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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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welcome 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…

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volkswagen camper and commercial

EDITOR David Eccles ASSISTANT EDITOR Dave Richards DESIGNER Sarah Barnes CREATIVE MANAGER David Gamble PRODUCTION MANAGER Justine Hart SALES & EVENTS DIRECTOR Shelley Bond 01244 881888 ADVERTISING SALES Karen Hall 01244 886027 CREDIT CONTROL Emma McCrindle 01244 886009 ADMINISTRATION Jan Schofield 01244 886019 SUBSCRIPTIONS & BACK ISSUES 01244 881888 MANAGING DIRECTOR Stuart Mears DISTRIBUTION Susan Saunders 0207 4294073 Cover Ian Hawken Centre Poster Simon Cooke Contributors: Steve Leatham Rob Hawkins Andy Bugs Richard Copping Mike Clements Simon Cooke Andrew Thompson Mike Trippitt Ian Hawken Paul Bussey Adam Howard Eicke Bittner Dan Kelly…

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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…

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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…

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show diary

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

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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…