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you are all well? Firstly,
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congratulations should
go to Rockin Vans, whose
splendid two-tone camper
won our Bus Of The Year
competition and now takes pride
of place, as this month’s centre
page spread. Secondly, it’s time
to start looking at the show
calendar and booking shows we
want to attend. A few friends
and I have already visited, or
should I say worked at a show
in January. If you haven’t heard
of it, it’s called Camper Mart NEXT
and its run by the same people ISSUE 71
who run Camper Jam, namely ON SALE
our colleagues at Jazz Events. MAR 14TH
There were lots of discussions
before this year’s show as we popular. Next on the list for me with the seventh being for Best Cover:
wanted to make a few changes. is Dubfreeze. I will be popping other VW. If you want to enter Andrew Thompson
The first was to put on a huge in for a few hours to have a please email David at editor@ Contributors:
display of vehicles, in the end walk around and catch up with David Eccles
we had over sixty-five vehicles friends. After that for me it’s Good luck! Steve ‘autoholic’
in the display halls. We had a Vanwest, a big one for various Andrew Thompson
great variety of vehicles from reasons. If you haven’t bought Simon Cooke
some very early Splits right up your tickets yet, I suggest you do, Dave Warren
to a brand new T6. Something we have lots more things planned Adam Howard
else different this year, were the for this year. Talking of shows, Anne Rogers
workshops, demonstrations and believe it or not the Show & Shine
Q&A sessions held throughout for this year’s Camper Jam is now
the day. This saw Alan talking open, if you want to enter, my
to various experts on and advice would be to move swiftly, Printed by Precision Colour Printing Ltd

around the stage, the experts places are limited and they fill
were giving advice and getting up fast, particularly in the T5
various questions thrown at class. There are seven classes,
them, this proved to be very one for each Transporter type,

This month I have mostly been...

Did you come to Camper Mart last month? If not I fear you missed the odd interview conducted by yours truly thrown in, it was an absolute
out! There were more traders than ever in the main hall, more blast. A big thank you to the traders, workshoppers and displayers and
entertainments laid on for the family and many more amazing display of course, to you the visitors. Don’t miss next year!
buses than ever before. With workshops and demonstrations and even Alan

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Buses 56
14 Bellow Yellow!
If a picture is worth a thousand words, we should probably just shut up
and let you turn to page 14

26 Divine Inspiration
It’s usually the old man’s van that gets featured in these pages, but for
Davinia Richardson it’s different.

36 Who Knows Where Next

Is it time to pack in your day job, build the van of your dreams and hit
the road?

56 The (Candy) Apple of My Eye

From a passion that started in the late 90s, Andrew Hines knew that the
VW scene was his way of life.

72 Sweet Like Chocolate

You may not recognise Russell Venvil’s name, but if you were on the car
scene in the 90s you would definitely have seen his work.

84 Carcharodon Carcharias
This is Adam Parker’s T4, he’s new to vans, but his first attempt has
made something of a splash.


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94 Autoholic’s Kitchen
Steve but with an Italian twist

96 From the Big Bus

Alan’s winter schedule

98 Rear view
David’s fireside chat

62 66

Regulars Features
22 Berkeley VW Show
80 Simon
8 News checks out the show in the grounds
The latest news from the VW van scene. of Berkeley Castle

10 Bus Kit 22 44 The Road To Biarritz

Be tempted by some more cool bus goodies. Adam Howard packed his boards and
ventured south
52 How To
Fitting a Sump Guard to a T4 54 Campsite Review
Anne checks out The Cud Life
52 Peep Show
Your page, your buses, keep sending them in. 62 Dub Club
Simon again this time he pops in to his
80 Shop Tour local club in Gloucestershire
Stiches + Steel show us round
66 Dubs In The Middle
92 Bus Trader TURN TO PAGE 12 FOR Simon once more, he went to Evesham last
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The latest T4 and T5 news from around the world

Bus Of The Year 2017

2017 was another bumper year for buses. This made
our choices for Bus Of The Year even harder than
normal. We selected our top ten buses in issue 68,
the last issue of 2017. Then we turned the choice of
ultimate winner over to you. Well, you’ve had your
say. The winner and Bus Of The Year is Rockin Van’s
stunning two tone camper. Congratulations, to the
Rockin Vans crew! Special mention should go to Rich
T17 Table
Fast bus ranking for 2017
Horton’s T4 which came a very close second.

Every year we offer a year’s subscription to VW Bus magazine for the Slidepods Update
owner of the bus that tops the T17 time sheets. For the uninitiated, T17 is Slidepods continue to go from strength to strength. For
a group of like-minded loons who race their VW Transporters down the 2018, they have just taken delivery of a new, state of the
drag strip. Full membership and considerable kudos is given to those who art CNC machine, which can only help to improve their
complete the task in under seventeen seconds, hence the name. This year, already legendary build quality. See www.slidepods.
once again Andi Riley in his awesome Audi RS4 engined T5 topped the for details on their services and products.
table. Congratulations Andi! T17 aficionados will note that Andi moved
the goalposts with a faster time than last year and that the man behind T17,
James Hardacre, only just scraped into the top ten! If you want to know
more, search for T17Club on Facebook or visit Good luck
for 2018, now who’s going to catch Andi?

1. Andi Riley 6. Paul Walklate

T5 Petrol with an Audi RS4 Quattro T5 the details of which are
engine and running gear - 12.23 shrouded in mystery - 16.03344

2. Steve Mattravers 7. Andrew Munt

T3 Petrol with a 1.8T 20v engine T4 Diesel with a modified
and Garrett GT28 Turbo - 14.7920 OEM 2.5 engine - 16.0621

3. Shawn Lewis 8. Adrian ‘Mole’ Coomber

T5 Diesel with an OEM but much T4 Petrol with a 1.8t
modified1.9 engine - 15.1903 engine - 16.4958

4. Mark Stephenson 9. Doug Chivers VW’s New Scrappage Deal

T4 Petrol with a 1.8t T4 Petrol with a 1.8t We haven’t really worked out if we approve of this,
engine - 15.2245 engine - 16.6996 but VW is offering incentives of up to £2,000 on top
of existing retail offers for you to trade in and scrap
5. Ben Norman 10. James Hardacre pre-2010 pre-Euro 5 diesel vans, against the purchase
T4 Petrol Quattro engine with a T4 Diesel with a modified OEM of a new petrol or diesel-powered van. If it isn’t a
KKK24 turbo - 15.51 2.5TDI engine16.7064 Transporter fair enough, if it is, then we’d assume it
would generally be worth more than that anyway…

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aving returned from a thoroughly
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show, Camper Mart at the 16 – 18 MARCH
International Centre, Telford, Dub Aid
Buzz and Marion of Retro Tourers are Earls Barton, Northampton
feeling really excited about 2018. As a way
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they met at the show, they are offering a 29 MARCH - 01 APRIL
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Magazine of 5% off the price of any order could have one transformed into a mobile Chester Racecourse, Chester
placed before the end of March.  Tattoo parlour having been inspired by
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for a motorhome build, which is usually 12 plate chassis cab in stock at the moment, 06 – 08 APRIL
£27,500 + the price of the chassis cab - saving complete with air con and electric windows. Elemental VW Show
you £1,375. Motorhomes can be from 2 Just get in touch via the website www. Crouch Valley Showground, Essex
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A New Chapter Big Bang

n this month’s shop tour on page Santa Pod Raceway, Northamptonshire
78 we look at, amongst other
things, Stitches + Steel’s new
conversion, which has been
described as “less of a conversion,
more of a contemporary moving
space”. Well, just before we went to
press they got in touch to tell us about
their new tester programme. “We’re
excited to be in a position to begin
our tester programme,” they told
us. “We’re offering the conversion For full listings visit
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to a range of testers who will hopefully push the conversion in its current guise to the limits over Please check details/ dates with organisers
the coming year, ultimately contributing to a better, more useful space. We have utilised the before setting off!
Volkswagen T5 + T6 chassis platform for the conversion and have plotted both long and short IF YOU KNOW OF ANY AMENDMENTS OR
wheelbase, along with tailgate and barn door variants, this covers all transporters from 2004 OF A SHOW NOT LISTED PLEASE EMAIL:
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All the latest add-ons and products for you and your van.

Quick En-Suite
Civilise Your Swamper Or Surfbus
New from Tuff-Trek the Quick Pitch en-suite mounts on a roof
rack, in a canvas bag or aluminium box (pictured). Open the carrier
and simply fold out the canvas sides to your shower, toilet or
changing room, all done in around eight seconds!
Cost: From £375

Camping Box
Instant Removable Conversion
The QUQUQ Camping box can turn your Transporter
or Caddy into a camper, in a moment, with no drilling or
fitting required. Lift it in and you have a folding bed, a pull-
out kitchen with a two-burner stove, a 20 litre tank, a sink
and storage space.
Cost: From £2,370

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Barbecue Revolution
Fan-tastic cooking
This charcoal barbecue produces no smoke and can
be ready for use in an exceptionally short time (under
five minutes). This is all made possible by a removable,
rechargeable and powerful fan motor. The outside
remains cool whilst you’re cooking and when you get
home you can bung the whole thing in the dishwasher!
Portable Hook -Up Cost: £89.99 but you can get an extra 5% discount if you
enter the code VWBusmagazine5% at the checkout
Flexible Solution
The Voltaic Roll Away provides fifteen metres of roll away cable allowing
you the freedom to position your mains electric wherever you want. Offering
three sockets and two USB ports, along with an LED light.
Cost: £85

Double Sleeper
Vango Aurora Vario
Designed to convert from a three-season to a two-season
sleeping bag by simply zipping one layer away, it’s perfect
for space conscious campers, combining luxurious soft to
touch fabrics with a superior brushed polyester shell. And
as it’s a double you get to cuddle the other half too!
Camper Cooled Cost: £125
Evapolar Table-Top Air Cooler
Revolutionise the way you can cool your Transporter when camped. Simply
fill the compact unit with water, plug into a USB socket. The cooler draws
air over an internal water reservoir, cooling the air as it travels through
the device. What’s more, because of its simplicity, the table-top cooler only
requires 10 - 12w of electricity.
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Bus feature

