http://scottyslittlesoldiers.co.uk/ John somehow acquired a huge empty warehouse very near to Heathrow Airport which that hold in excess of 60 vehicles in which to hold a drive in movie night for all the 'Ringers' that attended the charity M25 cruise. John and his team quickly arranged a massive screen to watch the movie on, top chefs who normally cater for executive airlines, a raffle, a tuck shop, RTR merchandise, tombola and of course donations on the night. The RTR team also arranged not only a special guest appearance from a big Hollywood movie star but had even arranged a fly by from a British Airways 747 jumbo jet.... (The fact that the venue was less than 1 mile from Heathrow airport and in a direct line with the take off flight path was a pure coincidence.!) The film for the night was kept a secret, but there could only be one film to watch at a Volkswagen drive in movie night, right?, I had arranged to meet my friends Dave and Angela at the venue, who along with their daughter Louise were also looking forward to a fun packed afternoon / evening. The event ran from 12.00pm - 9.00pm and due to everyone's generosity from buying raffle tickets, buying things from the tuck shop, and the RTR merchandise the event raised £2500 for Scotty's Little Soldiers. A huge well done to John and the team (Amanda and Ben to name just two) for arranging the event and a special well done to everyone who attended on the day and who donated so generously for such a worthwhile cause.
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|Power comes from a 1995cc engine with a long|
ratio gearbox for motorway cruising, (which would
explain how we got home in double quick time
after the event!) and a hydrologic clutch.
|This Herbie is actually a 1953 ragtop from the|
windscreen backwards but has a 1960 front
end. Herbie even has his own facebook page:
|As this Herbie was a 'H2' car built for the race|
scenes, it is equipped with Porsche finned
brakes, Koni shocks, superior rear control arms
and an uprated anti roll bar.
|This two tone cherry red and white T5 looked|
immaculate. The two tone paint gives this bus
a clean sleek look and those aftermarket wheels
look great and compliment the paint perfectly.
|This bus was one of many vehicles that attended|
the movie night that still had the original RTR
sticker on it. I have both mine on my workshop
|These guy's got to the venue early and got|
front row seats, although it didn't really matter
as the layout was so good you could see the
screen wherever you were parked. There were
some really nice vehicles that attended and this
is just a few of them.
|This bright orange T5 caught my eye as it really|
stood out against the white walls of the unit.
The contrasting black of the bonnet bra and the
glass side / rear windows really made this orange
paint look super bright.
|You can see just how much this bus stands|
out. The black detailing really helps to make
this bus look something special.
|From one extreme to another was this matte|
green T4 with rust effect paint. This cool looking
bus looks as though it had been lowered which
with the paint effect helped it to stand out.
|I did like this RAT looking bus. The paint effect|
had been very well carried out and looked very
authentic. This really was a cool looking bus.
|This lovely old 1987 blue and white high top|
T25 looked like a nice solid bus. I do like the
T25 and when they have the high top, well
that's even better. Judging by the vents in the
side I'm guessing this has the full camping
|A few years ago these T25's were seen as|
un-cool, but today they are just a cool as any
split screen or bay window, and I'd certainly
have one like this tomorrow if I could.
|Another pair of lovely looking buses. I did like|
the dark blue colour on the T4.
|In the back the rock and roll bed had also been|
trimmed in the custom colour matched material.
The units looked very well made and fitted with
with everything you could need to go camping.
|The rear of Simon's T5 was to the same high|
standard. The clear rear light lenses give the
rear of this bus a clean fresh look.
|This gorgeous sliver T5 caught my eye, it wasn't|
flash or fancy but just a clean and straight looking
bus. The silver and black work so well together
and the slight hint of the colour red on the
wheels is just enough to make this bus stand out.
|Another very clean and straight bus was this|
all white T5. Again nothing flash or fancy just
a lovely looking bus.
|This High top 1978 late bay looked great in|
its ivory over dark green colour scheme, which
gave the bus an older than it is look. This really
was a nice straight bus as you can see from the
reflection down the side of the bus.
|I liked the small details on this bus, like the|
chrome headlight peaks and the colour coded
spare wheel cover and bumper trim.
|This very shiny red T4 looked good with it's|
alloy wheels and low profile tyres. This was a
really nice solid looking bus that looked so much
better for being lowered.
|The organisers had also booked a mobile DJ,|
who used the front end of a beetle as a deck.
This was a really cool set up, especially for a
venue full of Volkswagens.
|The DJ went under the name of 'Bug Beats'|
and provided us with a good variety of music
for most of the day, and he even got all the
children involved with dancing and generally
|There was a mobile bar at the venue, in the form|
of a lovely single cab split screen pick up, that
proved very popular with the older generation!
|This bright green and white cross over bay|
belongs to Steve who has christened the
bus 'Tallulah'. I think Steve uses this as a
daily driver. I did like the twin amber spot
lights with what looked like 356 grilles.
|The pink interior lighting matched the pink|
flowers on the bodywork which gave the bus
a very cozy feel.
|With all those appliances one thing is for sure,|
Steve won't be going hungry or thirsty! This
really was a very well equipped bus.
|This is a really solid and straight looking bus.|
Tallulah also has a pair of red spot lights with
the 356 grilles on the rear bumper which again
are very cool looking accessories.
|Just a random photo looking along one of the|
rows of Volkswagens parked up at the RTR
|The bus was imported from Texas back in 2012|
and before that the bus lived in Colorado. The
present owner is only the 3rd owner! The engine
is a 1641cc single port motor with twin Webber
34 ICT carburetors and a vintage speed exhaust.
|Just a decal that should be compulsory on the|
majority of bay window buses, definitely on the
back of my 1969 microbus!.
|The mystery machine also attended the movie|
night in the form of this cool looking T5. We
even had Scooby Doo walking round having
his photo taken with the younger participants.
|Another working single cab split screen at the|
venue was this gorgeous white over green
beauty. This was used to display all the mouth
watering desserts that were available.
|Just a random photo looking along a line of|
Volkswagens at the Run the Ring Drive-In
movies. If you look closely you might just
be able to make out my camouflaged T4
at the back.!
|This 1983 T25 was parked up in front of me,|
and looked like a nice honest bus. This bus
had a very retro colour scheme that suits this
|This was a nice straight solid looking bus. I do|
like these T25's and the more I see of them at
shows the more I think I'd like one.
|This stunning arrow straight beige Jetta had |
been seriously lowered and had the illusion
of being even lower to be due to those low
|You can see the stance this lovely old Jetta|
had from this side profile photo. This car was
so clean I was scared to get too close to it!