Vantastic 2019 VW Volkswagen Camper Event in Hastings
About these Vantastic photos
On Sunday the 7 of April 2019 I popped to an event at the Roebuck Centre in Hastings Old Town called Vantastic 2019, this was a great event with Type 2 VW Campers, Transporter, Kombi, Microbus and a few other interesting vehicles.
I was only there for about an hour, I was hoping to go back later, just wasn't up to it, but I still managed to get these photos. Sorry there are no photos from inside, that was what I was planning to do when I went back, very sad to have missed out on that part! There were many types of Volkswagen campers, plus a nice VW Beetle and a 1936 Humber 12 on display when I was there.
This was a great free event that was supporting Roebuck Enterprises, adults with Autistic Spectrum conditions.
About Roebuck Enterprises
Roebuck Enterprises is part of Aspens Charities, providing support to young people and adults with a range of complex needs. We aim to create opportunities for people to help them achieve their desired standard of living.
At Roebuck we provide a number of classes to those who attend the centre, classes include Graphics and Animation, Sewing and Craft, Metallic Engineering, Pottery, Cakes and preserves.
Our dedicated staff team strive to empower all those who attend our centre and endeavour to assist them and develop skills so they can live a fulfilling and independent life as possible.
For more information about Roebuck Enterprises please visit their FB page:
About VW Volkswagen Campers
The Volkswagen Type 2, known officially (depending on body type) as the Transporter, Kombi or Microbus, or, informally, as the Bus (US) or Camper (UK), is a forward control panel van introduced in 1950 by the German automaker Volkswagen as its second car model. Following – and initially deriving from Volkswagen's first model, the Type 1 (Beetle) – it was given the factory designation Type 2.
As one of the forerunners of the modern cargo and passenger vans, the Type 2 gave rise to forward control competitors in the United States in the 1960s, including the Ford Econoline, the Dodge A100, and the Chevrolet Corvair 95 Corvan, the latter adapting the rear-engine configuration of the Corvair car in the same manner in which the VW Type 2 adapted the Type 1 layout.
European competition included the 1947–1981 Citroën H Van, the 1959–1980 Renault Estafette (both FF layout), and the 1953–1965 FR layout Ford Transit.
Japanese manufacturers also introduced similar vehicles, such as the Nissan Caravan, Toyota LiteAce and Subaru Sambar.
Like the Beetle, the van has received numerous nicknames worldwide, including the "microbus", "minibus", and, because of its popularity during the counterculture movement of the 1960s, "Hippie van/bus"has become its most popular.
Brazil contained the last factory in the world that produced the T2 series of Type 2, which ceased production on 31 December 2013, due to the introduction of more stringent safety regulations in the country. This (after the 2002 termination of its T3 successor in South Africa) marked the end of the era of rear-engine Volkswagens manufactured, which originated in 1935 with their Type 1 prototypes.