Saturday, 3 June 2017

Stanford Hall 2017 (part 1 of 4)

The Stanford Hall VW show this year was held on Sunday 30th April and is an annual one day event organised by the Leicestershire and Warkickshire VW owners club and held in the grounds of Stanford Hall, which was built in the 1690's in the beautiful village of Stanford-on-Avon, near Lutterworth in Leicestershire, LE17 6DH. The grounds also has the River Avon gently flowing through the grounds, and provides a spectacular backdrop for a VW show. As Stanford Hall is only about 60 miles from my hometown, and as the weather forecast was promising I decided to drive up. I have been to this show over the past few years and there is always a good collection of top quality VW's of all varieties with plenty of trade stands and an auto jumble and all set in the beautiful grounds of Stanford Hall. 
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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!

This stunning Porsche 356 speedster replica
looked gorgeous. I say it's a replica due to the
fact that the speedster was only made until 1965
and this lovely car had a 1969 registration. Not
that that mattered at all as this car was so well
built it was incredible.

The first thing you notice is it's super low stance,
This old cabriolet must have had some form of
air ride suspension to sit that low? The second
thing you notice is the quality of the build, it was
obvious that no expense had been spared in
getting this car to this condition.

The attention to detail was amazing and
if it hadn't been for the registration plate it
would be easy to believe this to be a real 356.
This gorgeous car was up for sale for £30,000 
($38,500 approx) and although that is a
 lot of money, this is a lot of car!

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.

Another white early bug, and like the one above
it has also been lowered but unlike the above
this one had a old skool hot rod look with those
cool red painted steel wheels and the white wall
tyres. The chrome headlight peaks were a nice
touch and in keeping with the overall look.

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.

Yes please !!! This satin brown split oval window
bug was simply gorgeous. I'm not sure why I liked
this old  bug so much, apart from the fact it's a
split oval, and running at what looks like stock
height with the old skool tyres that fill the arches
perfectly and of course that unusual paint colour.

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.

It was good to see that the charity 'Scottys Little
Soldiers' had a pitch at the show. This charity is
for bereaved British Armed Forces children and
is such a worthwhile cause. If you can donate any-
thing, however small you can do so via their page:      Thank you.

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
terrific display.

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 gorgeous Jungle Green 1952 standard
beetle (type11E) was delivered to 151 Vehicle
Coy at Lippstadt, Germany for use by the British
Forces. The car used to have two tone horns and
a roof search light which suggests that the car may
have been used by the Military Police.

This standard Beetle (no chrome trim or other
deluxe additions) has a non synchromesh gearbox
and cable brakes. The car also features a factory
fitted sunroof.

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 epic trip along with a 1964 oval window bug
travelled into France, Luxemburg, Switzerland and
Italy, taking on the Grimsel and Furka passes on
their way to Griante on the shore of Lake Como
in Italy. This lovely old bug averaged 45MPG and
only used 1/2 pint of engine oil.!

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.

This beautiful Garnet Red (L358) 1959 1200cc
deluxe beetle, type 114 looked stunning in the
sunshine. That really is a nice colour. Built on the
1st July 1959, it was delivered to it's first owners
on the 31st July, who owned the car until 1986..
that's 27 years in one family. Every single journey
along with the expenditure has been recorded!
This old bug still has the original engine and
gearbox and has never been welded.

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 immaculate 1964 type 34 (Razor edge)
really was a nice car. The type 34 is quite rare

over here, compared to bugs and buses which
is a shame as they are really cool cars. But when 
you think that the Razoredge was only produced
from 1962 - 1969 and only just under 43,000 were
produced you can see why they are quite rare.

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
1500cc engine. 

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?

Simply stunning, finished in sliver the old Porsche
certainly stood out. I'm not sure if this is an original
356 or not, but looking this good it doesn't matter.

So that was the first of four instalments on the

Stanford Hall VW show 2017. Next week will be
the 2nd part where you can see plenty more top
quality bugs, buses, Porsches and so much more.
So be sure to come back next Saturday.

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