Saturday, 19 December 2015

Just Kampers Christmas Open Day. (part 1 of 2)

This weeks blog is all about the 'Just Kampers' Christmas gathering / open day that they held at their head office and distribution warehouse on Saturday 12th December. Just Kampers are a Volkswagen automotive parts and accessories supplier based in Odiham, in Hampshire RG29 1JE here in the U.K. and for no particular reason they are my favourite supplier of parts for both my 1969 microbus and my newly acquired 1999 T4 transporter. You can check out their very easy to navigate and extremely comprehensive website here: 
(you may need to copy and paste) This Xmas open day event, now in its 3rd year promised to be a friendly fun family day to enable them to thank all their customers in person and to wish us all a Happy Christmas. They said on their facebook page that there will be hot chocolate with whipped cream and marsh mellows, hot dogs, mince pies, and a host of activities to keep the children occupied. There is also going to be Santa's post box, Santa's camper photo booth and a decorated VW competition and of course lots of discounted lines from their huge inventory of stock. As Odiham is about 65 / 70 miles from my hometown, I decided to shoot down there in the new T4, as opposed to taking my 1969 microbus as it would be much quicker and cheaper. I attended the Just Kampers open day back in June, and that was a great day out, so I was hoping for a similar sort of day at their Christmas open day. You can check that blog entry here: (again you may need to copy and paste the address)
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Approaching the Just Kampers head quarters
I followed this lovely white over orange 1973
T2 Westfalia. This really was a nice looking
bus. There are more photos later in the
blog review of this lovely bay window.

The Xmas event was due to officially open at
10.00am and I arrived at about 09.35 and after
a long drive down I headed inside to find the
toilet. The Just Kampers crew were still setting
up the refreshment stall, which was to be my
next stop.

The event reception area looked festive with the
decorated tree and hanging decorations. The
long table had loads of things to keep the kids
entertained including colouring books and
decorate your own Reindeer.

Another view of the reception area, all prepped
and ready for a Xmas get together. As I said
earlier, I arrived before the opening time which
is why it's empty but within an hour....

...The place was packed. The weather forecast
was for heavy rain, but that didn't put off the
hardy Just Kampers customers.
(I pinched this photo off of the Just Kampers
facebook page, sorry guy's)

In the Just Kampers toilet they had some cool 
VW pictures. I did like this Beetle one.

This cool poster I have seen before but it still 
looked good framed and hanging up. 

My 1999 2.5 TDI T4 parked up at the Just
Kampers headquarters. I have put the winter
wheels on to save the Audi alloy's from the
salt they put on the roads during the winter
months and I have to say that I think it drives
better with the original steel wheels on.

I washed the '99 the day before, and I thought
because of the damp conditions on the drive
down it would be a lot dirtier than it was.

This gorgeous stock looking 1970 Westfalia
was simply stunning. I loved everything about
this bus, from the stock ride height down to the
white painted steel wheels with whitewall tyres.

This U.S. import looked fantastic from every
angle. This early bay proves that keeping a bus
just as Volkswagen had designed it is far better
than lowering it and adding some fancy wheels. 

A nice touch was that the bus still had the U.S.
vehicle inspection stickers on the engine lid.
Judging by these stickers, the lovely bus came
from Hawaii, which could be why it is such a
lovely rust free condition.

This is the lovely 1973 late bay that I followed
into the Just Kampers headquarters. This bus
was amazing, and had a proper surf bus theme.
The steel mesh sun visor looked great as did
the chrome headlight eyebrows.

This lowered '73 Westy looked great in it's white
over bright orange paint. I did like the 3 bow roof
rack, and the fact this bus still has the original
steel wheels which suited this bus perfectly.

I did like the illuminated 'Stop' sign on the rear
bumper and the huge 'Surfers Paradise' sign
attached to the roofrack. This really was a nice
clean and straight bus.

Just a small selection of the surfing themed
stickers that this bus had. This bus would be
perfectly at home on a beach in Cornwall.

This 1990 T25 crew cab pick up looked great
parked up by the entrance to the Just Kampers
warehouse. I do like these T25 pick ups as they
are so versatile, yet still look so cool.

The T25 crew cab is a true work horse and
also a cool ride. This one was a very
example with a lovely coat of green paint and
 very straight body panels.

This lovely looking 1976 late bay I think belongs
to Just Kampers which today they had turned
into a Christmas photo booth. As you would 

expect with a vehicle being owned by JK, the 
bus was immaculate, straight and very solid.

You can see just how straight this late bay is, the
immaculate coat of paint gives off an almost
perfect reflection. The standard ride height also
helps to make this bus stand out.

