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Volkswagen Camper and Commercial

Volkswagen Camper and Commercial No. 141

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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United Kingdom
Jazz Publishing
12 Issues

in this issue

3 min.

I just love special body Transporters; I even wrote a whole book about them! So, imagine my delight when two very special models come along – both new to me! The German bulli (Draisine) and a Swiss version converted to run on rail tracks for use by maintenance crews has long been one of my favourites (along with the half-track Alpine tourist bus) and, though I knew of something similar in the US, it was a treat to receive this month’s brochure line featuring the US Gandywagon, designed to do the same job. The rail bogies on the Gandywagon however can be removed, meaning the bus can still be driven on roads! Another gem is a 1954 Police radar speed trap bus, which went into use in 1960. Called the…

6 min.
let there be light

Back in the heady days of 1968, Bob Grimm, founder member of the band Light, asked good friend and artist Dr Bob Hieronimus to paint the band’s VW Kombi using symbols and designs to tell a story about cosmic consciousness (this is 1968 remember). Bob duly set to, and created a complex combination of inter-locking symbols, scripts and designs taken from many cultures, perfectly capturing the mood and aspirations of a generation in search of identity and place in the universal scheme of things. Bob and the band took the bus to Woodstock; when they arrived the roads were closed but they blagged their way through claiming the bus was part of a special Art Exhibition! Band members Ricky Peters & Trudi Morgal were photographed sitting on top of the bus…

4 min.
news and products

Time to hit the beach Or Festival, or Show, or the Back Garden! Those busy people at Campervan Gift have just given us a preview of some of the many brand-new items added to their range. They work closely with partners to design and develop new products, all of which are fully licensed by VW, so you know quality is there. The famous Split Bus 4-man tent has been fully redesigned and improved, and there is now a child’s pop up bus tent version available. There is also a brand new, large cooler bag, shaped like the front of a Split, to complement the existing range of washbags, lunchbags and cooler bags. Or if you really want style, how about the split bus rigid coolbox, complete with wheels and a folding pull…

1 min.
show diary

JULY 5th / 7th July CAMPERJAM Weston Park, Shropshire www.camperjam.co.uk 5th / 7th July CAMPER MARMALADE Polegate, East Sussex www.campermarmalade.uk 12th / 14th July DORSET VOLKSFEST Wareham, Dorset www.Dorsetvolksfest.co.uk 12th / 14th July VOLKSWEALD Penshurst Place, Kent www.Volksweald.co.uk 12th / 15th July VOLKSPOWER Redcar Rugby Club www.Volkspower.co.uk 19th / 21st July DUBS AT THE CASTLE Caldicot Castle www.Dubsatthecastle.co.uk 26th / 28th July BUG JAM Santa Pod Raceway www.Bugjam.com 26th / 28th July DUBTOBERFEST Cheltenham Racecourse www.Dubtoberfest.co.uk 27th July / 4th August DUBSTOCK Irvington, Herts https://www.facebook.com/dubstock.show/ 28th July OLD FRIENDS AIRCOOLED SHOW Chippenham Rugby Club, Wilts Kirknicholls_cmcc@hotmail.com AUGUST 2nd / 4th August DUB ODYSSEY Hooton Lodge, Rotherham www.Dubodyssey.com 2nd / 4th August KENT VW FESTIVAL Dover www.kentvwfestival.org.uk 4th August BEACH DUBBIN Southsea Common, Portsmouth https://www.facebook.com/beachdubbin/ 4th August DUBS AT THE BEACH Paignton www.Dubsatthebeach.co.uk 4th August TATTON PARK Knutsford, Cheshire http://www.vwnw.co.uk/ 9th / 11th August BLACKPOOL BREEZE Blackpool www.blackpoolbreeze.co.uk 9th / 11th August T3 BUS MEET Stoke Prior Sports & Country Club, Nr Bromsgrove https://t3busmeet.com/ 9th / 11th August VW FESTIVAL Harewood House Leeds https://www.vwfestival.co.uk/ 10th / 11th August LE BUG SHOW Circuit Spa Francorchamps, Belgium http://www.vwbugshow.be 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…

2 min.
upcoming shows

VW Festival, Harewood House, Leeds 9 – 11 August Yes, some of the best Magic Buses around will be Live at Leeds once again! The VW Festival has grown into northern England’s premier show and offers a full-on family orientated VW experience. Set in the parkland surrounding Harewood House (well worth a visit if you have time), as well as huge VW displays and large trade / autojumble area there are plenty of things going on – live music, scalextric racing, children’s entertainment marquee (with free face painting), graffiiti art demos and even penguins (real ones!). Sunday’s legendary show n shine features around 250 vehicles and as usual there is a chance to win a restored Beetle in the Charity Raffle! This year’s fancy dress theme is Hallowe’en so be prepared for…

6 min.
from people carrier to camper

You know how it is, there you are innocently doing what Concours judges do best. Yes, knocking points off at the slightest provocation and then you come across a Bus distinctly lacking in the interior department. So, a word or several with the owner seemed appropriate. Of course, Rod Finlayson’s Bus wasn’t quite ready. After all, he’d only had it back home for two or three days after its trip to the seaside in the north-east, and there was a master-plan for the interior … more of which anon. The story starts back at Tatton Park 2017 when Rod had met the Coloin Booth, proprietor of the then newly established Coastal Campers Ltd. of Marske-by-the-Sea, for the first time. Bubbling, even frothing, with enthusiasm Colin Booth sort of spurred Rod on and…