smart fortwo Humiliated by VW California Camper Van and Atom 3.5R in Drag Race

op Gear is known for caravans, track footage, the British pride associated with the Atom, and making fun of slow cars. We’ve got all of those here, as a brand-new Volkswagen California camper van meets the basic smart fortwo and an Ariel Atom 3.5R on an empty piece of tarmac.

The Atom could win this race in reverse. But this isn’t the basic one; it’s the 3.5R, the most extreme thing they’ve made since the crazy V8 and a comprehensive evolution of the super-lightweight formula.

At 350 horsepower, this car has 150 less than the superbike-derived V8 model. However, it’s faster, taking 100 miles per hour in under six seconds. The 2-liter four-banger from the Civic Type R is supercharged and has been matched to a close-ratio, rally-spec Sadev six-speed sequential box, operated by wheel-mounted paddle sifters.

The smart fortwo is one of the slowest cars sold in Britain. A 1-liter naturally aspirated engine sits under the trunk floor and sends just 70 horsepower to the back wheels. Meanwhile, the VW California is like a much heavier version of the T6 van, and it uses two turbochargers to extract 180 ponies from a 2-liter diesel block.

It also weighs around 2.5 tons, so it exceeds the weight of the smart and the Atom combined. However, the TDI engine produces 4.4 times the torque of the smart, so it’s actually faster.

When you lose a drag race to a refrigerator on wheels filled with camping equipment, you know it’s time to build a better city car… smart. There’s no conceivable benefit for having such an underpowered engine in this day and age. It’s not like the fortwo is cheap either. At £11,150, it’s more expensive than a Dacia Sandero with a dCi engine. Heck, you can get a Renault Zoe EV for £13,443 and never pay taxes.

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This retro VW fun bus isn’t real, but it really should be

Retro is cool. And retro sells. The Fiat 500 and Mini are just two obvious examples of this.


And their success has, with mixed results, been used to form larger, more practical cars such as the 500L and Clubman. But what if there were a classic car of larger proportions that could be reinvented more naturally?

There’s a blindingly obvious candidate, of course: the Volkswagen Transporter and its people carrying and camping slanted spin-offs. VW itself has dallied with bringing it back to life, much like it did the Beetle, but the closest it’s come is a two-tone Caravelle.


Cue David Obendorfer. We’ve featured his fine penmanship on Top Gear before, but he’s been at the rendering software again and concocted this, the T1 Revival.

Its design is based upon the floorplan of the latest T6 Transporter – so it’s of useful stuff- and people-carrying size – but with an extra 7cm in the wheelbase. It is also much cuter and curvier, with clear design elements from that first T1.


The cuteness continues inside, too; check out the amazing air vents atop the dash, the slender door handles and the single, round dial. All, you won’t be surprised to learn, ape their equivalents in that original 1950s fun bus.


So, then: this or a Fiat 500L MPW to shift you and your mates around? We imagine it’s no contest.

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FBI report – Camper van used as part of a robbery


I just hope it wasn’t a getaway vehicle….


The man who the FBI says robbed a bank in Cheyenne, Wyoming late last month while wearing a surgical mask may be connected to a Volkswagen Camper Bus with a flower design and Colorado plates.

The robbery happened on Feb. 29 at around 11 a.m. The FBI says the man robbed the Warren Federal Credit Union inside of a Safeway at 700 South Greeley Highway. He left with an “undetermined” amount of cash.

Police described the suspect as a white man who is around 6 feet tall and 185 pounds. At the time of the robbery, he was wearing a heavy coat, black surgical mask and heavy knit cap.

He is believed to be connected with a white 1970s model Volkswagen Camper Bus with Colorado license plate that had a “flower or pattern design.”

Anyone with information about the robbery is asked to contact the Cheyenne FBI Office at 307-632-6224 or the Laramie County Sheriff’s Office at 307-637-6524.

Show season’s starting again!!!


THE fourth annual Volkswagen car show will be held at Harrogate’s Great Yorkshire Showground next week.

