Saturday, 14 October 2017

BeachBuggin VW Show 2017 (part 1 of 4)

This weeks blog review is part one of four all about the 'Beach Buggin' VW show which this year was held on Sunday 6th August which is now in its 17th year, and is the ultimate VDUB show by the beach due to the amazing location on Southsea Common in the heart of the Portsmouth seafront, on the South coast of England. You can walk on and off the site all day and make the most of all the local attractions including the beach, (which is only about 100 feet from the show ground) amusement arcades and of course the award winning pier. This show always attracts plenty of enthusiasts, clubs, and general public, and of course plenty of quality Volkswagen's of all descriptions. The show is unique as it's free to the walk on public who come on mass attracted by the amazing displays. The show originated with a group of beach buggy owners displaying their vehicles way back in 1998 and is run with 3/4 of all the money generated from the show going to nominated charities. This show since 1998 has so far raised well over £80.000 ($104,558 approx) and although the show is called BeachBuggin, you get an incredibly diverse display of Volkswagen's as well as Hot Rods and American cars / trucks, bikes and scooters. This is one of my favourite shows of the year mainly due to it's location but also for the sheer diversity of quality VW's.  This fantastic show always has a impressive turn out with about 2,500 / 3000+  vehicles that all ascend onto Southsea common for a show that has to be one of the best one day shows on the VW calendar.
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My 1969 VW Microbus all washed and polished
and parked up on Southsea Common for the

annual Beach Buggin VW show.

I was parked up with some very nice company
in the form of a lovely white over light blue 1967
split screen campervan.

This really was an immaculate stock looking bus.
It was incredibly clean and straight and that baby
blue paint looked great.

The stock ride height along with the original steel
wheels helped make this this old '67 stand out.
The owner had a notice on the rear screen saying
that they were 'running in' the engine. What better
was to run an engine in than have a cruise sown
to an awesome VW show.

This lovely 1964 tin top split screen looked really
nice in its two tone paint. This was another bus
that looked to be pretty much stock, apart from 

the twin roof racks.

This was another very nice stock looking bus,
riding at stock height. The all red rear light lenses
could indicate that this bus is a U.S. import.

Unlike the two split screens (above) this lowered
crew cab split screen pick up was far from stock
looking. The slammed stance, the narrowed front
beam and the general RAT look suited the old
pick up perfectly.

The pick up had a neat 'Empi' step mounted on
the front bumper.

It also ad some neat hand painted sign writing
on the cab doors.

This old crew cab really was nice, even if you
don't like the RAT look, you have to admit its a
lovely old pick up.

I do like panel vans, and this early 1960's blue
split screen van ticked all the right boxes. OK
this bus would never win 'best paint' award but
the faded blue paint just added to its character.

The lovely faded paint could well have been the
original paint. The lowered stance with the lack
of rear bumper and running on the original wheels
all added to its overall cool look.

Another split screen panel van, but this old van
has had a pop top fitted, which is an unusual
addition, but one that looks so good.

This bus has also been lowered and the red body
against the white roof looked great. The black
BRM wheels and the black bumpers added just
enough contrast to the red paint.

This 1967 split screen looked as though it could
have been used by an Ambulance service back
in the day, somewhere in the world.

The old '67 had a very unusual tailgate as it
appeared to hinge from the bottom, again possibly
indicating its origins...?

This stock looking 1970 early bay was I think a
U.S. import. I do like the look of early bay window
buses riding at stock height. I'm seeing more and
more stock height bays so maybe the look is
coming back?

This bus was very clean and straight and for sale,
it was up for sale for £11,500 ($15,200 approx)

This green early beetle caught my eye as it looked
so nice. I did like the colour with matching colour
coded steel wheels. This old bug looked to be
pretty much original.

Just trying to be artistic with the reflection in the
lovely chrome hubcap.

This old bug really was immaculate. The chrome
on the old towel rail bumpers looked like new and
those small tail lights add a classic look to the
rear end.

Another early bug, this time an oval window that
was equally as nice as the one above. The perfectly
straight body was painted in the nicest coat of jet
black paint that gave off a reflection a mile deep.

This is what I mean.. this photo is the reflection
in the old bugs bonnet. It was like looking into a
coloured mirror.

The oval window and indeed the split oval bugs,
have such a nice body shape, as this photo shows.

The thing I like about this show, apart from the
location, is the fact that it doesn't matter what
condition your VW is in. Here a dark blue and
white '72 early bay that had the RAT look was
parked next to an immaculate '71 light blue and
white bay. Both were equally as nice in their own

This stunning blue and white 1964 split screen
looked to be all original and it was immaculate.
You can see how perfectly straight the body is
from this photo. (if you click on the photo it will
enlarge it)

The diversity of VW's at this show was amazing.
T25's, splits and bays of all ages and descriptions
always attend this great one day show.

This bright red beetle looked really clean as it
shone in the sunshine. I noticed that this old bug
had early lights and indicators but a later style

On the rear it looked as though someone has
grafted in a split oval window panel. This lovely
bug also has an early deck lid and rear tail lights.
This bug has had a lot of work, and all that hard
work has been worthwhile.

From the back without the rear bumper this old
bug looks tough. 

OK this 1968 ( I think) GMC Handi-Bus Custom
wasn't a VW, but it was super cool. The '68 had
side marker lights, something the earlier models
didn't have.

Being a '68 this probably had the 307 cubic inch
V8 engine with a 2 barrel carb and a 4 speed
manual transmission with column shift. This old
bus looked fantastic and I loved it.

This lovely looking 1969 un-restored beetle was
a nice looking car. It appeared to be mostly original
an pretty much stock. I did like the single spot
light mounted on the front bumper.

You can just how stock looking this lovely old
bug really was from this photo. 

Another stock looking beetle was this gorgeous
light blue 1964 model. I loved the look of the wheels
that were painted in the same blue body colour
with white wall tyres.

This really was a lovely clean and straight car.
The chrome sparkled as did the aftermarket

This white over copper (?) coloured 1965 split
screen was immaculate. It was also one of the
straightest buses I have seen, just look at the
reflections down the side!

You can see just how clean and straight this old
'65 really was from this photo. The twin roof racks
with access ladder were nice accessories.

On top of this beetle the owner has a joke
human and dog skeleton. I'm not sure why but 

it made me smile.

This 1970 beige type 3 fastback caught my eye
as it looked so clean. I do like these type 3's and
when they look this nice, it's easy to see why.

I did like the rear screen blind that is a sought
after accessory. This old fastback really was a
lovely looking car.

Another immaculate type 3 was this 1972 bright
orange variant or a squareback as my many U.S
readers will know it better.This lovely car had been
 lowered and sporting some cool looking wheels.

The diversity of Volkswagens at the BeachBuggin
show was immense. Every type of Volkswagen
you could think of... and then some more.

This 1971 cabriolet was painted in the brightest
green I have ever seen. This Karmann convertible
was super clean and looked amazing. I did like
the BRM wheels that complimented the black of
the convertible roof perfectly.

This really was a lovely looking car that stood
out amongst the hundreds of other VW's that
packed Southsea Common for this show.

So that was part 1 of 4 all about the BeachBuggin
VW show 2017. Next week will be part 2 where
you will be able to see many more VW's including
Bugs, buses, rat rods, scooters and some beach
buggies so be sure to come back next Saturday.

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