2nd annual Summer Camp Out

Come and join us for our 2nd annual Summer Camp Out. 

After the success of last years event at Emberton Country Park, we have arranged a great location for some back to basics wild camping. Warm friendly weekend to sit back and relax with the club.

Same as last year, this will be a non profit fund raising event in aid of MacMillan Cancer Support. 

Tickets are £25 a pitch (up to 4 people sharing a camper or tent. 1 vehicle per pitch).

Advance bookings only. Please contact one of the admin team via Facebook or Messenger for details of how to book, or leave your details on the contact section on our website www.mkvolksjunkies.com. Or email direct at volksjunkiesmk@gmail.com

2011 Caddy

Name: Kelly Gyenes
Car Model: Caddy
Engine CC: 1.6 TDI
Year: 2011

Why this car and How long have you owned it?

Always loved VWs and grew up with parents and family owning Bay Windows. Had a couple of Golfs since learning to drive. My dad has a T5 and he has been pestering me for years to get a van so I can tag along with him and his partner camping round Europe. I didn’t think I would be able to afford a bigger van and as there is only me, I felt a bigger van would be too big, especially as my daily run around. I finally got ‘Bee’ end of August 2018. I didn’t want a plain white or black one so looked for a colour that would make me stand out!

What work have you done on it?   (mods, repair, repainted etc…)

My dad has been slowly converting it in to a mini camper for me. Bought it as an ex works panel van. Bulkhead has been removed. Insulation in and carpeted. Bed and cupboard built. Lighting and wiring put in.

She’s had to have a new injector and new master cylinder and new tyres so hopefully that’s enough mechanical stuff for now!!

Anything you have learned by owning a VW or tips/advise?

They’re money pits!! Despite making full use of my newly purchased breakdown cover, I wouldn’t want a different car. Having friends in the know is always very helpful!!

Fav Show?

Haven’t been to any recently but I do enjoy going to Bug Jam and VW Action at Santa Pod.

If you could have another VW, what would it be?

I would love to own an old Beetle or Split Screen

1970 Beetle

Name: Wendy Searle
Car Model: Beetle Engine
CC: 1200
Year: 1970

Why this car and How long have you owned it?
I’ve always loved the classic Beetle but never thought I’d own one! I’d see them at the shows and occasionally on the road but it wasn’t until I joined Volks Junkies (we have a T4) that I thought I’d take the plunge! It took a while to find. I was looking for one around the same age as me and, unlike me, running without too much urgent work required. I was also on a limited budget. Eventually this one popped up on Facebook last November and a week later I had my first ever experience of driving a Beetle bringing ‘Suggs’ back to MK from South East London. He didn’t let me down then and (touch wood!) hasn’t yet.

What work have you done on it?
I’m a novice and have to learn everything! After getting the car mock MOTd to make sure he was safe to drive (!) Lots of the easier cosmetic stuff – ariel, door cards, bonnet and lid seals, wiper arms, headlights, indicators, cleaning upholstery etc and an emergency fuel line repair (Thank you again Nigel!) I’m now moving on to the bigger stuff as and when I can afford it!

Anything you have learned by owning a VW or tips/advise?
‘Dubbers’ are a great group of people. Its a pretty diverse group of people that love their vehicles. They are supportive and the best source of information out there – there is always someone that had had that happen to them before!

Tips or advice?
I’m no expert but I’d say remember to enjoy them! Remember why you chose an old VW. Yes they cost money and time to keep going. They can stop working at a moment’s notice with a new fault just after you’ve fixed the last one but they look great and put a smile on your face even if your just driving to work.

Fav Show?
Difficult because Ive been to quite a few and they all have their good points but the cruise down to and along the beach at VanWest is great. Not a show as such but Run the Ring is a smashing charity event with Dubs of all shapes and sizes filling/jamming up the M25.

If you could have another VW, what would it be?
Well we have a lovely T4 as well as the Beetle so I guess a Notchback please.

1964 Splitty

Meet Moses, He is a 1964 splitty, it has a very strong 1600 engine.

He started his life in California as a church bus owned by the Nazarene church. A company called Rust box found him in a scrap yard and went about modifying him.

Here is a quick list of some of mods that were done before he was imported,
Lowered on dropped and flipped spindles,
Adjustable front beam,
Raised steering box,
Adjustable rear spring plates

I know the guy who owned Moses before I got him and I new how sold it was. So I begged stole and borrowed the money to buy him, this is were my story starts.

When I got him the first thing I done was get the gearbox rebuilt as the syncro on 2nd gear was knackered so decided to have a taller 4th fitted which is great for motorway driving.

We had the steering box rebuilt so it doesn’t steer like a boat now, We fitted a cyclops light as I have always love the look of them on a splitty.

Me and Fran ripped out the inside and went about brightening him up with the help of a ebay job lot of Beeno comics.We fitted safari window which are great but leak,Auto fire extinguisher, New carpets, front seat, brake servo which is amazing, US spec bumpers,

We go to as many show as we can and would drive him anywhere but my two favourite shows are bus fest and Skeg Vargas.

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.