About the Editors

James Northcott

James Northcott aka ‘Jimmer’ is comparatively new to the VW scene compared to a lot of people. He had always been an avid camper & loves surfing. His love of T4’s evolved from seeing all the surfers in their VWs, changing into & out of their wet suits right there in the car park and watching with much envy when VW campers pulled up onto a campsite and were pitched and ready with a beer in hand within 5 minutes!

After visiting many shows and looking at hundreds of vans –he decided the T4 van was best for him & his family. (After his wife insisted he purchased something that would travel more than 70mph on the motorway!) And so his VW journey began. He purchased a T4 white panel van 6 years ago, and proceeded to convert it to meet the needs of his family. It is now a fully converted home built camper complete with a pop top and custom paint job.

He soon became ‘addicted’, and together with his family, was soon attending as many shows and events as he could. In 2009, with the price of petrol increasing, he purchased an 8 seater T reg Caravelle which again has some slight modifications. This is his wife’s everyday car, which she has named Daphne.

The love of the T4 van led him to the T4 forum where he made many new friends and colleagues along the way. In 2010 he volunteered a lot of his time to help project manage the T4 Forum Help For Heroes T4 build which raised in excesses of £27,000. In addition to this he still finds time to arrange/organize the camping for 3 different events each year.

James’ profession is an Electrical Engineer and he has run a successful electrical business in Bristol for the last 6 years.

Alan Hayward

Alan has been with us since the beginning. Before taking up his role as assistant editor he was a staff writer, contributing several features and a travel piece to the very first issue, he has been ever present, ever since.

His background is varied, with a successful career in retail and training behind him, a career direction change took him to work in the driver training industry. He has worked from home on a consultancy basis since the birth of his first child, combining course presentation, with writing training programs, books and manuals, alongside raising his now, not quite so young family.

Alan, along with his wife Suzanne and family, have always been enthusiastic campers mainly in Europe. He was converted to VW’s quite by chance. Having always hankered after a campervan, ever since a childhood family holiday in a rented dormobile, he chose an edition of Camper and Commercial (our sister publication) as part of his holiday reading selection. Having read the magazine from cover to cover twice during two weeks away, and after sweating manfully over the packing of a family sized tent in +30 degree heat, he announced (after a shower) that a VW campervan was in the family’s future.

After the air-cooled route had been dismissed for practical reasons, and the new “Brazilian Bay” option had been rejected on similar grounds, research took him to the T4 Forum and that in turn lead him into the VW scene as a whole. A Friesan green T4 was purchased the following spring and he hasn’t looked back. Visiting countless shows, both large and small in the six years since, he’s been making up for lost time.

The bus isn’t just used for shows though, camping trips with family and friends are a regular feature, and for most of the intervening six years it has been on two European trips per year. Ranging through Italy, Switzerland, France, Belgium, Holland, and Spain, it’s also his daily driver.

He’s friendly enough, so if you see him out and about, pop over for a chat!