About The Club

The club was started at the British Volkswagen Festival of 1991, in response to the growing number of transporter/camper owners or enthusiasts. There was already a club for owners of split screen vans – but no national club that included the Bay or the wedge/brick.

The Club embraces all models of Type Two (Split screen, early Bay window, late Bay window, T25, Vanagon, T3, T4, T5 and T6) making it a natural home for all VW transporters.

The club purpose is to support owners of all transporters and campers based on the Type 2 Volkswagen van chassis, helping them to keep their vans on the road. We –

  • provide technical advice
  • negotiate discounts with useful retailers
  • organise camps and events
  • provide a magazine 6 times each year

For further details on what we do, please browse the website.

Please note that the club no longer offers a valuation service, this is for insurance reasons.

Meet the team.

22 thoughts on “About The Club

  1. Peter Rothwell

    Hi I’m currently re-furbishing my 1972 t2 bay and I would like to build a bespoke interior but I need the basic measurements of a conventional furniture interior . Does anyone have them or supply me with a web address I can get them from.

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    1. Nick Gillott

      Hi Peter,
      What sort of measurements are you looking for – space inside the van? There are so many possible interiors that advising the size of cupboards will be pretty tough! Let me know what you want and I will see what I can do.
      Regards,
      Nick

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      1. Peter Rothwell

        Hi Nick, I’m looking for the exterior measurement of the cupboards that runs from behind the drivers seat and then the measurements of the cupboards that go up onto the shelf, I could measure the interior but I’ve notice that companies are selling these on ebay and it would be easier to get the measurements and then design my own shelves/cupboards using better quality wood, I’m fitting a 3/4 rock and roll bed in so the furniture would need to fit around this.

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        1. Nick Gillott

          Hi Peter,
          Are you trying to build a specific cabinet like a Westfalia or just “some cupboards”? Our members have dozens of different interiors from many different original and after market suppliers over the years, so it would be good to know what you are striving to build. When we made ours, we used a variant of 6mm marine ply which is strong, lightweight and looks really good. One member recently wrote an article where he used Ikea kitchen cupboard doors as it was a cost effective way of getting oak!
          Regards,
          Nick

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  2. Robert

    HELP! I’ve bought a 1973 VW bay window Westphalia (imported 2007) but Footman James doesn’t recognise the plate and I can’t identify the “model” in the drop down window on the online form . I’m on the train now from Edinburgh to Taunton (!) to collect it, and don’t yet have insurance!!!

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    1. Nick Gillott

      Hi Robert,
      Apologies for the delay, I was on holiday with the club! We have a similar issue with our van which DLVA insists is a Passat and will not change it! I hope that you got the Westie picked up ok and hope to see you at a show soon.
      Regards,
      Nick

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      1. Robert 37

        Hi Nick.
        Thanks for replying. I did collect Quentin and help him emigrate to a new homeland for the third time in his long illustrious life back in June. And where Footman James let me down, the folk at Hagerty were very helpful. (As they were again in September when Freddie Fairway (a.k.a. Fred FX) joined Quentin in my little band.)

        The next question is twofold:

        Firstly, where can i source a replacement starter battery? Presumably the specs are the same across all 1972 T2 Bays (2 litre, type 4 aircooled)? But i don’t know the spec of the existing battery, as the awkward positioning and crazy wiring mean i’m leaving the honours of the changeover to my mechanic. But I need to get the replacement battery first. I don’t want to just leave it with him to remove the battery to identify the spec first, as i don’t know how long Quentin would then be waiting around for the replacement.

        Secondly, in light of that crazy positioning and wiring, I need to ask about the suitability of fitting a isolator switch, and whether if i do i should also have one on the leisure battery?

        Thanks for taking the time!

        Kind Regards,

        Robert.

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        1. Nick Gillott

          Hi Robert,
          Apologies for the delayed response – this is a voluntary position that I fit in around work and Bay window restoration!
          Starter battery – any battery of the right size is good. I got one from Euro Car Parts (wait until the weekend to get a good discount). You only need a little 90AH one.
          Isolator switch – we do not have one and have never flattened the starter battery.
          Leisure battery – I have a direct feed from the leisure battery to the solar regulator which is the only source of power to the relevant circuits (nothing runs direct from the battery). There are then on/off switches for each circuit directly from that regulator meaning that off season I can close them all and in theory nothing gets out.
          Nick

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          1. Robert

            Hi Nick. Thanks for the reply. Excuse my sometimes very basic questions! My leisure battery is connected to the starter battery, and along with the starter battery is therefore recharged (eventually) by the alternator. Does this cause a drain, if nothing attached to the leisure battery is switched on? That’s why I was wondering about fitting an isolator switch.

