Workshops and Talks
Camper Mart will have a range of free talks, demonstrations and discussions on topics from VW conversion tips and techniques to experiences of touring the world in a camper.
We're still planning workshops and talks for 2019, last year we had...
10am : The Conversion Doctor with Stephen Enright From Peak Campervan Training
Stephen Enright, the brains behind Peak Campervan Training, is a time served coachbuilder with over fifteen years teaching experience at Sheffield College behind him. It’s not Stephen’s intention to train his students to be qualified electricians or cabinet makers, but he can impart sufficient knowledge to ensure that they can go on to confidently tackle a camper conversion of their own.
11am : Bus Doctors, Robin Fearn and Darren Bond
Wouldn't it be nice to have someone answer a question about your bus?
Specialising in early air cooled generations, our panel of expert 'Bus Doctors' Robin Fearn and Darren Bond are on hand to do just that!
Robin Fearn has been involved in the VW scene for some 30 years, having owned many VWs from an early age (his first car was a red Baja bug!). Rob set out to find a job working on his passion. Rob has worked on most models of Split Screen buses and Bays, later specialising in the T25/T3, T4 and T5 transporters. Rob owns Busmeister a restoration & repair business. With a wealth of experience and knowledge gained over the years, he can offer you the technical advice on most aspects of owning a VW bus.
Darren Bond has been into VWs for most of his life and has owned a variety of Split and Bay models. He has fully restored many models from Pick Ups to Campers over the years and has always worked on and maintained his own buses, and in the process has carried out just about every job there is.
12pm : Upholstery demo by Upholstery Courses UK
Sam Gibbs set up a small business back in 1999 specialising in VW Cars and Campervan Upholstery. She gained quite a reputation and was asked by clients if she would teach them how to Re-Upholster. This was how Upholstery Courses UK was born. Jacquie Lawson joined the company back in 2012 as a partner and brought with her a wealth of knowledge. Today, the company offers workshop-based courses from a two-day taster, right through to a ten-day master class, designed to take a complete beginner to an expert! This year has seen the launch of a series of online courses, which are becoming very popular!
1pm : Fireside Chat with David Eccles and Alan Hayward
David has been Editor of VW Camper and Commercial magazine since 2001. His first involvement with old buses started in 1976 when he travelled overland in a Split Camper to India and back, he subsequently owned a 1967 Devon Camper for 34 years before trading up to a new T5 California in 2012. He has also authored many books about the history and development of the VW Transporter, including a guide to camping conversions 1951 > 2003, the history of Special Body commercial models, and Campervan Crazy, which celebrates the lifestyle associated with the iconic VW Bus and the many things owners do with and to their buses.
David will be interviewed by Alan Hayward, Assistant Editor of VW Bus T4&5+ Magazine
2pm : Tuning and Re-Mapping with Pendle Performance
Martin Westwell, the man behind Pendle Performance began his career in the motor industry, cutting his teeth on petrol powered vehicles, he is now the UK’s most recognised source of tuning information on diesel engines. Martin formed Pendle Performance in 2005. Although the process of what they do is incredibly complex, in layman’s terms what he does is set the software of the vehicle to work with the installed hardware to provide the optimum performance. He is in short the man you need to talk to when it comes to re-mapping your bus.
3pm : PRIZE GIVEAWAY
A prize giveaway will be held on Camper Mart’s workshop stage at 3pm on Sunday.
To take part simply complete the form in front of the stage at any point throughout the day and turn up at 3pm to be in with a chance of winning!
To claim the prize you must be present at 3pm to win - otherwise we’ll keep picking from the entries until we have our winners!