Bellow Yellow!
A picture is worth a thousand words…
Andrew Thompson

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Audi TT seats

It wouldn’t be a Deacon build

uckily for us, we have
multiple images and over
a thousand words too, so
hopefully you will get to if there wasn’t hydro dipping…
know Dave Deacon and his
van a little better over the next few on and that family has grown, as anything that new before. It had
pages. If the name rings a bell or has the love for VWs. Dave’s last full VW history, because it was
even the style of van looks familiar van, another green T5 was sold to from a business. When I first saw
that could be down to Dave having help pay for his wedding. After it, it still had sign writing on it.
a history of getting his VWs in the wedding, there was still some After a mop, it already looked so
magazines. This will be his third money left over, so he decided much better! But all that didn’t
van to get a feature. to get another project. This was really matter, because I knew it
As you can see, he doesn't do around two years ago now, the van was going to get changed anyway.”
things by half measures! he procured was a basic work van, Within a few days of ownership,
To take a quick trip down the previous owner had actually the van was at the body shop being
memory lane, the last van of Dave’s bought it off his company to sell. stripped down and getting ready
which was in VWBus was the Being an old work van, it wasn’t for it’s make over. To take it from
‘Green Machine’ from the cover of in the best of condition when Dave a boring works van to a fun family
issue 11 back in 2013! A Kawasaki acquired it. However, he was camper. “The colour was picked
Green T4, set up perfectly for his happy, “I was chuffed because it by the kids, they picked the colour
young family. Well a few years was a facelift van, I’ve never had of the last van as well. This one is

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“The van is used for the ‘Daddy
Camp Out’ every four – six weeks a
group of friends go away camping
with all of our kids, they love it!”
VW Sulpher Yellow. It’s had a full slightly staggered stance and to fill
respray, we replaced the doors, the rear arches more.
fitted the Sportline front end and Under the bonnet it’s been
a JPL splitter. New Audi style remapped from the original 102bhp
headlights complete and update up to 187bhp with a K&N filter,
the look of the front end.” Whilst hard pipes for the intercooler and
we are talking about the exterior a full stainless exhaust with DPF
Dave has lowered the van on a delete it looks and sounds great,
set of Gaz coil-overs, it’s around and goes well!
a 100mm drop thanks to the hub The whole purpose of this van
mod on the front and nothing is so that the whole family can
but the spring on the back (so no get away together – “It’s a mobile
adjusters, and no rubber pads on family memory centre, every four
the bump stops etc). As for the to six weeks we get away for the
wheels I don't think I’ve come Daddy camp out with my brother
across a set of these wheels before and a couple of mates. We’ve all got
on a van, but both the style and kids of similar ages, the kids all get
colour work well on Dave’s van. on really well, the camp sites we go
They are 20” AXE's with 10mm to are really safe, the kids can run
spacers on the back, to give it a off freely and enjoy themselves –

20" AXE's
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Signature dipping

Bus details
“I wouldn’t cook in my bed What did the van start
as? Panel Van
at home, so why would Colour? Sulpher Yellow
I do it in my van?” BHP? 187bhp
Wheels type and size?
20” AXE with 10mm
it’s brilliant!” With that said, there sink or burner, the van is to sleep spacers on the rear
is five of them including the dog, so in, it’s not a kitchen - I wouldn’t Tyres? 255/35/20
space is important in the van! “My cook a bacon sandwich in my bed Lowered? Around 100mm
friend Tom at the Bristol Camper at home, so why would I do it in with a few modifications
Company did all the first steps my van? There is normally a few to get it there
on the interior. I was then offered of us when we go away, so we all Why is this bus special?
sponsorship from Cavallino cook together outside. We try to “It’s our mobile family
memory centre, we
Campers on the units, which is keep things minimal, a couple of spend time away in it,
why there are big Cavallino decals plastic boxes with stuff will go the four of us, in fact all
on the side of the van. When you in and a cool box, that’s it.” In five including the dog!
It’s always great fun, the
pull out the bed it turns into a the back of the van is a leisure kids love it and going on
king size bed, for us it was more battery and a 26” TV, and there the Daddy Camp Out, it’s
important to have more sleeping are USB ports under the bed for great to see them smile
space than having ‘traditional’ charging up the gadgets. You so much and for it to last
for weeks.”
style storage units. There is no may have spotted the US style

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Personal plates

“It’s a mobile family

memory making centre”
number plates inside, each plate one weekend, then the following
has a different family members weekend have the whole family
initials on it, they look cool and jump in, including the dog for
add to the personal touches which some time away. If anyone is
makes this van unique to Dave worried about the practicality of
and his family. The front seats their van after lowering it, I think
are from an Audi TT and the this is a great example of how
passenger one is on a swivel, this
helps with creating more space in
lowered van on larger wheels
can still be used practically. Dave
the back of the van, as it gives an Dave is also a detailer in fact he
extra seat in the back. Of course, was at the recent Camper Mart And we’d like to thank…
Thanks to Ben at Advanced Automotive for fitting the coil-overs
it wouldn’t be a build from Dave if event giving demonstrations on The Old Dub Shop in Bristol for getting it extra low
it didn’t have any hydro dipping! the fine art of detailing. If you Ben Fortescue for building the sub box and helping install the ICE
Sarah and Ken from Worle Autos missed the show and you want Cavallino Campers for all the interior units
painted the dash and door cards, to have a good look around this Nick at Gorilla Tints for the windows and wheels
the hydro dipped pattern has then van, pick up some tricks on Chris Godwin for painting yet another van for me!
been added on top of the paint so how to keep your van in tip-top Bristol Campers for sound deadening, insulation and carpeting the
whole van.
the colours underneath still come condition and have it looking its Mike at MTP Exhuasts
through the design. best all the time, be sure to see Dave at Mobile Eco Tuning for the remap, EGR and DPF delete
It’s great to see a van that can him on the Dub Wax stand at And lastly Dubwax for keeping me stocked up on products to keep
the van in tip top condition
stand its ground on the show field Vanwest in May. See you there!

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Berkeley VW Show
The Berkley VW Show held on 24th September last
year has long been a scene favourite
Simon Cooke

he show takes places in for photographers like me? The
the village of Berkeley, in show isn’t just for VWs though,
Gloucestershire, just off the titled the Berkeley VW Show plus
M5, in the fields below the Vintage and Retro Fair, you can
famous haunted Berkeley find vehicles from the vintage,
Castle. The castle is used as a location resto and classic sectors too. As
for many film and TV series. In the well as the Retro Fair, obviously
weeks before the 2017 show it was As usual you had the traders
the setting for scenes starring Rowan and food and drink down one
Atkinson as Jonny English, as the end, together with live music from
comedy super spy returns in the Sid & The Scatterbrains, with
latest version of Jonny English. the Show and Shine and Club
The forecast for last year’s Displays, both VW and general
show was good and thankfully it vintage/retro/classics at the other
turned out to be accurate. Entry end of the field, sadly there were
to the show cost a mere £6, unless less classics this year than in the
you were under 16 in which case past. Alongside these were the
it was free. The show featured a fun fair and kids Go Kart rides.
different layout for the VWs which For those who wanted to be a
made taking photos of the displays bit more adventurous than just a
and keeping the castle in the cheese burger, there was an exotic
background harder than last year meat bar, this wasn’t what I was
- but maybe that’s just a problem thinking! – We dread to think, Jimmer “We have been coming to this show for about six years; when
we first came I think we had one of the first T5 conversions
For some reason this show seems to here,” said Ami from Moore’s Campers - well known for all their
step by step tech features in VW Bus. “This year it’s the first

attract a lot of VWs that I don’t see show for our new rental T5 campers and we are just about to
go on tour with them. I love this show, it’s nice and local and
we love seeing all our old customers again,” she added.
anywhere else on the show circuit

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The castle is used as a location for
many film and TV series
It was a just a place to buy your and for a totally unexplained reason a
camel, rattle snake and kangaroo large portion of those seem to be T3s.
burgers. It was also good to see There’s no good reason that I can see,
some seating - (chairs and straw although it does make a nice change.
bales) something sadly lacking at This year there also seemed to be a
the majority of shows; it’s fine if you large amount of VW Karmann Ghias
can relax in your van, or have seats - again for no obvious reason. Of
outside it, but not so fine if you are on course there are also a good selection
foot and you don’t consider the wet of Splits and Bays, and other assorted
grass to be a great seating option. VAG cars along with a whole host of
With this show being the local T4s, T5s and T6s; Shane Curry’s Golf
event for the Gloucester T4/T5 won Best in Show. Vale Dub Klub
Owners Club you’d expect to see a picked up the award for Best Club
good turn out from the local boys and Display. The Best Spit was owned
girls of the club and you’d be right by Barry Richard with the Best Bay AT THE SHOW
- they certainly had an impressive being Rich Spraggon’s fine example.
Lance is the proud owner of a 2002 T4 which
line-up. For more information on this When it came to the water-cooled had been converted by Spektrum Interiors.
club turn to page 62. vans results it was Tracy Wheeler “I’ve been to this show three times and it’s
I’ve noticed this before at the show who won Best T5 with John Power always evolving,” said Lance. “This year there
and possibly even mentioned it – but taking the T4 honours. are more traders, but less classic vehicles,
which is a shame as they were a nice trip
for some reason this show seems to This year the show will be held on down memory lane. It’s a nice relaxed show.”
attract a lot of VWs that I don’t see Sunday September 23rd, keep an eye
anywhere else on the show circuit on Facebook for details.

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Bus feature

Divine In
It’s usually the old m a n’s va n th at gets featured
h ard son it's different
ut for Dav in ia Ric
in these pages, b
” Edwards
Steve “autoholic

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Bus feature

Assembly time

avinia, known more often This former plasterer’s van was
as Vinny, is the driving located in Birmingham, once there
Bus details
What did the van
force behind this one, Vinny wasted little time crawling start as? Panel
the one with the desire to underneath to ensure that all was
Colour? Matte
get into adventures. She well with the potential purchase walnut and Blue
has always dreamed of owning a and finding that it was, the deal was LWB/SWB SWB
camper can and heading off to the done. The van, a 2001 SWB 1.9, had BHP? 68
horizon. She used to go camping been cream and was immediately
Wheels type and
under canvas with her parents, but christened Layton Bakewell, due to size? Mercedes
always looked enviously at camper the registration number and colour Benz Vito Steels
vans and their cool set-ups. She had but you’ll have to ask Vinny for 16”
some money saved and was about to the full explanation. First on the Tyres? 205/65/16
be properly grown up and purchase agenda was to fit some windows Lowered? No
a property to let, with her sister, to this former work horse. It was Why is this bus
Jaz. But when the deal fell through, sent to Vanhaus, who have recently special? It has
Vinny thought it was a sign and that completed a move to Stafford and fulfilled a dream
and puts a smile
life was too short. So, she decided to whose details you can find on on my face every
take her money, fulfil her dream and Facebook. They cut the centre panels time I drive it.
spend her cash even more wisely, and added both sides, the offside
she invested it in this T4. window has a sliding section. Vinny
After looking at a few day van had been doing a lot of research and
conversions locally, she felt she had spotted a van on Pinterest that
hadn’t seen a van that suited her. had been finished with a silk effect

