Saturday, 14 April 2018

Dubfreeze 2018 (part 1 of 2)

This weeks blog is part one of a two part review all about the 30th annual 'Dub Freeze' VW Show that was held at Bingley Hall, County Show ground, Weston Road in Stafford ST18 9DB over the weekend of 16th -18th February 2018. The showground was open from 3pm on the Saturday for the hardy campers with plenty of space assured. The on site bar was also open on the Saturday night. Sunday was the main show day with the gates opening at 08.00am. The main show was held inside Bingley Hall with over 100 traders selling all sorts of VW related items. Also in the hall were numerous vehicles on display, there were plenty of food and drink vendors on the site to cater for most tastes and clean toilets. However for me the main attraction was the hundreds upon hundreds of both air-cooled and water cooled Volkswagen's parked within the grounds of Bingley Hall. I have been to this show several times now and have really enjoyed it, so I decided to go again this year. Bingley Hall is about a 220 mile return journey from my hometown so I decided to shoot up there in my more economical and quicker camouflaged T4, rather than take my slower 1969 microbus. The show opened quite early, but I didn't get there until about 10.30am by which time the car park at Bingley Hall was full so I had to park in the overflow car park with hundreds of other Volkswagen's. The main show is located inside the hall, where numerous traders and the main show and shine takes place, in addition to this there are plenty of places to get some food and drinks. Outside the grounds of Bingley Hall provide a massive outdoor show and shine area with vehicles of all descriptions on display.
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The first vehicle inside the hall that I noticed was
this slammed '67 early bay. The real patina that
covered this bus looked great. This bus had some
nice features including: the clear front indicator
lenses, the Porsche 356 headlight grilles and that
full length roof rack.

The interior of the slammed '67 looked cool...
I have only just noticed that box of goodies behind
the passenger seat, which I assume is the main
control for the hydraulic suspension..?

The gorgeous patina really did look cool, this bus
must have come from a very hot and sunny state
in the U.S to have this much patina. The narrow
front beam hides the front wheels under the cab.

Another slammed vehicle inside the hall was this
type 3 1500 Notchback. This lovely type 3 must
have been riding on air suspension to sit that low.

You can see just how low this 'Notch' really is from
this photo, you can also see how the tyres have
been stretched over those custom wheels.

Inside the Notchback it was pretty basic, and the
alloy and leather seats although they looked nice
 they didn't really look that comfortable.

To be honest all the cars inside the hall had been
seriously hit with the lowering stick. The slammed
look is very big over here at the moment as you can
tell from my photos. This immaculate green bug
was no exception. Just look haw clean and straight
this gorgeous car is.

That reflection in the rear quarter panel and door
was amazing. The super wide BBS rear wheels
with those stretched tyres gave this classic car a
modern look.

This lovely 1967 beetle was, yes you've guessed
it, slammed. The overall look of this patina'd bug
was awesome. I loved so many things about this
car, that wicked rack over the rear window looked

The bug had patina panels and a few knocks
here and there, which instead of repairing the
damaged panel, the owner has just clear coated
it instead.

Under the bonnet, the owner has a cool looking
suitcase in which the air tanks for the hydraulic
suspension are mounted.

I never knew Madge had such good taste.

Looking down at the trade hall where numerous
traders were selling everything you could think
of to either get or keep your VW on the road.

There didn't seem to be as many traders as last
year, but maybe that's just me.. It still took me over
an hour to walk round all the stalls.

The camouflage paint job is another trend that is
popular at the moment, I have a camouflaged
T4, but I've not seen a camo paint job in these
colours before on this 1972 bay window.

I actually liked the colours, it was different and
that is always good. The twin 3 bow roof racks
were a nice touch that looked good.

From the camo paint job that was trying to blend
 in, to this psychedelic 1974 bay window bus that
has virtually no chance of blending in against 
anything, anywhere!

The cab area had been treated to the same wild
paint scheme as the outside, plus so much more.
The ivy up the steering column and all the figures
on the dashboard would certainly stop you getting
bored whilst driving.

Every inch of the body had been treated to the
hand painted design including the pop top canvas
and the bumpers.

Regular readers will remember this lovely 1969
bay from last weeks blog review about the VW
Campermart show. This distinctive bus with its
slammed stance and narrowed front beam and
not to mention the cool steel sun visor all help to
make this bus stand out.

You can see just how low this bus really is from
this angle. This bus has hydraulic suspension
so when driving it would ride slightly higher.

This gorgeous 1965 split screen single cab pick
up looked great in its black over red paint scheme.
This truck had a 1600 single port engine with an 
adjustable front beam and had been lowered 2
splines on the rear.

This stock looking black 1955 oval window beetle 
caught my eye. I do like these early bugs, especially
when they are original looking.

This really was a lovely looking car with what may
well be the original paint.

You can see just how lovely this old oval was from
this photo. This gorgeous car was up for sale for
£11,500 ($16,300 approx)

I do love a type 3, and this 1969 Square back 
was no exception. This car was immaculate and
so straight. 

I did like the steel sun visor and the BRM wheels
were a perfect choice to compliment the overall
look of this lovely car.

This lovely low RAT looking 1969 / 70 early bay
caught my eye as my 1969 microbus used to be
the same dark green colour.

The imported bus, although it looked ratty it was
actually quite solid and straight. The narrow front
beam looked good as did that cool 3/4 length
roof rack.

This fantastic 1988 Westfalia Joker was one of
my favourite vehicles at the show. It was riding
high with all terrain tyres and just looked as though
it could go anywhere.

Regular readers will know I'm getting into the
overland experience with vehicles that can handle
any terrain and this bus ticked all the right boxes.
OK, it wasn't the prettiest bus at the show but that
didn't matter one little bit.

 This stunning bright red 1969 Westfalia early
bay really was immaculate. The gorgeous paint
had been expertly applied over perfectly straight
body panels.

This bay was imported from San Diego, some-
time in the past, and it still has the all red U.S 

tail light lenses. This really was a lovely bus.

So that was part 1 of 2 all about the Dubfreeze
show 2018. Next week will be the 2nd instalment
where you can see plenty more bugs and buses
plus a lovey fastback, and so much more so be 
sure to come back next Saturday.

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