The Good Life Experience.

HAWARDEN ESTATE, FLINTSHIRE. 16-17-18 SEPTEMBER 2016 The Good Life Experience was founded in 2014 by four friends, broadcaster and singer Cerys Matthews, her husband, arts consultant Steve ‘Abbo’ Abbott and founders of homewares brand Pedlars, Charlie and Caroline...

Dubdayz Summerfest 2016

Dubdayz Summerfest is a great little show in the heart of the midlands. Held each July just off the M1 in Nottinghamshire at MFN, (a well known bikers and petrolhead haunt), the show is in the perfect location to attract fellow VW nuts from across the country. The...

Swadlincote Festival of Transport

Our friend Joe Hunt headed to the Swadlincote Festival of Transport. A small show held in the middle of a Derbyshire town ran by the Box Motor Club. It always attracts a massive range of cars and is a brilliant day out. Thanks to Joe for taking some great photos of...

Gary’s Picnic.

We had so many photos from the Yanks Weekend we thought we’d upload some more for...

Yanks Weekend & Gary’s Picnic

The Yanks Weekend event, incorporating Gary’s Picnic is one show I’d move hell and high water to attend no matter what the odds. The final week of my 3-week Radiography training was done and dusted and only the looming exams of the Bank Holiday Monday awaited me. So...

Peak and Tide

We had a chat to Peak and Tide Lloyd Cook, the owner and designer behind Peak and Tide Apparel. We love finding new and exciting brands for you to become a part of and Peak and Tide is perfect. Thanks to Lloyd for answering our questions. 1)  We love the look of Peak...

Hardy Boards

Those of you who have been readers of our articles for a while will know we are always looking for the most exciting, creative folk who produce beautiful products. We’ve come up trumps yet again with Hardy Boards. The brothers from the south of England have...

Dubworth 2016

Words and Photos by Mike Heywood Dubworth’s first year certainly didn’t disappoint. With the show being held at Oulton Park racing was always going to be on the agenda. A collection of Vintage Ferrari’s tearing up the tarmac caught everyone’s...

Halso Air-cooled Motor Oil.

“What oil should I be using in my air-cooled VW?” is a question I wish I had a £1 for every time I saw it asked on forums, Facebook and any other social media platform! Its one of those classic ‘ask 100 people you’ll get 100 answers’ kinda gigs so we thought we’d do...

Big Bang 2016

“Joggers AND a pair of jeans, a tee shirt, shirt, hoody, jacket, AND woolly hat and I’m still freezing cold!! It’s the end of April God damn it not mid-December!” Pretty sure Big Bang should be renamed Big Freeze for 2016, which was even more devastating given the...

VeeDubCudak Cup holder Review

We have been on the look-out for an effective and good looking cup holder for our ’69 bay window for quite some time, when we found out about  VeeDubCudak  last month. We were lucky enough to get our hands on a couple of their plywood cup holders; one double for...

Dorset Swapmeet

 On 6th March 2016, the Dorset Volks Fest Crew ran their first ever swap meet, in conjunction with the main festival in July and the event was a huge success. The Swapmeet took place at Clapcotts Farm in Spetisbury, Dorset and invited traders to come and have a table...

Monaco Inspired

Words and Photos by Henry Powell In this day and age, it seems most car enthusiasts see amazing modified cars through social media. Everyday you go online and somewhere in the world there’s a star car has risen to fame through magazine articles, project threads or...

How to make your own Engine Coffee Table- Book Review.

If you’re into cars, then chances are that you like the idea of having an engine block as a coffee table. If so but don’t know where to start, you are in luck! Veloce Publishing Ltd’s latest book is a step by step guide on how to build your own engine coffee table....

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Octo and The Lab.

Octo VW Show and TheLab shop visit, February 2016 Words and Pictures by Richard Thorpe I have been speaking with an engine builder in L.A on Instagram off and on for a few years now. Earlier in the year I found myself away with work in California for a few weeks so I...

The Lock & Keys

The Lock and Keys are a 3 piece rock band from the Leeds area of Yorkshire. Taking musical cues from modern punk rock and turn of the century emo, but trying to retain an honest and authentic British (Yorkshire) twang to their sound and lyrical subject matter.  ...

The Volksworld Show 2016- Part Three.

Here are our favourites from inside the show halls at this years Volksworld Show. See our previous post to read what we thought of this years event. Steve Lawrie from GFK and his beautiful Beetle vert. (Beetle Vert photos by Bullymeister Photography) Best of Show...

The Volksworld Show 2016- Part Two.

We have been writing about The Volksworld Show for a few years now so its no surprise that we are at it again. We love this show and its format. We love how it enables everyone to kickstart the show season in the UK in style, with some great cars and some brilliant...

