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Volkswagen Camper and Commercial

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…

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,…

4 min.
bus doctor

Steve Leatham answers some of your questions… Steve Leatham has been working on and restoring VW buses since 1997, tackling just about every job over the years. He has been resident Bus Doctor for the mag since 2003. Bay Bias Valve Dear Bus Doctor, Having not driven my bus for about 3 years, getting used to the vagueness of an old air-cooled is quite something owning a T4 and a new Golf. One thing which has bugged me for a long while is the performance of the brake system. When rebuilding my bus just over a decade ago I looked at the system and realised there is a bias valve at the front that essentially works on the angle of the bus. Here lies the problem! My bus is lowered about 6” at the front,…

2 min.
camper mail

Sticker Bombed Bay Hi David, Flicking through the latest issue of Camper and Commercial I noticed an orange ‘sticker bombed’ early Bay High top pictured in a show report. It was great to see it as it’s owned by my partner’s parents, Steve and Rachel Burgess! The bus is a 73 factory high roofer called Lyle and he’s been owned by them for the last 14 years. Contrary to sensible advice they bought Lyle the Pile sight unseen in an eBay bidding war and driving it home from Manchester was hair raising, the petrol gauge didn’t work and the engine cut out every time it got below 10mph. Back home their local VW specialist was absolutely horrified - rust and filler everywhere and the front step had been padded with newspaper and…