hippy-vw-camper-touringRolling back to the 1960s… in a VW campervan: Touring Cornwall in a hippie favourite – and falling in love with a vintage lifestyle that never gets above 40mph

This year, with the uncertainty of international travel, a campervan makes for a perfect bubble, without the need to bother with hotel rooms, and an ideal retreat, especially if you want to visit the Cornish hotspots.

The cult of the ‘Vee Dub’ began in the ‘flower power’ era of the Sixties, with its ability to transport motorists on a music-festival adventure providing a symbol of freedom. Yet its origins sprung from the ashes of Nazi Germany.

The bus was unveiled at the 1949 Geneva Motor Show as an economic way to escape post-war austerity. Over the next four decades, five million campers rolled off the production line. The first models were nicknamed ‘splitties’ as the windscreen was made up of two panes of glass. The ‘bay window’ followed in 1967 and in 1979 a box-shaped ‘wedgie’ model arrived.

The Mail on Sunday’s Toby Walne travelled around Cornwall in a VW campervan named Olive. Read the full story here: