Mattys standard model 55 oval

After selling his palm green sand green 55 bus Matty got into a 73 911. That stayed around for a while and then had to go, making way for his new house. A year or so later he’s decided to go back to his roots- an oval.

The car, a standard 55 originated in Denmark before coming over to the UK. At some point in its life it got painted a shade of blue, possibly dove blue. Straight after collection a call went out from Matty telling us he’s revealed an area of original paint and would we help stripping the paint back to reveal the original Jupiter grey…

Better late than never….

Where to start.

The last DTA meet we had was in 2014, not only the end of season meet but also our local monthly pub meet.

I’ll try to explain why… Well, a couple of reasons. First of all, the 2014 end of season meet went better than any of us had hoped, infact rather than coming away from the meet and using the momentum and positivity to take things forward, it had quite the opposite effect. I can’t put my finger on why exactly that happend, but I think it has something to do with the foundations of our “club”. DTA was started by Mike Chare and I  (Si Medlicott) in 2011, not a club but a local Aircooled VW meet at the Drum and Monkey pub in Dorridge (The drum and monkey = Die trommel und der affe “DTA” in German). We never intended to have a “club”, as many of our local friends attending were already invloved in clubs, RSVP, Ditch dubbers etc etc. As time went by, the meet became a club, a few of us attended the volksworld show with our friends in RSVP. Then before we knew it, we were a club.

Although we were loving it at the time. There was a problem, less and less other club members attended the monthly meets and it became more and more clicky, which was a shame, the club status became a divide. Apart from the end of season meet, which went nuts.

Secondly, our own personal reasons. Friends, Relationships, Business, Budgets, Jobs, Weddings, Buying houses etc etc. Noting more to say.

With all that in mind, after 3 years, Mike & I decided to get our Monthly meet going again. We’re not a club, we’re just a bunch of dudes at a pub with a vice for rusty Volkswagens (despite me saying this I really like the DTA club logo, so will keep using it for now) . Everyone is welcome, second Tuesday of every month at the Red Lion pub in Earlswood, Solihull. Our first meet was last week and with the help of Facebook and Instagram, we had a nice turnout. We hope to see you soon at a show or the Red Lion.



Many of you will know our boy Mike Chare, owner of the mental 411, 67 java Bug, original paint early panel van etc etc.

After taking some time away from the VW scene to concentrate on his career, Mike along with his father Paul are proud to announce the opening of their own Porsche specific garage.

Initially after leaving college Mike got a Porsche apprenticeship, customers will be in safe hands with 8 years experience working on the prestigious sports car brand. Paul has also owned and ran Porsches for a number of years, with his roots deeply held within the british Porsche scene (former chairman of the Porsche club UK).

Make sure you follow their Facebook page for some awesome vintage and contemporary Porsche porn!



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A long needed update…

Its been a long time since our last update, behind the scenes we’ve all been busy with projects and prep for the forth coming show season. Along with working away on cars, we’ve also visited Ninove, 800 mile round trip… no problem!

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Stef has had front cover on the latest Hayburner mag- with what is possibly one of the coolest VW mag shoots to date. Along with working on the 912, Stefs vert in now undergoing a little update. I say little… Im talking huge race motor, roll cage and new stance! – http://ace-vw.com/site/

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One project we’ve kept under wraps, is due for its debut next weekend at the Volksworld show. Mark Barrows aka Baz will no doubt soon have the best adventurewagon on the planet! Now, I know most people reading this will already recognise and appreciate the name Evil Ben… well Im really excited to be able to share a few preview images with you.

KEEP AN EYE OUT FOR THIS AT VOLKSWORLD 😉 – http://evilbens.co.uk

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Nutria notch out in the cold

Jess’s Notch was out in the mist today, cold and damp but worth it for a drive and pictures.

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Happy New Year!

All of us in DTA would like to wish you all an epic 2015.

Below I’ve attached a few links to indipendant blogs which took the time to write about our meet this year. Thanks to all who went to the effort to write such great reviews.

(click the image to follow through to the write up)