VW Camper & Commercial 100

VW Camper & Commercial 100
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To issue 100! 15 years on and the magazine is going from strength to strength—and some of you have been with us on this journey for all that time! We were the first magazine to be devoted to the VW bus—a brave venture back then. Initially we were subscription only and just four issues per year, but over the last 15 years we have gone to bi-monthly, then stocked in shops and newsagents, then monthly, then increased up to 100 pages, and what started out for me as a sideline hobby has somehow turned into a full-time job. I can’t believe that until 2010 I was a Head of English but still found time to do the magazine!

Ben Hayes edited the first four issues of the magazine and I was just a contributor before taking up the editor’s mantle in 2001. That very first issue set the tone for what was to come, written by enthusiasts who own and are passionate about buses and covering the whole of the bus scene. The first issue cover bus was Phil Ralph’s mint Sealing Wax Red SO 23 camper (where is that now?) and the commercial side was represented by Steve Nolan’s immaculate 1964 Single Cab pick up and Kev Edwards’ 1979 Panel Van. Simon Baxter (one of our Bus Doctors) told us about his 1980 T3 Panel (which ran 20 seconds on the quarter-mile drag strip) and there was also a feature about syncro action in Australia. BBT Bob’s 1951 Temp Matador was also featured. Shows included a very wet Brighton Breeze (only on its third time) and Vanfest, which was hit by the fuel crisis that saw Britain grind to a halt, whilst Travel took us round Snowdonia in a Split Dormobile. There was even an article about bus websites on the internet, a relatively new thing back then!

This mix of gorgeous stock and customised campers and commercials, shows, travel, lifestyle, new products, readers’ letters and columnists is still the at the core of what Volkswagen Camper & Commercial magazine is all about, now enhanced by the regular How To guides, Bus Doctor advice, the Barefoot Chef’s recipes and musings, archive brochure materials, workshop and business profiles, and stories from readers.

Issue 100 continues that successful mix and variety of buses with a stock ’65 sunroof Microbus from the USA, a highly modded custom paint ’63 Panel, an Australian-built Dormobile with Westfalia interior, a fully original 1979 Westfalia Berlin, a ’91 syncro Panel Van, and a former T4 Panel Van converted into a custom camper. Enjoy!

To mark and celebrate 100 issues we have a very special prize for one lucky reader—a mega bundle of goodies worth over £800! It could be you—remember you have to be in it to win it. Full details of prizes and how to enter on page 18.