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Volkswagen Camper and Commercial 133

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.

www.volkswagencamper.co.uk Though there are still times I yearn to have a Split again (and if anyone ever comes across an unmessed with T1 fire truck let me know, I want one), there are definite benefits from now having a modern bus. Our recent late September holiday in Northumbria confirmed this – we covered 850 miles in all and averaged 42.7 mpg! The 150 PS engine coped superbly with winding lanes and hills and gear work – a highlight had to be the 12 mile unsurfaced Forest Drive through woodland and moors from Kielder, the longest such drive in England and a bit of an adventure. Empty beaches that go on for miles, incredible castles and ruins, awe inspiring scenery – Northumbria has it all and more. There…s an interesting mix of stock…

6 min.
scottish samba

It started life in May 1966 as a 21 window US spec export Deluxe Microbus, finished in Lotus White instead of the more usual two tone, and for the next forty years lived in the US having been originally exported to San Antonio before ending up in Texas. It came to the UK in 2006 and eventually ended up with Irv…s Restoration early 2018. Having lived most of its life in a dry clime it was still generally sound with the exception of some surface rust. Unusually the original Microbus interior was still intact, including the 3 seat middle bench. Gordon Sutherland is of the younger generation of air cooled fans and has previously owned a 15 window and still owns a 11 window VW bus. Always intending to own a Samba,…

6 min.
news and products

New Lines At Auto Craft The team at Auto Craft Engineering have been busy developing new products to add to their extensive range. First up are the interior knobs for all air cooled VWs. The aim is to ultimately be able to supply every type of interior knob available from headlamp switches to indicator switches to gearstick knobs. All of these knobs are machined in their own machine shop in the UK from aluminium and then polished to a mirror finish. Prices vary depending on the part and they are continuing to expand - check the website or give them a call for what’s currently available. Early Bay rear valances are now in production and pre-orders are already being taken. These will be available in two different styles as some were made with…

7 min.
martha the moonraker

The story starts four T years ago when Rob Marsden spent a long weekend with a lady called ‘Cathy’ as part of his 40th birthday celebrations which led to a love affair with ‘Martha’, which so far has lasted for 30 months and is set to continue for many more. What do Rob’s wife Cathy (not the female of the long weekend) and his son Cameron have to say about such behaviour? The answer is that they are right behind him; it’s a ‘family affair’ after all. You see ‘Cathy’ (of the long weekend variety) was a Red and Cream Devon Moonraker, hired from Keighley based Bronte Camper Hire. Plans for a loft conversion and a new kitchen were put on the back burner and the quest begun to find a camper…

4 min.
bus doctor

Steve Leatham answers some of your questions… Trail of Smoke Dear Bus Doc, I was going up a long hill the other day and suddenly had a loss of power and a trail of smoke behind me. The wife and I jumped out with our fire extinguishers just in case. I noticed oil had blown out of the breather pipe where you fill it up and it was running down the air filter and dripping onto the exhaust and cylinder head area. I allowed it to cool and topped up the oil, started it up and drove to a service station about half a mile away, I was then recovered home. I’m thinking it’s piston rings? Is there anything else I should be looking at instead of them? Also are good cast…

2 min.
camper mail

Letter of the Month Winner Bus Craic Hi David This is Seamus the Leprechaun Van … we bought him in Sept 2007 and it was in need of a full restoration and we had Irish themes and scenes painted all over him Two years later we went to Vanfest and have been seven times since. We leave Ireland for Holyhead the Tuesday before Busfest and do a bit of touring in the UK. We love the reaction we get and everywhere we go as we get so many lovely comments about Seamus. At Busfest this year the amount of photos taken was unreal and we let people sit in if they wanted. Our van puts smiles on people’s faces and we just love being out and about in Seamus. We have covered…