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This VW Type 2 Sidecar is the Most Vantastic Way To Ride Shotgun



Back in 2007, a quirky three-wheeled concoction was featured in Scootering magazine, and the sidecar game hasn’t been the same since. Paired and color-matched with a Lambretta, this minature Volkswagen Type 2 Bus creation is the perfect transportation for a kid, a dog, or maybe a tasty pizza pie.

This car was built and is owned by a man named Jay Dyer. He built it so his then 11-year-old son could come riding with him. A long-time enthusiast, he wanted his kid to enjoy that part of his life with him. So, Dyer came up with the idea to make this. According to Geeky Gadgets, it took him about seven months to weld, paint, and craft the whole thing after buying the shell.



“We get absolutely mobbed by people when we take it to shows and journeys can take ages because we’re constantly stopped for photos,” Dyer said in his interview. “No one has ever seen anything like it and it’s a great feeling to see the look on people’s faces once they realize it’s a miniature camper van. I’ve had scooters for 27 years and see them as an iconic part of British culture. I’m glad to make my contribution.”

The project reportedly took about 2,500 British Pounds, or $3,800 by today’s conversion, and he has had plenty of offers exceeding 8,000 pounds, or more than $12,000. He said he’d never sell it, though. Let’s hope he’s maintained that attitude


Camper van fans revving up for celebratory festival in North Yorkshire

FESTIVAL: VW Camper Vans

FESTIVAL: VW Camper Vans

VINTAGE camper van enthusiasts will be revving up for an annual festival in the Yorkshire Dales.

The Dubs In’t Dales VW Festival, at Camp Katur Glamping Village in Bedale from September 25 to 27, is a celebration of the much-loved classic vehicle.

This year’s VW-fest at Camp Katur will be bigger and better than ever, with all new elements including a family-friendly dedicated campsite and an all-new all weather barn.

The camp out will also include a pamper parlour nail beautician and holistic therapies alongside a sauna cabin, hot tubs and a hay bale plunge pool with pre booked sessions available throughout the weekend and of course, the ever-popular Show ‘n Shine competition, where owners can display their pride and joy, will round-off the weekend in style.

Owner of Camp Katur Kerry Roy said: “Every year the Dubs In’t Dales festival attracts more VW fans and this year with our added attractions and new facilities, we are really setting the bar high and will ensure that the 2015 Dubs In’t Dales festival is one to remember.”

The weekend will be packed with family friendly activities including access to the adventure playground, segway tours, Aerial Extreme high ropes course and taster activity sessions including archery, bushcraft and dance workshops.

Dubs I’nt Dales is organised by Dubtricks and Classic Volks with a percentage of this year’s proceeds going to Macmillan Cancer Care and the Yorkshire Air Ambulance.

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Volkswagen T6 model range is hybrid-ready but customers aren’t, according to the company

Volkswagen T6 model range is hybrid-ready but customers aren’t, according to the company

The new-generation Volkswagen T6 model range could be sold with a hybrid drivetrain at a moments’ notice if there was demand for it, according to insiders.

At the launch of the new-generation Volkswagen T6 models – which includes the Transporter commercial van and the Caravelle and Multivan people mover models – it was confirmed to CarAdvice that a hybrid powertrain is developed and ready to be implemented.

There is no problem fitting in any batteries or additional electric motors, but there could be an issue finding buyers who want such a thing, according to the brand.

Gisela Golling, head of systems and functions at Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles, told CarAdvice the T6 was developed as a hybrid-ready model, but the time isn’t right to launch such a drivetrain in the vehicle.

Volkswagen T6 Caravelle

“I think hybrid is a thing which depends on the customer,” Golling said. “We have to have a big market for hybrids, then we can offer a hybrid.

“We’ve got our chefs in the kitchen, we’ve got something which we can put in if we want to do it, but it depends on the customer [and] when he wants to have it,” she said.

“If we have the customers we can do it. We’re able to do it,” she reaffirmed, although there was no specific mention of what hybrid system Golling was talking about.

The plug-in system pairs a turbocharged 110kW/250Nm 1.4-litre four-cylinder petrol engine with a 75kW/330Nm electric motor, which combine to produce 150kW of power and 350Nm of torque in the Golf GTE, where the Passat gets a higher tune, with 160kW/400Nm. In the Golf, fuel use is claimed at 1.5 litres per 100 kilometres; the Passat claims 2.0L/100km.

