Saturday, 21 January 2017

Slough Swapmeet 2016 (part 2 of 3)

This weeks blog review is part 2 of 3 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 / autojumble 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, after all it is November in the U.K.! The review continues as I wander around the leisure centre car park admiring all the quality vehicles.
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This stunning Type 14A Hebmuller cabriolet was
totally immaculate. To be honest I haven't seen

enough of these cars to tell if it was an original
Heb or not, but I have no reason to believe it
wasn't, It certainly looked original. The Hebmuller
was produced from 1949 - 1953. 

The Hebmuller was originally designed as a 2
seater sports car for Charles Radcliffye, a colonel

 in the British army who was running Volkswagen 
after the second world war ended.

The Type 14A , was mechanically the same as
 the Beetle saloon. The front of the Heb looks
virtually the same as a beetle, however..

The Heb differed to the beetle by having the
deck lid and trunk lid of similar size and shape.
This really is a beautiful looking car. After only 4
years, production ended due to a fire in the factory's
paint department. A total of only 696 Hebmullers 

were made including 3 prototypes. 

Not a very good photo of the interior and dash
board but it certainly looks original to me. This
had to be the rarest car in the Slough Swapmeet
car park?

This army green coloured 1971 early bay double
cab pick up looked cool. I did like the roof rack
that fitted over the double cab and the steel sun
visor. The colour coded bumpers gave this bay
the authentic military look.

I did like the pick up bed cover which I think
suits a pick up so well. This really was a nice
 solid looking pick up. 

On the tail gate of the double cab I spotted this
cool badge, 'Tankspotter'. I don't know if it's an
original item or whether someone has made it,
but it did suit the overall look of the vehicle.

This lovely old split oval window bug looked great
with it's real patina paint. This very stock looking
beetle certainly received plenty of admiring looks
for everyone who saw it.

There is always a fantastic assortment of air-
cooled vehicles that attend the Slough Swapmeet.

A gorgeous early split screen parked next to
a lovely old Karmann Ghia. The quality of the
vehicles in the car park was amazing, it was
just like a show and shine display.

Talking of quality, how about the double cab
split screen. Finished in some hue of beige with
a white roof this old pick up looked stunning.

This pick ups looks are enhanced by it being
lowered and possibly by having a narrow front 

beam. This old crew cab really was in immaculate 

This 1989 T25 was another vehicle painted in
army green and looked cool. I did like the decal
across the front which says 'Zombie virus response
unit', you never know when you may need this bus!

This super straight 1967 Karmann Ghia looked
amazing with it's flawless gloss black paint. The
chrome towel rail bumpers and the white painted
steel wheels add just enough contrast to the black
paint to help this old KG stand out.

This immaculate 1966 beetle looked amazing
with it's dark green paint over super straight
body panels. You can see just how straight this
old bug is by the reflection in the rear quarter
panel and door.

This really is a gorgeous looking car. The paint
is so shiny it looks as though it's still wet. The
chrome bumpers compliment the green colour

A close up of the wheels on this gorgeous bug,
The spun alloy centre pieces were as work of
art and those lovely Firestone Wide Oval tyres
filled the rear arches perfectly.

A trio of Porsche 356's parked up at the Slough
Swapmeet. I'm not sure if these guy's arrived
together or not, but one minute they weren't
there then all of a sudden all 3 were parked up!

A silver early Karmann Ghia and a 1971 pastel
yellow beetle parked up at the leisure centre.

A better photo of the trio of Porsche 356's parked
 up at the Slough Swapmeet. These gorgeous cars
were produced from 1948 - 1965 and were
available in a 2 door coupe, 2 door convertible or
a 2 door roadster.

A beautiful 1970 beetle finished in a gorgeous
blue colour with contrasting wing piping. The all
red rear tail light lenses and those Radar wheels
helped to make this old bug stand out.

This lovely grey 1964 beetle has featured on my
blog several times before as I normally see it
at The Ace Cafe, London and it's easy to see
why I keep taking pictures of it, this really is a

lovely looking beetle.

A very colourful display of spilt screen and
bay window buses at the Slough Swapmeet.

A lovely blue sky on a Sunday morning with a
car park full of classic Volkswagen's of all years
and varieties, what could be better?

So that was part 2 of 3 on the Slough Swapmeet.
Next weeks blog is the 3rd and final installment
where you can see more bugs and buses and a

couple of Karmann Ghia's so make sure you
come back next Saturday.

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