MISS OCEAN'S TOUR BUS

An original air cooled Volkswagen camper van surfing wagon

 

 

VW HOME - BODYWORK - ELECTRICS - ENGINE - GOLF - LOGISTICS - STAINLESS STEEL - SUSPENSION & BRAKES - VINYL WRAPPING - WELDING

 

 

Passport and heart of the ocean necklace with Miss Ocean number plates

 

TOUR BUS 2017 - These are not the road plates for the ocean awareness tour bus, they are for use during shows off-road. We are in the process of designing the vinyl wrap for this classic wagon. The Heart Of The Ocean is famous the world over but if of course a fictitious movie prop, whereas our Miss Ocean tiara is real and is also the subject of design copyright, and is presently the subject of a study.

 

 

The Cleaner Oceans Foundation will be using this Volkswagen to attend events and give ocean awareness presentations as the eco flagship. She is forty (40) years old in 2018 and so is a classic in the ordinary sense and a historic or antique vehicle as defined by most automobile clubs. See the definitions below. We are AA members.

 

This wagon started out as a camper van that was in need of some serious attention, but will be converted to a surfing wagon, complete with a PA system, boards and more - and with a vinyl wrap that helps us to get our message across about plastic ocean pollution, single use plastic and the need for blue growth to combat unsustainable exploitation of the sea.

 

 

 

STILL IN NEED - After a few months hard graft, this is what progress looked like. The brakes were sorted, the bodywork repaired and the fuel system cleaned out. It should not take our volunteers too much longer before we see some vinyl designs coming to the fore. Note how much the look of the vehicle has changed with the wide alloy wheels and spacers. This also improves the handling, hence stopping power of this unique tour bus. Copyright © photograph April 2017, all rights reserved.

 

 

At the moment we are using a variety of vehicles of different marques for different jobs, including a Jeep for beach hauling duties, a VW Golf for general towing on the public highways and a BMW i3 to be able to demonstrate electric power as applied to land vehicles. The BMW uses similar energy storage and electric power train so that VIP visitors can experience an EV in action and feel the performance that is possible today for themselves. SeaVax is an ocean EV, the only difference is that SeaVax is solar and wind powered. Solar cars have been racing across Australia for decades, even breaking the speed limit on the Australian highways.

 

Another vehicle we need to avail ourselves of is a rough terrain crane of more than 30 tons capacity. This is important for lifting and positioning the frames and hull parts of the AmphiMax and SeaVax vehicles during assembly.

 

 

UK & EUROPEAN VOLKSWAGEN SHOWS 2017

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DATE

JANUARY 2017

LOCATION

WEBSITE

. . . .
29th Camper Mart The International Centre, Telford Website

 

FEBRUARY 2017

 

DATE

FEBRUARY

LOCATION

WEBSITE

. . . .
5th Indoor Swapmeet for Aircooled VWs Technical School St Paulus, Mol Website
19 Dubfreeze Bingley Hall, Stafford Website

 

MARCH 2017

 

DATE

MARCH

LOCATION

WEBSITE

. . . .
5th Spring Dub Great Yorkshire Showground, Harrogate Website
12th Ultimate Dubs Telford International Centre, Telford, UK Website
12th Freddyfiles Ninove, Belgium Website
TBC Dub Aid 5 2017 show cancelled, See website for details Website
26th Lincoln VW Camper Day Brayford Wharf, Lincoln Website
25-26 Volksworld Show Portsouth Road, Sandown Park Racecourse, Surrey Website
31/3-2/4 Dubs at the Mill Haselbury Mill, Somerset Website

 

 

SMOOTH - The bumpers have been removed both front and rear to give the Californian feel and also to eliminate rust traps, but the front panels need some serious preparation before painting to remove a couple of years of surface rust. Copyright © photograph April 2017, all rights reserved.

