Grill-n-Chill 2015

Some of you may be aware that we help run a small local show called Grill-n-Chill which this year happens over the weekend of 18-20th September. It’s a laid back show aimed at families and friends and is open to all classic cars, not just air-cooled VW’s. Why not come join us for the weekend of just a day, you’ll have fun and make lots of new friends too.

Tickets are now available online for this years Grill-n-Chill. Those of you that can’t make it along to another show before Grill-n-Chill this September, can buy them online and save money over the on-the-gate price.

Buying tickets in advance includes FREE camping and remember, children under 15 get in free when accompanied by a ticket holding adult. What are you waiting for?


Paintscrapers celebrate 10 years

A short message from one of the founding fathers Lee Bartle about how Paintscrapers started…

10 years ago, with the assist of Adam Plummer, and the occasional nagging from Paul Campbell, I got myself out of a vicious cycle I had got caught up in, got my arse to the Volksworld Show and met up with some old friends I’d not seen since the good days of the Mega-Low-Maniax.

Julian Hunt then helped hook me up with a 59 splitty, more friends were made, Roger Brown, Del (Degz) and word was spread about that a new club was forming. From what had been started by a few, now non attending friends, ‘Der Panzer Paintscrapers’ was born.

10 years on and most of the founding members are no longer about through whatever reason, but I feel we all owe them a thank you. Roger, Degz, and the couple that actually kick started it whom I cannot name, I salute you. Thanks for helping me get out of my reclusive hole and for allowing me to get back in touch with a lot of good old friends and allow me to make many others.

Also I have to mention Darren Claggett, Dereck Johnson, Anton Murrells, Jon Planner for all their work throughout the years with the club. James Wotton also deserves a shout too for being hands on the best engineer that we as scrapers could ask for, constantly busy and probably 90% off his time is keeping our cars on the road. Well done all and we’ll done on 10 years of ‘Scraping’

Thanks Lee

Aircooled Classics – Issue 12

The latest issue of Aircooled Classic magazine has just been launched and it’s over-flowing with material. Low on adverts and high on content, issue 12 measures big on quality, diversity and capacity. With over 300 pages of jaw-dropping material including the mid-mounted Porsche Flat Six – 3.6 litre Hyper-Bug from Brazil on the front cover – Simply Awesome!

Editor Paul Cave explains what digital delights are just waiting for you inside issue 12 of Aircooled Classics. From Beetles to Porsches, from Type 3s to Transporters, there’s something for every aircooled VW and Porsche fan. Our cover car is an immaculately engineered Porsche powered Beetle, a 3.6 L Brazilian beauty. There’s a desirable 1967 Cal Looker from the UK, while from the USA we have a 1958 Beetle long term project. Share in our pick of events with VW Buses galore at OCTO, world record breaking Barndoor Type 2s at the first Ben Pon Show and celebrate motorsport with classic Porsches at Spa and the Goodwood Festival of Speed.

Head on over to for the full run down and to get your hands on the latest issue.

July Club Meet

Yet another barnstorming club meet this month, thanks to all that turned up. Once again we packed the Danson Stables carpark out with a vast selection of quality rides. Both air and watercooled VW’s and Porsche’s were parked up. Beetles and Buses were carefully squeezed into every space available. It wasn’t just the vehicles that impressed this month, the friendly atmosphere was oozing from every corner. Hopefully all the newbee’s that turned up were made to feel welcome and will come back next month for more fun, we look forward to seeing you all again.

June Club Meet

What a night! Paintscrapers normally pack out the car park of the Danson Stables with an amazing variety of cool rides, but this month we were honoured to welcome the guys & girls from Prept for the evening. This meant that not only was the pub car park full, so was the park one too. An amazing selection of vehicles were on display both air and water cooled.

