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2nd Highroof campout 29-31 July / Maidenhead

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Aircooled pre 67 campout!
All info here

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Roadtrip tHe iSLaNd hOppER

Finally managed to finish off our latest roadtrip.. have a look in the Roadtrip menu..

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A new classic… a ’55 beetle!

At the end of 2013 I was chatting with a good friend over in Portugal who mentioned he’d be looking at selling his Beetle as he could do with the funds. I’ve never really been a huge fan of the beetle but the early beetle does have some nice lines and with the smaller rear window (oval) it does look kind of cute.. Anyway I told my friend I wasn’t in the position to buy a car and certainly not looking in buying a Beetle until he mentioned he’d be happy to let it go to a good home for a fair price. Fast forward and we’re March this year when we struck the deal. Another few months later and the Beetle get’s delivered at a friend in Belgium. In June I take off to Belgium and finally get to see what I’ve bought 🙂

The beetle is in reasonable condition for it’s age..

It has a nice history ..  which I’m sure many of you have heard of .. It’s been around on social media a few times but it’s not completely true.. Remember the story where a retired couple from New York bought a property with a few acres and a so called abandoned barn in Portugal.. Well the story is fake but the barn and the 200 cars are not!

The owner was a car dealer in the 70’s & 80’s and decided to keep some of the more interesting cars that came his way. He kept storing the cars in the barn until it got full then he simply soldered the doors shut and the vehicles have been sitting there collecting dust for years. The barn had some very special cars in it and this Beetle was part of that collection. To cut a long story short my friend Matt bought the car who’d been sitting for some 30 years. It was originally black but had a poor respray. It was in pretty reasonable condition and was missing the semaphores and heart tail lights which Matt replaced with the correct ones.. He patched up some bad areas, took the engine partially apart, overhauled the brakes gave it a quick respray and put an MOT on it only for it to land on his drive and never drive it.. I had a good nose round it..

I know the indicators are not original but I quiet like them and they’re period..

Having never had a beetle nor shown interest in them I had quiet a few people telling me about the special rear lights..

  

Matt stressed the car had been sitting for over a year, well .. basically since the MOT, so it needed some TLC and a new battery before I could start driving it.. I fitted the new battery, checked the oil (it was still fluid 😛 ), emptied the petrol tank of all dust, poored new fuel in it and about 30 seconds after I first turned the key she was alive.. I did a test-drive round the block and it felt pretty good all together except for the car steering to the right a little when hitting the brake.. I took the risk and drove to the MOT station hoping the brake issue would resolve itself as Matt said it was all overhauled and I thought it might’ve been seized and would come loose after using it a few times.. The result from the MOT test wasn’t good.. at all.. Tyres (on the edge), brakes (more then 50% difference .. ooops 😉 ), hole in the bottom sill etc etc etc.. Only the brakes and a hole needed to be fixed to have it pass the MOT.. With little time and hardly any tools I set about and dismantled the front left hub to find the piston in the brake cylinder had seized.. a bit of massaging, some oil and an hour later the brake issue was sorted.. I bled the brakes twice and it now stopped perfect. The next day I literally patched the hole with a plate ( as said by the MOT man) in the rain outside under an umbrella in about 10 mins.. it’s probably the worst job I’ve ever done 😀 The guy at the MOT station was well impressed with the front brakes, they were now perfect and it received an MOT.. Happy days!

The next few days were spend on partying and recovering from a hangover and then it was back to the UK..

Bye now 🙂

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Mission double trouble .. accomplished!

Right.. where do I start..

Hmm.. the fact I’m drunk on high roofs.. well that’s not new to most people so it was only a matter of time until I would get another one..
As many of you do, I was surfing the net one evening and got a mssg on FB from my buddy Matt.. We started chatting about the birds and the bee’s and I told him I wanted another bus.. He knew a few for sale and lucky me they happened to be highroofs too 🙂 so he forwarded me some links.. I contacted the seller and a few days later I was on the phone closing a deal on my new family member.. a 90% restored ’63 highroof..

A few weeks before this happened I was at Bob’s in Belgium for the pre HO party when a lovely french guy, Arnaud, introduced himself with a head turning subject.. “Hi, I like your highroof, I’ve got one too.. It’s a project but it’s for sale.. are you interested” I nearly spilt my beer on my t-shirt as at that time I was looking to buy another highroof. We exchanged details and I sent him an email. Unfortunately Arnaud’s computer hasn’t been up to much this summer and let him down quite often which resulted in not getting a response for weeks.. In the meantime I’d bought the ’63 .

