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My Cool Campervan [Hardcover]

Jane Field-Lewis & Chris Haddon
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5 May 2011 My Cool
My Cool Campervan celebrates the new wave of interest in campervans and motorhomes, and the diverse ways that owners are styling them. Campervans have always had a certain appeal to those who buy into the notion of the open road but the current interest in all things retro has led to a new generation exploring the freedoms which they offer. My Cool Campervan is unique in celebrating all types of campervan looking beyond the VW to vans from other manufacturers and earlier eras. It includes over 30 examples from the UK, US, Europe and Australia, including classics such as the Dormobile, VW, Commervan and Winnebago. A visual voyage through time, the book features stylish photography, informative text and the owners stories of their love affairs with their vans. With an engaging text and beautifully styled photography, My Cool Campervan aims to inspire a new generation of campervan owners. The Caravan Club estimate that there are 130,000 motorhome owners in the UK and it is a fast growing sector.

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  • Hardcover: 160 pages
  • Publisher: Pavilion; First edition (5 May 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1862059055
  • ISBN-13: 978-1862059054
  • Product Dimensions: 22.6 x 1.8 x 19.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 39,603 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I thoroughly enjoyed every moment of my read and wouldn't hesitate to recommend it to anyone with an interest in VW Campervans and all things retro. --VW Campervan Blog, September 2011

Campervans have a strong place in the affections of their owners, as these excerpts from new book 'My Cool Campervan' prove... --The Independent, 28 May 2011

There are many variations of the VW camper van, not least because until 2005 Volkswagen never made a camper itself, but produced vans for transporting people and goods which others converted with the addition of caravan-style living accommodation. And it was not just VWs which received such attention, as My Cool Campervan shows in a collection of photo essays. Some of the vintage camper vans portrayed are remarkable, and in many cases unique. A 1967 camper built on a Vanden Plas Princess chassis by J.H. Jennings, a firm of coachbuilders, is, as the book points out somewhat regal with polished wood and turquoise furnishings. Its present owners have hung horse brasses as an additional touch. --The Economist, June 2011

About the Author

Jane is a London-based stylist working in film and photography. She co-owns a 1970s retromodern styled caravan a perfect little hideaway where it is easy to be creative. Chris has 20 years' experience as a multi-disciplinary designer, focusing on brand development and web design. He has a huge passion for retro caravanning and owns a 1970s British and a 1970s Airstream caravan both of which are used for short breaks with his family.

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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars vintage campervan heaven 27 May 2011
I absolutely love this book!! I too was expecting it to be all about V.W's...but fantastically full of all sorts of classic beauties I had never heard of as well as some i had, and evan some people I have been fortunate enough to meet along the way at airstream meets.
Very inspiring in everyway, fab original and unique interiors, beautifully photographed and written with a diverse choice of campervans featured inside and out, as well as the history and reading about the owners.
This book is like going on a wild expansive trip and made me feel like selling my house, throwing in the towel and getting on the road in a cool campervan.
This is a great follow up to 'my cool caravan', I didnt think it would be possible to top that one, but for freshness and originality it sits perfectly side by side.
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5.0 out of 5 stars my cool campervan 9 Jun 2011
By catone
Brilliant book, Exellent photo`s.. Very interesting campers, showing how stylish these old campervans can be. Also good write up of each camper and their owners.
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5.0 out of 5 stars From Airstream to Zodiac 23 May 2011
By Mr. B
I would expect to see lovely a Volkswagen or two this book and I wasn't disappointed, there are superb examples, but campers based on a 1970's Ford Zodiac Saloon, Citroen Dyane, Morris Oxford, BMC Mini, Morris Marina and Land Rover? Who Knew? The list goes on, and It certainly opened my eyes to the wonderful world of Cool Campervans, from Airstream to Zodiac they're all represented in this beautiful book.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars great book 1 Oct 2011
Received this book shortly after ordering and I love it. Can't find anything like this in the U.S. Its a great read with great photos.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Add a nice cup of tea with a view... 17 May 2011
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I loved the first book in this series, my cool caravan, and was not disappointed when this beauty arrived. The book is full of a real variety of campervans, some really unusual, but all clearly very well loved by their owners. I love the photos and styling within the book. Its hard to pick a favourite, as much as I love VWs (as a former owner!) I love the retro look of the bedford ca on p109 and you cant help but love 'cuthbert.' Get the book, you'll love it, and maybe you may feel the need to trade in your ford focus for a cosy camper and a nice cup of tea with a view
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Smell the Leatherette 8 May 2011
What a great book - wonderful photo's, balanced with credible vehicle overviews and styling detail, this book is bound to set minds racing about the possibilities of campervan ownership and the lifestyle that goes with it. Although the cover shot features a VW and six are included, this is not another book dedicated to them as is the norm - about time too I say. I love VW's but have been aching for someone to pull the blinkers off and look either side of them, this book goes further and covers Commers, Bedfords, a Transit, Citroen, Fiat and more. For the petrol heads there are close ups of dashboards, rear light clusters and wheel nuts - for the more style conscious vintage fabrics, colour schemes and well chosen accessories. Open this book and you can almost smell the leatherette.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Evocative Photos, scarce text 4 Sep 2013
This is a great little book, full of evocative and detailed photos of all types of camper vans and motorhomes, door-mobiles and car conversions. These are all cars that are looked after and loved by enthusiastic owners, with I suspect deep pockets.

There are some great vehicles in here; the obvious VW versions, splitty's, T2 bays, and the T25, as well as Bedford's, Transits and some really strange car conversions including a 2CV!

I though it could have done with a little more text, as it has a profile of the owner, and a profile of the vehicles, but no technical details. Four stars for the photo's and three for the text.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Published 2 months ago by Mrs L.
3.0 out of 5 stars Pointless photography.
An OK book, but lacked any depth. I purchased the book mainly for its photography, however this was the biggest let down. Read more
Published 3 months ago by SuperGlens
5.0 out of 5 stars Books
Lovely book. Bought for Hubby who's a bit of a VW fan. A really nice coffee table book (nice pictures and info) for anyone who has a casual interest and goes to VW shows etc
Published 21 months ago by yorkie14
5.0 out of 5 stars Lovely lookbook
I had already bought 'My cool caravan' and 'My cool shed', and found that my collection felt incomplete without the third book of this series. Read more
Published 23 months ago by Ulrike Maenhoudt
4.0 out of 5 stars Interesting variety of people and vans.
I bought this after reading it in a store somewhere and being pulled into it. It's all about older vans and the various people who have bought and owned them, mostly naming the... Read more
Published 23 months ago by Ted
4.0 out of 5 stars fab book for camper lovers to ooh and arh over..
This was a gift from my dad when i bought my english vintage camper van, and its a fantastic book. it does obviouly have quite a few vw -but its great to see unique and lesser... Read more
Published on 8 July 2012 by chasing cars
5.0 out of 5 stars WHAT A FIND !
Had previously read a review of this book in one of the Sunday papers and had been searching for it in bookshops with no luck .
Good old AMAZON ! Read more
Published on 6 Jan 2012 by ROSSIE
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