The Berlin VW Bus Festival 2019

14 10 2019

In mid-August we rigged-up Taiga Lily, our 1976 Volkswagen bay window camper, with the bike rack in the back, an extended roofrack on top, and Henrietta, our 1981 QEK Junior mini camper on the tow bar, and started the 70-km-ride to Jueterbog, south of Berlin, to the Berlin VW Festival 2019. Henrietta has now been upgraded with a nice little awning and we bought a foldable outside kitchen block.



Next morning, we joined a convoy of 31 buses and a beetle through the nearby villages. Pretty exciting to ride with so many buses, with six motor bike guards driving in front and behind us to block all crossings, so that we could pass through in one group. All completed with a final group photo, back at the festival side, in front of one of the big old hangars of this ex-German and ex-Russian military airport site.



Notice the prominent position our Taiga Lily who was kindly manouvered into the front row. As always, there were loads and loads of T3 and T4 buses at this meeing. But with my excitement for the aircooled earlier generations, I will start with a completely biased selection of almost all of the T1 split window busses and T2 bay window busses that were also around. So here they come!


T1 split window single cab

The T1 Samba Bus below, from between 1964 and 1967 later on became the winner of this years show and shine competition!

Here comes a 1978 late bay Westaflia camper in Taiga Lily’s sage green (Taiga grün L63H):


Here comes a beautiful 1975 late bay camper which is, for once, not a Westfalia:

And an impressive semi-rat look 1970 early bay window (T2a) Westfalia camper, at some point re-imported from the US, with the weathered original paint job conserved with a layer of Owatrol:



On we move to the T3 vanagon buses of the 1980s and early 1990s. As a start a cool family group shot: On the right a 1978 air-cooled T2b, in the middle a 1980 T3 pick up truck which is also still air-cooled (in German: a “Lufti”), and on the right a later and water-cooled T3 syncro all-wheel drive camper:


And some photos of the many T3 campervans and the many impressive four-wheel-drive T3 Syncro buses:







Again a very nice summer weekend. And like last year, the goodies-bag for every participant contained this very cool VW bus biscuits pack – the organizers apparently had asked the cookies company Leibniz and they kindly produced another batch of these bisquits explicitely for this bus gathering – how very cool is this!

Amazing 1955 Splittie for Sale

20 08 2016

Very cool 1955 T1 split window bus for sale in the German Facebook group “VW Busfahrer T1 bis T6“. Thought I knew the photo. Turns out it is one of mine, from this older blog post. I had seen this brilliant bus 10 years ago at the 60-Years-Of-VW-Bus Festival in Hannover. If you are willing to part from > 30.000 British Pounds, this amazing bus could be yours! Below the original photo in all its beauty.




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!




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!



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.








TV Commercial Starring a Split-Window

6 03 2013

Commercial for car loans, on air on German television. Make your dream come true, get yourself a splittie! Beautiful 1960ies microbus with U.S. bumper bars. Nice understatement by Nowitzki.



Note: Link and screenshot updated in Feb 2017.


Cool Rat Look Splittie

22 11 2012

Here is a snapshot from the 60-years-of-kombi anniversary in Hannover in 2007. A split-window from England, with the paint fully sanded off and then protected with clear varnish. A pre-1960 model without indicators on the front. Looks like a Westfalia roof rack in the back, Fuchs wheels and huge bull horns on the roof. What a very cool bus!

Berlin Splittie Campervan

15 07 2012

Saw this beauty two weeks ago on a lovely summer evening in Berlin-Friedenau. Interesting color scheme – the beige almost looks like the color of an ambulance. Based on the indicators and the back lid, it should be a T1c split-window, so made between 1964 and 1967. This one also comes with the classic Westfalia wooden roof rack from the same era. Beautiful bus!

Taiga Lily meeting an older cousin

Splittie Camper Stitching Project

8 07 2012

The July 2012 issue of the UK-based embroidery magazine CrossStitcher features two stitched VW campervans on its cover. Thanks to DrJ, my lovely wife, for buying it for me. Now it’s my turn to sit down and stitch them. Or at least one of them. I guess the orange one would go nicely with Taiga Lily’s sage green, on a pillow or curtain. And it would make the bus also somewhat more interesting for our baby daughter. Will keep you updated when I start this new project. DrJ is actually more interested in stitching than campervans. She’s an embroiderer who experiments with some cool advanced techniques and she also designs unusual cross stitch patterns and runs courses in Berlin. If you happen to be into embroidery and are interested in doing some unusual stuff, check out her Stitchalicious web site and her ETSY shop.

Photo of the cover of CrossStitcher (Issue 254, July 2012).

Detail, CrossStitcher cover, July 2012.

Detail, CrossStitcher cover, July 2012.

VW Bus T-Shirts No. 11

4 07 2012

As a follow-up on yesterday’s post on the upcoming 5. Berlin VW Bus Festival on July 27-29, 2012, here is last year’s festival T shirt, with the T3/T25 in the center of it all. Nice drawing!