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Welcome to Hazel Armstrong

Hazel Armstrong (the name of this 1964 VW Kombi) has been back on the road since July 2005, after the completion of a 3 year full restoration (and the consumption of plenty of brew)... Since then, we have enjoyed some amazing trips across Europe and Hazel has been the vehicle of choice for many unforgettable wedding. She even featured as the backdrop for a global advertising campaign! 

On this website you will also find a library with detailed restoration articles. We hope that these will help other amateur restorers get through the difficult times of the restoration process: the moment when things don't go as planned and you are considering pushing your project of the nearest cliff... We have been there and guarantee that persistence will pay off: as there is nothing like driving around your self-made van!

Kombi Hire

I rebuilt Hazel Armstrong in order to have a camper van to my own liking; allowing me to determine colour, layout and reliability. It never crossed my mind that people would actually like to hire my kombi until I received Luke and Lindsey’s request to use Hazel for their wedding.

Depending on availability, Hazel is available for*:

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Options include:

  • Standard layout with folding seat in back (5 people)
  • Optional middle seat (8 people) 
  • With or without full length roof rack

*Hire is inclusive of a driver.

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  • We met several times before: Ann-marie and Lourens in their yellow Volkswagen Golf 1, we in our
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  • For the 2008 summer campaign of Wolky Shoes, a Dutch advertising studio approached me to see if
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Just came across your site while looking up restoration tips for a splitty, amazing job you guys have carried out! You have a mint example of how a VW should look and be used. Best of luck in the future with her. Regards Ciaran

Because good can be done better!

Even before I completed the restoration of my Kombi, I knew I was going to get myself one of those beautiful Westfalia roof racks. Not just because they looks awesome, but mainly because I needed a way to transport my surf gear to the beach. Luckily it is not very hard to find a descent replica Westfalia roof rack on the internet. A couple of search queries on eBay helped me to find a nice Empi roof rack for a reasonable 395 Euros.

Although I know that a standard roof rack like this will satisfy most of you, I got pretty bothered by the fact that, after 3 months, my brand new Empi roof rack looked like cr*p. The wood slates started to rot and the screws and frame were starting to show the first signs of rust. I figured that this could be done much better so I took the whole thing apart and modified the following parts:

  • Got rid of the cheap wooden slats and installed oiled hardwood slats.
  • Welded nuts into the framework to get rid of the hassle of loose bolts and nuts to install the clamps.
  • Replaced all bolts and nuts with stainless steal ones.
  • Sandblasted the painted frame to have it powder coated.
  • Polished the aluminium frame.
  • Glued rubber* around the clamps to prevent them from scratching the paintwork.

The whole procedure costed 75 Euros, but it has proven to be worth all the effort;  my roof rack has been in use for the past two years, it only came off ones to re-oil the hardwood slats.

* The rubber which I glued around the clamps can easily be obtained by cutting used inner tubes in little pieces which fold around the clamps; cheap and efficient!

RESTORATION PAGES

3 years of fully documented restoration pages for your inspiration or discouragement... 

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