The Driving Force (Club Committee)
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One of the club’s founding members, the key name behind BusFest and long term member of the Volkswagen scene, Simon has accepted a 3 year role as President of the club from 2020.
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!!
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,”
Taff was co-opted as Treasurer in September 2012 and was subsequently appointed to the role at the AGM in 2013. He was also a member of the valuation team for over ten years. He has been a member of the club for around twenty years and enjoys camping with his wife and children (whether they enjoy camping with him is another question…).
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 Lottie 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.
Here’s a few words from Phil and Sophie about themselves:
We have owned our ‘79 Devon Moonraker since 2013 we have travelled all over the UK in ‘Bluebell’, completed a full restoration and had the odd trip over to Europe too!
Phil’s an engineer and Sophie’s a teacher. As well as our camper Bluebell, we also own a Beetle ‘Mr Bojangles’ and a Karmann Ghia ‘Unnamed’ . Both are restorations in progress!
We both have a keen interest in aircooled VW’s and can be spotted at shows and events throughout the year, but we mainly love to go travelling in Bluebell with our co-pilot, Ruby the Springer Spaniel.
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”.
Derek & his wife Christie joined VWT2OC in 1992. Owners of three bay windows during the 70’s. Dopey 1970, Jerky 1973 Daisy 1979. All doubled as transport,dressing room & accommodation during work life as entertainers. Daisy is still very much part of the family along with Dusty T5 who joined in 2009. Derek has served on the committee for a number of years starting off as camping co-ordinator. Now in charge of members Facebook page. Still very keen camper & 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.”
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.
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 and on this site.