The VW captured its image of the anti-establishment and an alternative answer to car culture back in the 1960’s Californian surf scene, and from that point the reputation stuck and the iconic image of classic or custom VWs has to evolve and adopt many guises, from a Rat look early Beetle to a high spec Euro-stanced T5 – yet one theme is ever present… it’s a VW and thus celebrates the ethos of being that bit different… that bit cooler than the average bear!

So if you have to keep it essentially air-cooled, or like the idea of a Bay window bus, but the budget of a T4, then we speak your language. And whether you spend every weekend polishing your VW or throwing sandy surfboards or muddy mountain bikes into it, or you’re the family who simply loves getting out and camping, be it at the beach or a VW show… then this magazine is for you!

Driving, owning or simply just enjoying the VW scene is not about status symbols, but about state of mind. With later incarnations of VWs taking on a heritage all of their own to sit along side the old skool classics, the galaxy of VW models and types is as varied as the individuals who drive and use them, but all share the spirit of fun and adventure that comes part and parcel to the VW scene and it’s many cousin interests, including exploring the great outdoors from inland odysseys to shoreline adventures to simply chilling at show, with a Radio Flyer full of cold ones and a classic cycle propped against the motor… if you like the v-dub culture, then you’ll love VWVibe!





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  1. Hi just wondering who I speak to about trying to get my vehicle in the magazine if possible any answer would be great thanks

    1. Hello Adam
      Thank you for getting in touch.
      Our editor Ig is the man to speak to if you wish to get your vehicle featured in the magazine.
      You can contact him via email: ig@vwvibe.com
      If you attach a few photos of your dub and a brief outline of your story i am sure he will get back to as soon as he can.
      Hope this helps, good luck and you never know, we might be looking at your ride on the front cover of VW Vibe in the coming months.

  2. Wow… just had a read through some of the additional comments on here! Amazing responses, thanks so much everyone! And pleased the message of the VW Vibe is getting through well – a VW lifestyle mag, pure n’ simple! All dubs are special to their owners and theirs is the only opinion that counts! The whole essence of the original counter-culture, anti-establishment VW driver ethos is about not conforming to the masses or letting somebody else try and dictate what is officially considered ‘cool’ or authentic. If you love your dub, then that’s all that matters. Plus the cars and vans are only part of the story, the whole buffet of different interests and hobbies as well as outdoor adventures that go along with the dub scene is where the real gold is. Talking of which, we have some more superb vehicles with interesting stories behind them coming, as well as some great new culture and adventure items… including an incredible LT coming soon Andy Jones! In fact, to answer your question… yes, those big old square ‘Langer Transporters’ are very cool, and I have written about them in the past. I nickname them ‘Breezeblocks’ (if T3’s are ‘Bricks’… see my logic?) and would love one myself one of these days (keep seeing a big Florida round my way… but already ‘too many’ dubs apparently). Send me some pics and a few notes at my email: ig@vwvibe.com – cheers all, thanks again for the support and for sharing the VW Vibe! :) ig

  3. I met a lovely lady who works for you guys whilst we were both having our motors spoodled at the local hand car wash – she told me about the mag (haven’t been near a WHSmith to get one yet), but I wish you all the best with it. I have a 1990 LT35 with just 36K genuine miles (and in top nick) which I am slowly converting into a camper – there’s not may of them left that aren’t rusted to pieces these days – I hope maybe you’d consider featuring some of them that do in the mag (we LT owners tend to get forgotten – or are we not considered cool enough?). I used to be the editor of a trade mag (pro video/TV kit) and would be happy to contribute if there’s anything you need – I’m just down the road in Twyning, so could even pitch up at VWVibe HQ to help with drinking the team coffee!

  4. Hi, bought our first VW panel van this week ready to make a start on our much talked about camper project. Saw the magazine on the news stand and had to buy it (what great timing). We have read it from back to front and have so many ideas we can’t wait to start. Look forward to the next issue it’s great.

  5. Just read the 1st issue & great to see a magazine finally covering the spectrum of loyal enthusiasts.
    looking forward to the 2nd issue already but just 1 thing, can you sell folders alongside the magazine to keep the issues in as i’m a bit of a hoarder & collector & i’m sure other people would do the same
    Keep up the good work

  6. Great read, at last a great lifestyle mag! Love all things dub and have passed this onto my son who is taking his test this Friday! He has a 74 beetle waiting and teasing him to pass…We’ve a few ourselves, a 66 split (keeper). 65 so42, project, 74 bay for sale to fund said so42 project. Lovin the vibe

  7. I a congratulations to you and the team it’s great to see something to cover the great mix of vw’s rather than biased views to one or another, I have always been around cars but it was only four years ago I got into vw’s this being a 66 beetle that had been in a bush for 22 years it’s now a shinny gp2 lwb beach buggy. To the wife’s dismay I am just finishing a T5 LWB T32 into a full camper. (If you want pics of the projects give me a shout) The new mag can now give me the enjoyment of old and new especially as another project probably won’t be allowed!!
    Keep up the good work

  8. Well whats this i,ve spied sitting on the shelf at Smiths VW Vibe, Mmmmmm me thinks thats a good idea , the whole scene in one mag now thats my kinda read.
    I wish you the very best in your new venture , great first issue it takes me back to when i purchased the first issue of Volksworld and yes i still have it!.
    Really looking forward to the next issue love reading about peoples adventures , different meets outside of the UK and a good mix of cool dubs from all generations.
    I hope to see a digital version of the mag at some stage in the future, now wheres my VW Vibe window stickers so,i can get sticker bombing 😉 .

