EVENT | Lostsouls Veedub club

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Being a Jap car owner I’ve fallen into the habit of only really attending jap car meets and shows. I find this really bad as I I’m really interested in other makes of cars and styles of tuning.

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I’ve always admired the VW & Audi tuning scene so when I heard about a local meet hosted by the club called Lostsouls Veedub Club, I just had to head along to see what was on show.

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When I arrived at the meet I was confronted with a selection of VW Camper’s, VW Beetle’s as well as a couple of more modern VW’s.

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The one thing I’ve always liked with old VW’s is that they can either be fully restored with show worthy paint job or they can pull off the rat look whilst still looking seriously cool. I’ve got to say that although I really enjoy the rat look on cars, I’m much more in favour of the fully restored style.

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These two camper vans which I believe are type 1’s arrived a little later in the day together and they both really caught my eye. I just loved how they were opposite styles with one being absolutely flawless and the other with the sanded down paintwork to give that rough and ready look to it. I’m also a big fan of what I understand to be called the safari windows that open at the front of the van.

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It’s a nice touch as well to see a colour coded VW badge on the front of the van as the majority of vans that I have seen are running a chrome badge up front.

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Although you can either go with the rat look or the show look on the outside of the van, there’s one thing that seems to be universal with the majority of the vans and that is to make the interior as relaxing and entertaining as possible. This particular van which was a new can had all the creature comforts of home including the all important TV screen, but the most importand item in here is the kettle for a nice cup of tea.

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It is very much a family affair at this event and many of the owners had brought along their children and thier faithful dogs. This little guy was kind enough to pose for me just long enough to get this shot, straight after this shot was taken the dog got up and tried to lick the front of the lens, missed and drooled on my jeans. Totally worth it for the shot though.

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This is very much my kind of interior as it’s clean and neat and all the important bits like the fridge and cooker are stored away out of sight. The little neat touches with the VW logo’s on the seats really add to this interior and compliment the very neutral but retro colour scheme.

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This is the outside of the van above and the simple yet classy styling continues where they haven’t gone for chrome wheels but have stuck with the original wheels and then colour coded the wheel trims and added some luggage racks to the roof. The owner has told me that this van (which I think is a type 2) was originally a builders van and hadn’t exactly had an easy life so it was good to see it now in such a good condition.

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Some of the other vans at this show had a very nice interior with cookers and TV’s to make any trips away from home nice and relaxing but this van took that even further with a double bed above and to the rear and a single bed above and to the front. This is in addition to the seat in the van that turns into a double bed. This van is also for sale so if you would like some details then I can put you in touch with the owners.

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Hidden away at the back of the show was this type 1 van that just looked really moody and aggressive. Partly due to the fact it was sitting fairly low and also because of the red and black colour combination that we would usually associate with poison and danger.

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The very simple interiors actually work so much better than some more modern cars with their plastic dashboards and fake wood trim. Being able to see painted metal and a simple yet functional dash is a very nice sight. Anyone able to give any info on what’s up on the roof lining? Is that an air vent?

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The interior of the van was a very simple but very cool fit up with flames in the door cards and black leather seats to contrast against the painted red dashboard.

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The back of the van was again a very simple affair with a bench seat and more flames on the side panels. I really liked all the smaller windows down the side of this van but I’m not sure what they are referred to as so please post in the comments to let me know.

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As far as I’m concerned, this is one of the most appropriate stickers for me as I’m terrible for it. I might have to get a T-shirt with this on the front of it for the future.

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Faded paint, primer showing, rust spots, old roof rack, decked to the floor and some chrome rims……that will be the rat look for this very cool looking Beetle.

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Although I wasn’t able to find the owner of this VW Passat, I did really like the custom finish on the B-pillar’s.

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I know that it’s a much more modern car than most at the show but it really does go to show that the right ride height with the right wheels can really transform a car.

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I’ll end this article with this pretty accurate sticker. It just goes to show that the VW scene isn’t about how fast you get somewhere but more about how much you will enjoy yourself on the way, and when you get there.

 
Words & Photos: Darren Thorndick
 

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