1972 Trekker 181

James Tayler
Trekker 181 1972
Owned for 12 years.

Always wanted one, couldn’t find one previously so had a 914 powered Volksrod buggy. Finally found one so sold the buggy to make way…. possibly regret that! Not done much to it really in the way of mods, just different wheels (still have the originals just in case), but loads of repairs (welding, engine rebuild, rebuilt brakes, wiring etc).

Best show was undoubtedly Run To The Sun back in the 90’s

Advise is…. don’t have an aircooled dub as a daily, but definitely have one in your life! I’d love to have an Iltis to put alongside the Trekker

2001 T4 Transporter

Name : Mike Plester
Vehicle model: T4 Transporter
Engine cc : 1.9 TD
Year : 2001

Why this vehicle and how long have you owned it? I had taken a break from camping at shows while my kids were little. Then got back into it in 2008 when I went to the British Volkswagen Festival. Wasn’t keen on having to sleep in a tent. It took a few years, but eventually in February 2017 I bought this T4 so we could have something proper to sleep in, as we were now going to shows regularly. This particular T4 caught my eye on eBay. It was reasonably priced. It used to be work van. The previous owner was part way through changing it to a camper. I particularly liked the bamboo ceiling with built in lights and the hessian re trimming.

What work have you done on it? (mods, repair, painted etc..) When I got it, the front was grey, the middle was black and the tailgate was blue. I wanted it all matt black, so I painted it myself in the garage with rattle cans. It had tatty looking alloys which had to go. For a while it had red painted steels with whitewall tyres. They’ve now been upgraded to custom made 16” smoothies painted with red centres and white rims. I’ve painted the cab dash, inner doors and front Recaro seats in brown, and had lots of pieces of trim hydro dipped in a wood grain effect. Interior has been decorated with U.S. license plates, various Hawaiian Tiki themed items including a hand carved Tiki head gear stick knob. The bonnet is on it’s 3rd incarnation. Have had a bonnet bra, then 2 different designs of beach scenes. The sides have a scallop style decor which I painted on. It gives it a 50’s hot rod look. The van is sitting on 5” Faulkner springs and shocks. I’ve just fitted a new flooring in the back. Still plenty more mods to do. Mechanically it’s been fine. I’ve had the cam belt changed and routine maintenance.

Anything you have learned by owning a VW or tips/advice? Because there’s such a big following for VW’s it makes them more expensive than owning some other old brand vehicles (scene tax). But that also means there’s loads of companies supplying parts and mods. Being in a VW club is a great way to share stories, find solutions to problems, get advice and meet like minded folk who have now become friends. Club camping at shows is great. About 30 of us sitting round a camp fire drinking and laughing. And all because of our love for VW’s.

What’s your favourite show? That’s a difficult one. I don’t like to do the same shows every year. There’s so many now, I like to change it up a bit. I’ve enjoyed Bug Jam, Busfest, Dubtoberfest, Big Bang, Retro Dubs, VW Action, Run to the Sun. Looking forward to trying some new ones.

If you could have another VW, what would it be? For a van, I’d love a coach built of some sort. Maybe an LT, T25 or T4. I’d also love a Fridolin or a Baja Bug.

1967 – SplitScreen Camper

Owner: Marc Little

I have always loved VWs. My first car was a mk1 Polo going on to a whole string of air and watercooled VWs. But, I always loved the look of the splitty. The unique front panel and huge VW badge always stood out to me.

I bought this from a guy in Wales about 12 years ago of ebay. Well, it didnt reach the reserve price, so I cheekily messaged the seller with a bid after the auction which he excepted.

The drive back from Wales was a butt twitching journey as you never know if your going to make it home when you have no experience of a the car. Anyway, it drove fine and got home with no hassles.

Since then, its had a new paint job (which needs redoing, long story) New bears gearbox, all new break lines, rebuilt redux boxes, refurbed the breaks and beam. Twin 34 ICTS and redone the interior.

Tips? Always do a good inspection before buying. Keep it looked after. Beware of scene tax!.

I would say Standford Hall is my fav show. Though havent really been to many for a few years. Santa Pod has been off my radar for some time. Its not like the old days anymore.

I would love my next VW to be a 356 (ok, its a porsche). But I am thinking about buying another bug. So hopefully a pre 67 beetle.