Campervan camping in Sukamantri (again)…

This was our 4th time camping in Sukamantri, Bogor, done in February 2016. Please read our previous posts if you want to know more about Sukamantri camping ground & our experience of camping in a Volkswagen campervan. This time, a photographs essay only, with Red Hot Chili Peppers as the celebrity…
Ini adalah kali keempat kami camping di Sukamantri, Bogor, di bulan Pebruari 2016. Mohon baca beberapa posting kami sebelumnya jika Anda ingin tahu lebih jauh tentang bumi perkemahan Sukamantri & juga pengalaman kami camping menggunakan Volkswagen campervan. Posting ini lebih ke sebuah esai foto, dengan Red Hot Chili Peppers sebagai pesohornya…

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“The mountains are calling. I must go…”

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The majestic Mount Salak (2,211m asl) looks & feels very closed.

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“I’m most alive among tall trees…”

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“There is no wifi here but I promise you will find a better connection.” (but fortunately there’s signal here in Sukamantri, though weak…)

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“One day you will wake up & there won’t be anymore time to do the things you have always wanted. Do it now.” Paolo Coelho

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“In every walk with nature one receives far more than he seeks.” John Muir

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“Every morning you have two choices: continue to sleep with your dreams, or wake up & chase them…”

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“My years are divided into two seasons: camp & not camp…”

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“I don’t need therapy. I just need to go camping. I don’t get homesick. I get campsick.”

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“There is no app for this…”

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“Home is where we park it.”

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“All good things are wild & free…”

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“Go outdoors. Well traveled. Life was meant for adventure.”

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If you are interested to rent this vintage beauty VW Campervan, please call +62 813 1031 4210 for inquiry – Jika Anda berminat menyewa VW Campervan yang klasik & cantik ini, mohon telepon kami di nomor +62 813 1031 4210.

#NZFamilyTrip video

This is a short 90 seconds video created by our daughter to win the #NZFamilyTrip; i.e. a 7-days trip for the whole family to New Zealand, sponsored by the Tourism of New Zealand.

Please take a view & if you like it, don’t hesitate to click the like button. Thank you very much.

The video features our Pink Floyd campervan.

Classic VW Campervan for branding & marketing

The current technology enable us to change the colour of our cars for temporary, not permanent, without having to costly & time consuming repainting. Thanks to the cutting stickers & large size computer printing technology. It’s available in many places in Indonesian major cities & the price is relatively affordable. If you have complex graphic design, then you would need the computer printing. If the design is simple, then the cutting sticker  will do just fine.
Teknologi masa kini memungkinkan kita mengubah warna mobil sesuai keinginan kita untuk sementara waktu, tak permanen, tanpa harus melakukan proses pencatan yang mahal & lama. Ini berkat teknologi cutting sticker & cetak komputer berukuran besar. Teknologi ini tersedia di kota-kota besar di Indonesia & harganya relatif terjangkau. Jika desainnya rumit, gunakanlah cetak komputer. Tetapi jika desainnya sederhana, maka cutting sticker akan cukup.

Here are a gallery of Jakarta VW Campervan photographs with stickers, due to Customers’ demand.
Inilah galeri foto-foto mobil dari Jakarta VW Campervan yang pernah di-branding menggunakan sticker sesuai keinginan Penyewa.

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This is actually the Red Hot Chili Peppers campervan; red & white colour…

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The campervan was used as a wedding car. No wonder it’s full of floral decorations…

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The bride & the groom had a wedding theme which required an ivory color…

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Take a closer look; it still maintained two-tone colors; darker below & lighter upper…

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The darker color on the lower half came from cutting stickers. The top one was the original paint…

Pink Floyd selling ice cream sandwich at the recent Brightspot Fair in Senayan City, Jakarta. Photo from instagram/ingridarv

Pink Floyd selling ice cream sandwich at the recent Brightspot Fair in Senayan City, Jakarta. Photo from instagram/ingridarv

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This is a promoting sticker from a cafe selling its famous ice cream sandwich in Jakarta.

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A smaller sticker at the front of the left side due to the rear side entrance door…

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The branding used cutting stickers. It sticks strongly to the body of the car but easy to peel off without damaging the paint…

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This is Pink Floyd under branding of a popular skin lotion brand. The original color is pink & white…

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The branding used cutting stickers, including the product logo & the event logo, no computer printing…

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As required by the Client, all pink color was covered by blue color, including the roof which is white originally…

At University Esa Unggul, Jakarta - Di kampus Universitas Esa Unggul, Jakarta...

I took three days for stickering this much & another two days to peeled them off…

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This is Deep Purple campervan. The original color is two tone light purple & white…

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To follow the Client’s corporate / product / brand color, the purple paint was covered with light-blue color stickers, meanwhile the upper white paint was untouched…

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To accommodate the logo design, computer printing sticker was chosen by the Customer…

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Even the front-mounted spare-wheel cover was also covered with sticker displaying the product logo…

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The stickering works took two days to complete…

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The product marketing booth looks matching with the light blue Campervan…

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Telkomsel’s campaign #Hypbareng in April 2017, in three cities: Jakarta, Serang & Cirebon.

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The bottom half red color is cutting sticker.

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The top-half is the original car color.

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This is Google’s campaign: Google Teman Ramadan, May 2017 in Jakarta

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The green color is printing sticker.

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The top half is the car original color.

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This is a company campaign in April 2016.

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The lower half is printing sticker. The top one is original color.

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This is Spotify campaign in May 2017 in Jakarta.

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It is printing sticker for the lower half & leave the top half blank.

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Nu Oceana campaign in March 2017 visiting many different places in Jabodetabek.

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Printing sticker.

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This is Pink Floyd in red color cutting sticker.

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This red-white two tone colors providing classic Samba look.

