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Bookmarks – My Cool Campervan

Monday, May 30th, 2011

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My Cool Campervan book with vintage mug, crochet blanket and orange camping kettle

A vintage campervan has been on our wish list for a very long time.

page in My Cool Campervan featuring a blue Commer page in My Cool Campervan featuring a yellow Commer

Whilst we enjoy staying in a holiday cottage as much as the next person, we often dream of hitting the road for an overnight stay or long weekend on the spur of the moment… whenever the mood takes us or the weather looks too good to waste.

vintage Airstream in a field

page in My Cool Campervan featuring an Austin Loadstar

We live only an hour or two’s drive from all kinds of lovely places – the Lake District, North Wales, Cheshire, the East & West coasts spring to mind for starters. Then there’s the rest of the UK to visit for slightly longer trips… and then mainland Europe after that!

page in My Cool Campervan featuring a Bedford CA campervan

vintage Bedford CF page in My Cool Campervan featuring a Bedford CF campervan with its trailer

It would make travelling with Fudge a lot easier too as he’d always have that secure home away from home to put him at ease. Plus, there’s all the fun of kitting it out of course. We already have a campervan ‘bottom drawer’ where blankets, picnic boxes and melamine items are steadily accumulating.

page in My Cool Campervan featuring a Ginetta car camper

page in My Cool Campervan featuring an Austin 152 car camper

Reading My Cool Campervan (by Jane Field-Lewis & Chris Haddon) has really persuaded us to get our finances in order and hunt one down – it’s been totally inspirational and we’ve a renewed focus all of a sudden.

page in My Cool Campervan featuring a Bedford CA named Cuthbert

page in My Cool Campervan featuring the interior of a GMC motorhome

Each chapter of the book is dedicated to an actual vintage campervan – the authors & photographer travelled far & wide to visit them.

page in My Cool Campervan featuring a VW Devon campervan page in My Cool Campervan featuring a VW Hightop used to go surfing

page in My Cool Campervan featuring a VW Westfalia page in My Cool Campervan featuring a 1965 VW Microbus campervan

For each vehicle there’s a little introduction to its make & model, a brief history of its life to date and a chat with the current owners… where they found it, work carried out, how they use it etc.  There are also ‘style notes’ where we’re given a sneak peak into how they’ve decked out their pride & joy.

page in My Cool Campervan featuring a Dodge Travco motorhome named Myrtle

page in My Cool Campervan featuring a Bush radio in a vintage campervan page in My Cool Campervan featuring the dining table in a vintage campervan

Everyone’s love and enthusiasm really shines through. Many of the owners have given their vans names and there’s also many a sad tale of reluctant sales.

page in My Cool Campervan featuring the interior of a vintage Morris Marina campervan page in My Cool Campervan featuring the interior of Debbie, a 1968 Bedford CA Dormobile Debonaire campervan

page in My Cool Campervan featuring a Caravelle Club campervan

One seller even tried to buy back the campervan he sold a week after parting with it – offering more than it was initially sold for!!

page in My Cool Campervan featuring a Toyota Devon campervan

page in My Cool Campervan featuring a Dodge campervan with colour coordinating bicycle

Tina Hillier‘s photos are tremendous too – they make you just want to pack a picnic and get out there!

page in My Cool Campervan featuring a a Fiat 238 Weinsberg campervan

page in My Cool Campervan featuring an Airstream motorhome page in My Cool Campervan featuring an Airstream motorhome interior

So, this book gets a ‘highly recommended’ award from us – whether you’re already a campervan owner, hanker after one like us or are just fans of the vintage scene generally. We absolutely loved it!

page in My Cool Campervan featuring a campervan boot full of colourful luggage and bedding

page in My Cool Campervan featuring a Dormobile Roma MKII micro-camper named Lil Blue

As usual, My Cool Campervan is available on both our UK & US Amazon A-stores.

page in My Cool Campervan featuring a Wildgoose Mini campervan

page in My Cool Campervan featuring a Morris A60 campervan

For caravan lovers, the authors have previously published My Cool Caravan – click on the link to look inside!

vintage Citroen H fire engine page in My Cool Campervan featuring a Citroen Nomad campervan

[Many thanks to Anova Books for supplying this review copy]