It was a van thing

Well I am officially an Anorak! I not only went to Vanfest, the biggest gathering of V-dub campers in the world, but thoroughly enjoyed it! This does I admit feel like a confession.
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The scale of V-dubdom was truly impressive. Having elected not to take our van so we could get there and back quicker we found ourselves overtaking convoy after convoy of Bays, Splittles, T25s and the occasional T4 only to find there were already huge numbers on site. Even we we left, more and more vans were arriving from every direction.
Encouragingly too ours was somewhere in the middle of the condition range; I’d feared we would feel a bit second class but there was everything from ‘probably the last journey it will ever make’ through to ‘showroom condition would be a patronising understatement’
vanfeslogo.jpgWe were there before the festivities kicked off and V-dubesque partying occurred (whatever that looks like) but were spot on for all the trade stands where I could speak anorak to my hearts content.
I met some great people and especially appreciated the T4 Auto jumble stand where I managed to get a new door handle and a wealth of useful information. I also found out that Haynes do not make a manual for my wagon and I have had to instead buy a technical guide full of reproduced pencil sketches, a kind of Wainwright guide to the vans’ gubbins and internals.
So there we have it. Vanfest, been there, done it and managed to resist buying a V-dub T shirt. (And any truly dedicated friends can ask me to tell them more)