Tuesday, 6 June 2017

Stanford Hall 2017 (part 2 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. The review continues as I wander around the beautiful grounds looking at all the gorgeous vehicles.
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To kick this weeks blog review off we have this
stunning split screen finished off in that gorgeous
two tone gold and white colour scheme.

After the lovely paint the next thing you notice is
the incredible low height. This bus must have
some form of air ride suspension to sit that low!
The narrow front beam adds to the low look. To
say this bus is straight in a understatement to
say the least, just look at the side of this bus.

From this angle you can see just how low this
bus really is.

From the back you can see some modifications,
namely the exhausts exiting through the bumper
which would normally indicate that the original
engine has been raised to allow the bus to sit
so low on the ground, but this bus had a V8 fitted.
I couldn't find out much more about this 'Hot Rod'
bus, which is a shame.

The sun was shining, and I was in a fantastic location
right by the River Avon and the grounds of Stanford
Hall was crammed full of classic Volkswagens, what
a great way to spend a Sunday.

This lovely rally themed 1965 silver Porsche 912
looked great. I do like to see classic cars with
decals on them indicating that they are actually
used and not garaged. 

This old Porsche has or will be, taking part in
the London to Saigon rally a distance of some-
thing like 6500 miles.

The S.S.V.C. (Split Screen Van Club) always
have a massive presence at Stanford Hall...

... and it's easy to see why, the location. This show
has to be in one of the prettiest locations for a
show on the calendar in the South of England.

Split screen buses of every description lined the
path to the hall. Whatever model you prefer, you'll
be sure to see it at Stanford Hall.

And they are not all shiny show winners on display,
this bright green panel van looked it's age but still
looked great. It's refreshing to see a bus (van) in
it's un-restored state.

Although this van looked bashed and battered
and the paint had been touched up in a different
colour green, I loved it. This is one cool van.

A fantastic variety of styles and years of the split
screen bus all parked together.

The Stanford Hall VW show really is a great day
out for all the family with so much to see and do.

This lovely off white double cab split screen pick
up looked lovely with it's chocolate brown roof
rack and bumpers. This old pick up has been
dumped in to the weeds.

I did like the wheels with the chrome hubcaps
and beauty rings. The pick up bed has a canvas
cover but has also been lowered from normal

Just a very small variety of split screen buses at
the show.

RAT look or shiny show standard, whatever you
like, you'll see it at this great one day show.

I do like to see what owners do to make their
mark on their vehicle, to make it their own and
the colour scheme on this '67 bus must be this
owners mark. Lilac and pastel green may not
be everyone's first choice, but I have to say it
works really well. 

You can see just how well these two colours go
together on this very straight bus. 

There were so many different models of split
screen buses to look at I could have stayed for

This super straight and super clean panel van
caught my eye. The single colour, in light grey
looked amazing and the sign writing simply
finished off the cool look.

The sign writing was top quality, the gold leaf
stands out thanks to a black drop shadow.

This beige kombi appealed to my inner overland
explorer with it's high riding stance, big chunky
tyres, front 'roo' bar and the roof tent.

The roof tent is an excellent way to gain more
sleeping accommodation and looks cool in the

A lazy day by the River Avon with buses as far
as the eye can see.

The reflections in both the red and white and the
green and white cab doors were amazing.

This gorgeous 1963 split screen pick up was an
Australian import which is a rare 'dusty conditions'
model with an air intake for the engine in the
roof above the windscreen.

This lovely old Aussie bus is running a stock
1500cc motor. This really was a lovely example
of the split screen pick up.

This red and white panel van looked good with
it's unusual paint scheme where the white carries
along the belt trim with the red panel above on
the sides.

This lovely old panel van had the RAT look and
it looks as though there may have been a fire at
some point judging by that left hand corner panel.

A stunning 1956 Ambulance in what looked like
original condition. This bus really was immaculate.

This bus was so clean it looked like new. I did
like the 'Krankenwagen' on the rear which is
German for Ambulance.

This gorgeous split screen Dormobile looked
fantastic and so clean. The paint was fresh and
the polished trim glistened in the sunshine. The
chrome Empi 5 spoke wheels were the perfect
choice for this show standard bus.

This really was one of the cleanest buses that I
saw at the show.Every little detail was thought of
and every piece of alloy trim or chrome sparkled
in the bright sunshine. I did like that opening rear

And talking of that opening screen, as it open
I just happened to sneak under the screen to take
this photo of the gorgeous interior.

This super clean 1970 Westfalia Campmobile
caught my eye in it's super shiny Tornado red and
white paint. This U.S. import came to the U.K. in
2008 and underwent a full refurbishment in 2009.

Some of those refurbishments included a new
1600cc twin port engine, a full body repaint and
a 'Red 9' suspension set up with adjustable
shocks and rack and pinion steering.

This lovely 11 window kombi caught my eye as
it was a similar colour to my 1869 microbus. It's
a walkthrough model with a 1600 twin port engine.
The bus has a 4" narrowed front beam with
adjusters and drop spindles.

The interior ( which I didn't get a picture of!) has
a Westy style interior finished in brown leatherette
and has a rock and roll bed. The headlight grilles
were a nice touch that looked cool. This lovely bus
was up for sale for £20,000. ($25,500 approx)

This RAT look 1966 beetle looked great with it's
low stance and it's patina'd paint. The chrome
headlight grilles and the polished Porsche rims
were in stark contrast to the faded matte paint
and looked fantastic. 

This 1969 RAT look early bay import was super
low and featured a narrowed front beam. I did
like the pained steel wheels as I think they look
better than polished or chrome wheels and they
suited the bus perfectly.

This stunning 1962 panel van with it's authentic
Empi 'Inch Pincher' livery. I didn't find out much
about this gorgeous panel, as to whether it's an
original Empi van or not, but it didn't matter as it
was just nice to see it at the show and admire it.

This really is a lovely looking van that was up for
sale for £19,000 ($24,000 approx)

This err, I'm not sure what it is, i looks like it used
to be an 181 trekker... but I could be totally wrong.
Whatever it was it instantly brought out the go
anywhere adventurer in me. This really was a
vehicle to go anywhere. I loved all the LED lights
mounted above the windscreen.

The chunky tyres with lots of clearance from the
body should enable this buggy type thing to go
over rocky terrain without any problems.

The rear of this beast features an enclosed VW
motor with the exhaust exiting almost vertical, a
spare wheel mounted on the back and tail lights
that were mounted up high to avoid any damage.

The interior was sparse of the comfort front but
did have a sat nav and other electrical equipment
that look too technical for me! but I'm assuming
it was some sort of global positioning device..?

This sticker was on the windscreen and I believe
it.. I really do think this could go anywhere.

So that was the 2nd of my 4 part review on the
Stanford Hall show. Next week you'll be able to
see plenty more split's, bays and beetles plus
a few buggies and a Porsche 356 and some of
the club displays including the Wolfsburg Bus

Crew's club display (which I'm a member of),
so be sure to come back next Saturday.

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