 

 

APRIL 2017

 

DATE

APRIL

LOCATION

WEBSITE

. . . .
2nd Dorset Swapmeet 9am - 3pm, Clapcotts Farm, Spetisbury, Dorset Website
7-9 Vee Dub Family Birthday Weekender The Oak Tree Arena, Highbridge, Somerset Website
7-9 Elemental VW #11 - Flowers Crouch Valley Showground, Essex Website
8-9 Dub Shed Eikon Exhibition Centre, Lisburn Website
9th GTi Spring Festival Santa Pod Raceway Website
9th Elsecar at the Races Doncaster Racecorse Website
13-17 Camperfest Chester Racecourse Website
14-16th Festival of Power An action packed Easter weekend of family Drag Racing. Website
14-16 Bus Types VW Show Oswestry Showground, Shropshire Website
21-23 Regiomeeting KCN Overijssel Camping De Grasplas, Vorden Website
21-23 Big Bang Camper & Bus Show Santa Pod Raceway, Airfield Road, Podington, NN29 7XA Website
28-30 Dubs at the Farm Woofferton, Ludlow Website
N/A Run To The Sun CANCELLED FOR 2017. See Website for details Website
28/4-1/5 VW TOMIE Orsett Showground, Essex Website
30th DFL May Cruise Madness Hannover, Germany Website
30th Stanford Hall VW Show Stanford Hall, Northampton, UK

 

Preparation for painting of our Volkswagen tour bus

 

TOWBAR - Hello. That is not how most campers look at the rear. Here, the towbar replaces the lower valance that previously meant jacking up the camper body to remove the engine. With this conversion you can remove an engine in the desert without needing jacks. There is never a desert around when you need one. Copyright © photograph May 2017, all rights reserved.

 

 

MAY 2017

 

DATE

MAY

LOCATION

WEBSITE

. . . .
1st Maikaefer-Treffen Messe Parkplatz Ost 1, Hannover, Germany Website
5-7 Vanwest VW Holiday Warren Farm Holiday Park Website
5-7 Derbyshire Dubs Buxton, Derbyshire Website
6th Bug Run Picknick Gardet, Stockholm Website
7th Dubford 4 Imperial War Museum Duxford, Cambridge, CB22 4QR Facebook
14th Avoncroft Aircooled Avoncroft Museum, Bromsgrove, Worcestershire. Exit via Junction 5 of the M5 (signed Webbs of Wychbold) or Junction 1 of the M42. Website
14th Dubs at the Park Easthampstead Park Conference Centre, Wokingham. Easthampstead Park, Peacock Lane, Wokingham, Berkshire, RG40 3DB Website
19-21 Vanjam 10 VW Camper and Commercial Festival, Kelham Hall & Country Park, Newark, Nottinghamshire, NG23 5QX Website
25-28th Extrabug 3 Döbelner Kafertreffen. 4 Dobelner Bushaltestelle. Germany Website
26-29th Powerfest York Raceway, Seaton Ross, YO42 4SS Website
26-29th Dubs in the Middle Evesham Website
26-29th The Main Event FIA European Drag Racing Championships Inc FIM Europe Drag Bikes Website
26-29th Wurzle Dubz Swimming, games and other on-site activities available as well as the beautiful Somerset countryside. Website

 

 

Kyla Harris holding the blue painted fan housing for our tour bus

 

AIR COOLED - Cooling is important with an air cooled engine, but there is no harm in looking cool as well as being cool, hence, the ocean blue paint job to brighten up the engine bay. We like the denim shorts Kyla. Copyright © photograph May 11 2017, all rights reserved.

 

 

JUNE 2017

 

DATE

JUNE

LOCATION

WEBSITE

. . . .
2-4th The West'est VW Fest The Ridgeway, Lamphey, Pembrokeshire, SA71 5PB Website
3-4th GTI International Shakespeare County Raceway. No dogs allowed. Website
4-5th Dubs Mania & Retro Mania Weston Park, Shropshire Website
4th VW Expo - Stonor Park Stonor Park, Henley-on-Thames Website
9-11 Deva Dubs n Rods Shrewsbury Showground, UK Website
9th- 11th Hurst Dubfest Lymington, South Coast, UK Website
9-11 Bug Run Mantorp Park, Sweden Website
9-11th Alive & V-Dubbin Haughley Park, Suffolk, IP14 3JY. (just off the A14 near stowmarket) Website
15-18 Midsummer Bulli Festival Fehmarn, Germany Website
16-18th Mighty Dub Fest Alnick Castle, Northumberland. Break dancing, dog shows. 11 bands performing live: Tom Dibb, Alnwicky and Roosters Cat. Website
16-18th The Bus Stop Over Newark Showground, Nottinghamshire, NG24 2NY, UK (5 minutes from the A1) - Live Music, Kids Entertainment, Trade Stalls, Show-n-Shine. Website
16-18 IKW Wanroij Wanroij, Netherlands (Voor meer informatie kijk verder op deze website en wij hopen u te mogen begroeten ) Website
22 Drive Your VW to Work Day GLOBAL Website
23-25th VDub at the Pub Wimbourne, Dorset. Paddleboarding, kayaking, kids puppet theatre and more. Website
24-25 VAG at the Manor Easthampstead Park Conference Centre, Wokingham Website
30/06-02/07 European Bug-In - EBI Chimay Racetrack, Belgium. The Fifth European BUG-IN will be held at CHIMAY in Belgium, at just a few kilometers from the French border. Website
30/06-02/07 The Polo Social MFN, Shipley Gate, Nottingham, NG16 3JE Facebook

