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Volkswagen Camper and Commercial

Volkswagen Camper and Commercial No. 142

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 It’s been a busy time for us bus wise this month– including three consecutive weekends at very different kinds of shows / events. First up was the Husbands Bosworth Festival – a village summer fayre that has evolved into an amazing mix of classic and vintage vehicle show and VW show, with live music, and even battling Vikings, alongside traditional village show craft and produce stalls. This year around 300 vehicles took up the offer of free camping and were rewarded by the hottest day of the year thus far! Informal, laid back and relaxed were the keywords for that weekend. Then it was Camper Jam – a totally different full-on affair that you can read all about inside next month’s issue. This is a work weekend for us and…

7 min.
mr brown’s bus

Ron Brown would be the first to say that he’s owned quite a few buses in his time. Talking to him you get the distinct impression that part of his appreciation of old VWs comes in bringing often near rust-free vehicles back to, if not better than, the condition they left the showroom in many years ago. Of course, under such circumstances, once the job is done there’s always the temptation to move something along in favour of a new rarity. But not the Samba we see before us here … Nineteen years Ron’s owned this one and a bond between man and bus has been built. The story starts back in 2000 at the Volksworld show where the Samba was up for sale and Ron liked what he saw. An…

7 min.
news and products

A Glimpse of the Future? Sarah England, from Loughborough University has designed this concept camping stove. “Using a camping stove inside a tent involves the risks of carbon monoxide poisoning and is a potential fire hazard. This concept provides a safer option while cooking either inside or outside the tent. A self contained gas stove uses pods which are placed outside the tent. One pod draws air in and the other, vents the exhaust gases. Since the flame is contained, there is no risk of igniting the flammable canvas. It uses a rechargeable battery that provides 8 hours of power for the fans. It also incorporates several safety features, including a pan shut-off valve and a flame supervision device to ensure a safer experience. To enable convenient travel, all equipment required…

1 min.
show diary

AUGUST 2019 4th August BEACH DUBBIN Southsea Common, Portsmouth, facebook.com/beachdubbin/04 4th August COFFEE, CAKES & CARS, HARRY HARPICS & SONS OPEN DAY Rochford, Essex harryharpics.com 10th August DUBS AT DLWP De La Warr Pavilion, Bexhill on Sea, East Sussex. dlwp.com/event/dubs-at-dlwp-2/ 10th-11th August LE BUG SHOW Circuit Spa Francorchamps, Belgium vwbugshow.be 11th August ENDLESS SUMMER VW SHOW Basingstoke, facebook.com/endlesssummervwshow/ 16th-18th August VIVA SKEG VEGAS Revesby Lincolnshire, vivaskegvegasvw.co.uk 16th-18th August VOLKSFEST WALES Brecon, Wales, volksfest.wales 17th-18th August 28TH INTERNATIONAL VW MEETING Belgium, Belgium limburgsekeverclub.be 18th August DUBS BY THE BEACH East Green, Banjo Road, Littlehampton, dubsbythebeach.com 23rd-26th August BEACH GATHERING Budle bay, Northumberland NE69 7AL, beachgathering.co.uk 23rd-25th August CAMPER CALLING Ragley Hall, Warwickshire campercalling.com 23rd-25th August CORNWALL JAMBOREE Stithians Showground Cornwall TR3 7HL cornwalljamboree.co.uk 23rd-25th August VW FAB FESTIVAL Strumpshaw Steam Museum, Norfolk vwfabfestival.co.uk 30th August-1st September FIELD OF DREAMS AIRCOOLED VW FESTIVAL Escrick Park Estate, York, YO19 6EA classicvolks.com/vwfieldofdreams. html 30th August-1st September VW ACTION Santa Pod, Wellingborough vwaction.co.uk SEPTEMBER 1st September WOLFSBURG BUS CREW 4TH BIRTHDAY BASH! The Ace Cafe, Ace Corner, North Circular Road, NW10 7UD wolfsburgbuscrew.uk 6th-8th September BUSFEST Malvern Showground, busfest.org 8th September HAYLING TO WEST WITTERING CRUISE West Wittering facebook.com/southcoasttransporters/ 13th-15th…

2 min.
upcoming shows

Beat the Brexit’ Busfest - with no price increase for 2019 Busfest claims to be the worlds biggest VW transporter festival and takes place from 6th - 8th September 2019 Originally called Vanfest and starting in 1994 at the Three Counties Showground, it has grown to become the World’s largest international Bus festival for owners, lovers and enthusiasts of Volkswagen’s transporters. Held over 3 days in September, with over 8,000 vehicles and 25,000 people attending, plus more than 300 trade stands, Busfest provides absolutely everything and anything you could possibly want to do with VW transporters. Plus a whole lot more! Busfest is possibly the best VW event to go to for all transporter fans, friends & families, and will keep you amused with the most comprehensive entertainment programme for all ages, at any…

4 min.
gorgeous george

Not that hoary old chestnut again…” groans Jason Crotty as someone else comes up with something original to say about his campervan. The Jurgens Autovilla was designed and built like this in South Africa. Interestingly, when Wilhelm Karmann visited the country in the mid 1970s, he was so impressed that he acquired the rights to build a version of the camper under licence. This paved the way to the manufacture of the better known Karmann Mobile and subsequently the Karmann Gypsy. “Look at it? Why wouldn’t you buy him? George is a camping game changer. He has all the amazing good looks, and the cool factor of a bay window bus, but with all the comfort and perks of a caravan! You can even stand up in it, we both…