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

Grill-n-Chill 2014

Grill-n-Chill is only a week away and we’re all getting quite excited, well some of us are beginning to panic too. Anyway Paintscrapers will be there in force, with many club members helping out over the weekend.

This is Grill-n-Chill’s 4th year and it could be be the busiest, most chilled one so far. Organised by VW enthusiasts, Grill-n-Chill will be back at The Hop Farm in the heart of Kent. The great location is less than an hour away from London and close to the channel crossings, making it easy for our friends from mainland Europe to visit.

Deimos Air Cooled have once again kindly sponsored Grill-n-Chill, which is fast becoming a firm favourite with many people. It’s a full weekend show with great traders and some great entertainment including live music and the Cool Flo Old School BMX show-n-shine competition and display, plus access to some of the Hop Farms attractions. With many great things to entertain the whole family it’s sure to be a great weekend. but club camping must be booked in advance.

For full show details and to buy tickets visit, find it on Facebook or catch one of the Paintscrapers crew at shows throughout the year.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row]

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.

2014 Camper and Bus Show

Just a  brief reminder that the new Camper & Bus Show takes place at Eastnor Castle over the weekend of the 8-10 August 2014.

The show is a great opportunity for the whole family, including your dogs, to have a weekend away camping at one of the most picturesque locations in the country, whilst enjoying some great entertainment.

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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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Volkswagen Beetle celebrates 65 years in the US

[vc_row][vc_column width=”1/1″][vc_column_text disable_pattern=”true” align=”left” margin_bottom=”0″]The first VW Beetle arrived in the United States in January 1949. Since then, more than 5.5 million Beetle models have been sold in the U.S., in three distinctive designs.

Herndon, VA, January 30, 2014 – This month, the Volkswagen Beetle celebrates 65 years since it first arrived in the United States.In January of 1949, a Volkswagen “Type 1,” or Beetle, was shipped to New York City by Ben Pon, Sr., a Dutch businessman and the world’s first official Volkswagen importer. That car – and another, subsequent Beetle – found buyers the same year, marking the first time that Volkswagen vehicles were sold in the United States.

A cultural touchstone for an entire generation and one of the most iconic cars in the world, the Beetle led to the establishment of the first Volkswagen of America headquarters in Englewood Cliffs, N.J., in October 1955. In 65 years, Volkswagen has grown from selling two Beetle models in the U.S. to a brand that offers 11 different models that are sold by 644 dealers. In 2013, Volkswagen sold 407,704 vehicles, its second straight year of selling more than 400,000 vehicles and the first time this feat had been achieved since the 1970s.

By the mid-1950s, more than 35,000 Beetle models were on the road, and by 1960, nearly 300,000 had found buyers. Americans were not only drawn to the affordability and practicality of the early Beetle, but were so charmed by its unique design, its size, and its fuel economy that they’d forged an emotional bond with the cars.

“Since its arrival in the United States 65 years ago, the Volkswagen Beetle has preserved its reputation of being more than just a car, but a symbol of uniqueness and freedom,” said Michael Horn, President and CEO of Volkswagen Group of America. “The Beetle has become part of the cultural fabric in America and we are proud that its rich heritage continues to live with fans around the States.”

From custom paint jobs to open-­‐top Dune Buggy bodies, the Beetle fit perfectly into the counter culture of the 1960s. By 1968, as many as 423,008 Beetle vehicles a year were being sold in the United States. In 1977, the last “Type 1” Beetle rolled off the production line in Wolfsburg, Germany. Volkswagen introduced the New Beetle in 1998, a vehicle that paid styling homage to its predecessor, although its engine was water cooled rather than air cooled, and mounted at the front rather than at the rear.

Redesigned for just the second time in history, the third-generation Beetle entered the U.S. market in 2011. While staying true to its roots, today’s Beetle would be unrecognizable to buyers in the 1950s, thanks to its combination of powerful and fuel-efficient engines, sure-footed handling, and myriad technology and safety features. In addition to being fun-to-drive, the 2014 Beetle earned a 5-star Safety Rating from the Government’s New Car Assessment Program (NCAP).

The third-generation Beetle sold more than 43,000 units in the United States in 2013, making it one of the most popular vehicles in the Volkswagen family, and a leading player in the market for two-door specialty coupes and convertibles.

