Hotel California

As I write this I’m sitting in a campsite in Co Clare, surrounded by camper vans, caravans and tents, at the end of a three-day trek through Munster and Leinster. Travelling the highways and byways of Ireland, it’s amazing how much the country has to offer – the Ring of Kerry might be something of a tourist trap, but it’s an incredible trail that takes in some of the best vistas north and south.

There’s an undeniable freedom in this lifestyle, as I’ve found, but driving a rather large vehicle can be a little awkward, particularly if you’re used to a regular-sized car. Enter the Volkswagen California.

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Tyres under pressure

Keeping your tyres properly inflated will both save you money and improve your safety on the road – underinflated tyres result in worse fuel efficiency and increase stopping distances and the risk of aquaplaning. The risk can be even greater in heavier vehicles with larger load weights than your average family car.

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Pristine T2 goes under the hammer

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Volkswagen’s T2 camper is an iconic model with universal appeal. No matter where you go on the planet you’re likely to encounter one in various states of repair, whether in need of a little attention or restored to its former glory.

The 1967 T2 that has until recently remained in storage at luxury car storage company Windrush’s facility in the Cotswolds is one of the latter. Its transformation began in 2008 when its current owner Steve Quinn acquired the T1 without rust or an engine. An extensive makeover included the addition of a 2.0L engine producing 100hp, new seating, wood panelling and exterior chrome, a paintwork restoration not to mention a few mod cons such as an Alpine surround sound system, a DVD player and an internet connection.

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