VW Bus: Stylistically Unrivaled. But Is It The Best Family Campervan?
- Category: Dad's Dirt Roads: A Blog
- on Thu Mar 3, 2011
- by Mark Stephens on Thu Mar 3, 2011 - (3) Comments
Do I even need to say anything? I'll try . . .
If dog is man's best friend, then automobile is his girlfriend.
I'm the type of guy who believes that cars - when you treat them right - have seductive idiosyncratic personalities that work their way into your heart and force you to fall in love with them. I'm not talking about appearance, or road mannerisms, or the mechanical parts that Dockers-clad engineers craft into a product to sell. I'm talking about a by-product of the process of buying, owning, maintaining, and driving a car; it's something they just can't put into a bottle and stock on shelves. For instance, you ever notice that a car always drives better with a fresh coat of wax?
If cars had tails, they'd wag when you step into the garage with keys in hand. If all goes well, you two will be in love for a long, long time. That's what I believe about car ownership.
So it should come as no surprise to you that I'm kind of a junkie for campers with style - considering how campervanning is one of the coolest and easiest ways to dirtbag with the kids travel as a family. But the Volkswagen Transporter community - sorry, excuse me, Volkswagen Bus community . . . well, shit. They're way more whacko than I am about automobiles. What they have going, though, is that there is no other camper in existence that radiates the same happy vibe thanks to its history, culture, and, well, the reverie it elicits. You spot a 21-window bus and you're going to stop, smile and stare no matter how rusty. You will, you will.
Apparently this documentary will be out later this year. The subject matter alone ought to be enough to make this one worth watching - I hope the storytelling rises to the occasion. For the moment, enjoy the trailer.
Volkswagen Camper Bus Pictures: