The Brighton Breeze is an epic annual event organised by a group of volunteers from the SplitScreen Van Club (SSVC), where you can partake in a VW convoy from Hook Road Arena, Epsom down to the famous Madeira Drive on the beachfront in Brighton. It is a great event for all the family – even your woof woof can join in!
This year, ButtercupBus VW Campers ventured out there to showcase their Surrey campervan photobooth at a trade stand. Folks were curious about the service and popped by to try it out, and have a laugh, taking their instant prints as a memento of the fun experience.
The weather played up, with rain clouds loitering over the event – but it did not stop enthusiasts gathering to admire the dub eye candy, networking and browsing the trade stalls. This year we spotted a range of trade stands, to include restoration spares (I spotted someone happily carrying a complete exhaust kit over their shoulder as they merrily mingled), clothing, crafts, power steering solutions, dub cocktail bars, artwork and of course our own camper photo booth.
The main attraction was the huge array of campervans on display, from splitscreen crew cabs, to laminate wrapped promo buses to cherished bays. One of my favourites was a stunning splitty fire engine converted into a homely hideaway.
It is amazing to see how people cherish their historic vehicles, maintaining them so that they can be enjoyed by future generations – and showcasing them against the iconic arches of the Brighton sea front is very fitting. I just hope that the arches also remain for future generations, as officials scratch their head to raise an eye watering estimated £100m to pay for much needed repairs to avoid potential collapse.
Hopefully this key event will remain firmly of the VW calendar for years to come – it is certainly a fave on our list of v-dub events.