Galley Hill to Rock A Nore

Air-cooled hangout

At the end of a long, hot day, I remembered a few local air-cooled drivers were having another catch-up at Galley Hill in Bexhill. Always good to have something to look forward to. Any excuse to have a drive out in the summer sun, windows down, music on. Happy times!

late bay looking strong in the sun
late bay looking strong in the sun

Galley Hill gathering

Unfortunately, I was running a bit fashionably late. But better late than not at all. It was good to see that once again a good selection of air-cooled rides in attendance. No excuse really, it was a beautiful warm night out by the sea.

good varied air-cooled attendance on a summers evening
good varied air-cooled attendance on a summers evening

Air-cooled accessories

As usual, there’s always something interesting to see. Including this array of air-cooled accessories on display on this cool oval patina bug. Reminds me I need to sort out getting my old vintage Blaupunkt radio I had saved from my ragtop bug fitted. The radio needs nothing doing to it as it used to work fine. I just need to get around to fitting in the radio shaped hole in my bus dash!

plenty of chrome dashboard accessories on display
plenty of chrome dashboard accessories on display

Always amazed at just how many air-cooled rides there are in and around the local area. It was nice seeing a few new to me bugs and beach buggies had arrived this evening. Some others I recognise from this year sadly cancelled Dubs at DLWP show. It’s a fate shared with so many other events, unfortunately, which makes these little impromptu gatherings all the more fun.

go green
go green

All sorts of air-cooled

It wasn’t just the bugs, beach buggies, late bays and T3/25’s in attendance tonight, we even had my friends posh Beetle, or as he prefers to call it, a Porsche 912 out for a bit of golden hour sunshine.

great local air-cooled turn out
great local air-cooled turnout

Bugs and Buggies

It was a bit of a two-row gathering tonight, with a cool selection of bugs and beach buggies taking over the clifftop front row. Perfect weather for cruising around in a beach buggy. That must be a great feeling driving around in this weather.

lots of bugs and buggy action tonight
lots of bugs and buggy action tonight

Fashionably late

Arriving fashionably late as I did, I was relegated to the back row! It also meant I didn’t get to take that many photos tonight. As not long after I arrived, the plan was to take a slow meandering cruise over to Rock A Nore beach over in Hastings.

my fashionably late arrival
my fashionably late arrival

Ride to Rock A Nore

It was a fun little cruise over. It’s always nice to see the smiles it brings to peoples faces seeing a bunch of vintage VW’s driving along the road! It had people reaching for their phone cameras or waving as we drove down the streets. Incredible really that a bunch of old vehicles can elicit such emotions and reactions from passers-by and strangers.

allsorts of air-cooled
allsorts of air-cooled

As the sun was going down, there was plenty of front row space for all in the Rock A Nore car park. I suspect earlier in the day it would have been absolutely packed with tourists, day-trippers and holidaymakers. It’s in the popular Old Town end of Hastings, especially at this time of the year!

sunset air-cooled cruise to Rock A Nore beach
sunset air-cooled cruise to Rock A Nore beach

Air-cooled family

Whilst the light was still good, it wasn’t long before engine lids were up and engine details were being compared and contrasted. Me, I just enjoyed the stillness and calmness of the view! I knew when I was out of my mechanical depth!!

comparing notes on engine details
comparing notes on engine details

It wasn’t too much later that people decided to make their home after a fun night out. Even in these crazy days of the pandemic, it’s good for your mental well being to get out and about once in a while!

late summer warm evenings by the sea
late summer warm evenings by the sea

Air-cooled date night

As the night was still young and I wasn’t far from where I lived, I thought I’d surprise my wife by picking her up and going for an impromptu drive to go sit by the sea. Feeling a bit peckish, grabbed some food and headed out, There was an amazing red moon rising from the horizon. It can be the little things sometimes. It made for a nice end to the day.

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