Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles has created a one-off Amarok ambulance for the East Midlands Ambulance Service in the United Kingdom.
Designed to rescue patients “who are often stranded miles off the beaten track,” the ambulance has 4MOTION all-wheel drive and a snorkel which helps the model to drive through water that is up to 500mm (19.6 inches) deep. The ambulance also has life-saving emergency medical equipment and a load area to transport patients.
The model is currently a one-off but Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles UK Head of Fleet, Chris Black, said “… the vehicle is already beginning to receive a great deal of interest and I am sure that we can expect to see similar Amarok ambulances in the future.”
From 1950 to the present day, Volkswagen revolutionized the van industry through its Transporter series of models. 65 years after the lineage started production, VW prepares to roll-out the Transporter T6 while Skoda is working on its version of the VW Transporter T6 light workhorse.
Mladá Boleslav and Wolfsburg are brothers in arms after the VW Group acquired control of Skoda in 1994. Both of the manufacturers share an immense parts bin between each other, so it’s not that surprising for Skoda to produce its version of the Volkswagen Transporter T6. Spied by the peeps from Novinky.cz, the Skoda van at hand is a pre-production mule that was spotted somewhere in Eastern Europe.
While much of the front fascia is wrapped in camouflage so psychedelic Jimi Hendrix would turn it into a purple haze, it goes without question what’s under the veil. The windshield rake, curvature of the A-pillar, shape of the side mirrors and wheel arch cutouts are the tell-tale signs this is a VW T6. If you look at the shape of the tailgate and the placement of the taillamps, there you have it – a Transporter T6 Multivan.
As a Multivan, this prototype has a generous glasshouse. It is not known if the production-spec Skoda van will be a run-of-the-mill panel van or an 8+1 passenger-oriented Multivan. It’s hard to determine what’s changed, from a visual point of view, over the 2015 Volkswagen T6, but except the obvious: different headlamps and taillamps, a Skoda grille, and some Skoda badges. Care to guess what we will receive under the hood of the Transporter’s brother from the Czech Republic?
No surprises, sorry! Front and 4Motion all-wheel drive, DSG double-clutch transmissions if three pedals are too much to handle, adaptive suspension, City Emergency Braking, as well as a selection of turbo diesel and turbo petrol engines. Oil burners range from 84 PS (62 kW) to a TDI BiTurbo with 204 PS (150 kW) while petrols start from 150 PS (110 kW) and top at 204 PS (150 kW). A chassis cab body style could be offered for the upcoming Skoda light commercial vehicle as well, joined by a high roof panel van variant
A restored VW Kombi bus was sold for a cool $202,000 in Melbourne on Monday night.
The 1960 Volkswagen Kombi Samba attracted frenzied bidding at the Shannons Auctions in Cheltenham, auction manager Christophe Boribon said.
Believed to be one of just three examples delivered to Australia in this configuration, the 23-window Kombi sparked a wild bidding frenzy at the Shannons Auctions in Cheltenham, nabbing a record price for the vehicle in Australia.
“It was beautifully restored,” Mr Boribon said. “And it got a great result, absolutely.”
Only a handful of the split-window Sambas made it onto Australian roads, he said. The one sold at auction on Monday had undergone a $100,000 restoration over five years.
Once the preserve of hippies looking for cheap transport, the Kombi now enjoys a more mainstream cult following, with many models becoming highly collectible.
“We had over five phone bidders, several floor bidders and a couple of online bidders,” Mr Boribon said.
Bidding opened at $100,000 before the packed showroom, and climbed to $150,000 within 10 minutes.
“There was quite a lot of commotion in the room once it reached $150,000,” Mr Boribon said.
“The bidding slowed down from there, but it kept going back and forth until it reached $202,000.”
The winning bid was placed by a buyer over the phone, and the new owner wants to remain anonymous.
We believe the van is going to stay in Australia,” Mr Boribon said.
“It definitely is an auction record in Australia for a Kombi.”
Last year a battered old Kombi in need of a full restoration sold at auction for $30,000.
In late December, a restored Kombi camper sold for $74,000 at auction.
