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Danbury Motorcaravans Spring Open Weekend 2018

March 12, 2018

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Danbury Motorcaravans are holding their Spring 2018 Open Weekend on March 17-18th at their headquarters in England. If you’re in the U.K. and near Bristol this would be a lot of fun. If I could be there I’d seriously be looking at this bad boy, a 2012 VW T2 Rio. Although it is counter to my air-cooled sensibilities I must admit it is one cool ride. Hmm, I think I’d add a roof rack over the cab. I imagine the interior is what VW Westfalia conversions would have evolved to had our German friends been allowed to continue the manufacture of bay window buses post 1979. (this being a 2012 water-cooled T2 from Brazil)

From their newsletter:  “Join us for our Spring Open Weekend, at our Bristol HQ, where you can view our full range of Danbury Campervans and also join in with some family-fun activities!”

“Find Your Next Campervan Here!” http://www.danburymotorcaravans.com/stock/

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Danbury Still Has Last Edition Kombis!

January 17, 2017

It’s 2017 and I’m delirious with envy, who will end up buying these beauties? My buses keep me busy and I don’t have a spare forty-one thousand pounds lying around, but this would make a great get around vehicle, or maybe a winery tour bus…dreaming. Nice to look at the site and imagine. My Last Kombi thread is here.

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Hasta Alaska – “You could not write this stuff”

June 3, 2016

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Good news/bad news, Ben finally gets his U.S Visa! But…the Kombi is in a bit of a fix. From Vancouver to Haines Alaska, and now Whitehorse in the Yukon, the Kombi Life adventure continues. A must watch video in the series.

At first I thought, why is Fidel Castro putting out that fire? Maybe it’s just the angle, it is in fact Ben’s incredibly helpful friend in Haines who saved the bus just in time. And I really want one of these T-Shirts! You can support Kombi Life by purchasing one here.

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Hasta Alaska Adventure hits Bureaucratic Snag

March 12, 2016

So close but so far away, I can’t believe this four year journey could be at an end. As Ben explains in this new video, U.S. immigration has denied him a tourist visa therefore preventing him from returning to Alaska to finish the trip in summer 2016. My only input is that since Ben’s dog Alaska and his travel companion are currently in Canada, he could join them and file for another U.S. tourist visa from Canada. This section from the U.S. Immigration site offers hope.

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You can show your support for Ben, Kombi Life, and the Hasta Alaska trip by sharing the video on social media.

 

Wheeler Dealers search for a Kombi in Brazil

March 12, 2016

I can’t believe I missed this one. Here’s a promo for the British TV series Wheeler Dealers, this time they’re off to Brazil where the bay window bus was manufactured until the end of 2013, albeit from 2006 with a water-cooled engine. They’re in search of a bus to fix up with around $18,000 in their pocket. Now to find the full program.

The Kombi Remembered on Deutsche Welle TV

January 25, 2016

Here’s a great piece by Deutsche Welle TV celebrating Volkswagen of Germany’s stalwart South American cousin. This particular 2007 model is a 50th anniversary edition marking a half century of Kombi production in Brazil.  With a production run that began in post war Germany and finished in Brazil at the end of 2013, the VW bus should be around for a long time to come.

Kombi Life: British Columbia to Alberta Road Trip – Adventure Canada

July 25, 2015

I can’t stop watching this series. OK I’m biased, but the story is just as real and believable as the people are interesting an entertaining. Of course you want to find out what happens next week! It reminds me of old TV shows where the central character rides or drives into a new town each week with a subsequent cast of supporting characters. British Columbia is still something of the wild west, even so, trying to find a decent, safe, quiet, and free overnight parking spot can be a challenge. What luck as Ben and the Kombi Crew bump into a similar bay window bus and they end up camping together.


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