virtually every night at the Ace there is something going on, whether it's bikes / hot rods & customs / Harley's / Volkswagen's or just one of the numerous cool rock and roll bands they have playing there's bound to be something for everyone. I haven't been to the Ace for the air cooled night for 4 months so I thought I'd drive the 40 miles into town to see what was new.
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Looking across the Ace Cafe car park from
the entrance door to the cafe. The quality
Volkswagen's are starting to arrive, but it's still
quite early in the evening.

This lovely looking 1969 pop top early bay
looked great parked up in the summer
evening sunshine.

Another pop top early bay but this time it's a
white over bright yellow 1971 bus. The yellow
really glowed in the evening sunshine.

Sarah and Gareth were at the Ace Cafe ( I
assume they were as I didn't actually see them)
in their gorgeous 1967 Ivory over Bahama 
Blue split screen. Sarah and Gareth are 
both members of the Herts VW Club. I have
just seen a facebook post from Sarah who
says that their bus 'Tigi' has just taken them
on a 1100 mile trip around France, and never
the bus missed a beat.

Looking at the photo's from the Ace Cafe air-
cooled meet I have noticed that all the bay
window buses were all pop top versions. That's
unusual as normally there are at least a couple 
of tin top bays there. Anyway this white over 
bright green 1972 late bay looked great parked
up. I do like the clear indicator lenses (as
opposed to the original amber ones), on both
late and early bays as I think it gives the
front end a cleaner fresher look.

This gorgeous silver over pastel yellow 1968
split screen looked awesome. It was flawless
in every detail and looked great parked up.

Another pop top bay, this time it's a white over
light blue 1977 late bay. Again it has the clear
front indicator lenses which helps make this
nice bus stand out. This cool bus belongs to
Mark, another member of The Wolfsburg Weed
Huugers VW Club, based in Penn St.

This T25 crew cab pick up is a regular at the
air-cooled night at the Ace, I have seen this
on many occasions and it still looks as good
now as it did the first time I saw it.

I haven't seen this LT35 at the Ace before, OK
it looked a bit RAT but did look like a nice solid
bus to cruise around in and something different

from the normal buses.

This gorgeous cream over peach 21 window
1968 split screen looked fantastic in the summer

This really was a nice looking bus. It was riding
at stock height which I think suits not only split
screens but also bay's.

A good variety of buses is always guaranteed
at the air-cooled T4 / T5 monthly meet on the
3rd Tuesday of each month at the Ace Cafe.

This 1987 beige T25 caught my eye as it looked
like a nice straight clean bus, I do like the T25
and could easily have one.

Moving onto the other side of the car park is 
where the Beetle's were lined up. This bright red 
1973 model looked great with it's chrome head-
light peaks. Apart from this addition this bug 
looked pretty much original.

Mark and Claire came along in their 1972
bright purple beetle. I think this was the first
run out for the bug after recently going some
minor repairs. It's always nice to catch up with
Mark and Claire who are both members of the
Wolfsburg Weed Huggers VW Club.

This stunning Dove Blue (?) early beetle had
an almost perfect paint job over incredibly
straight body panels. It goes to show you don't
need to spend out on flashy wheels etc to have
a very desirable car or bus.

Another regular at the Ace is this Union Jack
painted beach buggy. This groovy buggy
reminds me of 'Austin Powers, International
man of mystery'. I bet this is such fun to drive
around in, but if you don't like your vehicle's
looking so bright and colourful then how about...

... this 1972 rust covered beetle? The red
painted wheels with the white wall tyres (along
with the rust covered body!) help to set this 
car apart from the other bug's. I did like the twin
 yellow spot lights mounted to the retro style 
roof rack.

 This red 1969 Beetle looked like a straight and
honest car. It didn't have a flashy paint job or
bright shiny chrome wheels but it still looked
great parked up outside the Ace.

This gorgeous Porsche 356 speedster was
parked up and looked awesome. I'm not sure
if this was an original 356 or not, but it didn't
really matter because it so nice.

The 356 has a gorgeous body shape whether
it is coupe or convertible and the light grey
colour choice on this one accentuates the
flowing body lines.

A perfect reflection in the 356's hubcap.

You can normally tell if a 356 is an original or
not by the shape of the transmission tunnel, it'll
be either squarish or rounded. I think (if my
memory serves me well) that if it's rounded it
may be a beetle chassis, and if it's more
squarish it's probably an original 356
floor pan. It's hard to see from this photo which
one this is.

This lovely 1970's white Beetle looked great
with it's bumpers removed and replaced with
the nerf bars. The aftermarket wheels suited
the look of this bug, as did the red vinyl

This lowered blue Beetle looked great with it's
white painted steel wheels. This stock looking
bug was a really nice looking Bug.

This race inspired Beetle belongs to a mate of
mine, Jonny who is a member of the Wolfsburg
Weed Huugers VW Club. I asked him for some
details of his car, and in his own words Jonny
told me "It's a 2165cc nitrous motor, with a roll
cage, it has carbon fibre 'Autometer' gauges
with a custom built bug tech race shifter and has
a fully custom hand built interior".
Jonny went on to say " It had an aluminium fuel
tank with custom mounts and of course it's my
daily driver!" I bet driving to work has never
been so enjoyable.
I'm sure I saw this cool looking 1970 Beetle
at the 'Just Kampers' open day back in June
this year. It has some neat touches such as the
Porsche 365 bonnet straps and the front side 

The deck lid looks seriously cool with the 356
air vent and leather straps. This really is one
cool cabriolet.

This stunning dark blue 1969 / 1970 Karmann
Ghia looked immaculate. The dark flawless 
paint looks striking against  the chrome trim
 and bumpers.

This 1970 light blue Beetle looked great with
the chrome head light peaks and the mesh 
windscreen visor. 

Another cabriolet Beetle, this time a stunning
gloss black 1972 model. This was another car
that looked totally original. Maybe going back
to stock is the way forward when owning a

Another regular at the Ace Cafe is this lovely
1964 mid grey beetle. This stock looking bug
(apart from the banded steel wheels) always 
looks immaculate.

This gorgeous olive green T3 fastback was
totally immaculate. The body was so straight
and covered in a flawless coat of paint.

The type 3 fastback's were produced from
1965 - 1973. The painted steel wheels look
like a perfect choice to compliment the car.

Another mate of mine Tom came along a bit
later in the evening in his early 1960's Beetle.
 This bug is a bit RAT look with the odd scuff
here and there, but it's still a lovely old bug.

Tom's Porsche 356 nipple style hub caps make
all the difference to the appearance of Tom's
daily driver.

This awesome looking 1967 beach buggy in
bright yellow looked great parked up. The colour
choice suits this car perfectly as do the wheels.

I did like the vertical exhausts and the clear
lenses on the tear drop tail lights.

The interior, for a beach buggy is surprisingly
very well equipped. This buggy had a dashboard
full of dials, lush looking yellow vinyl high back
seats and even carpet!

So that was a brief review of the monthly air-
cooled T4 / T5 night at the world famous Ace
Cafe, London. Overall a very enjoyable evening
with plenty of cool looking Volkswagen's both 
air-cooled and water cooled. The Ace Cafe
is a good venue with hot / cold refreshments
available within the 1950's rockers cafe.