“There has certainly been a renewed interest and following in Kombis,” Mr Boribon said.
For an entire generation the VW camper van was the ultimate symbol of freedom, the utility vehicle that would allow them to drive off into the sun in search of new thrills and experiences.
For some it was a dream which eschewed material possessions in favour of spiritual enlightenment, for others it was a cheap and cheerful way of going on a family holiday around the country or across to the continent.
So it is not without some irony that a particularly rare example of the German designed camper van was sold at auction, on Saturday, for the not insignificant price of £67,5000 to an anonymous UK buyer.
The Volkswagen Type 2 Samba Microbus was never officially imported to Britain and, as a result, the SGP 62 sold at auction in Warwickshire is thought to be only example of its type in the country.
The right hand drive camper van was built at the original VW factory in Wolfsburg in 1955, before finding its way to what was then Britain’s original VW dealership – Colborne Garages, run by John Colborne-Barber, in Ripley, Surrey – from where it was sold on.
By a stroke of fortune – at least for all VW enthusiasts – the SGP 62 appeares to have been kept in storage in the West country for 30 years, where it remained in good condition before being discovered in 1992. It has since being lovingly restored to the original specifications, with a new ‘Devon’ interior modelled on its original 1950s period design.
Nick Whale, of Silverstone auctions, which sold the SGP 62, said: “This is a beautiful and rare samba- Microbus, and it is historically important in terms of VW’s legacy in the UK. These vehicles are hugely popular.”
Peter Colborne-Barber, 71, who took over his father’s dealership until he sold it in 2001, remembers the enthusiasm with which his father greeted new models such as the SGP 62.
“This particular model had front opening windows, which were traditionally made for warmer climes, so goodness knows how it ended up in Britain,” he said. “It’s a lovely example of a VW camper van and looks even better following its restoration.”
It was Mr Colborne-Barber Snr who set up the first dealership in Britain to specialising in VW cars when, in 1949, he bought one of the first VW Beetles to be manufactured in Germany under the reconstruction programme supervised by the Allied forces at the end of the war.
The 1947 Beetle had been brought across by former Army officer George LaHaye who part exchanged it with Mr Colborne-Barber Snr for a Wolseley 6/80.
Mr Colborne-Barber Snr’s son bought the car back into family ownership in the 1980s when, by chance, its then owner drove it onto his garage forecourt for repairs.
It then remained at the family dealership even after it changed owners, as a historic memento of VW’s origins in Britain.
“My father loved that car,” said Mr Colborne-Barber Jnr. “They were robust and reliable and could take you to Scotland without any problems. He knew straight away they would be popular with the British motoring public. And they obviously still are.”
The team from the newly-opened Gigney’s Restaurant in Peascod Street is doing a series of events during its launch week, one of which included a photobooth inside a campervan and tombola, with all proceeds going to the Alexander Devine charity.
Photos with fun props in the van were free but donations for the charity were asked for if you took a print out.
The tombola included prizes such as a free burger at Gigney’s and a tub of ice cream.
Michelle Heywood runs the Best of Windsor website and helped to set up the fundraising event.
She said: “We chose Alexander Devine because it’s a great local charity. The restaurant is all about helping local businesses and the community so fundraising for charity fitted in with that.”
Jess Phillips crammed sheets into her battered, “clapped-out”, second-hand VW and set off for the capital with her family after being quoted £1,450 for a three-night stay
Jess Phillips crammed sheets into her battered, “clapped-out”, second-hand VW and set off for the capital with her family after being quoted £1,450 for a three-night stay
A newly-elected Labour MP planned to bed down in her camper van with her husband and kids because London hotels were so expensive, she has revealed.
Jess Phillips crammed sheets into her battered, “clapped-out”, second-hand VW and set off for the capital with her family after being quoted £1,450 for a three-night stay.
She is allowed to claim £150 a night for a hotel as an MP, but would have had to cover the other £1,000 herself – and realised she could ease the burden on taxpayers.
It was a stark welcome to the corridors of power for the 33-year-old – and confirmed her worst fears about parliament’s attitudes to families.