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This was a brand launching in December 2016.

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Zilingo.com, branding campaign in the month of Ramadhan, May-June 2018.

 

Tamara Cream 9If you are interested to rent these classic VW Campervan for the product branding, marketing or other commercial events, please call +62 813 1031 4210 for inquiry.
Jika Anda berminat menyewa VW Campervan klasik ini untuk pemasaran produk, penjualan atau acara komersial lainnya, mohon telepon kami di nomor +62 813 1031 4210.

Partying the 17th Birthday in Style

Ariane 18This extraordinary friend of mine, who has the Volkswagen Town in his house & a double sliding 1977 VW Kombi, has a daughter who was about to turn to 17 years old. The daughter, Ariane (named after the European space rocket), wanted to have an outdoor BBQ style party with a VW Campervan, celebrating it with her friends.
Kawan saya yang memilliki Volkswagen Town & sebuah VW Kombi 77 dengan dobel pintu geser (masih ingat ?) mempunyai seorang putri yang berulang tahun ke 17. Namanya Ariane, diambil dari nama roket luar angkasa Eropa. Ariane punya ide untuk mengadakan pesta ulang tahun barbekyuan di halaman rumahnya dengan kehadiran sebuah VW Campervan.

The happiest birthday girl...

Ariane, the happiest birthday girl on earth…

So, the 1963 Red Hot Chili Peppers VW Campervan was brought in with full of force. Please enjoy the photo gallery.
Maka si Red Hot Chili Peppers Campervan didatangkanlah dengan kekuatan penuh. Silahkan dinikmati galeri foto-fotonya.

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The Karbit family…

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CELEBRATIONS add color to our life. And BIRTHDAY is one of them. Wishing you unlimited happy days & celebrate hundreds of birthdays – Anonymous

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You are SEVENTEEN! Say farewell to braces, pigtails & toys. Hello to driving parties & boys – Anonymous

You are only young once, but you can be immature for life time.

You are only YOUNG once, but you can be immature for life time – Anonymous

“SUCCESS is like reaching an important birthday & finding you are exactly the same.” Audrey Hepburn

“Because time itself is like a SPIRAL. Something special happens on your birthday each year. The same ENERGY that God invested in you at birth is present once again.” M Mendel Schneerson

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“When you’re a kid, they tell you it’s all “Grow up. Get a job. Get married. Get a house. Have a kid.” And that’s it. But the truth is, the world is much STRANGER than that. And so much DARKER. And so much MADDER. And so much BETTER…” Elton Pope

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The SUN is shinning, the BIRDS are chirping & the TREES are swaying, all to wish you a happy birthday – Anonymous

A birthday is the first day of another 365 day journey around the sun. Enjoy the trip.

A birthday is the first day of another 364 day JOURNEY around the SUN. Enjoy the trip – Anonymous

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Do not regret growing older. It’s a PRIVILEGE denied to many – Anonymous

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“To know how to grow old is the master work of WISDOM & one of the most difficult chapters in the great ART of living.” Henri Frederic Amiel

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They tell you when you grow older you will lose your MIND. What they don’t tell you is that you don’t miss it much – Anonymous

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B I R T H D A Y – Be yourself. Invite new challenges. Recall past triumphs. Trust your instincts. Have faith in your abilities. Desire only the best. Affirm your strengths. You’re got what it takes – Anonymous

“The two most important days in your life are the day you are BORN & the day you find out WHY.” Mark Twain

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As you grow up, make sure you have… more DREAMS than memories, more OPPORTUNITIES than chances, more HARD WORKS than luck & more FRIENDS than acquaintances – Anonymous

“It takes a long time to grow YOUNG.” Pablo Picasso

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Trivia: 80% of 10-year old American girls say they have been in diet. The number one magic wish of for young girls age 11-17 is to be THINNER.

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Count your life by SMILES, not tears. Count your age by FRIENDS, not years – Anonymous

“And in the end, it’s not the years in your life that count. It’s the LIFE in your years.” Abraham Lincoln

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How do you expect me to remember your birthday when you never look any OLDER? – Anonymous

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“It must have been a rainy day when you were born., but it wasn’t really rain, the sky was crying because it lost its most beautiful ANGEL.” Anonymous

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“Age is strictly a case of mind over matter. If you don’t MIND, it doesn’t MATTER.” Jack Benny

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Today was GOOD. Today was FUN. Tomorrow is another one – Anonymous

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“Let us never know what old age is. Let us know the HAPPINESS time brings, not count the years.” Ausonius

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Age only matters if you are CHEESE. Or WINE. Or SCOTCH- Anonymous

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“There are 364 days that you might get unbirthday presents & only ONE for birthday present, you know.” Lewis Carroll

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Be CRAZY, LAUGH, LOVE & LIVE it up because this is the oldest you have been & the youngest you’ll ever be again – Anonymous

I’m not getting older, I’m just becoming classic.

I’m not getting older, I’m just becoming CLASSIC- Anonymous

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Don’t count the years, but count the WISHES & all the CHEERS. Happy birthday – Anonymous

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We are YOUNG only once. After that we’ll need some other excuses – Anonymous

Happy birthday. May your facebook wall be filled with messages from people you never talk to.

Happy birthday. May your FACEBOOK wall be filled with messages from people you never talk to – Anonymous

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On this day; DANCE like no one is watching, SING like no one is listening, LOVE like you’ll never get hurt & LIVE like it’s heaven on earth. Happy 17th birthday, Ariane…

If you are interested to rent this classic VW Campervan for a birthday celebration or anything else, please call +62 813 1031 4210 for inquiry.
Jika Anda berminat menyewa VW Campervan klasik ini untuk perayaan hari ulang tahun atau apa saja, mohon telepon kami di nomor +62 813 1031 4210.

