This weeks blog review is a 3 part review all about the Slough Swapmeet 2016, which last year was held on Sunday 6th November at the Montem Leisure Centre, Montem Lane in Slough in Buckinghamshire. SL1 2QG. This annual event is organised by Vince and Robin, and it's a great place to pick up some air-cooled bargains. The Slough Swapmeet is held inside the sports hall and is a table top sale / auto jumble that caters for primarily the air cooled Volkswagen's, although water cooled VW's are more than welcome as is anything German including old Porsche's. Being one of the last events of the season it's a great place to socialise with old friends, and even make new friends. The Slough Swapmeet has been going for at least 10 years and I have been attending this event for the past 6 years. The organisers present trophies for the 'King of the car park', which is for the best vehicles parked up in the leisure centre car park. The venue for the swapmeet is only 51 miles from my hometown so it was a great chance to get out in my early bay one last time as this is the last show / event of the VW calendar for the year. Even though the weather forecast was for dry sunny weather, don't let the photos fool you, it was still bitterly cold with the temperature hovering around freezing all day but then it was November in the U.K.!
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|My 1969 microbus parked up in the leisure|
centre car park. It pays to arrive early to this
event as the car park get full very quickly with
Volkswagen's of all descriptions. I squeezed
in between a yellow late bay and a cool looking
|This stunning 1964 split screen panel van looked|
great with that bright lime green paint shining in
the winter sunshine. I do like panel vans and
this beauty looked just about perfect.
|Looking down the side of the urban camouflaged|
T4 at the car park that was crammed with quality
Volkswagen's of all descriptions.
|Just a very small selection of the Beetle's that|
attended the swapmeet. The various models
spanned numerous years from the early 1960's
to modern day which made a fantastic display.
|The variety of buses was also vast, from early|
split screens to late bays. Here a cool looking
split is parked behind an equally cool looking late
bay with a very unusual high top roof.
|This black 1964 RAT looking split looked cool|
parked up in the leisure centre car park. I did
like the chrome towel rail bumper with the old
rope tied around it and the 2 bow rack above
|This race themed Karmann Ghia looked tough.|
The lowered stance, the door decal and the
red rimmed wheels all help to make this car
look as though it's ready to race anyone.
|There is only one thing better than a RAT look|
split screen panel van, and that's a sign written
RAT look split screen panel van. This lowered
early bus did look nice with it's paint job and
|Under that RAT look exterior the bus looked|
to be very straight and solid looking. It's a shame
the winter sun was so low in the sky causing
shadows from other buses as this bus looked
so good in the flesh.
|This gorgeous early oval window bug stood out|
in the car park. The body was perfectly straight
and finished in that lovely blue colour paint. I
did like the colour coded roll cage and those
huge tyres that fill the rear arches perfectly.
|You can see just how straight this car is and how|
well the paint has been applied by the reflection
across the bonnet and wings. I did like the small
aftermarket clear indicators which gives the wings
a smooth cool look.
|More beetle's of various years basking in the|
winter sunshine. The various styles and colours
|This RAT looking 1967 beetle looked cool with|
it's unkempt look. I did like the hot rod style red
painted steel wheels with the chrome hub caps.
Other cool accessories included the retro roof
rack and the blue tinted sun visor.
|Poking it's head over the top of the old wooden|
crate on the roof rack was this small toy rat,
quite a fitting touch on a RAT looking bug.
|This old bug stood out in the line up. I did like|
the rear window blind and the chrome blade
|This really was a lovely old bug, I did like the|
rear fender skirts that give the car a period look
and that rear window blind suits the car perfectly.
|The front wings had been treated to some|
simple two colour pin striping that just finished
off the look for this car.
|This 1970 early bay looked like a very clean|
and solid bus. The colour was unusual but it
really suited the bus, as did the clear front
indicator lenses and the deluxe bumper trim.
|This really is a wild creation and while it may|
not be to everyone's taste, you have to admire
the work that's gone into creating it. Personally
I think its great and it certainly stands out.
|This all white 1963 Type 3 1500 (Notchback)|
looked gorgeous. It was perfectly straight and
so solid looking and looked to be all original.
|A sunny day with a gorgeous blue sky and|
although it was bitterly cold, hundreds of
vintage Volkswagen's attended the swapmeet
including a very nice patina'd early split panel
van and a gorgeous olive and light green (?)
split green bus.