Saturday, 21 October 2017

BeachBuggin VW Show 2017 (part 2 of 4)

This weeks blog review is part two of four all about the 'Beach Buggin' VW show which this year was held on Sunday 6th August and 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. The review continues as I wander around this huge show looking at all the fantastic Volkswagens.
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To kick start this weeks blog we have this lovely
imported 1970 bay that just oozed real patina.
This is the real RAT look that so many VW owners

OK, it was sun burnt and rusty in places, and had
the occasional knock and dent but it still looked
so good. I wouldn't be surprised if that tail gate
fly screen is original.

Two similar colour beetles parked together, but
the colour is where the similarity stops. They may

look the same but upon closer inspection they
were so different.

I think this is the 'Help for Hero's' beach buggy
that raises money for our wounded servicemen.
How many buggies can there be painted in the
colours of the Union flag..?

The buggy was brought to this amazing show by
members of the Muppet Show. !

This stunning 1966 white over sky blue split screen
kombi was immaculate. The body was so straight
as the reflections down the side of the body show.

It looks as though this old '66 has a narrowed
front beam as the front wheels are tucked right
under the cab. I did like the fact that this modified
bus had been restored to look almost original.

Another immaculate vehicle was this 1964 grey
coloured bug. This car really was just like new.
the body was arrow straight, and the paintwork
was flawless. The chrome details also looked
like brand new.

I did like the look of this old '64. The ride height
looks to be stock and those original steel wheels
painted in the same body colour with the white
wall tyres looked just about perfect.

Bay window buses adorned every one of the
many rows of classic Volkswagen's at the Beach
Buggin show.

This 1970 Westfalia early bay looked like a really
clean bus. I did like the unusual lower colour choice
on this bus. The white Empi 5 spoke wheels were
a nice choice of wheel and suit the overall look.

I'm guessing this bus is, like my microbus, an
import, except this bus is way cleaner than mine!
I did like the overall look of this early bay.

Another vehicle of '64 vintage was this all white
type 3 notchback. This unrestored T3 looked to
be pretty much original, including the paint.

This lovely old notch was starting to signs of its
age, but considering this car is about 53 years
old, it looks amazingly good.

There were hundreds of beetles at the show and
yet each one was different from the last. 

It was nice to see so much diversity of the same
car. Each vehicle bears the owners own trade
mark look and their personality.

This slammed 1964 blue bug looked great sitting
as low as it did. The narrow front beam draws the
front wheels right under the front arches.  

The Sea blue (or similar) paint looked good on
the lovely straight body. The Paris sunroof was
a neat addition on this stock (ish) looking bug.

I've seen this lovely old early bay at this show
for the past few years and every year it still looks
as good. This really is a solid looking bus.

On the front clip next to the gold coloured VW
badge this bus has some very nice pinstriping
that has been so well done.

The wood effect roof looked cool. I'm not sure
the roof has been wrapped in a wood effect vinyl
or whether it is some amazing paint effect.

This split screen panel van looked amazing in its
deep green fresh paint and quality sign written
body. I do like those swan neck door mirrors.

The variety and pure quality of the vehicles that
attend this show is amazing. There really is
something for everyone at this show.

This stunning all white 1960's Karmann Ghia
was immaculate. The slammed stance and the
narrowed front beam added a cool look to this
old KG.

The shape of the rear tail lights indicate that this
Karmann was produced sometime between
1960 - 1969. The grey 5 spoke wheels looked
great and a perfect choice to suit the car.

This stunning oval window beetle was gorgeous.
The oval, and the split oval beetles have such
nice body lines. This car really was immaculate.

I always say it's the small details that make a car
or bus stand out, and the owner of this bug had
used white wing piping that helped to accentuate
the body lines. The refurbished original wheels
painted in silver looked great.

You can see just how clean and straight this old
oval really is in this photo. This really was a nice
looking car.

From immaculate and shiny to rusty and dented,
this split screen panel van had a serious case of
the RAT look. I do like to see buses like this, as
they haven't got anything to hide, what you see
is what you get. 

The owner of this 1965 single cab split screen
pick up had put his pick to good use, by
transforming the bed into a coffee outlet. I never
got to try the coffee, but if it was as nice as the
pick up it would have been delicious.

I forgotten what vehicle had these neat 'Rat Fink'
screw heads on the number plate, but I did like
these neat accessories.

There is always a great diversity of not only split
screen buses but also in bay window buses and
beetles and so on..

This lovely single cab split screen pick up looked
great with it's unusual rear bed. I did like the cab
roof rack with the single spot light fixed to it.

This stock height pick up looked good in it's blue
paint. The Porsche 356 headlight grilles were a
nice addition.

The pick up bed had extended sides which was
unusual but looked good. The bed cover in white
had a clear vinyl back panel with what looks like
curtains inside.. maybe the owner sleeps in the
back?  I wish I'd taken a look inside now !

This gorgeous type 34 Karmann Ghia looked
great in it's red body with a black roof. The type
34, also known as the razor edge was made from
1962 - 1969

This '64 razor edge really was immaculate. In the
1960's the type 34 was the most expensive,
luxurious and fastest car that VW produced. I
would have thought 'stylish' would have been in
that impressive list as well.

The owners of this 1970 Westfalia early bay had
the right idea.. arrive at the show, park up, put
 the sun canopy out and relax in the sunshine.

Looking between one of the rows of split screen
buses at the numerous rows of show vehicles at
the BeachBuggin show.

Custom beetles and Volksrods parked up side
by side.. again the diversity of the same original
vehicle was immense. There really is something
for everyone at the show.

So that was part 2 of 4 all about the BeachBuggin
show. Next week will be part 3 where you will be
able to see, some Volksrods, buggies, buses,
scooters and some American muscle cars, plus
so much more so be sure to come back
next Saturday.

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