Category Archives: Issue 09 (April 2015)

VW Vibe Issue 09

Hello and Welcome…

Well things are definitely beginning to thaw out now, and to get you thoroughly in the camping and show scene mood, we look back over three shows from last season, from the Southwest to Wales and over to Kent, before heading in a northerly direction to the official UK season opener in Staffs, and find a very warm reception at Dubfreeze.

 

 

And talking of shows, we have a mini preview on the upcoming DubAid all charity VW event, when we meet one of the organisers and all round party central instigator, Chris ‘Funkmaster Red’ Redford, when we catch up to talk VW scene, tattoos, Baywindow buses and old American metalwork! Oh, and you can find the dates for DubAid and a whole lot more, in our Events Listing pages on pg 10 and 11 (note we’ve split them by UK vs. Euro shows for quick ref’)… personally this year, we’re especially looking forward to the VW Vibe sponsored Cruise To the Prom in May… it’s gonna’ be epic!

And from shows to show goers, we meet some more characters from the international family of VW owners and lifestyle livers; from a family with a stunning pair of vintage ’62 VW’s (a Beetle and a Bus), before heading over to America to see a truly one-of-a-kind Volks Rod build (and not a hint of ‘Rat Look’ in sight this time) – the sheer work that’s gone into this one is amazing!

On the water-cooled side meanwhile, we meet another campervan family who do the dub thing to the full; this time in a crazy and fun Roy Lichtenstein Pop Art inspired bright green T4 (this one will indeed make your eyes pop!). We also meet a seasoned air-cooled owner who’s added to his stable with one of the most fun and cheekiest modern day dubs, in the form of a newbie Beetle with the famous feisty 20v 1.8 Turbo snuggled under that chubby little bonnet.

Plus we catch up with our intrepid T3 travellers again, in both Asia and Europe, as well as our usual drop in on our regular columnists to sort some cool listening tunes with the A&R man and another great camping recipe idea from the Tailgate Gourmet… perfect timing as the show season proper arrives!

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THE A&R MAN Issue 09

Dog Days and Cheerful Choonz

by Del Day

Oh, lord, dog days. We all have them. Days when whatever you try to do goes wrong, all best laid plans are thrown to the wind as fate decides it’s our turn for poking a stick at (and throwing a bag of rocks into the fuel tank). Yup, the breakdown blues hits us all.

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DEL’S RECOMMENDED LISTENING:

This month I’d say give this a listen;

Talking Heads Stop Making Sense (OST)

 

Has ever a record lifted the spirits like Stop Making Sense? David Byrne and his merry band of followers created music that pumps the head full of hope and the heart full of joy. No filler, all (psycho) killer!


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BUILDERS TOAST

Like so many of us, Grant and Lynne Wyness use their camper for more than camping – many a builders van became a camper… but it works the other way round too! So whether it’s sand at the beach or the building site… this month Grant shows us a great recipe to keep up the calories!

INGREDIENTS:

Makes one round of toast – double for two etc…

  1. Small unsliced loaf with crust all round
  2. One large egg
  3. Splash of milk
  4. Ham slices (thin)

5. Cheese thinly sliced or grated (strong cheese is best)

  1. Salt and Pepper
  2. Frying oil

METHOD:

  1. Slice an inch thickness (minimum) slab of bread neatly.
  2. Carefully slide a sharp knife into the bottom crust of the bread working it until you have made an even and generous pocket inside. Take your time; you don’t want to burst through.
  3. With a bit of dexterity place the ham and cheese inside so it sits evenly – press flat.
  4. Beat the egg, milk and salt n’ pepper together in a container that the bread can sit flat in.
  5. Lay the bread slice in the mixture and wait a bit for it to soak in – do the same for all the sides and edges.
  6. 6. Heat a centimetre of oil up in a pan – drop a dollop of egg mixture in to check the temp – it should sizzle not go instantly brown. Smoking oil is too hot.
  7. Lay the bread in and let it go golden – turn to do the same on all surfaces – don’t let the oil go cold…soggy toast!

Serve with a good sprinkling Worcestershire sauce

Try other ingredients like mustard, jam, Philadelphia cheese, chorizo slices, bacon (cooked), baked beans, chutneys, pickles, and pestos. Not altogether though (and remember to use cooked and cured meats).
See what combos you can come up with. I bet you can manage one or two of your own… enjoy!

Grant 

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SHOW SCENE Issue 09

Well things are definitely beginning to thaw out now, and to get you thoroughly in the camping and show scene mood, we look back over three shows from last season, from the Southwest to Wales and over to Kent, before heading in a northerly direction to the official UK season opener in Staffs, and find a very warm reception at Dubfreeze.

And talking of shows, we have a mini preview on the upcoming DubAid all charity VW event, when we meet one of the organisers and all round party central instigator, Chris ‘Funkmaster Red’ Redford, when we catch up to talk VW scene, tattoos, Baywindow buses and old American metalwork! Oh, and you can find the dates for DubAid and a whole lot more, in our Events Listing pages on pg 10 and 11 (note we’ve split them by UK vs. Euro shows for quick ref’)… personally this year, we’re especially looking forward to the VW Vibe sponsored Cruise To the Prom in May… it’s gonna’ be epic!


 

BRISTOL VOLKSFEST

We take a fond retrospective looking back at one of last season’s real belters, Bristol Volksfest! From small beginnings this key dub show has grown to epic proportions!

www.bristolvolksfest.co.uk


GRILL ‘N’ CHILL

Grill-n-Chill in Kent is aimed at both air and water-cooled Volkswagens and also welcomes anything old-skool, classic, custom or retro.

grill-n-chill.co.uk

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 DUBS AT THE CASTLE

Dubs at the Castle runs at one of the coolest locations of any dub show… at an actual castle; a great setting for this well-chilled dub weekender.

www.dubsatthecastle.co.uk


DUBFREEZE

DubFreeze is held at Bingley Hall near Stafford. One of the best established in the UK, the show is now in its 26th year and is a brilliant starter to the UK show season.

www.dubfreeze.co.uk


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