“We can put it in if we need, yeah,” she said. “That’s possible.”

Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles press manager of product communications (Caddy/Amarok), Andreas Gottland, said that pricing was the main thing holding potential buyers back at this stage.

“It’s a very price-sensitive segment, especially in Europe, the commercial vehicle segment, and so the price is mainly the decision making tool for our customers,” he said.

“So when they don’t see there is a commercial use, in terms of their total cost of ownership, then it’s very hard to sell that. But we could do this easily,” he said of offering such a model in the range.

“The systems are all there and they’re already tested, already with our customers as you know, especially in Europe. And we have to see what is the request.

“You see how big or how small the request is in terms of hybrids and in terms of pure electric cars at the moment, because of that price difference, and at the end someone has to pay the price,” he said.

Golling suggested that ever-tightening emissions regulations could eventually play a part in forcing the hand of the German brand, although there is European talk of a revised consumption cycle test that better mimics everyday driver behaviours.

Volkswagen Transporter T6_2

“Now we use a very easy driving cycle. People say that they want to be nearer as the customer with the driving cycle, so that’s a proposal,” Golling said, indicating that a decision is likely before 2019.

“I think it’s similar to the American testing cycle,” she said, referencing the regime used in the US which is far more akin to how many drivers spend their days behind the wheel.

“I think we will see it in 2020 or 2021, we don’t know when it comes. There are many discussions what the routes will be.”



Tight squeeze: This is the moment 51 bus enthusiasts brought a new meaning to the term people carrier as they set a new world record for the number of people crammed into a classic VW Campervan

Breathe in everyone! People of all ages packed into the 1974 vehicle during the Busfest van festival in Malvern, Worcestershire, yesterday

A MECHANIC from Clacton has set a new world record by cramming an astonishing 51 people into his classic VW campervan.

Jamie Bakker, 26, of Coppins Road, was joined by friends Christopher Dee, Phillip Perry and 48 other enthusiasts for the attempt, which took place during the Busfest Van Festival, in Worcestershire, at the weekend.

Hop in: Bus enthusiasts also piled into the VW Campervan via the boot (pictured). The  Guinness World Record helped raise money for Make-A-Wish Foundation, a charity that grants wishes to children and young people fighting life-threatening conditions

The bid was part of a charity fundraising event for the Make A Wish Foundation, which makes the dreams of youngsters fighting life-threatening conditions come true.

Jamie, who works for Ace Autos, in Crossfield Road, said: “I restored the campervan myself and modified it myself – it was a project over ten years.

The attempt, recognised as a Guinness World Record, also helped raise money for Make-A-Wish Foundation, a charity that grants wishes to children and young people fighting life-threatening conditions such as cancer.

james Lewis, from BBC’s Flog It and Bargain Hunt, was there to witness the record-breaking attempt organised by Comfort Insurance.

He said: ‘I’ve been involved in quite a few world records in my time but this has been one of the most exciting yet, especially as it has never been done before and for such a worthy cause.’

One of those who took part, Calvin, added: ‘I didn’t think we’d do it at first. People’s hands and arms were squashed in my face. When it came to the last person, everyone joined in to pull him in. What a great atmosphere!’

Peter Cue, founder and director of Comfort Insurance, which organised the record attempt, said: “Our customers enjoy having fun with their campervans and we wanted to do the same. What better way than getting everyone involved in trying to set a world record, whilst helping families and children across the UK!”

Busfest saw around 25,000 campervan enthusiasts and 5,000 vehicles visit the festival over the weekend.

Give us a push! It was a snug fit but those who crammed into the VW Campervan set a new world record, even if they did need a bit of help

“I have loved VW campervans since I was a kid, so bought one when I had the chance.

“My partner, Lauren, saw something on the internet about the show saying that Comfort Insurance wanted a pre-1975 campervan to volunteer for something.

“We agree to do it and when we got there, we found out it was to set this world record and raise money for charity.”

He added: “It was crammed. It was comfortable to start with, but it got a bit claustrophobic in the end.