 

 

Bosch 009 with electronic ignition doing away with the contacts and points gap

 

SPARKY - Our component quality control department has an interesting way of testing ohms to earth, but we like it!  Kyla is holding a replacement to the Bosch 009 distributor that incorporates contact-less electronic ignition that did not exist 50 years ago when our tour bus was build in Germany. Copyright © photograph May 11 2017, all rights reserved. You will need the permission of the Cleaner Oceans Foundation to be able to use this picture, except for education and private study.

 

 

JULY 2017

 

DATE

JULY

LOCATION

WEBSITE

. . . .
7-9th The Great British Campout The Plough Inn, Farcet Fen, Peterborough. PE7 3DR Website
7th- 9th Bundle O' Dubs Marsh Farm Park, South Woodham Ferrers, Essex Website
7-9 Camper Jam Set in the beautiful Weston Park,Shropshire. TF11 8LE Website
7-9 Donny Dubz presents "Back to the Oldskool" Hayfield Lakes, Doncaster Website
15-16th Dubdayz Summerfest MFN Nottingham. VW show for all the family. Website
14-16 Volkspower Redcar Rugby Club, Redcar Website
15-16 Volks Weald Penshurst Place, Kent, UK Website
21st-23rd VW Golf Mk2 Owners Club Annul Meet Curborough Sprint Racecourse, Netherstowe, Lichfield, WS13 8EJ Website
7-9 7th Balkan Bus Meeting Langadas, Greece. See website for details. Website
22-23rd Dubs at the Castle Caldicot Castle, South Wales Website
21-23rd Bug Jam Santa Pod, Wellingborough, Northamptonshire Website
22-23rd Route 90 VW Show Info and bookings via Facebook page. M90 Commerce Park, Lathalmond,Dunfermline. KY12 0SJ Facebook
28-30th VW Camper & Bus Magazine Show Eastnor Castle, Ledbury, Herefordshire Website
28-30th Dub Odyssey The show Returns to North Anston, Sheffield. The main structure of the show will be as before with traders, live music, disco in the evening and show and shine. Website
28-30th Kent VW Festival Sandwich Showground, Ash Rd, Sandwich, Kent CT13 9JB. (Near Dover) Website
28-30th Dubtoberfest Throckmorton Airfield, Nr Pershore, Worcestershire. Bavarian themed VW Festival for all. Website
29-30 The MKI Golf Owners Club  Stratford-on-Avon Racecourse, Annual Meeting Website

 

 

Sports woman Kyla Harris is put through her paces

 

GIRL POWER -  Kyla is a weight lifter with very strong legs and shoulders. When shaping body filler you need stamina as well as strength, and of course the skill to be able to feel when the panels are flat, or the curves are curvaceous enough. It helps to have a well equipped workshop. A professional shaper is usually on hand to give guidance to our volunteers. Copyright © photograph May 11 2017, all rights reserved.

 

 

AUGUST 2017

 

