Saturday, 30 June 2018

Stanford Hall Show 2018 (part 2 of 3)

This weeks blog review is the second of three reviews all the Stanford Hall VW show which this year was held on Sunday 6th May and is an annual one day event organised by the Leicestershire and Warkickshire VW owners club. The show is held in the grounds of Stanford Hall, which was built in the 1690's in the beautiful village of Stanford-on-Avon, near Lutterworth in Leicestershire, LE17 6DH. The manicured lawns of the hall also has the River Avon gently flowing through the grounds, and provides a spectacular backdrop for a VW show. As Stanford Hall is only about 60 miles from my hometown, and as the weather forecast was good I decided to drive up. I have been to this show over the past 5 years and there is always a good collection of top quality VW's of all varieties with plenty of trade stands and an auto jumble and all set in the beautiful grounds of Stanford Hall. This show is seen by many as one of those 'not to miss' shows and it always gets busy there. The blog continues as I wander around this fantastic show.
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This lovely 1970 gold coloured early bay is so
nice, I love the colour which is pure 1960's. This
bay has been around for a few years (that I know
of!) and is one of my favourite bays out there. It
is powered by a 2.4 air cooled flat 6 Corvair motor
with a 4 speed gearbox. I love the ride height and
the overall look of this bus. It was up for sale at the
show for a mere £11,000 ($14,600 approx), If only
I had a spare £11,000!

This ultra cool looking Karmann Ghia looked
fantastic with its super low stance and the really
narrow front beam.

This 1960's KG looked great with its unique mix
of patina and faded paint.

This 1959 split screen single cab was another
vehicle up for sale. It comes from Los Angeles
in the sunny state of California. It looked to be
really solid and the owner was asking £15.000
($20,000 approx)

This cool looking faded  double cab early bay
pick up was another vehicle from Los Angeles
and was also up for sale. This DC has a recon
1600 twin port motor 5000 miles ago.

It is very reliable and being from California it is
rust free. It was equipped with the North
export equipment including vent wings
drivers compartment. This lovely bus was for
for £12,000 ($16,000 approx)

This slammed ratty early bay caught my eye. I
did like the overall RAT look of this bus. The rusty
twin roof racks and the ladder looked cool as did
the low ride height and the narrowed front beam.

If you like to see a slammed bay window bus,
then you'll love the next few photos. I don't know
much about this bus but just looking at it, tells me
everything I need to know.

This trio of slammed bays looked awesome.

A pair of blue bay window buses, One has been
slammed on the ground with sign written sides
and a slightly RAT look, while the other is riding
at stock height and looking pretty much original.

I did like the look of this stock looking bay. I do
like stock height bays, maybe one day I'll get my
1969  microbus raised back to stock height.

Whilst wandering around the huge grounds of
Stanford Hall, I found myself in the club display
area, and I instantly recognised some buses.

I had stumbled on the Wolfsburg Bus Crew's club
display. It seems that every week my blog review
features some buses from the WBC, but its not
surprising as the WBC is such a big club with
members not only country wide, but also worldwide

so it's no surprise to see some WBC buses at
every show I attend..

The first of the Wolfsburg Bus Crew's buses in 
their line up was Dave's 1957 split screen panel 
van looked great parked up at the show. This van 
sits as low as you can go thanks to all the running
 gear having been raised that allows the remote
 hydraulic suspension to actually sit the chassis 
on the floor when fully lowered.

This ratty looking 1957 Australian school bus
belongs to Graig. The school bus runs a 1600cc
engine with twin 40's and a SA box. This bus
completed a tour of Europe without missing a

This stunning 1961 single cab belongs to Simon,
and has a narrowed front beam with a disc brake
conversion on the front and type 3 rear drums.
Since taking these photos, Simon's bus has had
a makeover and you can see all the changes in
a few weeks time.

7UP, was a favourite of mine as a kid.. and Simon
has a secret stash under the bed of his pick up.

Meet the 'Duke', a 1958 left hand drive ex-Swiss
Army radio communication bus that belongs to
James. The Duke has a 1776cc engine with
electronic ignition, and Porsche 944 disc brakes
on all four corners.

