Traveling with the VW Bus and Camper

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Introduced in the 1950s, the VW bus was designed to be multifunctional. Since then, it has come to symbolize fun, freedom, and adventure. VW bus owners fully incorporate their vehicles into their lives: Some treat them as an extension of their home, while others undertake epic journeys in them, across desert and sea, and through Europe, Asia, and Africa. Some strap surfboards to the roof and head for the nearest beach, while others soup up the engines and take them drag racing in California. All will spend hours ...

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Overview

Introduced in the 1950s, the VW bus was designed to be multifunctional. Since then, it has come to symbolize fun, freedom, and adventure. VW bus owners fully incorporate their vehicles into their lives: Some treat them as an extension of their home, while others undertake epic journeys in them, across desert and sea, and through Europe, Asia, and Africa. Some strap surfboards to the roof and head for the nearest beach, while others soup up the engines and take them drag racing in California. All will spend hours restoring and customizing them and even more time talking about them with fellow bus owners. Traveling with the VW Bus and Camper is a tribute to this passion, to the owners who have lavished time, effort, and inspiration on their campers, and, of course, to the VW bus itself. This book traces the cult of the camper, from family errands to vacation home to design icon. Above all else, the campervan is living history and readers will find chapters dedicated to travel narratives detailing road trips from England to Afghanistan and back, ad campaigns that sell the VW bus lifestyle, and weddings and other family events that feature buses in their ceremonies. Obsession or addiction? See for yourself.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780789209191
  • Publisher: Abbeville Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 2/28/2007
  • Pages: 176
  • Product dimensions: 9.60 (w) x 10.10 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Table of Contents


Introduction     6
Obsession or Addiction?     9
Early Days     10
The First VW Campers     12
Five Generations     15
Stock or Custom?     16
Camper Crazy?     18
Deserts, Domes, and Dreams     20
It's in the Blood     36
From Vintage Beetle to Vanfest     38
Childhood Memories     42
Like Father, Like Son     44
Three Generations     47
Happy Families     48
Overland with the Oberlanders     56
Selling the Dream     62
Wide-Eyed Wanderers     68
Hippie Buses, Happy Days, and Hope     76
Bessie: the Queen of Love     80
Let Love Rule     82
Flower Power     83
Reliving the Dream in a New Millennium     84
The Hippies are Back     86
Making the World a Better Place     88
Paint Your Volkswagen!     94
A Bus Called Light     99
The Spirit of Salcombe     100
Tiger Bay     101
Raspberry Split     102
The Goth Bus     105
T25 Retro Twist     106
Two Sides to Every Story     107
Gallery     108
Interior Design     110
Stock Interiors     115
Personal Designs     116
A Modern Classic     118
Custom Interiors     121
Red Stripe     122
Gallery     124
Antipodean Adventures     126
Five Blokes and a Bus     130
A Kombi Cliche     133
Work, Rest, and Play     134
Martin Clunes     136
Jamie Oliver     139
And When You're Not Camping in Your Bus...     140
Fire and Ice-Extreme Adventures     144
Shasta Snow Trip: Not for Sissies     146
Desert Crossing     148
Four Weddings and a Funeral     150
Not Just a Highland Fling     152
Volks Wedding     153
A Wedding Down Under     154
Love Affair American Style     156
In the Midst of Life     159
Out of Africa: An Epic Journey     160
Tribal Gatherings     168
Events, index, acknowledgements, and credits     175
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