The Spring Dub show takes place on March 6, and will see classic VW camper vans and modified cars from the Dub scene on display with more than 400 expected to be on show

Also this year, there will be a display of scooters, including an original prop from the film Quadrophenia.

Spring Dub opens at 10am on Sunday. Tickets cost £7.50 online, or £10 per adult on the gate. Tickets for under-16s cost £4.

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Spring Dub 6 March 2016 Indoor VW VAG show The Great Yorkshire show ground Harrogate


Fitting send-off for former VW Club chairman



Tony Varga, a former chairman of the North-East VW Club, recently died of cancer and his funeral took place on Tuesday, February 2.

Among the mourners were his wife Suzanne, their daughters Clare and Leigh and countless family and friends.

A convoy of Beetles and campervans followed the hearse from the Rolling Mills social club, in Longfield Road, to Darlington Crematorium.

Steve Lambert, the current chairman of the club, had known Mr Varga for about ten years and said his friend would have been proud at the turn-out for his send-off.

The Northern Echo: The funeral of Tony Varga, a former chairman of the Northeast VW club. Picture: TOM BANKS

Mr Lambert said: “If Tony had been there, he would have grinned from one side of his face to the other.

The Northern Echo: The funeral of Tony Varga, a former chairman of the Northeast VW club. Picture: TOM BANKS

“It was quite a sight to see all the Beetles and campervans lined up, Suzanne was absolutely over the moon.

“Tony was a lovely fella, he really was Mr Sociability.”

Those words had earlier been echoed by Clare Varga, who described her father as ‘the life and soul of the party’.

She said: “He’d love to be remembered as a good laugh who did his best to help anyone who needed him.

“He was very well thought of and we’ve been overwhelmed by the support we’ve had since he passed away.

“He was mum’s best friend and always there for me and my sister – his death is a huge loss to us all.”

This Volkswagen Bus and Camper Combo are Vintage VW Royalty


When it comes to collecting vintage Volkswagen Buses, it’s all about the windows; the more light that comes in, the more money it accompanies. In that regard, this vibrant 1963 Volkswagen Bus is one of the best, a coveted 23-window Type 2, but interestingly it’s not the rarest species pictured.

The trailer that accompanies it is, said to be a microbus-specific 1967 Eriba Puck camper, and one of only five surviving models in the world. Both the vintage 23-window Bus and its accompanying trailer will mount the auction block at the upcoming RM Auctions Amelia Island event in March, where the pair will sell at no reserve.


Built in Wolfsburg, Germany in March of 1963, the VW Bus’s story begins with a trip across the Atlantic to its first owner in San Francisco, where after a few years it was purchased by a private girls’ school in Kansas City, Missouri. After some years it then made its way back to the Bay Area and into the collection of a steadfast microbus enthusiast, this time accompanying the rare Eriba Puck camper.

First sold in the United States in 1952, the Volkswagen Type 2 caught in North America is equipped with an air-cooled horizontally opposed four-cylinder engine. It’s appeal lies in the ease of maintenance and the iconic sound it produces. Mind you, 50 brake horsepower won’t get you anywhere fast, but going fast defeats the purpose of the 1,585-cc single-port Volkswagen engine. Other technical highlights include a four-speed manual transmission, four-wheel drum brakes, and front and rear torsion bar suspension.

As per its certificate of authenticity, this Microbus was built in Wolfsburg on March 13, 1963, and was sold new by a dealership in San Francisco. After it had been used by a private girls’ school in Kansas City, the Type 2 and its trailer were bought by an enthusiast who performed a bare-metal restoration on both. Then the 23-window Microbus was purchased by Ryan Gardner of St. George, Utah, who has driven this Volkswagen Type 2 about 1,000 miles (1,600 km) in nine years of ownership.

The current owner is an enthusiast who has owned six other examples. Just like Ryan Gardner, the current owner once more restored the Type 2 and its trailer. But the time has come to part ways with it and let other Volkswagen enthusiasts enjoy the thrill of owning the VeeDub and the matching camper. If you’re interested, then save the date: March 12, 2016, at the Ritz-Carlton in Amelia Island, Florida.

