Saturday, 5 August 2017

Just Kampers Open day 2017 (part 2 of 3)

Welcome to the second of three installments about The Just Kampers Open Day. My favourite parts supplier for my microbus is 'Just Kampers' based in Odiham in Hampshire over here in the U.K. They are my favourite supplier because the prices are very competitive, the customer service is extremely good with very knowledgeable staff and and any parts ordered are normally in stock and always sent out for next day delivery (and normally with a free small packet of sweets!). The website is also a bonus as it's so easy to navigate and find what you want. Every year Just Kampers hold an open day at the distribution centre with weekend camping available. The open day, which this year was held over the weekend of 17th - 18th June, and attracts hundreds of customers / visitors and most arrive in their prized Volkswagen, of all descriptions, there also traders and caterers on site which all help to make this open day, a great day.! I have been to this event several times in the past, although I have never camped over, so once again I decided to have a drive down into deepest Hampshire to the village of Odiham, which is about 60 miles from my hometown of Aylesbury. On the Saturday morning the sun was shining, and the forecast was good so I put some cool tunes on the stereo and Fiona (my 1969 microbus) and I set off. Just Kampers do not only sell parts and accessories for campers and buses but also Beetle parts, and no end of water cooled parts and accessories, camping gear and even motor insurance. You can check out the the very easy to use Just Kampers website here:  The blog continues as I wander around this great weekend show.
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Continuing on from last weeks blog review we
have more of the Just Kampers staff cars. This
lovely looking imported 1970 bay looked great
with it's original paint, even if it was starting to
show it's age.

This stock looking bus really did look solid, as
most imported buses are. I just hope the owner
doesn't paint this lovely looking bus because as
the saying goes, its only original once!

This fantastic 1956 oval window is owned by
Just Kampers and has completed the 'Mille
Miglia' a fantastic race over 1000 miles. The bug,
named 'Jack the giant slayer' competed against
classic cars such as Mercedes, Aston Martin,
Ferrari and Bugatti to name but a few.

The 1000+ mile race was over some of the most
fantastic driving roads in Italy. There were 460
classic cars that entered the 4 day race, and this
lovely old bug finished 223rd overall and probably
more impressive, completed the whole race with-
out a single breakdown. The average speed for
the bug throughout the race was 38.5 MPH, they
drove for 46 hours (day and night) and the drivers
 only had 15.5 hours sleep. They refuelled 7 times
 and had an average MPG 31.5. Impressive!

This lovely looking Mango and white 1960 split
screen was another of the 'JK' staff vehicles. This
old bus had been lowered and looked like it had
a narrowed front beam. The paint seems to be
original with signs of patina just starting to appear.

It wasn't just the paint that looked to be original,
the complete interior was also original. 

This cool looking 1970 early bay is yet another
bus belonging to a JK staff member.

This slammed Kleinlieferwagen, or Fridolin as
they are more commonly known is owned by
a staff member at JK and was up for sale. The
Fridolin was produced from 1964 - 1974 and
only around 6000 were made.

This 1968 model was ordered blue from the
factory and has undergone a restoration 2 years
ago, using many NOS panels. It has an 1835cc
engine and has been lowered. This lovely example
was up for grabs for £43,500 ($45,600 approx)

This lovely 1971 variant looked good with its
lowered stance and that dark blue paint. This car
I believe a Mexican car due to the body style (but
I could be wrong!)

You can see just how low the type 3 was and just
how narrow that front beam was! This really was
a lovely car in such a fantastic condition.

The last of the JK staff ride vehicles (that I spotted
anyway) was this gorgeous stock looking beetle
cabriolet. I'm not sure if this was a Karmann or
not but looking this nice it didn't really matter.

This car was immaculate, it's not surprising this
car looks this good when the owner works for a
VW parts and accessories supplier. 

Looking from the back into the classic stock
interior of this early cabriolet.

As well as the many traders at the show, JK had
also arranged a cooking display where the chefs
showed what delights could be cooked with just
a few ingredients on a simple cooking stove as
you have in a campervan.

