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|Having paid my £10 entry fee and walked through|
the gates this is the sight that awaited me. I knew
just then that it was going to be a good day!
|Looking across the grounds and it really was wall|
to wall quality Volkswagens. You can just make out
the grand Hall in the background.
|The variety, quality and sheer numbers that attended|
the show was immense.
|A great diversity of bugs, buses type 3's etc.|
Each vehicle was different from the last as the
two bugs in this photo show.
|This is an ideal place to see a particular model of |
Volkswagen that you have to see how something
is meant be or how the owners have overcome a
certain problem. The owners are always happy to
chat about their vehicles.
|This lovely old 'Wizard' van looked super cool.|
These van were part of the 'Wizard' kit cars that
also included a roadster and Windjammer, a T
bar semi hard top, dating back to the 1980's if
my memory serves me well.
|The Beetle based kit looks even cooler now than|
I remember them to be.
|The variety was incredible, from one extreme to|
another in this photo.
|This high riding turquoise off road bug looked|
really cool and so different from the usual type
of show car.
|I don't know what motor this bug was running, but|
judging by the upright exhaust coming out of the
bonnet I'm assuming the engine is in the front.
|This really does look like a 'go anywhere vehicle'|
and I loved it!
|This stunning pre 1963 11 window split screen|
caught my eye as it was just so clean and straight.
That two tone colour scheme looked fantastic, and
the chromed Empi 5 spoke wheels looked the
perfect choice to compliment the colours.
|You can see just how clean this old bus was from|
this photo. There is something special about a
splitty having the safari screens open, which is
why it's the iconic image you always see on T-
shirts and posters etc.
|This stunning all white early beetle looked so|
nice with it's super low stance and those lovely
chrome Fuchs style wheels.
|This gorgeous car was immaculate and that|
brown fabric on the Paris roof complimented
the white paint perfectly.
|This lovely 11 window caught my eye with it's|
super straight body that gave an almost perfect
reflection along the entire length of the body.
|This lowered bus with it's Porsche rims really was|
what I'd call a show standard bus. The attention to
detail and finish was incredible.
|This old bug looked so good from every angle|
and has to be in my top 10 from all the vehicles
that I saw at the show.
|Oh hang on... this oval window bug was equally|
as nice and the stain brown bug. This old bug had
what looked like the original paint with plenty of
patina to keep any patina fan happy.
|This really was a lovely looking bug. Again, there|
was no need for flash and fancy chrome wheels
just stick to the original wheels for that perfect look.
|This 1971 bright red bay caught my eye with it's|
high riding stance and those lovely red painted
steel wheels with the white wall tyres.
|The S.S.V.C. (split screen van club) always have|
a massive presence at this show with literally
hundreds of split screens on display.
|The semi circle drive in front of the amazing hall|
is reserved for the best of the best concours cars.
|The line up in front of the hall is reserved for the|
historic VW club, UK and they always put on a
|The club was originally set up to cater for the|
needs of type 1 owners,.but now they accept any
Beetle up to 1979.
|It appears that the majority of the members cars|
are in concours condition. You won't find and air
ride suspension, or aftermarket wheels on their
cars.. and that's fine by me.
|Oval and split oval window beetles are common|
in the historic VW club. Each one has a fascinating
history that the owners are more than happy to
tell you all about.
|This standard Beetle (no chrome trim or other|
deluxe additions) has a non synchromesh gearbox
and cable brakes. The car also features a factory
|This stunning 1958 small window beetle looked|
gorgeous in the sunshine in front of Stanford Hall.
This old bug is a very well travelled car as in 2015
it completed a 2631 kilometre (1,600 miles approx)
trip across Europe.
|The '58 and the '64 on top of a mountain some-|
where in Switzerland. The 9 day trip had many
challenging drives and without 1st gear
synchromesh on both cars that was used many times
of the hairpin bends in the Alps.
|Shiny restored cars are very nice, but so is an|
original looking car as this 1954 beetle shows.
This all original bug includes the original Iceland
Green (L213) paint. This old '54 is believed to
have only covered 34,000 miles.
|This gorgeous bug has had numerous owners|
in the past, all of whom seemed to put it into
storage, hence the low mileage. Since the new
has owned the car only minor bodywork repairs
have been carried out, with brakes overhauled
and the fuel lines cleaned.
|Looking at the '54 in the arrow straight body|
panels of another old bug. How good is that
reflection and how deep is that paint..?
|Stunning vehicles in a stunning location, and the|
sun was shining what more could you want.
|I was trying to be arty by taking this photo of all|
the classic bugs in front of Stanford Hall, although
I'm not sure it worked!
|This 1956 cabriolet finished in that lovely Iris|
Blue (L232) colour looked gorgeous. This bug
was produced at the Wilhelm Karmann factory in
Osnabruck, West Germany and is a 'special
order only' right hand drive version.
|Type 34's, Porsche's and Karmann's almost|
everywhere you looked. The attendance for this
show is amazing.
|This old Razoredge was so clean it was almost|
in concours condition. This model was the fastest
VW in production at the time with it's new flat
|Just a pair of gorgeous Karamann Ghia's out|
in the sunshine.
|As I wandered around I spotted this pair of lovely|
Porsche 356's. Both looked and although they
weren't VW's, we all love an early 356 right?