“After I got elected I rang the travel office and said I was going to be bringing my children with me for a few days. It was as if I said I was going to bring a nuclear bomb to Westminster,” she said.
“Lots of people kept ringing me back saying, ‘We can find you a bed in this hotel’, and, ‘You can have an adjoining room with your children’ – but they were quoting about £450 a night for three nights.
“I just thought that was totally ridiculous. It made me think even more that this isn’t a normal place for normal people with normal families.”
Showing her young kids to her new workplace was important to Jess in helping them understand why their mum would be away from home three nights a week.
So, in her refreshing style that is fast becoming famous around the Commons, she decided to make her own arrangements.
“I just thought, ‘Sod it, we’ve got a VW Camper Van’. I love it, it’s like a member of our family,” said the MP for Birmingham, Yardley, who used to work at a domestic and sexual abuse charity.
“We packed up duvets, rolled-up mattresses and shoved them in the back.”
The family – husband Tom, 36; Harry, 10; and six-year-old Danny – clambered aboard and headed down the M40 to London intending to park up for the night.
In the end, friends with a two-bed flat in South London said they could crash in the living room for a few days.
But the episode highlighted the difficulties, and cost, facing MPs with young families.
NOW you’re really buzzing! We’ve had the Golf coffee bar, and the Mini reception area.
Now we have… the VW camper van bar in a pub. And how cool is that!
The Car Expert tweeted us with the picture, and said: ‘I’ll see your VW Golf coffee station and raise you a VW Type 2 bar’.
The bar is in the garage-themed pub Jubilee Garage pub in North Street, Bourne, in Lincolnshire.
According to its website, the Jubilee changed to a new theme pub because it was originally a garage. Upstairs boasts this 1972 VW camper van which has been adapted to a bar. The building showcases an array of vintage and retro car memorabilia including old Castrol signs, hub caps, a 1950s petrol pump and exclusive BRM photos from the 1960s.
http://www.lincolnshireecho.co.uk/Volkswagen-camper-van-event-Lincolnshire-attracts/story-26738453-detail/story.html Volkswagen enthusiasts from across the county gathered at the Brayford Waterfront to show off their personalised camper vans at a special event in Lincoln. Dozens of vehicles, many of which had been customised by their devoted owners, were parked up and left open for inquisitive members of the public to take a look at on Father’s Day. Alongside the display, which was organised in association with Lincoln BIG, there was live music from Relentless in the morning and a DJ in the afternoon. Hungry families could also pick up a quick bite to eat at a number of stalls and restaurants in the local area. Tony Morris from Lincoln was showing off his air-cooled 1979, T25, Volkswagon and insists that the community aspect of the show was the biggest draw. The 49-year-old said: “I think days like this are really important to making people feel good and getting them out the house. “It is all about the people at the end of the day – you make a lot of friends with other owners who travel around to events. “Having one of these vans opens up a whole new lifestyle of camping and freedom which is what we want to promote.” David Blades, another exhibitor at the event, agreed. The 72-year-old said: “I got to shows across the country and I think this is the best one because people seem to be really interested and want to ask you questions. “It is good to have events like this as it brings people out.” However, Chris Weston from Lincoln said that there were far fewer vans than his previous visit and believes it was not advertised enough. The 54-year-old said: “There are a lot less vans in here than last year but then I did not know about it until one of my friends told me about it. “It needs more advertising – I am sure it is a good thing for local businesses. “It is nice having it in the city centre but it does limit you.”
Most of the Bugs in the east-side parking lot of the Midian Shrine went by the names of Beetle, Karmann Ghia and the Thing.
That’s where the Shriners were hosting Bug-O-Rama, a car show and fundraiser at 130 N. Topeka for the Shriners Hospital for Children in St. Louis, and where aficionados of the Volkswagen brand were displaying their mostly vintage automobiles.
There were shiny, restored Beetles and rusty ones. There were well-maintained Volkswagen camper buses and others that were just the opposite.
There were some Beetles in chassis and engine only, sporting a dune buggy – or “sand rail” – body instead. And then there were a couple of more rare Volkswagens, like a 1973 Type 3 Fastback and a 1960s-era Notchback.
