Wheelspin, February 2008
Review by Joanna O'Connell
The magazine of the London & Thames Valley VW Club, UK
Being a real fan of camper interiors I absolutely love this book. I love looking at the different conversions and for me it's the pictures that provide the most interest. This is not necessarily a book that you will read from cover to cover, although you will read it all, it is more of a book that you can dip into.
The book, written by Richard Copping, begins with a section on the Transporter's development from the early days through the first three generations (splittie, bay and wedge), which is the period covered by the book. This is definitely worth reading first.
The book then goes on to provide a fascinating insight into the different camper conversions available by reproducing sales literature from the time. It takes you through the four big names associated with VW, Westfalia, Devon, Dormobile and Danbury, in great detail, before covering the slightly lesser known models.
Each conversion is accompanied by plenty of photos and informative well-written text. Lots of original marketing images are used which are wonderful and really show the many varied uses for a VW camper.
This is definitely a book that will appeal to any VW camper fan and will be one you find yourself picking up again and again.
MMM (Motorcaravan Motorhome Monthly), December 2007 - UK magazine
In the forty years of its life, the Volkswagen Transporter has amassed a huge fan base, and 'Volkswagen Camper' is a book designed to delight the VW camper fan. It calls itself an A-Z of popular camper conversions, beginning with the iconic splitty, and progressing via the bay window to the wedge, with the T4 and T5 covered in a brief postscript. The companies and characters highlighted are: Westfalia, Peter Pitt, Devon, Martin Walter and the Dormobile, and Danbury. A further chapter, calling itself a selective directory, looks briefly at a wide range of VW-based campers, from the familiar (like Autohomes, Auto-Sleepers and Richard Holdsworth, to mention but a few), to the rather more exotic and unusual (Caraversions, E-Z Campers from the USA, and Moortown Motorised Caravans are examples). Basically, the book uses contemporary brochure and publicity photography, with modern text to explain the evolution of each marque. If you are one of the seemingly ever-growing band of VW fanatics out there, or a student of the classic camper van, then this book may well be worth a place in your Christmas stocking.
Motor Guide East, December 20th 2007
Carry on camper
The launch of the iconic Volkswagen Camper van 60 years ago has just been marked in two ways, first by a rally in Germany and secondly with the launch of a new book that is a must read for anyone interested in the evergreen Camper.
The rally was held at Hanover when 71,000 visitors drooled over an amazing selection of over 5000 VW Transporter vans and campers, from the original split screen T1 to today's fifth generation models.
It is doubtful if any other vehicle has attracted so much attention and early examples of the Camper can still be seen in the UK and abroad.
In fact I spotted one in an hotel car park in central France last year which was one of the early split windscreen models that was rather bizzarrely painted with an army type camouflage color and towing two motorcycles on a trailer. Now, a new book has just been published which contains an abundance of photographs, original marketing and details about the vehicle.
It is the aptly titled 'Volkswagen Camper' by Richard Copping from Veloce Publishing and costing $49.95 which will make an ideal gift for Christmas or any time of the year for lovers of this special and much loved marque.
The 176 page book has 340 fascinating images about the Camper phenomenon which includes sales literature about the various models and conversions. It includes unusual discontinued models and it will fascinate and entertain every VW fanatic like never before.
The book shows why the Camper with its numerous conversions became so popular, especially in its early years, for it provided a way to spend time in the great outdoors. It offered freedom and flexibility for those owners and their families wanting something different from hotels and caravans for spending their leisure time.
"Whether you buy this book as reference material covering the vast array of VW campers, perhaps the course of restoring one, or you simply want to explore an hilarious corner of Memory Lane, this is a thoroughly joyous compendium." – Gay Classic Car Group