Monday, 11 April 2016

Volksworld show 2016 (part 2 of 3)

Welcome to part two of my review of the Volksworld show. In case you missed part one you can find it to the top left of this page in 'My blog Archive'. The 2016 U.K. Volkswagen show season in the kicked off in style over the weekend of 1st  - 3rd April with the Volksworld Show at Sandown Park Racecourse, in Esher, Surrey KT10 9AJ. This annual show is organised by the Volksworld magazine ( it attracts entrants and visitors not only from the U.K. but also across the whole of Europe, and the U.S.A. Due to the excellent venue this show boasts two floors of top quality show cars, plus hundreds more quality vehicles on display outside in the show and shine arena and at the club stands, and you will even find plenty of quality Volkswagen's of all descriptions in the public car park. There are numerous traders selling everything Volkswagen, from curtains and cushions to wipers and wheels, and yet a another floor dedicated to an auto jumble, which is a good place to source those hard to find original items. There are numerous catering vendors where you can get some hot food and hot / cold drinks, but beware they are expensive (£5 for a bacon bap !), and of course the show has the very attractive Volksworld girls.! There is also provision available for overnight camping for the hard core campers who want to spend all weekend at the show. Visitor numbers at the show each day run into the thousands and the day visitor car park gets full up very quickly so I decided to get an early start, I had arranged to take some friends of mine, Dave and Angela down to the show so they collect their 'Comic Relief' Beetle that they had on show outside the main entrance, as they have done every year for the past 21 years! The blog continues as I wander around the show halls admiring all the top quality vehicles.
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This 1955 oval window beetle looked stunning.
The attention to detail on the old bug was really
amazing. The finish on that metallic grey paint

The interior was finished to the same high
standard with red leather seats and door cards,
with grey square weave carpet and a grey wool

The type 1, 2276cc motor was also very clean
and detailed. This oval runs on painted Empi
5 spoke wheels with disc brakes all round.

Yellow is my favourite colour so it's no wonder
this super bright yellow 1961 beetle caught my
eye. The yellow is actually a Porsche colour
and with all the chrome trim removed this old
bug looked gorgeous. The black painted Fuchs
wheels are in stark contrast to the bright body.

The interior was in a contrasting tan colour with
the race style bucket seats re trimmed with oak
coloured leather in fatbiscuit style. This interior 

had a clean, crisp and simple look to it.

The power for this bug comes from a 1915cc
engine detailed and painted in Harley Davidson
paint. Again the engine bay also looks so crisp 

and clean.

I approached this 1957 split screen from the
front and thought it had a race theme to it, but
didn't think much of it... until I got to the back of
this old panel van.

Then I realised it didn't only have a race theme,
it was a race van.! The old '57 split screen body
sits on a fully boxed chassis with suspension
set up with Porsche brakes.

Power for this drag bus was a 3 litre 4 cylinder
air-cooled motor with a huge turbo bolted on. I
didn't find out any stats on how fast this bus is,
but I think the wheelie bars give you a clue.

This 1963 split screen had the most incredible
colour green paint and this really was what I

call a show vehicle. 

The custom interior was just as immaculate as
the exterior and looked almost too good to use.

This 1957 dove blue split screen panel van was
really nice. It has been seriously lowered and
looked so cool with the safari screens and the
cyclopes light on the cab roof.

The interior was bespoke made and crafted
from oak, tweed and leather and it looked so
nice. The matching colour sign written
 can was a nice touch. 

The jerry can and the body of this split has been
sign written, and as a budding sign writer I took
a close look at the sign writing and was blown
away with the quality and standard of the work.

Another bright yellow show vehicle was this
stunning 1965, 21 window split screen samba.
This lovely lowered bus was running on 17"

 wheels with low profile tyres.

The gorgeous interior was a mixture of grey and
black upholstery with wood units and looked

This immaculate bus really was finished to a
show standard, the paint work and chrome was
amazing. The bus has disc brakes on all four

The power for this old '65 comes from a 2 litre
WRX turbo powered Subaru engine, which is
becoming a trend over here in the U.K. These
Subaru conversions can be done relatively easily
and there are a few companies over here doing
these conversions.

This lovely 1956 Agave green beetle has had
an amazing transformation as it was found in
a breakers yard as an accident damaged
vehicle that had been written off. The body was
blasted back to bare metal and either original
panels or quality replacement panels were used
to rebuild the '56.

