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|The entrance to Santa Pod Raceway, home |
of Bug Jam has a steady flow of vehicles
entering the venue all day long. This event
attracts thousands of visitors each day.
|Having paid my £25 (!) for a day visitor I saw|
this pair of Beetles parked up, and I knew just
then that it was going to be a good day.
|A lovely Karmann Mobil or Gipsy as it's more|
commonly called. These are quite rare over
here in the U.K. and very expensive, but they
are just so nice looking.
|These are the ultimate VW camper for a lot of|
people and it's easy to see why. They provide
so much more room than a normal split or bay,
whilst still looking just as cool.
|This gorgeous white over yellow 21 window|
1965 split screen looked fantastic in the
summer sunshine. I did like the chrome 356
wheels (same as mine) and the standard ride
height of this lovely bus.
|This lovely late bay looked good in it's green|
paint with a white pop top. I think buses
that ride at stock height, whether split screens
or bay's look just a s good as lowered buses.
|This pre 1963 Beetle looked great in it's mid|
grey paint, I did like the chrome Empi 5 spoke
wheels and chrome nerf bars.
|This stunning 1965 split screen had a lovely|
two tone turquoise paint scheme which made
this bus stand out in the camping area.
|Turquoise would not have been my first choice|
for a colour, but what an excellent choice it was.
This bus really does stand out in the crowd.
|Another turquoise bus but this with a white|
upper body. This 1966 split had a lovely turret
top pop top, which I think suits a split screen.
|When you go to a VW show / event, there is|
a good chance you'll see a 'Herbie' replica,
well this Herbie looked as though he'd been
down the gym, it looked all pumped up and
|I don't know what motor this bug was running|
but I'm guessing it was big. The rear spoiler
and over size wheels are a good indication.
|This lovely 1967 split screen looked different,|
but in a good way, in it's black over green paint
scheme. The matching black wheels were a
nice contrasting feature on this deluxe bus.
|One of my facebook friends, Natasha was at|
Bug Jam with her partner in their gorgeous
1965 RAT looking split screen. This is one
of my favourite split screens in the country
at the moment.
|Walking through the camping area (where a|
lot of quality VW's are parked up all weekend)
I saw this lovely pair of split screens. I did like
the Radar wheels and the sun visor on the
white over red split.
|Yellow is my favourite colour so of course I|
was going to be drawn to this very RAT
looking split screen, with sign written panels.
|I did like the old look of this paint and of course|
the sign writing. This really was a nice looking
bus that I could look at for hours.
|This stunning super low 1967 Karmann Ghia|
looked fantastic with it's narrowed front end
and sitting so low. This really was a super
|Low is the way to go this season as this 1966|
satin black beetle proves. Those custom
wheels finish off the cool look of this bug.
|This really was a nice looking car, I did like |
the luggage rack over the deck lid and the all
red U.S. style rear light lenses.
|This notch back was one of the race cars at|
Santa Pod, I did like the play on words for
the cars name.
|WOW, how low..? This 1958 bright red beetle|
was virtually sat on the grass. It must have
been riding on air suspension...
|The super low bug had two of my favourite|
things, yellow head light lenses and some
neat old skool pinstriping.
|I did say that Natasha's 1965 splitty was one |
of my favourite's, so here it is again, parked
up at Santa Pod in the sunshine.
|This super clean all white fastback cruised |
past me so I just had to get a photo. This
really was a nice clean example of this car.
|This green 1965 single cab split screen pick |
up, was imported from the U.S. A. in 2002, it
has a 1600cc with twin Dellorto 36's. The
body was super straight and clean and the
asking price was £15,000 ($23,500 approx)
|The body panels on the 50 year old pick up |
immaculate and so straight. This really was a
lot of pick up for the money.
|Another pick up for sale was this blue 1976 |
late bay pick up. Again another clean and
straight work horse, and the price for this one
was a mere £5,995 ($9,300 approx)
|It does go to show that there are still bargains|
to be had, you just have to look hard enough.
| This bright red 1966 beetle was parked up |
and the gap between the running board and
the floor cannot have been more than 1 inch.
Another vehicle on air ride suspension?
|This gorgeous black oval beetle looked pretty|
much original and belonged to one of the
many overseas visitors to the show.
|This was one of the straightest vehicles I saw|
at Bug Jam. Look at the reflection in the door
and side panel and on the roof corner, pretty
much perfection in my eyes.
|This 1969 deluxe early bay was up for sale,|
it has a super straight and solid body with a
1641cc engine with twin carbs, it also had a
full 12 months M.O.T. you can have all this
bus for a mere £12,500 ($19,500 approx)
|I do like panel vans, and this white over bright |
yellow caught my eye. It's a 1966 split screen
with super straight body panels and running
on Empi 5 spoke wheels.
|This 1970 early bay caught my eye, it didn't|
have a flashy paint job, it wasn't running on
aftermarket chrome wheels and it wasn't so
low that it became impracticable but simply
because it was a lovely looking bus, just as
Volkswagen had designed it.
|For a similar reason this bug caught my eye.|
This 1971 was not scraping the ground as it
drove along, but was sitting high and proud.
I did like those wheels with the huge tyres
that fill the wheel arches perfectly.
|This 1975 late bay looked seriously cool with|
its retro chocolate brown decal over the
mustard colour body. A matching pop top
cover finished off the look on this cool bus.
|This extremely clean early bay belonged to |
one of the many German visitors that came
along to Bug Jam. This really was a lovely
|This stunning 1963 split screen looked great|
in it's white over teal colour paint. I did like
the colour matched wheels that suited the
overall look of this bus.
|This really was a straight bus. I did like the 3 |
bow roof rack and the white painted bumpers.
|This 1950's black oval window looked fantastic|
in it's near original condition. The black gloss
paint was so smooth and shiny it looked as
though it was still wet.!
|Fantastically smooth body panels with a near|
perfect coat of paint provide exceptional
reflections of the summer clouds in the paint.
| This pre 63 Ivory over brown split screen|
looked great in the sunshine at Santa Pod.
This bus proves you don't have to have a
radical paint scheme and flashy wheels to
have a very desirable bus.
|This oval window beetle must be another VW|
riding on air suspension as it sat on the grass
whilst parked up.
|This stunning pre 63 grey over beige split |
screen looked so nice, the super shiny Radar
wheels were a nice addition that suited the
|I spotted this 1967 beetle parked up in the |
camping area, I don't know what motor this
bug was running but judging by those trick
exhausts coming out of the rear wings could
suggest it's bigger than the standard 50hp.