Camping with Rookies at Sukamantri

Sukamantri Boris 69This was the 3rd time we did camping at Sukamantri camping ground this year. This time we brought a college friend with his family, who have never been in camping before. An important message I got previously from him; the camping must be successful to secure the family’s interest in camping in the future. Otherwise, they won’t go camping anymore & his effort will fail. He realizes an escalating problem to his family that his two kids are addicted in playing gadgets & spending weekend time in shopping malls. Doing outdoor activities in the nature seems don’t attract them. Well I said, this is a common family problem today where gadgets are affordable, shopping malls are convenient & lack of information regarding good camping locations. After all, so many people still think that camping is a complicated & miserable activity. Hahaha… not anymore my friend. Now, we can do camping much easier, less complicated & much more convenient & relaxing. The key word is: preparation.

Sukamantri Boris 70Ini kali ketiga kami camping di Sukamantri di tahun ini. Kali ini, kami membawa tiga keluarga yang belum pernah camping sebelumnya, termasuk keluarga kawan kuliah dulu. Kawan ini berpesan supaya acara campingnya sukses agar keluarganya tidak kapok & mau camping lagi di lain waktu. Kalau gagal, maka tidak akan ada lagi acara camping keluarga. Beliau menyadari ada problem yang akan terus bertambah besar di dalam keluarganya yaitu kedua anaknya sudah adiktif ke gajet & maunya hanya bermain ke mal di akhir pekan. Beraktivitas di luar & berinteraksi dengan alam sepertinya tidak menarik minat mereka. Komentar saya, ini sudah menjadi masalah umum di banyak keluarga karena gajet sudah gampang didapat, mal-mal telah menjadi tempat yang nyaman untuk dikunjungi & kurang informasi tentang tempat camping yang bagus. Juga, masih banyak orang yang menilai bahwa camping adalah aktivitas yang menyusahkan & malahan membawa derita. Hahaha… tidak lagi Bro. Sekarang, kita dapat melakukan aktivitas camping dengan jauh lebih mudah, tidak menyusahkan, lebih nyaman & membuat kita rileks. Kata kuncinya adalah: persiapan.

Sukamantri Boris 72Below are five tips that I did to overcome the challenges & to ensure the camping trip was successful:
Berikut lima tips untuk mengatasi tantangan tersebut & untuk memastikan acara campingnya sukses:

First of all, we use a tool to help; that is a Campervan. We make camping become a convenient thing to do. A campervan provides you a more convenient & softer mattress. It insulates you better against the cold night air. It protects you more from the environment. It gives you more security while you sleep. Bottom line, we can sleep much better inside a campervan than a tent.

Sukamantri Boris 56 collagePertama-tama; gunakanlah alat bantu, yaitu: Campervan. Kita membuat camping menjadi aktivitas yang nyaman. Campervan menyediakan alas tidur yang lebih empuk & nyaman. Campervan bisa menjaga suhu ruangan lebih hangat di waktu malam. Di dalam campervan, kita akan lebih terlindungi dari lingkungan luar & juga lebih aman. Singkatnya, tidur di campervan akan lebih nyaman daripada tidur di dalam tenda.

Sukamantri Boris 34The campervan also provides you with basic facilities we need during camping. Nowadays cooking is much simpler than the old days. Thanks to the portable gas stoves using a butane gas canister. It’s easy to operate & the gas canister is relatively cheap & easy to get. The fire is clean & hot. It won’t leave dark carbon ash mark on the bottom of your cooking ware which hard to wash. The portable stove means you can cook basically anywhere you like to. During a regular day, most of people like to cook outside, but when it rains, then you can cook inside the campervan.

Sukamantri Boris 5Campervan menyediakan fasilitas-fasilitas basik yang diperlukan saat bercamping. Dewasa ini kegiatan memasak menjadi jauh lebih mudah dibanding dulu. Ini berkat kompor gas portabel menggunakan tabung gas butana. Pengoperasiannya mudah, tabung gasnya mudah diperoleh & relatif murah harganya. Apinya bersih, panas & tidak akan meninggalkan jelaga hitam di alas alat masak. Karena portabel, kompornya dapat digunakan untuk memasak di mana saja. Umumnya orang akan memasak di luar, tetapi ketika hujan, memasak dapat dilakukan di dalam campervan.  

Sukamantri Boris 75The campervan has a water tap with running clean water. You can wash your hands with soap before you eat. You can brush your teeth conveniently at night before you sleep. You can wash your eating utensils & cooking ware without having to walk a few hundred meters to the nearest water source to do it.

Sukamantri Boris 73Di dalam campervan juga terdapat washtafel dengan kran air. Washtafel in dapat digunakan untuk mencuci tangan, pakai sabun, sebelum makan atau untuk menyikat gigi di waktu malam sebelum tidur dengan lebih nyaman. Washtafel juga dapat digunakan untuk mencuci piring, tanpa harus jalan kaki jauh ke tempat air.

Sukamantri Boris 74There is a refrigerator inside, in case you want to keep your food cold. Anyhow, we don’t use it often on site since usually the air is cold enough & we don’t need to keep the raw food overnight.

Sukamantri Boris 71Sebuah kulkas terdapat di dalam campervan. Kulkas ini dapat digunakan untuk menyimpan makanan. Umumnya kulkas ini tidak begitu diperlukan karena udara di tempat camping biasanya sudah dingin & tidak diperlukan untuk menyimpan makanan semalam.

Patar Sukamantri 5During camping, you really want to minimize to use the gadget, but cell phones have to be ready at anytime. The campervan provides a 220V AC power when the cell phone needs recharging. Thanks to its inverter.

