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 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.
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!
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!
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!
Some fun sticker decal detailing…
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…
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!
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! 🙂
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
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!
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?
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! 🙂
Inspired? You bet, great to see a real bad ass barndoor in the metal!
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…