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She had some money saved
and was about to be properly
grown up, but decided to
take her money and spend it
even more wisely in a T4
to the paint and that was something been destined for a Mercedes Benz
that really took her fancy. She Vito. Not however, before BPS had
looked at a multitude of colour added a few coats of the specially
swatches before deciding on the mixed blue paint though. Vinny
matte walnut you see here. Initially liked the banded look, but after
the roof was to remain in the original much thought decided to stay with
cream with the wheels painted to the standard width, as this van has
match. But after seeing a Citroen been designed to be used and it is
C3 in a “gorgeous blue”, she knew fast becoming her daily driver. She
that was the accent colour for her. has a VW Fox too, but that doesn’t
BPS Garage Services in Uttoxeter quite bring the smile to her face in
took care of the colour change and the same way as the van, so it’s a
added an agent, to ensure the blue distinct possibility that it might get
paint had the matching matte finish. moved on.
When Vinny originally bought The interior needed to be
the van, it had a set of alloy wheels functional too, so the search began
fitted, but they had seen better for a suitable convertor who could
days, so she decided to change to a realise Vinny’s ideas. Once she
set of sixteen-inch steels that had had made up her mind as to what

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16" Vito steels

Vinny had been doing a lot of research and

had spotted a van on Pinterest that had
been finished with a silk effect to the paint
that might be. The traditional rock AMA Transporters in Walsall were
and roll bed with seat belts wasn’t commissioned to take care of all
necessary, as it’s just Vinny, her the interior work and Stuart and
fella Kez and their pet pooch Foley his team easily managed to realise
that will use the van. She decided on Vinny's ideas. You might remember
an L-shaped arrangement, with a the company built a cool white T5
bed that could be constructed much multi-van that was featured on the
like the ones in a caravan. That way cover of Issue 26 All the trimming
she got plenty of room for her, Kaz was carried out in a sumptuously
and Foley to stretch out, plus when soft, two tone vinyl with blue
in seating mode there is more than stitching, while the rear was custom
enough room to sit comfortably. built to suit Vinny’s requirements.
She also added a swivel base to The van was fully insulated and
her front double seat, which she ply lined with the usual Veltrim
installed herself. She had all the seats in place on the side walls and roof.
re-trimmed to match the exterior, Some handy LED lights were added
This former plasterer’s van
was located in Birmingham,
once there Vinny wasted little
time crawling underneath
it to ensure all was well
in the roof along with a VW logo and a Waeco fridge. They added
that features some LEDs that Vinny cupboard doors and drawers in their
found on eBay. There weren’t the usual layout, but at Vinny’s request
only lighting tweaks, outside the installed a Tambour roller door and
rear badge has some hidden LEDs a neat cubbyhole above the fridge.
that operate as an additional brake There is a leisure battery on board
light, very clever. Back inside which supplies the power, but a 240
AMA constructed some collapsible volt hook up has not been added
supports for the bed that neatly on purpose, as the plan is to try
stow under it, but can also be used and stay away from campsites and
around the campfire as small tables, concentrate on wild camping.
a useful multi-functional addition. Of The whole point of the van for
course, it’s always advisable to have Vinny was to fulfil her camping
a practice run assembling of your dreams with Kez and Foley, they are
structure, preferably prior to any planning on a few local getaways
impending photo shoots. However, to get themselves used to it and, to
this advice may be ignored if you’re
happy to amuse your friendly
make sure they have everything
they need. Before heading up to
neighbourhood photographer. AMA Scotland to navigate the North And I’d like to thank…
also constructed a run of furniture Coast 500 and then who knows Vanhaus –
in a Driftwood coloured laminate where. All we know is that wherever BPS Garage Services –
that features an Earthen Bark they get to, it’ll be Vinny’s divine AMA Transporters –
worktop, sink and burner combo inspiration that got them there.

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Fitting A Sump Guard

Do you use protection? Whether you are sump scraping or swamping, you
might want to consider getting some protection down there for your bits
Andrew Thompson

You will need:

Spanners or sockets
for M10 and M8 bolts
and an extra pair of
hands is useful

Add blocks of wood,
a selection of jacks
and axel stands to
the above.

At the time of writing
T4 £146
T5 £123
Prices do fluctuate
due to exchange
For a discount from
the supplier use the
code VW10 at the

Where from?
Company: Sump-
Address: 2
Str. Kossuth Lajos
nr. 52
Odorheiu Secuiesc
Website www.Sump-

The Old Dub Shop
Unit 1 Crosslanes
BS20 0JJ
Website: www. When you really slam a T4 the mount. After calling round a few I headed to The Old Dub
Phone: 01275 373655 main issue particularly with places it was also clear that this Shop in Bristol, renowned for
the 2.5 version is the gearbox was going to be rather expensive. slamming both air-cooled and
mount. That’s the part which The inside was good and the best water pumping dubs (they are
Difficulty sits lowest to the ground. The option was to get a second-hand responsible for the majority of
rating gearbox mount is cast alloy, so
rather than slowly wearing away,
casing and swap over the internals
– a job too big for myself and one
T4’s on Hydraulic suspension).
A guard like this is an item that
one hit in the right place and it that cost me the best part of £1000! gets fitted to every vehicle that
will smash in to a million pieces. The next issue was the fact that I goes through their doors, so they
I know this from experience, once would face the exact same problem seemed like the people to see.
EASY as I pulled out of a slip road on to again if I didn’t get some protection So, whether you are struggling
the motorway, the gearbox mount in place. Botond Vass from www. to get over speed bumps in
caught a cat’s eye. It smashed hooked me Tesco’s car park, or rocks
and sent pieces of metal up with one of their sump guards whilst green laning, I would
flying out everywhere! After for the T4 (they also make sump strongly suggest getting some
investigating the damage, it was guards for pretty much any vehicle protection, especially when the
clear that a new box was needed, on the road! Use the code VW10 guard is around a tenth of the
there was very little left of the for a discount at check out.) price of the repair bill I had!

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The sump guard comes with everything you need and is
well packaged to stop it from getting damaged (although
that isn’t really necessary – if you check the photos later on!
Everything you need including instructions
This is what we are trying to avoid the gearbox has been
worn flat (note the bolt /half a bolt!) and the gearbox mount
that has also been smashed
Attach sides to sump guard
There are already nuts welded into place so the is no way to
make any mistakes!
Spencer’s top tip, “always use lube! Chances are nothing has
gone in this hole on the chassis rail for a long time and it’s
going to be filled with cob webs, dirt and all sorts. Give it a
good clean to ensure you can screw the bolt straight in.”
Get that extra pair hands to help guide the sump guard into
place, it’s a big old guard and although it is doable on your
own with some supports, it’s much easier with an extra pair
of hands.
The sump guard bolts into factory points on the chassis, as
previously mentioned you just need to make sure they are
clean so the bolts go in, first time!

5 6


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9 10 11

12 14



Screw in the bolts at the rear of the guard to the sub-frame
Now that the sump guard is in place, you can go round tightening up the
Get the van back on the ground and asses clearance
As you can see the guard sits a little low if you drive a slammed van.
However, after a couple of days of use, a lot of scraping and a few
knocks, the sump guard was no longer sitting so low!

Six months later, it’s time to see how this guard is getting on.
Remember that its only 2mm thick and when it was first put on
the van, there was only a couple of mm clearance under it. It’s
been used and abused, when there was an option to drive down
a cambered country road it was taken, speed bumps were hit
harder, we wanted to put this to the test and see how it would
withstand ‘real’ use.
It’s looking worn, but not worn through
We took the sump guard off the van so we could assess the damage
Heavy damage but still going strong
It’s done a great job, and as we put it back on I would highly recommend
getting one!

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Who Knows
Where Next…
Is it time to pack in your day job, build the
van of your dreams and hit the road? If you
ask Hannah Jenkins and Oliver Whittaker,
the answer will be a resounding yes!
Andrew Thompson

n February 18, 2018 into their new home. At this point
our couple will our couple were still in full time
celebrate a year on employment, they had good jobs
Instagram. Now you as engineers, a nice home and were
might think that it’s living the dream, right? Well not
a strange thing to do, but it’s the quite, or at least not their dream…
date of their first post online as You see Hannah and Oliver have
@whoknowswherenext and it always had a love for travelling and
marks the start of a life changing hobbies such as hiking, kayaking,
journey. A simple collage showing photography and cooking, but
the old builder’s van floor, the floor traditionally, at least some of those
removed revealing ten years of dirt were restricted by work. Something
and then finally the finished result of a renaissance man Oliver also
of a hard day’s work. With the floor designs watches, check out @
now sparkling and ready to turn pivotwatches also on Instagram,

The camper was built

on the pavement outside
their home in Clifton!

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One morning, hidden in a valley in Bus details

What did the van
Liechtenstein, we woke to find we had start as? Panel

been sharing our bed with a mouse! Colour? White

BHP? 84
to see some of his designs. wonky” At times the van build Wheels type and
It was time to start their next looked more like a builder’s van size? Standard
adventure. I mentioned their nice it used to be, rather than the VW Alloys
home earlier, well it’s wasn’t the camper van it became. Filled with Tyres?
perfect place to build a camper timber and tools, whilst creating 215/65/16
van. At the time, the couple were their rolling home, on the street Lowered? No
living in Clifton, a beautiful part outside their home. Now when Why is this bus
of Bristol, full of Victorian and they say “no plans”, I think they special? “This
van will always
Georgian townhouses, with are referring to flat pack plans, be our first
fairly narrow roads and a lack of rather than just winging it. Our conversion, a
parking… But this all added to the couple are engineers and there are design challenge
we tackled
charm and home built feel of their some very detailed floor layouts together, and
campervan “it was a practical mess, plans with lots of dimensions a home that
everything was handmade, no taken, all to create the most took us around
Europe for a full
plans, no furniture, just making it practical living space possible. six months.”
up as we go, everything perfectly A living space so practical they
bespoke to us and ever so slightly have spent the last six months

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Oliver and Hannah have
spent the last six months
living full time in their T5,
traveling around Europe
living in it around Europe! away here and there. Oliver and
"There was no real secret way Hannah have spent six months
of making money on the road for in it straight after finishing the
us. We saved up £4K each, built build! “We tried to use recycled
the conversion on weekends, materials where possible and
then quit our jobs and left for the main framing was made
Europe! In Portugal, we got some from timber planks and marine
amazing travel tips from a fellow plywood. We used lightweight
Vanlifer! We shared some food wood and as little structure as
and wine with the Portuguese possible, to keep the weight low.”
couple, squeezing all four of us As you can see the van is a
round our table in the van! We twin slider – not a particularly
spent many nights tuning our popular model for most van
layout to incorporate all our needs owner/convertors. However,
and all our stuff.” What I love as proven here, the twin slider
about this, is that it was their has great advantages, both from
first build! I’ve ripped out my a storage and access to hard to
interior several times for different reach areas point of view. The
layouts making improvements most impressive design feature
and that’s for the odd weekend for me is the pull-out burner,