Sukamantri Boris 58 collageSelama camping, usahakan untuk mengurangi menggunakan gajet walau ponsel tetap harus aktif. Campervan menyediakan suplai listrik AC 220V melalui alat inverter yang dapat digunakan untuk mengisi ulang batere ponsel.

Sukamantri Boris 33There is plenty of room inside & outside a campervan which means you have more liberty to bring more cargo; chairs, tables, bags, food, water, etc. These cargo can help your camping become more convenient.

Sukamantri Boris 63Ruangan di dalam campervan cukup luas yang membuat kita dapat lebih leluasa membawa berbagai jenis barang; kursi, meja, makanan, minuman, dsb. Barang-barang inilah yang juga dapat membantu camping kita menjadi lebih nyaman.

Sukamantri Boris 66So here we are; camping with three families who were about to experient camping for the very first time. One family has 5 members, including three kids; one is an early teenager & two below ten. The 2nd family has two teenager kids. The 3rd; only the mother & her early teenager son. Another friend, this one is experienced in camping, brought his below ten son & his 2 years old daughter. On top of that, they were two drivers & a campervan driver. I brought two campervans. According to my calculation, they were 17 people total.

Sukamantri Boris 14Jadi sampailah kami di lokasi camping bersama-sama tiga keluarga yang belum pernah camping. Salah satu keluarga beranggota lima orang, termasuk satu ABG & dua anak-anak di bawah 10 tahun. Keluarga kedua terdiri dari tiga orang termasuk dua ABG. Keluarga ketiga; hanya ibunya & ABG cowok. Kawan kuliah lainnya, yang ini sudah cukup pengalaman camping, membawa dua anak termasuk yang masih usia 2 tahun. Disamping itu, ada dua driver & satu driver campervan. Saya membawa dua campervan. Menurut perhitungan, semuanya total ada 17 orang di rombongan.

Sukamantri Boris 4Second; to accommodate these people, I had to rent three tents plus two of my own tents. Two more tents were brought individually. This was part of the preparation. I had to find out how many people would go in more details; adults, boys, girls & drivers.

Sukamantri Boris 57 collageKedua; untuk mengakomodasi semuanya, saya harus menyewa tiga tenda tambahan di samping dua tenda yang saya bawa sendiri. Dua tenda lainnya di bawa masing-masing keluarga. Ini adalah bagian dari persiapan. Saya harus mengetahui dengan pasti berapa orang yang ikut dengan lebih detil: dewasa, anak-anak, cowok atau cewek & driver.

Patar Sukamantri 11Third; get a best spot on the camping ground. At Sukamantri, the area which we can bring in our campervans is very limited, unless you drive a 4×4 car. We wanted the campervans to get inside the camping ground. At that time, I also knew that during a long weekend, the camping ground would be crowded normally (I was right). Therefore I left Jakarta very early, earlier than common people. Also to avoid traffic jam in Bogor. The result was paid-off. We got the best camping spot; near the parking lot & accessible for the campervans. Only 10 minutes later after we got there, a group of camper arrived. Their camping location was a bit further, far from the parking lot & accessible only to high ground-clearance vehicles. If we were late only for 10 minutes, it would have been an opposite story.

Sukamantri Boris 67Ketiga; dapatkan posisi terbaik di camping ground. Di Sukamantri, tempat di mana mobil dapat masuk ke area camping sangatlah terbatas, kecuali kendaraannya 4×4. Campervan kami harus bisa masuk ke area camping. Pada waktu itu, saya pun menyadari bahwa di akhir pekan yang panjang, tempat camping akan sangat padat (ternyata saya betul). Maka sayapun meninggalkan Jakarta lebih pagi. Ini pun juga untuk menghindari kemacetan lalu lintas di Bogor. Hal ini membuahkan hasil. Kami mendapatkan posisi yang sangat bagus, mungkin yang terbaik; dekat dengan tempat parkir mobil & kedua campervan dapat masuk. Hanya 10menit berselang, ada grup orang lain yang tiba. Mereka hanya dapat mengambil tempat yang lebih jauh & hanya dapat dimasukin kendaraan yang tinggi. Kalau saja kami terlambat tiba di lokasi hanya 10 menit, ceritanya akan berbeda.

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Fourth; bring plenty of food. Most of children can be calmed down with food. At least 50% of the time we spend on camping is cooking & eating. No matter how taste the food is, eating at camping ground always tastes better. This is actually pretty danger for our diets. Hahaha…Sukamantri Boris 76

Keempat; bawalah banyak makanan. Umumnya anak-anak akan lebih tenang kalau perut tak lapar. 50% dari waktu kita di camping adalah memasak & makan. Di lokasi camping, biasanya semua makanan akan berasa enak. Sebetulnya ini cukup berbahaya kalau kita sedang diet makan. Hahaha…

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Fifth; arrange some activities to avoid boredom. For example, we did hiking to a nearby water fall, led by a local guide. At night, we set up a bonfire; something always be demanded by kids.

Sukamantri Boris 29 Kelima; usahakan berbagai macam aktivitas untuk mencegah kebosanan. Contohnya, kami berhiking ke lokasi air terjun terdekat, dipimpin seorang guide lokal. Di waktu malam, kami menyalakan api ungun; sesuatu yang pasti dicari anak-anak & tanpanya acara camping akan menjadi hambar.

Sukamantri Boris 59 collageSukamantri Boris 44That was during a long weekend before the independence-day holiday. Sukamantri camping ground was unusually very crowded. The night was noisy, not a calm night. It had not been raining for a few months. Running spring water was little & bathrooms were almost empty of water. Nevertheless, we managed to have a pleasant camping experience, especially for these rookies. They are keen to do more camping next time, with campervans, of course.

