Saturday, 2 April 2016

Dub Aid Charity VW Show 2016 (part 2 of 2)

Welcome to part 2 of the Dub Aid 5 show. This show was held over the weekend of 18th - 20th March at Towester Racecourse in Northamptonshire, which if the weather is good is an ideal location for a VW show. However the forecast for the weekend was 'changable' and as the racecourse is in such an exposed location that wasn't good news. This charity show is now in it's 5th year and the previous 4 shows have raised over £22,500 ($32,000 approx) and that's even with all the costs of putting on the show each year, with the money going to the well known and very beneficial 'Great Ormond Street' Hospital for children. Unfortunately I couldn't attend for the whole weekend unlike numerous friends of mine, so I decided to drive over for just the day on the Saturday morning. Dub Aid is a local show for me as it's only 32 miles from my hometown of Aylesbury, Bucks. The blog review continues as I wander around the show looking at all the Volkswagen's parked up.
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This super low 1981 T25 crew cab was, err..
low. This awesome double cab had the RAT 
look which suited it perfectly and looked great.

I didn't find out much about this, but I did hear
it arrive into the venue, and whatever motor it
had mounted in the back judging by the noise

it made, it was big.

In the bed on the double cab, it had wood slats
and a unique petrol tank made from and old
beer barrel.

Neil, a mate of mine entered his 1997 T4 in
the show and shine, and won a prize! Neil is
a member of 'Dunstable Dubbers' VW club
 and his T4 has an old skool Hot Rod theme 
to it, from the red painted steel wheels to the
 red scallops down the side of the body.

Neil's T4 sits low and those tyres mounted
on banded steel wheels are tucked up in 
the arches. The colour matched roof rack
 is a nice touch. This is also Neil's work van.

The hot rod style louvres are polished item's
originally designed for a boat ( I think) but they
do look pretty cool on Neil's T4.

My camouflaged 1999 T4 parked next to a
clean looking 1980 Westfalia T25 in the day 
visitor car park.

This gorgeous 1967 green beetle also entered
the show and shine. I'm not sure of the name
of the colour on this beetle but I did like it. This
bug had a cal-look to it, sitting low with the
bumpers replaced with those chrome nerf
bars and riding on those black BRM wheels.

This really was a nice clean and straight bug.
The addition of that roof rack helped the overall
look, as did removing the rear bumper.

Next to the show and shine are there were
a few period cycles for sale. I did like this one,
it looks like a 1940's / 1950's Schwinn. It's hard
to tell which model as there are some pieces
missing, but it still looked ultra cool.

Another Schwinn cycle..? I did like the white
wall tryes and the huge chrome front chain
sprocket with the 'Moon eyes' decal.

Even the traders at Dub Aid were into their
VW's as this late bay proves. This bus has been
converted into a mobile fish and chip shop. I
never got to try any chips from this trader but
if his chips are as nice as his bus, then they'll
be really tasty.

Another vehicle in the day visitor car park was
this lovely bright red 1970 beetle. The body was
nice and straight and looked really solid. I did
like the chrome tail rail bumpers and horn
covers which complimented the red bodywork.

This little red bug was really clean and it looked
great parked up in amongst the silver / grey

 every day mundane cars.

Another friend of mine was there in his newly
acquired 6 berth motor home. Darren from 

Rainbow Screens has recently sold his lovely
 T5 to buy this Fiat (I think) motor home. Darren
 took the time to show me the inside of this 
beauty and it was amazing. Darren needed
 something bigger to enable him to take all his
customers quality thermal screens to the 
show for them to collect.

Rainbow Screens produce thermal screens
for the Volkswagen split screen, T2, T25, T4 

and T5 that help to keep the heat in and the
cold out, and your bus looking good whilst your

 camping. I think I'm right I'm saying they have 
also started to produce rear and rear side 
screens for the bay window models. Rainbow 
Screens can produce virtually any colour & 
design you can think of (as their flyer shows)
 they can also reproduce photographic images
 onto your thermal screen. If you fancy a 
high quality personalised thermal screen give
 Darren a call on the above number or visit 
them on either their facebook page:
or on their webpage:
and just tell Darren want you require.

Simon and Amanda are both fellow Outcast
VW Club members, based in Aylesbury and 
they came to the show in Simon's 1997 red
T4. You really can't miss Simon's T4 with
those super bright lime green wheels. Simon
has fitted the DRL headlights as the original
T4 headlights are really poor, and I'm speaking
from experience.!.

This is Simon's daily driver and those banded
wheels look just about right from this angle.
The 'Cushty 'n Retro' logo on the rear screen
is Simon and Amanda's business they sell
everything retro, so go check them out!

More friends of mine, Aaron and Robyn spent
the weekend at Dub Aid in their gorgeous two
tone 1960 split screen. This really is a nice
clean and straight bus that I never get tired 
of photographing.

The front of Aaron's splitty. I noticed the
safari screens were tightly shut all weekend
as the weather was cold and at times wet.

A nice decal (which actually looks as though
it has been sign written) on the rear screen of
the bus. 'Sammy' is the name Aaron and Robyn
call their lovely old split screen.

Arron and Robyn were joined by Robyn's
parents in their grey T5. I believe it was their
first time away and talking to Aaron I think they
enjoyed themselves. It looks a nice set up they
have here with the Outwell shelter in between
the two buses.

Another T25 crew cab, but so different for the
one at the start of this review. This one looked
pretty much stock and riding at standard height.
It was for a crew cab very clean, as most of

these have been used and abused as a 
daily workhorse.

I spotted this t25 Karmann cheetah parked up
in the camping area of Dub Aid. These really
are nice vehicles and the T25 Karmann offer
so much more room and facilities than a normal 
bus. This bus had German registration plates
so it could have been a recent import or a 
German visitor to the show.

This fantastic 1970 Sidewinder Beach buggy 
entered the show and shine, and it's easy to 
see why. This bright green buggy certainly 
brightened up the Towcester Racecourse on a 
very dull and overcast Saturday morning.

The huge rear tyres on the old skool slot mag
wheels looked great as did the custom exhaust.

The engine was detailed with a mix of chrome
and painted parts which made this rear end
stand out. I did like the fan belt cover with the
VW logo in it. Those neat LED rear lights also
looked just right and suited the buggy.

The interior was colour matched to the body
including the steering wheel, I'm just glad the sun
wasn't shining as this would have been too bright
to photograph.! 

This gorgeous 21 window samba was stunning.
I spotted it parked up in the show and shine area
and it quickly grew a crowd. This really was a
nice looking bus.

Perfectly straight and finished to such a high
standard.The black BRM wheels compliment
the black upper body perfectly.

The unmistakable front of the split screen is
such an iconic shape. This samba looked like
new and finished to such a high standard.

Walking back to my T4 getting ready to head
for home, I saw this lovely 1971 late bay finished
 in a gorgeous off white in the day visitor car park. 
The body was perfectly straight under that 
almost perfect coat of paint. This imported
bay looked great with it's chrome accessories. 

This really was a nice clean deluxe bus as this
 photo shows. This bus looks to be lowered

slightly but apart from that looks pretty much
standard. I do like stock looking buses and 
they don't get much nicer than this one.

So that was my (brief) 2 part review of Dub Aid
5, (If you missed part 1 of the review, go to 'My
Blog Archive' at the top left of this page).

Overall this is a great little show and well worth
a visit. I could only attend for one day so I elected
to go on Saturday, but having looked at the
photo's on facebook and various other VW
forums about the show it looks as though I
picked the wrong day. The Sunday had much
 better weather and of course that meant
many more quality Volkswagen's attended.

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