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Camp, Sell, Show ‘n’ Shine – Bristol Volksfest

A couple weeks ago I popped along to Bristol Volksfest at Easter Compton, to help some acquaintances from Bristol Advanced Motorists out with a parking competition that was being run in the main field.

Bugle Dune Buggy, Volksfest, Easter Compton,

Among the vehicles on display for sale was this 1964 Bugle Dune Buggy complete with turbocharged motor.

Volkswagen Karmann Ghia, Volksfest, Easter Compton,

Basking in the afternoon sun on very cool Fuchs rims above is a 1971 Karmann Ghia.

Volkswagen Type 2 T3 syncro DoKa, Volksfest, Easter Compton,

The owner of the 1990 Volkswagen Type 2 T3 syncro Dopple Kabina (DoKa) Pickup above told me that it had been in service with the Norwegian armed forces as a fire engine before being imported to the UK.

Volkswagen Transporter Caravelle, Volksfest, Easter Compton,

Graffiti Artist Banksy is vying with Damien Hirst to be Bristol’s most famous living artist and going on the number of tourists visiting his work in Bristol Banksy might well be Bristol’s living biggest tourist attraction, above a 1996 Diesel powered Transporter Caravelle presumed not to belong to Robin Gunningham pays tribute to Banksy.

Volkswagen Golf Mk IV, Volksfest, Easter Compton,

Over in the show’n’shine area a Golf Mk IV receives some tlc.

Volkswagen Polo GTI, Volksfest, Easter Compton,

I suspect the 2006 Polo GTI is bigger, heavier, more powerful and faster than the Golf that started the GTI badge fashion in March 1975, but I’d be interested to know if this one sitting on lowered suspension and tyres with stretched side walls can possibly run so well.

Thanks for joining me on this “Camp, Sell, Show ‘n’ Shine” edition of “Gettin’ a li’l psycho on tyres” I hope you will join me again, tomorrow when I’ll be looking at a Mercury powered special. Don’t forget to come back now !


Happy Pick Up – Škoda Felicia Fun (Typ 796)

In the space of 10 years Škoda’s UK reputation went from one of derision by non owners of the rear engined Estelle series to top of the 1998 JD Power Customer satisfaction survey after a transformation initiated by the front wheel drive Favorit models, built from 1987 to 1994, and completed by the launch in 1995 of the Felicia (Happy) series from which today’s featured pick-up takes it’s front panels.

Škoda Felicia Fun, Bristol

The transformation was in no small part helped by the collapse of the “Iron Curtain” in the early late 1980’s and Volkswagen’s acquisition of the Škoda brand and assets from the Czech government in 1991.

Škoda Felicia Fun, Bristol

The Felicia Pick Up launched in 1995 shares the same AO3 polo Mk III platform as the Volkswagen Caddy Typ 9U launched in 1996.

Škoda Felicia Fun, Bristol

The passenger accommodation of Felicia Utility can be increased to make room for two more passengers by repositioning the rear screen, if the weather is inclement there is even a tonneau cover to keep the rear passengers dry.

Škoda Felicia Fun, Bristol

So far as I have been able to ascertain all the lifestyle Felicia Fun models left the factory painted bright yellow with alloy wheels, these appear to be collectable classics in the making and are fetching a hefty premium over all of the other Felicia models.

Thanks for joining me on this “Happy Pick Up” edition of Gettin’ a li’l psycho on tyres I hope you will join me again tomorrow for a look at the last in this month’s series of cars fitted with 2 stroke motors. Don’t forget to come back now !