The Best Vehicles To Drive To Summer Festivals In
by Ed Scott
Festival season is almost upon us – the wind and rain is as much a giveaway as anything – meaning hundreds of thousands of revellers will be getting ready for a few days of music, mud and madness.
The thing is, these festival sites are always slap bang in the middle of nowhere, meaning someone has to drive. So if you get the gig as designated driver, you might want to consider some of these options to ferry around your fellow festival-goers…
A transit van
Not the most glamorous of options, but certainly one of the most reliable and most practical – there’s enough room for three up front you’ll be able to store enough stuff in the back to keep you going for a few months, never mind a few days.
And, if the worst comes to the worst and the campsite is a complete washout, you can always ditch the tent and sleep in the back of the van.
A classic camper van
For many, the ONLY way to travel to a festival is in a classic VW Camper Van – this vehicle is the automotive embodiment of the festival spirit.
And once you get to the festival you’ll not need to dig out your camping stuff and try to put down your groundsheet and put up your tent in hurricane conditions, as you’ll be living out of the back of your bus for the next few days.
Everything you need is in there – all except the toilet that is – and you’ll be safe from the elements for the whole of your stay.
The only problem is, 30-odd-year-old vehicles aren’t the most reliable on the road, and they can be a right nightmare to drive, so just make sure you’ve got adequate breakdown cover in place before you set off.
A modern camper van
If you like the idea of a camper van, but you’re not quite sure whether you could cope with a classic – so why not go for a more up-to-date version?
If you’ve got a big budget (even if you have to sell your car to get one), then for just over £40,000 you could bag yourself a brand new VW California camper van – it’s not got the charm of a classic Westfalia or Devon, but it is a VW, it sleeps around four, has a sink, fridge, stove and dining table and it has no trouble getting up hills.
And if you can’t buy one, you can always hire one for the weekend.
Alternatively, you could get yourself an older and less desirable, but no less practical camper van, such as the slightly absurd sounding Mazda Bongo – you can pick a decent example up for a few grand and it’ll do you for a good few festival seasons at least.
If you want to arrive like a headliner, then you’ll have to get your hands on a Hummer H3 – it’s a pretty absurd-looking vehicle, but is brilliant at the off-road stuff, turns heads wherever it goes, and if you’re convincing enough once you get to the gates, it could also get you an Access All Areas pass. Job done!
Heading to a festival this summer? Let us know how you’re planning to travel in style.
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