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enabling Oliver and Hannah previously mentioned, multiple

to cook outside! A very clever storage drawers and chests, some
and practical design feature, of low voltage plugs and a high
which there are many on this voltage hook up. Homemade black
build. For example, the table is out blinds, sink with water tank
actually the cupboard door, which and a powered cool box, plus some
doubles up as the table top. The home furnishings and comforts
supports for the table are also complete the interior build.
cleverly sloted away in the frame “We love driving the van, the
of the unit below and you would way it handles and the fact we can
never notice they are there. turn around and see our home
So apart from looking gorgeous, cruising down the motorway. We
the van has an impressive spec. are able to take the van on long
A double bed downstairs, the trips, short trips, even afternoon
L-shaped sofa in the day, turns trips and have everything we need
into a bed at night and upstairs in from a home in the back of the
the pop top, there is also another vehicle. We love peering out of the
double. A twin burner gas hob windows at a new location every
with plumbed in Camping Gaz day and taking the van wherever
supply, some LED lights on the mood takes us. Now that we
remote. The fold down table as have been away for six months,
The van gave us a happy
medium of a (small) roof over
our heads, while still opening
our doors into nature every day
it’s hard to choose which stories to home in the UK, "We’re working
share. But some places stand out; on a Vanlife book that will have
hiking the Dolomites mountain loads of info on how to build and
range in Italy, relaxing on the travel in a self-converted van!
Croatian islands, exploring the We’re also moving to Australia
Algarve coastline out of season, shortly, we think well be taking
kayaking around the northern on a new van build out there,
Italian lakes and visiting cities which means we’ll have to sell
like Ghent and Strasbourg.” One this van in the UK. It’s going
morning, hidden in a valley in to be difficult to part with it,
Liechtenstein, we woke to find but we’re excited to start a new
we had been sharing our bed with build and try some new designs.
a mouse! As it ran around our We’ve been dreaming of an
feet we quickly jumped out of the older VW with 4WD for those
van. After a long mouse hunt, we Australian outback tracks!”
never actually found it, so who That sounds incredible, with
knows where the stowaway is the van becoming available
now! It was certainly our most soon, maybe it’s time to take the

Oliver & Hannah

active start to a morning…” leap and carry on the European
After following Oliver and travels in this T5 – to keep up to
Hannah’s travels for the past six date with Oliver and Hannah’s
months on social media I was travels and their book be sure to And I’d like to thank…
excited to find out what their plans follow @WhoKnowsWhereNext All the people we’ve met along the way.
were next, now that they were back on social media!

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The Road
To Biarritz
Time for a cuppa
Best mates and fellow surfers Adam
Howard and Andy Bell made a plan and
decided to head for Biarritz in their VW T4s.
Adam, a freelance photographer and writer
tells the story Adam Howard

rior to the trip both vans With Andy coming from the south
were given a thorough west of England, whilst I come
once over including from the south east, the first leg
fresh oil changes and of the journey needed to include
new filters etc. As we a practical meeting up point and
ticked off the last few items on our having previously booked the ferry
respective packing list’s, spare that was to sail from Portsmouth
surf leash, fins and extra boxes to St Malo, it made sense for
of surf wax we loaded our trusty us to both head to Portsmouth
VW vans and knew the adventure independently and catch up there.
was on. We decided to have a We sailed with Brittany Ferries
stopover in Hossegor in south that same evening at 20:30. Having
west France for the Quicksilver decided beforehand to book a twin
Pro 2017 surf competition. It’s a berth en-suite cabin on-board,
road trip that had long been on we agreed that grabbing a few
our radar; you know, France in zzz’s on the twelve-hour crossing,
the autumn, more sunshine and made a whole lot of sense. Waking
warmer temperatures than the refreshed and ready to hit the
shores of the UK at that time of French roads just after breakfast
year, the open road and the promise the next morning was a good
of new places and surf spots to way for this road trip to begin. By
be discovered and hopefully deciding to sail to St Malo instead
ridden, around every corner. of to Calais saved us an additional

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Forest Aire at Contis Plage

Overhead at the Pro

Adam and Andy en route south

337km of driving once in France.

Leaving the port of St Malo with
The vans were cruising
a steady cruise south along the
smooth, uncrowded and non-
happily, the weather already
potholed D137 highway, on the
first leg of that morning’s drive warm and we got our first
we bypassed the larger towns
of Rennes and Nantes, before glimpse of the ocean
turning south west and heading
out towards the coast. We took a right? “It’s the journey, not the after a peaceful, surf stoked sleep.
short break in St-Gilles-Croix-de- arrival that matters” at least that’s After stopping off at the E.Leclerc
Vie, a pleasant town 264km from according to TS Eliot and I can see Hypermarche in Mimizan and
St Malo. The vans were cruising the sense in that. topping up on groceries for a few
happily, the weather already warm Not far from Les Dunes was a days, we find an Aire de Camping
and we got our first glimpse of the great place to free-camp and the at a place called Contis Plage and
ocean with the promise of things surf was so good we had to get back decide to stay a couple of nights
to come. Consulting the map, we in for a sunset session. With the here, alongside other camper vans
decided to push an additional sky turning deep crimson and gold from all over Europe. We have
35km south, to a surf spot at Les and the sets rolling in, I rode those electric hook-up to re-charge the
Dunes not far from the larger town walls until it was too dark to see leisure batteries, fresh running
of Les Sables d’ Olonne. Here we and on my last wave I let out a hoot water and clean showers and
found a mellow wave by French of pleasure as I took a moment to toilets. As an additional bonus it is
standards, but at head height a appreciate how fortunate I was to just a ten minute walk to a cracking
fun one for sure and just what just be there right then. beach break, that on inspection is
was called for after a good drive The next morning it’s back on showing overhead surf. It’s time to
on the first morning in France. the road and of course always rest up here, strum a few chords on
Our goal was Biarritz with a stop heading south, we leave the region the guitar’s and share a couple of
at the Quicksilver Pro, but this was of Vendee and head for a town glasses of Merlot, as after a superb
to be a road trip to remember, sure called Mimizan, 111km south of surf we watch the sun set through
we could have belted all the way Bordeaux and 445km from Les the pine trees that surround our
down the ‘Peage’, but why rush Dunes where we began today, camp in the forest.

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Pathway to the surf, Biarritz

Thoroughly rested it was time to

head for the QuickSilver Pro in “It’s the journey, not the
Hossegor and our chance to see
some of the world’s best surfers in arrival that matters” at least
contest conditions. An early start,
saw us break camp at our forest that’s what TS Eliot wrote
Aire and head back out on the road.
97km later we arrive in the town best surfers on the planet, at least as Capbreton, we awoke the next
of Hossegor. Our first impressions far as contests and the World Tour morning and drove the remaining
were of a very neat and pleasant goes, to see crowds of fans, smiling, 40km to Biarritz. What a superb
looking place, it was breakfast happy, just enjoying the moment place it is, with tranquil gardens
time so there were no maddening and to be amongst it all, to take in and memorials to past losses of
crowds. Instead just small knots the atmosphere of the whole thing life during the World Wars, the
of people here and there in cafés, was so worth it. It’s an experience, Aquarium de Biarritz with its
sipping coffee and chatting. As we we’re so glad we made the effort to art deco style exterior and the
drove through the town and neared see it and if you’ve never been, go! delightful stone bridges that lead
the surf contest site, the traffic You won’t be disappointed. out to small island outcrops that
and crowds thickened and finding After our visit to the QuickSilver once on them afford views back to
parking spaces for our vans was Pro and another night free camped the town itself. Great local shops,
the first priority. To see some of the in the forest, this time near cafés and in the evening, bars Biarritz at dawn

Sun setting near Les Dune

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Contis Plage

Andy free camping in Biarritz

Adam’s T4 near Les Dunes

A fair few other ‘surf’

vans also found this little
slice of perfection
overlooking the ocean, where the at various points along the beach, it
locals gather and chat over a glass proved to be a great place to stay and
of wine or a bottle of beer or two. enjoy for a few days.
Picturesque streets and a civilised All to quickly our time in Biarritz
culture where you can afford to was up and it was time to have to
let time slow, relax and just enjoy head back north and ultimately
being ‘here now’. the UK. After the excellent forest
Being autumn the temperatures Aires and other free-camp spots
are still hot during the daytime we had used on our way south,
Speed, power and passion and cool and pleasant at night. we decided to use the same
Free-camping here in Biarritz places on the return journey.
was a real result and after finding Throughout our road trip the
a superb spot to park the vans vans performed flawlessly we
overlooking the sea, we ended up surfed at least once a day and
staying for four nights. We were on most occasions twice.
parked amongst a host of other T4’s All in all France in the autumn
and T5’s here. We could just slide and the road to Biarritz is a trip we
open the side doors on our vans would not only repeat in a heartbeat,
and take in the ocean scene, with but would highly recommend to
the main town a kilometre or two anyone that has a T4, T5 or T6 and
in the distance. Likewise a fair few wants to just get out and explore…
other ‘surf’ vans also found this
little slice of perfection and with a The Facts
Kilometres travelled = 1458
mixture of nationalities present, Fuel economy = 600 miles to a tank, 12
the atmosphere at all times was gallons in tank = 47mpg
respectful and courteous. Good Average speed = 60mph
surf was to be had here and with Duration of trip = 14 days
Sunset at La Tranche-sur-Mer Ferry Crossing = Portsmouth – St. Malo (12hrs)
toilets not far away and showers

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Congratulations to Rockin Vans, whose stunning two-tone T6
camper won this year’s Bus Of The Year competition! The bus was
originally featured in issue 66 and beat off all comers to secure
the coveted prize. In honour of their success, we are awarding
them this month’s centre spread. Well done to all at Rockin Vans!

Whether it’s a show winner or daily driver, share with us why you love your bus.