Both were given a very thorough restoration in the 1990s, and since then the pair have only seen light use and the custody of two other owners, one of which re-restored the duo a second time. Despite their five decades of age, both appear to be about as clean as the day they were new.


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Camper Mart returns to Telford this January

 Polly’s Parlour owns a multi awarding winning beautifully restored 1966 VW vintage ice cream van called ‘Florence’

VW enthusiasts will be heading to the Camper Mart show at The International Centre in Telford later this month.

Camper Mart will offer more to visitors in 2016, with two halls being given over to traders, with everything from conversion companies like Celtic Motorhomes and Vanhaus, through to accessory experts like Van-X and camping gurus, Lightning Leisure, to specialist companies like Fat Bob’s Emporium and the VW Keyman.

Event Director, Shelley Bond, said: “We’re delighted to be building on the success of Camper Mart by expanding to take over three halls at The International Centre, showcasing almost twice the number of VW buses as last year. We’ve been really pleased with the response to last year’s show from visitors and traders alike and it’s great to be getting so many enquiries about the show already at a time when many are busy making plans for Christmas. We’re pleased to be perking up the traditionally quiet month of January!”

The number of VW buses on display will be nearly doubled this year, and with the release of ‘Star Wars: The Force Awakens’ in December, Camper Mart have invited UK Garrison, a costuming group and enthusiasts, to the event – rolling up in their very own VW, which will be among the vehicles on display and is obviously their preferred land transport! Stormtroopers, Boba Fett and maybe even Darth Vader will make an appearance. They will be raising money for the Children’s Liver Disease Foundation. The Bus Doctors will also be on hand to offer their own brand of down to earth practical advice for all your bus related problems and queries.

The third hall is the entertainment hall where eight teams of scary boys and equally scary girls go toe to toe in the Roller Derby, including one team rather splendidly named ‘The Crash Test Brummies’. New for this year is a Ukulele Workshop where you can get strumming and humming along with the host, Gacko. So why not start the New Year learning a new, fun skill that’s suited to all ages and abilities. BMX enthusiasts and skateboarders will perform amazing stunts on the ramps, whilst Pif-Paf will again offer an incredible two-wheeled adventure for the younger show goers, with giant adventures departing right from the heart of the show in their Flycycle and Submercycle machines. Rainbow faces and Henna cat will again be showcasing their face and body painting skills respectively.

If all of that’s not enough excitement, there will also be a music stage where live bands and singer/songwriters will be playing all day.

Adult day passes for Camper Mart which takes place on Sunday 31st January cost £10.

Is The New VW Microbus a Surf Van?

The VW Budd-e. The van that nobody wanted.

Dammit Volkswagen.

When it was announced that the new VW Microbus-based van concept would be revealed at the Consumer Electronics Show, it should have been obvious that the van would be a piece of overwrought electronic gadgetry. But still, I held out a little hope that the company was finally bringing back a (relatively) affordable and efficient people/gear hauler, one that would be ideal for surf tripping.


This week, the world’s second-largest automaker rolled out the “Budd-e”—an all-electric toy that looks like something from a Pixar cartoon made manifest in steel and plastic and silicon. Yes, it has an all-wheel drive electric powerplant which is pretty cool, and supposedly will run 250 miles or so on a charge. BUT! The interior is lifted from the special-effects extras bin left behind by the crew of the new Star Trek movies. The gauge clusters are just three iPad-looking tablets stacked together. You open the doors and the tailgate with swiping gestures, a luxury (?) that I can’t possibly assume is in demand. And boy is the Budd-e ready for the Internet-of-Things revolution. Approaching your house in this thing sets off a bunch of sensors and, if your home life is set up for it, your TV turns on, the AC starts blowing, your fridge makes ice cubes, the stereo cranks up, and Rosie the Robot-Maid starts wheeling around the place vacuuming (Jetsons joke).