Giving the thumbs up: Packed in like sardines, there wasn't much room to breathe for the 51 bus enthusiasts who took part in the attempt

“They only had 40 minutes to complete it and after about 30 minutes they were getting a bit desperate and were shoving people into the gaps.

“I’m so pleased we were part of it – it was brilliant.


In total, 51 people squeezed into Jamie’s 1974 Type 2 campervan, helping to set the official Guinness World Record.

“There has never actually been a record set before – Guinness basically made it a challenge for 51 before they would consider it a record, said Jamie
Record-breaking moment: Two men help close the VW Campervan's doors to complete the attempt and allow everyone to get out again

Celebrating their success: Busfest saw around 25,000 campervan enthusiasts and 5,000 vehicles visit the festival over the weekend


VW van centres celebrate caddy and transporter launch


We’ve come a long way since 1954. From the original T1 and the Caddy pick-up, the Transporter and Caddy have evolved into the most versatile and technologically advanced vans you can buy. And with BlueMotion Technology available across the range, it means they’re also some of the most economical.

The Transporter and Caddy really have been perfected over generations. Why not come and experience these outstanding new vehicles for yourself? We can’t wait to show you the new safety and driver assist systems.

New Transporter: Starting from £17,745*

Raising the standards again, the sixth-generation Transporter sets the benchmark for quality, practicality and low running costs. The latest version launches with the widest range of engine, transmission and trim level options ever offered by Volkswagen. It also introduces a host of new design and engineering features, along with new assistance, safety, convenience and comfort systems.

Featuring cleaner, more efficient engines, the Transporter is available with a range of four 2.0-litre TDI Euro5 engines with outputs of 84 PS, 102 PS, 140 PS and 180 PS (Highline only) and a 2.0-litre TDI Euro 6 unit that develops 102 PS. All models benefit from Volkswagen’s acclaimed BlueMotion Technology modifications as standard. These include low rolling resistance tyres, regenerative braking and Start/Stop systems to reduce fuel consumption, meaning the new Transporter is cleaner and more efficient than the outgoing model.

In keeping with Transporter tradition, the new T6 model offers a range of body options and gross vehicle weights to suit the needs of all operators and drivers. In addition to three roof height options – standard (1,410 mm), medium (1,635 mm) and high (1,940 mm) – the new Transporter is available with four gross vehicle weights (ranging from 2,600 kg to 3,200 kg) along with short and long wheelbase options.

The latest incarnation of the Transporter boasts a host of new standard features including BlueMotion Technology, DAB+ digital radio, 5-inch touchscreen, Bluetooth phone connectivity and USB connection. Standard equipment also includes Volkswagen’s acclaimed Automatic Post-Collision Braking system, which automatically applies the brakes after a collision, reducing the risk or severity of a secondary impact.

Incident on the way from Busfest – let’s be careful out there!!


TWO people were taken to hospital after a crash in Malvern Wells involving a VW camper van and a Vauxhall car.

The incident happened just before 11am on the A440 Wells Road, bear the Bhan Thai restaurant.

A spokesman for the West Midlands Ambulance Service said that two ambulances and a rapid response paramedic were sent to the scene.
When they arrived, they found one male with facial injuries, and another patient with injuries not specified. Both patients were taken to Worcestershire Royal Hospital.

A VW camper can rally took place at the Three Counties Showground,. Malvern Wells, over the weekend.




Volkswagen T6 launch – press release transcript

Volkswagen California T6


Off on holiday – advance sales of the new California have begun

– In three equipment lines: Beach, Coast and Ocean
– Entry-level prices from just €41,429.85
– New TDI and TSI engines – lower fuel consumption and stop/start function as standard
– Modern infotainment, assistance systems and DCC suspension

Hannover, 10 June 2015 – Advance sales of the new California have started at dealerships in Germany. Prices start at €41,429.85 (Beach with 62 kW TDI).

The California is now available in three equipment lines: Beach, Coast and Ocean. The California Beach is the entry-level model. It is the perfect combination of a 7-seat passenger car and a motorhome with up to five berths. Equipped as standard with a manual pop-up roof and two different layouts (double reclining bench seat with storage compartment or folding triple bench seat with multiflex board), it provides the ideal base for everyday life and travelling. Naturally, the integrated roller blinds enable the creation of privacy and shade, just as the ability to turn the front seats around enables driver and passengers to sit together in a cosy seating group. In combination with the removable camping table within the sliding door and the folding chairs in the tailgate, you are always equipped for outings of all kinds.