About Volkswagen of America, Inc.

Founded in 1955, Volkswagen of America, Inc., an operating unit of Volkswagen Group of America, Inc. (VWoA) is headquartered in Herndon, Virginia. It is a subsidiary of Volkswagen AG, headquartered in Wolfsburg, Germany. VWoA’s operations in the United States include research and development, parts and vehicle processing, parts distribution centers, sales, marketing and service offices, financial service centers, and its state-of-the-art manufacturing facility in Chattanooga, Tennessee. The Volkswagen Group is one of the world’s largest producers of passenger cars and Europe’s largest automaker. VWoA sells the Beetle, Beetle Convertible, Eos, Golf, GTI, Jetta, Jetta SportWagen, Passat, CC, Tiguan, and Touareg vehicles through approximately 640 independent U.S. dealers. Visit Volkswagen of America online at or to learn more.

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Apex Festival needs your help

[vc_row][vc_column width=”1/1″][mk_image src=”” image_width=”792″ image_height=”369″ crop=”false” lightbox=”false” frame_style=”simple” target=”_self” caption_location=”inside-image” align=”left” margin_bottom=”20″][vc_column_text disable_pattern=”true” align=”left” margin_bottom=”0″]The Apex Festival has only been running for two years, but is already becoming a firm favourite. With it’s mix of layer back VW show, trade stands and track action on the famous Lydden Hill race circuit it really does offer something for everyone. As club we’re firm supporters of this event and as such whited to help the organisers by letting you all know that the Apex crew are looking for some extra people power.

The team are looking for Festival Makers or Stewards to help run the 2014 Apex Festival at Lydden Hill Race Circuit on 9-11 May. By helping out you’ll be part of one of the fastest growing shows in the UK and have a blast too.

You must be over 18 years old, responsible, reliable and enthusiastic. Clubs welcome to apply too. Ideally you can help for the whole weekend, although individual day help would still be appreciated. Attractive incentive package available. If you’re up for helping out send the team a message via the Apex Festival Facebook page with your details, including an email address, and they’ll get back to you.[/vc_column_text][mk_image_slideshow images=”1491,1494,1493,1492,1490″ image_width=”792″ image_height=”550″ effect=”fade” animation_speed=”700″ slideshow_speed=”7000″ pause_on_hover=”false” smooth_height=”true” direction_nav=”true”][/vc_column][/vc_row]

Is it really the end for the VW Bay Window?

[vc_row][vc_column width=”1/1″][mk_image src=”” image_width=”792″ image_height=”300″ crop=”false” lightbox=”false” frame_style=”simple” target=”_self” caption_location=”inside-image” align=”left” margin_bottom=”40″][vc_column_text disable_pattern=”false” align=”left” margin_bottom=”40″]We guess you couldn’t have missed the coverage that the national press has given to the end of production for Volkswagen’s Bay Window Kombi. All reporting that the last model rolling off the production line on the 20th of December, 2013. The Kombi’s demise had come about due to new safety laws which came into effect at the start of 2014 “all new cars sold in Brazil have to be equipped with ABS and airbags”. Even though the Bay Window Kombi has been ‘upgraded’ over the years, integrating these new features wasn’t an option – probably due to financial constraints. Volkswagen decided that the only option was to cease production, but as is tradition they offered a Last Editionto mark the end of 63 years production.

Within days of production ending, rumours started appearing that it might not be the end. Brazil’s government are considering bending the law to accommodate the continued production. Brazilian finance minister argues that “the original design could not include these features, as in 1950, airbags or ABS were not available, at least not to passenger cars”. With VW’s Kombi being the sixth best selling commercial vehicle in Brazil, and used by many small businesses, there are lots of support for it’s continued production.

Volksworld magazine reported that they had spoken with Mark Reynolds of Just Kampers, who’s been to the VW factory in Brazil many times. Mark told Volsworld “…as far as we can see, it looks like there has been a massive turn around at VW Brazil and the VW Kombi will be made for another 3 years… It’s not official yet as everybody at VW Brazil seems to be on ‘vacation’, but it’s all over the Brazilian press, that the Kombis will go back into production!”

So it’s with bated breath that the world waits to find out it the Kombi will carry on.

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