Saturday, 22 July 2017

Chiltern Hills Vintage Vehicle Rally (part 4 of 4)

This weeks blog entry is the forth and final instalment about the annual Chiltern Hills Vintage Vehicle Rally which is a one day show for classic and vintage vehicles (including old Volkswagen camper vans) and is organised by the Game Club to help raise money for local charitable causes. The rally is a well established event which allows owners of classic and vintage vehicles to gather together in the glorious Buckinghamshire countryside. This event was actually their 23rd anniversary, and took place on 21st May. The new venue is at Weedon Park, Weedon Hill near Aylesbury HP22 4NN and is a fantastic location for this great one day show which attracts well over 1000 vehicles of all descriptions and the Game Club had also organised: Children's rides / slides, a fun dog show, trade stands, an auto jumble, a beer tent, speciality teas, a pig roast, burgers and ice cream stands. I have attended this event for the last 4 / 5 years and it's one show that I really enjoy due to the huge diversity of the vehicles. Find out more about the Chlitern Hills Rally from their website here: http://www.chilternhillsrally.org.uk/
The review continues as I wander around this great show.
To see all my other blog entries, go to ‘My Blog Archive’ to the left of this page. Simply click on an arrow for a particular year, then click on an arrow for a particular month, this will then give you a drop down menu for all the blog entries for that month.


To start this weeks blog we have this stunning
1967 21 window samba. This lovely bus looked
great in it's cream and white colour scheme. I
liked the fact that is wasn't lowered and still had
the original steel wheels.

The perfectly straight body and immaculate paint
made this old bus stand out. I did like the trim on
the colour coded bumpers.

The samba is actually a 'Devon Caravette' as
you can see from the photo. This really was a
nice bus and the pastel blue and white interior
looked gorgeous.

This 1971 blue and white lowered bug looked
cool with it's aftermarket wheels and headlight
peaks. 

You can see just low this bug really is from this
photo. The aftermarket exhaust now exits from
the rear corner of the car and the stand off's
ensure the engine gets plenty of cooling.

This green 1967 beetle looked to have been
restored to the original specification / condition,
which always looks better that lowered.

This car really was immaculate, the chrome on
the U.S. spec towel rail bumper and hub caps
looked like new and complimented the green
painted bodywork perfectly.

I do like to see a sign written panel van and this
1965 split screen with the Brumos Racing logos
rocked my boat. This old panel van looked great
having been lowered and with those yellow head
light lenses.

The logo on the cab doors states that Brumos
Racing comes form Jacksonville, Florida... I'm
not sure if this is correct or not but it didn't really
matter as it looked so good.

The Chiltern Hills Vintage Vehicle Rally has many
classifications of vehicles including both British
and American classic cars.

This cool RAT look 1966 Chevrolet C10 pick up
looked great with it's distressed paintwork.  

Looking across the event field, classic cars for
as far as the eye can see. There were classic
vehicles of all descriptions from all over the
world.

I saw this gorgeous cherry red Model 'A' Ford
5 window coupe and just had to go and get some
photo's. To my surprise it belonged to and old
hot rodding mate of mine, Bob who lives just down
the road from me. Bob and I used to knock around
together when I was into hot rods.

The car has a steel body (very rare!) and powered
by a small block Ford engine. The attention to
detail is amazing and it looked just about perfect.
Both Bob and I used to have Ford Popular's with
V8 engines back in the day, He certainly has moved
up the hot rodding ladder.

Talking of Ford Popular's, this 1954 'Pop' is
another car that's local to me, I'm sure how local
but I see it driving around from time to time. This
grey primered pop has 318 cubic inch Chrysler
V8 engine that is mated to 904 torqueflyte gear-
box. The front suspension is custom made and it
has a Jaguar XJ6 rear axle.

The Ford Pop has such a nice looking shape
as you can see. This pop has over sized rear
wings to accommodate the massive rear wheels
on that Jaguar axle.

This stunning bright red Ford Model 'B' 3 window
coupe is radical. This car came down to our last
VW club meet, but I can't remember a lot about
the car, even though I spent most of the night
chatting to the owner!

