Kombi and Cooking with Jamie!

22 02 2014

Over the years we, as a family, have fallen completely in love with Jamie Oliver’s cooking shows. Up to the point where now our two-and-a-half-year-old brings DrJ’s tablet and yells either “Peppa Pig!” or “Jamie, Jamie!”. Jamie in turn seems to have fallen in love with old kombis. Below is the link to the first part of a four-episode Youtube series, “Jamie Cooks Summer”. Throughout all four episodes, an orange-and-white Brazilian bay window campervan gives the beautiful background for summer camping cooking. Towards the end of part-1 and in part-3 a sage green late bay has some brief appearances.

In 2005 Jamie travelled Italy on a cooking pilgrimage and cooked everywhere with the locals. He did that trip in a beautiful blue-and-white early split window samba bus with a matching trailor, made from the lower rear end of a Bay window bus. When I stumbled over the book of this trip, Jamie’s Italy, I had to buy it, if only for the photo of this bus trailor combination. But it is actually also a beautifully written and illustrated cook book, and I have cooked his lasagne recipe many times.

Photo of one of the introduction pages of the cook book "Jamie's italy".

Photo of one of the introduction pages of the cook book “Jamie’s Italy”.

Jamie Oliver's cook book "Jamie's Italy" (Pinguin Books, 2005).

Jamie Oliver’s cook book “Jamie’s Italy” (Pinguin Books, 2005).

P.S.: It seems that various technical problems with the splittie on the long way through Italy and Europe broke his love for this kombi, but as a kombi enthusiast that sounds unlikely to me and I will ignore these rumors. Instead, I will add a link to a cool TopGear Youtube video where the Stig races Jamie’s splittie while Jamie tries to make a salad in the back (the part on the kombi starts at 3:30 min).





Geelong Rat-Look Single Cab

15 02 2014

Here comes a split-window pick up truck, spotted November 2013 in Geelong, Australia, by kombi correspondent Campbell. Still with semaphores instead of indicators, so pre-1960. Does not seem to have much in terms of rear lights at all. Just realized that I actually had seen this bus already in Dec 2011, also in Geelong, at that time with a registration that said it was from 1956. Here is the link to the old post. Seems the bus has changed hands since then. Now it comes with a club permit registration. And someone replaced the original wheels with shiny chrome ones. Looks like a lot of work to get it back to rust-free condition. But then the rat-look also is pretty cool. Thanks to Campbell for the photos!

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Merry Christmas!

26 12 2013

Look what Santa brought our little wondergirl! Lego Duplo’s Pit Stop set featuring Fillmore, the kombi. Hope you have a great Christmas and will have a few more relaxing days!

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Andorra Split-Window Fire Truck

1 09 2013

This beautiful 1960-ies T1 panel van was parked in front of the fire station in Andorra la Vella, the capital of Andorra at the French-Spanish border. The label on the door advertises the 50-year anniversary (1961-2011) of the “Bombers d’Andorra”, the fire fighters from Andorra. I guess the van may even be from 1961, so it may be in service for 52 years now. Just saw that it even has its own entry a fire fighting vehicles registry where it is listed as retired. Thanks to kombi correspondent Matti for these photos!

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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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1956 Samba with Matching Trailer

2 08 2013

I spotted this beauty last weekend at the Berlin Bus Festival and thought it deserved its own blog post. Judging from the vanity plates, the Samba bus is from 1956 and the hearse trailer from 1961. The bus is a pre-1960 23-window early Samba with semaphores in the B columns. The additional indicators on the front must have been added later, after they became available in 1960 (some snapshots of another beautiful 23-window Samba here). The trailer started its life as a hearse and has now been re-sprayed in matching colors and turned into a tow-behind bedroom. Perhaps a bit spooky to sleep in an ex-hearse. But it’s a beautiful bus-trailer combination, and you can keep the bus in its original nine-seater condition and still use it for camping.