DATE

AUGUST

LOCATION

WEBSITE

. . . .
3-6 Bulli Summer Festival Wolfsburg, Germany Website
6th Tatton Park VW Show Volkswagen Northwest - Tatton Park VW Show, Knutsford, Cheshire. (Tatton Park is situated just off junction 19 off the M6 motorway) Website
7-13th Dub Vacation Stonham Barns, Suffolk Website
11-13th Blackpool Breeze Blackpool Breeze is a small family friendly event for VW enthusiasts, with a wide range of activities, entertaining everyone from the young to the old. Website
11-13th VWeekend #10 Denmark. Aircooled and T3 only. Website
7th Beachbuggin' This one day classic/custom car and VW camper rally taking place on Southsea common in the heart of the seafront. Portsmouth Website
18-20th Scandinavian Cal-look Classic Oslo, Norway Website
11-13th VW Festival Harewood House, Leeds. A full weekend of live entertainment, live music and more. Website
18-20 Viva Skeg Vegas 9 A Classic VW Show. Revesby, Lincolnshire. PE22 7NU Website
20th Woodhorn VW Rally Woodhorn Museum, Ashington, Northumberland Website
21st Monkey Tree Bash Big family camp-site. A3075, TR8 5QR, Newquay, Cornwall Facebook
25-27th Chateau d'Oex Chateau d'Oex, Switzerland. Organisé par le Lémania Coccinelle Club au cśur des Alpes vaudoises Website
25-27th VW Fab Festival Strumpshow Steam Museum, Norfolk Website
25-27th Volksfling Mk2 Biggar Showground, South Lanarkhire, Scotland Website
25-28th Beach Gathering Budle Farm Near Bamburgh Northumberland, NE69 7AJ Website
25-28th Cornwall Volkswagen Jamboree Stithians Showground, Cornwall Website

 

SEPTEMBER 2017

 

DATE

SEPT

LOCATION

WEBSITE

. . . .
1st-3rd Field of Dreams - aircooled VW festival Escrick Park Estate, Escrick, York, YO19 6EA. Classic music filled, family friendly VW Show. Aircooled only. Facebook
8-10th Busfest The Malvern Showground, WR13 6NW (8 miles from the M5 and M50 motorways) Website
1-3rd Hills Race #12 Rivanazzano Dragway, Italy Website
5th Kronenbus (Oval Edition) Leyviller, France Website
15-17th Doncaster Classic VW Festival Parklands, Doncaster Website
22-24th Dubs Int Dales Camp Katur, The Camp Hill Estate, Bedale, DL8 2LS Website
TBC Totally VAG Show Royal Cornwall Showground Website
15-17th VDubs in the Valley Bridgenorth, Shropshire Website
21-23rd Dorset Dub Fest Herston Leisure, Swanage. BH19 3DJ Website
15-17th Grill-n-Chill Held at The Hop Farm, Paddock Wood, Kent  Website
22-24th RetroDubSuffolk Bentwaters Parks (RAF Bentwaters)Rendlesham,Woodbridge,Suffolk,IP12 2TW Website
26-29th Dubs in the Forest Reports online is that the 2017 show is cancelled - please check online for more info. Website
TBC Vintage Waasland Show & Cruise Sint-Niklaas, Belgium Website

 

 

VW T6 electrically powered camper bus

 

VW BUZZ - This is the latest minibus, or multi purpose transporter from Volkswagen. The T6 is electrically powered by two motors. It has sliding side doors just like our ocean awareness tour bus - and is also a cool looking vehicle - another thing they have in common.

 

 

OCTOBER 2017

 

DATE

FEBRUARY

LOCATION

WEBSITE

. . . .
6-8th Oktoberfest The River Dart Country Park, Devon Website
7th Brighton Breeze Overnight camping is available the night before at Hook Road Arena in Epsom. Brighton Website
TBC A Belgian club for all aircooled VW enthusiasts! Kruishouten, Belgium Website
28-30th Hermanns Halloween Campout Lincolnshire Showground, Lincoln Website

 

 

 

DONOR VW CAMPER - This is how our tour bus started out. What looks like repairable panels soon turned out to be something more serious on closer examination. All the brakes were shot and there was water in the fuel tank.

 

It is hard to imagine how this vehicle could be used to campaign for plastic reduction when looking at it as it was. When painted this vehicle will be suitably vinyl wrapped to draw attention to marine life that we are slowly killing with our toxic waste.

 

Wrap advertising is the marketing practice of completely or partially covering (wrapping) a vehicle in an advertisement or livery, thus turning it into a mobile billboard. This can be achieved by simply painting the vehicle surface, but it is becoming more common today to use large vinyl sheets as decals. These can be removed with relative ease, making it much less expensive to change from one advertisement to another. Vehicles with large, flat surfaces, such as buses and light-rail carriages, are fairly easy to work with, though smaller cars with curved surfaces can also be wrapped in this manner. Wrap advertising is available to anybody irrespective of the vehicle you drive, dependent on the effectiveness of the designs applied. It is therefore important to have a well thought out design and eye catching logos with thought provoking slogans.

 

 

EUROPEAN VW SHOWS 2018

.

