84. What makes a great VW show – and is SkegVegas one?

Nothing seems to divide the VW community more than the question of VW shows. Some people think they are all rubbish, some think they’re all great and some like a few of them but not others. Driving back from the SkegVegas show yesterday, Joy and I were talking about what makes a good event, and […]

77. Why is the Sick Bay like Huddersfield Town Football Club?

Right now Joy and I should be trundling through France on our way to Barcelona. Instead of which we have delayed our departure until tomorrow. What was so important that we had to give up two days of our holiday? Firstly, when we get back, I have promised to let a bunch of lads use […]

69. You’ve bought an old VW – how do you cope with Buyers’ Remorse?

I first saw the Sick Bay on the 3rd October 2010, a few days after I had actually bought the van on an Ebay auction. The previous owner lived in Cornwall and so with a pocketful of cash I flew down to Newquay, paid for it and drove it three hundred miles back home to […]

60. Hull – Rotterdam – Groningen. ChickenPoxDays.

Nobody could accuse my son John of being a stick-in-the-mud. His first career job was in Catalonia, he met his beautiful Colombian wife in Madrid, (or was it London), and he has recently moved to a new job in Groningen in the northern fringe of Holland. So Joy and I have never been short of […]

57. There’s more to owning a VW camper than owning a VW camper.

Before I bought the Sick Bay all those years ago I thought that people who owned old VWs did so because they were a cheap and reliable way to go away on holiday. The funny thing is that because the vans all looked so old and scruffy, I assumed that they had been owned by […]

56. Getting much use out of your campervan these days?

After the sustained months of excitement and activity of my daughter’s wedding at the end of August I was thinking life might ease up a bit afterwards. No chance! The following week was the wedding of a friend of a friend and I’d promised the Sick Bay to transport the bridesmaids. My friend Andy was […]

55. What has my daughter’s perfect day got to do with old Volkswagens?

Adele got married a couple of days ago. The months of planning, organising, cajoling, stressing and running around finally came together in a day that was so perfect and so happy that I wondered how on earth I was ever going to relate it all to a blog about old camper vans. Luckily for me […]

53. What’s so great about France in a campervan – and what’s not

So we’re back from our latest jaunt through France, we’ve unpacked, the Sick Bay’s tucked up in the garage and I’m getting used to sleeping in a bed again. Our last few holidays have been along familiar lines – ambling through France, a few days here, a few days there. (Chuck Berry’s ‘No Particular Place […]

38. What the hell is so great about Manchester?

There is a scene in ‘The Inbetweeners’ where four teenage boys on their first holiday abroad are trying to make progress with a group of local girls. The dopey lad is asked where he lives and the sharp one hisses, ‘Tell ’em we’re from Manchester.’ The first one doesn’t quite get it and tells them […]