VW Camper & Commercial 101

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This month’s Welcome image was taken by Mike Rutherford of his bus at Wolfsburg against a backdrop of those iconic chimneys. Built in 1953, this former Danish Panel Van is still in its original paint. Mmmm lovely.

Inside we have lots more gorgeous buses for you to enjoy, both stockers and custom, or a mixture of both! The 1965 EZ (pronounced ee-zee) conversion is the stuff of dreams—it was stood for 27 years in the Californian high desert before being spotted for sale. Apart from new paint and a new engine, everything else is perfect and it has to be one of the most original and intact we have ever seen and oozes period charm, especially when teamed with its collection of vintage camping accessories. Likewise the featured Autohomes Komet T3 Camper is fully original.

In contrast the other featured buses have been rescued and rebuilt, mainly by the new owners themselves, showing how hard work and vision can create something special. The pale yellow 1971 Bay was a total wreck bought for just £675 and features some very clever and custom styling touches including a full plexiglass roof. Another bus back from the dead is the T4 Camper, bought as a scrapper for just £440—it was so bad the door fell off when being looked at! The Early Bay Dormobile was another sorry bus when purchased, no interior (apart from mould) and hand painted with flower-power motifs, it is now unrecognisable from its former state. And whilst the ’65 former Swiss Army radio bus actually drove and was usable when purchased, it too has undergone a total transformation, and with its classic Mango Green / Seagull Grey paint scheme is a lovely example of how stock and subtle custom styling can be brought together.

Our travel story sees a couple taking their first road trip in a Bay which they have restored themselves—whilst all did not go according to plan it merely confirmed for them how much fun life with an old bus can be! We also hit the Scottish Islands on the Whiskey Trail, with the boys sampling more than just a wee dram of the golden nectar.

Show—wise we have two of the season’s end events—the Final Fling Campout in Devon and The Slough Swapmeet, now firmly back on the show agenda.

This month’s How To looks at fitting a Tracker—with buses worth so much money and so many buses getting stolen these days a very timely thing to consider doing for your pride and joy.
With the show season almost upon us I am planning which events to get to in 2016. Lavenham vintage and historic VW meet in June is a must—this very English show set in a medieval town was inspired by the legendary Hessisch and Bad Camberg events and promises to be a highlight. August sees Split Bus Nation again in Belgium—we just love the friendly, laid back vibe. And as you read this I will have just been feeling the Force at Camper Mart and I will be getting ready for Dubfreeze!

Hope to catch up with many of you at a show in 2016—come up and say hello and tell me about your bus and what you have been up to!