Saturday, 10 September 2016

BeachBuggin show 2016. (part 2 of 3)

This weeks blog review is the second instalment of the 'BeachBuggin' VW show which was held on Sunday 7th August and is the ultimate VDUB show by the beach due to the amazing location on Southsea Common in the heart of the Portsmouth seafront, on the South coast of England. You can walk on and off the site all day and make the most of all the local attractions including the beach, (which is only about 100 feet from the show ground) amusement arcades and of course the award winning pier. This show always attract plenty of enthusiasts, clubs, and general public, and of course plenty of quality Volkswagen's of all descriptions. The show is unique as it's free to the walk on public who come on mass attracted by the amazing displays. The show originated with a group of beach buggy owners displaying their vehicles way back in 1998 and is run with 3/4 of all the money generated from the show going to nominated charities. This show since 1998 has so far raised well over £64.000 ($99,936)  and although the show is called BeachBuggin, you get an incredibly diverse display of Volkswagen's as well as Hot Rods and American cars / trucks, bikes and scooters. This is one of my favourite shows of the year mainly due to it's location but also for the sheer diversity of quality VW's.  This fantastic show always has a impressive turn out with about 2,500 / 3000 vehicles that all ascend onto Southsea common for a show that has to be one of the best one day shows on the VW calendar. The review continues as I wander around this great show.
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This 1967 type 3 variant was stunning. It was
finished in a lovely coat of bright white paint
that  really suited the body lines. This car was
super straight and looked as solid as the day
it came off the production line.

I do like these variants, or more commonly
known as the squareback. The blinds in the

rear windows and the super shiny chrome 
work helped to make this lovely car stand out.

This lovely 1965 split screen bus was painted
in an unusual two tone colour combination, but
it worked really well. The bronze bottom half
with the brilliant white top looked amazing.

You can see just how straight this old splitty is
by the reflection down the side of the bus. The
twin roof racks and the chrome Empi 5 spoke
wheels were both nice additions. 

Amongst all the shiny buses and bugs I spotted
this matt green high riding 1988 T25 panel van
and I just had to have a closer look. I loved the
look of this van with it's 'off road adventurer'
look. The twin spot lights, the big off road tyres
and the roof rack looked great and purposeful.

I do like the T25's, and this one appealed to
me no end. I could easily have something
like this to run around in. 

This blog is primarily an air cooled themed blog.
I do have a water cooled T4 myself, but I try 
where possible to keep the blog true to it's roots
 and feature mainly air cooled vehicles. However
this 2001 white T4 just had to be included as I
 liked it so much. The colour scheme, the wheels,
the ride height and cool windscreen visor all
pushed the right buttons for me.

Lovely painted steel wheels with huge off road
tyres looked fantastic.

The overall look of this bus was just about
perfect in my eyes. This really was a nice bus.

This lovely pastel yellow and white split screen
looked great in it's unusual colour scheme. This
early sixties bus really did look solid and apart
from the colours looked pretty much original. 

It was nice to see a 181 Trekker painted in the
colours it was designed to be in. These 181's
were designed to be used by the German
Army and this one even had the hood which
you don't see very often.

Kevin's lovely twin slider long wheel base T4
and my trusty old 1969 microbus parked up
enjoying the sunshine on the South coast at
the BeachBugging show.

This gorgeous 1968 mercury cougar looked 
an immaculate example of this American 
muscle car. The '68 was the first generation
of the Cougar and either had the 289 cubic inch
or the 390 cubic inch V8 motor.

In 1968 the Cougar featured the front and
rear side marker lights. This car really was
immaculate and just like new. 

The dark green body was perfectly straight and
the paint finish was amazing. It is always nice
to American classics at a VW show, especially
when they are as nice as this Cougar.

I spotted this gorgeous pair of early beetle's
parked up in between some later T4's. Both
these bugs although the were different styles
were both stunning and typical of the quality
of vehicle's you get to see that this show.

There were many traders at the show selling
everything you could imagine and a few of them
even arrived in their cool Volkswagen's.

A lovely dove blue crew cab pick up with the
Fuchs style wheels looked great. I was so
busy looking at the bus I didn't notice what
they were selling!.

If you have a roof rack on your beloved VW,
the trend is to have a retro suitcase strapped
onto it. This seller had just a few suitcases for

I spotted this awesome toy on one of the
stands, it's a toy 1957 Pro Street Chevrolet
car. I was tempted to buy it, but managed to
control myself as I have enough 'impulse
buys' at the moment.