The body has been chopped and channelled over
the chassis to give the car it's low look. The fenders
have been removed which always suit a Model B.
The motor is a blown big block V8 and as the car
drives along you can hear the whistle of the blower,
and it sounds awesome.

This gorgeous car looks pure hot rod with it's big
and little wheels shod in those white wall tyres.

There were hundreds upon hundreds of classic
motorcycles at the show, this is just a small
selection of them.

Maybe there wasn't as many scooters at the show
as motorcycles but what they lacked in numbers
they made up with quality.

Military vehicles are always present at the show
and always have a great number of entrants. Again,
this is just a small selection of military vehicles
that attended this year.

More classic motorcycles including low riders
and choppers, and even trikes. This show really
does have something for everyone.

This lovely slammed Volkswagen 1600 or Notch-
back as they are more commonly know looked
super cool. The ride height along with the steel
sun visor and the roof rack helped to make this
old type 3 stand out.

I did like the all red U.S. spec rear light lenses.
This super low notchback was really straight and
solid and the chrome trim looked like new. The
type 3 was produced from 1961 - 1973.

Just a random photo of the show as I headed
towards yet more American classics. This show
gets bigger and better every year.

To finish off my blog review we have my good
friends Caroline and Matthew who were just
sat behind our buses, and chilling out in the
sunshine. Thanks for coming guy's.


So that concludes my four part review of the 
Chiltern Hills Vintage Vehicle Rally for 2017. 
Overall another fantastic day out with some great
company and plenty of great classic vehicles.
Next week's blog review is all about the 'Just
Kampers' open day where hundreds upon
hundreds of both air cooled and water cooled
Volkswagens descended on the Just Kampers
headquarters for their annual open day. So be
sure to come back next Saturday.

Saturday, 15 July 2017

Chiltern Hills Vintage Vehicle Rally, (part 3 of 4)

This weeks blog entry is the third instalment about the annual Chiltern Hills Vintage Vehicle Rally which is a one day show for classic and vintage vehicles (including old Volkswagen camper vans) and is organised by the Game Club to help raise money for local charitable causes. The rally is a well established event which allows owners of classic and vintage vehicles to gather together in the glorious Buckinghamshire countryside. This event was actually their 23rd anniversary, and took place on 21st May. The new venue is at Weedon Park, Weedon Hill near Aylesbury HP22 4NN and is a fantastic location for this great one day show which attracts well over 1000 vehicles of all descriptions and the Game Club had also organised: Children's rides / slides, a fun dog show, trade stands, an auto jumble, a beer tent, speciality teas, a pig roast, burgers and ice cream stands. I have attended this event for the last 4 / 5 years and it's one show that I really enjoy due to the huge diversity of the vehicles. Find out more about the Chlitern Hills Rally from their website here: http://www.chilternhillsrally.org.uk/
The review continues as I wander around this great show.
To see all my other blog entries, go to ‘My Blog Archive’ to the left of this page. Simply click on an arrow for a particular year, then click on an arrow for a particular month, this will then give you a drop down menu for all the blog entries for that month.


This lovely 1970 baby blue and white early bay
belongs to friends of mine, Andy and Annelise.
Their gorgeous bay is a U.S. import and it's
really straight and solid. The full length roof
rack came of Andy's old split screen panel van.

This really is a nice looking bus that Annelise
uses as a daily driver. Andy keeps the bus on the
road by doing all the maintenance himself.

This stunning 1964 Ford Galaxie 500 looked
amazing with it's super straight body and it's
perfectly applied Raven Black paint. The chrome
trim and bumpers were just like new and looked
great against the black paint.

This old '64 500 had the 390 cubic inch, 6.4 litre
V8 with the 4 barrel carb and the 3 speed manual
gearbox with overdrive.

This car is quite rare in the fact that it's a 4 door
sedan, finished in the black and black option
(black paint and black interior) as only 295 cars
with the specification were ever made, and this
is the only one with this spec in the U.K.

This old Ford Cortina 1600 GXL looked a bit
sorry for itself in it's un-restored condition. I had
one of these Ford many years ago and I loved
it, and could easily have another one, except that
the price for these old 'Tina's' are selling for, even
in this condition is sky high.

These really are nice looking cars that bring back
many happy memories for me. Although this car
looked a it rough around the edges it is still a very
desirable car.

