Saturday, 15 April 2017

Volksworld Show 2017 (part 2 of 4)

Welcome to part two of four installments all about The Volksworld Show 2017 that was held over the weekend of 25th  - 26th March with the Volksworld Show at Sandown Park Racecourse, in Esher, Surrey KT10 9AJ. This annual show is organised by the Volksworld magazine ( it attracts entrants and visitors not only from the U.K. but also across the whole of Europe, and the U.S.A. Due to the excellent venue this show boasts two floors of top quality show cars, plus hundreds more quality vehicles on display outside in the show and shine arena and at the club stands, and you will even find plenty of quality Volkswagen's of all descriptions in the public car park. There are numerous traders selling everything Volkswagen, from curtains and cushions to wipers and wheels, and yet a another floor dedicated to an auto jumble, which is a good place to source those hard to find original items. There are numerous catering vendors where you can get some hot food and hot / cold drinks, but beware they are expensive (£5 for a bacon bap !). There is also an provision available for overnight camping for the hard core campers who want to spend all weekend at the show. Visitor numbers at the show each day run into the thousands and the day visitor car park gets full up very quickly so I decided to get an early start to ensure a good parking spot. I normally visit this show on the Sunday but this year due to other commitments I went down on the Saturday and the traffic was terrible once I got into Esher But I eventually made it to the show and only just got into the car park! The traffic on the Sunday, based on past experience is far less and therefore easier to get to the show. It was the first run out this year for my 1969 microbus and a nice 100 mile round trip, and I have to say the bus ran perfectly. The review continues as I wander around admiring all the top quality Volkswagens on display.
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To kick this week's blog off we have this lovely
slammed 1971 Type 3 Squareback. This car really
stood out with it's bright red and white paint and
the matching steel wheels.

This gorgeous car was pretty much stock apart
from the the suspension which has been lowered
by using French Slammer suspension products.
I did like that cool air conditioning unit that was
clipped onto the passenger door.

This stunning 1962 split screen looked amazing
in its white over burgundy paint, which incidentally
was painted by the owners friend who actually
sells sofa's for a living, it just goes to show all
you need for a top quality show standard paint
job is a very talented mate!

The bus runs on 17"chrome BBS wheels and
it also has a unique 4 way air ride suspension
system that allows each wheel to be lifted clear
of the arches independently. The motor is a
1641 cc unit with twin Kadron carbs.

A little bit of humor on the inside of the engine

This 1971 Mel Hubbard Sidewinder beach buggy
looked great with its hard top roof. This buggy
also has a 14" Manx style windscreen and a
lifting louvred bonnet.

This really was a cool looking buggy, I did like
10" x 15" centerline wheels that were fixed to
a type 3 independent rear suspension set up.

Power comes from a 1914cc motor with an
Engle 120 cam and twin Dellorto carbs and a
Sidewinder exhaust.

This stunning 1967 beetle looked amazing in its
flawless coat of Beryl green paint. The chrome
of the towel rail bumpers and body trim looked
amazing against the body colour. I did like the
original steel wheels that have been powder
coated in white and those lovely baby moon

The suspension and brakes are pretty much
stock, although the front has been slightly lowered.
The motor is a rebuilt 1600cc twin port unit with
powder coated tinware. 

I did like the banded rear wheels and the big
tyres that fill the rear arches perfectly.

This slammed 1966 beetle looked amazing in
it's Turkis (L380) paint. The low stance is achieved
with the help of a Lime Bug deluxe air ride kit and
a 4" narrowed Jawbreaker front beam. 

Those 5" x 15" SSP repo rims looked great as
did those rear pop out windows. The car had
the stock 1300cc engine and suspension.

This gorgeous white stock looking 1960 beetle
caught my eye as it was immaculate. The body
was pretty much stock and finished to top quality
standard. This bug has disc brakes on the front
and the original drums on the rear. 

To sit this low this car rides on air suspension
that allows the body to virtually sit on the ground
when parked up. The lovely brown fabric on the
Paris roof looked amazing against the body

The engine in this lovely bug is a 1776cc unit with
external oil filter and twin oil coolers.

The restored seats and door cards have been 
re trimmed in the most gorgeous cream leather 
and looked great.

A sneaky picture taken through the open Paris
sunroof, well it would have been rude not to have
taken a photo showing the gorgeous interior. 

Another immaculate vehicle on display was this
1969 pastel white and pacific blue Dormobile.
This slightly lowered bus has late bay front disc
brakes with a Creative Engineering servo and
stock rear drums. This bus rolls on the original
stock 14" wheels that have been colour coded
to match the upper half of the body.

