beautiful Barndoor bus with Westfalia Mosaik interior… simply stunning!

some beautiful buses at Brighton Breeze (part 2)

This year as I was wandering around admiring the various vintage buses on display at Brighton Breeze, I was struck by the number of different roof top conversions there were. Having the ability to stand up and move around inside, or having additional sleeping or storage space would be a real asset, plus depending upon the type of roof design, also let in additional light or ventilation. Loved the pop top roof on our old Early Bay Westy! 🙂

the sky’s the limit with a selection of pop top conversions on display
the sky’s the limit with a selection of pop top conversions on display

The vintage VW buses may be (mostly) made in Germany, but this Early Bay Westy was flying a distressed British Union Jack flag proudly upfront and centre.

made in Germany, but flying the British flag upfront and centre
made in Germany, but flying the British flag upfront and centre

As always, an ‘intriguing’ selection of roof rack odds and ends were on display, no point having a roof rack if you’ve got nothing to put on it I suppose!

roof rack accessories in full effect
roof rack accessories in full effect

Loved this Dove blue bus finished off in a satin clear coat. The more I see this look, the more I think this could be the way to go for me to protect my faded and distressed paintwork… some further investigation might be required!

loving the satin finish of this clear coated bus
loving the satin finish of this clear coated bus

Well you certainly wouldn’t be losing this Bug in the car park with its funky comic relief graffiti style paint job, although describing the colour on the insurance or vehicle registration paperwork might be a tad tricky!

funky comic relief graffiti style paint job on this Beetle
funky comic relief graffiti style paint job on this Beetle

Some fun sticker decal detailing…

great little sticker decals
great little sticker decals

I’m a sucker for distressed signage (see my instagram feed if you don’t believe me!), and this vintage RAC branded GB sign was aged to perfection for me. I really need to find me one of these for my bus at some point for my next European road trip adventures…

aged to perfection, a vintage GB sign
aged to perfection, a vintage GB sign

Loved this tough looking LT van, very ‘hardcore urban’, especially with what looked like a serious V8 motor installed inside! Would love to have heard that started up and given a bit of right foot action!

hardcore LT bus rocking a big looking V8 motor
hardcore LT bus rocking a big looking V8 motor

It even had it’s very own self portraiture illustrated on the front picturing it as it roared its way up to Santa Pod raceway – brilliant! 🙂

cool little illustration of the vision for the bus
cool little illustration of the vision for the bus

This early panel made me chuckle to myself. There I was busy trying to preserve my bus from the ravages of the UK weather and seaside environment, and here was a bus 100% covered in surface rust… or was it? Wasn’t sure if it had been painted in a speciality paint that has been specially designed to rust? Either way, it looked as cool as! 🙂 Remember, rust is not a crime lol

full rust in effect, or is it painted rust?
full rust in effect, or is it painted rust?

Seriously cool looking splitty hightop with full length roof rack and chrome truck style mirrors, another tough looking ride with additional internal head room and space to die for!

a very cool looking high top split screen bus
a very cool looking high top split screen bus

Then of course there was this shiny stunner, in one of my favourite vintage colour combos, it probably doesn’t get much better… or does it?

simplicity at its best – a bad ass barndoor bus
simplicity at its best – a bad ass barndoor bus

Well actually it did! Inside it also had a wonderful removable style Westfalia ‘Mosaik’ style interior (I believe?). Although it was so good, I’d probably be too worried about using it to go get the shopping in! Absolutely stunning bus! 🙂

beautiful Barndoor bus with Westfalia Mosaik interior… simply stunning!
beautiful Barndoor bus with Westfalia Mosaik interior… simply stunning!

Inspired? You bet, great to see a real bad ass barndoor in the metal!

for those hardcore fans that love rocking the early rare 1950’s barndoor buses
for those hardcore fans that love rocking the early rare 1950’s barndoor buses

Big thanks to everyone from the SSVC who were involved with organising and putting on this years Brighton Breeze event, and to everyone who brought their automotive pride an’ joy for all to see, it was a great day out! 🙂

Looking forward to turning up next year in our bus…

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