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    Posted December 28, 2012 by
    auckland, New Zealand
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    VW camper van memories

    Dad's Watching Over Us...

    I was first introduced to the VW Kombi when I was about 6 years old by my Dad who purchased them as a rolling workshop by day and a family bus after hours.., we spent many many hours touring all over New Zealand visiting family and friends and also our yearly summer migration to Houhora in the far north for our vacation.., all told Dad had 3 VW Kombis in succession.

    I am the eldest son so I was Dads right hand man and spent a lot of time after school riding shotgun and as I reached 15 years of age ( the legal driving age in New Zealand ) Dad started to relent his grip on the steering wheel and handed over the drivers seat to me so I could practice my hill starts and stick shift changes.

    As you will see in the pictures Dad used to like his Kombis to have a bit of personality and one of the first things he always fitted was an alloy mesh sun-visor over the front windscreen as it screened the sunlight, but also it sort of looked as thought the bus was wearing a base ball cap.

    At the time I really did not appreciate how much of a grip the VW Kombi culture had on me.., years creep by and Dad unfortunately passed on.., I had long since lost all touch with Kombis until I was re-introduced to the marque by a very good friend of mine a few years back.., knowing my history with the buses my friend offers us the opportunity to spend a Christmas in his bus.., well you could say at that moment I was bitten by the bug and my wife and I start the search for a bus of our own.

    Some time goes by and we finally track down a good example way down south in Christchurch.., so after a little wheeling and dealing we purchase her and I set about road tripping her back home to Auckland ( 2,000 km ) with my two young sons.., the trip was a blast and as you can imagine memories from the past came flooding back one after the other.

    As soon as we were home it was decided that we needed to find an alloy mesh sun visor to fit to the bus as a tribute to Dad.., a few months slip by and then I am informed by my friend that he has come across an old Bus that a mutual friend has stored for spare parts and that it has one of these alloy mesh sun visors fitted to it.., Yeehaa we have found one this is very good news as they are as rare as hens teeth now.., so a date is set and off we go to collect the sun visor.., well all is pretty normal, we arrive, exchange greetings and start to make our way around the back of his shed to where he has the Bus stored.., I turn the corner and take a look at the Bus and I just froze where I stood.., my friend asks if I am OK.., I just stand there and can not believe my eyes, "IT IS DADS OLD BUS"..!! well after a few tears and a bit of discussion / negotiating we not only have an alloy mesh sun visor, we also now have a complete spare parts Bus..!! much to my wifes delight...

    Crazy sometimes how these things come about.., but I have to admit that it is a real neat feeling cruising around looking out the windscreen now under the shadow of the sun visor that Dad used to look out under...
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