In all, there were nearly 60 Volkswagens of different vintages and types on display.
The show is in its fifth year, and in its second year of ownership between David Ryan and Robert Hoch, a couple of Shriners who decided to make it a fundraiser when they bought the show.
“There’s Bug-O-Ramas all over the U.S.,” Hoch said.
Hoch estimated this year’s show raised about $2,800 in registration fees and sponsorships, almost triple from last year’s show.
He said there are a number of reasons why Volkswagens appeal to owners and collectors such as himself.
“It’s like any other Volkswagen owner will tell you,” Hoch said. “They’re easy to work on, the aftermarket (for parts) is huge, and they’re very inexpensive to own and maintain.”
Compared with the money it would cost to restore a muscle car from the 1970s, “I could restore three Beetles,” said Hoch, who owns a 2002 Turbo S Beetle, a 2000 Beetle, a Passat and a 1974 Volkswagen Bus.
The simplicity of vintage Volkswagens is the allure for Robert Hyle.
“It’s because they’re so dirt simple and they were designed and made so anyone can work on one,” said Hyle, who owns two vintage Volkswagens: a 1968 Karmann Ghia sport coupe and, more recently, a 1962 Beetle, which he has named “Bob the Beetle.”
Except for the mechanical parts of Bob the Beetle, Hyle has kept the exterior in the condition he found it.
“I was kinda wanting a rusty, patina-looking Bug,” he said. “These old cars, they’ve got stories to tell … all the dings and dents.”
Kelly and Lora Harper said their 1969 Camper Bus has a lot of stories to tell.
The shiny, immaculate bus that they bought about 10 years ago started its life in the U.S. under the ownership of a Utah professor who Kelly Harper said “put over 200,000 miles on it” taking his family on summer trips up and down the West Coast.
“I have every piece of paper” on it, he said, going back to “when it came into the harbor in San Francisco.”
Kelly Harper said the professor who owned it also attempted to set a land-speed record with the camper bus and its engine that the professor souped up.
The Harpers bought their bus from Lora Harper’s boss. He owned it after his son – who bought it from the Utah professor – died.
Lora Harper said she had admired the bus for years. Her boss occasionally drove it to work, and for several years following his son’s death he was unwilling to sell it.
And then one day, she said, he offered to sell it to them, and for a “super” price.
“We feel honored to own it,” Lora Harper said. “It meant something for us to buy it from him.”
Beetlemania exploded near Bristol today with the first official day of the family festival Volksfest.
Today saw thousands of people gather in a field in Easter Compton to celebrate all things Volkswagen.
The festival returned for its 24th year – with organisers promising it to be the biggest one they have put on yet.
People from all over the country gathered to observe or showcase their VW vehicles. And the loyalists were keen to let it be known that this is the best VW festival in the country.
Steve Walker, 59, from Kingswood, has been coming to Volksfest for seven years. He told the Post: “I come every year and it is one of the best. There are lots of options – you can go on a club display or you can compete. It is a great family friendly festival.”
Along with his friend Brett Lerway, he was there to show off his old school VW which took years to get perfect.
Mr Lerway, 56, said: “It’s my third year in a row. It’s our local festival so we always like to come down.
“We go to shows all over the country but this is our favourite.”
The two came with a group of VW fanatics who exchange ideas and tips of how to keep their motors in good stead on an internet forum.
Owners of classic and vintage V-dubs stood by their vehicles proudly and many took part in a “show and shine” competition – where the best vehicle was judged by the public.
To keep things fresh, organisers brought in the UK lowrider nationals, which saw owners of American cars with hydraulics show off their suspension tricks.
And for the first time, The Wall of Death came to Bristol – a family who have been stunning crowds for decades by riding their motorbikes around vertical walls.
Bristol business owner David Schmid, 61, was at the festival for the tenth year in a row.
Selling car parts for VWs, he told the Post: “It is one of the best festivals in the country.
“I don’t think I will ever get bored with it.”
“There is something for everyone – it for children and dogs so the whole family can get involved.”