With my focus on getting my MG posters ready for the VW show last weekend, I completely forgot that it was the VW bus’s maiden voyage in Great Britain.
Which meant it was also my first time driving it !!!! How could I have overlooked that minor detail?
I discovered it’s nothing like my smooth 1971 VW Westfalia. This Brazilian manufactured split window has a different everything: engine, brakes, gear positions, pedal positions and angle, steering, seats, steering wheel position, noise insulation, windows, mirrors; and it has NO rear view mirror and NO heat.
What does all that mean in practice?????
- it loves to go into reverse gear instead of 2nd!!!
- you have to REALLY step on the brakes because they are drum brakes and neither are they power assisted as in my 71 Westfalia
- the braking distance is twice as far!
- the clutch pedal is so steep my arthritic left knee no longer feels the pain because it’s dead!
- the steering is baggy, baggy, baggy (where did you say the white line was?)
- the drivers seat is so low that the steering wheel becomes a boob carrier
- the steering wheel is so high it almost hits yer chin!
- the lack of insulation anywhere in the van, means the engine noise is amplified in the cargo space and is deafeningly loud
- the lack of ventilation up to the front windscreen means I need to open windows
- the windows slide so it’s a new manoeuvre instead of turning a handle (just one more thing to learn as I’m driving as fast as I can to get to the show in Kent)
- the mirrors are small circular things that show almost nothing behind
- the lack of a rear view mirror is positively dangerous as I have to turn around each time I need to change lanes (but at least I have no blind spots in a 15 window bus)
- without heat it is so cold to drive in the English weather!!!!
BUT … despite all of the above ….
- I did make it to the Grill-n-Chill VW Show at The Hop Farm in Kent
- it’s amazing, as with all VWs, there is just something about them that captures your heart !!!!
And you should see what a great job it did for MG Awareness; more pictures to follow later ….