Green’s White
My van started life as a bread delivery van in Preston. It’s a 1.9,
short wheelbase ex-panel van with 98K Miles on the clock.
I’ve owned it for about three years and in that time, it’s had a
full body re-spray in the correct Grauweiss (white) colour. It’s
lowered by 60mm, has a quad stainless-steel exhaust and all the
windows are black limo tint.
A classic looking 70’s style upholstery with colour changing
lighting are to be found inside. I used to own a 73 bay, just goes to
show you never lose the VW bug. My T4 is mainly used to attend
shows with my brother and mates.
Stuart Green

Anna’s Pit Stop

I spent my childhood years
running around the family
run garage behind my dad and
grandpa with a boiler-suit on and
a spanner in my hand
After university, I found myself
running Duke of Edinburgh
expeditions and spending tens
of nights sleeping in a tent.
An upgrade was in order so I
bought myself a T5 camper. It
had been converted, but didn’t
have a pop top roof so I roped in
my dad to help install the roof. I
loved the three days hard graft
in the workshop and decided
to buy a VW transporter to
convert as a project in my spare
time. This was the start of my
business Pitstop Campers in
South Lanarkshire (www. and we’ve
come a long way since then.
We will be bringing you more on
Anna’s Pitstop Campers in a future
issue - Alan
Anna Anderson

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Darby and Roam
I have a 1995 T4 in glorious white.  Not the easiest
of vans to keep spotless during the winter I must
admit.  I have owned this particular van since April
last year.  I’ve had some great trips to Devon and
Dorset and all along the south coast since I’ve had
her. Anyway, today the weather was good so I
thought I would give her a wash and polish so that
she is good to go whenever I want to get out and
about.  I thought she looked so good in the sun that
I took a few snaps and sent them to you. The only
thing I really want to change are the front seats for
two in black leather, that is a project for warmer
days though.
Mat Darby

Dawson’s Chic
Jezebel would love to be in
your magazine again. She last
appeared in issue 16 and we’ve
come a long way since then.  We
live in God’s county, beautiful
Northumberland. We are a family
that fancies a different way of
life, so we bought a VW van in
late October 2011 and decided to
have a go at doing a conversion. 
Ready for the summer of 2012,
we even did some shows that
year, before it was finished.  Now
we have it where we want, with
heating and all the mod cons.  We
love her like one of our family.

I had to put a double seat in for
my son’s friends, to come to the
festivals with us. We love our
little camper and can’t wait for
the 2018 season to start. GET YOUR BU

D Send a brief description about your Bus (130 words max) and three high-res pictures
Rob Dawson
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The Cud Life

Anne Rogers

I first heard about The Cud Life via the VW Camper Chicks group on Facebook

t the time, I was used over winter when the grass Campsite
planning a trip which field and facilities block is closed
involved a reunion in (Nov-Mar). The site is a Camping
The Cud Life
Shropshire of people & Caravan Club site, and only
Spruisty Hall Farm
I’d not seen for thirty ever has a maximum of fifteen
Ripon Road
years, followed by a photo shoot pitches occupied, unless the entire
in Yorkshire. So, when I saw the site is booked out for an event. Killinghall
details of The Cud Life, which The facilities block is neat, clean Harrogate
is just outside Harrogate, it was and warm. Toilets and showers HG3 2AU
an easy decision to stay there. are unisex, with good sized solidly Tel: 01423 565855
The Cud Life Campsite is a grass enclosed shower cubicles with Web: www.
site on a working farm run by plenty of room for drying and
Email: contact@
Dave and Tanya Umpleby. Tanya dressing as well as showering
was super helpful even before I and therefore very little risk of Tariffs: £20 per
arrived and came to greet me before an awkward 'dressed-only-in-a- night for one van/
I’d even stepped out of the van. towel' meeting! Water is hot and motorhome with
EHU for up to
The site has fifteen grass pitches plentiful, and there’s a radio in the two adults. This
with EHU and there are lovely building for early morning ‘ablution includes awnings
views across the sloping valley. tunes’. At the front of the block and dogs. Dogs
must be on the
The pitches are positioned around is a washing up sink and a large booking form
the edges of the site, with plenty of fridge freezer, with an honesty because they
space for relaxing or for children box for eggs, bacon, and milk. only allow a
limited number
to play. There’s also a large central If your soul rejoices at the idea due to the farm
fire pit which is usually lit on a of early morning bacon and eggs, location. There
Saturday night. As well as grass but sinks when you realise you are extra charges
for children and
pitches, there are two hardstanding have no frying pan on board fear additional adults.
pitches at the edge of the car park, not, this is the site for you. Tanya

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The site is surrounded by
fields, peacefully located away
from busy traffic – though
you may find curious cows
collecting by the fence nearby
also runs a superb coffee shop of the drive, or you can walk there
with a cook shop of the type you within around thirty minutes. The
could easily spend hours and site is a good spot for a walking base
plenty of cash in, on things for and I’m told it’s well located for
the van or your home kitchen. visiting cyclists too, since Yorkshire
(Open Thursday - Saturday.) The became a key cycling county with
coffee and cake from the coffee the arrival of the Tour de Yorkshire
shop are highly recommended! in 2015. For me, the hills are far
The site is surrounded by fields, too steep for riding up on a bike!
peacefully located away from I arrived to a warm welcome
busy traffic – though you may and left feeling like a friend.
find curious cows collecting by I certainly give this site a five
the fence nearby. There’s a bus star recommendation and
into Harrogate from the bottom plan to be back in 2018.

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Bus feature

) Apple of My Eye
The (Candy
rted in the late 90s, Andrew
at sta
From a passion th W s cene w as his way of life
the V
Hines knew that
Dave Warren

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Bus feature

f we could turn back the clock outside received a treatment of
and head to 1996, we would a three-stage candy apple red, a
find exactly when Andrew was custom paint job with paint from the
bitten by the VW bug. It was House of Kolor, skillfully applied
after attending the mecca for by Kryptonite Kolours. Underneath
drag racing classic VWs, Santa Pod. the attention to detail continued,
Soon after his first visit, Andrew with every inch covered in Raptor
became the proud owner of his first paint, the wheel arches received
VW, a thirteen-window type one. special treatment. The coatings
This led to the purchase of his first continued inside, on the dash board
T4, that 1996 1.9 was to serve him and door cards, the door pillars,
well, right up until last year. When even down to all control knobs,
it made way for a very standard every inch was hydro-dipped.
2002 2.5 TDI panel van in Cobalt When your cruising in an
blue. The previous owner had cut incredibly cool van, you need a
the windows in, but this was the cool sound system. A double din
only modification. The van was stereo head unit running a six-
clean, dry and rust free, and the speaker system and under seat
transformation began shortly after.  sub were added as were Caravelle
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It’s almost like its taking
you on a journey, rather
than the other way round
all know that driving a cool van is was retained, but it was recovered in
enhanced by listening to a cool vibe. leather and slightly thickened with
With excellent forward planning added thumb rests for that added
Andrew had, when the dashboard smooth driving control, all finished
was refurbished, included a switch off with a little touch of hydro-
that allowed him to swap the power dipping for the centre. It was fully
source between main and leisure sound proofed and insulated prior
battery, so as to keep the condition of to being carpet lined in smoke grey
the batteries in good order.  with a silver head lining. The units
Staying in the front, the cab the are Evo Design’s 5.4 curved unit,
seats where recovered in a complex, with overhead locker and LED light
if pleasing design - red Bentley shelf, incorporating a top loading
diamond stitch centres with grey Webasto fridge and Smev sink unit. A
perforated fillets, and white outer split charge leisure battery electrical
and backs. Both captain seats are system, with 240volt hook up
fitted to swivel bases, which when including a smart charge facility and a
camped up, add to the luxury, leisure battery monitor which ensures
rear facing seats for socializing is the high-tech system runs smoothly.
a must. The trim continued into There are LED lights and sockets
the rear, with the rock and roll bed throughout. Sleeping arrangements
receiving the same treatment, which are provided by a 3/4 rock and
contributes to the slick, cohesive roll Smart bed, with removable
design. The original steering wheel head rests and a front access full

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You can’t beat that feeling Bus details

What did the van

of packing the van up start as? Panel


and just driving Colour? Candy

apple red
width draw. The units fitted where lenses, all the help the van to be BHP? 135BHP
actually designed for a T5, they seen on those dark misty mornings Wheels type and
are slightly wider than the T4 kits and nights, as well as looking good. size? 18” Ispiri
and the concern was whether they For stopping, some serious rubber Tyres? Goodyear
would work together in the slightly was added, with Goodyear F1s F1 230/40/18
narrower T4, after endless measuring fitted to the fully customised Ispiri Lowered? -70 mm
and liaising with Jon at Evo Design eighteen-inch wheels that replaced Why is this bus
special? Because
and Mike at Smart Beds. One of the the original steels. To enhance the of the amount of
benefits of using these kits is that van further it was treated to a touch time that I spent
they allow you to switch from a free- of lowering, with -70mm Sachs in my man cave
standing fridge behind the driver’s Super Touring HD shocks and creating it and
also the amount of
seat, to a top loading one further back.  adjustable Blue Bird coil-overs. Heko hours that all the
Let’s look at the work done on the wind and bonnet deflectors and various companies
exterior. DRL devil eye R8 headlights, stainless-steel side steps complete have put in to it.
fog lights and custom rear fog light the look. OK let’s hit some more

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It’s pretty much just out of
conversion, so the journey for
this one is just about to start…
figures and spec on this incredible So the worst experience was also
van. The original BHP went from the funniest, “looking at all the
88 to 135BHP with an intercooler dashboard parts after they had all
fitted, PP 0.5 injectors, teamed up been hydro-dipped and wondering
with a sweet-sounding Vintage where the hell does that bit go”.
Volkshaus stainless steel exhaust We also asked Andrew what the
and a fully customised re-map. thinking was behind buying this
So, after taking in all the incredible van? His reply is one that many of us
modifications going on with this subscribe to "I just can’t live without
van we asked Andrew what the a van”. Looking at the attention to
best thing he had done to the van detail put into this van, you can see
“Probably the paint work - its candy why anyone would be happy to live
apple red all the way for me” The with this one. Another question
paint work is amazing, so if you What do you like about owning your
do see this van at one of this year’s van? "The freedom and adventure
coming shows make sure you take a it can bring into your life, from epic
closer a closer look and have a word road trips through the mountains
with the man behind the styling that of Wales, to just chilling on the
went into this project. Continuing on beaches of Cornwall. It’s almost like
with the conversation I asked what it's taking you on a journey, rather
about the best experience with the than the other way around...... You
journey of this van so far “Without
a doubt it is the incredible people
can’t beat that feeling of packing
the van up and just driving …"
and companies that I have met At the time of the shoot the van And I’d like to thank…
during the conversion of the van. was just fresh out of conversion. It In no particular order:
The standard of workmanship at will take Andrew and his family on Kryptonite Kolours for the paintwork, Aqua graphics , VW trim shop ,
Van doc, Travel volts , Evo Design, Project Power aka “good friend Rake”,
every stage from everyone that has many new adventures and as he tells Vintage Volkshaus, Vanology, Pristine wheels, Scotty’s Van Centre
contributed has been faith restoring” us “This one it is just about to start”

