The Driving Force (Club Committee)
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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.
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 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…).
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.
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”.
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.”
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.