24. topsy goes cruising with nevw!

Topsy joined the north east vw club on a cruise from Boro to Saltburn on tuesday night, it was a laugh! Between me and Mandy and her daughter Tanisha, we managed to find the meeting point about 3 mins before they all set off, then we lost them at the traffic lights, but the nice vw driver behind me helpfully indicated early for every junction so I'd know where to go! Thanks!!

I've never driven in a convoy before and I've got to say it's fab! Most other drivers we passed looked delighted to see such a crew of old cars and vans, we felt like we were in the Italian job! (wrong make of cars and less explosions but just as thrilling!). We didn't cruise home with them though, we got a bit separated in Saltburn, and then we realised we were on the road home, so home we went... bit of a late night for a 9 yr old though, we got back at around 11 thanks to "quick" visit to Tesco

I forgot me camera but I've shamelessly poached these photo's from the nevw club website!



22. Topsy's first vw show!

Last Tuesday we took Topsy over to Sedgefield village show and had a great time! The girls (Babs, Belle and Paris) had a fab time spending most of my cash on tacky stalls and inflatable death slides, whilst me and Rog enjoyed a pint or two (J2o for me) after looking at all the classic cars, we especially loved seeing the tractors!!

Some of the north east vw club were there, along with Durham Dubbers, we all liked seeing how posh their vehicles looked compared to Topsy.

We didn't take any pictures but Topsy managed to shunt her way into some of the snaps taken by both vw clubs, but the overall fave was the little front opening yellow bubble car, I want two!Only a small oil leak ...

The star of the show for us!

See Topsy's nose!
See Topsy's rear!And again!!

Durham Dubbers...

North East VW club

Now we're looking forward to some more time off work to attend a few more events!!


21. m.o.t

Rather amazingly Topsy passed her M.O.T yesterday. It didn't amaze anyone else but me, as she's a lovely little bus, but it least the stress levels will go down (well for 6 months untill i start worrying about the next one!!)

Well done Topsy!!!!


20. work has progressed!

Well, still no photo's as I'm just far too lazy to take them! Though actually it's because every time I stop work on her it's too dark to take any, but work IS progressing!
Since the last update poor old Topsy has had her points plugs and leads changed, her exhaust slightly welded and gaskets changed, and had a lovely tune up (thanks to Ray and friends!). She now runs sweeter than she ever has (since I've had her) and is a damn lot quieter too...
She's also had some more 'Doctor Mel' treatment with a couple of other patches welded, thanks Mel!!
She's also had some electrical things added,the radio works now so no more lonely journeys... she now has 240 mains hook-up for campsites (yay, the girls can take hairdryers!), and she almost has the leisure battery installed, and the inverter, so we can charge phones and light her up when we go 'wild camping', well, we can when the lights go in! So a big thanks to Sean for the work done, and a big thanks in anticipation for work to be done!!
Internally though there has been leaps and bound, all door cards and kick boards have been replaced and upholstered (by me), the new rear seats now have cupboards underneath (they look fab (I have to say that as I built them!)), the main cupboard for the stove is in (again, built by me!) and the new sparkly black floor is in (yep, that was me too!), and the new overhead locker is half built (yip - me!), so only the rest of the interior trim to do, plus a few lights.
Photo's will be added ... later!
(and here's a little sorry for me neighbours who have to put up with the constant drilling sawing and general crashing and banging noises, she'll be somewhere near half finished soon-ish maybe!)