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|My 1969 VW microbus all washed and polished|
and parked up at the Brill Classic Car show. When
I first started attending this show my bus was the
only Volkswagen at the show, today there is more
like 7/8 VW's including bugs and buses.
|Our small convoy parked up. Matthew's blue '69|
SO42 Westy and CJ's '76 late bay. Matthew's
bay actually came over from California in the
same container as my bus about 6/7 years ago.
|A gorgeous sunny day, a great location and good|
friends, and a trio of lovely Volkswagen buses,
what else do you need?
|Once parked up and while the kettle was boiling,|
Matthew made some adjustments on his 'Swamp
Cooler' type air conditioning unit and I'm not jealous
at all as these are quite rare over here in the U.K.
|Matthew's partner Caroline had the right idea,|
just sit down and relax in the sunshine while the
boys get their buses ready for the public to view.
|This car was perfectly straight and this photo|
shows. Those gorgeous tail fins and rear light
clusters give this car a futuristic look. It must
have been fantastic living in the U.S in the
fifties / sixties with all their fantastic looking
|The interior of the Caddy was, well bright red vinyl. |
This was the classic look for interiors in both U.S
and U.K cars of the time. You can imagine cruising
down the freeway listening to cool fifties music
in this beauty.
|Another U.S classic was this Pontiac Chieftain|
2 door deluxe sedan ( I think). This was another
immaculate car finished in white with a light green
roof. This car oozed chrome detailing that sparkled
in the sunshine.
|This really was a lovely looking car, I loved the|
spare wheel mounted on the bumper and housed
in that chrome cover. You wouldn't want to rear end
this car as that chromed rear bumper was massive
and would probably write your car off.
|The interior of the Chieftain was a little more|
reserved than the Cadillac above. Finished in the
same colour green as the roof, this looked a nice
place to relax and cruise the highway.
|Our contribution to the classic car show. There|
were more Volkswagens that arrived later in the
day, which feature later... This was taken shortly
after we arrived which is why the show field looks
|CJ has finally got his new 356 replica wheels on|
his bus and the shiny new hubcaps give a good
reflection of Matthew's Westy, even though it does
make it look like it has been shortened.
|This AC Cobra caught my eye, I'm not sure if|
this an original AC or not as there are many
reproductions out there, but it did look original
and very well finished.
|The badges on the body stated that this was the|
427 cubic inch motor, and I have no reason to
doubt that. All that power in such a lightweight
body, this must have quick.
|A bit later in the morning more camper vans|
arrived. I have seen this bright mauve early bay
several times at the show but have never managed
to track down the owner to find out about his bus.
|Another bus was this Dormoblie which is a local|
bus to us. It is a 'work in progress' (albeit slowly!)
but it's on the road and that's the main thing.
|The interior has some way to go, but the sound|
deadening felt is down so that's a start!
|Eddie came along in his lovely clean high top|
T25. This lovely bus has all the whistles and bells
including full camping interior with gas heating.
|This great 2 day show attracts many classic cars|
from all years and manufacturers. It's great to chat
to the owners of these classics, as they are all so
passionate about their cars.
|Like us, the Triumph TR4 owners had brought|
along some of their cars. These lovely 2 door
sports cars were produced from 1961 - 1965.
They had a 2138cc engine with a 4 speed manual
|The E-Type has to be one of the prettiest cars|
ever designed and built, in fact upon its launch
in 1961 Enzo Ferrari called the E-Type the car
the most beautiful car that has ever been made.
|The interior of the series 1, which must be such|
a lovely place to sit, with its black leather and vinyl
seats and dash, and that huge array of clocks and
the wood rimmed steering wheel.
|This car really was immaculate as you can see.|
The curved 'C' post pillar can also be clearly seen.
The Australian estates, or station wagons as they
called them also had wind down rear windows.
|The Mexico's biggest achievement was winning|
the 1970 London to Mexico world cup rally co-
driven by Hannu Mikkola. These road versions
of their winning car were produced in tribute to
their fantastic achievement. They had the 1598cc
cross flow engine.
|This lovely old 1929 Morris Cowley Dome Head|
Coupe is a regular at this great two day show.
The coupe had a 11HP 4 cylinder engine that
gave a top speed of 52 MPH.
|This Westfield is a replica of the famous Lotus|
X1. Westfield started producing these glass
fibre boding kit cars in 1982 and are still making
|This really is a lovely kit car. This was a very well|
built kit car with plenty of attention to detail. The
paint finish is, as you can see in this photo simply
|The interior is finished in contrasting red vinyl,|
and looks quite snug. The authentic Lotus steering
wheel was nice. I didn't manage to find out what
engine this had but it could have had a Lotus
|This very old Riley is another rare car. I'm not sure|
what model this is, possibly a Brooklands? Anyway
it looked to be totally original and complete. This
car is circa 1930.
|The interior is sparse and void of any comfort to|
talk about. The lightweight alloy dash and floor
are basic necessities and the huge steering wheel
should make turning corners easier.
|This lovely white 1983 all white T25 looked to be|
a very clean honest bus. The white wall tyres were
a nice touch that suited the bus.
|These Pop's have always been, and still are the|
U.K. rodders favourite car to customise.
|There is always a vast array of classic cars from|
many manufacturers and many different years at
this great show.
|This lovely MK1 Ford Zephyr, or Zephyr six as it|
should be called was so clean it looked like new.
The MK1 Zephyr was produced from 1951 - 1956
but I doubt they ever looked this nice.
|This lovely British classic, had the performance|
that would still hold its own even today. The top
speed was 150 MPH and it had a 0 - 60 speed
of just over 8 seconds.
|This great show gets bigger year by year and|
with so much to do and see for all the family it
really is a good day out.
|This show always has a fantastic display of U.K.|
European and U.S classic cars, some of which
are as rare as chickens teeth! I wasn't trying a
new photo effect on this photo, it is actually...