New to the range is the California Coast. With a manual pop-up roof and an aluminium row of units in pale wood trim, it is more motorhome than passenger car, but without losing any of the high level of everyday practicality. With up to five seats, it shows how cleverly thought out the California concept is. The galley with stainless steel sink, 42-litre cool box with clip-in basket and twin-hob gas cooker with Piezo ignition, coupled with lots of storage space, facilitates comfortable living even on extended journeys.

The California Ocean offers very comprehensive standard features, including auxiliary heating, Climatronic, double glazing, closing aids and much more. The pop-up roof is operated by electrohydraulic power, rising and lowering at the press of a button. The new dimmable LED lighting in the pop-up roof and tailgate produce a whole new feel-good ambience inside the vehicle.

A key fundamental feature of the California range – besides the convertible, multifunctional interior and integrated accessories – is the fold-out double bed on the ‘first floor’. The pop-up roof with a sleeping area of 1.2 x 2 metres and the proven layout with a folding bench seat in the back, which if needed can be laid flush to form a bed, and, depending on equipment line, a slim row of kitchen units with cool box, gas cooker, sink and storage space on the left-hand side, has therefore been retained.
The vehicle height remains at practical 1.99 m on all three models.This successful concept has been made better still with enhancements to detail.

However, small details have been thought of as well. There is now, for instance, a multi-functional holder for the rear compartment. It is a cup, ashtray and towel holder all in one. A minor feature perhaps, but one that shows the designers’ attention to detail in this upgrade. The integrated accessories, such as camping chairs and table, can be stowed away in space-saving fashion and firmly secured, but are never in the way and always with you on board.

In addition, the California models have, either as standard or as options, all of the numerous innovations of the latest T-series generation – including driver assistance systems, the latest infotainment with ‘App Connect’ and adaptive suspension. Travelling is thus made even more comfortable, safe and entertaining.

The latest generation of engines provides in each instance exceptionally low fuel consumption (from 6.3 litres / 164 g/km) – without losing any of the joy of driving. All of the new TDI engines – from 62 to 150 kW – fulfil the Euro 6 emissions standard and have BlueMotion Technology with engine stop/start. Across the whole model series, the new engines save a litre of fuel compared to the previous generation. All in all, consumption has been reduced on average by 15% per cent. By the autumn further engine and gearbox combinations – DSG and 4MOTION all-wheel drive – and two petrol engines delivering 110 and 150 kW respectively will be incorporated into the range of models available.

Since the launch of the California model in 1988, every generation has seen its popularity grow. In the T3 version 22,000 California models were produced and in the T4 version 39,000. The T5 version the Volkswagen California achieved a production record of over 50,000 vehicles.

Black widow ‘lived for nine months’ in VW camper van

The spiderImage caption The spider has been rehomed at a butterfly farm

A couple found a venomous black widow spider had been living in their VW camper van for nine months after it was discovered by a mechanic in Worcestershire.

The couple, who do not wish to be named, imported the camper van from Sacramento in California in November.

They stored it in their garage before taking it to a Strensham mechanic, who found the spider on Thursday.

The spider has been rehomed at a butterfly farm in Warwickshire.

‘Very, very venomous’

Carl Marshall, from the Stratford Butterfly Farm, said: “The mechanic was working on the underside of the vehicle when he spotted the spider and told the owner it was there.

“We went over there and collected it last Thursday.”

Mr Marshall said although the spider was “very, very venomous”, it would have been unlikely to have attacked a human unless it had been squashed or sat on.

The female spider was found alongside a sac of eggs, which was also taken to the farm.

“The egg sacs were empty and it is very unlikely the young would have survived in Britain’s colder temperatures,” said Mr Marshall.

“The spider itself probably only survived the winter because it stayed in the camper van, where it was slightly warmer.”

However, he advised the owner to be cautious.

“It does sometimes happen that black widows are found in imported vehicles,” he said.

A spokesman for the Stratford-upon-Avon attraction said: “As the spider is renowned for being incredibly tough and living in dark crevices, it was easy for it to remain unnoticed in the camper van.