Anyway, it sucks.

What also sucks is that car companies no longer build simple, cheap, reliable vans or pickups or wagons anymore. Oh sure, you could drop $40k on a Tacoma, or $50k on a Volvo wagon, or $60k on a Sprinter van, but holy hell, that’s a HUGE amount of money for a vehicle that you aren’t going to also live inside for the next 20 years (if you are going to do that, by all means, spring for the Sprinter).

Literally the last kind of dashboard you want to see when your hands are covered in saltwater and sand.

All of the nostalgic charm of the VW Microbus that the Budd-e abomination is trading on was wrapped up in the simplicity. You and a friend could practically pick up and carry the old 1.6-liter motor over to a soft Mexican blanket laid down under a palm tree if you needed to work on the thing. Even the Vanagon, which VW stopped making for the U.S. market in the 1990s, was a relatively simple affair. But once the $70k Eurovan debuted, suddenly, the VW van was no longer a vehicle you could really afford to get sandy, or a vehicle that you could afford to own just for its beach capabilities.

Listen, VW: nobody wanted a van like the Budd-e, least of all surfers who have no use for complicated touch screens when our hands are covered in sand and grime. What we wanted was an updated version of a cheap van that we could beat to hell and melt wax in without panicking.

I could actually deal with your diesel-gate scandal, VW. As despicable as that is, at least it was done in the name of heightened performance; those TDIs are awesome to drive. But the Budd-e is just offensive to van enthusiasts everywhere, and in particular, to surfing van enthusiasts who are still doomed to prowling Craigslist for pricey, used Vanagons. Thanks, but no thanks.

T2 Campervan is the UK’s favourite classic car, according to insurance company

Classic cars have proved a great investment – better than ploughing your money into FTSE 100 shares, art, wine and jewellery, according to the latest Frank Knight wealth report.
And it seems people in the South are the ones pumping their money into classic vehicles, with new research showing Kent, Essex and Surrey are the three counties with the highest number of classic-car owners.

But they’re not throwing their money at Ferraris, Porsches or Lamborghinis; the most common classic is actually the VW Camper.
The data has been pulled together by insurer Carole Nash’s ‘Cherished vehicle division’, which identifies a classic car as any model that is at least 15 years old, is not the owner’s main car and has a low yearly mileage.
It used all 13,650 cars that are currently covered by its classic car insurance policy to work out which models and manufacturers are most common, and which regions have the highest number of vintage vehicles.
Carole Nash found six per cent of all UK-based classics resided in Kent, with 5.4 per cent kept in Essex and another 4.8 per cent owned by people in Surrey.
Despite the stats showing a southern-UK domination for classic-car ownership, it was Nottinghamshire that took fourth spot with Norfolk a close fifth.
Many of these classic car enthusiasts are buying British brands, too. Of the most common carmakers, MG, Triumph and Land Rover all placed in the top five.
But collectible Volkswagens are the most owned classics in the UK — a flicker of light for the German carmaker that’s still embroiled in its emissions-test cheating scandal.
Carole Nash says in Kent alone, 142 out of its 827 classic cars were Volkswagens. The next most-owned vintage was MG, making up just 77 of the total count.
The insurance firm said VWs made up 15.2 per cent of the classic-car market share.
The T2 Campervan is the model most are opting for.

The study discovered that 78 per cent of all Nottinghamshire classics are second-generation Campers, while 74 per cent of vintage-car collectors in Lancashire have the mk2 VW bus.
Experts in the classic-car division of Carole Nash said it was easy to see why the Campervan was so popular.
Their enduring appeal has been highlighted by the fact that renting them out is a business in itself. In recent years, companies have been able to profit on the growing demand for these iconic motors,’ it said.
‘By offering fully restored and serviced Campers to the general public, companies such as Old School Camper Hire in Leeds and South West Camper Hire in Devon have flourished as more and more people opt for something a little bit different when booking their summer holidays or countryside retreats.’