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|After parking up and making my through the|
campsite and funfair I headed towards the
staging lane to the rear of the drag strip where
I saw this lovely 1960, sealing wax red split
screen panel van.
|This bus looked to be 100% original and was|
really solid. This lovely old imported van was
for sale, it had been UK registered and it also
had a current MOT certificate.
|This really was a nice stock looking panel van,|
I did like that single side window which was
unusual. All this bus for the price of £17,995
|This light gold coloured early 1960's beetle|
looked great parked up in the camping area
in the sunshine. The narrow front beam and
those Porsche nipple hubcaps helped this
low bug stand out.
|This really was a nice example of an early bug.|
Those early tail lights, the low stance and the
colour really do suit this car.
|As well as the world famous drag strip, Santa|
Pod also has an off road area where you can
take your vehicle off road and judging by the
look of this off road beetle the owner has taken
full advantage of the facilities.
|I loved the look of this high riding bug with all|
the mud splattered all over the car. Those huge
rear tyres looked they could provide plenty of
grip when the going gets tough.
|Split screen buses everywhere you looked. This|
was just a handful of splitty's at Big Bang.
|This rusty single cab pick up caught my eye. I|
do like the patina look and this bus had more
than enough patina to satisfy my cravings. The
colour matched canvas cover over the bed
looked really cool and suited the overall look.
|Nice and low with real patina... the truck style|
mirrors suited this old split. This really was a
nice looking split screen.
|Having an early bay with an 100% original body |
means you get these battle scars for free. Every
dent tells a story as they say, and I hope that the
new keeper keeps it looking like this.
|Just a few of early and late bays in the bay|
window line up. The variety was immense.
|I do like early bay panel vans and this lovey|
low sign written van won the best van award.
The faded signwriting and retro stripes have
been clear lacquered to preserve them and
all the 'ratty' bits on this bus have been left.
|This cool T25 Doka looked great in it's army|
green paint colour. I do like these T25 crew
cabs, especially as this hasn't been lowered
by too much.
|Just looking along some of the type 3's that|
were on show at the Big Bang VW festival.
|This super low Square back looked fantastic|
with it's narrowed front beam and those black
Fuchs wheels, obviously the judges in the show
and shine thought so too as it won 'best other'
award at Big Bang.
|A Better photo from the other side that was in|
the sunshine (which is quite rare at the Santa
Pod raceway!) You can see just how narrow
that front beam actually is.
|Another 1966 car in O.G. condition was this|
lovely old Fastback. It was a bit RAT looking
but that just added to it's charm.
|This RAT looking beetle looked super cool with|
it's opening windscreen and rusty body. This
old bug has been seriously lowered and sat
just about right.
|I did like the look of this bug from the front, the|
rusty hood, the single spotlight and not to
mention that opening screen all added to the
super cool look of this ratty beetle.
|This 1972 green beetle caught my eye, I think|
it was how high it sat and how well those big
tyres sat under the stock arches that grabbed
|Just a handful of the beetles on display behind|
the staging lane at the Santa Pod drag strip.
|This is the 'Rothfink' beetle that attends many|
shows throughout the VW season. It's a 1963
rag top and has a very Ratty look. This really
is one of the better RAT look bugs around at
|I have to admit, I don't know what wheels they|
are but I do like them and they suit the bug
|This early 1950's grey beetle looked like it was|
pretty much standard including the original paint
which was starting showing it's age. I did like the
overall look of this classic bug.
|Considering the beetle was designed over 60|
years ago, you have to admit, it is still a lovely
looking design. This standard bug looked great
and so original that and I wouldn't be surprised
if it still had the original air in the tyres!
|This post '58 matt black Volksrod looked as|
though it may have had the body channelled
as it sits so low. I did like those tall skinny
tyres on the painted steel wheels.
|I did like the deep dish banded rear wheels|
with the whitewall tyre combination. The roof
chop adds to this cars aggressive look.
|This 1968 white bug looked like a nice car|
that was clean and tidy. I did like the steel mesh
screen visor that I think suits the beetle.
|The sheer variety of not only split screen buses,|
but also almost every conceivable Volkswagen
at the Big Bang festival was truly immense.
|I noticed this Plymouth roadrunner heading|
towards the race track on the back of a low
loader. I think this could be the 'Daytona'
version of this classic American muscle car.
More photos of this in the next blog entry.
|This gorgeous white over light blue 1965 split|
screen was immaculate. The body was so
straight which was complimented by the lovely
coat of paint. The 2 bow roof rack looked a nice
accessory that suited the bus.
|You can see just how straight this 51 year old|
bus really is. I did like the Porsche 356 chrome
wheels, which are the same as I have on my
|I spotted this 1963 sign written single cab pick|
up parked just a few spaces away from my bus
in the day visitor car park, and I think the RAT
look on this SC looked great.