OUR VANS

our vans

Meet The Girls

Most of our bars started life as original 1970’s VW bay window van. We have restored them and converted them to our unique design into self-contained cocktail bars. Each bar is unique in its colour scheme and personality, but they all conform to a minimum Beetle Juice standard. They come with a powerful built in sound system, lighting and all the equipment to deliver a mobile bar experience.

We sometimes get accused of vandalising these iconic vehicles, however we believe that they were designed as commercial vehicles and we are just giving them a new lease of commercial life and getting them out working in the community. In some cases our sympathetic restorations have kept them from the breakers yard. Our conversions are no more drastic than many of these vehicles experienced being converted into camper vans.

So please meet the ladies, they just love to party……..

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gracie

Gracie has a special place in the Beetle Juice story as she is our original bar that we built during 2012 and she has been earning her keep ever since.


She has been our most popular bar at private parties and weddings and is often seen gracing a marquee, barn or a country garden.Gracie has been through a number of incarnations of lighting and logos as the Beetle Juice style has evolved.

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gina

Gina, our second bar is a festival queen having attended events the length and breadth of the country. She started her life as a bread van in Greece in 1978, but having made it over to the UK has found her real raison d’etre.

She has had an eventful life with us and has been in and out of camper van hospital, but nothing can stop Gina who is many peoples favourite with her bright and bold colour scheme. 

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alice

Alice was originally registered in 1979 and she started her new life working for us during the 2014 season. She spent most of her first few years with us in Wales based near Cardiff.

She is lovely to drive with perfect road manners and has proven very popular at a wide variety of events. She wowed many prospective brides at the National Wedding Show at the NEC where she was one of the stars of the show.

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ellie

Ellie started out as our little Green leftie and was going to be named Carrie in honour of Caroline Lucas (left leaning leader of the Green party).  But as Ellie is now resplendent in turquoise after a full Beetle Juice makeover, we decided to instead name her after ‘Ellie’, our bar manager that she worked with during most of the last two years.
She was originally registered in 1976 and we found her down in Wales (the van that is, not the manager!)

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olivia

Olivia is a 1979 registered van and came originally from the West Country. 
Olivia spent a few years in Cornwall where there is a huge following for VW vans particularly around the north coast surf beaches.  In 2016 she moved to Hythe, Kent where we trusted her to the care of our Franchisee, Toby.


For 2019 she has had even more upgrades and will again be seen at many events in Kent & the South East. 

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erica

Erica is our Cream bar. She is currently our oldest bay window van and is an early cross over bay model from 1972 (you can easily tell by the position of the front indicators).

We originally tried unsuccessfully to buy her in 2013, but we finally succeeded in acquiring her in 2014. She is elegantly finished in a pearlescent cream finish and she is a very popular bar for weddings and private parties.

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skyla

Skyla is the first bar that was run by April, our original Franchisee in Cheshire. Skyla has also had an interesting pas,  at one stage she was almost consigned to the scrap heap as she was in a really poor condition. She was given to the previous owner in Northern Ireland who then stored her in a friends garden whilst he thought about the task of restoring her. This of course never happened so she rotted a bit further until the owner’s wife and some of his friends got together and decided to fully restore her as a surprise birthday present and what a surprise that was.

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jessica

Jessica is one of our most popular bars. She came to us in late 2015 from the Cardiff area and joined the fleet for the 2016 season. She had her first event at the Surrey Country Show in May 2016 and has graced many events since then.

Jessica is a 1979 vintage van that has been upgraded mechanically with twin carbs and is certainly one of the nicest vans to drive. She is in exceptionally good all round condition for her years.



 

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lola

Oh she’s a showgirl! Lola was another addition to our fleet in 2016 and made her debut the first weekend of June that year.

She was already in great condition when we purchased her with much of the mechanical work that we typically undertake prior to the conversion already completed, and we love the colour. 

We purchased Lola from a guy that saw us at the Isle of Wight festival and then contacted us last summer, we are really glad he did.

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dixie

Dixie, our 10th bar was initially we rebuilt  as a stunning promotional marketing bar for drinks company Lanique who commissioned us to tour the country with her throughout 2016 and 2017 attending a number of shows, festivals and events.


She is in high demand and has been dressed up for lots of other brands including Carnaby Street, Aussie Hair care, Bulleit Bourbon and most recently Taylor Morris eye wear.

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bonnie

We are proud to announce we have finally crossed the Scottish border! Our franchisee Sameer had spent 4 years studying at Edinburgh University and in 2018 started taking Bonnie, our beautifully converted VW T2 into all the hottest events in Scotland.

Bonnie was found and imported from Hungary in late 2017 and we spent that winter turning her into a stylish cocktail making machine.

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vera

Vera's pervious owner approached us  to convert her into a Beetle Juice bar. She was in pretty good shape and had a rather strange window installed in her side door (now long gone thank goodness). 

She has undergone a major mechanical overhaul and been converted into the latest Beetle Juice specification and joined our fleet in 2017. We really liked her bold blue colour and smart wheels so we kept these.  

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Lilly is another interesting van. She is our first 'South American' van having been built in Mexico rather than Germany. The main visible difference to the German vans is the roof line, which has disappeared now the conversion is completed.   

Lilly was imported new to the UK and is a very low mileage and well kept vehicle. She even has a decent heater and modern mechanics although still running an air cooled engine. 

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Isla is another lovely van that we acquired in 2017. She was  converted to the Beetle Juice specification during the spring of 2017 and is now in a fabulous two tone colour scheme, white up top and a rather splendid mint green wrap on the bottom half.

 

She undertook her first event down in Kent at the start of May and has subsequently spent her time working mainly in Surrey and the periodic trip down to several beach festivals down in Cornwall.  

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maggie

Maggie is one of our latest builds. She is a left hand drive model that previously resided in the warm climate of southern Europe which is partly responsible for her current good condition.  

Maggie was completed in March 2018 and had a fantastic first year.. If you catch her Sunfire yellow paint on the roads you will most likely see Max driving her to his next event. usually somewhere in the South of England.

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rosie

Rosie is our red lady and she was probably in the nicest condition and best cared for van that we have bought. She did have a recent nasty gash on a door when we acquired her but was soon repaired.

She is of 1978 vintage and was owned by two lovely ladies who live in the North West who, we are pleased to say, are enthusiastic Beetle Juice cocktail customers when we meet them at VW shows. Rosie is a joy to drive and a very popular member of our line up.

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ivy

Ivy is another 1979 vintage van. Poor Ivy came to us in quite a state with a big hole in her engine leaking all her oil away and in serious need of some new doors and a body make over.

She is in the process of being restored to her former glory with a new heart, an interesting new colour scheme, lights, music, fridge and all the other Beetle Juice goodies but each time we progress with her then someone comes along and pinches a part for one of our other bars!

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