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Dub Club

T4 &T5 Owners Gloucestershire

This is my first club feature, so it would be very rude not to start with
my local Facebook club – the T4 &T5 Owners Gloucestershire
Simon Cooke

he group was formed Powick, Grant Turner, Adam
in 2010 by Jon Beaver Richardson, Shelly & Stephen
and Sam Swift, who had Hill and Ross Eakers. The club
both recently invested meets at the Aviator Pub right
in T4s. Jon thinks it was next to Gloucester/Staverton
probably one of the first VW clubs Airport on the last Sunday of
on Facebook for T4/5s - of course the month. They also have an
there are many more now. evening meeting at another
Over the past couple of years pub on the 2nd Wednesday of
I’ve lost count of how many vans the month during the summer
from the club I have featured months. At the airport, there
in VW Bus and VW Camper is plenty of space to park, with
and Commercial magazine - Jon hard standing and grass available
and I tried to come up with a and of course, the pub does a
number, but we gave up and wide range of food and drink!
settled on lots; it’s handy to have Jon thinks that the club’s first
such a range of quality VWs on ever meeting attracted around
my doorstep. Since its inception twenty-five vans, the average
the admin team have been now is more like forty-five,
joined by several others: Jason depending on weather and what

As the founder member, Jon

gets special dispensation to be
a member, because he doesn’t
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though as his T5 has a smoothed/ ever Rolling Road Dyno Shoot Out
de-badged Bad Boy bonnet! In - keep your eyes peeled for a report
terms of numbers it’s pretty evenly on this coming soon.
split between T4 and T5s - and Final comment from Jon? “We
there are also some Crafters, but have created a great family VW
Jon doesn’t think that a T6 has group and we always have such a
joined so far; there are also some good laugh whenever we meet up;
cars in the mix too. everybody is really friendly and
The club also gets some support we welcome anyone with a VW.”
and discounts from local traders Well, you can’t really ask for much
including Top Tint, Transporter more from a VW club, can you?
Tuning and Paintworks. Of
course, the group is not just
an active Facebook page and
a monthly meeting, there is so
much more to the club. That
that day clashes with show-wise, naturally involves camping at
although the club does have VW shows and meeting up for
over 1600 members, they are cruises. Although the club does
actually scattered right across the travel around the country they
country, and not restricted to just do tend to have better turnouts at
Gloucestershire, you don’t even the more local shows, including
have to own a T4 or T5 either: “We Dubfreeze, Berkeley Castle VW
welcome anyone with a VW badge Show and Vanwest. “I think at
on the front,” explains Jon. As the Vanwest in 2017 we had almost
founder member, Jon gets special eighty vans and we took over a
dispensation to be a member, large part of the family camping
because he doesn’t actually fit field,” remembers Jon.Not content
the stated criteria. You see he’s with taking over camp sites at VW
not actually got a VW badge at shows up and down the country
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Dubs in the Middle

It’s big and it’s in the middle of the UK -well sort of- and
it’s like no other VW show you have ever seen
Simon Cooke

hat do you hope double decker bus, a foam pit, an
for and expect on-site SWAT team, burlesque
from a VW Show? dance lessons, and demonstrations,
Obviously, a good and even a wedding! Yes I kid
selection of VWs you not, this show also featured a
to get up close and personal with. wedding in the main marque on
A variety of live entertainment, the Sunday afternoon Natalie, the
to suit everybody. A wide range show’s boss, decided it would be
of trade stands and food and the ideal venue for her wedding to
drink options and ideally some Jason - as if she didn’t have enough
decent weather - although to be to do on the same weekend - that
fair that’s out of the control of the girl likes a challenge. It’s the only I
team running any show. Well you show I attend all year where I have
certainly got all of that at Dubs to print out an A4 sheet with a
in the Middle which ran for four timetable on it, to make sure I don’t
days over the May Bank Holiday miss out on anything.
weekend in a field in Evesham, The show was a sell-out and
Worcestershire. You got all the people started arriving on the
above and much, much more. Friday and some didn’t leave until
Where else would you get hot Monday - in total over 4000 people AT THE SHOW
showers, toilets which are clean attended the event. There was
for the entire show, an on-site some rain - on the Friday - well it Sammy from Re-Born To Be Wild has featured at every DITM so
beauty salon in a pink caravan for was a Bank Holiday weekend, and far. At each show she does a live day-by-day demonstration of
the ladies, dog show, fire juggling, it was pretty windy on Saturday custom airbrush spray painting on part of a VW. She does admit
that working outdoors when you are spraying can be a challenge
indoor play area for kids on a (many awnings fell foul of this and - especially if it’s windy, like 2017! “This year it’s a trailer to match
a T4 I painted at the last show - the owner loves his Jack Daniels,”
The show was a sell-out and people said Sammy. “He gave me a couple of photos to choose from,
but his daughter and I over-ruled his choice and picked this one
started arriving on the Friday and instead.” The one-off design will take Sammy the best part of
the show to complete. “I really look forward to this show every
year - it’s a really good atmosphere and very friendly,” she said.
some didn’t leave until Monday

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Maxine was chilling
out with her T4 Hi-Top
in the camping area.
“This is the first VW
I’ve owned and it took
several years to find
it - in the end I found
it just up the road
from me,” explained
Maxine. “I bought it in
April two years ago and

It’s the only I show I attend all year it was pretty much the
same as it is today,”
she continued. The
where I have to print out an A4 T4 is mainly used for
camping weekends
sheet with a timetable on it, to make and the odd show
that she can squeeze

sure I don’t miss out on anything AT THE SHOW into her diary.

I had to borrow extra rope to tie seemed to be in a world of their

my tent to a fence and my car). But own. Entertainment was split
luckily enough Sunday was perfect across two tents - one for the live
wedding weather - lucky for me as bands and one for the one-man
I specialise in shooting cars, rather entertainers, dance lessons and
than weddings. kids and silent discos.
There was a great selection of The event was used to raise
VWs to look at, both in the show money for the local Sea Cadets and
and shine on Saturday, or in the at the time of writing this report,
club displays on Sunday which with final accounts still to be
also included Beach Buggies confirmed, it looked like they would
and motorbikes. Or you could be receiving around £3000. TBC
just have a look round in the Fancy joining in the fun this
huge camping fields, where you year? The date has already been AT THE SHOW
might spot weird and wonderful confirmed for 25th-28th May. David has just collected his prize for Best Bay when we grabbed a
things such as a Trabant - I’ve You can track the event down on word with him. “I’ve owned this Bay for twenty-four years; it was
only seen those before inside Facebook, although to be honest bright orange when I bought it and it’s an automatic, so quite rare,”
a museum or behind the Iron I’d be surprised if you have missed he explained. He never intended it to be a show and shine winner
and in fact did originally use it for work. Since then he’s taken his Bay
Curtain when I went to Hungary. all of their posts about the show, all across Europe. “I live in London and there are no local shows, so I
Dressing-up theme for Saturday because it’s probably the most have to pick and choose which ones I go to - I came here two years ago
was Fairy-tale and there were widely promoted VW show that and liked it and it’s even bigger and better than last time”.
certainly lots of people around who Facebook has even seen!

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et Like Chocolate
SweYou m ay no t recogn ise Russell Venvil’s
efi n ite
e, but if you were on the
ave seen his work
0’s you wou ld d
car scene in the 9
” Edwards
Steve “autoholic

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18" Sickwheels Optimus

fter doing a degree in Bus Details Gordon Brown. In his spare time, followed by a couple of slammed
vehicle design and having he was also making custom vinyl Volvo’s, a 240 and a 760 that had
What did the van
had a couple of other jobs start as? Shuttle signs, until the demand for that metalflake paint and crushed velvet
Russell ended up as the Colour? Toffee
outgrew his available time. So, he interior. All this lowering malarkey
Chief Designer at Kool Brown struck out on his own and set up naturally led Russell into the world
Art, the company who brought out SWB/LWB? SWB Kapow Boom Graphics which was of hydraulics and Lowriders. This
the vehicle cartoon caricatures a few BHP? 210 named after his love of 70’s pop meant the 760 made way for a
years back, okay maybe more than a Wheel type and
art. He can wrap vehicles, produce Lincoln Towncar that had already
few…. They were hugely popular and size? Sickwheels vehicle signs or even cover a wall in had that treatment. The Lincoln
at one point they seemed to be just Optimus 18’s your house, for more information was replaced by a Chrysler New
about everywhere you looked, from Tyres? 225/45/18 on all their products visit www. Yorker that had also been suitably
the high street to car shows. With front 245/45/18 juiced, the Chrysler remains in
almost every marque represented rear Russell’s first car was a Vauxhall the Venvil garage to this day and
on everything from mugs to t-shirts. Lowered? Oh yes! Astra which featured big alloy emerges on high days and holidays
Having spent seven years at Kool Art, Why is it special wheels and an even bigger stereo to do what it does best, show off!
Russell was approached by a friend to you? It’s a system, he’d lowered it and that Russell had been driving a Land
great drive, very
who made him an offer he felt he versatile and was the start of a trend that would Rover Discovery on 22’s as his daily
couldn’t refuse. He went to work at will come in very encompass all his vehicles. The next and he loved it, but by his own
Jubilee Conversions, a company that useful in the couple of cars were a pair of 2CV’s admission he perhaps loved it just
adapts vehicles for disabled drivers. future. that he also dumped in the weeds! a little too much. He wasn’t happy
The job took him to many cool places, Following that he went all Hot Rod to expose the car to the everyday
including Buckingham Palace where and got himself a Ford Popular that rigours of the road, which is not the
he met The Queen and 10 Downing had been fitted with the ubiquitous most ideal situation for a daily. It
Street where he was introduced to Rover V8 engine. That was was replaced with a Range Rover
Of course, it had to be lowered
and Russell favoured the
static route for his T5, rather
than air or hydraulics
Vogue SE. which was fitted with to sleep in the van was very much
air suspension. He had been a possibility, especially as he’s had
looking at T5’s, but the Rangey the foresight to add a full set of
came up at a really good price Van-X premium curtains. That one
so he bought that instead. On removable seat also means there's an
reflection, he regretted not taking option to add a removeable kitchen
the plunge into the VW world at pod in the future, which would give
that point. So, he made a list of the best of all worlds. Russell was
his requirements and started to ideally looking for something that
look about for a T5 that would tick had a retro style to it, but needed a
all the boxes. One thing he did modern vehicle with all the attendant
know was that he didn’t want a reliability that comes with it, so he
camper to use as a daily. After a jumped at the chance to own this
few months, he spotted this 2010 Toffee Brown twin slider T5.
2.0 Bi-turbo Shuttle that had once Of course, it had to be lowered and
seen service working for a Porsche Russell favoured the static route for
dealer. It had everything on it his T5, rather than air or hydraulics.
that you could possible wish for, He switched the shock absorbers for
cruise control, air conditioning, a set of Gaz Ultra Lows and had the
six speed gearbox and a full set front hub modification done by Mark
of leather seats. The seats at the Evans, a mobile VW mechanic. This
very rear are foldable and one in brought the van down by a massive
the middle row is removable. So six inches and that, coupled with the
even though a full-time camper 35 profile tyres he was using, meant
wasn’t on the wish list, the ability the van was a little too low! The front