          2. Nick Gillott

            Hi Robert,
            “It depends”! 🙂 An isolator switch should not be necessary in a properly sorted bus, however it is much cheaper to buy a switch than hope for the best and end up buying 2 new batteries.

            In between our leisure battery and the starter battery we have a cable that has a relay. Therefore it is effectively an isolator switch when the engine is not running. See my post http://vwt2oc.co/wp/2018/12/07/split-charge-relay-charge-your-second-battery-as-you-drive-along/ which may help you. If you fancy solar, I did an article on that as well http://vwt2oc.co/wp/2018/12/21/solar-power-for-our-vw-type-2-bay-window/

            And there is no such thing as a basic question. We are all learning!

            Regards,
            Nick

          3. Robert

            Thanks Nick. I’ve saved the linked page as a pdf and will get my mechanic (/his electrician!) to sort the battery changeover with this info. With all the scary wiring currently in place, I think something like the relay set-up you describe is already installed. But the more info the better, and they will have no excuses!

            I will definitely look into solar for next year though, so I’ve also downloaded that info.

            Thank you for taking the time – much appreciated.

            Kind Regards,

            Robert.

          4. Nick Gillott

            Hi Robert,
            Thanks for the update. Hope to meet you in a field somewhere next year.
            Regards,
            Nick

      2. Robert Willmott

        I’ve just joined the Club, but haven’t received any confirmation email, except for the paypal confirmation that my money has been sent! When will I receive the email, and can you please ask the membership secretary to email me direct, as I need to correct the delivery address for correspondence, magazines, etc, since there was no club web form for adding those details and paypal has an incomplete address on their file, which might mean mail not reaching me. Finally, some feedback: I am frstrated that there is no way to send a PRIVATE email direct to the club, which is how i would have preferred to send this message! Clicking on the committee members’ names opens a whole world of trouble for me, as i use a Mac and i don’t use Mac Email services at all ( and have no way of setting up POP or IMAP access from Mac Email (or Outlook for that matter) to my non-premium mail.com service – meaning there’s no way for me to send an email! A simple message webform on the website would be a very good idea, i think!

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        1. Nick Gillott

          Hi Robert,
          Apologies for the slow response. Val has been on holiday as our membership secretary and I have been away with work at the same time. Val has now caught up and you should see your membership pack and magazine on your mat by now. On the website is the Driving Force page which details all of the committee and their email addresses. If you hover over the names instead of clicking on it, you can see their email addresses if your Mac is not set up to send emails using MailTo functionality that works on the vast majority of computers. If you look at https://support.mail.com/pop-imap/pop3/outlook.html it walks you through the settings that you can use on Mac Mail to set up the POP3 and IMAP4 settings which will allow you to use Mac Mail for your mail.com account.
          Private messages is functionality that will cost additional money. This is the first time that I have seen this request and the extra few hundreds of pounds per year to provide the service may not recoup sufficient benefit to be voted however I will include it at the next committee meeting.
          Regards,
          Nick

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    1. Nick Gillott

      Hi Ian,
      I’m not aware of any parcel shelf being available since there are so many different interiors. You would almost certainly need a custom one since it cannot lift like a hatchback and could be reduced width if you have a wardrobe or other furniture inside.
      A local joiner may be able to assist or have a go yourself – we ended up making our own interior as we could not work out how to draw up our thoughts! Four years later and it is still there.
      Regards,
      Nick

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  3. Joe walker

    Hi I’ve joined and the money has been taken but I don’t have an email confirming anything. Is there a number to contact?
    Thanks Joe

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  4. S G Sharman

    Hi trying to trace my t21969 Devon camper reg num Lnv. 843g orLnw843g that my family bought from its only owner bought in the middle 80 s dvla do not have it on there records I would like to know if it’s still around with a serious view to purchase any information would be very apreciated

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      1. Carl diana

        Hi
        My dad had a type 2 in the mid 70s. He has recently died and looking through his papers I found lots of history, service records, bills etc for his old van. The reg is LMD432K and it was taxed till 2010. If one of your members owns this vehicle they are welcome to the documentation relating to it that I have found.regards

        Carl

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        1. Nick Gillott

          Hi Carl, Thanks for the information. If we find the owner, I will put them in touch with you. Thanks, Nick

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