Tag: Volkswagen


70 years of the VW campervan

In 1947, a Dutch car dealer called Ben Pon famously sketched out a simple, box-shaped delivery vehicle that was based on the Beetle’s chassis.  He persuaded the VW factory in Wolfsburg to put the van into production and the first VW Transporter was unveiled at the Geneva Motor Show in November 1949. It was an innovative design that maximised the load-carrying capacity of the … Read More 70 years of the VW campervan


Review: The Jerba Tiree Campervan

I think I first became aware of campervans in 1977 when a friend’s family bought a bright orange bay-windowed VW. Even in the 1970s, when orange furniture and curtains adorned our living rooms and orange melamine kitchenware jostled for attention, their bright, brand spanking new campervan stood out. It made a statement. So fast forward forty years, and I find myself walking up to … Read More Review: The Jerba Tiree Campervan

VW California Roof Corrosion Update

  Members of the VW California Club will have been following the voluminous pages of forum chatter on the topic of the dreaded ‘roof rot’ for several years now – and the issue shows no sign of going away. For the unitiated, there’s a design flaw in the manufacture of the aluminium elevating roof in the VW California campervan.  At least, all of the … Read More VW California Roof Corrosion Update

Home is where you park it

  Camper vans have a habit of getting under your skin.  Old vans in particular have a certain character and have a knack of creating an emotional physical – even spiritual – connection to those to own, drive and live in them. The latest online edition of Influx Magazine caught my eye recently and celebrates van life.  In a series of articles it reviews … Read More Home is where you park it


Scottish VW California meet, May 2016

  After previous weekends at Blair Atholl and Loch Morlich (Aviemore) the third camping meet involving members from the VW California Club took place at Glen Nevis in late May.  There’s now a regular group of owners who take part, from Aberdeen, Edinburgh and Glasgow and various places in between. Nine vans came along this time.  I was a little surprised there wasn’t more interest, … Read More Scottish VW California meet, May 2016

Camping and walking in Eskdale

  VW campervans and mountains – a great combination for a perfect weekend. I killed two birds with one stone last weekend by attending a  VW camper meet at the Eskdale Campsite and combined this with a couple of days out on the Lake District fells.  A group from the VW California Club organised a meet to coincide with Eskdale Dubfest 2016, a small, friendly … Read More Camping and walking in Eskdale

T6 VW California Review

  The VW California remains the ‘gold standard’ camper van with a reputation for flexibility, a 60 year pedigree of design innovation and support from a worldwide dealer network.  I’ve driven my own T5 Cali on a daily basis for five years and so was keen to see how the new T6 Cali compares.  Here’s my first look at the new T6 VW California … Read More T6 VW California Review

VW California roof corrosion – Key facts

** Updated February 2017 **   While VW Californias have thankfully not been affected by the scandal of VW’s emissions cheating software, a rapidly growing issue is fast tarnishing VW’s reputation among diehard owners in the UK and Europe.  It appears that many  – if not most – Californias produced since 2005 have been affected with a “roof corrosion” issue which causes paint bubbling.  Unfortunately, VW’s attempts to identify … Read More VW California roof corrosion – Key facts

A versatile van

  A mobile bedroom.  A kitchen.  A load-lugger.  A changing room.  The VW camper van is all these things and more. I was reminded of this last week when I attended a black tie dinner in Glasgow.  Now, I’ve often used my van to change into walking boots, to put on a wetsuit and to change into cycling or ski gear.  But this was … Read More A versatile van


Volksfling 2015

It’s great to have the chance to see prized VWs up close and so I paid another return visit to Volksfling this weekend which takes place in May and August each year at Biggar.  This is a weekend when VWs of all sorts are polished up, let out of their protective garages and taken out to be shown off. This is an event for enthusiasts. … Read More Volksfling 2015

Is the new VW T6 California for me?

  The latest version of the VW California goes on sale in the UK this month.  With 50,000 Californias sold over the last decade alone it’s proved a real winner for outdoor enthusiasts.  But if you’re looking to buy a new camper van should you buy a new T6 Cali ?  Here’s my personal ‘take’ on the introduction of the new T6. Introducing the … Read More Is the new VW T6 California for me?

The new VW T6 is finally revealed

To great fanfare the new VW T6 was finally revealed to an expectant world last night in Amsterdam.  Following a big build-up by VW over the last couple of years, to those eagerly awaiting big changes in the next generation of VW Transporters, last night’s launch will have come as something of an anticlimax.  To those owners of T5 vans the great unveiling will … Read More The new VW T6 is finally revealed