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|When you arrive at a VW show and one of the|
first buses you see is a slammed patina'd bay,
you just know it's going to be a good day. This
really was one cool looking bus.
|Even before paying my £10 entrance fee and |
entering the show I noticed that the public car
park was like a VW show itself. This pair of early
beetles looked great in the morning sunshine.
|Another vehicle in the public cat park was this|
awesome early bay Doka. This velvet green ( I
think) double cab really was clean and straight
and the single colour, including the roof really
made this bus stand out.
|You can see just how clean this doka really was|
from this photo. Look at the tail gate and the back
of the bus, that really was a fantastic reflection from
the perfectly straight body panels and the perfectly
applied coat of paint.
|From one extreme to another, but equally as nice|
in it's own right was this super cool looking early
split screen 13 window. I loved how original this
|Another stock looking split was this 1967 bus.|
Again this bus had plenty of real patina and with
those stock wheels and the what looked to be
original interior this old bus got my attention.
|I was certainly getting my patina fix at Stanford|
Hall, as this gorgeous early split oval shows.
|This lovely bug looked cool with it's slammed|
stance, and those shiny Porsche wheels looked
great against the paitina'd body panels.
|This type 3 fastback was up for sale, and although|
it had seen better days I'm sure someone at the
show struck a deal with the owner.
|Although the dreaded rust had taken its toll on|
virtually all the body panels, I'm sure the £1000
($1300 approx) asking price was too good for
someone to resist.
|One of the many catering vendors at the show|
had this amazing converted split screen bus that
they used as a mobile bar.
|Around the oval drive in front of Stanford Hall is|
where all the concourse vehicles were parked.
This is where you will see some exceptional
original beetle's and of course this gorgeous
|The Hebmuller convertible, or Type 14A to give it |
it's official title, was only produced from 1949 -
1953 with only around 700 being produced. Out
of that number only around 100 are believed to
|The standard and quality of the beetle's in the|
concourse area was incredible. Each of these
beautiful cars was 99.99% original/
|A lovely badge I spotted on the 'A' panel on one|
of the concourse beetle's. I'm guessing the car
took part in a rally at the Nurburgring in 1958.
|Having just said that all these cars were 99.99%|
original, I've just seen this bug which clearly isn't.!
Although it is very nice though...
|Early bugs from all years and all models were|
in the line up, it made for a fantastic display.
|There is just something about the shape of an|
early bug that looks just right, and when they are
this clean and straight, and of course original then
so much the better.
|This stunning white split oval window 1951 deluxe |
(Type 11D) was absolutely stunning. This gorgeous
car is a South African import and a rare right hand
|The car was imported into the U.K. in 2008, and|
the present owner purchased the car in 2009. The
car had had a partial restoration but the current
owner carried out a full restoration,
|A vehicle doesn't necessarily have to be painted|
and shiny to be desirable, as this early bug proves.
I did like the look of this car, the patina'd hood
with the leather strap across it and the single
yellow spot light helped this bug stand out.
|But there again, if you do have a painted and|
shiny vehicle, you could give off some awesome
reflections like the reflection in the side of this
early bug of Stanford Hall.
|This stunning 1960's Porsche 356B looked great|
in it's all white paint. The 356B was produced from
1960 - 1963 and differed from the previous 356A
with various body modifications.
|One of the body modifications was replacing the|
single engine grille to twin grilles. Other small
modifications included an external fuel filler cap
and a larger rear window.
|The super shiny hub cap on the 356 gave a great|
|The split screen van club were at Stanford Hall|
and they came in force with hundreds upon
hundreds of split screen buses of all descriptions
and years turning up.
|Ooh, yes please! I did like this high top split. A|
few years ago these were the ugly ducklings
of the split screen world but now these are so
desirable, and it's easy to see why.
|The perfectly straight rear panels, and the depth|
of this paint on this split screen provided a perfect
reflection of all the other buses that were parked in
|OK, I was trying to be artistic with this photo, I|
tried to get the reflection of the split identical on
both sides... it almost worked, but its still a good
|Stanford Hall is one of the split screen van club's|
biggest meetings. There were so many splits to
look at, and each one was different.
|A fantastic variety from all years made for a great|
display, and a great photo opportunity.
|The early summer sun did get quite hot, and this|
lovely little fellow had the right idea, get in the back
of a splitty with the rear hatch open and have a
|The weather at Stanford hall couldn't have been|
better, glorious sunshine all day made for a very
relaxed chilled out show.
|I do like a shiny bus that gives off a nice reflection|
of another bus.
|This T25 Syncro has to be one of my favourite|
vehicles at the show. Why? well because for one
it's all original and never been butchered about,
and two the owner who I had a quick chat with
has no intention of changing anything.
|This gorgeous van has very low mileage and as|
original as it left the factory. How many buses do
you see that have never had any changes to them?