The winning Volkswagen vans have been chosen for the ‘Five generations of Campervan’ display at Vanfest, Europe’s largest gathering of Volkswagen vans, which takes place at the Three Counties Showground, Malvern from 12 to 14 September.
The competition for owners to have their vans selected for the special display and each receive £100 worth of items from the retro collection of Volkswagen merchandise was supported by Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles and the organisers of Vanfest.
The oldest van chosen to represent the first generation of the Volkswagen Transporter is a valuable 1966 ‘split-screen’ Samba entered by its proud owner Simon Callum.
The second generation ‘bay window’ model chosen for the display is Allan Ward’s 1968 Devon Eurovette, while the third generation, often known as the T25 or ‘wedge’ is a 1990 Atlantic owned by Philip Clegg.
A red customised 2002 campervan conversion owned by Michael and Anne Whitburn represents the fourth generation of the Transporter, while Martin and Blanche Adams will have the newest van on display with their cool, black Volkswagen California camper complete with chrome accessories as an example of the current fifth generation model.
Over 10 million Volkswagen Transporters have been built since production started with the iconic ‘split-screen’ model in 1950, which must make the Transporter one of the most popular vans in the world.
Now in its fifth generation, today’s California camper is now produced directly by Volkswagen at its own factory to the same high standards as all its vehicles, and sold in the UK with a three year warranty.
The versatile and practical design of Volkswagen campers has made them a great success for travelling as well as an every day vehicle. The latest California, for example, quickly transforms from a car that fits into multi-storey car parks, into a home from home with an electrically-operated pop-up roof, two double beds, kitchen with fridge, sink and two burner hob, a four-seater lounge with table, plus an outside table neatly stored in its side door with two deckchairs stowed in the tailgate.