Cars & Motorcycles

VWt Issue 84

VWt Magazine is aimed at owners/enthusiast of the Volkswagen Transporter from the T4 model upwards. The magazine includes features about T4s and T5s, product reviews, road tests, shop tours, road trips, Transporter history and reader’s rides. VWt Magazine is all about reader value. Each issue has 100 pages jammed packed with everything anyone would ever need to know about T4s and T5s and costs just £3.95.

United Kingdom
Kelsey Publishing Group
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13 Issues

in this issue

3 min.
plug in baby

In 2001, Matt Bellamy of alt-rock band, Muse, told Rocksound magazine that the song Plug in baby was about the fear of technology and the human race “abandoning all individuality, becoming a collective whole via cables, and genetically engineering bodies that can exist out in space, or the loss of individualism.” * However, I’m pretty sure he was really describing modern day motoring. When I started driving, fixing old cars was par for the course. Hence pretty much everyone I knew aged 17 picked up at least some mechanical skills. Being a classic VW guy, spanners were essential, but even a relatively modern car at that point, such as a Ford Escort Mk3 or a Vauxhall Astra, was within the realms of the home mechanic. All us have-a-go spannerists were able to bodge…

8 min.
the grain escape

“[lowered] for improved handling, rather than for looks” Let’s go out on a limb here. Not all Van builds are created equal. Never does this become more apparent than when you’re helping friends shop for a ready-converted Camper. Some of the workmanship I have witnessed on home and, dare I say it, even some professional builds, is enough to make you shudder. Not to mention downright dangerous at times. Obviously, when we’re putting this mag together, we give those kinds of build a swerve and attempt to bring you more inspirational, better built Vans. Which brings us to Luke Hutchinson’s that you see before you – the polar opposite to a cobbled together build. There are two different ways of viewing OCD, obsessive compulsive disorder to its friends. Either you see it as…

1 min.
busfest 6-8 september

If you’ve yet to experience the mammoth VW Van gathering that is Busfest, then perhaps you need to make the effort to get involved this year! What started as a small event called Vanfest back in 1994, which was held at the Three Counties Showground in Malvern, has grown to become the World’s largest international Bus-Festival event for owners, lovers and enthusiasts of Volkswagen Transporters. Held over 3 full days, Busfest typically attracts in excess of 8000 vehicles and 25000 visitors, plus 300+ trade stands – in short, Busfest covers everything and anything Transporter-related, to say the very least. Advance weekend camping tickets are £45 (and a 7x7 metre camping unit is £20) while day tickets cost £15 for Friday, £20 for Saturday and £15 for Sunday. Find out more at www.busfest.org…

7 min.
win sealey premier black hand tools!

This is a great opportunity to win a selection of hand tools from Sealey’s Premier Black Range, which is worth over £350.00! Up for grabs is a prize that consists of a 34pc 3/8” square drive 6pt WallDrive® metric socket set, 1/2” square drive calibrated micrometer torque wrench, a 3pc quick release locking pliers set, 1/2” square drive 600mm breaker bar and a selection of TRX-Star sockets. Enter online at www.sealey.co.uk for your chance to win. Competition closes 30th September 2019. GAZ Extra Low dampers for T4 These stubby little fellas are just what you need if you plan to drop your T4 down in the weeds. Leading suspension specialists GAZ now offers these uprated, adjustable dampers that have been specially designed for seriously lowered VW T4 Transporters. The dampers are bump and rebound…

5 min.

God bless Glastonbury Dear VWt,In reference to Paul’s editorial column in the August ’19 issue regarding the shameful dumping of tents and plastics at music festivals, I wanted to respond in defence of Glasto’ this year. While I fully agree with the comments regarding plastic waste and the need to change attitudes of festival goers, I think Glasto’ really stands above some other festivals right now. During the festival, David Attenborough appeared on the Pyramid stage, where he praised the festival for its plastic-free drive and, with zero plastic bottles on site this year, things have really changed for the better. Also, Emily Eavis tweeted that 99.3% of the tents were packed up and removed from the campsite, which is pretty amazing, I’m sure you’ll agree. We certainly noticed that there were no…

1 min.
spare warning

Dear VWt,I wondered if you might want to run a note to remind people to check their spare wheels and tools before setting off. I recently made the schoolboy error of not bothering to check if a) my spare was inflated, b) there was a jack and wheel brace in my Van and c) my recovery service covered travelling abroad before I set off for Italy last week. Not only did I lose pretty much a full day of my holiday, I was also left with a hefty bill by the time I’d arranged for a tyre centre to collect my punctured tyre and then return and re-fit the new one. The whole experience put a dampener on the break, and could so easily have been avoided. What an idiot. Martin Chalkley via email VWt:…