Sukamantri Boris 61Acara camping kami diadakan di akhir pekan yang panjang sebelum hari Kemerdekaan 17 Agustus. Tidak seperti biasanya, Sukamantri menjadi tempat yang sangat ramai di waktu itu. Malam hari ramai & berisik oleh aktivitas orang-orang yang camping. Waktu itu juga sudah tidak turun hujan selama beberapa bulan. Suplai air ke tempat-tempat mandi sangat kecil & bak-bak mandi sudah hampir kosong. Walaupun begitu, secara umum kami berhasil memberikan pengalaman camping yang berkesan positif kepada para nubies. Mereka tertarik untuk acara camping di lain waktu, tentu saja dengan campervan.

Sukamantri Boris 3Note: rental tents were from senocamping.blogspot.com.
Catatan: tenda beserta isinya disewa dari senocamping.blogspot.com

Sukamantri Boris 1If you are interested to rent these VW Campervan, please call +62 813 1031 4210 for inquiry.
Jika Anda berminat menyewa VW Campervan ini, mohon telepon kami di nomor +62 813 1031 4210.

It’s a VW THING you wouldn’t understand

Volkswagen Type 181 / 182

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‘Type 181’ / ‘Type 182’ is the official Volkswagen name. In Britain, it was the Trekker. The USA knew it as the Thing. We call it VW Camat in Indonesia, Kurierwagen in Germany & Pescaccia in Italy. Whatever the name though, the Type 181 / 182 was just a little, well, odd.

Safari Kebon 12Nama resmi Volkswagennya adalah ‘Type 181’ atau ‘Type 182’. Di Inggris namanya Trekker. Di Amerika disebutnya The Thing (yang artinya ‘Sesuatu’ atau ‘Anu’), Kurierwagen di Jerman & Pescaccia di Italia. Kami di Indonesia menamainya VW Camat. Apapun panggilannya, VW Type 181/182 sesungguhnya kendaraan yang memang rada tidak biasa.

Safari Kebon 1 You know a car manufacturer is struggling for ideas with a new vehicle when the best name it can come up with for it is ‘The Thing’. Nevertheless, that’s the title Volkswagen bestowed upon its 1969-1983 re-invention of the Kübelwagen, when it started importing it into the United States. Elsewhere, this quirky creation was known as the – deep breath – Mehrzweckfahrzeug/Kurierwagen (Germany), Camat (Indonesia) and Safari (Mexico). And, for the brief while it was available in the UK during 1975, The Trekker. Yet, somehow, ‘The Thing’ rather suited this very eccentric entry in Volkswagen’s catalog.

Safari Kebon 16 Safari Kebon 7Anda akan tahu bahwa sebuah perusahaan mobil sedang mengalami masalah inovasi ketika mereka menyebut sebuah produk baru mereka hanya dengan nama “The Thing’ (yaitu ‘Anu’ atau ‘Sesuatu’). Itulah nama yang diberikan oleh Volkswagen ke produk turunan dari model Kübelwagen mereka, produksi tahun 1969-1983, ketika mulai masuk ke Amerika Serikat. Di tempat lain, namanya macam-macam, semisal – ambil nafas dalam-dalam dulu – Mehrzweckfahrzeug/Kurierwagen (Jerman), Camat (Indonesia), Safari (Mexico) dan The Trekker (di Inggris, tahun 1975). Meskipun begitu, nama ‘The Thing’ lebih banyak dipakai di dalam katalog Volkswagen.

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That the slabby and corrugated Type 181 / 182 (denoting left and right-hand drive models respectively) looked like a Kübelwagen was no accident, for it took the go-anywhere utilitarian World War II machine as its design vision. Volkswagen had been approached in the 1950s to produce such a vehicle for the West German armed forces but had declined. In the more affluent 1960s though, with basic but fun ‘lifestyle’ vehicles very trendy, it said yes when asked again to come up with a lightweight, fighting off-roader. Beyond the called-for military applications, Volkswagen could now see a leisure market for such a machine. After all, it had worked for the Jeep, hadn’t it? And wasn’t the Beetle-based Dune Buggy also popular in the USA at the time? What could possibly go wrong?

Safari Kebon 8 Safari Kebon 3Bentuk Type 181 (yang setir kiri) /182 (yang setir kanan) yang kotak & ‘berprofil’ yang mirip Kübelwagen bukanlah kebetulan, karena kendaraan yang bandel & populer di Perang Dunia II tersebut memang dijadikan acuan desain. Di tahun 1950an, Volkswagen telah diminta untuk membuat kendaraan serupa untuk angkatan bersenjata Jerman Barat tetapi tak ada minat. Di tahun 1960an, ketika gaya hidup berkendaraan yang sederhana tetapi menyenangkan sedang trendi, Volkswagen kembali diminta untuk membuat suatu kendaraan sejenis off-roader ringan & jawabannya adalah YA. Volkswagen melihat bahwa penggunaan kendaraan ini tidak sebatas di dunia militer saja, tetapi juga dapat dipakai di kalangan lebih luas. Contoh yang jelas adalah Jeep. Juga pada waktu itu kendaraan Dune-Buggy yang dibangun dari platform Beetles sedang populer di Amerika Serikat. Jadi apa lagi masalahnya?

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”A body that looked like it had been knocked together by a toddler.“
“Bentuk mobil yang seperti baru dibuat oleh seorang anak kecil.”

The Type 181 used the engine, transmission and mechanics from the Beetle, plus the rear suspension of the Split Screen Bus, mounted on a wider Karmann Ghia convertible chassis for extra strength and stability. A body that looked like it had been knocked together by a toddler out of cardboard boxes was then plonked on top. Actually, there was method in the austere madness, for the Type 181 had to be tough, yet simple, and easy to work on under the tricky circumstances of unpleasant people trying to kill you. For example, the dashboard was hinged, meaning that if the electrics went wrong it could be flipped open so they could easily be tinkered with. The original Kübelwagen had excelled itself from the frozen wastes of Russia to the scorching sands of North Africa, so all Volkswagen really needed to do was update it. Options such as a limited slip differential made the Type 181 even more adept off road, especially considering it stuck to two-wheel drive instead of four. However, the vehicle was so lightweight that being an axle short in the traction department didn’t really matter. And if you needed to shed more pounds, the flat doors could simply be pulled off their hinges.

