homeward bound after a great trip to Ninove

the sun goes down on a brilliant time at Freddy Files 2014 in Ninove

So before it was time to head back, it was hard to not just have one more look around at the vast variety of vintage vehicles on display in the streets of Ninove, but this time these are some of the ones that were caught by my friend Ollie’s camera this time as we walked around, always nice to get a different perspective on things…

Take for example, the evolution and development of the different noses on these two beautiful Karmann Ghia’s – one a stunning convertible, the other a ‘Razor Edge’ Karmann Ghia

the nose profiles of different VW Karmann Ghia's
the nose profiles of different VW Karmann Ghia’s

The subtly of the satin paint finish, red pin stripe and minimal detailing on this pressed bumper VW Ambulance really made it stand out.

satin paint and minimal detailing look great on this ambulance
satin paint and minimal detailing look great on this ambulance

It was great to see a wide spectrum of the vintage VW colour palette on display on the various Beetles that lined the streets of Ninove, rubbing shoulders (or should that be wheel arches!?) with more custom colour schemes

beautiful vintage colour palette of Beetles lined the streets
beautiful vintage colour palette of Beetles lined the streets

I’ve always had a soft spot for ragtop Beetles, and this ragtop Oval Beetle with its rear pop out windows was very cool indeed!

cool oval ragtop beetle with rear pop out windows
cool oval ragtop beetle with rear pop out windows

However Ollie was rather smitten with this very sleek Porsche 356 Outlaw, the excuse being it would make a perfect daily driver to work!

smooth detailed Porsche 356 Outlaw gleaming in the sun
smooth detailed Porsche 356 Outlaw gleaming in the sun

I think if I were looking for a real ‘work’ vehicle, then in my opinion, this tough looking, original paint Crew Cab would be the perfect solution! Plenty of people carrying room upfront, yet a load bed at the back for any gear or equipment you might need, and then check out the hard-core, off-road rubber on the wheels, perfect!

check out the off-road rubber on this tough looking cool crew cab
check out the off-road rubber on this tough looking cool crew cab

The beautiful sunny weather of the afternoon in Ninove made it very hard to tear yourself away from the Freddy Files show, but unfortunately it was time to begin our journey back home after a fantastic time in the town.

With the perfect driving weather all set, it was now time to fill the tanks and head back to the Le Shuttle and the Channel tunnel in France. As this time on our return journey we were not part of a larger cruise or convoy, and with the roads back to the coast being pretty clear, we made it back to the Channel Tunnel in good time without needing to stop.

So time for one last picture of our busses before we finally caught Le Shuttle home. It has to be said that both busses performed faultlessly, and were a real pleasure to drive, after all, this is what the are intended for!

So take a bow, Ollie’s very cool, original paint bus, with its work in progress Westfalia interior and upgraded running gear and engine…

about to board Le Shuttle for the channel crossing home
about to board Le Shuttle for the channel crossing home

…and my more stock VW camper with it’s Canterbury Pitt interior, both made it there and back without a hitch!

homeward bound after a great trip to Ninove
homeward bound after a great trip to Ninove

Roll on Freddy Files Ninove, 2015…

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