Saturday, 19 May 2018

Volksworld Show 2018 (part 2 of 4)

Welcome to the second of four reviews all about the 2018 U.K. Volkswagen show season that kicked off in style over the weekend of 24th  - 25th March with the Volksworld Show at Sandown Park Racecourse, in Esher, Surrey KT10 9AJ. This annual show is organised by the Volksworld magazine ( it attracts entrants and visitors not only from the U.K. but also across the whole of Europe, and the U.S.A. Due to the excellent venue this show boasts two floors of top quality show cars, plus hundreds more quality vehicles on display outside in the show and shine arena and at the club stands, and you will even find plenty of quality Volkswagen's of all descriptions in the public car park. There are numerous traders selling everything Volkswagen, from curtains and cushions to wipers and wheels, and yet a another floor dedicated to an auto jumble, which is a good place to source those hard to find original items. There are numerous catering vendors where you can get some hot food and hot / cold drinks, but beware they are expensive (£5 for a bacon bap !). There is also an provision available for overnight camping for the hard core campers who want to spend all weekend at the show. Visitor numbers at the show each day run into the thousands and the day visitor car park gets full up very quickly so I decided to get an early start to ensure a good parking spot. The traffic on the Sunday based on past experience is far less busy than on the Saturday therefore easier to get into the show ground. It was the first run out this year for my 1969 microbus and a nice 100 mile round trip, and I have to say the bus ran perfectly. I heard on the grapevine that the show this year was organised by a new team.. I have no idea if this is correct or not, but one thing I did notice was that all the show cars inside the venue didn't have the normal A4 sheet of paper on display with the vehicles details / specifications / modifications etc on. This was particularly annoying for me as I use this info to add to the vehicles photos on the blog to create an interesting read (hopefully!), hence the write up on this years show cars will be a little vague.
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The Wolfsburg Bus Crew attended Volksworld
with a great display of members vehicles. They
had a different display on both days, this is the
Sunday line up as seen from the balcony looking
out onto the winners enclosure.

The first vehicle in the WBC line up was this '57
slammed panel van owned by Dave. The bus is
originally from California where it was being used
as shop van for Marina Porsche.

Dave's panel van proudly displays the WBC sticker.

This lovely ratty 1964 11 window bus is owned
by Ken. The bus used to ferry parishioners to
the local church when it lived back in the U.S.
Ken's bus, named 'Moses' due to it's past life
has a 4" narrowed front beam.

This beautiful 1968 split belongs to Will and his
partner Mandy. This Brazilian bus started life as
an 8 seater Kombi, but in the time Will has had it
he has transformed the bus into a stunning hearse,
yes I said hearse. You can see more of this lovely
bus, including inside the rear in my blog review
about the Stanford Hall show review that will be 

published in a few weeks time.

Another WBC bus that I don't know much about
is this slammed RAT looking white over blue late
bay that belongs to Darren.
 This really was a cool 
looking bus.

This '68 import is owned by Andrew and has the
most awesome real patina. This awesome bus
has a one off 10" narrowed beam with tubs and
the chassis has been notched both front and rear.
It has a 1776cc engine mated to a Cogbox gear-
box. The bus also has Rayvern hydraulics.

WBC member Jim owns this lovely beige and
white Westfalia. Unfortunately I don't much more
about this bus, which is a shame. I did however
like it's low stance and with what looks like a
narrowed front beam.

This gorgeous '69 early bay belongs to Mark,
who a few weeks ago thought about selling it.
I'm pleased to say, he has now changed his mind.
The '69 has a 1646cc single port engine and has
been tastefully lowered all round. This is one of
the cleanest bay window buses you'll ever see.

Gary was also in the line up with his immaculate
1978 Californian late bay. Gary has owned this
bus since 2011 and has transformed the old '78
into the beautiful bus you see here. The colours
of this bus are Dakota beige and Panama brown
which look great together.

This is the new look of 'Margo' who is owned by
Rich, who runs the Wolfsburg Bus Crew. Margo
is a 1974 RHD Westfalia Continental. Margo has
recently had a respray to freshen her up. Rich and
his family use the bus as much as possible with
many frequent trips from London to Devon.

Rich has kept the original Continental interior
but added some modern twists to keep his
daughter entertained on those long journeys.

Margo does look fresh and clean, I'm not sure
if she had any welding done or not, but the new 
coat of paint does wonders for her appearance.

This gorgeous dark brown T25 Doka belongs to
Simon. It's hard to imagine that this stunning pick
up used to be a workhorse for a roofing company.
Simon has owned the doka for around 15 years
and has totally refurbished the old truck into what
you see today.

This lovely white split screen had been tastefully
restored. I did like the black roof and the small
detail of colour coding the front VW emblem.
The Porsche rims suited the bus perfectly.