This is a 1965 walk through model split screen
van that belongs to Robin. This 'Brumus Racing'
branded bus has an adjustable beam, drop
spindles, a beetle IRS and box and a 1600cc
twin port engine. 

This lovely 1973 Westfalia lived most of it's life
in the hot climate of California. Oliver is the lucky
owner of this 2/0 litre powered motor, which has
a Porsche top end. The bus sits low thanks to an
air-ride suspension system.

This amazing 1976 'Devon' belongs to Daniel
who has owned the bus for 10 years and who
uses the bus as a daily driver, for weeknds away

camping with the family and as a work van for his 
business,  a air-cooled specialist garage. In the
time Daniel has owned the bus, he has restored
the bus with every panel from the windows down
having been replaced and the bus was repainted
in the original colour. This lovely bus has a type 4
2.0 litre motor with twin Webber 44 carbs.

This gorgeous 1972 Westfalia Continental belongs
to the guy that runs the WBC, Rich. 'Margo' as
Rich and the family call her has the original 1600cc
engine and interior although Rich has added a
few modern twists to keep the family entertained
on those long journeys.

This stunning 1968 split screen belongs to Will
and Mandy. This recently finished bus used to be
an 8 seater kombi back in Brazil. Since then
Will and Mandy have restored this bus into some-
thing quite unique...

This lovely bus bus is now a hearse ! You could
take your final ride in this gorgeous Volkswagen,
and go out in some serious style.

This gorgeous 1967 sea blue and white split
screen bus is Susie's daily driver and how she
keeps it that clean and shiny is beyond me!

Susie's shiny hub cap provides a great reflection
of Will's 1968 hearse. 

This stunning 1969 early bay belongs to the very
lucky Mark. This really is an immaculate bus,
which runs a smooth 1646cc engine.

This super straight 1964 11 window is the pride
and joy of Si. The bus was shipped to the U.S
and it spent the next 45 years basking in the 
Californian sunshine. The bus now features a
narrowed front beam, and the chassis has been
notched to allow the bus to sit real low.

I took this sneaky photo of Ken whilst he was
having a bite to eat whilst sat behind his bus,
 unfortunately Ken is a meat eater and here he

was eating salad, hence the slightly disappointing  
look I guess. :-). There will be photos of Ken's
cool split screen in the next instalment. 

This ultra low T25 belongs to Davyd, and is a
twin slider model. The bus has a fully remote
Rayvern hydraulic suspension system fitted and
whopping 2.5 litre Subaru motor and gearbox.

This super bright 1982 Westfalia Joker T25 is
the pride and joy of Alex. This stunning bus sits
this low thanks to a DIY air ride suspension system.
The bus rides on 16" banded steel wheels with
OG hubcaps. Alex has fitted a solar panel to the
roof to provide lots of extra off grid power.

This lovely German import 1990 T25 Bluestar
belongs to Martin. This stunning bus has a Subaru
motor, with air suspension and a few interior tweaks.

Darren and Anne own this beautiful 1969 Westy
which has a Riviera pop top with that contrasting
blue canvas. This bus was imported in 2012 from
Texas and it has a 1776 win port motor with twin
Webber 34 icts. The bus also has dropped spindles
with a CSP disc brake conversion.

This lovely white over light blue 1971 early bay
belongs to Craig who has owned the bus for 4
years and describes is as a continuous rolling
project. His first camping trip in the bus ended
in disaster when a brand new piston cracked.
The 1600cc engine was soon rebuilt and with
twin Webber 34 carbs seems to be going well.

The last of the WBC buses in this years line up
was this 1971, unfortunately I couldn't find out

anything about this cool looking bus, which is a
shame, but I'm sure I'll run into it at another show
in the near future.

The colour matched awning not only looked good
but also provided some welcome shade from the
blazing sun. I like this photo with the blue WBC
banner, the blue bus with the blue awning and of
course the cloud free blue sky.

The early crew had a fantastic display
of early bays. There is more from the great club
display in next weeks bog review.

So that was the second of three instalments all
about the Stanford Hall show 2018. Unfortunately
due to work commitments there will not be a blog
next Saturday as I have so many sign writing
projects that I really do need to finish, so the third 
and final instalment will be in two weeks time where 
you can see more buses and bugs, volksrods and
 a lovely Fridolin so be sure to come back in
two weeks time.

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