Twain, Steinbeck, Kerouac, Wolfe... the road trip has inspired some of the most beautiful stories of the american literature. Far away the human achievement, we invite you, aboard a VW bus, for a Capsule time. All of us already thought about it. Stop everything and hit the road. However long it takes. Just slow down time and leave your everyday cares behind. Remember the rhythm inside us. Vanlife talks about stories, lifestyle and philosophy and we pick you up to take a break.
The famous road trip refers immediatly an endless road, a desert landscape and a kombi. The mythical Volkswagen bus was born in the 50’s. More than a simple car, it’s primarily an art of living. To completely plunge into the vanworld, we met a special guest, crazy about kombi for more than 20 years.
Just five minutes, that’s how long it takes to get you into the Miguel's world. That of the kombis. Since his dad’s offered his first aircooled car when he was just 16, the guy has his hands full down there. When he was 20, he bought his first van. Today he’s got three of it and it’s his job. Fan of BMX and riding, Miguel is not the guy who thinks marketing and stuff. It’s not like if the vintage fashion would interest him or something like that.
All his own vans has got a name, a past, a new life and a special noise. “Listen to the engine. Now listen to this one ! What do you think ?”
When we get into the Miguel’s garage, the first thing is the smell. Mecanic stuffs, motor oil, tyres… Passion is not only driving, it’s also looking for THE van, authentic van if possible. Restore it but no one can see this. That’s the challenge. Welding and welding and welding… Waiting for the fine and original piece. “You can spend like between 6 and 12 months working on a van”.
So that’s true, a van is nice and cool but what make the guys like Miguel definitely crazy about that?
“When you sit down, you’re immediatly submerged into another time, another way of life. You’re imagining stories like a beatnik family so high or Californian people who right out of a Hugh Holland’s photography. You can virtually hear the Wilson brothers singing Good Vibration into your ears. Inside, it’s not comfortable and that’s not what you’re looking for, but Good Vibration, precisely.”