Highroofs have massively increased in popularity over the last 2 years, so much, I get emails every week from people whether I know a highroof for sale or if I want to sell mine. I could’ve easily sold the highroof from France and made profit but, I knew Chris had bought a RHD project that he’d underestimated and he so wanted to have a highroof on the road soon. I phoned him up and said I had found a decent project for him..
Fast forward several weeks – and we close the deal with the highroof in France thanks to the great help of Pascal “Windsplit” Amodru for translating and helping negotiating.. (highroof community as it should be!). 😀

In the meantime I had a message from Portugal that the rain season had started and that my bus was moved outside because the PO needed the garage for his own car. I realised I had to act fast because my bus wasn’t protected and parts were open and available to potential thief’s .. I started organising a trip to collect both highroofs from France.  To get my highroof in France I had to find transport from Portugal .. ? After a proper search on the net I ran into an ad from a guy named Mat – Black bull transport. Because I had no clue who I was dealing with I was quite anxious to leave my new pride and joy in the hands of a “stranger”. Fortunately Mat seemed to be the right call!

We arranged to hire a recovery truck, borrowed a trailer, booked the train and planned a 2 day journey back and forth.
We left at 5.30am in the morning and after a bit of hassle at the Eurotunnel, due to not getting the trailer on the truck properly, we finally set off for the South of France..
After a whole day driving we arrived at Arnaud’s place who lived on a cool old farm. We received a warm welcome and got offered a few beers before we got to bed – tired from driving all day.
We’d loaded up the roof tent, which we tied up to the trailer, and slept in his garden. Although we thought it would be very cold it was actually quite warm in the night.

We got up in the morning at a decent time and of course well excited to see the new highroof. We soon found out that Arnaud had seriously caught the VW virus as everywhere you looked there was either a car or some parts.. A zwitter, oval windows, early beetles, bay windows, razor edge, buggy, 181.. he had it all and more.. Unfortunately we didn’t have too much time so we started loading up the highroof on the trailer. A bit later I received a phone call from Mat telling me he’d drove solid through the night to make sure he could deliver my bus in time and he was just a minute away. Mat is English and lives in Cadiz/Spain and is actually a really nice guy, he did the trip with his lovely wife Holly and delivered my bus for a great price, I can definitely recommend these people if you need a car transported from the south of Europe!
Mat told me that it wasn’t easy to get the bus on the truck as there was no steering box fitted and the steering pin was seized.. We decided to get both recovery trucks backwards to each other and loaded the bus from one to another. About 20 mins later we strapped everything tight and we were ready to go.

Before we left in the UK I sent Mike from Fabrik interiors a mssg if I could borrow 2 of his amazing windscreen covers so at least we could reduce the rain coming in if we had bad weather. We fitted these, said goodbye to Arnaud, Mat and Holly and set course to the UK.
Not long after we left we had to pull over as we noticed that the windscreen covers were coming loose due to both highroofs being loaded backwards for weight distribution. As we’d just pulled of the covers and were ready to leave, 2 border control cars “Douane” showed up.. Oh dear.. I had only copies of the original documents with me and I know Police can be funny about that. Also after the recent “love story” from Ned, Vic and Bobby with the police in Germany I thought sh!t this is going to be trouble.. Of course the first thing they asked was the papers for the buses. I handed all papers over and could see that they were looking funny at the copies. They asked if I had a bill of sale but I only had a paper where the PO stated he’d sold the bus to me without a price on it. Then they asked me if I paid cash, so I answered “no, I transferred the money online”. Do you have a bill?? “NO, I haven’t sir”.. hello.. online banking?!  This is 2013 you know.. ?! Then they asked me how much the buses were so I gave them a ballpark figure and this is when the whole conversation changed.. I also told them how much they’re worth when restored. Now they got really interested 🙂 So they asked what year they were and where we find parts and how many there are about. After about 10 mins they handed me back the papers and we were free to go.. They even drove behind us with there flash lights on the make sure we got on the motorway ok. 😀

The rest of the journey went quite well and we even drove 70mph at some points with our highroof road train..
Arriving at the eurotunnel I was still worried about the border control for the same reasons. As luck would have it, they were checking a coach just as we went through. They did look a bit weird but as they were busy we just drove straight through..
We finally arrived back around midnight. Being warned about the upcoming storm we were lucky to only have had a bit of wind and rain. The first highroof went of the trailer really easy, but getting the other highroof of the truck was being a real pain as the steering was seized, no brakes and the winch didn’t wind out.. After about 1,5hr we finally managed to get the bus safely on the floor..  We then had to drive all the way back south to return the recovery truck and by about 5.30 am I was finally in bed.. Tired but well happy!   Mission accomplished.. !

Everything prepared and ready to go..                                          Picked up the recovery truck, this was now a looooong vehicle..

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

A quick lunch stop.. hot dog time!                                                                        And then back on the road eating more miles..

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

At last, after approx. 17hrs on the road we finally made it.. A few beers down the throat and ready for bed..

 

 

Although it was quite chilly during the last few nights in blighty, it was a very nice temperature here in France. We got woken up around 7am by the friendly neighbor farmer who thought it’d be a great idea to start plowing his field to which we were parked next to..  It was as if we were parked in the middle of the field..

Oh well, time to get up anyway and have coffee & breakfast!

 

Time to have a wander around the farm from Arnaud! There were cars everywhere.. VW’s mainly..

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Even half cars were a common sight on the farm .. 😀

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

A beautiful zwitter, a late bay and a thing were part of his collection too

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Another garage showed a stack of parts and in the back we noticed the rear end of a mint razor edge hiding..   wow!

We could tell that Arnaud was a huge VW fan.. not only by the amount of vehicles and parts everywhere but also by some small details we found.. 😉

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Now what did we came for again.. 😉 … we were a bit carried away with all that precious VW stuff kicking about so we realised we had to get into action. As soon as the other highroof would be here we’d have to be leaving straight away to catch the train back to the UK..

Getting the highroof out was easy for Arnaud.. just take what ever car there is .. a rope .. and with hardly any warning Chris found himself driving the bus out of the shelter .. 😀

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

We put the trailer just before the little slope so it was easy to push the bus on.. We choose to load it backwards for weight distribution as the tow bar on the truck was rather a bit high and the backend of the trailer had been dragging on the speed bumps on the way up..  We fitted the beautiful windscreen cover from fabric interiors 🙂 and .. job sorted..

Just as we finished strapping down the blue highroof, I got a call from Mat @ Blackbull transport saying he was just a minute away.. Perfect timing!!


Mat mentioned getting the bus on the truck was not a straight forward job, because of the seized steering pin and the lack of a steering wheel/steering box and the front wheels pointing to the left..
I backed up our truck  slightly sideways and with some sliding and pushing we managed to get bus on properly!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

At last they were both strapped tight and ready for transport.. 😀

We packed up and said goodbye to Arnaud.. What a nice fella!!

Not long after we were on the road we had to pull over, because the buses were loaded backwards the windscreen covers didn’t like this and to reduce the risk of losing them we simply took ’em off.. Despite their high quality and perfect fit, they’re not made to be used when a bus is transported backwards.. 🙂

Just as we wanted to hit the road again we got a little visit from our french boarder control “friends”.. 😉

Oh well .. nothing a good chat couldn’t sort out and a bit later we were back on the road..

A highroof road train is quite a spectacular site on the road..  😀


 

 

The trip back to the eurotunnel went really well and as luck would have it we didn’t have a check at all when driving through border control..

 

 

 

 

We got a text mssg just before we went on the tunnel that there was an upcoming storm in England so we checked all the straps and made sure everything was well secured..

 

 

 

 

 

 

Another 2,5hrs and we finally made it to the barn safe and sound..

The first highroof went off very quick without any problems.. the one on the truck became a bit of a nightmare and it took us nearly 2 hrs to get it off safely..

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

With the highroofs safe and sound in the barn the only thing left was to drive back south to drop off the recovery truck, take the car and come back (again).. By the time we arrived back, the birds were up and singing happy songs in the barn.. 🙂 I made my bed in Stella and snoozed in between all the highroofs..

