Melbourne Late Bay Campervan

29 04 2014

Photos taken last week during a visit to Melbourne. The color is probably marino yellow (VW color code E6E6). Not sure what kind of camper conversion this is, but she looked truly beautiful.

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1977 Australian Sopru Campervan

27 04 2014

Here comes a VW campervan conversion I haven’t seen before: Spotted at last weekend’s National VW Club Bug-In in Geelong, Australia, this one is from a company called Sopru from Adelaide in South Australia. The owner told me they still existed and that at the time they were one of the campervan converters officially approved by Volkswagen. This one comes with the less usual automatic gear box and the 2L CJ engine. The pop-up roof looks like a Devon conversion, but differs in detail. Kitchen set-up with fridge and cooker behind the passenger seat, similar to the Westfalia Helsinki set-up (here is a web site with more photos of the interior of a similar 1972 Sopru conversion). Aussie roo bar with spare wheel at the front, and a rain water drain tube attached to the roof rack, as practical solution for tent poles etc. Cool “VW Campmobile” label at the rear lid, and 1970ies color strip along the sides, probably both from the original Sopru conversion. What a great campervan!

PS: Thanks to Earth Jive for setting me on the right track with Sopru, not Sapru! Had that wrong in the first version of this post.

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Australian Kombi Commercial

30 01 2014

Another nice kombi commercial, this time with a beautiful Australian surfer bus. The earl bays do grow on me. Just this little bit more of a classic car than the late bays. Below a snapshot and the YouTube video. Thanks to Tony for the link!

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A Kombi Pavlova!

25 08 2013

Look what I just got as a birthday present! A kombi Pavlowa in Taiga Lily’s colors! Thanks to my wonderful wife for this fantastic surprise.

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Melbourne Coffee and Juice Van

19 08 2013

Week of the Early Bays – here comes a coffee and juice van spotted at the arts center in Melbourne. Looks like a single cab pickup truck with the food van unit built on the cargo platform. Big thanks to our local correspondent Campbell for the photos!

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VW Bus T-Shirts, part 9

19 04 2012

Here is another kombi T-shirt. Got this one as a christmas present from friends when we stayed with DrJ’s family in Australia in 2006. Company name on the label (and on the number plate on the front bumber) is BAEK, but I cannot find them on the net, so no link to a supplier. A split-window bus with bullet indicators. Interesting that the word Kombi is trademarked. Wonder who holds these rights? Thanks again to Danielle and Rene for the present!





Beautifully Restored Sydney Kombi

28 02 2012

A beautifully restored T2b bus spotted a few days ago in Sydney. The color scheme looks like our Taiga Lily, taiga green and creme white. Unusual variation on the front: White around the head lights and air inlets. Note the minature model of a T2a kombi on the dashboard, with the same unusual paint job at the front. Thanks to Adrian for the photos!





Australian T2b Campervan

24 02 2012

We are back in Australia, after our three week kombi trip through New Zealand. In a week our 3 months of parental leave down here will be over and we will be flying back to Germany. Before returning to the German winter, Australia spoils us with real summer, today 36°C, tomorrow even predicted 38°C.  Here is another Australian kombi, photos kindly taken some days ago in Geelong by DrJ. Not sure what kind of campervan conversion this is. But cool bull bars – does one also call them bull bars when they are on the back? Certainly protects the body from parking incidents.





All Around Australia in a Campervan

27 01 2012

About eleven years ago, and around the same time when I met my lovely wife in Berlin and she started her life as a campervan co-driver, her brother Clayton met Megan, his future wife, in Australia. And as things go, she also owned a T2b VW campervan. Together with their two dogs, Dragon and Maudie, they started on a road trip all the way around Australia which took them about a year and covered 36000 km. The journey went from Geelong in Victoria via Adelaide in South Australia, Perth and Broome in Western Australia to Darwin in the Northern Territory, and then via Mount Isa, Cairns, and Brisbane in Queensland and Melbourne in Victoria back to Geelong. Except for defect cylinder heads (replaced in Port Lincoln, quite at the beginning of the trip) and the regular oil changes and valve adjustments, their faithful kombi, a white 1976 2L/70 h.p. T2b bus, needed no further work and brought them safely from start to end. To avoid new problems with the cylinder heads, they did the whole trip at a friendly speed of maximum 80 km/h and with regular breaks to avoid engine overheating. Below are some photos from along the way. Check out this cool kombi in full travel gear, including water buffalo horns at the front of the roof rack and a trailer for more equipment (and lots of dog food).
Sadly, they had to part with the kombi in 2006, but the bus is still alive and kicking in the Geelong area and the new owner seems to have given her a full restoration, including a new blue-and-white paint job and a new engine.

Through the Nullabor Plain in the Great Sandy Dessert, on the way from Adelaide to Perth.

At the Coopers Beer Brewery in Adelaide, South Australia.

At the start of the longest straight road of Australia (in Western Australia, between Balladonia and Caiguna, on the way from Adelaide to Perth).

Camping in the outback just out of Madiura. Note the wire mesh on the kombi to protect the front windscreen from dirt and stones (and in one case a plague of locusts).

Another stopover, at Noble Falls, 50 km east of Perth. Cool buffalo horns on the roof rack.





The Australian “Bier Doktor”

25 01 2012

Here comes something like a local celebrity of the Geelong kombi scene. A late T1 panel van in perfect condition, advertising “The Beer Doctor” in German. It seems most T1 owners in Australia have safari windows fitted at the front. Must be nice in the current very hot summer temperatures. Wind screen wipers not folded down but taken off for this sunny day. Air vents in the back located higher than with the T1 window buses. Probably panel van-specific. Seems the one set of air intakes supplies both the engine compartment and the cargo area with fresh air. The doors for the back section feature a depression that makes sense only if they were on the other side (would then allow door to fold over the handle of the front door). Could be that these doors were produced only for the left hand drive markets and then used “the other way around” for right hand drive models. Judging from the back lid (already same as with the T2s from 1967 onwards) this T1 is one of the last models, from between 1964 and 1967. What a fantastic vehicle!