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Volkswagen Camper and Commercial

Volkswagen Camper and Commercial No. 150

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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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3 min.

www.volkswagencamper.co.uk Email editor@volkswagencamper.co.uk Address Editor, VW Camper & Commercial, Jazz Publishing The Old School Higher Kinnerton Chester CH4 9AJ Welcome to the 150th Wedition of VW Camper and Commercial! That makes eighteen years of celebrating the VW Bus in all its forms, thanks to you all for supporting us over the years! Print is alive and kicking! This month’s Welcome image, Sofie in Stockholm, features the oldest known bus still driving on the roads today, a Panel Van built five months into production on August 5th 1950 on chassis 20-001880, meaning it will soon be celebrating its seventieth birthday! Fully restored to original factory condition by Tonny Larsen, it now has pride of place in VW’s Oldtimer Collection. We have a veritable cornucopia of buses for you this month, from pristine stock to custom hybrid!…

5 min.
street sleeper

He has spent his whole life working as a professional musician, and is presently engaged as Cruise Director onboard a Luxury Cruise vessel. When he manages to take some time off from the ships, he spends most of his time in Southern California and, for a long time, he owned a 1981 VW Westfalia camper which was used for both travel and camping. “One day, a good friend and fellow musician, who used to drive and maintain a VW bus back in college, showed me a picture of what he firmly believed was the ultimate VW bus: a Deluxe 23 window Samba… I immediately fell in love and was hooked, and so began my search for the Holy Grail of Volkswagen buses. It took some time, but eventually, in 2011, fortune…

6 min.
news and products

Got any goodies you want to show us? All submissions are gratefully received. Be it news, an event, new products… we’ll do our very best to let everybody else know about it too. Email editor@volkswagencamper.co.uk, or if you want to be traditional about the whole affair: Address Editor, VW Camper & Commercial, Jazz Publishing The Old School Higher Kinnerton Chester CH4 9AJ SOTO Pocket Torch The ability to start a fire with a bow drill or by rubbing sticks is a cool skill to have, but not an essential one and it all becomes a bit pointless when faced with something like Soto’s Pocket Torch. Simply insert a cheap, rectangular disposable lighter into the base of the Pocket Torch and you have a fire starter that is wind resistant, reaches up to 2,300 degrees Fahrenheit,…

1 min.
show diary

APRIL - 2020 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/rad-sunday-swapmeet 9th / 13th April CAMPERFEST Roodee Racecourse, Chester www.camperfest.co.uk 10th / 13th April WONDERLAND 2 - THE DUBBERS OF OZ Chillington Hall, Brewood, Wolverhampton, WV8 1RE dubscollective.com/dubs-in-wonderland 12th / 13th April EGG TIME Tilburg, Netherlands air-time.nl 17th / 19th April SPRING VW FESTIVAL STONEHENGE Stonehenge campsite facebook.com/events/stonehenge-campsite/spring-vw-festival 17th / 19th April VEE DUB FAMILY 5TH BIRTHDAY BIG CAMP OUT Unity Farm Brean, TA8 2 Brean, Somerset veedubfamily.org 17th / 19th April VINTAGE AT ZANDVOORT Zandvoort, Netherlands vintage-at-zandvoort.nl 19th April ELSECAR AT THE RACES Doncaster Racecourse elsecarattheraces.com 24th / 26th April DUBS AT THE MILL 2020 Haselbury Mill. near Crewkerne, Somerset scrumpydubbers.co.uk 24th / 26th April SPRING CAMP The River Dart Country Park bristolvolksfest.co.uk/spring-camp 24th / 26th April TECHENDERS Victoria Farm, Lutterworth, LE17 5AU techenders.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

Win! VDub at the Pub 26th-28th June. This June, the festival celebrates its 12th anniversary complete with camping, Volkswagens and great music set alongside the beautiful River Stour, on the outskirts of Wimborne Minster in Dorset. For 2020, in addition to the eponymous ‘Pub’ Stage in its traditional canvas marquee, there will be a new ‘Riverside Acoustic’ Stage under a huge tipi and an expanded ‘Dorset Goes Vintage’ Stage that will feature music from the 1940’s and 50’s, a Barn Dance and a little surprise. You can get your hair done 40’s style by Pearl’s Pinup Parlour before riding out on the Wimborne Vintage Cycle Ride on Saturday afternoon. It’s a jolly jaunt through the country lanes of Dorset, with a stop at The Anchor pub for refreshments, followed by a traditional Cream Tea…

6 min.
one for the road

“I usually send items the next day, but on this occasion the post office was closed, so because the item only had a few miles to travel I delivered it on my way from work. At this point I didn’t really give any old VW a second glance as I had been completely bored at college by a lad that I had the misfortune to share a ride with for a few weeks back in my late teens”. The guy to whom Kevin Williams was delivering on that fateful day, Rick, offered to sell ‘Hattie the Frankenbus’. It’s a complete oddity and consists of what appears to be the bodywork of a shortened bay panelvan complete with the narrowest sliding door in the world, but with the rear of a split…