Back in March, the VW Camper Van Blog started a competition to win Allie Sommerville’s book “Uneasy Rider - Confessions of a reluctant traveller.”
To enter the competition all you had to do is tell us your funniest story in your VW camper van. The winner was Rick with his great story:
“To the britsh superbike round at oulton park in Lincolnshire we had everything well and truly packed in ready for our first adventure in our camper. The camper had only recently been finished, well when I say finished I mean just capable of housing us for a long weekend most of the significant details had still to be done but at least we’d got the pop-top on. Read the rest of this entry »
Simon Thompson shares with us his trip to Millau in France in his stunning 1967 Split Screen VW Campervan.
Four months hard graft, working on a new interior, followed by 10 nights, 2021 mile round trip camping in France, which included an un-missable visit to the magnificent Viaduc de Millau…
This isn’t a story about how I, Simon Thompson (serious petrol head), came to own my precious 67′ split screen camper back in 95’, nor is it a story about the endless hours/years spent transforming the body and chassis into something solid that I’m proud of today. It’s a story about planning a summer camping holiday abroad in early 2008 with my wife and being blasé about the fact that I would finish the interior in time for the BIG trip. All this when the interior didn’t exist, as the interior was pulled out before its spray job and complete re-build back in August 2003 and since then was never looked at again!
As VW Camper Van Owners / Enthusiasts I am sure that, like me, you have all been told by people outside of the scene (we shall call them ‘normies’) that you are mad for putting in all the time and effort (and not to mention the money) into, what they deem to be, an ‘old banger’. They simply cannot grasp the fun and enjoyment that can be gained from owning an old VW Bus. Similarly, I am sure you have all been told by these ‘normies’ that you could save a lot of money by hiring an old VW Van a couple of times a year. That way you can have all the fun and enjoyment without the bills that seem to destroy your bank balance in a few seconds flat!
Well someone recently imparted this wisdom to me and, as we are still currently without a van, I thought this might not be a bad idea. Read the rest of this entry »
I know I have mentioned this before, but as the weather starts to warm up I am really missing my van! I had planned to put the funds which we received from selling our T25 straight in to our next van project. However, I unfortunately had an attack of the ’sensibles’ as we needed to replace my struggling second car, a 1996 Toyota Starlet.
With the scrapage deal coming to an end we decided that we needed a reliable, comfortable car and that it made more sense (at the time) to buy a new car first and then replace the van later on. So we took our little Toyota down to be scrapped and in return, got a whopping £2000 off a brand new Mini! And I have to say, I am very impressed with the Mini, it’s small, fun and reliable. OK, I know it’s no Vintage VW but it does the job for getting to meetings and will take us where we need to go with no hassle (as boring as that sounds!). Read the rest of this entry »
Well I have finally gotten round to looking at the photos we took at this years Volkworld Show. The show was really very good and seeing as we are currently planning our next VW Van project after having sold our T25 in January it was great to see vans of all types to get some ideas.
What I love about the Volksworld show is the range of outstanding camper interiors on display. During the day I think I changed my mind about 8 times regarding what sort of layout interior I want for our upcoming project!
Anyway… I thought I would share with you some of the photos we took whilst at the show, although it was so busy it was hard to get any really good shots, but for those of you that were not able to attend this should give you an idea of what was on display: Read the rest of this entry »
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I had been chatting with Allie on an off for a while on Facebook when she told me she was writing a book about her adventures in a camper van. I mentioned to her that it would be great to get hold of a copy to review here on the blog so as soon as the book was published she was kind enough to send me a copy.
The book is a collection of stories from various trips in to Europe in her camper van. You can probably tell from the name that adventure is not Allie’s middle name. It is therefore unfortunate for her (although interesting for us) that not all the trips she set out on went to plan and many resulted in some extremely humorous anecdotes and tales. Read the rest of this entry »
For the first Readers Ride of 2010 I have something a bit different for you and something we have not featured here on the VW Camper Van Blog before. Feast (no pun intended) your eyes on Brian Bussell’s very rare 1964 Volkswagen Splitscreen Australian Container Van.
Soon to be father of two, Brian, has managed to combine his love for Volkswagen Vans with his skill as a chef to come up with a great new business venture which is going down a storm at many of the VW shows. Brian was kind enough to send over some photos of his Split Screen so I will hand over to Brian to tell us more about this amazing van: Read the rest of this entry »
Back in December, I asked you to vote for your favourite van featured on the VW Camper Van Blog throughout 2009. We had a wide range of different vans to choose between from Split Screens and Bay Window Single Cabs right through to Type 25 Campers and T4’s.
Well… the votes have been official counted and verified and I am pleased (and not surprised) to announce that the winner of the VW Camper Van Blog Readers Ride of the Year 2009 is… (drum roll), Bob’s 1967 21 Window Split Screen Microbus which was featured back in August.
Coming in a close 2nd was Amy’s 1969 Low Light Early Bay Window Camper Van from September and in 3rd place was the unusual 1979 VW Type II Bay Window Camper Van owned by Orville which was featured in November. Read the rest of this entry »
Well… I had intended to be publishing a blog post this weekend advertising my VW T25 Camper Van for sale. After 5 years of ownership I was feeling like I needed a change. I had been toying with the idea for a while and as I had originally wanted a Bay Window Van when I stumbled across my T25, the thought had always been in the back of my mind that perhaps I should have gone for a Bay instead.
This is not to say that I have not thoroughly enjoyed the time I have been a ‘wedge’ owner as I have. We have had many great holidays away in our Type 25 Autosleeper and have completed a great deal of work on the van over the last 5 years, so much so that the van is in much better condition now than when I bought it! I was just starting to get the feeling that I wanted a change.
Wow, so where did January go? What with lots of work on, a weeks holiday and an awful lot of snow, this month just seems to have flown by so I apologise for the lack of updates to the VW Camper Van Blog lately.
Anyway, I have something a bit different for you in this, the first VW Camper Van Blog article of 2010. As regular readers will know, I am a graphic designer by trade and as such I have quite an unhealthy obsession with Apple Mac related products. So when I received an email from Paul at Veloce Publishing regarding a new iPhone app that they had developed on the subject of VW Buses and Campers, I jumped at the chance to ‘take it out for a spin’ to see what it was really like.