New Waves club. His van is featured on their site (http://www.newwaves.co.uk/) If you need a competitive, reliable and friendly removal firm in the South East you should also check out his business here : http://www.vaphillips.co.uk/ . He wont turn up in his wicked bay but the slightly less cool but practical vans pictured in the rear of the photo above!
Monday, 24 September 2012
Tuesday, 10 July 2012
I am afraid there is nothing erotic about this post, the bus is often filthy and dirty, but not in that way. Its actually six shades not fiffty, but maybe i will get a few extra hits from people searching for 'mummy porn'!
I created the image above to act as a 'straw poll' of what shade of green i should paint the bus in. It has to be green now because of the green kente curtains courtesy of my mother in law that will now provide the overall 'theme' for the interior.
After going through the RAL codes i have picked my favourite shades and using photoshop paint bucket have overlayed them on Barbara. Judging from Facebook comments (see below) it looks like RESIDA and PALE are in front. Please take the time to vote on this Poll in the right hand collum.
Monday, 25 June 2012
Thursday, 14 June 2012
|This will not happen to you if you get a camper, your more likely to have a relationship with the AA man according to the daily mash|
I love the Daily Mash even more after it targets VW Camper owners for a serious satire attack. Loved this line : "Sales manager Tom Logan said: “I’m going to buy a Jamie Oliver van, put a surf board on the top and drive around Cornwall with a terrier with one of those little hankies round his neck. I will definitely pick up an attractive female hitch-hiker in a battered straw hat and have consensual sex with her." Sums up the hopeless optimism of the male camper owner and suggests its replaced the Harley Davidson as the mid life crisis males penis extension on wheels!
Monday, 11 June 2012
|Sunset over Suffolk|
|With the awning up in hurricane conditions, we started to feel that the clouds might clear and the sun shine|
|Turn out was impressive, thanks to Jan for the panorama shot|
|No pictures! Sitting on the throne. The 'Camper Khazi' was a great addition.|
|The security guys (and dogs) were fearsome!|
1. Food. Veggie food options were limited from on site caterers and so was cash to pay for it.
2. Utensils to cook the food we did bring.
3. An extra sleeping bag, for when we had to put up extra people on the Saturday night. Guess who got to sleep under the dog blanket from the back of the car?
4. Some more Guinness.
5. My hairbrush (Even more bad hair days than usual)
7. My new fire pit that i picked up the day before the event.
Saturday turned out to be much better weather and by Sunday it was truly glorious and my bare, ghostly white chest even went on display as i ate breakfast on the Sunday morning (No pics of this I'm afraid ladies, this is not that sort of website)
It was great meeting old and new friends alike, it was cool meeting Barbara's old owners from Essex who now own a really cool Karman Gypsy (A big version of the T25, and quite rare) They were so pleased to see 'Shelia'(Their name for her) again, and if the bus had a soul it must have felt very loved that day.
Well enough of my blithering, it was a great weekend and here are some more pics that capture the flavour of the event :
|Skanking away to the old school Ska tunes of 'The Downsetters'|
|Morning stretch : The dog loved her perch over the engine bay|
|My personal favourite, a converted Belgium Army bay. Would love to see the MOT inspectors reaction when this goes in for its test.|
|Right On! Yours for £14000. Love the Joe Stummer stencil on the front.|
|At a little short of £600, the price of old Choppers has inflated slightly|
|A tasty chocolate bug in show n' shine|
|Where have the wheels gone?|
|Purple haze, all in my brain|
|Everthing but the kitchen sink on the roof rack!|
|Happy customers at the camper canteen|
|Who's riding shotgun? Dont get into an argument if your stuck behind these guys!|
|Yellow peril, where's the engine then?|
|The grass is always greener in someone elses bus. Love the Mexican 'day of the dead' curtains and cushions|
|I defy anybody not to be impressed with the level of detail on this 'rat look' golf|
|Chillin' at base camp after a hard days drooling over buses and bugs|
|Thanks to Brian for posting this ariel shot of the site|
Friday, 1 June 2012
|Getting busy with the craft knife with the home made stickers(and stencil)|
These sheets are quite easy to use and give good results. You print of your image in colour or B&W on any computer paper, and then cover your design (Which you can trim with a craft knife to get the look like the 'Aircooled' and 'Dubway' decals above) in the sheets that then can be stuck to the inside of your car/bus windscreen.
I have not done the legend ' I beat up a hippy...' mentioned above or the 'Keep Calm, Carry a Spare' I saw on a ratty split recently.
|The classic 'Nuclear Power No Thanks' sticker is in Gaelic (Irish)|
|The Shepard Fariey classic 'OBEY and Angela Davis' graffiti art|
Thursday, 31 May 2012
Has the mystery superstar graffiti artist tagged my bus with one of his trade mark rat stencils?
Can i now sell my bus to Angelina and Brad for a cool million, actually they could just take the engine lid its sprayed on as you can see the rust coming back through where i filled it not two months ago.
Or perhaps its an inside job, perhaps the fact it is sprayed in the exact same shade of halfords cheapest primer as on other bits of the bus give away it as a forgery? You decide.
Wednesday, 30 May 2012
|Loads of space for a second Battery installed with the Lucas 35amp relay (blue box) That engine bay could do with a clean.|
|300w Inverter mounted under the bench seats|
That was easy enough but i was not to keen on frying things installing it myself so took it to Eastern Auto Spares in Nacton Ipswich who wired it all in and put in additional fuses to prevent overloading.
We now have a USB powered bus!
Monday, 28 May 2012
Naomi informed us on getting the material that there was only enough to do some of the curtains, and because of the thin nature of the material we were best to have the pattern on the inside of the bus. After i died the existing curtains with two packs of Dylon dark green fabric dye i felt more confident about a crucial element of the buses look. We could have had them reversable or cover the outside with more material later (would have to pop over to Accra however and hope we could find the same shop/supplier)but i am delighted with the overall effect and at least the pattern will not be as prone to sun damage on the inside.
Have enough material left to do the top of the sink cover and two lap cushions, and then we plan to recover all the rear seating in dark green vinyl eventually, probably after Naomi has recovered from organising the Alive & V Dubin event.
|All covered and tucked in for the night!|
Tuesday, 22 May 2012
Monday, 21 May 2012
It was a great day, my first mass VW cruise, so impressed with the turnout (must of been over a hundred VW's of all shapes and sizes) and got such a buzz driving in a massive convoy and bringing Felixtowe to a standstill (Not hard as some argue its been at a standstill since at least 1950, one of my favourite sayings is Harwich for the continent, Felixtowe for the incontinent!)
Check out the shaky cam video of the event :
We met at Jimmys Farm just outside Ips' at 11:30 straight of our first night camping in Wickham Market (http://barbarathevwbus.blogspot.co.uk/2012/05/campsite-review-orchard-campsite.html )
Jimmys Farm is the site of this years Alive & V Dubbin event organised by our club the Suffolk Bugrs so it was a great opportunity to see the lay of the land. No sign of Jamie Olivers mate, Jimmy himself, who is apparently into the scene; but its a no brainer that his rare breed farm is a top location for the event.
|Spot the minger in the line up! Barbara did us proud however and their were plenty of other battered bays|