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After a few months he spotted

this 2010 2.0 Bi-turbo Shuttle
that had once seen service
working for a Porsche dealer
splitter that parted ways with the his own sticker as of course he’d
van and the cracked windscreen wanted one to match the colour of his
also bear testament to the rigours existing graphics. Russell also added
that accompany the quest for those a matt black sunscreen to which
elusive lows. Having to make the he’s included an LDT sticker that’s
Gold mobile on display
ride a little more comfortable on also in matt black and in most lights,
those eighteen-inch Sickwheels quite difficult to see. Oh, and if you’re
Optimus rims, he’s now fitted a wondering about that big gold mobile
full set of Falken 45 profile tyres phone, it was an ironic present
and reports no further issues. The from Russell’s wife Annette. It’s a
splitter didn’t make it back onto the working phone and Russel liked it
van though, it’s still too close to the so much it found a permanent home
tarmac to stay attached. The love in the van. Annette also got in on
‘em or hate ‘em rims are load rated the Dub action when she purchased
and have a staggered offset, they a new shape Beetle, this has not
are 8 1/2 J at the front and 9 1/2 J at entirely managed to escape Russell’s
the rear. The neat gold coach lines tinkering as he has wrapped it, at her
have been, as you’d expect, added by request in a Cadbury’s purple vinyl.
Russell’s hand, as have the retro side When he bought the van, he
graphics in a very cool Porsche font. didn’t really need all the available
Riding at this altitude and surfing space, but now he and Annette are
the net looking for ways to get the expecting their first child together,
van a few extra millimetres closer to
the ground, brought the Lowdown
you can bet that all that space will
be filled up pretty quickly. There Russell
Transporter group onto his radar, is already a Lowdown trailer, but And I’d like to thank:
he was immediately “sticker how about a sticker certified baby The Lowdown crew for the assistance and Annette for
certified” and also given the rare buggy? It’s not just a possibility, putting up with it all.
honour of being allowed to produce with Russell, it’s inevitable.

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Stiches + Steel
A reasonably new company with a growing reputation for quality and style, we popped
in to see the people behind Stitches + Steel Alan Hayward Andrew Thompson and Oli Grogan

am told that there are two types and detailed story that need not back as S+S grows, she nonetheless
of surfer, those who like to surf detain us here. has clients on her books that
and those who need to surf. Today however Oli and his demand her skilled eye works on
You can tell them apart when partner Tor are ensconced in a their projects. Together they bring
the surf is up on a cold and series of buildings that make up a ‘less is more’, understated and
wet Tuesday morning at 07:35am. Stitches + Steel’s headquarters, contemporary approach to the
Those who like to surf will be these include an office, an immense project, this concept is apparent in
restlessly scanning Magic Seaweed workshop (shared with a timber all their products.
on their tablets over breakfast and construction company) and The company has been in Oli’s
muttering. Those who need to surf a selection of random storage fertile mind for a number of years,
will have been on the dawn patrol containers in deepest rural Essex, but officially came into being in
where the waves are pumping, near Chelmsford. It must be said 2015. Some beautifully crafted
they’ll be wet and happy. you can’t hear the surf from here, aluminium awning rails, one a
The reason for this digression is but plans are afoot to make the simple ‘C profile that fixes into the
simple, as Stitches and Steel head company mobile and able to be run rain channel of a T5 or T6 roof, the
honcho Oli Grogan told me, “A from a laptop in a van on a beach other a more complex shape that
surfer can’t work for someone else, somewhere. rivals the similar Reimo product,
they have to be their own boss”. Oli’s part in the company but at a much more reasonable £90
Let’s not jump to far ahead with is obvious and his boundless were among the first products. The
the clichés though, Oli has served enthusiasm for the project is clear ‘V1’ awning accompanied them, a
his apprenticeship in business, once you‘ve spent any time in his simple side attached sunshade style
working in the surf, skate and sail company. Tor is more understated awning. Investigating this product
industries over a number of years. and I would suggest she brings further gives a better insight into
He followed that up running his a little balance to the process. A the company and its products.
own company that made and sold freelance interior designer, her Using his contacts from a previous
brushes for cleaning the underside work is much in demand and life, the canvas is sourced and
of the hulls of boats afloat, it’s a long although she is scaling her work stitched by a sail manufacturer who

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It is what it looks and feels

like, stylish and practical,
over specced and durable, all
with a pinch of S+S coolness
normally makes sails for round the (and woman) refused the offer,
world yachts. This means its way choosing instead to wait until a new
over specced and beautifully made. branded batch was delivered. Also
Another marine specialist Mafioli in the awning range are a neat Barn
makes the guy ropes, a company door awning and a Tailgate tent. By
that have been making ropes and the way you can buy the carbon
cords for the sailing industry since fibre poles separately if you just
1926, take it as read that they know want to add some S+S style to your
a thing or two about durability. existing awning.
Then there are the poles, now these A reasonably new addition to
beauties are made from ‘3K pre preg, the portfolio is a neoprene, wet
roll wrapped 100% carbon fibre”. suite style, seat cover, available
Now in honesty, I’ve little clue as a single or twin and as a set,
what that really means, but what I they’re waterproof and obviously
can tell you is they are beautifully hardwearing and are perfect for
made by a company more normally both types of surfer, the fit is
engaged in the aviation industry, amazing. These compliment the eye on quality the other on the
they are adjustable and look and feel already existing canvas seat covers environment.
great. The kit comes in a bag with manufactured by the same people One of the most exciting things
S+S leather detailing and a YKK who make the awnings. Also on the on the go at the moment is the S+S
zip (even I’ve heard of them). This S+S product roster are a hammock, conversion that we featured in
product is typical of the S+S ethos, a changing mat and a windbreak, issue 68. It has all their hallmarks,
it is what it looks and feels like, this isn’t the definitive list I just beautify crafted from high-end
stylish and practical, over specced wanted to give you a feel for what materials, stylish and practical, with
and durable, all with a pinch of they can offer. an elegant simplicity. Different?
S+S coolness. The leather branding Something Oli and Tor are keen Certainly, but like all their products,
is a case in point, a few months to get across are their eco-friendly all the cooler for it.
back, the manufacturers made a credentials, Oli told us “We work
small error and the items arrived closely with Surfers Against Sewage
Stitches And Steel
unbranded. Oli and Tor contacted helping with plastic pollution and Maldon Road
the customers who had ordered raising awareness, our products Birch, Essex
them and explained, offering them are sourced as ethically as possible Website:
a discount. The customers to a man too, we do truly try to keep one

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rodon Carcharias
Carcha rker’s T4, h e’s new to vans, but his
This is Adam Pa e s om ething of a splash
t has m a d
first attemp
” Edwards
Steve “autoholic

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Quint-essential graphics

t may be his first van, but it’s on holiday in Fuerteventura, which re-spray, from the shade of stand-
safe to say that he’d ‘rather of course is ‘only an island if you out yellow the AA favour with to a
say farewell and adieu to the look at it from the water’ and has to subtler grey from the Alfa Romeo
ladies of Spain’ than his bus. be one of the coolest places to look range. This spawned a creative idea
Adam has been into VW’s for for vans from. He spotted this 2003 that involved his favourite film, I
a long time, his first was a 1982 1200 2.5 TDI SWB former AA panel van assume you know the one? It had
Mexican import Beetle, which was that was located in Bridlington, also been lowered a little and had
followed by a myriad of cars and the seller was also upsizing to a the Wolfrace Eurosport Scorpio’s
bikes including an XR2, an AX GT larger vehicle. The van had been fitted, they had been treated to a
(which was faster than the Ford) subjected to a day van conversion little blacker powder coating than
and a very nice Caddy van that including a rock and roll bed and a Wolfrace had originally intended
had been decked out as a camper.
He enjoys mountain biking and
metal detecting in his spare time, Adam was trawling Facebook
so a van fits his life very well. Once
he’d decided that the Caddy was groups whilst on holiday
a little on the snug side and that
he’d need a ‘bigger boat’, he started in Fuerteventura, which of
looking for something suitable and
eventually landed this T4 for him course is ‘only an island if you
and his girlfriend Sam. Adam was
trawling Facebook groups whilst look at it from the water’

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As he was starting with a
grey van he thought it bore a
striking resemblance, even
if only in colour alone, to the
big fish that loves the cello
and look all the better for it. As page is called ‘New To The T4 Scene’ respectable and sensible manner.
all the panels were straight, the or ‘NT4S’ and will happily tell people It was whilst he was looking
van had a good service history why the centre vents only blow cold through various Facebook pages
and the mileage was acceptable, a and the wing mirrors are different that Adam encountered the work of
little negotiating was done on the shapes as many times as they are one Luke Brabants. Luke is a very
price, it turned out the tide was asked. (If you were wondering the well-known and respected graffiti
with him and the deal was sealed. centre vents are for fresh air, they artist who has painted a host of vans,
Adam, like a lot of people, has aren’t connected to the heating some of which have graced these
joined a whole host of Facebook system, while the mirrors are shaped very pages. He was starting with a
pages, but found that when he differently as VW spent millions to grey van, one that he thought bore
asked a few reasonable questions he cut down blind spots on the vehicle, a striking resemblance, even if only
received more grief than he felt he it all makes perfect sense). The in colour, to the big fish that loves
deserved. So, to solve this problem group, which has a membership of the cello. So, he contacted Luke and
for himself and indeed for others, he over 3500, is working just as Adam asked if it might be possible to turn
felt the best way forward was to start had hoped and as it has a “no-sales” his shiny grey van into something
his own group where new T4 owners policy, the page isn’t overrun with that resembled a Lord of the Sea.
could get the answer to their van adverts. It’s just a place where The answer of course, was yes.
related questions, without the hassle people can go to ask for and receive The van then went on a road trip
from his previous experience. The advice on their new hobby in a down to Luke’s south coast base

