Nothing sums up the nostalgia of embarking on an old-school road trip better than a T1 Volkswagen camper van. Don’t we all secretly long to purchase one of these beauts, pack our acoustic guitar and that good-looking curly-haired neighbour boy of ours, and hit the road?

I’ve been a fan of the ‘traditional’ Volkswagen camper van for as long as I can remember, mainly because that’s what my dad used to whisk our family away in for the annual summer holiday. It never occurred to me that there are other, equally amazing and ‘old-school’ types of camper vans out there. That is, until I came across a book called My Cool Campervan, written by Jane Field-Lewis and Chris Haddon.

The book was inspired by the My Cool Campervan website, which showcases ways in which old retro camper vans can be vamped up to hit the road in new-found glory. Jane and Chris also blog about their personal caravaning experiences and provide plenty of photos that will make you wish your credit card was loaded enough to handle the price of just one of these…

My Cool Campervan not only features images of the vehicles taken by Tina Hillier, it also provides detailed accounts of the individual owners’ endeavours to turn them from second-hand junk into the prized possessions they can rightfully be described as today.

As if this BMC camper wasn’t unusual enough on the outside, check out the interior…

Same goes for this unique 1960s Ginetta car-camper: (only one has been made, ever!)

We’ve never been so jealous of a dog before…

I’m also embarrassed to admit that some of these camper vans have cooler interior design than my house:

For a sneak peak, check out The Guardian‘s photo gallery which also contains original text excerpts from the book.

Signed copies can be ordered online here for £12.50 plus £3.60 UK postage, overseas buyers need to send requests via email to

Now, let’s hear it! Which one is your favourite?

.All photographs by Tina Hillier

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