Saturday, 3 March 2018

Brighton Breeze 2017 (part 3 of 4)

This weeks blog review is part three of four all about the annual Brighton Breeze VW show, which this year was held on Saturday 7th October 2017 on Maderia Drive in coastal town of Brighton. The Brighton Breeze show is organised by the S.S.V.C. (The Split Screen Van Club) which founded in 1983 by a group of guy's who loved the split screen bus. The main purpose of the club was to preserve the pre '67 Volkswagen split screen and all the expertise needed to maintain and restore them and keep them on the road. The S.S.V.C. attend many shows throughout the year, and each year they put on their own show, called The Brighton Breeze. The show is held in the same location every year, along Maderia Drive in Brighton, West Sussex on the south coast of England. Maderia Drive runs East / West from Brighton Pier to Black Rock and is only a stones throw from Brighton's infamous South facing pebble beach. Brighton Breeze is normally held on the first Saturday of October, and this is a show I have attended for many years. Being a south facing beach, if the weather is good, it is really good, however if the weather is bad, then you really are in trouble. Over the years I have experienced 70 degree heat with blazing sunshine (including getting sun burnt) to storm conditions with high winds and almost horizontal rain with freezing temperatures and as it's held in October this shows success really is in the hands of the weather. This year's forecast wasn't good with heavy rain forecast all day but that didn't put me off, as I had arranged to meet up with the Wolfsburg Bus Crew (WBC) at Pease Pottage services, (which is about halfway to Brighton for me) for a club convoy down to the show. The forecast wasn't good but how bad could the weather be!? So early on the Saturday morning I jumped in my 1969 microbus and set off for the southbound services on the A23, but the closer I got to the services the heavier the rain was coming down.
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The reflection in this gorgeous split screen shows
the of the quality 'show standard' vehicles at the 
Breeze. The body panels were so straight the 
bus gave off a mirror like reflection.

A better look at the chocolate brown 1965 11
window split screen. This unusual colour choice
really did look nice, especially against the chrome
bumpers, wheels and body trim.

Beetles galore parked up along the seafront.
There were beetles from almost every year, and
each one looked different from the last.

One of the beetles that caught my eye was this
lovely patina'd early 1960's oval window.

This patina on this old bug looked cool , in fact
this bug looked cool full stop. I liked the ride height
and the choice of wheels.

More patina on the rear of the bug, the highly
polished bumpers and exhaust tips were in stark
contrast to the faded rusty paint, but looked good
and gave an indication that although the bodywork
looked rough, the underneath and mechanical items
were just as well maintained as any 'show' car.

A pair of late bay window buses bringing some
much needed colour to the seafront at Brighton.

This lovely looking slammed 1966 beetle stood
out with its super low stance, those lovely banded
steel wheels and the Porsche headlight grilles.

Those deep banded rear wheels looked great
under the super straight body. The all red U.S.
spec tail lights were a nice touch.

Talking of super straight vehicles, this lovely early
1960's 11 window bus was another vehicle with
perfectly straight body panels. I liked the unusual
colour choice and the 'Roo' bars on the front.

This stunning bright red 1965 Karmann Ghia was
gorgeous. The slightly lowered stance was quite
subtle, but looked good, and the bodywork was
just very clean and straight.

This is such a nice clean example of the Karmann
Ghia that were produced from 1955 - 1974.

Another clean early 1960's Type 34 Karmann
Ghia. Again this car, like the one above wasn't
flash or fancy but just a very nice example of
this classic car.

I did like the original look of this car. The factory
fitted steel wheels look so much better than any
aftermarket chrome wheels that are available.

A great variety of air-cooled vehicles on display
at Brighton Breeze. A very clean 1973 bug and a
 cross over bay window bus parked side by side.

This 1971 beetle caught my eye, it had the Empi
stripes on it, although I don't know if it's an original
Empi GTV beetle or not but it didn't really matter
as it looked so cool.

You can see the Empi stripes better in this photo,
it also had the striped Empi air scoops. 

Another beetle but this time of 1963 vintage. This
stock looking bug was lovely. I do like the stock
look on old air cooled VW's. The black paint and
ivory steel wheels looked so good together.

The super straight stock body was amazingly
straight and tidy. This really was a lovely car.

This lovely double cab in what looks like velvet
green stood out as it was so clean. I did like the
stock ride height and the canvas cover over the
pick up bed. 

Considering most of these pick ups were used
as working vehicles this one was incredibly clean
and straight.

This slammed bug drew plenty of attention, and
its easy to see why. The slammed stance is the
first thing you notice about this cool bug.

