The iconic and much loved VW camper van has been used for travelling for decades. However in more recent years, people have giving them a new lease of life through commercial businesses.
From snack bars and cafes to cocktail bars and ice cream vans, these classic campers aren’t just for travelling and festivals anymore.
Two brothers from Wales, inspired by these ideas, decided to go the same way and set up a family run business. Importing a 1972 VW Camper T2 from South Africa, which William, 32, bought via eBay.
“A couple of years ago I saw a VW at a show that had been converted into a bar. It looked great and I wondered if I could do something similar.” William said.
The right-hand drive, bay windowed van had to be imported from South Africa and with 182,000 miles on the clock, it was shipped to Holyhead, via Ireland – costing William £5000 altogether.
“That type of van is rare in Britain and even allowing for the shipping costs, it was cheaper to buy it in South Africa than in the UK.”
William and Huw Roberts then set about converting it into a burger van.
After a four-month conversion, all the commercial catering equipment was installed and it was given a new look with a grey paint job. The van was ready to hit the road.
Now the proud owners of “Burger Bay,” the pair are travelling around Britain, feeding the nation.
The Llanrwst beef and sheer farmers serve own-reared meat, keeping things as local as possible.
“I’ve always been a fan of VW Campers, and food, so this was the perfect way for me to bring a little extra revenue into the business,”
Younger brother Iwan is responsible for devising the meat products, with beef burgers, minted lamb burgers and steak ciabatta being popular items on the menu.
William hopes that Burger Bay will help to support their family farm, as times are uncertain with Britain heading towards leaving the European Union.
With the burger van being such a success, William also recently purchased a vintage “Stop Me and Buy One!” tricycle. Expanding his catering business, he plans to use it to serve prosecco drinks from the bikes front-end fridge.