We are all dedicated petrol heads: There’s me with my classic VW, Andy with his Saloon Stock race car, his brother Sam who spanners for him and another Sam who races fast Fords on track days. We decided that we should go and take my 1974 bus with an awning to camp in. Four lads in a foreign country with a 45 year old camper, what could possibly go wrong?
The tickets were duly booked and we all waited excitedly until the Thursday in mid June we were to set off. Since the beginning of the year the bus had been making a bit of a knocking sound. I had ‘let it develop’ in the time honoured fashion of someone who knows there is something wrong, but hopes it will fix itself. It had ramped up considerably on my weekend run to Volksworld in the March and didn’t seem to want to quieten down at all on my subsequent trips to Newquay that year. As a precaution I thought I would just take it down to a local air-cooled engine specialist on the Monday before we were due to leave.
He was convinced that my crank was broken and said he would be surprised if it got me home, let alone to Le Mans. I wasn’t so sure. I had been doing a lot of miles that year with the banging and popping noise and besides the ferry was booked & paid for! I took the bus back to our yard, changed the oil and no silver bits, so that was good. I whipped the rocker cover off and that’s when I found the problem. Bouncing around amongst the tappets was a nut and the top of one of the cylinder studs. The head was slightly letting go every power stroke.
Continue reading your story on the app
Continue reading your story in the magazine
Lance & Lisa Beaver tell the story of their...‘Old School' Westfalia Bay
The history of our bus is varied. I heard that it used to belong to a soccer player who lived in it for a while, and a tale of a cross country trip that was taken in it. Since we’ve owned it, we have been to numerous car shows with our car club Kahiko Kula and enjoy that immensely, but taking it camping is our joy.
Messing About in Boats
“Believe me, my young friend, there is nothing — absolutely nothing — half so much worth doing as simply messing about in boats.”
Hector A Cautionary Tale.
We’d wanted a splitscreen bus for years. And first got the bug, after hiring one for a holiday in Cornwall in 2009.
Since the tender age of just 3, Joanne Dix has been into splitscreen Volkswagens.
Playing with Fire
‘There we were, all just sitting around the campfire...’
Four lads take on Le Mans
We’d had the Le Mans 24 hour race on our bucket list for a long, long time...
Happy 70th Birthday, Miss Sofie!
This T1 Bulli from 1950 is the world’s oldest street-legal VW bus and is kept in VWCV’s Classic Vehicles collection in Hannover.
Sitting on the Dock of the Bay…
The beginning of our second week and we were being treated to a day out...
Brochure Line - A 2.6 litre T3!
Taking a peep at a highly desirable VW Bus few of us will ever see in its ‘Exclusiv’ finery
Tom Selleck THE LAST OF THE BREED
The renowned film and television star reflects on his 50 years in Westerns and his hope that he will ride the range again on the silver screen.
CHIPS AWAY: SEMICONDUCTOR SHORTAGE WREAKING HAVOC IN TECH
As Samsung Electronics warns that it’s grappling with the fallout of a “serious imbalance” in semiconductors, the technology world could be about to enter its own ‘lockdown’. From the PlayStation 5 to the new Tesla Model S, virtually every device maker could be forced to temporarily halt production, caught off-guard and causing delays to 2021 product pipelines.
I SPY…MIX AND MATCH ARPEGGIOS
Hey there, bass players! We’ve recently dedicated two columns to arpeggios, and for good reason. Whether you’re creating a groove or walking through changes, we do our jobs better by gracefully outlining the notes of the chord and clearly defining the harmony.
MEGHAN'S SIS EXPOSES UGLY LIES!
DUCHESS Meghan’s furious sister, Samantha Markle, is blasting Harry’s wife for playing the victim and using “depression as an excuse to treat people like dishrags.”
Who killed DAYS’s Charlie? Head Writer Ron Carlivati has the scoop.
The gear we’re lusting after
How to Make Your Android Phone Less Annoying
It’s hard to unplug these days. PCs, tablets, smartphones—even a large selection of home appliances—can wirelessly connect to the internet at the push of a button. Devices buzz with emails, notifications, and status updates at all hours of the day, making it hard to concentrate. Your Android phone is no exception—but there are ways to make it less annoying.
SNOOTY MEGHAN CUT DOWN TO SIZE!
Livid sister Samantha dishes the family dirt in shocking new book
Keeping family ties strong
Twelve months of COVID makes for a long year away from kids and grandkids
ROCKY AT THE TOP
Rocky Barnes’s life is picture-perfect, and she has the followers to prove it