Safari Kebon 6 Safari Kebon 4Type 181 menggunakan mesin, transmisi & mekanikal dari Beetle, sementara suspensi belakang dari VW Dakota lalu dipasang pada sebuah sasis konvertibel Karmann Ghia yang lebih lebar untuk menambah kekuatan & stabilitas. Lalu badan mobil yang kelihatannya seperti buatan anak kecil dari kardus bekas di pasang di atasnya. Type 181 dibuat agar tangguh tetapi tetap sederhana. Misalnya, dashboardnya dipasang dengan engsel, jadi kalau ada masalah dengan kelistrikan di dalamnya, dashboard dapat mudah dibuka & perbaikan dapat mudah & cepat dilakukan. Kübelwagen telah terbukti tangguh di medan beku di Russia sampai ke padang pasir membakar di Afrika Utara, jadi apa yang Volkswagen harus lakukan hanya mengupdatenya saja. Opsi ‘limited slip differential’ membuat Type 181 lebih tangguh di medan off-road, walaupun tetap hanya berpenggerak dua roda, bukan empat roda. Mobil ini juga sangat ringan sehingga dua poros roda sudah cukup. Dan kalau diperlukan menambah muatan, keempat pintu dapat dengan mudah dicopot dari engselnya.

1686_Thing_totalProduction got under way in Germany in 1969, albeit with everything destined for NATO forces. Civilian sales kicked off in 1971 in mainland Europe and Mexico, the latter country having started building what it christened the Safari in 1970. The close proximity of its big northern neighbor meant US imports could begin the following year. However, as General Motors owned the rights to the Safari name in the States, another had to be dream up. And so, ‘The Thing’. Yep, somebody obviously wasn’t trying very hard that day.

01f6e86993f96fa6bad5008628e0fa03Produksi dimulai di Jerman tahun 1969 & seluruhnya dikirim ke NATO. Versi sipil mulai dijual tahun 1971 di Eropa daratan & Mexico. Di Mexico inilah Type 181 mulai dibuat di tahun 1970 & dinamai Safari. Eksport ke Amerika Serikat dimulai setahun kemudian. Tetapi perusahaan General Motors sudah mempunyai hak patent dengan model mobil bernama Safari di AS. Lalu kemudian nama ‘The Thing’ dipakai. Tidak perlu susah-susah mencari nama yang wah.

Phantom viewBritain got the Type 181 in 1975, and also didn’t know what to call it, so VW (GB) Ltd. ran a competition, for which the name ‘Trekker’ was plucked as the winner. However, because sales were so poor that the Type 182 was withdrawn from the UK before the year was out. Perhaps it looked just a little bit too much like something the bad guys always drove in old war movies for Blighty’s tastes? It also vanished from the USA at the same time, thanks to safety regulations about the windscreen being too close to the occupants. Of course, you could always fold the front window flat…

Type 181 2VW Safari masuk ke Inggris di tahun 1975 & juga sama-sama bingung menentukan namanya. Kemudian VW (GB) Ltd. mengadakan sayembara untuk menentukan namanya & lalu terpilihlah nama ‘Trekker’. Sayangnya Trekker ini tidak laku sehingga ditarik dari pasar Inggris belum sampai setahun. Mungkin karena bentuknya yang sangat menyerupai kendaraan yang dipakai tokoh-tokoh jahat di film-film perang (yaitu pihak Nazi Jerman)? ‘The Thing’ juga ditarik di AS di tahun yang sama, gara-gara peraturan keselamatan baru yang mengatur jarak aman penumpang ke kaca depan. Walaupun sebenarnya Anda bisa melipat kaca depan itu…

Sales to the public ceased completely in 1980, although NATO and other armed forces continued to purchase military-spec ones up until 1983. By that time, 90,785 Type 181 / 182s had been made. Its successor was the even more aesthetically challenged, but at least four-wheel drive, Volkswagen Iltis, which inspired the Audi Quattro.

Thing ad 1Penjualan Type 181 ke publik dihentikan di tahun 1980, sementara versi militernya masih tersedia untuk NATO & angkatan bersenjata banyak negara lain sampai tahun 1983. Sampai masa itu, tercatat sebanyak 90,785 Type 181/182 yang telah dibuat. Penerusnya kendaraan berpenggerak empat roda, Volskwagen Iltis, yang lalu menginspirasi Audi Quattro yang terkenal.

VW Safari in Indonesia – VW Safari di Indonesia

PT Garuda Mataram Motor Company supplied VW Safari to Indonesian Army from 1972 in limited quantity, then in large number in 1973-74 until the contract ended in 1975.
Garuda Mataram Motor Company memasok kebutuhan kendaraan jeep VW Safari ke TNI-AD mulai tahun 1972 dalam jumlah terbatas, pada pertengahan 1973 sampai 1974 dalam jumlah besar, dan sisa kontrak pengadaan pada tahun 1975.

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A file photo of an Indonesian Army soldier (wearing civilian) with a VW Safari. No information regarding place & date but estimated in 1972-73 – Foto prajurit TNI-AD (dengan pakaian sipil) di depan kendaraan dinas jeep VW Safari. Tidak ada keterangan tempat dan kapan foto ini dibuat, diperkirakan antara sekitar tahun 1972 dan 1973.