The Volksworld Show 2016- Part One

We’ve got a full Volksworld Show report heading your way very soon but in the meantime we hope you enjoy this. We enjoyed our cruise down to the show with some of the Air Monkeys vehicles. Here are some of the photos Sam managed to take on route. The Air Monkeys...

Freddy Files 2016

Air Monkeys went to their first Freddy Files show just last year, and despite it being exhausting (one of our members is unable to get the Friday or Monday off), it was that good, we were eager to return. Now in it’s 19th year, there is just something about the...

Positive Outlook Clothing

We came across Positive Outlook Clothing online and loved them straight away. Trust me when I say they are making some really nice threads and it’s great to see a company that can express themselves so well in their clothing. Based in Coventry with a small stall...

UK Cruise to FreddyFiles 2016, Ninove.

Part 1 It was only our second time driving out to the Flanders area of Belgium for the FreddyFiles show but we had the opportunity to organise the UK cruise with our very good friend Jon Hancock from 65 Deluxe. We kept it simple by arranging some meeting places on...

UK Cruise to Ninove Trophies

We’ll have 2 trophies to give out when we get to the Witkap Brewery on Saturday afternoon. 65 Deluxe and ourselves will pick our favourite VW’s from the drive to Belgium and award the owner with one of our custom trophies from Smitherz. I’ve had...

Earworm- Red Eyed Jedi- The Grind

Earworm has had a reboot. We’ll be bringing you bigger reviews, band interviews, gig reviews and even more with the new updated version of our popular feature. If you are in a band or which a concert or gig to be reviewed by our keen ears then give us a shout!...

Air Monkeys Archive- Volksblast

A few years ago our friend Raf Carrera, SqueakyThinger Photography, headed to Volksblast. I recently came across these images so thought i’d share my favourites with you. Just look how good the weather is too! Wide 5 Sprints always look brilliant on a Ghia. Few...

Cruise to Ninove

This year the UK cruise to Ninove is ran by 65 Deluxe and ourselves. Meet us in Calais on the Bonjour services as you get off the chunnel and roll to the Witkap Brewery with us in style. They’ll be a couple of trophies for you to win also so what better reason...

Important News About Air Monkeys

****** We’re making some changes to how things are done around here ****** What is going to change? We’ve been established since January 2011 and our first magazine came out in April of that year. Since then we have created 14 free online magazine for your...

The Good Life Experience- What is it?

In 2016 we will be supporting The Good Life Experience through a number of articles and promotions. We will also be attending the event to let those people, who can’t make the festival, know what they are missing.   Following an incredible response last...

Aircooled Toolbox Talk

Aircooled Toolbox Talk  “This one is a passionate subject, and one which should not be taken lightly..”   It’s no secret that keeping any aircooled VW on the road is no mean feat, as these rides demand a level of dedication and commitment, unprecedented with any...

The Perfect Camper

Splitscreen Westfalia buses are regarded as one of the best buses out there. Just incase you think differently we thought we’d show you Marc Cartwright’s bus from the RSVP club. The interior is framed by the bus. With a large seating area which folds out...

Sham City Roasters Q&A

When I was last in London I came across Sham City Roasters. I’m a big coffee drinker and I’m always wanting to try the taste of new blends and roasts so I was pretty excited to try their coffee. It blew my mind with is taste and complexity and I needed to...

Gather Outdoors

Word and Photos by  Tim Frenneaux/ Gather Outdoors My first car was half a campervan. Specifically, three hundred quids worth of mint green 1972 Devon crossover, a proper 80’s throwback. Even back then £600 was proper cheap for a camper, and it was a rusty pile of...

Air Monkeys Archive- Perfect Polo

Photos by Sammjoey Photography At the young age of 19 Sam Wookey is the owner of this head turning 1980 VW Polo L. We first saw it at Alive and Vdubbin’ and it was love at first sight for me! I made a beeline straight to it, having a major soft spot for MK1’s, and...

Air Monkeys Archive- Full Circle

I love it when a good story comes full circle! It was at the Mallory Park reopening way back in March that I first spotted what turned out to be Dick Lewis’ stunning ’67 Karmann Ghia Convertible. We were blessed with some fantastic sunshine that day which made the...

The Rolling Home

The Rolling Home   “When all things collide. After miles of driving, hot sticky cruising. We found our friends and were nothing but content.”   For many people having the chance to drive across a country for a few weeks is a perfect holiday. And...

Shakespeare County Raceway

Shakespeare County Raceway    Affectionately known as ‘Shakey’ among show goers and 1/4 milers this otherwise sleepy town of Stratford upon Avon roars to the sound of thousands of horsepower on many a weekend throughout the year, with a packed 2016 calendar with...

Behind The Scenes at 65 Deluxe.

We love getting our hands dirty. When you see us at shows in our air-cooled VW’s you can be sure that 95% of the work done on them has been by our own hands. What if we couldn’t though? What if the job was too big or time just wasn’t on our side? What then? One of the...