this is Brighton Breeze calling… 2


I’ve been busy with a work project recently, so not had much time to get out and about in my camper much. Good thing that Brighton Breeze is happening, great excuse to get out and go for a drive!

grey clouds, but a mostly dry day out at Brighton Breeze 2017

grey clouds, but a mostly dry day out at Brighton Breeze 2017

The weekend forecast was ‘mixed’, but a camper is for life, not just sunny days. So I grabbed some bits for the day and hit the road, Brighton here we come…

great to get out and drive my bus to Brighton Breeze this year

great to get out and drive my bus to Brighton Breeze this year

From Hastings, it’s about an hour drive over, so although there was some light rain as I set off, being by the coast I’m sure it would soon pass. Driving in the rain made me appreciate my earlier wiper mechanism upgrades with Buttys Bits 12v twin speed/self-park motor. It totally transforms the basic wiper action and is so quiet in operation. Something that maybe only other VW split screen bus drivers with original setups would understand and appreciate! 😉 

funky sticker bomb finish on this late bay Westy from Belgium

funky sticker bomb finish on this late bay Westy from Belgium

Sure enough, by the time I arrived in Brighton, the light rain had stopped. It was still overcast, but at least it was dry, so great timing on my part! 🙂 Time to park up an’ take a wander around and see what catches my eye…

good to see buses from the UK and Europe – Vive la France!

good to see buses from the UK and Europe – Vive la France!

The show seemed a little quieter than my previous visits, probably due in part to the weather forecast? But good to see there were those that were committed to turning up regardless of the weather, especially if they were coming from further afield in Europe, or even other further flung parts of the UK!

mods an’ rockers – nice little bit of customisation

mods an’ rockers – nice little bit of customisation

There did not seem as many split screen buses this year as I remembered which is a shame. Still, it’s always nice to see the variety of Aircooled VW’s that were in attendance. There’s also the ever-increasing number of water-cooled cars and buses, but I guess that’s just the way of things in more ‘open’ VW shows? 

plenty of storage space in the back of this tiny retro designed teardrop caravan

plenty of storage space in the back of this tiny retro designed teardrop caravan

Some committed campers brought extra storage in the form of a retro design teardrop style tiny caravan. Ingenious use of all available space made this a very neat little accessory!

cool, contemporary colour combo on this sunroof 11 window bus

cool, contemporary colour combo on this sunroof 11 window bus

Lots of variety as usual on display. Liked the cool, contemporary colour combo of this sunroof 11 window bus. It looked great with the contrasting matt black details and shiny grey body paint.

super sharp looking type 34 Karmann Ghia Razorback

super sharp-looking type 34 Karmann Ghia Razorback

Brighton Breeze is not all just about buses and campers. This super sharp-looking type 34 Karmann Ghia ‘Razorback’ really caught the eye!

stunning lines on this beautiful looking type 34 Karmann Ghia Razorback

stunning lines on this beautiful looking type 34 Karmann Ghia Razorback

Its styling and lines really are a work of art, beautiful looking car! 🙂

simple details make this bus really stand out nicely

simple details make this bus really stand out nicely

Polished aluminium window surrounds and satin gold wheels on this dove blue bus really made it subtle stand out kind of bus. It really is all about the details!

how can you go – this deluxe bus had seen some low level road action

how can you go – this deluxe bus had seen some low-level road action

Loved the battered and scared number plate on this deluxe Samba, definitely not a trailer queen!

Herbie rides again!

Herbie rides again!

Check out the registration plate detail on this Herbie style bug, great attention to detail! I do love a ragtop Beetle! 🙂

amazing looking signwritten buses

amazing looking sign written buses

It was great to see some buses that previously I’d only ever seen online. In the metal, they were even better. The patina perfection of these battered survivor buses with their sign writing was amazing! 🙂 Time to put the kettle on for a cuppa with my friend Gez who I met up with at the show. Always good to have a tea and watch the world go by before round two of begins of checking out the various vehicles on display…

Tiring work looking at classic cars! Time to put the kettle on for a cuppa with my friend Gez who I met up with at the show. Always good to have a tea and watch the world go by before embarking on round two of checking out the various vehicles on display…


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  • Rich

    Hi – love your pictures, just thought I’d let you know that Herbie style Beetle is the original one from the first film! Luke from Terry’s Beetle Services is lucky enough to own it, and the correct UK reg plate…