Just a random photo looking towards a small
part of the camping area. There were hundreds
of vehicles that camped out the previous night.

This lovely looking baby blue Dormobile looked
nice and clean, but what really caught my eye
was the cool classic Rocket caravan that looks
very similar to the U.S. version, the Airstream.

Rocket caravans are based in the U.K and they
are made from highly polished aluminium, although
you can have them painted to match your towing
vehicle... or any other colour!

The mini Rocket, which is what I think this one is,
features all the luxuries you'll need whilst camping
including a shower room, toilet, kitchen area with
fridge, and a diner that converts to a double bed.

Regular readers will know I have a passion for
panel vans and this white over pastel yellow
van pushed all the right buttons for me. This 1969
South African van has been converted to a camper
inside which includes a full width r&r bed.

This lowered van was up for sale with 12 months
M.O.T. and requiring no welding at all. It has an
overhauled engine, new tyres and even the roof
rack is included in the £14,900 asking price.
($20,000 approx)

This stock looking 1972 late bay looked like a
really solid bus. I did like the small touches the
owner has made to out their stamp on the bus,
such as the chrome headlight peaks, clear
indicator lenses and the rain deflectors on the

I also liked the turret pop top, which is quite
unusual on a late bay, or maybe I just haven't seen

Looking across the camping field with a lot of
zoom on the camera I spotted this tough looking
1964 turquoise and white split screen.

This gorgeous white over cherry red early split
screen panel van looked lovely in the bright sun-
shine. The highly polished Radar wheels looked
great against the deep red paint and matched
the bumpers perfectly.

I don't really know what it is about panels vans
I like, but looking at the side profile, you have to
agree there is something about an old panel van.

This lowered two tone 1965 split screen looked
like a nice clean bus. It's unusual to have a mix
of wheels but they actually look good.

You can see just how clean and straight this old
'65 really is from this photo. 

This cool RAT looking 1968 bug looked cool
with it's patina paint job, sun visor and roof rack
crammed full of period accessories.

I did like the hot rod style red painted steel wheels
with white wall tyres. Although the paint looked
RAT, the body actually looked quite solid. The
rear screen blind looked neat.

It's the small details that help to make a vehicle
stand out and this old bug had these fun 'Roth
Fink' headed bolts holding the number plate on.

Just another random shot looking into another
part of the camping field. This is one show I will
have to try to camp over at next year as I've heard
so many good reviews about the experience.

This stunning super bright all white Westfalia
looked amazing in the bright early morning sun-
shine. The matching colour coded stock wheels
with white wall tyres complimented the overall
clean look of this lovely bus.

This imported bus really was clean and straight
and looked to be pretty much stock, although it
looks as though it has been slightly lowered.

Another stock looking bus was this lovely two
tone 1971 Danbury (I think) late bay. This really
was a nice looking bus and the shine on the paint
was amazing..although you can't really see it in
my photos.!

You can see just how clean and straight this old
'71 really was from this photo. 

This white over super bright yellow 1971 bay
caught my eye as the bright yellow paint gave
off a glow in the bright sunshine. The highly

polished chromed wheels added to the overall
brightness of this bus.

This really was a lovely clean bus. The white of
the upper half of the body and the white canvas
of the pop top both added to the cool crisp look.

This all white Jurgens Autovilla ( I think) looked
great. These are South African and very similar
to the Karmann Gipsy. I may not be sure what
model it is, but I am sure I want one so bad.

These really are the ultimate in VW camping.
The pleasure of driving a bay window and yet
the comforts of a small caravan. 

To finish off this weeks blog review we have this
cool looking camouflaged T5. I was some
distance away when I spotted this cool looking bus
so with all the zoom available I got this photo. The
bus does blend into the woodland behind it.

So that was the second installment on the JK open
day. Next week will be the third installment where
you can see plenty more cool air cooled bugs and
buses so be sure to come back next Saturday.

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