The interior was amazing. It looked to be original
and in very good condition, and totally period.

Beetle's, Karmann's and a single cab split screen
pick up, I did like the opening rear window on the
single cab and the subtle two tone paint job.

This stunning 1954 RHD oval window bug really
was nice. This U.K. car has only had 3 previous
owners and was in dry storage from 1972 -
2013. The owner says that the car is in great
condition with only had a sympathetic restoration
and the body has never been split from the chassis.

This green beetle caught my eye, not only for
the amazing colour, or it's low stance, and not
even for those cool looking yellow head lights,
but for the camber on those rear wheels !

You have to love a split screen panel van.

Rows upon rows of quality beetle's, from every
year and the good thing is, every one looked
different from the last.

I spotted this Schwinn 'cruiser six' on a trade
stand, and just had to get a photo... very retro.

A lovely row of early bugs, with a very rusty 356
Porsche just peeking out from behind the white
1965 beetle.

A cool photo of just some of the cool beetle's
at the Volksworld show.

There were plenty more beetle's inside the show
hall. So many bugs from different years and also
many different styles, and they all looked cool.

The thing that caught my eye about this lovely
old split screen wasn't the Sea blue ( I think)
paint, nor was it the amazing condition this old
bus was in, it was that reflection down the side
of the body, how straight is this bus?

I do like to see something different and this lovely
old oval window bug was that. I loved the overall
look of this rally spec bug.

The big tyres and the hand painted number on
the doors looked great, but I'm not sure a rag top
bug is ideal for rallying..?

This must be beetle racing corner, as this light
green beetle was also a race car. Again it was
an early oval and looked so good with it's steel
wheels, I wonder if the semaphore's still worked?

This yellow rally spec beetle is a car I've seen
before and I liked as much then as I do today.
The car is owned by 'Team Colorado' who take
part in historic rallies all over the country. The car
is sponsored by Just Kampers.

If you want to find out more about this car, or Team
Colorado you can find them on Facebook. Their
page is worth a visit if not for anything else but to
see their profile picture!

The last racing bug in this corner of the show hall
was this 1/4 mile racing beetle. The car has a bit
of a Herbie theme going on. I didn't find out much
about this car, but it does look pretty tough.

The Volksworld Show has a fantastic diversity
of air-cooled Volkswagen's on display, so no
matter what you like you'll be sure to find it.

This orange metal flake Manx MK1 GP  beach
buggy looked awesome. I do like the MK1 GP
bodies especially when they are as nice as this.

The unusual body colour worked really well, and
the colour matched cloth bucket seats looked so
nice. The full harness will keep you in the seats
whilst having fun in the dunes.

This 1962 SWB sidewinder buggy in gunmetal
grey metal flake looked fantastic under the bright
show hall lights. The paint sparkled as you walked 
past. This buggy has a 1641cc engine.

To describe this bus as stunning, doesn't seem
good enough for this early split screen bus. This
but really was built to perfection and was totally

The interior was almost to nice, you couldn't head
off to the beach with the kids and the dogs without
ruining that gorgeous interior. This has to be one
of the nicest split screen interiors that I have seen.

This stunning 1967 SO42 Westfalia split screen
was painted in the same colour as my microbus,
Velvet green. The bus has been lowered thanks
to drop spindles on the front, and with a narrowed
front beam. The chromed Eagle 5 spoke wheels
looked fantastic against the green bodywork. The
complete original SO42 interior was amazing.

This gorgeous sealing wax red (I think) and black
split screen is very rare as it's an original 15 window
 barn door deluxe. There are only believed to be
3 other 15 window deluxe buses in existence.
This bus has not been restored as the owner
prefers to preserve it's original condition rather
than restore it. 

Another splitty in similar colours, although this
lovely 1954 23 window microbus bus wasn't quite
as shiny. It did however have the rag top which is

This almost looking beetle with it's patina across
the roof the top half of the body and wings looked
great. The slammed stance and the Porsche rims
also helped this lovely bug stand out.

This lovely 1971 blue cross over bay looked
great. I did like the single colour and the ride 
height. With it's original wheels it looked so stock
and that'll do me nicely.

I've seen this gold coloured 11 window split screen
a few times, and each time I just have to get a
photo. This bus really does rock my boat!

I'm really getting into these adventure wagon's, 
and this 1972 example was no exception. High 
top buses are becoming popular over here and
buses like the adventure wagon are just going up
in price. I'd love to experience all that room it would
have compared to my tin top.

Split screen buses were everywhere at the show,
yet as with the bays and bugs, each one was
different in some small.. or large way!

So that was part two of four all about the Volksworld
Show 2018. Next week will be the third instalment
were you can see: plenty more bugs and buses and
a gorgeous Kemperink conversion, an air-cooled
Ford Popular and a few syncro's that I fell in love
with so be sure to come back next Saturday.

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