DATE

JANUARY 2018

LOCATION

WEBSITE

. . . .
7-8 Aircooled WinterFest Autotron Rosmalen Website

 

 

 

An antique car, in the general sense of the term, is an automobile that is an antique. Narrower definitions vary based on how old a car must be to qualify. In the United States, an antique car is generally defined as a car over 25 years of age, this being the definition used by the Antique Automobile Club of America. However, the legal definitions for the purpose of antique vehicle registration vary widely. The antique car era includes the Veteran era, the Brass era, and the Vintage era, which range from the beginning of the automobile up to the 1930s. Later cars are often described as classic cars. In original or originally restored condition antiques are very valuable and are usually either protected and stored or exhibited in car shows but are very rarely driven, unlike our bus, which has to earn its keep.

 

 

US CLASSIC CAR DEFINITION

Legally, most states have time-based rules for the definition of "historic" or "classic" for purposes such as antique vehicle registration. For example, Maryland defines historic vehicles as 20 calendar years old or older and they "must not have been substantially altered, remodeled or remanufactured from the manufacturers original design" while West Virginia defines motor vehicles manufactured at least 25 years prior to the current year as eligible for "classic" car license plates.

Despite this, at many American classic car shows, automobiles typically range from the 1920s to the 1970s. Recently, many 1980s and even early 1990s cars are considered being "classic automobiles". Examples of cars at such shows include the Chevrolet Bel-Air, Ford Model T, Dodge Charger, Ford Deuce Coupe, and 1949 Ford. Meanwhile, the Concours d'Elegance car shows feature prestigious automobiles such as the Cadillac V16 or pre-1940 Rolls-Royce models. There are also terms as "modern customs", "exotics", or "collectibles" that cover cars such as the AMC Gremlin or Ford Pinto.

 

 

 

SPLIT SCREEN - This is the vehicle that started it all. The Westfalia is one of the conversions that turned a transporter (or van) into an attractive tour bus for camping that has stayed with us. The only problem with a classic like this is that the performance is lacking and the braking is also not that brilliant, but then if you want an authentic feel of yesteryear and some adventure, this is the wagon for you. Prepare yourself, a good one will run you near $50,000 dollars, with the record price at auction being double that.

 

 

UK CLASSIC CAR DEFINITION

There is no fixed definition of a classic car. Two taxation issues do impact however, leading to some people using them as cutoff dates. All cars built before January 1, 1976, are exempted from paying the annual road tax vehicle excise duty. This is then entered on the licence disc displayed on the windscreen as "historic vehicle" (if a car built before this date has been first registered in 1975 or later, then its build date would have to be verified by a recognised body such as British Motor Heritage Foundation to claim tax-free status). HM Revenue and Customs define a classic car for company taxation purposes as being over 15 years old and having a value in excess of Ł15,000.

Additionally, popular acclaim through a large number of classic car magazines plays an important role in whether a car comes to be regarded as a classic. There can be no doubt that a VW camper falls into this category by virtue of the number of clubs and spare (and accessory) parts makers. It is though, all subjective and a matter of opinion.

 

The elimination of depreciation is a good reason for buying a classic car; this is a major cost of owning a modern car. Picking 'future classics' that are current 'bangers' is a pastime of people into classic cars in the UK. Successfully picking and buying one can result in a profit for the buyer as well as providing transport. An immaculate well cared for prestige model with high running costs that impacts its value, but is not yet old enough to be regarded as a classic, could be a good buy, for example.

 

 

 

 

 

VW LINKS & REFERENCE

 

http://www.vwshows.com/shows.php?&country=united%20kingdom

http://www.classicvolks.com/vw-events-calendar.html

http://www.vanfest.org/vanfest/

http://www.busfest.org/busfest/

http://www.busfest.org/

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Antique_car
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Classic_car

http://www.r-techwelding.co.uk/


 

Volkswagen stainless steel exhaust system for type one and two vehicles

 

STAINLESS STEEL - Not only will this exhaust system last a bit longer than the original mild-steel counterpart, but it also improves the performance of the engine. Copyright © photograph 1 November 2017, all rights reserved.

 

 

The heart of our ocean awareness campaign

 

TEST FIT - Some of the performance tinware does not fit as well as the original German made engine parts and requires some fettling and some serious modification. Once you accept this it is not too difficult for any panel beater or welder to make the adjustments. Copyright © photograph 6 November 2017, all rights reserved.

 

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