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VW Bus T4&5+

No. 83

This is the only magazine dedicated to the late model VW buses from the T4 and T5 on. The magazine acknowledges the evolution of the VW bus and spotlights where this symbol of freedom and adventure has now arrived: the T4 and T5 - taking their rightful place in the family of VW models and carrying on the tradition of quality and innovation that is the ever iconic VW Bus.

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United Kingdom
Language:
English
Publisher:
Jazz Publishing
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12 Issues

IN THIS ISSUE

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welcome

In some ways this issue could be called the Andrew Thompson sunset edition. This month we have three T4s all shot by Andrew at around the time that the sun goes down and we couldn’t resist putting them all in one issue. The three T4s comprise Mike Rachelles example in Tornado red, Ant Leach’s in Friesan green and Shane Phillips’ in Magnetic grey. They’re all campers, all self-built and all entirely different. We didn’t want to upset our other regular freelancers, so we’ve included a Simon Cooke shoot of Kevin Davies’ Reflex silver T5 with a wild Tiki themed interior, a Steve Edwards shoot of Graham Smith, from Camper Revampers, Olympian blue T5. It’s his own van but it has been influenced by his customers’ input and an Anne Rogers…

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roundup

Groundbreaking RoofCamping with a clear conscienceAt the recent Camper Mart Stephen Enright, the man with the fertile brain behind Peak Camper van training, the company that trains private individuals and conversion company employees alike in the fine art of campervan conversion, told us of a new project and soon to be a new and innovative product. Called Steeley’s pop-top, it’s a pop-top roof that has been developed out of his frustration at what is currently available on the market. At present convertors, after cutting out what in most cases is the best panel on a van, throw it away. The roof is recyclable and as he says, “it seems madness to throw it away and replace it with a material which is inferior, heavier and in most cases requires colour…

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show guide

16 MARCHUK Cruise to NinoveFolkestone to Ninove (Belgium)Check Facebook for details17 MARCHFreddy Files (Sexy Semaphore Sunday)Ninove (Belgium)Check Facebook for details14 APRILT17 Race DayGTI Spring FestivalSanta Pod Racewaywww.santapod.co.uk12 – 14 APRILVee Dub Family WeekenderBrean, SomersetCheck Facebook for details18 – 21 APRILCamper FestChester Racecoursewww.camperfest.co.uk19 – 21 APRILBus TypesOswestry Showgroundwww.bus-types.co.uk19 – 22 APRILDubs Collective - Dubs In WonderlandHimley Hall, Dudleywww.dubscollective.com03 – 05 MAYThe Show That’s Not A ShowLaylands Farm, WarringtonCheck Facebook for details10 - 12 MAYDerbyshire Dubs VW FestivalBuxton, Derbyshirewww.derbyshiredubs.co.uk10 – 12 MAYVanwestBrean, Somersetwww.vanwest.co.uk12 MAYEdition 38 Early EditionSywell Aerodrome, Northamptonshirewww.edition38.com17 – 19 MAYBig BangSanta Pod Racewaywww.big-bang.co.ukFor full listings visitWWW.VWSHOWS.COMPlease check details/dates with organisers before setting off!If you know of any amendments or of a show not listed please email: alan.hayward@vwbusmagazine.com so that updates can be made for the next issue.…

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buskit

5.1 Grille TrimsStainless and PolishedVan-X have some new front grille trims for the T5.1 fitted with the Caravelle or Sportline grille only. Made from 100% stainless steel, they will never rust or fade.Cost: £49.99VAN-XContact details: www.van-x.co.ukTidy StorageFor The WorkshopThe freestanding “Men’s Kitchen” range from Matador promises to deliver every possible connotation of modular tool storage you could ever wish for.From £1,674MATADORwww.damar.bizUno BreezeNew From OLPROThe Uno Breeze is OLPRO’s smallest inflatable awning. With a single inflation point, it’s compact and incredibly easy to pitch; large enough for a table and chairs or perfect for storing bikes or other equipment, pump included. The awning is available on pre-order and the price is correct at the time of going to press.£269OLPROwww.olproshop.comHolding FirmUp For The CupA neat solution to replace VW’s woeful cupholders in…

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family adventures

Plenty of cupholdersAccident repair Rachelle styleHidden ampThis is not the first T4 that Mike Rachelle and his fiancée Rhea have owned. They first bought a short wheelbase version, but soon decided that they needed more space for their son Riley and their dog, Mylo. Or at least that was Mike’s excuse, as it turns out that longer version of the van is also perfect for getting his motocross bike in too, or is that just a lucky coincidence? You be the judge… Their first T4 was used extensively to transport the couple’s two hunting birds, a Harris Hawk and a Red-Tailed Buzzard, and their toy at the time, a speedboat. The boat was traded in when Mike felt the urge to get some road going power and replaced it with…

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busfest

Some say biggest is best, and I’m 6ft 4, so I should know, but until last year I’d never experienced Busfest dubbed the UK’s biggest VW show. Following my experience of last year’s Busfest, the 25th edition of the show by the way, I can confirm that it is big… massive in fact. The 3-day event based at the Malvern Showground is obviously well established in the VW scene, but for various reasons, I’ve not made it to any of the previous shows.Being at a permanent show ground means they are used to dealing with crowds and also have a lot of the show infrastructure already in place - which must save the team a lot of time and effort. There were loads of camping options available, even a dog-free…

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