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Volkswagen Camper and Commercial No. 139

Founded back in 2000 VW Camper and Commercial is the original VW Bus magazine out there. Written by approachable, passionate bus owners, it has an established reputation for quality writing, drawing on a wide knowledge base, and for bringing together some of the best and most inspiring buses from around the world.

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3 min.

I love the way unstaged period photographs capture and preserve a moment in time, as in this month’s Welcome image taken at the Wolfsburg factory gates in 1951. I’m unsure if it’s the end of a shift, or a convoy heading off to showcase or even road test the vehicles, but just check out that line of new bugs and barndoor buses. I just love the little incidental details – the guy in the foreground’s leather flying helmet, jacket and briefcase, the children watching intently, or the gateman’s bike casually propped by the office door. Custom styling is a recurrent theme across our features buses this month, from combining classic stock looks and subtle modern upgrades to something a bit more radical, as in our T5 Swamper with its Raptor Bed…

7 min.
the life of brian

But let’s go back to the beginning. It began as a toss away line while meandering round Noosa in 2006 in search of a coffee as an ageing Kombi rattled by, “I’m going to have one of those before I die.” The moment lingered and the bohemian breath within lured me to the VW Nationals at Fairfield on Easter Sunday to pursue and foster the dream. Parked quietly in the for-sale car park was a cream Kombi, devoid of any spruiky bits save a collection of seats wrapped in a bare metal interior but with a stance and attitude that dragged me back several times that morning to review, take the number of the owner and to stand wait and listen as they left the car park. What a sweet sound,…

3 min.
news and products

Oldschool Screwdrivers There’s something satisfying about using traditional crafted tools, both in the home and on the bus. I just love the look and feel (and quality) of this new range of slot-headed, wooden-handled screwdrivers from Gunson Tools, the oval section handle gives these screwdrivers a lovely weight and the natural feel of an older and more traditional wooden handled screwdriver. The blade extends the length of the driver so that they can be lightly encouraged with a mallet or small hammer if necessary, with no danger of any splintering of the handle. The tips are finely ground and tapered for maximum strength. Available in four sizes: 160mm / 9mm tip; 200mm / 9.5mm tip; 250mm / 100mm tip, and a full 300mm with a tip size of 10.5mm; prices from…

1 min.
the months ahead

MAY 3rd - 6th May THE ONLY MEET IS ESSEX Orsett Showground http://www.vw-tomie.co.uk/ 5th May STANFORD HALL VW SHOW Stanford Hall, Leics http://www.stanfordhallvw.com/ 10th - 12th May DERBYSHIRE DUBS VW SHOW Wardlow, Derbys http://www.derbyshiredubs.co.uk/ 10th - 12th May VANWEST Brean Sands, Burnham on Sea, Somerset https://www.vanwest.co.uk/ 17th – 19th May BIG BANG Santa Pod, Northants www.big-bang.co.uk 18th May AIR COOLED TRAVELLER – BBQ AT THE PUB South Leverton, Retford Informal air cooled gathering – find them on Facebook 19th May AVONCROFT AIR COOLED VW SHOW Avoncroft Museum, Bromsgrove https://avoncroftaircooled.wordpress.com/ 19th May DUBS AT THE PARK Easthampstead Park, Bracknell, Berks http://www.dubsatthepark.co.uk/ 23rd – 27th May DUBS IN THE MIDDLE Evesham, Worcs http://dubsinthemiddle.co.uk/ 24th – 27th May CARRY ON DUBBIN Moat Lane Showground, Rixton, Warrington http://www.carryondubbin.com/ 24th – 26th May VOLKSFLING Biggar Showground, Biggar, Scotland http://www.volksfling.co.uk/ 24th – 27th May WURZLE DUBZ Fiddington, Bridgewater, Somerset http://www.wurzledubz.co.uk/ 26th May PLUMJAM AIRCOOLED VW SHOW Horsham, West Sussex https://www.plumjam.show/ JUNE May 31st – 2nd June THE WESTEST VW FEST Lamphey, Pembrokeshire, Wales http://thewestestvwfest.simplesite.com/ May 31st – 2nd June VAN JAM Lincolnshire Showground, Lincoln http://www.vanjamboree.co.uk/ 2nd June STONOR PARK VW RALLY Henley on Thames, Oxfordshire http://www.abvwc.com/ 7th – 9th June ALIVE &…

2 min.
upcoming shows

Dorset Goes Vintage VDub at the Pub 21 – 23 June, Wimbourne Now in its ninth year, Vdub at the Pub has grown in scope and scale and nowadays incorporates a Vintage Festival celebrating all things retro and well, ..vintage! Live music is at the heart of the event and this year features 30 live bands and a host of DJs spread over three stages. The Main Stage is in now in a Big Top, whilst The Vintage Stage is the key venue for all things vintage - the vintage cycle ride, vintage bands, cream tea, barn dance … or sit on straw bales on the banks of the Stour and enjoy The Riverbank Acoustic Stage. This is also the venue for Saturday night’s film. Saturday’s Vintage Cycle Ride has become one of the…

6 min.
marathon van

Graham Gunn’s first journey back in 2006 in his newly acquired crossover Bay was lengthy and it was soon to be the story of his Bus’s existence. You see ‘Celia’ (check out her registration for clues regarding the choice of name), originally registered in Bournemouth and later resident near Barnstaple, was on her way to Thurso, some 725 miles further north. And let’s be honest, everywhere is a long way from Thurso … except John O’ Groats! For example, the nearest VW gathering is Volksfling at Biggar (290 miles), while a holiday in the Lake District (where we met for the photo-shoot) a cool 400 miles. The Microbus Danbury, or at least with the residue of the conversion installed by the Essex company, was finished in Niagara Blue under Pastel White,…