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18" Wolfrace Eurostar Scorpios

for its transformation, it stayed for room when the bed is put out. Adam
a week while the makeover took stands at over six feet tall… The bed Bus details
place. In addition to the mottled and furniture installed was supplied What did the van
start as? Panel
sharkskin paintjob, Luke added by Van Project77. They are based in
Colour? Shark
some very nasty looking teeth Luton, but can be found on, you’ve Fin Grey
which he appropriately adorned guessed it, Facebook. A single level LWB/SWB SWB
with blood splatters. You can storage unit was purchased from
BHP? 160
find all of Luke’s details and see them, this houses his combination
Wheels type and
pictures of his previous work on Smev 9222 double burner and sink size? Wolfrace
Facebook or on his website. Adam combo and has a space for a fridge. Eurostar Scorpio
commissioned South Coast Vinyls For that he chose a Dometic Silencio 18”
(you can find them on Facebook DS200 which has a 23-litre capacity, Tyres? 245/45/18
too) to produce a couple of graphics but only runs off 240-volt power. Lowered?
in an original design. These were The problem of gaining this level of -60mm
inspired by the movie, but aren’t voltage in a vehicle was overcome Why is this bus
official merchandise. On the inside by the installation of a 650-watt special? It takes
me all over the
Adam dispensed with the rock and inverter that is powered from a 140- country and the
roll bed as he wasn’t keen on the amp hour AGM (Absorbent Glass theme is based
layout and felt he could gain more Mat) battery. AGM batteries were on my family’s
favourite film
space by utilising an L-shaped sofa. developed for the military aircraft
This also allows for much needed where their lightness and reliability
It seems that rather than
terrifying people as a Great
White would normally do,
this van gets people smiling,
showing their pearly whites
were in great demand, the batteries Power, an Allard EGR valve delete
are also maintenance free and can, pipe which helps by getting rid
due to their spill proof design, be of any potential problems with a
mounted at high inclinations or at blocked or leaking Exhaust Gas
90 degrees without fear of leakage. Recirculation or EGR valve, these
They also charge up to five times can suffer with a tar and sediment
faster than regular items and have build-up. It's all topped off with an
a longer lifespan than their lead upgrade in brake horsepower to 160,
based cousins. They should however courtesy of a remap from Martin
not be mounted in the engine bay Westwell at Pendle Performance,
of a vehicle, as they do not like As he travels around the country
temperatures of over 49 degrees pursuing his hobby of mountain
Centigrade. There’s also a TV biking, Adam has noticed his vehicle
mounted on the wall so that when getting a lot of attention in traffic,
you absolutely, positively, have to people have even slowed after
see your favourite film again you
can plug in the coffee maker, reach
overtaking him just to get a photo as
they pass him again. It seems that Adam
for your custom-made mug and rather than terrifying people as a And I’d like to thank…
kick back against the appropriately Great White would normally do, this Luke Brabants -
themed soft furnishings. van gets people smiling, showing Van Project77 – Find them on Facebook
Other mechanical upgrades their pearly whites as big as the ones PP Tuning –
include a full stainless-steel exhaust depicted on its flanks. Oh, and the Pendle Performance –
from Jason Rix at PP Tuning, a set title? The Latin name for a Great And Sam for her patience and reluctantly coming camping.
of uprated injectors from Project White Shark of course!

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Stevenage 07967402138
£6,995 155000 1999 £4,500 61000 1970 E:
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Phaeton Prosciutto Rolls

by Steve “autoholic” Edwards

After our doggie treats last month it’s back to human food
and some nice cheesy rolls you can enjoy anywhere

fter our little diversion
into canine cuisine
we return to our more
regular fare and some
tasty ham and cheese
roll ups. Ok so we’ve used fancy
prosciutto ham and mozzarella
cheese, but you could switch those
to the more regular varieties if you
prefer. This recipe uses a sun-dried
tomato pesto but if you prefer pine
nuts and the flavour of the classic
green pesto, then it would be an easy
switch. Of course, other dry cured
hams are available and could be
included instead of the prosciutto
that we’ve used here. You can enjoy
them cold, but they are beautiful
when they are fresh from the oven.
To enjoy them hot, when you arrive
at a campsite or a show you could
reheat them in a dry frying pan
or in tinfoil over an open fire!
Ingredients: 1. Preheat oven to 180 C, 360 F, Gas mark 4.
1 Shortcrust pastry sheet 2. Lay the pastry sheet out, evenly spread the pesto on it and
150g Grated mozzarella cheese place the prosciutto across the sheet.
1 Jar Sun-dried tomato pesto 3. Cover the ham with the mozzarella.
6 Slices prosciutto ham 4. Tightly roll the sheet up taking care not to tear the pastry.
1 Egg, beaten Using a sharp knife cut into pieces about 2 cm thick.
5. Place the cut pieces onto a greaseproof paper lined baking
Alternative ideas: sheet, wash with the beaten egg and bake for 15 minutes.
You could substitute the tomato 6. Remove from the oven and slide, while still on the
pesto for classic green pest and greaseproof paper onto a cooling rack. Allow to cool for a
the prosciutto for the more regular few minutes, before removing from the paper with a suitable
sliced variety if you prefer. spatula.
7. Enjoy while still warm or cold.

Top Tips
Try and roll as tightly as possible, but if you
have some spillage don’t panic as the cheese
will bind everything when it melts. And as
always remember to clean as you go, nobody
likes a messy kitchen!

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Winter Work
by Alan Hayward

When the Big Bus was first mooted, my wife, the

sainted Suzanne wasn’t entirely convinced

hen we went to
view it in Belgium
two and a bit years
ago, like the rest of
us she was seduced
by the luxury. It was a big chunk
of cash and we both agreed that
there would be no immediate and
extensive modification programme
like there had been on our previous
T4 camper. A process which like so
many others continued till the day it
was sold. Two years on and all I’ve
done to the Big Bus in that time is to
add an engine cover, the ‘essential’
Martini style stripes and logo and
some minor electrical additions
inside. The plan was to run it for
a couple of years, then see what
needed modification, after we’d
lived with it for a couple of seasons.
Shockingly, I have to report that the list was the little mechanism on
we have no major plans! OK, over the outside that holds the door open,
the winter there has been some again the plastic had deteriorated.
maintenance style work going on. I guess plastic fatigue is something
The Omnistore wind-out awning you have to live with, the bus has
has been replaced with a Fiamma lived outside for all of its ten years
one. The Omnistore had stretched and endured extreme temperatures,
the cables that operate the arms from a frozen Alpine winter to a
and with no way of adjusting them hot Mediterranean summer. to you running out of gas in both
satisfactorily, replacement was the Inside the bathroom vent needed bottles, as unless you check you are Twitter...
Follow Alan
only option. I’ve also had to replace some new mesh and one of the unaware of the switch. The existing on Twitter
every single lock on the habitations other roof vents required a new gas connecters were also heated (!) @alanVWbus
door and lockers. Three of them had catch. The other main issue was so they would keep the gas flowing to get a window
on his world
deteriorated and the plastics had the gas supply. The rubber hoses in extreme temperatures. It turns
broken. I could have just replaced have a ten-year life so they needed out I didn’t need these anyway as I
those three, but then I would have replacing, plus I wanted to simplify had switched to a propane gas which
ended up with different keys for the delivery system. The existing doesn’t freeze until -30c anyway. I
different locks and anyway, I one had an automatic switching also wanted to get away from the
figured if three have broken, the rest system from one bottle to another. adaptors that I was using to convert
will follow in due course. Next on Great in theory, but it can lead the system from the European system
to the English one. Why o why have
we got a different system to Europe?
This makes it impossible to change
bottles abroad and is a pointless
complication. With all the gubbins
ripped out and a new simple manual
system installed, I have much more
space in the gas locker and I reckon
I’m running about 10kg lighter too!
Next on the maintenance schedule
is to update the interior electrics
with more sockets and USBs and
I still need to sort out the exterior
skirt panels, I’m thinking wrapping
may be the way ahead there. After
that air-ride and a facelift, (I’m
pretty sure Suzanne never reads
to the end of my column…).

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Chasing Away the Winter Blues

Words: David Eccles

With warm surroundings, lots of stuff to buy and do,

and loads of lovely buses to admire, Camper Mart
was the perfect antidote to the winter blues

ormally I blat over to
Telford in my Beetle, but
this year I decided to go
in the T5 California. A
good decision! Setting out
at 6.45 am due to the new opening
time of 9am the heated seats came
into their own and I had a warm,
comfy and easy drive over; the high
driving position making motorway
driving so much easier as well.
The first thing to strike me this
year was the huge bus display across
two halls, with over fifty buses on
display to admire and be inspired
by. Whilst T5s predominated (with
stunning paint jobs and interiors),
there were also some gorgeous
early air-cooleds to appeal to
people like me and I spent a long
time wandering around the areas, Alan and David having a cosy chat on stage
renewing friendships and meeting
new people. By 10.30 am the place Upholstery Workshop gave hands way the media portray old buses as
was packed with plenty of buying on demos and lots of advice, Pendle Hippy Buses! (At this point Alan
going on in the busy trade area. Performance took you though the had to apologise to the audience
And as usual there was plenty for mysteries of remapping and tuning, for my Trump style language!)
families to do from Scalextric Racing the bus doctors busily handled As you will also see from
to Build a Robot sessions, as well as all sorts of queries and problems, this month’s mug shot I also
some breathtaking BMX demos. Dubwax showed how to do detailing got a new hat! Thanks to Denis
As well as a different layout and get that concours winning look, from Slambassador for the
with more focus on buses, new this and then there was that “Fireside present – it certainly is keeping
year was a planned series of talks, Chat”, with VWB editor Alan my head of thinning hair warm
workshops and live demonstrations, encouraging yours truly to share especially walking the dog at
held on or adjacent to a stage area experiences of living with a VW 7.30 on these cold mornings!
with seating for the audience. Bus for 40 years! Once I get started All the people I spoke to
Whilst a couple of the sessions it’s hard to shut me up, and I talked enjoyed their day and on a cold
had to be cancelled (as the people about travelling to India in a Split, January day we all enjoyed
booked cancelled last minute, moving from a classic to a modern meeting up, talking buses,
which was very disappointing) bus, my involvement with Camper buying (or blagging) stuff,
the ones that went ahead were and Commercial magazine and lots and relaxing in a warm, well-
much appreciated by people – the more including my pet hate: the appointed and posh venue!

David Eccles is
editor of VW Camper
& Commercial, which
covers the whole
VW bus scene. He
owned the same
1966 Devon camper
for 34 years, before
migrating to a new T5
California. You can
contact David on
Learning how to stitch and
sew with the Upholstery Workshop team

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