Sweet dreams eh 😀

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

What a great mission.. and definitely a very satisfying feeling as all that was planned worked a treat..
It would not be successful if it wasn’t with the help of Chris hill, Mike from Fabric interiors, Mat and Holly from Black bull transport and Pascal “Windsplit” Amodru..

Thanks all !!!

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Cruisin to the Breeze ’13

Beter late then never eh! 🙂

Brighton Breeze, probably one of the best shows in the whole year.. Despite it being a 1 day show, over the years I’ve always come down on friday eve to enjoy the weekend as much as possible.

For some reason (probably being too tired 🙂 ) I’ve only taken pics of the cruise down and not a single one at the show itself.. I guess it’s that show where you meet so many people and sort of say goodbye until you meet again somewhere early next year.

All I can say is that I had a superb time again.. I missed out on the saturday eve but that was because I had to go home bound for the delivery of my new baby girl 😀

Anyway I’ll let the pics do the talking..

 

Meeting up with the usual suspects.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

A quick burger for Fi and Chez and we’re off..

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Bobby driving the extremely low (static) PG/SG.. This is one lovely bus!!

Mr Faux in his supersonic Canada Dry DD panel.. 🙂

The speed was rather boring for Scotty..   lol

Rapid rodent racing going strong

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Some cool drive by shots!

Bobby..

Scotty..

Ned..

Driving in to the sunset..

The sunset was an absolute beauty of moment to drive into..

A bit of lame show report I know but as said BB is much more then just buses parked on the madeira drive..  Thanks to the SSVC for putting down a very good show again and most importantly thanks to Mr Smart and team for making it so successful.. Well done!!

See you next year!

 

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A new addition to the family.. A girl named LOLA!

Happy days..

On sunday morning October 6th, we saw Lola coming into our world! Lucy did an amazing job and had a water birth!

A proud dad with the kids on his lap.. 🙂
 Mum looking beautiful as always  !!

 

 

 

 

Lola had her first drive in Stella back home!

1 day old and a cool drive home.. can’t get any better then that!!

 

She’ll be ready for her first roadtrip soon 🙂

 

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Grill n Chill ’13

A bit of a late update on this show..

With good hopes we drove down to this show, I managed to convince the family as they gave a sunny forecast hence Lucy being due to give birth the same weekend .. !!!!
I’ve heard good things about this show so was looking forward to it but it didn’t last very long..
Yet again another show where you can see it’s all about money.. A lot of rubbish traders with the most un-usefull things and a mixed show and shine field  ..
It’s such a shame that organisers don’t step up to create an air-cooled only event, having started a recent discussion on a well known VW forum I could hear a lot of similar frustrations and also a demand for aircooled only events!
I’ve plans to setup a few aircooled only shows so more info soon 🙂

Anyway, apart from the little frustration I was verry happy to meet with friends and soon there was a very nice Splitscreen corner on the show.. In the end it’s the company that makes the show !!!

Lowie the lolly dude 🙂 ready for a wander around..

 

 

It didn’t last very long and so he went through the bus to see what he could find to play with..

New trend maybe .. ?

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The whole bus went upside down to the likes of myself..      errrmmm..

We arrived on saturday lunch time.. I think friday night was a good one ..    😉

Nice line up!

HAYBURNER represent!!

As is the Cool Flo gang.. They threw a wicked party on the saturday night, good times!!!

What a fantastic looking bus this is!!

Ludo, Ned’s dog, had bitten Lowie’s ball to pieces therefor Lowie received a cool trucker hat! Cheers Ned..

Coolio!
The program for the kids was very nice with some good storytelling and lot’s of activities around..

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The show and shine field had all sorts of different cars to my frustration. However, some of the “vehicles” where well worth having a look at.

This airstream was in immaculate condition, a real beauty!!

The car on the right in this picture has some really nice accessories ..

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

De eyes of this viking had built in lights which I think is a cool feature at night.. 🙂

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The black rims on this early mango bus are a good choice, they really pop!

Tim’s “total chick car” was present and looking good as always!                                                           The Fire bus looked mint!
The pinstriped Ghia done by seaside Neil is a work of art in itself!

 

 

 

 

 

There seems to be a trend for putting watercoolers on beetle pans.. this won’t go any lower! Great fun when you have too much time on your hands  😀

The tuxedo beetle..    ?

Our camp!

