VW Camper & Commercial 123
BAY WINDOW SPECIALS
2017 was the Fiftieth Anniversary of the launch of the Bay Window model; this issue we look back at two major events, organised by the German T2 Club, that took place in Germany – a special auto museum exhibition and a party in the grounds of the Hannover factory. Despite only being produced for twelve years (in Germany), the Bay is still the biggest selling model of all VW’s Transporter Generations and its popularity and longevity is evidenced by the many Bays still on the road today.
Two lovely Bays grace our pages as feature buses this issue, representing the most popular camping models, Westfalia and Devon. The Devon Torvette was Devon’s budget camper, and only produced from 1968 – 70 so you don’t see many about – this one has been fully restored to original colours and spec. In contrast is a 1969 Westfalia Campmobile, with its genuine original paint, sun bleached and faded with primer showing through, this bus rightly deserves its name ‘Patina Queen.’
The 1966 Split in classic Turkis / Cream exterior colours with bespoke matching interior make is one gorgeous looking bus whilst a 1963 Single Cab exudes serious street cred with its faded and battered paint, custom built roof rack/bows, vintage style signwriting, low stance and a host of period goodies. Our T4 offering is another example of a former builder’s van being transformed into a lovely camper - and the owners of this 2001 T4 TD 800 Special call her Perdita, (Latin for “the lost one” ) this because, “Nothing’s better than getting lost in a camper van!” Finally check out the T3 Fire Truck. When we arranged to photoshoot the Busfest DOKA Feuerwehrwagen, little did we know we would be treated to a dramatic full on real demo of its capabilities! And on the subject of fires, this month’s How To takes you through things to check and do to prevent a fire in your bus. Plus off roading with the Syncronauts in Wales, show coverage and all the regulars. Chase away those winter blues and order your copy now.