Saturday, 5 March 2016

Dub Freeze 2016 (part 2 of 2)

This weeks blog is part two of a two part review all about the 'Dub Freeze' VW Show that was held at Bingley Hall, County Show ground, Weston Road in Stafford ST18 9DB over the weekend of 20th - 21st February 2016. (If you missed part one you can go to 'My Blog Archive' to the left of this page and find the review there) So just to recap for those who missed part one....The showground was open from 3pm on the Saturday for the hardy campers with plenty of space assured. The on site bar was also open on the Saturday night, which may have helped to keep the cold out for those who camped out on a cold and wet Saturday night in February in the U.K. I knew a few people who camped at the show and they confirmed that it was cold and very wet as it rained for most of the evening / night. Sunday was the main show day with the gates opening at 08.00am. The main show was held inside Bingley Hall with over 100 traders selling all sorts of VW related items. Also in the hall were numerous vehicles on display, there were plenty of food and drink vendors on the site to cater for most tastes and clean toilets. However for me the main attraction was the hundreds upon hundreds of both air-cooled and water cooled Volkswagen's parked within the grounds of Bingley Hall. I have been to this show a couple of times now and have really enjoyed it so I decided to go again this year. Bingley Hall is about a 220 mile return journey from my hometown so I decided to shoot up there in my more economical and quicker T4, rather than take my slower 1969 microbus. The show opened quite early, but I didn't get there until about 10.00am by which time the car park at Bingley Hall was full so I had to park in the overflow car park with hundreds of other Volkswagen's. The blog review continues as I wander around the grounds of Bingley Hall looking at all the Volkswagen's.
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I did like this 1990 T25 crew cab pick up. I'm
not sure if it was a syncro version or not but
it did look good. I do like the 'off road' style
of Volkswagen regardless of which model.

This gorgeous green 1967 beetle looked great
parked up. I do like that colour which looks
similar to Pacific Blue. I did like the chrome
towel rail bumpers and roof rack which always
look good on an early beetle.

This really was a nice straight bug with a lovely
coat of paint. The BRM (I think) wheels looked
made for this car and suit it perfectly.

WOW, this 1981 T25 crew cab must surely be
riding on air suspension to sit that low. The
RAT look of this double cab suited it's low

This really did stand out, you can see just how
low this old workhorse sits from this angle. I don't
know what make those wheels are but they suit
this very low bus.

Friends of mine, Arron and Robyn were at the
show and they camped over the weekend in 
their gorgeous 1960 split screen. The front
facing photo I took of their bus didn't come
 out for some reason so I pinched one of
 Robyn's photos. (Hope you don't mind Robyn?)

This really is a stunning bus that they have named
'Sammy'. This bus is finished to an 
almost a show
 standard, and no expense is spared in keeping
Sammy on the road and in this condition.

High or low, how do you like your bus to sit? 
However you like your Volkswagen you'll be sure
to find it at the Dub Freeze show.

This very cool retro looking 1972 bay caught
my eye. I just love those old skool stripes and
the high stance on this late bay. The alloy mesh
visor and chrome 5 spoke wheels were nice
additions to this lovely bay window.

This 1969 early bay looked like a nice clean
and straight bus. Finished in red with a white 
roof this bus really was a good example.

The '69 looks to be riding at stock height which
I like, and I think looking at it, it could be a U.S.

How nice is this pre-1963 split screen panel
van? It's finished in a satin baby blue colour,
including the roof and looks gorgeous. The 
painted banded steel wheels help make this 
van look tough. The full length roof rack was
a nice accessory.

This lovely van looked so clean and the body
panels were so straight. This really was a nice
looking split screen van.

This photo gives you an idea of the diversity
of Volkswagen's to be seen at Dub Freeze.
Whether your into show winning standard
vehicles or bugs and buses that have the
RAT look, you'll find them all parked up within
the grounds of the show.

I have a real liking for panel vans and this 1964
split screen caught my eye. It looks as though
it's been lowered slightly and running polished
Fuchs style wheels. The dove blue (I think)
paint looked gorgeous as did the blue perspex
in the cab doors. This really was a perfectly
straight van. The chrome headlight grilles add
the finishing touch.

You can see just how straight this lovely panel
van actually is. The clear tail light lenses give
the back end a clean crisp look.

The blue tinted rear window, the 3 bow roof rack
and clear tail light lenses all help to make this
van unique.

One of the vehicles up for sale at Dub Freeze
was this 1970 U.S. import. This was imported
from San Diego and used to be a military sea-
lift command vehicle.

Extra vents in the lower quarter panel, I'm not
sure why though...?

This bus had a current M.O.T. and a fully rebuilt
engine. It also had many new parts including,
battery, lights and carburettor. I did like the 

stencil on the tailgate, " 45 MPH MAX". This bus
could be yours for £10,000 ($14,200 approx)

Painted and shiny or patina'd and dull, whatever
you tastes, you'll be sure to find it at this great
weekend show in Staffordshire.

This gorgeous 1964 21 window samba looked
gorgeous in it's perfect white over baby blue
paint. The BRM wheels suit the overall look of
this lovely old split screen.

