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|To start this weeks blog we have this lovely old|
single cab split screen pick up with the coolest
makeshift camping unit on the back.
|I don't know the origins of the covered unit or how |
they managed to squeeze it onto the bed of the
pick up, but it did look good. I loved the O.G. paint
and the real patina on this old bus.
|A close up of the back of the unit with the louvred|
windows. It looks like the whole back of the unit
opens up for access as you can make out the
hinges on the left and the period ivory coloured
door handle on the right.
|I just love those old chunky tyres.The bodywork|
has seen better days but it just adds character.
|From one split screen pick up to another only this|
time it's a slammed crew cab with a very narrow
front beam that keep the front wheels tucked under
|This low bus really did look cool with it's faded|
matte Dove blue (I think) paint. I also liked the
canvas over the rear frame hoops.
|As this bus had the safari screens open it would|
have been rude of me not to take a photo of the
inside. This does look like a very nice place to sit
and cruise away the miles.
|A similar coloured early 1960's split screen panel|
van was the next vehicle that caught my eye. I do
like panel vans, and this one that had been lowered
and sporting a narrowed front beam was no exception.
|The interior was unexpected... it was finished to|
look like a wild west saloon.
|A better look inside. The effect was really good|
and made a nice change to see the owner had
used their imagination to create something from
the normal camping interiors.
|You can see just how straight and clean this old|
panel van was from this photo. You can also see
how deep those banded rear wheels are!
|This down in the weeds 11 window split screen|
in what looks like Sea blue and white caught my
eye due to it's low stance and that very narrow
front beam with the polished Fuchs style wheels.
|This really was a nice clean and straight bus. I|
do like that blue colour that seems to suit a split
|This very low and very patina'd oval window bug|
stood out from the crowd with it's rough and ready
|The whole top half of this old bug had lots of|
real patina, not just the odd patch here and there
but patina that covered all the roof, bonnet, tops
of the wings and deck lid.
|The interior looked to be pretty much stock, even|
the door cards.. or whats left of them.
|You can see just how much patina this old bug|
had, but that wasn't the main body feature on this
old oval. This bug was riddled with....
|... bullet holes! possibly from a shot gun judging|
by the cluster of holes. These may look like the
fake bullet hole decals you can buy, but just to prove
these are real bullet holes...
|...On the opposite side of the car was the very|
prominent indentations of where the bullets almost
came through the other side.
|The early tail lights with all red lenses and the old|
period deck rack, complete with old suitcase
added to the cars cool look.
|The only thing better that a panel van is a sign|
written panel van, and this 1958 panel proves
my point. I've seen this van at many shows and it
still looks as good today as it did when I first saw it.
|The 'Roo' bars of the front and that massive|
wrapped exhaust sticking out the back helped to
make this cool van stand out.
Thankfully the bus was saved and imported to the
U.K. around 6 years ago where the present owners
saw it advertised on e-bay. I just love those old
retro stripes down the side.
|This gorgeous split screen panel van caught my|
eye mainly due to it's patina and of course the
low stance and the narrowed front beam amongst
|The real sun burnt patina covered almost all of|
the roof and looked great.
|This awesome split screen caravan creation |
stood out from the other buses as it was just so
different. I'm not sure how the owner mated a
caravan onto a split screen chassis, but I'm glad
they did as it looks fantastic.
|From the back you'd never imagine that it's a split|
screen bus. The ultra low stance adds to this
campers appeal as do those massive banded
|A close up of the banded rear wheels to show|
just how deep they really are!
|The cab of the split caravan could be described|
as 'work in progress'... I just hope the owner
doesn't change it too much as it looks good
as it is.
|As I was heading back to my bus to go home|
this gorgeous gloss black oval window bug
cruised towards me. I had to get a photo of this
lovely clean bug, the low stance with the cream
coloured steel wheels looked great against the
jet black bodywork.
So that was my 4 part review of this years Big
Bang VW Festival. Overall it was yet another
fantastic event and well worth attending, either
for the day or the whole weekend. Next weeks
review is all about the Stanford Hall show so
be sure to come back next Saturday.