This lovely solid looking 1971 white bug caught
my eye as it was so clean. This old bug looked 
great with it's chrome towel rail bumper and 
chrome head light peaks.

You can see just how clean this old bug really is
from this photo. I did like the white mud flaps that
give a period feel to this lovely car. I did notice
that it had a 'Wolfsburg Weed Huggers' ( a local
VW club) sticker in the back window

This Citroen DS23 Pallas IE caught my eye as
this was my dream car as a young kid. This 1973
model looked stunning. The DS was revolutionary
with it's 'new' hydraulic system that operated the
steering, suspension, brakes and gearbox. The
DS was the first mass produced front wheel drive
car.

The body design was ground breaking and when
it was first unveiled at the 1955 Paris motor show,
Citroen took over 12000 orders for the car on the
first day! The DS had a 2347cc 4 cylinder engine
with a 5 speed manual gearbox.

Another car of my youth was the Ford Capri, and
this 1970 baby blue 1600 XL is another very
sought after British classic car. The Capri was
produced from 1968 - 1973 at the Dagenham
and Halewood plants.

The 2 door fastback coupe was originally called
the 'Colt' during it's development stage, but Ford
were unable to use the name as it was already
trademarked by Mitsubishi.

You can see the design was loosely based on
the Ford Mustang. Over 1.9 million Capri's were
sold in it's  production lifetime.

This very distinctive T4 belongs to a mate of
mine, and a fellow Outcast VW club member Mike.
Mike's satin black bus has hot rod style red
scallops down the side (which Mike still has to
outline in white!) red painted steel wheels with
white wall tyres and a red and black chequered
bonnet bra.

This really is a cool looking bus, that stands out
wherever it goes. I do like the clear rear light
lenses and the black and silver number plate.

The interior of Mike's T4 is super cool, and looks
fantastic and I believe it recently won a 'best interior'
award at a show, a well deserved award I say.

This camouflaged 182 Kurierwagon looked great
in the sunshine. The 182 (or 181 for U.K. models)
was produced by Volkswagen for use by the
German military during WW2.

The 2 wheel drive, 4 door vehicle clearly has
a military influence. The 182 (also known as the
Trekker) had the floorpan from a Karmann Ghia
as it's wider than a beetle, and many mechanical
components from the beetle.

This black over bright red 1972 bay looked good
in the summer sunshine. The bright red paint was
in stark contrast to the black roof and the two tone
combination worked so well.

This really was a nice clean and straight bus, I
did like the painted bumpers that matched the
Empi 5 spoke wheels perfectly.

This super clean 1987 T25 Caravelle looked
amazing. It was so straight and clean, and the
paint was spotless. I do like these T25's and
could easily have one myself.

This 1973 late bay looked really nice in it's white
over light olive (sort of!) colour. This deluxe bus
was really was lovely and clean and straight. I
did like the sun visor which gives the bus a very
distinctive look.

It's a shame the camping chair is in the photo
but you can still see just how straight and clean
this bus from this photo.

This cool satin black beetle belongs to a local
guy called Matt. This lowered bug has a hot rod
feel with the satin black paint and the red rimmed
painted steel wheels.

This '67 bug looks so cool and the all red rear
light lenses just add to the overall look. It looks
as though this old bug may have a narrowed
front beam judging by how far under the front
wings the wheels are..?

This lovely old step side pick up truck looked
cool with it's bare metal bodywork. To be honest
I'm not sure what this is.. was, as it's had so many
body modifications and sheet metal work it's hard
to tell. One thing I do know is that I liked it.!

The truck had been seriously lowered and those
front fenders look as though they have been
widened. 

The rear end had also has been reworked with
some serious metalwork modifications. I did
like the custom tail lights

This gorgeous 1970 early bay looked great in
it's pastel blue paint. This really was a lovely
clean and straight bus. 

I think this gorgeous bus may be an import. I did
like those polished Radar wheels which suited
this old bay perfectly.


So that was the 3rd instalment of 4 about the
Chiltern Hills Vintage Rally. The fourth and final
instalment will be next week where you can see
more bugs and buses including a lovely split screen
panel van, a gorgeous Modal A hot rod, amongst
a few others and so much more so be sure to come 
back next Saturday.