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Volkswagen Camper and Commercial

Volkswagen Camper and Commercial No. 137

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.

Email editor@volkswagencamper.co.uk Address Editor, VW Camper & Commercial, Jazz Publishing The Old School Higher Kinnerton Chester CH4 9AJ www.volkswagencamper.co.uk OK, I confess, I am a VW memorabilia nut. Especially mementos of badges from events I have been at. I first attended Bad Camberg back in 1995 and it was special to me – the first time I had seen original barndoors close up (yes, we hardly saw any back then!) and also my introduction to the weird and wonderful world of SO (special body) models – from ladder trucks to katastrophe wagens and even a cinema bus! Not only did I make lifelong friends from all over the world there, it also led to me writing several books a few years later. Bad Camberg 1995 was a turning point in my obsession with VW…

5 min.
it’s a family affair

In 1978, after losing I its exclusive licence with VW, Devon conversions launched two new models, the Moonraker and the budget MPV Sundowner. A new innovation for these was the optional Devon Double Top side hinged elevating roof, which ran the full length of the van with two single or one double berth. The Moonraker featured here was built in March 1979, originally finished in Pastel White. Graeme recalls, “I was three years old when my parents got this bus, and they had had one before it, so I’ve always been around them! Though now in need of a lot of work, selling it was never an option and when we moved house in 1996, it sat on the drive whilst we pondered its future. After somebody scratched all the…

4 min.
news and products

Got any goodies you want to show us? All submissions are gratefully received. Be it news, an event, new products… we’ll do our very best to let everybody else know about it too. Email editor@volkswagencamper.co.uk, or if you want to be traditional about the whole affair: Address Editor, VW Camper & Commercial, Jazz Publishing The Old School Higher Kinnerton Chester CH4 9AJ Early Bay Steering Worms If you are fed up of your Bay’s dodgy steering BBT now have new replacement steering worms for Buses from 08/67-07/72. Two years in development, BBT’s worms are made by a highly specialised steering box components manufacturer in Europe and come complete, bearing and clips are pre-mounted, for easy assembling. (Oil seals for these steering boxes are sold separately under BBT 1368-210 and 1368-211.) Currently BBT is working on…

2 min.
upcoming shows

Stanford Hall 5th May It’s hard to believe but Stanford Hall VW Show is now in its 43rd year Over those years it has grown from basically a vintage and air-cooled show, into something that embraces the whole VW scene with the biggest range of judged Concours classes of any show. No live bands, no funfair, no fancy dress party, just oodles of classic VWs to drool over and a huge trade area that still has autojumble to sift through where you can still unearth NOS and hard to track down items! Whilst the show is a one day affair, pre-booked camping is available on the Saturday evening (£22 per adult for camping and show entry) and this year there is the option of also staying on Sunday night for an additional…

1 min.
show diary

MARCH 10th March ULTIMATE DUBS The International Centre, Telford www.ultimate-dubs.co.uk 16th March UK CRUISE TO NINOVE Folkestone (UK) to Ninove (Belgium). facebook.com/ukcruisetoninove/ 17th March FREDDIE FILES: SEXY SEMAPHORE SUNDAY Ninove, Belgium http://freddyfiles2014.skynetblogs.be/ 23rd – 24th March VOLKSWORLD Sandown Park, Esher, Surrey www.volksworldshow.com APRIL 5th - 7th April DUBS AT THE MILL Haselbury Mill, Nr Yeovil, Somerset www.scrumpydubbers.co.uk 12th - 14th April VEE DUB FAMILY BIRTHDAY WEEKENDER Unity Farm, Brean, Somerset www.veedubfamily.org and on Facebook 14th April SPRING DUB Great Yorkshire Show Ground, Harrogate www.springdub.co.uk 19th - 21st April BUS TYPES VW SHOW Oswestry Showground, Shropshire www.bus-types.co.uk 19th – 22nd April DUBS COLLECTIVE: DUBS IN WONDERLAND Himley Hall, Dudley www.dubscollective.com 26th – 28th TECHENDERS Victoria Farm, Lutterworth, Leics www.techenders.co.uk For full listings visit www.vwshows.com. Please check details/dates with organisers before setting off! If you have a show and want it listed please contact:editor@volkswagencamper.co.uk…

5 min.
scooby doo

He did not set out to buy a Split, he was in fact looking for a Type 4 engine to rebuild, when this one popped up on eBay for sale from Volks Weld in Redruth. Built as a RHD Dove Blue Kombi in 1966, it had been exported to Indonesia with Heavy Duty shocks (M069), 6 pop out windows (M114), larger oil bath air filter (M156), walkthrough cab (M183) and asymmetric headlights for left hand traffic (M196). The bus was basically very solid requiring little welding etc but at some point had been repainted in red and black. Scott loves a project so a deal was done, which included Volks Weld repainting the bus in new colours of Pearl White/Alpine White (chosen by Scott’s wife, Kate). Volks Weld also fitted…