Kombi admirers in Uganda.
Cambridge, 1961. Nine students set off on the trip of a lifetime. Against the backdrop of the Cold War they travelled through the Soviet Union to Turkey, Iran, Afghanistan, Pakistan, India and on to Africa. Their mode of transport? The iconic VW Kombi.

Sunset in Ethiopia. Near Arusha. in Tanganyika (now Tanzania), a Masai guards the Kombi. Pausing at Kalam in the Swat-Valley. North of Mingora in the Swat valley, northern Pakistan, the Kombi attracts the attention of a curious yet wary child. Driving in the Swat Valley Pakistan. Well protected by 'pistol wallahs' provided by the governor of Swat. Near the Band-e-Amir lakes, Afghanistan. At the Friday Mosque of Herat, Afghanistan. Stopping for tea in Germany. The Kombi being loaded onto a boat at Haifi, destined for Turkey. The UN post at the Gaza Strip. Minor hazards in Iraq. The long drive westwards from Hamadan to the Iran/Iraq border. Sunset by the Black Sea coast northern Turkey Ostankino campsite, Moscow. Loading supplies at Ostend railway station.

3 Responses

  1. Mike G

    The VW bus and bug, a simple utilitarian vehicle that you could fix it yourself without a degree in auto mechanics, good on gas, kept on going.
    Those were the good old days!

  2. Pete Groh

    My 2nd car ownership was in 1966. At that time, you had a long waiting list to purchase a VW. I put in a order for the VW and a Triumph dealership. My car at the time was a used 1963 Austin Healey tri-carb with side curtains. I got a call from the Triumph dealership after a couple of weeks. Made the purchase on a 1966 Triumph Spitfire Mark II with a hardtop. I have been in the British car hobby for 40 plus years. I always wonder if I did make the VW car purchase what would be my present hobby!

  3. Joe

    Am currently restoring a 1978 VW Westfalia. Loving this project. We’ve owned our van for almost 18 years now. Where did the time go?


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