BOOO   🙂

The dude and his bike! Soon it’ll be time for a real big boy’s bike without stabilisers..

Bagged OG paint splitty, one of my favorite colors.. Looked real nice.

 

 

 

 

Ned working on a new magazine these days ..

“Gay-Gurner”    😀

 

 

 

 
Good luck Ned! 😉

 

 

 

 

 

Ned’s wife Vic, did her last show with the air-cooled bouncy castles. Lowie got some extra time/fun until he knackered himself down.. 😀   Thx Vic!


The setup of this show is very nice but I’m just not a fan of seeing modern cars parked up next to our old classics.. a shame as this show has so much potential!!

Oh well until next time.. 🙂

 

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rApid rOdent rAcing!!

Where do I start eh..

Well let’s start with the beginning that’s the easiest way me thinks..

Chez and I met the first time back in 2008 when I did my “fear and loathing” trip in the UK, more specificly in Devon/Cornwall.
It was at a random roundabout somewhere near St-Yves that my mouth fell wide open when this amazing convoy of 3 über cool splits came driving past.. One of them was Chez in his well known army green Kemperink.

He made a good impression on me but somehow I lost contact with him over the years and for some reason my mind (fuzzy as f*ck these dayszz) couldn’t make the link with hippy Chez these days to the Chez from back then..

It was not until this summer when Chez and I found each other again as good friends and the trip to HO was a wicked one!!

A few weeks ago I realised Stella was in need of some serious TLC, she’s been such a great bus all the time and she get’s me all over Europe with hardly any complaints. The mileage on my speedo has increased enormously and you can really tell underneath the car.
So I phoned Mr RRR and his answer was ” Mate, the door is open for you any day any time”. He knows how to make me smile 😀

Now before I continue I want you to know that despite I like Chez very much I did not have a clue what to expect from his workshop or the man himself .. after all he’s a hippy right.. 😉

 

 

 

Rapid Rodent Racing is located in Souldrop (can it be more perfect 🙂 ) near Bedford.

There are a few other garages on the same farm and the atmosphere is great, especially if you’re a petrol head like me. Having spent a week at RRR I can tell that there’s something different going on every day.. The guys on the farm are really cool too and are always there to help you out.
There’s (clean) toilets and even a hot shower (bugs included). 

So when I said I wasn’t sure about what to expect from Chez.. Well he’s surprised me very much. He might not know it but I kept an eye on him to see what he’s all about and I have to say he’s the sort of guy you’d like to work on your car. He’s not the sort of mechanic who thinks he’s always right.. In fact when he’s not a 100% sure about a job he will go dig into books, the world wide web or even make a phone call just to be sure he’s making the right decision. Now that I like!! 🙂
What makes a difference in a good mechanic is the fact when they’re looking for the cause of a problem/situation.. I’ve had a few conversations with Chez where I’ve put his “mayo” in action and it was great to see that he was thinking/trying to find out the problem..
Another great example is that when I explained Chez the brake issues I had he came with a different view opposite to all other people I’d spoken with.. and.. he was right too! Good Stuff..

Instead of replacing a potential failing master brake cylinder, Chez had a look at the settings of my rear brake shoes, adjusted them and went for a spin..   (the problem, I had to pump the pedal ± three times before I had any brake assistance at all, because the rear brake adjustment was so far out it created air in the pipes.. long live single circuit..)

A look around in the workshop and the first “thing” that catches my eye is Weener’s bus..

 

 

 

 

He’s bus is in for a straight axle conversion.. Not sure why he’s brought it over as I thought Ian could do these things himself.. my guess is he’s just plain lazy .. 😛
As you’ve probably noticed from the engine lid, he’s gone over to the darkside by replacing the aircooled VW lump with an Alfa Romeo Boxer lump.. Oh dear what have you done eh.. 😉
Well at least it will be another bus on the road soon.. good luck with finishing it off buddy!

 

 

 

 

The 2nd vehicle that really pops in my eye is this Ferarri red kit car.. oh boy that thing looks fast as f***

 

 

 

 

 

 

It’s a road legal race car with an Audi Quatro turbo lump in.

Lucky me, Chez has decided to put Stella in the back of the workshop so this beast has to come out.. vrrrroam vrroooaaaaammmmmm.. 😀

 

What a machine.. !

