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Volkswagen Camper and Commercial

Volkswagen Camper and Commercial No. 148

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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
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2 min.

Email editor@volkswagencamper.co.uk Address Editor, VW Camper & Commercial, Jazz Publishing The Old School Higher Kinnerton Chester CH4 9AJ www.volkswagencamper.co.uk Recently, during those seemingly endless early winter deluges, I sent some pictures of the floods around our village and roads to a friend in Germany; his response was to unearth this striking image of a Barndoor Bus negotiating floods in Austria in the mid-fifties! Despite it still being December, and 2019, as I am writing this, by the time you are reading it 2020 will be well into its stride, and maybe Winter rather than Monsoon will have taken a grip of this bizarre weather. Camper Mart and Dubfreeze are both imminent; two good reasons to dig out the bus and shake out the cobwebs. Though I now drive a heated comfy bus to them,…

7 min.
velvet green so42

You might assume from a quick glance at the photos of Paul Williams’s SO42 that he’s no novice when it comes to the VW camper game. You would be right. This one, believe it or not, is his seventh. However, there’s a difference. The others, starting with a bay, and including a Fleetline and a Samba (with all the right number of windows but not necessarily the right credentials from Germany to make it genuine), plus three, eleven window buses of varying vintages, weren’t ‘keepers’. The fun was in fiddling with them and moving them on (hopefully with a little profit involved too). The plan with the SO42 is completely different. It is destined to stay with Paul and his partner Joanne until at least one of them is old…

5 min.
news and products

Green Edition Kombi. Amazing Update. In our December issue, we featured a Brazillian bus, a Green Edition Kombi. We recently received the most fascinating email from Claudio Piedras in the state of Rio Grande do Sul/Brazil. “I found the article about the Brazilian Kombi Green Edition very well done. I want to thank you immensely for recognizing the Kombi Green Edition as a Special Series Volkswagen. From the beginning of the project the idea was precisely this, for the Kombi to appear to be a Special Series produced by Volkswagen, however the model in question is my own creation and not Volkswagen’s. I created two Kombis as ‘the Green Edition’, one is in England and the other is with a vintage car collector from Campinas - São Paulo - Brazil. My ideas resulted in…

1 min.
show diary

FEBRUARY 2nd February CAMPERMART The International Centre, Telford, campermart.co.uk 15th-16th February DUBFREEZE Stafford County Showground, ST18 0BD, dubfreeze.co.uk MARCH 14th/15th March UK CRUISE TO NINOVE/FREDDYFILES Folkestone (UK) to Ninove (Belgium), facebook.com/ukcruisetoninove 21st/22nd March VOLKSWORLD SHOW Sandown Park, Surrey, volksworldshows.com APRIL 4th/5th April DUB SHED Eikon Exhibition Centre, Lisburn, Northern Ireland dubshed.com 5th April RAD SUNDAY SWAPMEET Runnymede Hall, Benfleet, Essex, SS7 1TF, radsunday.com 9th/13th April CAMPERFEST Roodee Racecourse, Chester, camperfest.co.uk 10th/13th April WONDERLAND 2 - THE DUBBERS OF OZ Chillington Hall, Brewood, Wolverhampton, WV8 1RE, dubscollective.com 17th/19th April VEE DUB FAMILY 5TH BIRTHDAY BIG CAMP OUT Unity Farm Brean, TA8 2 Brean, Somerset, veedubfamily.org 19th April ELSECAR AT THE RACES Doncaster Racecourse, United Kingdom elsecarattheraces.org 24th/26th April TECHENDERS Victoria Farm, Lutterworth, LE17 5AU, techanders.co.uk 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

Dubs Collective Presents; ‘Wonderland 2 – The Dubbers of OZ’. 10th - 13th April Following the success of their 2019 show with its huge line up of bands and a special guest appearance from Toyah, you can expect more of the same for 2020. There will be some improvements, some additions and once again a surprise special guest star appearance headlining the Saturday night! Make certain that you are front and centre for this one. Artists confirmed so far include; Filta – Rooted and Booted – Totally Tina Tina Turner Tribute – Daft Punk Tribute – Jay Francies as George Michael – Flash Queen Tribute – Gimme Some Lovin, Soul Band – The Blue Print Blues Brothers featuring Aretha Franklin tribute – Erasured Erasure Tribute – Marquis Drive. There’s also Ken Fox’s Amazing Wall of…

5 min.
slam a montana!

Rusty Lee from the eponymous Rock and Roll bed manufacturer, helped source this bus as he knew that Adam Edmonds was on the look out for an early Westfalia. He managed to find & import this from California where it had been involved in a side impact accident. “The damage to the side was severe, but other than that it was in amazing dry condition, and just looked like it had been sat for a while. It had a lovely sunburnt look from the Californian sun so that pretty much sold it for me. I have owned the bus for 6 years now, and I have only just finished it! “My first job was to repair the accident damage, which meant putting a new middle panel and dog leg in. I had…