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The 6th Berlin Bus Festival

29 07 2013

We have just returned from the 2013 Berlin Bus Festival. Two and a half very nice and very hot days of camping and admiring buses. And the first nights in the bus with our almost two-year-old baby daughter sleeping in the new bunk bed in the front. Which actually worked out very well. With the baby we took it all easy and did not take part in any of the different competitions. Focus was more on finding and petting dogs (her main interest, and there were many dogs) and checking out buses (my main interest). I noticed many more bus-trailer combinations this time – either with classic trailers re-sprayed to match the bus, or with the trailer made from a second copy of the same type of bus. And then there were syncros, the four wheel drive version of the T25/T3. A lot of them, and they can be quite impressive monsters. Finally, there were a lot more T2s than at the previous meetings. It is still a T3/T25 dominated event, but nice to see the T2 numbers going up. Hope you enjoy the fotos!
PS: And there are some more photos in this Flickr album.

Our bus Taiga Lily, a 1976 Later Bay microbus.

Our bus, Taiga Lily, a 1976 Late Bay microbus.

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Early splittie from 1959, used as promo van for an internet travel portal.

Early splittie from 1959, used as promo van for an internet travel portal.

Red and white T3/T25 double cabin with Audi V8 engine.

Red and white T3/T25 double cabin with Audi V8 engine.

T3 Blue Star Hanover edition, bus of my best mate Jan, ready for a two week camping trip to Northern Italy.

T3 Blue Star Hanover edition, bus of my best mate Jan, ready for a two week camping trip to Northern Italy.

Early T1 Samba bus with hearse trailer, turned into an extra bed room.

Early T1 Samba bus with hearse trailer, turned into an extra bed room.

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Late bay with Eriba Puk trailer.

Late bay with Eriba Puk trailer.

Late bay with larger Eriba trailer.

Late bay with larger Eriba trailer.

T3/T25 microbus with matching T3-derived trailer.

T3/T25 microbus with matching T3-derived trailer.

T5 bus with T5-derived trailer.

T5 bus with T5-derived trailer.

T3/T25 syncro four-wheel-drive bus from the Czech Republic.

T3/T25 syncro four-wheel-drive bus from the Czech Republic.

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The "Colorless Crossporter", a T4 Syncro bus.

The “Colorless Crossporter”, a T4 Syncro bus.

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Evening impression

Evening impression

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VW Bus T-Shirts No. 13

12 06 2013

Here is a present from Grandma for our little superstar – arrived last weekend with the mail and has already been worn proudly on the local playground. Thanks for this great piece!
The brand does not seem to have its own web site. Google for “Blue Seven Kids” and “T-Shirt Nr.70359”. Here is a link to the complete kombi T-shirt thread.

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Norwegian Sleeping Beauty

19 04 2013

This photo dates from August 1990 when I was on the way through Northern Norway to the North Cape, the most Northern point in Europe. Rainy day on the Vesterålen, a chain of islands in front of the Norwegian coast. A late split-window that seemed to have been parked to die a slow death, with head lights, indicators and wing mirrors already taken off. Today this would probably be considered a great starting point for a restoration and would certainly sell for lots of money. Read the rest of this entry »





Straight to the Pool Room!

16 04 2013

After the kombi collection of our baby-daughter, here comes daddy’s pride and joy. This is what happens when all your friends know you as a kombi fanatic: 17 years of kombi models, some bought, but most received as presents from friends and family. It started in 1996 with the big blue-and-white “Nivea” panel van and the red-and-white T1 microbus, in the lower shelves of the cabinet below. They were birthday presents from Caro and from the colleagues at work (thanks guys!). The series of early bay-window tin toy buses in the fourth shelf from below is also pretty cool. They are produced by the Czech company Kovap, were apparently already on the market pre-1990 when there was still East and West Germany and one could buy them in East Germany as well. I found the first two models during a visit to Prague with DrJ, Emily and Mike in about 2003 and bought some more when I found them again in a shop in Berlin in about 2008.

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