Saturday, 2 January 2016

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

Firstly let me me wish all my readers a Happy New Year. The first blog review of 2016 is part 2 of 2 of the Just Kampers Xmas 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) The review continues as I wander around looking at all the vehicles.
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This lovely looking 1988 white T25 was parked
up in the 'white bus' line up. I do like the square
double headlights on a T25 as opposed to the 

single round light unit's, and the 'Empi' style 5 
spoke wheels.

This solid looking bus had a pop top, although
I'm not sure who did the conversion. Having a
pop top in a bus gives so much extra headroom
which can only be a good thing. The dark maroon
stripe around the body looked good and helped
this bus to really stand out.

Another white T25, This time it's a stunning 1989
Westfalia. This really was straight and solid
looking and the aftermarket wheels were a good
choice to compliment the overall look.

The all white body, including the bumpers looked
good. This super straight T25 really was a nice

looking bus, and being a real 'Westy' it had the
nice well equipped interior. 

I don't know if these 5 owners knew each other
or not, but they arrived at the Just Kampers meet
in convoy. It did look good as they came up the
drive towards the Xmas meet. I spent some time
looking around these T4's and got a few idea's
of what would look good on my '99.

All the T4's and the T5 looked good, but this
super bright green T4 caught my eye. The simple
two tone colours of bright green and black works
so well.

The big slab of bright green colour shouldn't
work, but it does. The black aftermarket wheels
and tinted side window are just enough to break
up the bright paintwork.

It wasn't planned but the white buses ended up
parking next to each other. From left to right:
1970 early bay, 1988 T25, 1989 T25 Westfalia
 and my 1999 T4.

OK, it's not a VW but this Morris Minor 1000 is
a true British classic. This 1970 series 3 was
produced from 1956 - 1971 and had the larger
948cc engine. The series 3 had the split screen
windscreen replaced with the curved one piece
unit and it also had the larger rear window.

This old 'Moggy' really was a solid looking car
and lovely and straight. The paint might have
been original as it looked aged and just right.

Another look along the 'white' bus line up. There
are 3 generations of the Volkswagen bus here,
and you can see how they have evolved over
the years. Each model is as good as the next
in their own way.

As part of the Xmas fun, JK had arranged a
'Best decorated VW' competition and the two
young ladies that came along in this 1973
Beetle did a great job in decorating their bug.

This really was a nice looking car, which was
very straight and solid looking. The two tone
colour scheme was unusual but really looked

The two young ladies (just in the photo on the
left of this photo) must have spent about an hour
decorating their bug, but it was well worth all the
effort the ladies put in. I don't know if they won
the competition, but I think they should have.  

This 1972 late bay looked as though it may have
been a Riveria conversion with that style of pop 

top (?) It had a very distinctive cow pattern design 
paint scheme which really stood out. I did like the 
bison horns on the roof rack.

This bus certainly stands out. It's always nice to
see how owners of any type of bus have put
their own interpretation and personality into 
their vehicles.

A fun sticker on the rear of the late bay says it

This lovely lowered 1967 / 68 beetle came along
to the Just Kampers Xmas meet. I saw this bug
drive into the car park and it sounded lovely.

This early bug had the Cal-look with the bumpers
removed, lowered and sitting on those 8 spoke
Empi wheels.

This really was a nice looking bug. The single
colour coat of paint and lack of chrome trim add
to the overall look of this gorgeous bug.

The Volkswagen beetle really has an iconic
shape that is recognised all over the world. They
have so much shape and flowing contours as
opposed to the vehicles of today.

Another look along the T4 line up, it was good
to have a look around these T4's and get some
idea's for my  bus. I think a rear wiper could be
added to my list of things to do in the future.

This lovely old bug arrived mid-morning and
parked up next to my '99. This 1970 bug had a
few signs of wear and tear but that didn't matter
as it was still on the road and being enjoyed by
the owner, just as it should be.

It looks as though this bug has recently had a
new rear apron, as it was in red oxide primer,
but at least it's a sign that this is a work in
progress car. This 45 year bug looked mostly
original from what I could see, and it looked great.

On the back seat of the bug, the owner had this
cool looking music box made from an old

Looking across the front of the beetle towards
the Just Kampers warehouse. The T4/5 line up
on the left and my '99 T4 on the right.

This gorgeous 1972 white over red late bay
was parked up in the 'overflow' car park. This
bus named 'Ruby', was riding at standard height
which I always think looks great. 

The super straight body and almost perfect paint
gives off a lovely sharp reflection. The black Empi
5 spoke wheels and clear rear light lenses add to
this buses overall cool look.

A fun sticker in the back of this late bay, a caption
that I think most of us bay window owners can
relate to, as we have all been there sometime.

Another look at the 'white' bus line up. It's strange
how all the white vehicles seemed to park next to
each other.

This lovely 1984 high top T25 looked really cool
in it's white over orange paint scheme. These
high tops are brilliant as there is so much more
room inside compared to a tin top or even a pop
top model.

The shape of the high top roof makes this bus
look like it's doing 70mph standing still.! I did
like the tinted windows which give some stark
contrast against the bright orange paint.

A look across the front of the Just Kampers
warehouse and the fantastic diversity of
Volkswagen's that attended the Xmas open day.

Just another look of that cal-look beetle parked
in front of the lime green T4, a nice contrast of
colour and shapes.

In part one of the review I showed you the great
refreshment stall Just Kampers had erected
inside their warehouse. All the tea / coffee/ hot
chocolate and hot dogs were free, with just a
small donation required to go to their chosen 

charity, Cancer Research. The amount raised 
was just over £240 ($357) which was a great 
effort by everyone who donated. Oh, and I just
couldn't resist a cup of hot chocolate with little
marshmallow pieces.

As well as refreshments, JK had these cool
surf themed stickers, and again all donations
received went into the charity pot.

A nice reflection showing my '99 T4 Transporter
in the super straight, and super shiny body panel
of a blue T4 parked opposite me.

This lovely 1975 late bay finished in white over
mid yellow looked great parked up in the car
park. I did like the standard ride height and the
overall look of this bus. The 2 bow roof rack
over the cab looked good and goes to prove
that you can have a pop top bus and a roof rack.

This bay really was nice and clean and straight
and the perfect pastel yellow paint accentuated
how straight and solid the body really was.

Just another picture of the gorgeous red 1967
Karmann Cabrio that featured in part one of my
blog review for no other reason, than I think
this is one cool ride.

On the way out you have to go round the back
of the Just Kampers building as you head
towards the main road. As I drove past I spotted
this lovely early bay parked up. I assume it
belongs to another JK employee..? It did look
really nice, just a shame it was hidden around
the back because I would have liked to have had 

a better look at it.

So that was my 2 part review of the Just Kampers
Xmas open day. It's nice to go to an international
Volkswagen parts supplier and find out the people
that work there are just like me and you. They all
drive Volkswagen's and really do know what they
are talking about. I arrived in my T4 and the guy
that owns the Fire bus (in part 1 of the review)
came up to me as I got out and started chatting 
to me as if he'd known me for years. we chatted
about my 1969 microbus and he told me all about
his split screen. How many parts suppliers do you
know that are that friendly? This was, just like the
JK open day I attended in the summer a very well 
organised and set out and very well attended. 
A huge thank you to everyone involved at JK for 
helping put on another fantastic open day.

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