“It would have eaten insects to survive and caught its prey by snaring it in its web.

“Although living in the van for the last 11 months, it appears completely unscathed after its travels from the USA.

The spider is being kept in a biological hazard enclosure at the farm.

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  • Black widows are known to be one of the most venomous spiders in the world, with venom 15 times more potent than a rattlesnake
  • The venom, although potentially lethal, is only administered in small quantities, so rarely causes death
  • In the US between 1950 and 1989, 63 deaths were reported, about 2-3% of recorded bites
  • Female black widow spiders may cannibalise their mates after copulation to ensure they are well-fed to get through pregnancy. They can lay up to 900 eggs in an egg sac

Source: Stratford Butterfly Farm

Lovers of VW camper vans gather for weekend of food and live music

Strumpshaw VW Fab Festival. Photo : Steve Adams

Copyright Archant Norfolk 2015

Strumpshaw VW Fab Festival.Chris Hansen with his 1958 Transporter single cab that he restored and was owned by his family since new. Photo : Steve Adams

The VW Fab – Family and Bands – Festival came to Strumpshaw Steam Museum from Friday to Sunday, with scores of VW campers packing into the site.

Thousands enjoyed live music, a dog show, a charity raffle – which supported Priscilla Bacon Lodge and Scotty’s Little Soldiers – and even a camper van cook-off.

And the weekend proved so popular that by 1.30pm on Saturday the site was packed to capacity for the day, with the team unable to accept any more visitors.

Performances from acts including The Minute Steaks, East View Acoustic, Chris Brown and Tom Tonks kept crowds happy, with children’s entertainment for the hundreds of families.

A Dub Tucker Trial saw 10 contestants brave mystery meals, with courses including scrumptious skewers and a little tipple.

Festival-goers described the weekend as “brilliant”, saying they were already looking forward to next year’s event.

Scotty’s Little Soldiers supports the children of men and women killed while serving in the military, while Priscilla Bacon Lodge provides specialist advice and support for those with life limiting illness and their loved ones.

Guide to buying a VW campervan

Finding the right VW campervan for you If there is one iconic vehicle that represents the campervan it’s the Transporter-based model from VW. Since going on sale in 1950, there have been five different versions, with a new one due for release this year. And they are more popular than ever which makes buying one an absolute minefield. Unless you have this reference tome to handy.

VW Campers are generally built by specialist conversion companies and only in the last ten years or so by Volkswagen itself, but many are created by competent owners using off-the-shelf kits, or relying on their own DIY skills, either way the range of options available proving practically infinite. Each and every one is based on Volkswagen’s Transporter, a vehicle that has been around since 1950 and is now about to enter its sixth incarnation. Though a ubiquitous and popular vehicle in its own right, there is no doubt that the Transporter owes much of its success to the iconic status of the VW Camper.
So, are you tempted? Have you always fancied a VW Camper but don’t know where to start? Perhaps you own one already but secretly crave something with the latest creature comforts, or maybe a head-turning classic air-cooled model.

Whatever the dream, a new book called, rather aptly, the VW Camper Buyers’ Guide might help you on your journey to making it reality. This handy paperback will acquaint you with the history of the VW Camper and give a rundown of the best conversions over the years. This will help you understand the benefits of each generation, from the earliest split-screen campers to the latest new models. Which ones will suit your needs and which ones won’t? It’s time to assess your requirements and decide on the ideal VW Camper for you and your budget, before learning what to look for when viewing vehicles for sale and, or course, how much to pay.

Select the right model of VW for youInside the VW camperWhether you are new to VW Campers or a seasoned enthusiast, the VW Camper Buyers’ Guide is the only source of in-depth advice on buying all five generations of this iconic vehicle.

Richard Copping is Britain’s leading Volkswagen author and historian. With more than 25 books to his credit, he has written extensively on both the Volkswagen Transporter and the Volkswagen Camper. The book is in paperback format, measures 210x148mm and has 224 pages with 250 illustrations. The ISBN is 978-0-9928769-1-3. Published on 1 April 2015 by Behemoth and priced at £14.99, the VW Camper Buyers’ Guide is available from bookshops, Amazon and other online retailers.