If Madalynne were ever to have a company car, this would be it – a VW Camper Van a la 1960s or 1970s. Mint green, lavender, highlighter yellow, or some other ridiculous color, Vicky (that’s what I would name her) would be a sewing studio on wheels. Set up in the cabin behind the drivers’ and passengers’ seat would be a sewing machine and an overlock machine. All sewing supplies would be stored in Vicky’s plentiful cargo space and she would even be equipped with a fold-out ironing board. I would spend not just Sunday wasting the day away sewing but every day. Monday through Sunday, I would cruise from house to house giving sewing lessons and delivering patterns (self made and commercial) and other sewing notions to crafters in desperate need.
Okay, my last paragraph is a little flamboyant but the car is cool. I’ve always known about the “hippie” car but it became a source of inspiration when I discovered a London based company called Snail Trail that rents VW Camper Vans for special occasions. A wannabe maven of cars, I researched its history. Did you know that it was originally a “parts-mover” or “transporter” of VW Beetle’s in Volkswagen factories during the 1940s? Yes! A man by the name of Ben Pon saw the “parts mover” and thought it would be a good idea to make a hybrid car of the Beetle and a van. A few short years later, the first Camper Van was introduced as the modern horse and cart. Within the first five years, the Camper Van was used in various industries – as ice cream trucks, delivery vans, police cars, ambulances, etc. It wasn’t until 1949 that the modern Camper Van, the Type 2, was created. It had a split, or two paneled front window, double doors on the side of the vehicle, and a cabin in the rear. It was produced for 18 years as was the iconic “hippie” car. Neat, right?