Spectacular meeting reveals shared VW passion
MANY enthusiasts love their cars. For Lake MacDonald pair Bob and Ashleigh Morrow, it's a life courtesy of Volkswagen love.
They met at the 2006 VW Spectacular (a week-long event dedicated to the marque), fell in love and married in 2010 - with a Volkswagen-themed wedding, of course.
"I'm originally from Perth," Ashleigh said. "I'd heard about this Volkswagen Spectacular and decided to fly over for a look at it. I met Bob at the bar, decided I'd move over to the east coast and, well, the rest is history."
Bob has an old 1963 Kombi utility that he found in a paddock near Leeton in NSW, following the "rustoration" path of rebuilding the vehicle underneath while maintaining the weather-mauled external look.
Ashleigh has a 1972 Kombi that was cut down and fitted with a custom-built motorhome body behind the cab, making it look like a caravan has been dropped on to the chassis. She explains here:
1 Are you a vintage/veteran or latest model lover?
There is a lot to love and loathe about all cars, old and new, but to me the styling and character of a vintage vehicle is second to none. Steel bumpers and that old-car smell will always be a part of my life.
2 What was your first car or motorbike and how much did it cost?
A 1974 Volkswagen Superbug Convertible for $2500.
3 What is your fondest memory of a car or drive you took in it?
Experiencing my first Volkswagen convoy at the 2006 VW Spectacular from Valla Beach to Nambucca Heads in NSW. I lived in Perth at the time and travelled over for it. Being surrounded by hundreds of Volkswagens all filling up the main street of Nambucca Heads was a sight to see and so exciting.
4 What is your current vehicle?
Which one? Currently driving a 1972 Volkswagen Kombi Camper, The Snail, 2016 Volkswagen Scirocco R, Vince, and also have a 1958 Vespa with sidecar: Mario and Luigi.
5 What do you love about it?
Each vehicle I own has its own personality and purpose. The Snail has a uniqueness like no other. It's an absolute pleasure to drive and to have the freedom to camp and experience this incredible country we are lucky enough to call home.
6 How long have you had the car and where was it sourced?
One year, our incredibly talented friend Myles Arber built The Snail with the aim to travel Australia with his now wife Shana.
7 Tell us about what's under the metal and are there any modifications?
Everything has been rebuilt apart from the gearbox. Fully engineered for the aluminium motorhome conversion with a 300w of solar powering 200a/h batteries, 60-litre water storage. fridge-freezer, TV, and cooktop.
8 What makes your car so special?
Its individuality but more so, its practicality.
9 How often do you drive your car?
As often as possible. Even when I don't get time to go anywhere, I will sometimes just pop into the shed, and crawl in the back and relax.
10 Mostly pleasure and personal use or business?
Definitely pleasure. The Snail has experienced some incredible adventures when Myles and Shana Simpson owned it, and there will be plenty more memories to make in the near future.
11 Does it have a name?
The Snail, and every car I own has to have a personalised plate. It's become an addiction. When I go camping, my travel buddies Hugo and Margo the flamingoes accompany me.
12 Do you work on your own car or get it maintained at a garage/by the manufacturer/specialists?
Most maintenance is completed by my husband Bob and myself. Matt Berry Motorsports is also a fantastic local business we use.
13 What will your next car/bike be?
We are currently restoring a Porsche 912
14 If you could buy any vehicle in the world, what would it be?
I have always wanted a Porsche 356A.