The Driving Force

The Driving Force (Club Committee)

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President – Christie Leary

Christie was appointed President of the club at the 2016 Annual General Meeting following several years of sterling service as Chairman. She has owned her camper (along with her husband Derek) since it was new and still puts many miles on the clock every year.

Christie and Derek Leary bought their Type 2 Camper  – aka ‘Daisy’ – in 1979. One of the last of its kind, it served the Learys well as transport during their careers as musicians and entertainers.

Chairman – Malcolm Marchbank 

Malcolm has been a member of VWT2OC since 1997 and was made Chairman at the 2016 AGM. Malcolm has had several T2s over the years and has stories to tell about all of them. He is currently in he middle of the long task of restoring a Bay window Westfalia. We wish him luck fitting it in along with all his other jobs!!

Club Secretary – Margaret Ward

Music fans Bob and Maggie Ward bought their 1974 Westfalia Continental conversion in 2000 to travel to music festivals. As a right-hand-drive model it’s something of a rarity. “We got fed up of sleeping in ditches and thought we deserved something better,”

Club Treasurer – Taff Hart

Taff was co-opted as Treasurer in September 2012 and was subsequently appointed to the role at the AGM in 2013. He has also been a member of the valuation team for over ten years and is currently looking after the website. He has been a member of the club for more than fifteen years and enjoys camping with his wife and children (whether they enjoy camping with him is another question…).

Membership Secretary – Val Lewis 

Val took on this job in 2014 and is responsible for all of your membership matters. She keeps a record of your membership details up to date and processes all your payments, cheques, Paypal and BACS. She may be contacted for any membership or club enquiries and will give you the BUSFEST discount code if you ask.

She lives in Herefordshire with Malcolm the Chairman and Abbie the Cocker spaniel who attends all VW camps with us and often features in the TT magazine.

Working together with Malcolm they make a great team supporting the VWT2OC.

Magazine Editors – Phil and Sophie

Here’s a few words from Phil and Sophie about themselves:

‘Use our savings for a house deposit or campervan?’ we asked ourselves in 2013. The campervan won! Several years on and we have travelled all over the UK in ‘Bluebell’, completed a full restoration and managed to save for the house eventually!

Phil’s an engineer and Sophie’s a teacher. We own a Beetle ‘Mr Bojangles’ (restoration in progress!) and a ’79 T2 Bay Window, Devon Moonraker ‘Bluebell’.

We have a keen interest in aircooled VW’s and can be spotted at shows and events throughout the year. We love to go travelling in Bluebell and our adventures are snapped on our Instagram page, ‘VW Philosophies’ (give us a like if you use Instagram!).

We joined the VWT2OC as soon as we took the plunge into campervan ownership and are proud to be the current editors of the club’s magazine “Transporter Talk”.

Publicity Manager – Derek Leary

Derek is Christie’s husband and also a keen camper, home brewer, photographer and Club Jester.

General Committee – Bob Ward

Bob and his wife (Maggie – Club Secretary) are veterans of numerous Glastonburys and other events, and the Wards’ Camper has earned its stripes. “It’s a lovely old van – even when it was in danger of getting stuck in muddy fields. There was one festival when it didn’t look like we were getting out, but by sheer determination I managed it. Thirty minutes later, other Campers were having to be dragged out by tractors.”

Events Manager – Lorna Williamson

Lorna has spent her career as Marketing Manager in several very large corporations and brings her flair and dynamism to the owners club. When not looking into club events, you can find her singing at club events and other VW shows.

Website Manager – Nick Gillott

Nick joined the club in 2013 and joined the committee in 2017, taking on the role of website manager from Taff Hart at the AGM in 2018. After building a new wooden interior for Poppy the camper van in 2013, rewiring and numerous other odd jobs around Poppy, he bought Eric the Viking in 2015 which is undergoing a full restoration. Read about Eric’s progress in the club magazine.

