The Dutch team Pim Ad Hans
Lining-up in the morning
Ready to break the world record
Madeira drive entry at 2 o´clock
Ever seen so many BUSes ?
The home journey
The VWbookstore online
We left Rotterdam about 10 oclock. The journey start at the ferry at Oostende to
Dover. The lady at the customs asked what we had in the back of our car. We answered : The
engine ! Her face told me that it was not a good answer.
We visit England for the first the with our 1974 baywindow bus, happily we
joined the Dutch team with Hans Ad and Pim (who else). Hans was on
top of the Dutch convoy, so the only thing we have to do was follow his splitscreen from
Dover to Epsom. And really driving on the left side of the road was not so difficult I
thought it would be. First we took the wrong road in Epsom, Pim started to drive at the
right side of the road and nearly killed his self, and his splitscreenbus, happily someone
blown his horn in time. We found at least the hook road arena in Epsom. First we entered
the wrong gate of the camping area, and we thought we were the only one around with an
air-cooled engine. The entry was on the other side of the area, and we are not the only
one !! Steve was already waiting for us and we got a warm welcome. The next day we
followed more than 1,000 other British Air-cooled vehicles. It was still dry this evening.
We had a nice Indian take-away meal at the camping.
Saturday 7 October.
Someone wakes us up at seven in the morning. It was raining and the camping area was wet
and slippery. We had to line up in the morning to leave for Brighton at 9.30. It was
amazing how many buses where already at the lining-up area. If you watch the pictures in
the gallery you know what I mean. When I was ready with my digital camera I was not able
to find my bus anymore !!! Asking someone was out of question, I could have asked if
someone saw a red VW with a white poptop, or ? I hope we have made the world record for
the Guinness book of records. Does somebody know more about this ? We drove along the M23
the 58 miles to Brighton, we created a nice queue and later a traffic jam. We arrived
about 1 oclock at the Madeira drive It stopped raining so we could take a look at
the other buses and beetles. I ate for the first time in my life fish and chips and I
liked it. About 5 oclock we searched for the Brighton Racecourse to stay for the
night. We enjoyed the party and live band. And again I did something the first time of my
life: I drunk a pint of British lager beer, sorry I did not like it.
Sunday 8 October.
We had to get up early to catch the ferry at Dover. We left the camping area at 8
oclock in the morning, sorry if we waked someone up too soon. We drove along the
south coast to Dover. The ferry was already waiting for us. We left England at 11.00. Hope
to see all next year at the Brighton breeze 2001. We
would like to thanks the SPLIT SCREEN VAN CLUB for her
hospitality and wonderful organization.
Link to ssvc.org.uk to visit the Split Screen Van Club
Ronald Schouw 1974 Baywindow BUS
Do we have world record ?
To the Epsom lining-up area photo gallery
To the Brighton breeze photo gallery