    Best Wishes Whistler

    Dubbin since ” 89 “

  9. Ig is a true Vw love nut. I admire his passion in the Vw world. Very helpful individual who is packed full of information. Always look out for this gent at the shows. He’s a fella not to be missed. All the best ig. Leigh Davies.

  10. It really is as amazing as it sounds…. Fabulous articles, brilliant photography, and I should know …..seeing as I have watched this baby grow!
    With a creative and inspiring Editor IG, to bring you a fresh and exciting new mag, that rocks the hell out of all the other Vw mags on the shop shelves.
    Loving it!
    Ig’s wifey Jo ( aka Volks widow) 😉

  11. Hi Del – well, welcome to the world of VW’s – and have to say a T25 Autosleeper is a fine steed – always loved the roofline on this conversion as the design looks so OEM to the original shape of the T25 itself. Well equipped van too. Please email me a piccy at: ian.garrad@traplet.com – also, good comments re’ the music thing – got a few cultural irons irons in the fire. When you drop me that picture across, tell me some more of your ideas – as you’re right, music and dubs do go hand in hand – as is evidenced by the live acts at so many dub shows these days. Cheers, ig

  12. Really looking forward to this new magazine. Just got into the VW world with my first camper, a T25 Autosleeper and love the old thing to death already! How about a VW music page or column, some new sounds to listen to on the freeways and byways. For me music and VW’s go hand in hand. We have a tape deck in ours and hunt high and low for old cassettes to add to collection. Be happy to contribute, I’m a music publicist by trade but also review and write about music on a few blogs and sites.

    Good luck with it all, looks GREAT!

  13. Wolfsburg Weed Huggers VW Club
    Lazy Day – Free Show
    15th June 2014
    10.30 – 4.00

    The Black Horse Pub
    Aylesbury Road
    Great Missenden
    HP16 9AX

    Dear VW Vibe & Ian

    Would be interested in trading at our club’s day summer show, The Lazy Day 2014. Or donating something for our charity raffle & tombola. This year Wolfsburg Weed Huggers VW Club are supporting Child Bereavement UK. It would be a great opportunity to hit your direct target market, promote your company, support the scene, and help us support our local charity.

    Many thanks Fiona Lowen

    © Child Bereavement UK | Registered in England and Wales: 1040419 and Scotland: SCO42910

    We think last year’s Lazy Day was a great success:
    • We had over 120 VW’s on display in the Show n Shine
    • The foot fall was approximately 700 people over the day
    • The raffle raised over £300 for our local charity
    • A Kids’ Zone field was very much enjoyed by the younger vw fans and made us a far more ‘family orientated’ show than usual.
    • The show was covered in magazines and in the local press, and some forum feedback rated us better than some far more established shows!

    We aimed the show at all the family, so we could please all of the people all of the time! The petrolheads had the show ‘n’ shine, auto jumble, VW Quiz and stalls, their partners could enjoy the craft stalls, Monkshood Coffee, maybe a fresh smoothie from Juice Dub or home made ice cream from Daisy Ice Cream, and the children were kept happy all day by the brilliant kids’ zone where they could do crafts, colouring, get VW tattoos, enter the football competition or play as long as they liked on the bouncy castle. Everyone else could dig in at the BBQ or the licensed bar. Plus all the time there was a real chilled-out Summer vibe from the live DJ spinning cool ‘lazy day’ tunes! There really was something for everyone. It was a great day which we want to make even greater next time – with your inclusion!
    The raffle was a big part of the show last time – it proved very popular and made all that money as we’d had so many brilliant prizes donated!

    We had sponsorship, support, prizes and help from :-
    Deimos • Aircooled Accessories • Machine7 • The Paint Shop Pro’s • VW Citygate • Steve Rooker • VW Action • European Bug In • SSVC • The Penn FestIval • Dephect Clothing • Alphatune Automotive Solutions • Volksworld Magazine • Camper & Bus Magazine • Hayburner Magazine • AirMighty Magazine • Ultra VW • Royal County Auto Supplies • Jer Fab • Trint Eastwood • Jerry Marriage • The Squirrel Pub • AD. Dezign official photographer • Monkshood Coffee • Juice Dub • Holmer Green Service Centre • The Black Horse Pub • Daisy Ice Cream •

    Enough about the last show. We’re now looking for companies to trade at, or sponsor The Lazy Day 2014. For traders we’re asking just £15 for the day.
    If you’re not trading, a sponsorship of £50 can get your name and logo all over our advertising, our web page, and our Facebook page. We will also hand out your own fliers/stickers to the show-goers in the Lazy Day welcome pack as they come in, plus of course you’ll be ‘talked up’ all day over the tannoy. The donation of a prize towards the raffle from our sponsors would also be very much appreciated – the cool prizes really made a big difference last time. Prizes don’t have to be huge – we’re talking a car part, a T-shirt, a pair of show tickets etc.
    As most companies are already compiling their show events trading / sponsorship for 2014 and we are in the process of putting together the Lazy Day 2014 Web page, please contact us soon so as not to miss out if you’d like to be involved.

    Many Thanks

    Christian, Julian, Pete, Nathan, Joe, Andy, Andy & Fiona

    Wolfsburg Weed Huggers VW Club Lazy Day Crew

  14. Looks like a great mag!
    Sounds like our exact lifestyle! Got a van, a bug & a golf, we surf, skate and ride so well up for a read
    If ya need any feature material just Email 😉

  15. have you let the cat out the bag so to speak exciting stuff….. you go for it and remember i live right on the beach – used to kite surf and surf – have quite a large skate park by me and love to cook so if you need coverage I’m your lady :) oh and did i mention my other half a great photographer

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