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|To start this weeks blog we have this gorgeous|
1957 Californian import split screen panel van.
It belongs to a guy called Dave and used to be
owned by a Porsche / Audi repair shop who used
it as a shop van.
|This van still has the original signwritten company|
logo on the sides which looks really cool.
|Regular readers will know I have a passion for|
off road vehicles, especially Volkswagens so I
couldn't pass this lovely looking syncro without
having a good look and getting a few photos.
|This old bus really did appeal to me, I loved the|
fact that it had a pop top. I also liked the overall
look with it's single colour body and roof with the
matching colour coded bumpers.
|Parked up next to the early bay syncro was this|
equally nice high riding LT40. These are such
nice looking vehicles, especially when they have
had the full off road treatment.
|I do like these vans, they are just so big compared|
to an early bay. I liked the roof rack with the chunky
wheel on and the fact that this van still had the rear
|The van had the 'Feuerwehr' logos still on, which|
roughly translated from German means 'Fire
Defense', the spotlight mounted on the bonnet
looked like a very useful accessory.
|Inside the van the owner had a very nice camping|
interior and being a twin slider model this really
was an appealing van. This lovely van was up
for sale at £11,500 ($15,000 approx)
|This 1974 single cab pick up caught my eye with|
it's super cool full length roof rack. This SC had
the RAT look complete with patina paint.
|I did like the ingenious idea of using a very old|
wooden ladder to form sides to the pick up bed.
|I also liked those hot rod style spun alloy moon |
discs. I don't know how they managed to get the
rear wheel to balance on a tin of Stella Artois,
but as you can see, this beer is strong stuff!
|As I walked past the fun fair towards the pit's and|
trade area, a lovely looking 1965 blue and white
lowered split screen drove past, closely followed
by an immaculate 1965 notch back.
|This stunning pair of early beetle's slowly drove|
past me as they headed towards to rear of the
pit area where the show and shine area was.
|They looked that good as the cruised past I just|
had to get another photo.!
|In front of the Hayburner trade stand they had this|
lovely old Chevrolet Monza 2 door coupe. The
Corvair Monza was only produced from 1960 -
1969 by General Motors.
|This one, as you would expect being in the hands|
of the Hayburner team, had been seriously hit with
the lowering stick and looked great.
|The Monza was the only compact car at the time|
to have an air cooled flat six 2.3 or 2.4 litre motor
and a 3 speed manual gearbox, although for a
little extra money you could have the optional 2
speed powerglide automatic transmission.
|Behind the show and shine area there was a great|
selection of really old split screen buses of all
descriptions.. more photos of this line up in a
future blog review of this show.
|There were some seriously cool buses in this|
line up, so I'll have to remember to take a wander
over there before I go home.
|This slammed convertible KG in matt grey looked|
|I also liked the corrugated iron sheeting used as|
a roof over the bed and the unusual air scoops.
|This lovely Sealing Wax red ( I think) and white|
RAT look 15 window split screen caught my eye
due to it's slammed look that is enhanced by the
low profile tyres. I did like the patina on this bus
as it looked just about right.
|The narrowed front beam add to the cool look|
of this old bus as do those shiny Porsche rims.
|The iconic photo, a split screen bus with the|
front safari windows open. There is something
that looks just right when a splitty has the front
|This lovely sand coloured Kurierwagen or type|
181 Trekker (as they as commonly known) looked
really nice with it's subtle lowered stance. The
polished Empi 5 spoke wheels complimented the
colour of the body.
|These were originally built for the West German|
Army to be used as a utility vehicle and you can
clearly see the military influence in the design.
|The interiors of the 181's are very sparse, but|
you have to remember what the vehicle was
originally designed for. This one had been
lovingly restored and looked great.
|This 1967 rust covered beetle looked great with|
it's slammed ride height and those red painted
steel wheels with white wall tyres. I did like the
single yellow spot light mounted onto the bumper.
|You can see just how low this RAT bug actually is|
from this angle.
|I do like panel vans and this 1964 split screen|
panel van was no different. This old van had a
slight RAT look to it and riding at almost stock
height looked fantastic.
|The roof rack with accessories suited this old|
van.The rusty towel rail bumpers and the U.S
style all red lenses also helped the overall look.
|On the side of the van was this faded sign writing,|
I'm not what it used to say but I do like to see
original art work on classic old buses.
|Walking alongside the staging lane for the drag|
strip I spotted this Fordson van named 'Banshee'
slowly rumble past. I'm not sure what motor this
old Ford had under the hood, but it sounded BIG.
Banshee runs in the 'Outlaw Anglias' drag racing
|This late 1950's / early 1960's all black slammed|
oval window bug looked awesome sitting so low.
This old bug must have had some form of air
suspension to sit this low.
|This lovely old bug was perfectly straight as the|
reflection in the door and side panel shows.
|A great diversity of quality air cooled classics|
is always guaranteed in the show and shine area.
Here a gorgeous 1965 split screen bus is parked
up next to a stock looking 1966 notchback
|The slammed splitty really was a clean looking|
bus. you can see just how low that narrowed front
end really is from this photo.
|The nothcback looked to be pretty much stock|
with what looks like the original paint. The colour
coded wheels suited the car perfectly.
|This stunning early 1960's Karmann convertible|
beetle really was immaculate. The super straight
body was covered in a beautiful coat of brown
paint that provided some amazing reflections.
|This stunning cabriolet looked amazing and it's|
light tan hood cover complimented the darker
brown of the body colour. The polished Empi 5
spoke wheels added just enough sparkle.
|The stunning interior of the Karmann convertible.|
The attention to detail and the overall quality of
the finish was amazing.
|To finish the weeks blog we have a lovely pair|
of Dove blue ( I think) early 1960's RAT looking
slammed split screen panel vans.
|The first one had been lowered with a lovely set |
of Porsche rims and the low profile tyres on the
front add to this vans low ride height.
|You can see just how low this van is from this|
photo. I did like the matching blue bumper trim
which was a nice touch.
|Both vans had their own share of rust patches|
and this just added to both of their overall looks.
|The second was this blue and white sign written|
van that had also been lowered and looks like
it has a narrowed front beam.
|This really was a RAT looking van, and it looked|
great, The lack of the rear bumper added to it's