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|Here is a great photo of my bus at the Beach|
-Buggin show. Many thanks to Kevin for this
picture. But before Kevin could take this picture
we had to make the 100 mile journey down to
Southsea on the south coast of England.
|I met up with Kevin and his family at our club|
(The Outcasts) meeting place on the Sunday
morning at 07.30am. I'm not sure why Kevin
parked so far away from me when he arrived?
|Heading down the A3 towards Portsmouth we|
followed the pristine very early split screen for
about 5 or 6 miles before he pulled off into the
services. This old splitty didn't hang around,
I was doing about 60mph to keep up with him.
|Shortly after losing the split screen this cool|
orange beach buggy joined the A3 just in
front of Kevin and I, which we also followed
for a good 10 miles or so.
|Once we got onto the A27 West bound the|
buggy headed towards Portsmouth town
centre, whereas Kevin and I, took a shorter
and easier route. There wasn't any prizes
for guessing where the buggy were headed.!
|Heading through the town of Portsmouth I|
noticed a very low grey bug ahead of me.
Now I just had to catch him up and hope the
car in front gets out of the way so I can get
a decent photo.
|Well I did catch him up, and the car that was|
in front of me turned off so I got this cool photo.
This bug really was low and the camber on
those rear wheels was amazing.
|I did like this delivery van, hopefully I'll get to|
see it inside the show to get a better look and
take some more photos.
|Once inside the show Kevin and I parked up|
and got ready for a look around. Kevin's lovely
long wheel base twin slider T4 and my trusty
old 1969 Microbus on Southsea Common.
|This gorgeous 1964 split screen finished in white|
over bright green looked great. I have never
seen a spilt screen painted in such a bright
colour, and in theory it shouldn't work, but it
really does work well.
|This super bright bus was also super straight|
and solid and finished to a very high standard.
I did like the chrome bumpers and Porsche
356 wheels that compliment that bright green
|The gorgeous interior looked incredible and|
again finished to a very high standard.
|This lovely bus has the same wheels as I have,|
Porsche 356 rims and the super shiny chrome
hub cap gives off a near perfect reflection of the
bus parked up next to it.
|The bus in the hub cap reflection is this lovely|
1970 sierra beige (I think) Dormobile which
was super clean and very straight.
|You can see just how clean this bus was, I|
liked the fact that this bus had the painted steel
wheels, rather than some chrome or polished
aftermarket wheels as I think they suit the bus
|Looking at the show from the beach side, the|
variety of vehicles on show was immense.
|If you like your early bay's with a touch of|
patina, then this beauty should appeal to you.
This imported 1970 bus looked great with
virtually the whole body having the rusted look.
|You can see just how much patina this bay|
had, not to mention the damaged rear quarter
panel. This bus looks as though it's had a hard
life, but it still looks good to me.
|This badge was on the rear of the bus, maybe|
this bus was saved from being dismantled?
|This lovely dove blue crew cab split screen|
pick up looked really nice. I did like the narrowed
front beam and the ride height. The cyclopes
light and the twin spot lights were both nice
accessories that suited this old pick up.
|This green 1969 early bay panel van looked really|
nice with it's gold coloured bumpers. I did like
the chrome air vents that stood out against
the green paint.
|This really was a nice looking van, that was|
really straight as the reflection down the side
|This bus had some really cool pinstriping on|
it. This design was on one side of the front
panel. This really is amazing designwork work
and the brush work was amazing and it worked
so well on this old panel van.
|Even the Radar wheels were finished in what|
looks like a wood effect finish. The wheels
matched the bumpers perfectly and finished
off the overall look of this cool panel van.
|This yellow type 3 1966 Variant (square back)|
looked good parked up. I did like the 'Moon'
style spun alloy hub caps and the rusted roof
rack with the luggage trunks on.
|This old square did look very clean and straight|
and the chrome work was like new. This really
was a nice looking car.
|This lovely red type 34 Karmann Ghia was|
immaculate. The super straight body looked
fantastic with it's black roof and bright red
body. The BRM wheels were the perfect choice
and complimented the roof.
|These type 34's are such a lovely looking car,|
and when they are as clean as this one it really
does stand out in the crowd. The chrome light trim
and bumpers sparkled in the summer sunshine.
|Another type 3 but this time it's a lovely 2 door|
Notchback finished in an ivory colour. This
was another very straight and clean looking car.
|Just a handful of Volkswagen's parked up at|
the BeachBuggin show. No matter what model
of Volkswagen your into, you'll be sure to find it
at this great one day show.
|Bay window buses galore! There were literally|
hundreds of not only bay window buses, but
also, split screens, beetles, T3 / T4 / T5 / T25's,
beach buggies, trikes, bikes, and so the list
|There must have easily been 50+ scooters that|
attended the show, and this gorgeous baby
blue and white Lambretta caught my eye as it
was totally immaculate and original.
|This 1967 Karmann Ghia caught my eye as|
it was just so clean. The bodywork and paint
were both flawless and the chrome trim was
just like new.
|These Karmann's really do have such a lovely|
body shape which will always be a desired.
To think this stunning car is 49 years old, I
wonder how many modern day cars will look
this good in 49 years time?
|This stunning gloss black 1969 beetle was|
gorgeous. The lack of front and rear bumpers
gave the car a smooth flowing look, whilst the
super shiny gloss paint had been expertly
applied over a super straight body, looked
|I love this photo, the reflection in that door is|
amazing, and the black painted banded steel
wheels with the chrome hubcaps look gorgeous.
The rear wings have been tastefully widened
to accommodate the deep dish banded wheels.
|A close up showing the gorgeous banded steel|
wheel and oversize tyre on the rear of this
lovely bug. This photo also shows just how
shiny the paint is from the reflection in the
door. When was the last time you saw a
reflection that good?
|A lovely pair of similar looking split screen |
buses, same sort of bus but so different in
looks and styles.
|I did like this 1972 181 Trekker, OK it didn't|
have a show winning paint job over super
straight body panels, but sometimes a car or
bus doesn't need that to make it stand out
and be very desirable, and this was one of
|Talking of show winning paint jobs over super|
straight body panels, how about this gorgeous
1966 deluxe samba split screen finished in that
lovely two tone blue.
|This standard of this bus was exceptional, it|
looked like no expense had been spared to get
it to this condition. The 2 and 3 bow roof racks
were a nice addition that suited this bus.
|The interior was finished to the same incredible|
high standard. I did like the pastel blue units,
and matching check curtains and seat covers.
|This lovely 1973 late bay panel van grabbed|
my attention. The single colour body / roof
combination looked good and worked really
well, as did the chrome Fuchs style wheels.
|The single colour body gives this van a clean|
sleek look, and the clear front indicator lenses
also help to blend in with the body.
|Just a few of the many scooters that attended|
the BeachBuggin show. The variety of scooters
was vast as was the different styles.
|If like me, you enjoy looking at all types of air-|
cooled Volkswagen's then the BeachBuggin
show is the place to go as there is always a
great variety of really cool vehicles.
|This gorgeous early 1960's beetle looked great|
in what looked like dove blue, or something
similar with matching steel wheels with white
wall tyres. This old bug really was super clean.
|The body on this lovely beetle were perfectly|
straight and solid. The chrome work on the
towel rail bumpers and trim was like new and
the white Paris sunroof added that something
different to help make this car stand out.