custom paint stunner

plenty of Mods and Rockers at this years Brighton Breeze…

Living just down the road from Brighton, it’s a bit crazy that I’ve never actually managed to get along to the Split Screen Van Clubs (SSVC) annual Brighton Breeze event before, and this year it was nearly the same! Fortunately my wife, managed to drag me out of the house to take a trip over to the event this year as she wanted to see some vintage VW buses! Despite a mixture of sun and showers, there was plenty of variety to see…

If you liked mods, then plenty to keep you happy on the modified front, like this custom paint stunner glistening in the afternoon sun…

custom paint stunner
custom paint stunner

This beautiful blue Samba deluxe had more than just a passing family resemblance to the Porsche family from Stuttgart…

more than just a passing family resemblance…
more than just a passing family resemblance…

as apparently ‘a Porsche engine bolts straight in’ or so the proverbial ‘man down the pub’ is often quoted as saying! I think it takes a fair bit more clever engineering than just the standard four bolts Volkswagen used to fit their stock air-cooled engines to make this bad boy fit in the back!

apparently a Porsche engine bolts straight in…
apparently a Porsche engine bolts straight in…

The Porsche theme was carried through to the running rear, with red detailed Porsche calipers and disc brakes on all corners to ensure that with all the power from the rear, the bus could still be stopped safely!

However, if you were more a rocker, then again, lots of ‘stock rocks’ buses on display as well, like this fantastic Palm Green over Sand Green 11 window stunner with a curved Devon interior fitted…

classic paint combo Palm Green over Sand Green
classic paint combo Palm Green over Sand Green

Beautiful pin striping details on the bus helped give it a really subtle stand out quality…

really nice pin striping detail
really nice pin striping detail

Original paint, and mostly original metal (some of it actually on display!) with a selection of cool period accessories and details helped this bus really stand out.

plenty of patina buses on display with cool accessories
plenty of patina buses on display with cool accessories

This bus proudly rocked its weathered look…

this VW split screen was rocking the ‘weathered’ look
this VW split screen was rocking the ‘weathered’ look

Plus a whole bunch of vintage goodies added to the interest and intrigue of what was on display, with plenty of classic Choppers and 1970’s/1980’s bikes on display…

classic 1970’s bikes keeping the orange brown vibe alive
classic 1970’s bikes keeping the orange brown vibe alive

And on the custom paint tip, it was not all high finish spray both mirror finishes on display, there was evidence that the flower power era was still very much alive and kicking too!

flower power is alive and well
flower power is alive and well

So how about this for an awesome retro ghetto blaster sound system – maybe a bit too loud for the monkey on the opened safari window!

check out the retro sound system!
check out the retro sound system!

So who are you looking at!? Being so close to Europe, it was good to see a few European bugs and buses had made the effort to come over for the event as well.

who you looking at?
who you looking at?

My bargain of the day was getting The Bus movie from the guys at Cool Flo, I had been wanting to see this for a while…

‘The Bus’ is a fantastic film that documents the ‘remarkable story of a vehicle that became an icon’… it’s a must for anyone who drives, has driven or just loves Volkswagen buses!

Brighton Breeze bargain from Cool Flo – the bus movie DVD
Brighton Breeze bargain from Cool Flo – the bus movie DVD

All in all we had a great time at Brighton, meet some friends from my previous trip to Ninove, and got to see a great selection of buses and bugs – maybe next year we’ll book things a bit earlier to make the most of it!

thanks to my wives persistence, we finally made Brighton Breeze this year!
thanks to my wives persistence, we finally made Brighton Breeze this year!

 

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