Saturday, 24 March 2018

Slough Swapmeet 2017 (part 2 of 3)

This weeks blog review is part 2 of a 3 part review all about the Slough Swapmeet 2017, which last year was held on Sunday 5th November at the Montem Leisure Centre, Montem Lane in Slough in Buckinghamshire. SL1 2QG. This annual event is organised by Vince and Robin, and it's a great place to pick up some air-cooled bargains. The Slough Swapmeet is held inside the sports hall and is a table top sale / auto jumble that caters for primarily the air cooled Volkswagen's, although water cooled VW's are more than welcome as is anything German including old Porsche's. Being one of the last events of the season it's a great place to socialise with old friends, and even make new friends. The Slough Swapmeet has been going for at least 10 years and I have been attending this event for the past 6 years. The organisers present trophies for the 'King of the car park', which is for the best vehicles parked up in the leisure centre car park. The venue for the swapmeet is only 51 miles from my hometown so it was a great chance to get out in my early bay one last time as this is the last show / event of the VW calendar for the year. Even though the weather forecast was for dry sunny weather, don't let the photos fool you, it was still bitterly cold with the temperature hovering around freezing all day but then it was November in the U.K.! I had arranged to meet my good mate Matthew at Beaconsfield  services just off the M40 for a short cruise down to Slough and the swapmeet where we had also arranged to meet and park up with the Wolfsburg Bus Crew. The blog continues as I wander around the show car park.
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Matthew's 1969 SO42 blue and white westfalia
parked next to my velvet green and white 1969
microbus under the Wolfsburg Bus Crew banner.

I'm not saying the Slough is a rough place, but
this family hatchback was left in the leisure centre
car park overnight.!!!

Clear blue skies and sunshine (albeit very cold)
and a car park crammed full of Volkswagens
finest air-cooled vehicles.

This ratty Ford Prefect 100E had been slammed
on the deck, the original 1172cc front mounted
side valve engine had been removed and an air-
cooled motor mounted in the back.

A great diversity of vehicles in the car park.

I don't know much about the Austin Allegro, but
I'm assuming because it was parked close to
that Ford 100E (above) that this has had an air-
cooled transplant.

The Allegro had been hit with the lowering stick,
and that huge exhaust strengthens my thought
about having an air-cooled engine.

The leisure centre was full of quality Volkswagens
of all descriptions.

It doesn't always have to painted and shiny to
be desirable.

A cool Moon decal on these centre caps.

This gorgeous 1950's dark green Karmann Ghia
was immaculate. I do like these KG's especially
when they are this clean.

You can see just how clean and straight this old
Karmann really is from this photo.

To show just how clean and straight this car was,
this is the reflection from the gorgeous green paint
on the engine lid.

A lovely 1964 Karmann Ghia and a 1967 beetle
parked up in the sunshine at the swapmeet.

I did like the overall look of this old '67, the all
white body colour against all that chrome looked

Buses of all types and ride heights all parked up
at the swapmeet. There really was a great diversity
of air-cooled vehicles. 

This lovely 1970 early bay panel van caught my
eye. I loved the colour, which looked very similar
to the colour of my bus, and the ride height and
not to mention that awesome full length roof rack.

Just look at the reflection on the sides of this
lovely van, it really was perfectly straight.

Another vehicle that caught my eye was this lovely
1973 single cab pick up. This was another vehicle
that was incredibly straight and clean.

This really was a lovely example of this utility

The Slough swapmeet car park with awsome 
air-cooled Volkswagens everywhere.

Rows and rows of Volkswagen buses, what a
great way to spend a sunny Sunday in November.

This gorgeous 1970 imported deluxe bus was
really nice. It really was so clean and straight.

I spotted this bright green 1986 T25 panel van
and just had to go and have a look. I do like the
high riding stance and the all terrain tyres. 

I'm really getting into the high riding go anywhere
overland look and this old transporter van looked
just right. I did like that huge off road wheel / tyre
on the back.

Split screen buses galore adorned the leisure
centre car park.

One of those buses was this 1972 Brazilian bus
that was originally purchased by Maney's grandad.
It has a 1641cc engine, and adjustable front beam,
a rear IRS and a beetle gearbox. Maney still has
the 'Run the Ring' tickers on his doors.

This lovely patina'd 21 window looked good with
it's original faded paint, lowered stance and that
narrowed front beam.

Another bus with plenty of patina was this lovely
white over blue 11 window. I liked the rusty front
bumper that almost looked as though it was made
 from wood.

Here is a bus I recognised, it's Claude's 1960
Californian Kombi.

A great variety of air cooled vehicles on display
in the leisure centre car park that doubles as
the Slough Swapmeet.

A lovely 1964 RAT look bus that had so many
accessories, additions and stickers. I did like
the old rope tied around the towel rail bumper.

You can make your own cation for this photo..!

Even in Slough on a cold winters day you still
 have to cruise around and look cool.

This bright orange late bay looked nice and solid.
I'm not sure what that is on the rear side panel..?

A lovely reflection of the green 1986 T25 I liked
so much in the chrome bumper of a classic air
cooled vehicle (I've actually forgotten what the
vehicle was !)

This lovely original 1950's oval window beetle
looked great with it's patina that covered the
whole of the body.

This really was a lovely looking bug. I loved the
original wheel trims and white wall tyres.

Another high T25 transporter van, I love those big
off road wheels and tyres. This 1985 van really
did look as though it could go anywhere.

This immaculate bright yellow and white 1967
11 window shone in the bright winter sun.This
bus really was straight and clean.

Two yellow and white buses stand out against
the clear blue winter sky.

Early bay window buses, which would you have?
The 1972 beige bay belongs to a mate of mine
called Matthew. 

Another 1972 VDub was this lovely all white bug
names, Gloria. I don't know much about this nice
bug except for that's it's very clean. The whitewall
tyres suited the overall look.

This lovely type 34 Karmann Ghia looked great,
These are more commonly know as the Razor-
edge and at the time was the most expensive
car made by Volkswagen.

The razoredge has such a beautiful body shape
that is timeless. The type 34 was produced from
1962 - 1969 and it is believed that only about
1500 - 2000 of the original 43,000 produced
still remain. 

This gorgeous 1950's Karman Ghia was so nice,
I loved the colour, the colour coded wheels with
the white wall tyres, the ride height.. everything

I especially liked the air scoop on the engine lid,
which could mean only one thing, a rare Judson

And to confirm my suspicion, this lovely old KG
had an original badge on the deck lid.

This stunning oval window looked great in its all
black colour scheme. I did like those yellow head
lights and the single spot light that just make this
car stand out.

This 1963 oval was incredibly straight as you can
clearly see. I've seen this car several times and
it still grabs my attention every time I see it.

So that the second of three installments about this
great ond day show. Next weeks blog review will
be the 3rd part where you can see plenty more
bugs and buses plus some type 3's and a lovely
Type 14A Hebmuller plus so much more so be
sure to come back next Saturday.

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