I've seen this 1971 Volksrod at a few shows
this year and it still looks great. I love the look
of a Volksrod and the paint scheme on this 
one helps to make it stand out from the crowd.

The big and little wheels, roof chop, colour
scheme and those gorgeous Fuchs style wheels
all add to the overall look.

Many years ago BeachBuggin was all about
 the beach buggies and even today there is
always a fantastic selection to browse.

There were too many to photograph them all,
but this one caught my eye. I have to admit I
don't know what body this is, but I did like it.
The roof with the roof rack looked great as did
the small orange perspex windscreen. 

The styling and colour scheme took me back
to my childhood when you could get the 'Hot
Wheels' cars that were always had over the top
styling and outrageous paint jobs.

Another vehicle I have seen before is this
gun metal grey sandrail. It's styling makes it
look as though it has just come from the Mad 

Max movie and it looks great. 

Being different helps to make your vehicle,
regardless of what it is, stand out and this really
does stand out.

Beach buggies with many different body
styles / shapes and colours all gathered in
one area for the show. They certainly did draw
the crowds in.

A perfect reflection in the chrome hubcap on
the deep dish wheel of another beach buggy.

The red buggy looked good with it's unusual
body style, and it's white roof with the red flame
design. I did like the external spun ally fuel tank
sitting on the back. 

Beach buggies galore. It was great to look at
all the different styles and modifications each
owner has made to make their buggy unique.

This lovely 182 safari was totally immaculate.
This vehicle really was is a 'as new' condition.

These trekkers have a very basic interior but
then you don't buy a trekker for comfort, you
buy it for style, for passion and the history.

A stunning paint job on a stunning looking
car. This silver and black Karmann Ghia was
beautiful. I thought I got more photos of this
lovely car, but obviously not. Doh!

From the beautiful Karmann (above) to this
fantastic RAT looking single cab split screen
pick up. This really was a ratty bus that looked
brilliant. This old pick up was a lovey looking

The yellow is an unusual colour for a single
cab, but it works so well. I really did like this.

Another RAT looking split screen, but this time
it's a lovely lowered red panel van. The RAT 

look is very popular in the U.K. at the moment 
and it's easy to see why looking at this splitty. 

This is another car I have seen on several
occasions before, and like the others I've seen
before it still looks just as good as it did the
first time I saw it. 

This lovely Volksrod has too many accessories
to list here, suffice to say you could spend ages
just looking around this bug. I'm not sure if you
can see in this photo, but the rear quarter trim
is actually a saw blade.

The interior has also had an accessory overload.
I did like the 1970's chain link steering wheel
and the super tall gear lever and the leopard

print seat covers, and the door cards.

This pastel blue and white splitty was just one
of the hundreds of split screens that attended
the show. They ranged from show winning
standard to the RAT look, and I think this bus
is somewhere in between. It looked like a good
honest and solid bus.

Just a handful of the beetle's in the line up at
BeachBuggin. There were bugs from almost
every year and every conceivable style.

Here is another Volksrod that was at the show,
it's an Army green 1971 bug that has been
seriously lowered and had a roof chop. 

These Volksrods do look good without front
and rear wings, they remind me of the old
fenderless hot rods.. maybe that's why I like
these Volkrods so much. 

The interior was quite mild compared to the
previous Volksrod (above). The view looking
out of that chopped screen must be great while
driving this car around the streets.

This stunning all white 1971 single cab early
bay looked gorgeous. This pick up really was
immaculate and riding at what looked like stock
height. I did like the small front lights just above
the indicators, which I assume are side lights?

You can see just how straight and clean this
old '71 really is. This lovely truck was in a just
like new condition.

From one extreme to another was this very
patina'd 1969 Westy. The faded paint really
did look good as did the white painted steel
wheels with white wall tyres.

Patina buses are in fashion over here at the
moment and it's easy to see why looking at
this lovely bus. I did like the opening rear
screen and the roof ladder on this imported bus.

Just because your bus has patina, that doesn't
 mean you can't have lovely painted wheels with
chrome hubcaps that give off a near perfect
reflection of the pick up parked up next to you.

So that was the second instalment about the
BeachBuggin show. If you missed the first
instalment simply click on 'My blog archive'
at the top left of this page. The third and
final instalment will be next Saturday where
you can see a gorgeous 356 Speedster, a

few American classic cars, more lovely old
bugs and buses the the infamous 'Marmite'
split screen so be sure to come back next

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