Meetings

Oval and splitwindow day, small report…

Yesterday we enjoyed a very traditional classic Volkswagen show in Holland… it was cool as always and weather was marvelous, till it overcast and start raining late afternoon… that was the bell to go home…:)

Splits, in all colors and versions… If You like splits, this was heaven!!

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Cool cat of the show and yours truly favourite was this maintained but unrestored March 1949 split… 1 family owner! This baby drew attention all day long!

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2 Kubelwagens attented as well…

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Who told You an Enzmann is an extremely rare car??? They had 3 on display!

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And a cool Tempo Matador too

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More coachbuilds…

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Cool and rare Beutler… Made in Suisse….

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BBT’s Denzel came out (that was long ago) and two crazy cool Dannenhauer & Stauss…

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Or, if you preferred, Frankie brought a real rare Devin!

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And to close the line of the coachbuild beauties we spotted these trio of Denzel ‘Beeskow “banana’s”…

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Next row was Hebmullers… no less than 4 on display….

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And the BBT 52 convertible was the only Pre53 Karmann Convertible…

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Belgian Godfather of VW collector Jacques Mertens celebrated his 70th Birthday at the show…. and the organisers recognised it fully making this life time big wall frame for Jacques…

After 53 years into Volkswagen Jacques is still an avid enthusiast with 2 1948 splits and a super rare Porsche 356 Gmund SL!

Happy birthday Jacques, and thanks for the time to take a picture with us before your wall frame!!

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also the oval and square window row was almost endless… so many cars!

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What a show, we attend every year, and it only get’s better… not for party or beer, just to enjoy, lay back and talk splits… it’s not BIG, it’s not Small, it’s the size it has to be to be a good one… we love it and next year is already bookmarked in our agenda’s…

Out of the old box… a couple of shows we attendet in the previous century!

Yes we drive to VW shows for a while now!! last century, even before Europe was united we drove all over the place to visit certain shows… I don’t recall the years anymore but here’s a few show pictures from an era long time gone…

With my Black 53 ragtop  at a show in Cecina Mare Italy, looooong time ago!!

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wowh, I used to have long hair… with the limo bus in Zemst Belgium…

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Even longer ago, in Antwerp, very small show, but we brought out a real cool oval window ragtop we imported from California back then! Half on the trailer was a cool green split window….

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Same oval was showed off at the Antwerp Classic salon… I still had hair, and Gunter had hair too!…

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With my beige perfect restored split at le Bug show on the race track of Spa Francorchamps… that car was close to perfect… I sold it over 15 years ago maybe even 20 years ago to Japan…

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With a bunch of friends and the BBT Limo to the south of France, Super VW nationals in Lege Cap Ferret!

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and finally with my trusty worker from back then Dave at a small VW event in hometown Antwerp, at the docks of the port long before they made  Antwerp a low emission zone….

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Nice to see old pictures… always good memories!!

Oval and splitwindow day tomorrow, will we see each other??

Tomorrow we will attend Oval and splitwindow day in Wilnis Holland, supper cool event with pure cars and layback lifestyle!!

We will be there with several cars, time to get your old lady out of the garage and join! We leave at BBT at 08.30hr sharp!

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See you there!!

 

The Ben Pon Barndoor meeting was a hit!!

One of the best shows we’re attended recently… it was nice to see that most visitors came here to see cars and chat Volkswagen language, not only for party and beer!

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We left BBT HQ with about 25 cars saturday morning

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Over 100 Barndoor buses (that’s buses build prior to april 1955) gathered in the city of Amersfoort, on the old rail way station where Ben Pon embarked the first Volkswagen he bought in Germany in the late forties!

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You really could pick your color… but the most famous bus must be this one, restored 33 years ago by Heinz Willi Lottermann, the founder of the Bad Camberg Vintage Volkswagen shows.

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Further more there was about barndoors in ANY condition… nice restored or cool patina, choices where yours!

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This barn(door) had a lot of horse(power) under the roof….:)

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We like them so much!

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We showed of the oldest known Belgian delivered Bus (build 08 jan 1951)

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David still likes Coca Cola!!

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Amazing story behind this bus, if you see the pictures of how they found it You would not believe this result!

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The amazing cool Greek 23 window, I love the signwriting!

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Lots of old friends everywhere… good to see You Filip!

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And more cool vintage VW steel!

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Also our 54 was present with “BOBBYCAR” on the roofrack!

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Fre and friends of “The Range” swapped all weekend long!

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Nice display of Tempo Matadors!! Where ever did You see three in a row???

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David and Goliath!!

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Ruud showed off “HIS” hebmuller! cool color combo!

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Kubelwagens, or whatever, everything was there to be seen!!

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Not only barndoors, also many cool later buses… Dieter brought out its ubercool Flandria Pick up!

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or what about this crazy cool double cab with full length roofrack?

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Saturday went by way to fast… and before I knew I was taking pictures on Sunday morning… Dawn was beautiful!

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The BBT camp early morning….

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Everybody woke up… Edwin “the Seppe” peeped out of his T5 star hotel

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The buses from the swamps!! Absolutely my two favourites of the entire weekend!! Florian and Pierre, you guys did a crazy job!! Congratulations!

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Always and everywhere… always good to see Stefan’s lowered High roof, You know it’s a good spot!

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The early morning only showed barndoors that slept in the barndoor lot…:) in an hour from now the place was packed again… also Sunday there was over 100 barndoors on display!

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Sunday morning around 11.000 o clock I was asked to give a demonstration with the BBT Schwimmwagen, time to take some friends in the water…

Here with Maurice and Angel

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Or with Niels and family!!

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Paul Wisk brought out his schwimmer as well so we both took people…. here with BBT Pascal,  Annelies and Steven in mine,  and David and Bart aboard of Paul’s,

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There’s only one more thing more fun as a schwimmwagen…. that’s two schwimmwagens…:)

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Time to say bye to Xavi and Massimo and Pinnochio crew from Spain… they faced a long road back… safe travels buddies!

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David and Dirk did the grill all weekend long… wowh, we’ve been pampered! Thanks guys…

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Good food draws full tables… the BBT camp was a home base for many!…

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what a show… and next week we go to the Dutch split window day… tell me why i like the month of may so much!

Special visit!

On their way to the Ben Pon show Xavi, Massimo and friends came by BBT to say hi and a visit to BBT’s Volkswagen paradise!

All the way from Barcelona, they got stuck in belgium rush hour with 5 buses!

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Proud Bus travellers!

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They enjoyed strolling through the BBT shelves a lot!!

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They even visit the “hidden Caves” of BBT NOS dept!

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See You all this weekend in Amersfoort on the Ben Pon show!!