Hawaiian Kombis

22 12 2013

Two weeks ago I came back from a conference which, of all places, took place in Maui, Hawaii. So I escaped the cold Berlin winter for a few days and enjoyed fantastic talks in a beautiful tropical environment. A bit surreal but highly enjoyable. I used some free hours to cruise the island in a rental car and found several kombis along the way. Below are some snapshots of two of them. First a white and blue late bay with some added Hawaiian flower theme, spotted on the west coast near Lahaina. Time and the ocean climate have not been kind to it, massive rust in some corners, and rubber seals of front and back window sealed with duct tape. But a beauty nevertheless: Cool worn-out paint job, white seat covers and door panels, retro roof rack re-sprayed in white, modern-looking aluminum wheels, and some work invested in the strange effort to fit front & back bumpers from an early bay window bus to this late bay. Then a blue Westfalia camper, plain and simple and also a bit battered-looking, with retro early bay hub caps and Hawaiian flower theme picked up in the curtain pattern. Finally some snapshots from the beautiful coastal road north of Lahaina.










VW Bus T-Shirts No. 12

22 02 2013

I got this unusual one from my wive in about 2004. Pretty cool. Thanks, DrJ!

(PS: Link to the complete Kombi T-shirt thread.)



The Big Bad Wolf Drives a Westfalia Campervan…

18 02 2013

Today VOX aired the first episode of the Grimm series on German television: Looks like a modern take on the Grimm fairy tales and started with two episodes tonight, Little Red Riding Hood and Hansel and Gretel. The Big Bad Wolf was a friendly postman who occasionally turned into a werewolf and kidnapped little girls with red hoodies. Nick, the good guy and police man is “a Grimm”, a member of a family of monster hunters. There is also a converted good wolf, Monroe, who probably becomes Grimm’s friend later on. Nicely enough, both wolfs drive air-cooled Volkswagens: The good one a white beetle and the Bad Wolf what looked like a yellow and white Late Bay Westfalia campervan, with fold-up roof and spare tire on the front. I think I like this series already!


Screenshot “Grimm”, VOX television.

Hooray for the British Type Two Owner’s Club!

5 02 2013

When we toured Wales and the Southwest of England in our old kombi in about 1998, we passed a camp ground filled with VW campervans. We turned around and found out that it was one of the meetings of the British VW Type Two Owner’s Club. We were warmly welcomed, joined the meeting, had a great evening and I became a member. Membership came with a cool club sticker which was joined in 2001 by a 10-year-anniversary sticker, both proudly shown on the Old Lady’s back window ever since. I lost contact when I moved in 2001 and they lost track of my address. Should get my membership renewed before the next trip to the UK. Actually tentatively scheduled for this summer. Let’s see what happens!