The second thing you notice is that super narrow
front beam that tucks the front wheels right under
the standard front wings.

The original looking paint was faded just enough
to give this car a neat look. This really was a
lovely looking early bug.

A lovely 1965 white over green single cab split 
screen pick up with those lovely period looking 
Porsche chrome headlight grilles.

A better look at this gorgeous single cab. I did
like the overall look, with its roof rack with access
ladder, the twin spot lights mounted to the towel
rail bumper and the 'A' post mounted search light.

This stunning 1966 looked great. I did like the 
colour combination with the contrasting chrome
of the bumpers, trim and wheels.

This 1965 11 window bus stood out due to its
blue paint, which looked like it was being prepped
for a new coat. I did like the 3 bow roof rack and
the cool polished Empi 5 spoke wheels and the
truck style mirrors added to the overall look.

This lovely 1967 pop top bus looked great in its
white over light blue paint scheme. I did like the
stock wheels with the matching blue on the hub 
caps, which gives an old look.

This stunning bright red 1969 deluxe early bay
was gorgeous. This really was a lovey clean bus.

Split screen buses galore, if you thought these
buses were quite rare, think again. There were
hundreds upon hundreds lined up along the sea
front at Brighton.

This blue over white early split caught my eye,
the lack of front indicators and the colour scheme
gave this bus a clean sharp look.

Maderia Drive, the road that runs along the front
of Brighton hosts many vehicle rallies, but none
as diverse and colourful as the Volkswagen rally
that is Brighton Breeze.

This lovely early spilt screen panel van was a
vehicle I hadn't seen before. I have a passion for
panel vans and this was no exception. I loved the
colour, the sigh written sides, the full length roof
rack and that narrowed front beam.

You see what I mean about diversity and colour?

This immaculate white over bright yellow 1965 
11 window split caught my eye as it was not only
super clean but it had the 'Run the Ring' sticker
still on it. This is an annual VW charity cruise that
I attend. I don't know who owns this lovely bus, but
as a fellow 'ringer' they must be cool people. You 
can find out more about the 'Run the Ring' here:

Even though the weather tried its best to put a
dampener on the day, it was still great to see so
many classic Volkswagens all in one place.

This gorgeous 1966 was simply stunning. I did
like the stock (ish) ride height and the clean and
simple look that the two tone colour scheme helps
to create.

Another white over blue split but this one has
been lowered with what looks like a narrowed
front beam. How two similar colour buses can
look so different amazes me.

This split had some cool decals on the cab door.

This dog had the best seat in the house, it was
riding shotgun for the owner.

A lovely 1967 white over green split and a red
and white 1972 Brazilian split belonging to 
Maney, who is a fellow Wolfsburg Bus Crew 
member and also a ('Run the Ring') ringer. 

There is something about a double cab split
screen bus that looks just right, and when they
are this clean and tidy they just look gorgeous.

The attention to detail and overall standard of
finish was incredible.

A very authentic looking split screen ambulance
that looked fantastic. I'm not sure if this was an
original ambulance or not, but looking around
the bus I wouldn't be surprised if it was.

A pair of split screen buses, I liked the way the
paint scheme continued onto the spare wheel
cover on the '67 green and white bus.

Ooh, a panel van.! I may have mentioned I like
the split screen panel van. The black wheels,
bumpers and front badge added a cool look.

The old panel van had been lowered, which gave
it a cool look. This van really was nice.

This 'original' Herbie belongs to 'Terry's Beetle
Services' and is the real deal. The car was built
by 'Empi Racing' in Riverside, California for the
1969 Walt Disney Film, The Love Bug. This bug
still has the 'H2' sticker in the glove box which
denotes it was a Porsche engined race car. Each
Herbie used in the films had a different 'H' number
to identify what the car was built for. I.E., the drunk
effect car was H6, the rear driver car was H7 and
the car that split in two was H5 and so on..

This Herbie is actually a 1953 ragtop from the
windscreen backwards but has a 1960 front
end. Herbie even has his own facebook 

It's great to see how bus owners make their bus
their own, and the owner of this 1965 split screen
has gone to town in creating a unique one off bus.

This bus may not be to everyone's taste, but
it doesn't matter as it isn't everyone's bus! The
owner likes it and that's all that matters.

Three split screen buses parked up, yet each one
was completely different from the last. The breeze
is a great place to see different styles of the same
vehicle, if only to give you inspiration!

So that was the third instalment on the Breeze. Next
week will be the fourth and final instalment where you
can see plenty more air cooled vehicles including
bugs, split screens, T25's and a Jurgens. So be sure
to come back next Saturday.

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