2014 Grill-n-Chill tickets on sale now

Organised by VW enthusiasts, Grill-n-Chill returns for its fourth year, back at The Hop Farm in the heart of Kent. This great location is less than an hour away from London and close to the channel crossings. There’s plenty of room to camp, loads of traders for you to spend your money with and many great things to entertain the whole family Grill-n-Chill is sure to be a great weekend.

For more details visit our website, find and like us on Facebook or catch one of the Paintscrapers family at other shows throughout the year.

Beautiful Budel is back

Great news that the wonderful Beautiful Budal show is back on again. For those that haven’t had the pleasure of visiting Beautiful Budal in the past this Dutch show is a fantastically laid-back show. I’ll let the  shows promoters explain more…

“With a team of enthusiasts who formerly were responsible for organizing the ‘largest Beetle event in Budel‘ we bring you “The VW Air-cooled Festival”. With the avour of Budel, we hope to bring you the true festival feel for all lovers of air-cooled Volkswagens. With new, but also old familiar festival elements, such as our famous (air-cooled) camping, family camping, showground, parts market and children’s activities, we bring you entertainment for the whole family to make that air-cooled heart beat just a little faster!”

It’s definitely worth the trip over to the Netherlands as it’s alwas such a great event. For tickets and more information visit their site

Cool-Air 7th Annual Sale Day

[vc_row][vc_column width=”1/1″][mk_image src=”” image_width=”792″ image_height=”140″ crop=”false” lightbox=”false” frame_style=”simple” target=”_self” caption_location=”inside-image” align=”left” margin_bottom=”40″][vc_column_text disable_pattern=”true” align=”left” margin_bottom=”0″]This Saturday, 5th April, sees Cool Air hold their 7th annual sale day. If you’re looking for a deal on air-cooled VW parts then head on down to the Cool Air showroom at, Unit 4 Bilton Road, Erith, Kent DA8 2AN. Door open at  10 am and you won’t get kicked out until 4 pm. The generous team are offering 10% off everything and that includes engines, gearboxes and interiors.

Not only can you grab yourself a bargain, but there’s also a FREE BBQ and other special offers, only to be found when you turn up. Don’t need anything for your air cooled VW? Then why not use it as an excuse for a catch up with like minded  souls over a free burger…[/vc_column_text][mk_image src=”” image_width=”792″ image_height=”566″ crop=”false” lightbox=”false” frame_style=”simple” target=”_self” caption_location=”inside-image” align=”left” margin_bottom=”40″ link=””][/vc_column][/vc_row]

Kombi Life issue 5 now available

[vc_row][vc_column width=”1/1″][mk_image src=”” image_width=”792″ image_height=”116″ crop=”false” lightbox=”false” frame_style=”simple” target=”_self” caption_location=”inside-image” align=”left” margin_bottom=”40″][vc_column_text disable_pattern=”true” align=”left” margin_bottom=”0″]The latest issue of Kombi Life VW Magazine now available in amazing interactive digital form. What does this mean for Paintscrapers Bus Enthusiasts? An explosion of colour, graphics and interactivity. Pitstop Publishing proved it could happen with the world’s first dedicated VW & Porsche interactive digital magazine – Aircooled Classics – and now Kombi Life magazine is here, built for a global audience with a UK-based editor and global team.

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Aircooled Classics, new issue available

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Published as a quarterly, interactive digital magazine with rich media content for a global audience,  Aircooled Classics is designed to look amazing on your iPad or tablet, PC or Mac. Enjoy high quality vehicle and technical features, practical how-to content, history, news, events, motorsport and more. And because it’s built ONLY FOR DIGITAL DEVICES the totally scalable text zooms with you if you need it to – no squinting required, and hyperlinks, video, audio and photo galleries enhance your experience and bring the magazine to life![/vc_column_text][mk_image src=”” image_width=”792″ image_height=”350″ crop=”false” lightbox=”false” frame_style=”simple” link=”” target=”_self” caption_location=”inside-image” align=”center” margin_bottom=”40″][/vc_column][/vc_row]