This bus has had a lot of work carried out on it
over the years including many new panels, a new
rag top, headliner and paint to mention just a
few. This lovely samba was up for sale for
£35,000 ($48,657 approx)

Another bus for sale was this gorgeous patina'd
1970 early bay. It's a U.S. import and has been
registered in the U.K. and has a current M.O.T.

This early bay did look quite solid. It has a strong
1.6 engine and all the brake pipes have been
replaced. It also has U.K, lights fitted. This bus
could be yours for £8000 ($11,200 approx)

This stunning 1966 sundial split screen was
immaculate. This bus is another U.S import this
time from Arizona which means it's going to be
nice and solid underneath. 

This really was a nice bus, the body was perfectly
straight and the paint was flawless. This bus has
had many new parts including, brakes, shocks,
fuel lines and filter, clutch and cable. All this for
price of £20,750 ($29,000 approx)

Regular readers will know I just love panel vans
and this 1965 U.S. imported panel was gorgeous.
The body was perfectly straight and painted in
a lovely white over blue colour scheme.

This really was a nice straight panel van, as this
photo shows. This bus was running a stock
1500 single port motor and stock wheels. This van
was up for sale for £18,000 ($25,000 approx)

A pair of early 1960's split screen buses parked
up. Similar in age but so different in every other
aspect. The good thing about this show is the
great mix of Volkswagen's all parked together.

This super bright green and white 1967 split
screen was another vehicle for sale. This bus
was stunning and finished to a show standard.

I didn't find out much about this gorgeous split
screen, but looking at the pictures you can tell
no expense was spared on building this bus.

It had twin roof racks, a 2 bow and a 3 bow which
looked great and polished Fuchs style wheels.
This bus was up for sale for £29,950 ($41,600

This lovely 1975 bay window looked nice. It
really was clean and tidy. The tinted side
windows suited the white over blue paint scheme
on this bus.

This 1969 deluxe bus was another U.S. import
and had the tell tale U.S. patina.There wasn't
much info about the bus but it looked like a
typical solid U.S. import.

The patina looked good so I assume the bus
came from a sunny state in the U.S. It did need
some TLC but for £10,000 ($14,000 approx)
you could do a lot worse and it does have the

RAT look which is all the rage at the moment.

This cool looking yellow type 3 (fastback) was
nice and clean. It's a rare automatic model with
centre line drag alloy wheels. It was resprayed
a while back and has a few rust spots starting
to come through, but that doesn't matter.

The interior was pretty much standard and in a
really nice condition. The alloy mesh visor and
roof rack were some nice additions. This T3
was up for sale for £5,250 ono ($7,200 approx) 

This lovely looking 1966 split has the RAT look 
and it looked great. The rough looking body and 
the patina paint made this bus stand out. I did
 like the cyclops light on the cab roof.

It's all about the small details and this '66 had
some nice touches such as the chequered
design in the headlights and the hard to find
'Michelin man' on the towel rail bumper.

The all red rear light lenses along with the 3 bow
roof rack, with ladder suit this old bus perfectly.

Heading back to the car park I saw this gorgeous
1969 cherry red beetle parked up. This really was
a nice and clean looking bug. I did like the single
yellow spotlight which was a nice addition as 
were the classic BRM wheels.

The body panels on this old bug were perfectly
straight and the deep red paint gave off an almost
perfect reflection. Another nice addition was the
small chrome fog light tucked under the bumper.

This 2001 T4 caught my eye and I thought it
looked great. It looks as though it has been
wrapped in an oak flooring effect vehicle wrap,
and the result looked fantastic.

A close up showing the detail. This really was a
nice looking T4. Even if vehicle wrapping isn't
your thing, you have to admit it looks cool.

The whole vehicle had been wrapped in the
wood effect and I did like this look. It certainly 

stood out amongst the other 100 or so T4's
 parked up in the overflow car park.

OK I was trying to be artistic in this profile photo
on a lovely 1960's beetle. I don't think the photo
worked that well, but I did like this car.

Now this 1969 /1970 high top early bay really
was nice. I do like these high tops, I know they
aren't to everyone taste but personally Id' have
one tomorrow if I could. This bus also had a
narrowed front beam judging by how far the front
wheels are tucked under the cab.

The angle of this photo shows just how nice the
high top bays really are. I liked the fact that it
wasn't painted and shiny, but it just looked like
a nice honest high top bus.

Spot my camouflage T4,  that was quite easy
eh? and I thought camouflage was supposed

to hide things (!). You can see from this photo
 just how many water cooled T4's / T5's were 
parked up in the overflow car park. I didn't have
 time, nor the space on my blog to photograph 
every vehicle, suffice to say I did have good
 look around and there was no end of nice
 looking vehicles both air and water cooled.

So that was my 2 part review of the 2016
Dub Freeze show. Once again it was a
fantastic show, and very well attended,
in fact maybe too well as the grounds of 
Bingley Hall were packed with hundreds
upon hundreds of Volkswagen's, and so was
the massive overflow car park. The show
had loads to do all day and plenty to see.
If you missed this show and plan to go next
year, my advise would be to get there early
on the Sunday or even camp over on the 
Saturday night. 

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