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The VW Campervan

A half-century on from its flower-power heyday, the Volkswagen Type 2 conjures up images of carefree life on the road like no other vehicle


SHAPED LIKE A LOAF OF BREAD, the VW campervan or Kombi is built for practicality not speed, and its rise to stardom was likewise slow. The Volkswagen factory in Germany, a showpiece project of the Nazi regime, was destroyed in WWII. It was being rebuilt under the supervision of the British Army when Dutch car importer Ben Pon paid a visit. He had a flash of design inspiration from a flatbed utility vehicle in the factory, and sketched out a curved box on top to create a van that would hold a lot for its size.

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In the June issue… discover the variety that can exist within one small country on a Great Escape to Slovenia; follow in Napoleon's footsteps on a drive from the French Riviera to the Alps; take one of Europe's most curious train rides through the forests of northern Sweden; try out yurts, vintage caravans and more at great glamping locations across Britain; go on a coffee-lover's tour of four countries that make a good cup; and much more