The look on Chez’s face after a quick test drive say’s it all this thing is mad!         (no hairspray needed after a little testdrive 😉 )

There’s no job that Chez can’t do, in fact his workshop has it all, Snap on tools, 3 Welders (MIG&TIG), Plasma cutter, press, ramp, pipe bender, air tools you name it and he’s got it.. And what surprised me the most is how organised all the tools are..
I’ve been in a few workshops before and this was probably the one that I found the tools the quickest.. they have a place and are cleaned when put back.. This man loves his workshop.. so much he lives in it!!

 

 

 

The workshop has all sorts of funny pictures, stickers and other things banging around.. I pictured a few.. 🙂

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

A fair few projects are waiting for Chez’s magical hands and I found some cool cars too!!

I like this PG/SG very much even the driver looks spot on 😉

There’s no job he doesn’t do.. this beetle needed spaghetti wiring sorting..

Not the most loving job out there but things need to be fixed even if they take a while..

I didn’t take a picture of the actual result but it looked very much like this one .. 😉 

 

 

 

 

 

And when a job needs to be finished it needs to be finished!

It often means working late nights too..

As you can see from yourself, if even late nights weren’t enough . .. OI.. Picture.. WHAT!!!??       lol

And he makes for a good call service too 🙂

All in all a great experience to be at RRR!!

So if your car’s in need of maintenance, welding or a new (re)build engine give Chez a call. You can find his details here.

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Stella’s put some serious mileage on the clock this summer..

A few weeks ago I went to Belgium and Amsterdam to see some friends..
Unfortunately it wasn’t without a hassle.. The day before I left I was driving towards a shop when all of a sudden Stella was acting weird.. when I turned of the music I could hear a loud rattling noise from the back so I quickly got out and noticed I ran flat on one side.. Luckily there was a very friendly chap who came over and asked me if I needed any help with finding a tyreshop.. A few minutes later I was in his car and another 15 mins later we found a place that had the right tyre size on the shelve.. but f*ck me these were expensive!!! Because of the heavy camber on the rear I took no risk and replaced the other side as well and Stella is now sporting some proper expensive TOYO tyres 🙂
The next day whilst driving on the M25 towards Dover my front screen exploded?!! Just like that with no warning or whatsoever .. BANG! The driver side glass had a million cracks.. Luckily I aimed for an earlier boat so I had time to do a little detour to B&Q for some perspex.. Because I kept driving, the wind kept pushing on the glass which then started to throw little chips off.. I had to pullover as I was covered in glass and a hole in the window made it rather dangerous..

 

 

 

 

So I then tried to get the glass out but because it was so brittle there was no way I was going to get it out properly.. I then came up with the brilliant idea .. Not (LOL) to use a pillow and push it all out..

Luckily most of the glass fell out of the bus but anyone who’s had a similar thing happened knows that it goes everywhere .. and when I say every where it’s all over the place.. Even now ( a few weeks later) I still find little pieces of glass on the cab mat..

 

 

 

 

 

 

Luckily B&Q sell’s perspex in various sizes and with the help of a stanley knife and some white duck tape I managed to do a quick but efficient repair.

I made the boat in time and once landed on the mainland I cruised a little further in the night until I was ready for bed..
After a short but deep sleep I got woken up by a bright blue sky 🙂 Time to open the doors and get the kettle on! Having a fully kitted out campervan makes a huge difference on mornings like these..  It’s all there, working and ready to enjoy.. HMmm coffee!!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Good times as usual at Bigone beach. Being treated like a king by Dennis and Annelien.. Thanks again guys!!

Went to see a friend in Amsterdam and oh man did we have a great time there 🙂

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I’d been to Amsterdam a few times before but mostly visited the usual suspects 😉 and never went to explore the city. What a great city to live in, it’s nearly as cool as Antwerp 😛

 

 

 

 

After catching up with friends it was time to cruise back to the UK..

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

A late night boat meant sleeping in Dover and breakfast with a view !! 🙂

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Once back the first job on the list was to sort out the safari window.
I drove down to Chris’s place and when I explained the window story he responded.. “hold on!, I’ve got one of those original safari windows .. I only got 1 and the frame is shot so you can have it”! Well that sure made my day!!

