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Above photo - copyright Rennie Ellis photographer archive

Friday, 20 December 2013

Surf wagons

Graham has been looking at his old slides from the late 60s and picked out these classic surf wagon shots. It seemed like back then anything you could tie a board on was a surf wagon, although the favourites had to be the Morris traveller and good old VW camper. Words by Graham -

First is my mates' Morris Traveller in which we had many surfing adventures, but is seen here on its way from Oxford to Newquay in 1968. This was quite a long journey back then, going through every town and village on the way, and largely dependant on what you got stuck behind...no dual carriageways.
Next one of the most bizarre vehicles I've seen with a board on top ! Parked at the roundabout in front of Boscombe pier. 
3rd is the camper my mate who owned the Traveller bought next. The ideal woodie for surfers ! Pictured here nearing Kimmeridge, Dorset in 1969.

Lastly, and I'm sorry about the colour but that's how slides go sometimes, is my left-hand drive VW Microbus, parked down the bottom of Great Western slope. Next to it is an Austin A30 belonging to Robin Hendy. This is in 1969. A year previously, I'd driven my V-dub into France, then right across Spain and into Morocco, getting down as far as Marrakesh. Magic bus!
Unfortunately it was written off in 1970 on the old A30 near the Iron bridge because of an over ambitious ( putting it politely) driver in an MG. 
Thanks to Graham for the words and photos . And funnily enough those little bubble cars are still sometimes used as surf wagons ! And below a Porsche 356 . One way of getting to the surf in style.

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