The interior of the camper photo booth was just
like new. This is how I like to see buses, all
complete and original looking.

Wow, just a lovely original looking interior. This
bus really was stunning. I do like that green
check fabric on the seats.

A better look inside this gorgeous bus. The time,
effort and not to mention money it must have
needed to get this late bay to this standard must
be huge, but it was well worth it in the end.

As my 1969 microbus is a tin top, I'm always
fascinated by how much room there actually is
in a pop top bay window, regardless of whether
it's a rear, front or side hinged roof.

Mark and kerry own this lovely 1967 Karmann
convertible beetle. Wilhelm Karmann produced 
the convertible Beetle from 1949 - 1980 and 
it had many features that the standard Beetle 
didn't have. These extra's included, duel rear 
ashtrays, twin map pockets and a vanity  
mirror in the sun visor.

Other extra's included the lovely stone guards
on the bottom of the rear wings. The body also
had many strengthening modifications to
compensate for the lose in removing the roof.

The hood itself had 1in of insulation and also an
inner lining to hide the mechanism and cross
bars. The rear window was tempered safety
glass. When the hood was down Karmann
noted that you couldn't see over folded hood,
so the rear view mirror was mounted on an
offset pivot. By simply twisting the mirror 180
degress, it raised the mirror by 2 inches which
was enough to see over the hood. 

 This really was a lovely example of this classic
cabriolet. These Karmann beetles really are a
timeless classic that will always be in demand.

There are many convertible Beetle's out there,
but if it doesn't have the Karmann badge, it
really isn't a real Karmann cabriolet.

This 1970 stunning panel van is the promotional
vehicle for Just Kampers and as you would
expect it is immaculate. I have seen this van on
numerous occasions at various shows and it
looks this good every time I see it. I do like a
nice panel van and this has to be one of the best
panel vans in the U.K. at the moment.

The 'Preservation parts' logo on the sides is a
line of accessories that Just Kampers sell. This
van really does look good from every angle, and
if this ever came up for sale, I would definitely
put in a serious offer.

I mentioned in an earlier blog that no VW show
or event is complete without a Fire bus, and the
Just Kampers Open Day was no different. This
1986 T25 Fire bus looked great parked up in
front of the JK warehouse. It belonged to a
JK employee who I had a good chat to, but
I have fotgotten his name. I mentioned that I 

had left my 1969 microbus at home and 
drove down in the T4 as it was quicker and
 cheaper, he said that he left his 1960's split 
screen at home for the same reasons and 
came along in the Fire Bus.

This really was a nice bus. I did like the amber
lights mounted on the roof. The German word
Freuerwehr actually means Fire Defence.

This bronze 1987 T25, and the next three buses
all belonged to JK employees. They really are
a dedicated bunch down there! 

I do like these T25's, they have all the usual
camping benefits with a more powerful water
cooled engine. These really are versatile buses
and when they are this clean, what's not to like?.

This 2002 T4 looked good, I did like that rust
effect chequered bonnet. I'm not sure how the
owner produced the effect, but it did look really
unusual and therefore very cool.

OK, the rubbish weather here in the U.K. has
made this bus all dirty but under all that road
muck is a lovely shade of dark blue. I did like
the Volkswagen script on the bottom of the tail-
gate, which again looked cool.

Another of the JK employee's vehicles was this
gorgeous white T5. These new T5's really do
have all the mod cons and they have evolved so 

much from the original concept of a camper van.

They may not be everyone's taste, especially
all the die hard air-cooled owners, but you do
have to appreciate them for what they are. Oh,
I just noticed my '99 is in the background
of this photo!

This 2015 T5 in a sort or graphite grey colour
looked really nice. The aftermarket wheels also
made this lovely bus stand out. 

These really are nice campers, and if I had the
money I would certainly have one... maybe one
day !

In the Just Kampers reception area they had one
of their front end set ups on show. I'm not sure if
this set up is for a bus or a beetle but it did 

looks very impressive. 

Just a few of the Just Kampers employee
vehicles parked up outside the JK HQ. It really

is reassuring to know that the people you buy 
your parts and accessories from do actually
know what they are talking about, because they
own and drive vehicles just like yours.

So that was part one of the Just Kampers Xmas
open day. Part two will be on Saturday 2nd
January, as next Saturday is Boxing Day. But
it will be worth the wait because you can see
lots more of the customer vehicles, including bays, 
T4's, T25's and beetles and much more. I hope
all my readers both old and new have a very 
Merry Christmas and a happy New Year.

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