It has a narrowed IRS on the rear, with narrowed
link and king pin front suspension. The polished
wheels are deep 6" Fuchs at the rear with 
up the front. The 2130cc turbo powered engine 
was also detailed to an incredibly high standard.

This old bug has Porsche 996 brakes all round
so it's going to stop without any problem. The
attention to detail even under this car is amazing.

The interior trim was made by Lenny Copp of
West Coast Classics in California and he used
original material throughout. This really was a
nice looking original interior.

This 1975 VW powered puma GT was on the 'Just
Kampers' stand and looked great. These Puma's
were made in Brazil and it's a fibreglass body on
the original Volkswagen floor pan.

These exotic sport cars were a hit in Brazil, but
are hard to find today as only about 22,000
were built. This beauty was for sale for the price
of £19,995 ( $27,000 approx)

The familiar flat 4 nestled in the back of the
Puma GT. This really was a nice looking car.

This fibreglass bodied car really did look nice
from every angle, although I'd guess trying to
find body parts could be somewhat difficult.

This lovely type 321 Barsilia 1600LS came from
a huge private museum. The interior had been
'plastic wrapped' when new at the VW dealer
to stop sweaty customers damaging a lovely
demonstration vehicle. It was almost new with

only 5000 miles on it when it went from the show
-room to the museum where Just Kampers 
purchased it from in November 2015.

It would be hard to find a better example with
such low mileage and would make an amazing
addition to a museum or private car collection.
This Brasilia was up for sale for £19,995
($28,200 approx)

Another Brazilian vehicle Just Kampers had
brought over from Brazil was this 1965 split
screen microbus. This bus was built using 50%
German imported parts and is a stunning
example. This bus was also for sale for the sum
of £28,500 ($40,259 approx)

Just Kampers had a competition for someone
to win this red Brazilian type 3 square back. I
entered my details on the entry card, so now I'm
just sitting here waiting for the phone to ring to

let me know that I've won this beauty...

The Managing Director of Just Kampers was
on holiday with his wife in the U.S, when he saw
this 'Lil Bugger' back in 2014. It has a 1600cc
twin port engine and was originally intended to
be a complete motor home based on a beetle.

Inside it is deceptively large with enough room
to stand up (about 6' tall) and would make an
ideal catering vehicle or food truck, or could be
turned back into a motor home. It has stable doors
on both sides, ideal for serving food or taking
payment. The polished aluminium body looks
fantastic and certainly stands out.

The deep dish polished wheels finished off the
cool look of the Lil Bugger. I really do like this

as it's just so unusual.

Not the best photo of the inside but it gives you
an idea of what it was like inside. These Lil
Buggers are very rare, especially in Europe and
this was for sale for offers over £15.000
($21,200 approx) Now if only I had that sort of
spare cash I would buy it this in a heat beat.

This stunning 1965 split screen 'Sundial' camper
looked great in ivory over green. The matching

colour coded towel rail bumpers suited this old
bus perfectly and gives the bus an 'old' look..

This lovely '65 has full IRS suspension and disc
brakes on all four corners. The wheels are 16"
Bullet wheels which kept the old look of this bus.
The interior was a lovely mix of cream and ivory
leather with an alcantara roof lining.

The very detailed 2.4 motor not only looked good
but it also pushes out 140 BHP. The engine was
specially built for this bus and is from Los Angeles.

This gorgeous beige grey over sealing wax red
11 window South African split screen was totally
immaculate. This RHD that was imported back
in 1999. The wheels are standard steels painted
to match the bus with the original spec tyres.

The lovely interior has been fully rebuilt in oak to
replicate an early Devon design. This bus has the
insulated headliner, which was a South African
'extra'. The cushions, curtains and other soft
furnishings were all made by the owners wife.

This lovely retro looking 2 ring cooker was
attached on the side door and looked made for
this bus. It really is about the little things that make
 a bus stand out.

This bus also boasts a 2007cc stroker engine with
balanced crank and flywheel. It has polished
and ported heads with twin 40 Dellorto carbs.
The South African buses benefited from having 6 

pop out side windows, extra side engine vents 
and a roof air vent.

That was part 2 of the Volksworld show 2016,
the third and final part will be next Saturday where
I venture outside to take a look at the vehicles
parked up in the club displays, and the vehicles 
from individual entrants and also take a look
at some of the vehicles in the day visitor car park.

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