on a Feeling
name is Justin Roberts and I'm 47 and
I run my own garage in Cardiff. My VW
interests go back to my after passing
my driving test in 1981. I've had a
few camper vans, 1979 Bay Window which
used to go to the usual surfing haunts
for those weekends away with the lads.
I've got fond memories of parking up
in the local streets of Newquay and
surfing Fistral, Watergate Bay etc.
first Beetle was restored on my driveway,
and was a 1303. This Super Beetle was
bought as an unfinished project, it
needed a little welding, putting back
together and prep and paint. I didn't
like the original gold colour so decided
on the yellow. It came out quite well
for a driveway restoration as it really
only needed paint work and necessary
repairs. This car was only kept for
a few months after trading it in for
my 79 Bay.
can recall several years of Run To The
Sun weekends in Newquay. We also attended
the VW shows around the countryside.
The T2 was the first of two. One was
my surf bus to go back and forth Fistral
Bay etc. Great times were had in this
one but I wanted more space and a little
more reliability so sold the T2 on and
replaced it with a T25 panel van with
all the ideas of converting it to a
usable camper. This never happened and
I had around 20 years away from the
was rather pleased when I managed to
buy the green 66 Beetle for £1000
which rekindled my VW passion. This
car was in need of a little welding
to keep the rot at bay as it had been
restored years before. The restoration
was nowhere near as thorough the '66
I have now but never the less my VW
interests haven't stopped since. "Ernie"
was named after the Gent who gifted
the Beetle to us. It had sat in the
garage for over 30 years.
had kept the car on the road for his
daughters but sadly the engine was damaged
and the car left in this garage in Swansea.
I had several conversations regarding
the restoration of the Bug with the
current owner Chris (Ernest's daughter
who is a close family friend of ours)
but simply didn't have to time or space
to take it on. The tax disc is still
on the screen today!
the next few years I had several Golf's
with family life taking priority until
purchasing a T5.1 which I went on to
convert to a camper van which we still
use for those weekends away today. I
just really enjoy the VW scene, the
shows and the passion we all have for
our vehicles and as you can see, I'm
hooked on the VW brand.
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