The cargo floor has a fantastic 'Scrabble' board
under a perspex cover that looked great.

The interior had custom made oak units, and
reupholstered cloth seats. It also has a propex
heating system that is piped into the original
heating system.

The power for this bus comes from a 2007cc
motor with an aluminium case, Scat C25 cam
and twin Webber 40 ICT carbs. I did like that
Creative Engineering opening rear screen.

This very unusual 1970 hearse is actually a
factory built conversion. The bus is pretty much
stock and as it was when it left the factory. (apart
from the custom wheels)

The gorgeous black bodywork was perfectly
straight. The extended rear body and those big
side / rear windows make this look so different
from a normal early bay.

The body work was almost perfectly straight as
the reflection in that gorgeous black paint shows.

As I walked outside to the outdoor displays this
is the sight that greeted me. Hundreds of cool
Volkswagens of all descriptions.

The first car I headed for was this early '60's (?)
beetle. I did like the fender skirts on this old bug
that give it a really cool look. This old bug also
had the original semaphore indicators.

This lovely bug was low, I'm assuming it rides on
some sort of air suspension..?  I did like the Fuchs
style wheels and the narrowed front beam.

Another lovely early bug in an off white colour,
this bug had also been lowered and those shiny
chrome 5 spoke wheels suited the car perfectly. 

The cars on display outside the main halls were
just as clean as the show cars inside and this
car proves the point. I did like the unique rear
light lenses that appear to have a small round
reflector in them.

This black early beetle was perfectly straight
as the reflection shows. The chrome Empi 5
spoke wheels compliment the black paint

This old bug really was so straight and clean. I
liked the chrome towel rail bumpers and that
gorgeous Paris sunroof.

From one extreme to another, but equally as nice
was this very RAT looking early split window rag
top beetle. This bug has been seriously lowered
and had the most amazing patina paint.

The patina covered most of the body, and a few
of the body panels were dented and bent, but
this old bug still looked gorgeous.

Looking through the split window on this early

I did like the old vintage 'stop' light mounted to
the rear bumper. Notice how beat up the body
is but how clean the engine is!

This really was a nice looking car. The lowered
stance and those Porsche rims looked great.

This super low early bay looked amazing sitting
so low. I'm sure this bus was lowered by a 'Evil
Ben's, a company that specialise in modifications
to your vehicle. Their moto is: Whatever your
imagination can dream up, we can build it' !.

This bus stood out not only because of the ride
height but also because of the the colour scheme.
I loved the big gold strip down the side and the
matching colour belt trim.

This stunning turquoise type 3 notchback looked
fantastic in that gorgeous colour. The lowered
stance, with the narrowed front beam and those
Fuchs style wheels  helped this car stand out.

I did like the old skool fender skirts that give the
car a cool retro look. The chrome work, which
was like new complimented the body colour

This stunning beetle cabriolet was immaculate
and certainly good enough to be displayed inside
the mail halls. It's lowered stance and the narrowed
front beam made this 1950's cabriolet look so
cool. That green colour on the body and the black
fabric of the roof worked so well together. 

You can see just how straight and clean this old
cabriolet really is in this photo. The Fuchs style
wheels looked great tucked so far up into the
wheel arches.

These early beetles are so pretty with the flowing
body lines.

Again we go from one extreme to another in the
form of the very low 1973 RAT look beetle.

This bug must have had riding on air suspension
to sit this low. I did like the mad looking rack that
was mounted to the gutters. I liked the fact that
this bug still had the original elephants foot tail
lights and had not been replaced by the older
smaller units.

How low is this bug ! Those banded steel wheels
looked great and suited the overall look of this
RAT bug.

Another RAT looking vehicle and of the same
vintage as the beetle (above) was this lovely old
slammed panel van. The ratty body looked good
as did the faded sign writing / stripes.

For such a RAT looking van, the bodywork was
actually quite straight and solid looking. The front
wheels looked great tucked right under the cab.

As with most RAT looking vehicles it is only the
bodywork that looks rough and ready, the engine
and normally the suspension / brakes etc are
very well looked after as this photo shows. Who
would have thought that such a clean and tidy
engine would be in the engine bay of this RAT
looking old panel van.

So that was part 2 of my blog reviews about
this years Volksworld show. Part 3 will be next
Saturday where you can see plenty more bugs,
buses and Karmann Ghia's and the Wolfsburg
Bus Crew's display so be sure to come back
next week.

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