Saturday, 17 December 2016

Brighton Breeze 2016 (part 3 of 3)

This weeks blog review is part 3 of 3 about the annual Brighton Breeze VW show, which this year was held on Saturday 1st October 2016 on Maderia Drive in town of Brighton. The Brighton Breeze show is organised by the S.S.V.C. (The Split Screen Van Club) which founded in 1983 by a group of guy's who loved the split screen buses. The main purpose of the club was to preserve the pre '67 Volkswagen split screen and all the expertise needed to maintain and restore them and keep them on the road. The S.S.V.C. attend many shows throughout the year, and each year they put on their own show, called The Brighton Breeze. The show is held in the same location every year, along Maderia Drive in Brighton, West Sussex on the south coast of England. Maderia Drive runs East / West from Brighton Pier to Black Rock and is only a stones throw from Brighton's infamous South facing pebble beach. Brighton Breeze is always held on the first Saturday of October, and this is a show I have attended for many years. Being a south facing beach, if the weather is good, it is really good, however if the weather is bad, then you really are in trouble. Over the years I have experienced 70 degree heat with blazing sunshine (including getting sun burnt) to storm conditions with high winds and almost horizontal rain with freezing temperatures and as it's held in October this shows success really is in the hands of the weather. This year's forecast wasn't good with rain forecast all day but that didn't put me off, I mean how bad could it be!? So early on the Saturday morning I set off for the South coast. The review continues as I carry on wandering around the show trying to avoid the heavy downpours of rain.
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To start this weeks blog review we have a trio
of buses that belong to friends of mine who are 
all members of Dunstable Dubbers VW Club. 
The first is this all white 1965 split screen 
owned by Darren. Darren is a serious dubber
who also owns a bay window, and a Trekker.!

The second bus is this 1983 T25 that belongs
to Robert (AKA Burt). Darren and Burt seem
to be at all the VW shows throughout the year,
as everywhere I go I seem to bump into them.

The final bus of the trio is this RAT looking bay
belonging to Simon. I think I'm right is saying
that this is Simon's first year of shows since
the completion of building his bus. Darren,
Burt and Simon had all volunteered to help
out by being Marshall's at the the show.

This cool looking 1986 LT28 camper parked up
caught my eye. I don't remember ever seeing one 
of these before and I'm not sure if it's a factory 
built unit or homemade, but whatever it was it did 
look very nice and practical. 

Another LT28, a 1991 in Army green with a neat
top hinged side door that came in very handy on
the sea front in Brighton to shelter from the rain.

The Army green LT28 had some trick looking
aftermarket wheels. I'm not sure what make they
are but they did look good.

This stunning early beetle really was immaculate.
The body was perfectly straight and the lovely
white paint was flawless. The chrome nerf bars
that replace the standard bumpers give this bug
a really cool Cal Look.

You can see just how clean this old bug was in
this photo. The only notable colour on this car
was the all red U.S. style rear light lenses.

This lovely old split screen had some awesome
patina that was real. This bus has obviously been
imported from a hotter climate than the U.K.

Bugs and buses. Both shiny and RAT looking,
stock height and lowered whatever style you
prefer, you'll find it at the Brighton Breeze.

This RAT looking 1967 split screen had an
unusual pop top that I didn't recognise, but I did
like. The chequered front bumper with matching
head light surrounds looked cool as did those
wheels with the bullet center caps.

This 1987 T25 panel van looked tough with it's
high riding stance and those chunky off road 
tyres. I could quite happily drive around in 
something like this, I loved it.

You can see just how tough this van looked from
this angle. This lovely van was a syncro so it not
only looks good, but it will look good going over 

almost any terrain it should come across.

This old RAT looking 1965 split screen looked
great with it's mis-matched paint and all the
accessories that adorned this old bus.

I did like all the old signs and decals on this bus,
most of which were humorous or risqué.

The front of this RAT looking split had so much
going on with all the accessories. I did like the
twin spot lights and the skull on the roof rack.

