This weeks blog review is the first of a three part review all about the Wolfsburg Bus Crew's 2nd Birthday Bash that was held at the world famous Ace Cafe in London on Sunday 3rd September. So what is the WBC all about? Well it's best if I let Rich Coxhill (who runs the WBC) tell you in his own words. The following text is taken from the WBC Facebook page:
The Wolfsburg Bus Crew is a club based in London & the midlands (but with members worldwide) for owners of Volkswagen split screens, bay windows &T25's. Even though we are based in London and the midlands we have members who live all over the U.K. as well as all over the world. Your bus doesn't have to be a show winner or completely mint to be part of the Wolfsburg Bus Crew, it you love your bus, then we love your bus! We have monthly meets, club stands, various runs, camping trips and discounts from VW parts companies as well as many other things.Thanks for your support and let's keep these beautiful machines on the road!. Well said Rich!.
I have been a member of the WBC for about a year or so, and it's a fantastic club, and as I missed the first anniversary bash because I didn't know about it, I was determined that I wasn't going to miss the 2nd anniversary bash. As I mentioned earlier the hard work of running this successful club is done by Rich, who never seems to stop promoting the club, getting discounts from VW suppliers for club members, organising club meets at various shows throughout the year, arranging the production and distribution of the club stickers and this year has even organised a calendar to be produced featuring 12 lucky members rides to appear in the calendar with all the proceeds of £226 have, as I write this review, just been donated to the charity Age U.K. If you want to join the WBC, and why wouldn't you?, you can do so by going to their facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/groups/684035321730942/
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|My 1969 VW Microbus parked up in front of the|
iconic Ace Cafe London at the WBC 2nd birthday
bash. I was so looking forward to this event, it had
been all over my facebook news feed and promised
to be a great evening with some awesome buses.
|I arrived quite early in the evening but there was|
already a cool selection of buses parked up, this
promised to be a good evening with plenty of nice
buses and lots of friendly WBC club members.
|This lovely 1970 RAT look beige early bay belongs|
to a mate of mine, Ryan. This cool bus has (or
rather did have, as Ryan is always tinkering and
changing things on his bus) a 2054cc motor
with CB044 heads and an FK8 cam.
|This is an out of date photo as Ryan now has the|
'Flat Four Aircooled' logo sign written on his doors
and tail gate. I also know that over the winter
his bus will have new front suspension parts
with the chassis being notched.
|Ryan does like a sticker or two, luckily this is the|
rear window behind the cupboard so you couldn't
see out of it anyway. Ryan plans to get out and
about more next year with more camping trips.
|This 1957 split screen panel van belonging to|
Dave has appeared on my blog on numerous
occasions and it probably will feature again in
the future. This van is a Californian import that
used to be a shop van for a Porsche / Audi garage.
|This insane van rides on full hydraulic suspension|
which virtually allows the chassis to sit on the ground
once the system is lowered. Those air scoop over
the air vent help to get fresh air in to cool the
|You can't really get much lower than this, without|
digging a hole!.
|This lovely 1966 split screen belongs to friends|
of mine, David and Angela who live just on the
opposite side of my hometown. David has owned
his bus for over 10 years now and keeps updating
and improving it.
|You can see just how clean this bus is from this|
photo. The wheels are early bay steel wheels.
The engine at present is a 1600cc unit but Stuart
will soon replace it with 1641cc engine with twin
Dellorto 36 carbs.
|The interior of Stuarts split looked lovely with it's|
matching blue and white door cards and seats.
|A row of gorgeous VW buses parked up outside|
the world famous Ace Cafe, London for the
Wolfsburg Bus Crew's 2nd Birthday bash.
|The rows of buses continued on the other side|
of the car park. It was great to see that so many
WBC members had attended this great event.
|This blue T25 high top, I believe wasn't a WBC|
member, but he was still made to feel welcome.
In the WBC it doesn't matter what your bus looks
like, as Rich says on the Facebook page, "If you
love your bus, then so do we".
|I think the owners name was Mark, and I also|
think that this very unassuming bus had a Subaru
motor so even though it wasn't the prettiest bus
at the bash, it's probably one of the fastest!
|This lovely stock looking bay belongs to Jane.|
The unusual colour combination worked really
well and helped to make this 1970 bus really
|Jane's pop top bus is riding at what looks stock|
height, which is always nice to see. This bus did
look nice and really solid.
|This SC really does have a nice stance. I think|
the colour of this bus helps it looks as the green
is such a nice colour. The 7UP decals are a new
addition that have been applied this year.
|On the rear of Simon's bus he has adjustable|
spring plates to help get the right stance. He
also has a 'Vintage Speed' exhaust but it's been
tucked up and pretty much out of sight.
|This lovely clean 1978 late bay is the second|
Sage green bay in this blog review. This bus is
owned by Richard who has owned 'Kermit' for
about 5 years.
|Richard likes to go camping in his bus as much|
as possible. I don't know much else about this
lovely bay, apart from it's a really clean and
straight looking bus.
|Greg and Staph just arriving at the Ace Cafe,|
more about this lovely slammed crew cab in
next week's blog..
|This stunning bright orange 1974 Westfalia late|
bay was immaculate. This lovely bus belongs to
Julien who has owned the bus for about 4 years
but has had some memorable trips across to
Europe with his family, including France and
|This lovely dark blue bus crossover bay is owned |
by Stephen, this bus really was nice and straight,
just look at the reflection on the side panels.
|Luke's bus has a 1641cc engine with a 'Vintage|
Speed' exhaust. Apart from this the bus is pretty
much standard, except for being so clean!
|I think this stunning all white T25 belongs to Tel.|
Tel has owned this ex Wolfsburg van for about 16
years and bought it as a retirement project, which
looks as it's coming along very nicely.
|This super clean bus has had the interior re trimmed|
in the original VW trim and swapped the old tired
JK engine for an RA engine as it offered more
BHP. The bus has interior lights and an Internet
connection to keep the kids happy on long journeys.
|This lovely looking 1971 campmobile is owned|
by Karen, who has owned 'Betty Boop' for around
6 years. This Californian import is in fantastic
condition and riding at what looks like standard
|Betty Boop has a 1600cc twin port engine and|
is as I type, is having the steering box reconditioned
(something I desperately need doing on my bus)
and having the dash renovated. Look how straight
the sides of Betty are, an almost perfect reflection.