VW Safari used in Indonesian Army is actually the civilian version colored in green army.
Berbeda dengan versi militer yang digunakan oleh Bundeswehr, dimana dilengkapi dengan berbagai peralatan militer standard NATO, maka VW Safari yang digunakan TNI-AD tidak dilengkapi dengan perlengkapan standard militer tersebut karena fungsinya hanya sebagai kendaraan dinas perwira menengah di jajaran TNI-AD. Jadi VW Safari yang digunakan oleh TNI-AD adalah versi sipil yang diberi warna hijau tentara.

In October 1974, Solichin GP (the West Java Governor) received 60 units of VW Safari from Col. Arifin Adil, a Director of PT Garuda Mataram. These cars then were distributed among 19 Regencies in West Java. The price of VW Safari at that time was Rp 2,850,000.00 paid in interest-free 3 years installments.
Pada Oktober 1974, melalui Gubernur Jawa Barat Solichin GP, Kolonel Arifin Adil selaku Direktur PT. Garuda Mataram menyerahkan 60 unit jeep Safari. Mobil-mobil Safari tersebut kemudian diteruskan untuk digunakan oleh Wedana-Wedana dari 19 kabupaten di daerah Jawa Barat. Sedangkan harga sebuah Safari ialah Rp. 2.850.000,- yang dibayar lunas secara cicilan selama 3 tahun tanpa dipungut bunga.

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The delivery of brand new VW Safari from the VW dealer to the Governor of West Java in October 1974 in Bandung –  Penyerahan & uji coba Safari dari dealer VW di Bandung, PT. Motor Pon, kepada Pemerintah Daerah Jawa Barat di halaman Gedung Pakuan Jl. Otto Iskandar Dinata 1 Bandung, yang diterima langsung oleh Gubernur Jawa Barat, Solichin GP pada Oktober 1974.

PT German Motor Manufacturing began to assemble new model of VW Safari to be marketed in 1975. Some CKD parts were imported from German then later from Puebla, Mexico. This was due to Type 181 was no more produced in German & all were made in Mexico.
German Motor Manufacturing mulai mengassembling Safari model terbaru, yang  dipasarkan pada tahun 1975. Sebagian Kit CKD masih didatangkan dari pabrik VW di Jerman, namun mulai 1975 kit CKD didatangkan dari pabrik VW di Puebla, Meksiko. Kebijakan ini diambil karena Volkswagen AG menghentikan produksi VW 181 di Jerman, & mengalihkan seluruhnya kepada Volkswagen de México, SA de CV.

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The assembling plant of PT German Motor Manufacturing in Tanjung Priok, Jakarta in 1974. The new Safari 1975 models are in blue color, whereas the 74 models are in orange & white – Pabrik perakitan PT. German Motor Manufacturing di Tanjung Priok, Jakarta pada 1974. Beberapa Safari model terbaru 1975 warna biru, di antara Safari warna oranye dan putih model 1974.

To support the 1977 General Election, in February 1976 the government of Indonesia ordered 3,500 units of VW Safari. It was found then that they needed more so in August 1976 they ordered 2,500 units more. Total 6,000 units!
Untuk kelancaran Pemilihan Umum (PEMILU) di tahun 1977, Pemerintah Indonesia sejak Februari 1976 telah memesan 3500 unit Safari. Ternyata jumlah itu masih kurang dan di Agustus 1976 ditambah lagi 2500 unit, sehingga jumlah total pesanan Pemerintah Indonesia menjadi 6000 unit Safari.

So in 1976, VW Safari CKD kit were ordered in large amount from Puebla plant, Mexico, to support the 1977 General Election. These cars were distributed to all ‘Camat’ (a sub-district, one level below Regency) throughout Indonesia
Maka pada 1976, kit CKD Safari diimpor dalam jumlah besar dari pabrik VW di Puebla, Meksiko untuk mobil PEMILU 1977 dan menjadi jatah bagi para Camat seluruh Indonesia.

By March 1976, PT German Motor Manufacturing had assembled 10,000 units of VW in different types.
Pada Maret 1976, PT. German Motor Manufacturing telah merakit 10.000 unit VW berbagai tipe.

A version of Safari with hardtop fiberglass cover was offered as an optional model.
Safari Hardtop ditawarkan sebagai optional mulai tahun ini karena adanya permintaan pasar & dibuat khusus oleh PT. Sakura Steel berdasarkan pesanan pembeli.

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The General Manager of PT Garuda Mataram Motor, Peter Falkenberg, is introducing the tourist version of VW Safari to an officer from the Tourism Department. The price was Rp 3.7million – General Manager PT. Garuda Mataram Peter Falkenberg didampingi pejabat dari Direktorat Jenderal Pariwisata sedang memeriksa jeep Safari khusus pariwisata. Ditawarkan dengan harga Rp. 3,700,000.00. Untuk tahap pertama dibuat 10 unit dengan warna kombinasi biru-putih dan oranye-putih di pabrik PT. German Motor Manufacturing, dengan atap surrey (dan kelengkapannya) yang diimpor langsung dari pabrik VW di Meksiko. Sayangnya karena tidak ada permintaan untuk Safari model ini, kemudian dijual sebagai Safari biasa dengan atap kanvas standard warna tan atau hitam melalui dealer-delaer VW di Pulau Jawa dan Bali

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A government parade using VW Safari in Tulungagung, East Java to support the 1977 General Election. –  Parade Safari Camat se-Kabupaten Tulungagung, Jawa Timur, menjelang PEMILU 1977. Safari menjadi sangat popular pada PEMILU 1977 hingga sesudahnya, dengan ciri khas yang sangat mudah dikenali yaitu cat berwarna oranye serta penumpang yang terlihat gagah dengan seragam pemimpin wilayah (Camat), sehingga kemudian menjadi sangat terkenal dengan sebutan VW Camat.

