The Berlin VW Bus Festival 2016!

28 08 2016

We spent last weekend at this year’s Berlin VW Bus Festival, on an old airfield about 60 km south of Berlin. It was the first camping event for us this year, and also the first one as a family, with parents and now two children, in the small bus. We set up the big bus tent we bought last year and used it a bit as veranda, but mainly as a shed to put away all the kid’s related equipment. We had mixed weather with great sunshine and also some serious rain, but all doable when there is a dry tent and bus. Wonder-daughter enjoyed her very special bunk bed above the driver’s and passenger seats and discovered two routes to climb up to the roof rack – via the passenger door window and via the sliding door, using the Porta Potti box as base camp. Great to see her so happy and excited about the bus!

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With a one-year-old and a 4-year-old on board, we skipped the four-wheel-drive syncro trial on Saturday morning and instead took part in the kid’s program, bouncing castle and kombi painting. Turned into a whole-family event, with a beautiful hippie buy as our joint outcome:

Over the years the mix of buses at this meeting has slowly changed from almost exclusively T3 to now still mostly T3, but with large numbers of T4s and T5s thrown in the mix, while there was just a handful of late bay window buses and only one T1. So my slightly biased selection of fotos below shows basically all the air-cooled buses that attended.

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On the T3 end, again very many of the four-wheel-drive syncro buses, and many of them trimmed for serious all-terrain action. Here is a truely awesome one, from a visitor from the Netherlands:

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The Czeck Syncro club came with around 9 of these monsters. Very cool!

And there was something I haven’t seen before: A T4 syncro with a seroius all terrain attitude – cool!

We had a great weekend – thanks to the crew from the Berlin Kombi club for organizing such a great meeting! See you again next year!

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Dream Time T4 Campervan

20 11 2014

Unusual campervan spotted two weeks ago in Berlin: Some serious work put into creating this Australian Aboriginal-inspired art work. And it seems they got some authentic Australian wildlife together as well, with a goanna, two platypuses, three turtles and a jelly fish. Also a nice reminiscence to the first generation split-window bus and its hippie past, with the painted-on V shape and the peace sign on the front. Thought first the bus was originally green and then white was painted on, but it seems to be the other way around. What a beautiful and impressive paint job!

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It’s getting cold…

25 01 2014

Winter has finally arrived in Berlin. After an unusually mild winter so far, it started snowing last Wednesday. Now temperatures dropped to -13°C last night and tonight, and will go up to only -9°C tomorrow. No idea what the wind chill factor is, but it feels very cold.

Not much snow, but awfully cold...

Not much snow, but awfully cold… T4 and T5 buses in our neighborhood.





The Czech Kombi Club

24 08 2012

I learnt from a car sticker on a pimped red T4 VW bus on the market square in Budweis that there is a Czech kombi club. It is called Transporter Club and can be found under transporterclub.cz. I do not understand any Czech, but there are beautiful bus photos on the web page, amongst them the snapshot below, a screen shot from the site. Beautiful family photo of T1, T2a, T3, and T4! Anyway, there is also a bulletin board where kind Czech bus drivers answer in German (and probably also English) when you cannot speak the language and look for help/information in the Czech Republic. Nice Club logo, too: Silhouettes of a T1 and the “New Microbus” (in Germany at the time called the “New Bulli”) presented around 2001 as a functional T5-based prototype which later never made it to the market.

Type 2 family snapshot! (Photo taken from http://www.transporterclub.cz)

Logo of the Czech VW Bus club (taken from http://www.transporterclub.cz)





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!