My Canterbury-Pitt, Miss October

Jim Smith German Built 1967

My Kombi was built in Germany in March 1967 and shipped to South Ockendon in England, to have its camping interior fitted to become a VW Canterbury-Pitt Open Plan Moto-Caravan. This involved removing the Microbus passenger seating, cutting a large rectangular hole in the roof and fitting the pop-top. A full camping interior was fitted, featuring two wooden bench-seats, incorporating storage: a table that could drop between the seats to make a double bed; a water tank and a retractable sink unit. A fold-out cooker was added to the front loading-bay door and two bunks were fitted in the roof. Additional storage was added in the form of a large wooden drawer unit over the engine bay, a roomy top-box in the roof, along with necessary supporting bulkhead and additional lighting.

The first owners spent most of each year in France, where the Canterbury-Pitt acquired a French registration (and a certain amount of French small-change discovered in its later restoration). In March 1985 the camper returned to England, and was sold to a neighbour and close friend, Keith Harding. For the next 18-months the camper was in regular use as my neighbour, his family, relations and friends, including myself and my family, camped regularly as part of a small camping club.

It soon became clear that the family and their three children would not be able to use the VW for too long, as the space available over the engine bay, where the youngest child slept, would soon be insufficient. Knowing that a caravan would eventually be needed, I declared my interest in the Canterbury-Pitt, and became the proud 3rd owner in May 1988.

Read Jim's Book TWO UP DOWN UNDER available on Amazon!

Two Up Down Under
ISBN 978-1908135681
FIRST EDITION
9 5 7 0 8 1 6 4 2 3
e-book  ISBN 978-1908135698

Two Up
9781908135391 SECOND EDITION
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Two Up Down Under
ISBN 978-1908135681
FIRST EDITION
e-book  ISBN 978-1908135698

Two Up
9781908135391 SECOND EDITION
9781908135445 eBook

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  1. Jim Smith
    Jim Smith says:

    Two Up Down Under book covering some of Miss October's adventures in Oz will be out on August 23. Look for it with ISBN 978-1908135681 or 978-1908135698 if you prefer an e-book

    2nd edition of Two Up will also be out August 23 on ISBN 978-190813591 or 978-1908135445 for the e-book

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    • Bus Junkies
      Bus Junkies says:

      Thanks for sharing Jim! Hope we get to see you down under sometime and take in some of the great sites you have. Cheers!

      Reply

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