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The delivery of brand new VW Safari to support the 1977 General Election to Camat in Ujung Pandang, South Sulawesi – Penyerahan mobil PEMILU 1977 kepada Camat-Camat Kota Ujung Pandang oleh Drs. H. Moehammad Said, Sekretaris Kotamadya/Daerah Tingkat II Ujung Pandang (sekarang Makassar), Sulawesi Selatan.

Safari sedang menyeberangi sebuah sungai antara Palu – Parigi di Sulawesi Tengah, sekitar April, sebelum PEMILU Mei 1977. Jarak antara Palu – Parigi yang hanya 84 km biasanya harus ditempuh dalam waktu 12 jam – jika pun kendaraannya selamat. Sebab jalur jalan yang dilalui tak lebih dari jalan setapak ditambah desakan arus sungai yang harus diseberangi langsung karena tanpa jembatan.

A VW Safari was crossing a river using a raft between Palu & Parigi, Central Sulawesi, in April 1977, in supporting the General Election. The 84km distance was achieved within 12hours –   Safari sedang menyeberangi sebuah sungai antara Palu – Parigi di Sulawesi Tengah, sekitar April, sebelum PEMILU Mei 1977. Jarak antara Palu – Parigi yang hanya 84 km biasanya harus ditempuh dalam waktu 12 jam – jika pun kendaraannya selamat. Sebab jalur jalan yang dilalui tak lebih dari jalan setapak ditambah desakan arus sungai yang harus diseberangi langsung karena tanpa jembatan.

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A brand new VW Safari, driven directly from Jakarta to Bali in October 1980. This was part of promoting tourism in Bali –  Brand new Safari yang dikirim dari Jakarta, tiba di Bali (Oktober 1980). Proses pengiriman biasanya dengan dikendarai langsung lewat jalan darat, dengan kondisi wheel dop dan kaca spion orisinal dilepas. Sedangkan Safari pada saat itu mulai populer digunakan untuk mobil pariwisata di Bali.

A Safari carrying two vintage bicycles using a custom carrier. This is a member of Komunitas Safari Bandung, one of the biggest VW Safari communities in Indonesia.

A Safari carrying two vintage bicycles using a custom carrier. This is a member of Komunitas Safari Bandung, one of the biggest VW Safari communities in Indonesia. Photo: Civoc Cirebon, Kuningan, Nov 2014  –  Sebuah VW Safari mengangkut dua buah sepeda Onthel di rak buatan sendiri. Mobil ini adalah anggota Komunitas Safari Bandung (KSB), salah satu komunitas VW Safari terbesar di Indonesia. Foto: Civoc Cirebon, Kuningan, Nov 2014…

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Two slammed custom VW Safari, Bekasi, Aug 2014 – Dua buah VW Safari ceper, Bekasi, Agustus 2014…

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A model witn a VW Safari, VCB Padalarang, Jun 2015 – Seorang model & VW Safari di Padalarang, acara VCB, Juni 2015…

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A rare hardtop made of fiberglass Safari, Bekasi, Aug 2014 – Sebuah VW Safari dengan atas hardtop terbuat dari fiberglass yang jarang, Bekasi, Agustus 2014…

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Nice VW Safari at Tjijadoel, Cimahi, May 2014 – VW Safari yang cantik di acara Tjijadoel, Cimahi, Mei 2014…

VW The Thing in popular culture

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The original vehicle in the cover of Tintin’s Land of Black Gold is a red American Jeep. Here it’s a red VW Safari – Para penggemar majalah Tintin tentu kenal dengan kover ini, yaitu Tanah Emas Hitam. Tapi tunggu, bukan kah aslinya mereka mengendarai jip merah, bukan Safari merah?…

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A The Thing appeared in Bart Simpson TV Series – Sebuah VW Safari muncul di salah satu serial TV Bart Simpson…

A group of Afghanistan tribe riding a VW Safari...

A group of Afghanistan tribe riding a VW Safari. At least they were eight of them – Para pejuang Afghanistan di atas sebuah VW Safari. Yang kelihatan ada delapan orang…

An on-line shopping advertising: a family with a VW Safari on a beach...

An on-line shopping advertising: a family with a VW Safari on a beach – Sebuah iklan belanja on-line menggambarkan sebuah keluarga dengan VW Safari di pantai…

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A vintage black-white advertisement targeting youths in the US – Sebuah iklan hitam-putih di Amerika Serikat menargetkan kalangan muda sebagai konsumen VW Safari.

A Safari was used in a controversial documentary movie 'Act of Killing', 2012 - Sebuah VW Safari digunakan di film dokumenter yang kontroversial 'Act of Killing', 2012...

A Safari was used in a controversial documentary movie ‘Act of Killing’, 2012. Shooting location: Medan, North Sumatera – Sebuah VW Safari digunakan di film dokumenter yang kontroversial ‘Act of Killing’, 2012. Lokasi syuting: Medan, Sumatera Utara…

The music band, The Changcuters. shooting a commercial of a disposable drink - Grup musik The Changcuters sedang syuting iklan sebuah minuman kemasan...

The music band, The Changcuters. shooting a commercial of a disposable drink – Grup musik The Changcuters sedang syuting iklan sebuah minuman kemasan…

Because of the 'cabriolet style' where people can the persons in the car, VW Safari is also popular to be used for political campaign - Karena mirip cabriolet dimana penumpangnya terlihat dari luar, VW Safari juga populer untuk dipakai sebagai kendaraan kampanye politik...

Because of the ‘cabriolet style’ where people can see the persons in the car, VW Safari is also popular to be used for political campaign – Karena mirip cabriolet dimana penumpangnya terlihat dari luar, VW Safari juga populer untuk dipakai sebagai kendaraan kampanye politik…

Source: VolksWorld & Reza Warouw…

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