This lovely white and blue 1979 late bay panel
van looked fantastic with its two tone paint scheme.
The 3 bow roof rack, the clear front indicator lenses
and the Fuchs wheels all helped to make this
old panel van stand out.

This stunning split stood out in the line up with
it's traditional black and white colour scheme
with the red painted steel wheels and white
wall tyres. This really was a lovey old bus.

From a traditional colour scheme to a very
modern bright painted bus. This 1967 split
screen really did stand out. The two tone colours
may not be to everyone's taste, but I think it
worked really well.

I think this gorgeous old bus was a U.S. import
(although I could be wrong!) I liked the colour
of this lowered bus. It had a very narrow front 
beam and those front wheels are tucked right
under the cab. The full length roof rack and head
light grilles are cool accessories that suited the look.

This super cool late bay single cab pick up
slowly cruised past me as I walked along. I did
like the paint effect and the lowered stance of
this pick up. The 2 bow rack over the cab was
a neat accessory that suited this bus.

This super bright 1969 beetle was painted in
the brightest pink / purple pearlescent paint.
This isn't the best photo as you can't really
make out the pearl effect, but it was really
noticeable and looked so cool.

This lovely 1966 deluxe split screen looked
so nice in it's brown over cream paint. This
super straight bus looked so fresh with that
cream colour on the lower half of the body.

3 red and white late split screens, but each
one different from the other. It's fantastic to
see how each owner has modified their ride
to how they think it looks best. There isn't a
right or wrong way, it's all down to personal
preference which makes for a great variety.

This was the lovely 1967 panel van I passed
on the way down. I do like this old van with
it's narrow front beam and the lowered stance.

By mid morning the rain came so I headed back
to my bus for a cup of tea. This is looking out of
my rear side window. Despite the lousy weather
forecast buses continued to enter the show.

You can see just how heavy the rain was in
this photo. This was my view from the back of
 my bus as I waited for the kettle to boil.

After an hour or so the sun came out and it
was fantastic to see the hundreds upon
hundreds of both air cooled and water cooled
Volkswagen's parked up along the entire length
of Maderia Drive in the sunshine, it really
 is a sight worth seeing.

A trio of lovely old split screens parked up
under the Victorian terrace that is the promenade.

A couple of lovely Westfalia early bays that 
came over from either France or Belgium. This
show really does attract many visitors from
Europe, which can only be good for the VW

This late bay had a crazy paint scheme, or
maybe it was a body wrap? whatever it was
once the sun came out, this bus really stood out.

It does look to be hand painted but it could still
be a body wrap.. you decide.

Two white over yellow late bays parked up
under the Victorian terrace, but that is where
the similarity stops. You will never see two
identical buses.

A random photo of just a handful of buses
that attended this great one day show on the
sea front in Brighton.

This 1969 type 3 Variant (square back) looked 
like a nice clean and solid car. I do like the
type 3's, but the square back has to be my
favourite body style.

I did like the fact that it looked pretty much
original. The roof rack was a neat accessory
that suited this car perfectly.

By late morning the sun had come out and
the visitors were still entering Maderia Drive.
This lovely 1965 split slowly cruised past as
I wandered along the drive taking photos.

This lovely stock 1973 RHD bay with twin sliding 
doors caught my eye.  It was found by the present 
owner in a barn back in 2011, and unlike most 
other barn finds, it has not been restored.

 This bus was converted to an 8/9 seater minibus 
by Devon conversions in 1973 and the bus 
spent most of it's life on a fruit farm transporting 
farm workers to and from the fields.

So that was my 3 part review of the Brighton
Breeze VW show 2016. As regular readers
will know I post my blog reviews each Saturday,
but as next Saturday is Christmas Eve this
 will be the last review for this year. The next 
post will be on Saturday 7th January 2017!
I would like to wish all my readers around the
world a very merry Christmas and a very happy
new year and thanks for reading my blog. The
next review is actually a bonus blog review on
the Brighton Breeze as I took more photo's than
I thought I had, so be sure to come back next year. 

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