Phillip Island Surf Shop Kombi

26 11 2015

Eye catcher for a surf shop in the first little township on Phillip Island, southeast of Melbourne: Chopped off driver’s cabin of an Early Bay Window panel van. Steering wheel and instrument block still in place, front seats replaced by a wooden bench so that kids (and grown-ups) can play driving a kombi. Sweet!

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Bay Window Meeting

27 10 2015

Nice encounter on an autobahn rest place last August close to Leipzig: Early Bay window bus pulling up next to Taiga Lily. It is actually one of the hybrid buses from the transition phase between early and late bay, so from about 1971/1972: front still from the first generation (indicators down and front bumper ending in door steps), but the back already with the air intakes of the late bay (would be more crescent shaped for the pure early bays). I saw the silver T5 on the left only now when I prepared the photos. Would have been nice to take that one into the photo as well. Sorry to all T5 owners for my ignorance!

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Early Bay Brewery Van

1 03 2014

Stumbled over this kombi a few days ago here in Berlin. Interesting background story: The “Wulle Bier” brewery started in the 1860ies in Stuttgart in South Germany and stayed independent till the 1970ies (more background, though only in German, in this Wikipedia entry). In the sixties and seventies they apparently used Volkswagen panel vans to deliver their beer to the pubs. Now the brand has been reanimated and they pick up the kombi delivery tradtion – they bought a fleet of bay window panel vans and printed their 1970ies slogan “Wir wollen Wulle” (We want Wulle) on the sides. According to a type plate on the inside of the driver’s door, this one started its life in 1970 as a fire truck, made by fire truck maker Albert Ziegler AG. So the red paint job is probably the original one. Very nice PR move of this brewery – I immediately like the beer!

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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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Kombi Fridge Magnets

28 09 2013

Got this set of nine small fridge magnets some days ago as a birthday present (thanks Matti!). “VW Bus & Beetle Surf Coast” from www.nostalgic–art.de. Nice that the bus part is played by an early bay window!

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Berlin Little Miss Sunshine

17 08 2013

Here is an Early Bay I saw last weekend in Berlin. Looks like a self-made campervan conversion based on a microbus. Louvered windows on both sides, bed and furniture in the back and no pop-up roof. A little bit like what Taiga Lily will be when I will finally complete the furniture. Beautifully re-upholstered seats in the front. And a great Little Miss Sunshine color scheme – makes me smile just by looking at her.

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VW Bus T-Shirts, Part 14

10 08 2013

Here is a T-shirt I got as a souvenir from Barcelona some days ago. It’s from the Spanish label Pou Nou. Mix between an early bay and a splittie. Thanks to DrJ for the cool present!

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Tatra Mountains, 1972

1 05 2013

Look what I found! I stumbled over my own baby photo album when I unpacked our moving boxes and found this photo. Skiing holiday in the Tatra mountains in Slovakia (at the time Czechoslovakia). Probably taken in 1972 when I was about three years old. It could be that my uncle, the gentleman on the left, carries me in the backpack, but I am not sure. My parents borrowed the van from a friend in my hometown Marburg. It’s an early bay/T2a which in 1972 must have been almost brand new. No further details visible under all the snow, except perhaps for the plaid curtains which could be one of the Westfalia materials. I actually have some very early childhood memories of this trip. Mainly that on the way back to Germany a stone shattered the windscreen and we had to ride a long distance in below zero temperatures, tightly wrapped up in blankets.
This will be the last winter post for this year. Spring has finally hit Berlin with full swing and I will free Taiga Lily from her winter garage tomorrow. More soon!

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Early Bay starring in TV ad

12 01 2013

Beautiful Early Bay in an Ovomaltine TV ad currently on air in Germany. Right hand steering with sliding door on the left. Campervan conversion with louvered windows in sliding door and opposite the sliding door (Westfalia? Not sure about the Early Bays). Judging from the accent, the YouTube link below may be the Swiss German version. Punch line: With Ovomaltine you cannot do it better, but longer…

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