14 thoughts on “The Driving Force

  1. Jeff Morant

    Hi There,
    Just wondered wether it was at all possible to obtain a copy of the ‘Big Bay’ poster from Vanfest at the Three Counties Showground, Malvern. I purchased a copy at the time and it hung on the living room wall for ages until we redecorated and it was mislaid. My Westfalia was in the photo AUY463M. I would love to get hold of a copy if its at all possible. Any information would be much appreciated.
    Best Wishes
    7 Embleton Close
    Leicestershire LE10 0UB

    1. vwt2ocadmin Post author

      Hi Jeff,

      Apologies for the delay in replying.

      Your best bet for trying to source one of these would be busfest direct.

      If you go to and then to “Contact us” at the top of the page you might have a chance in getting a copy off them.

      Good luck with your search!!

  2. Paul Amabile

    Hi , tried to join the club but went straight to paypal nowhere to give my details etc, have been a member in the past could you please advise many thanks Paul.

    1. vwt2ocadmin Post author

      Hi Paul,

      Thanks for wanting to renew your membership of our little club.

      The Paypal payment passes details of your e-mail address and postal address for our membership secretary to send you everything you need to be in the club.

      If you haven’t received your pack in a week or so please get in contact and we’ll sort it out.
      I’m sure that won’t be necessary though.

      Happy camping!!

  3. paul burke

    Hello . Iam looking at getting a valuation done on my t2 bay window. Ihave had one done buy the valuation officer who lives in loggerheads and would like to arrange another.
    Reguards Paul

    1. vwt2ocadmin Post author


      Apologies for the delay in replying.
      Unfortunately, our officer in loggerheads has retired from their position so we can’t offer you one there.
      If you contact he will be able to advise you on the options available to you.
      Hope you get something sorted.


  4. vwt2ocadmin Post author

    Hi Jason,

    As you probably have found out, a lot of the site is open to the public so anybody can access it.

    Some of the site is password protected and the password is published every month in the club magazine that you will receive once the Membership Secretary has processed your application.
    Once you have received your magazines you should have no problem accessing protected , members only pages.

    Hope that this helps,


  5. Jason Mulcock

    Hi, Just brought a VW T2 about 3 months ago, and just getting my way around the engine! i have had a look in my haynes workshop and know what Gearbox fulid to put in, but could anyone tell me where it goes, maybe a diagram would be so kind?


    Jason Mulcock

    1. vwt2ocadmin Post author

      Hi Jason,
      Apologies for the delay in replying and also for any jargon that I use in this reply that you may not understand
      There two plugs on the gearbox that you need to undo in order to change the gearbox oil.

      The first is on the bottom of the gearbox and is necessary to drain any of the old gearbox oil out.

      The second is on the side of the gearbox and allows oild and air in.

      To be honest, the plugs are opened by very large hex screws that are not in the usual tool kit and they are also quite difficult to open without damaging them as they are opened very infrequently, so I would recommend that you take the van to a quality VW garage and ask them to do this job as it will save your sanity and money in the long rin.

      Just make sure the garage put the correct gearbox oil in as they sometimes try to get away without using the correct grade. It sounds like yuou have already done your homework so that should be ok.

      I don’t want to sound negative, but I really think the above is the best course of action.

      I hopr this is of use.



  6. ollie

    Hello, i just wondered if anyone knew the cheapest insurance provider to go with for the T2 vw camper? I am 21 been driving for 4 years, adrian flux quoted £690, surely there is cheaper out there? Any help would be very helpful thanks ollie

    1. vwt2ocadmin Post author

      Hi Ollie,

      I’m really sorry for the delayed reply.
      The price you have been quoted does sound high.
      You could try heritage insurance. they have always been very good for me.
      Their website is
      There is no denying that your age is against you.
      Could you add a parent as a named driver? It often helps to reduce the premium.
      Hope you have some luck.


  7. Paul wells

    Hi, I think ive just joined your club and would like to camp in the club area at Busfest do i need any info from you or do i just book into your area on there website. regard p. wells

    1. vwt2ocadmin Post author

      Hi Paul,

      You don’t need any specific information from us. Just book via the Busfest website and bring your membership card on the weekend.
      Thanks very much.


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