Readers Rides #24 VW T4
Todays readers rides come from Wim Koelman in Belgium, he shares with us his T4 and his history with the VW scene.
Make/Model: VW T4,
We live in Belgium and our story is about our Volkswagen T4 Westfalia California Generation which starts with a visit to AutoStadt in Wolfsburg in November 2000. We specially felt in love with that Generation Edition of this California and in May 2001 it was ours.
2 years later we made a little mistake in thinking that the bigger VW T4 Karmann Colorado was the ultimate camper, but after some years we decided to sell the Karmann and travel again with our California which we luckily had held.
My Volkswagen fever started at 17, at that time I was always an enthusiast of Triumph TR 4 and cars like a NSU TTS. But my uncle has a ‘67 Beetle VW 1500 and he let me drive with it: I was sold!
In 1969 I bought my first car a ‘59 VW 1200 with sunroof for the price of € 25 (impossible, it has even a new exhaust under it). Then the sportguy in me came back and I made a mistake in buying a real Austin Cooper, fast, but it uses as much oil as fuel!
After 3 other Beetles, I bought in 1975 a new 1303 Cabriolet and that car is still ours!
In the meantime I started as co-pilot in a Rally Team with a VW Beetle and from 1974 till 1985 I worked as a Sales Representive in a Volkswagen Garage. I did really sell a lot of new (aircooled) Beetles and a lot of T2 in all possible editions.
In 1983 we started with a few friends the VW Beetle Cabriolet Club Belgium and a few years later we had almost 500 members.
But our camper story started in 1979 when we had the possibility to have a holiday with a VW T2 Camper with Devon equipment. In 1982 we bought a VW T3 Westfalia Joker.
In the meantime I founded with a few friends the VW Beetle Cabriolet Club Belgium and there was less time to travel with the Joker and hindsight a bad decision, but we did sell the T3 Camper.
We have now not only our Westfalia California, but we also started a California website with a lot of information links, you can visit it on www.wimkoelman.wordpress.com
Thanks for sharing your story and van with us Wim. You have certainly camped in some beautiful locations! What do you think of Wim’s van?
Posted by Steve