I couldn’t wait and started straight away. Those of you that have a classic (VW) car know that no job goes straight forward and only minutes after I started I ran into a small problem. My original safari’s had been repainted several times and I don’t think anyone has ever made the effort in taking them apart hence why the little screws on the side were covered in paint. Despite trying to remove all the paint and soak them in WD40 they didn’t gave a kick..
So then I called the help of Mr. welder 🙂

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The method is simple, first make a few good tack welds on the head of the screw and then you put a little nut over it and weld it to the tack welds. I pored water over it to cool it rapidly so the connection (read as rust) between the screw and thread would brake..

Then carefully unscrew the nut and job done! That’s if all goes well! I was unfortunate that some screw’s broke halfway, fortunately I still managed to get the other half out by repeating the process on the other side.. (the frames were taken apart already)

The donor safari window! This came of another highroof which makes it a perfect replacement! It took quite some determination to get it see through again 😀

As I ran out of time, I didn’t replace the window straight away but instead treated the inside bottom with POR 15 and left it to dry..

It’s fixed now with a new seal! Thanks again Chris!!!

 

Happy days !

 

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European Bug in 5

Right, so it was time to visit Bug in again..
I’d done the first one so I was very excited to see what edition 5 would bring..

It didn’t start of great for me.. I hooked on a small Dutch convoy of my Buddy Arnold and drove down to Chimay..
As I don’t do satnav and followed Arnold I didn’t really watched the road but after driving a long time on B-roads we got nervous as we were doing a detour..
Arnold realised his satnav was playing around and so we pulled over on a service station to discuss the way ahead and filled up..

But oh dear.. when we left the service station I couldn’t go over the dip and had to reverse, a quick look in the mirror showed nothing so I put Stella in reverse and looked in the other mirror only to see Doug’s (VW fanatic from Cali who joined us in a hired car) face giving a ” NO dude -STOP!” expression.. but before I realised it was too late!!  Bang!!   Bugger.. I jumped out of the bus to see the damage..  I could see a few green scratches on Arnolds bumper and around his headlight and saw a little dent on my bus.. Arnold said it’s fine dude let’s get back on the road and drive down to the Bug in show..

After circling around in Chimay we finally got on to the event and parked up.. It was then I saw the real damage that I done to Stella.. NOT good.. I managed to get 3 dents in the passenger side rear corner, a big one, a little one just on the joint of the battery tray and a nasty dent on the bottom from his bumper. A good inspection on Arnolds bus showed little damage around his headlight and trim ring and some scratches on his bumper.. As by Luck Arnold had sanded half of the front panel of his bus as it’s going in to the bodyshop soon for a respray so he didn’t really bother about the damage..
Thanks dude I owe you!!

Not a great start for the bug in..

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

We decided to get over this with a few drinks and get the party going ..
We were parked close to the burnout ring and I decided to have a look.. Good call as you will see below..

Dee queuing for the burnout ring, but we all know it was rather to promote his VW festival in Kent 🙂
The real show was for Pascal with his Drag-highroof-windsplit .

 

 

 

Pascal was giving a real show with lots of burning rubber and mad sounds from his screaming engine..

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I think he got a bit carried away by the exciting crowd as he was trying to throw donuts.. However, a Highroof is not the best option for this.. as you’ll see below .. 😦

It was very quiet for a few seconds when this happened.. (look at the guys face in the bottom right corner)

Luckily the response was good and in less than a minute the “wind split” was back on his feet!!

Fortunately the damage wasn’t too bad, battlescars and a good story I guess. 🙂

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Go fast – Not crazy.. Pascal! 😉

The weather wasn’t great but edition 5 was packed, what you see below is only a hint of the show.. the camping was full as well but   we made the right call to stay down here as it was a dirty mud field.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

As per coincidence there were 7 Highroofs at the show which is a record in Europe!! Most of us know each other so we decided to group together for a line up.. 🙂

One Highroof (Combicoxshop) decided not to join the line up and showed little to no interest.. stupid in my opinion!

You will not see a highroof line up like this again soon!!
( I love the fact they all have a different paint scheme..)

After the line up we parked up again and had a good party going..


EBI#5 was a good show!! You hear lot’s of people moaning about the price but as far as I can tell this show is a bargain compared to most UK shows you go to and you get good entertainment for your money too!! Not that I’ve done a lot as for me it’s all about  having a good time with your mates.. the rest is just bonus.. 😀

 

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