We spoke with Andrew Pursell, a 36 year old petrolhead and a lover of VW Transporters.
Andrew had a successful career as an area manager even though he was born with a condition called Scoliosis, which is a curving of the spine and was told throughout his life it would never affect him.
Unfortunately for Andrew, when he hit his 30’s he started to suffer immense pain walking and even just standing straight and was told he would have to have his spine re-built, which he was told was an operation that had never been done on this scale in the UK before, and only twice Worldwide.
There was a 50/50 chance of success but Andrew decided he had to give it a go and so 4 years ago Andrew had the operation but unfortunately it was unsuccessful, 2 further attempts again were unsuccessful and after 3 operations Andrew was left paralysed from the waist down.
Andrew thought his driving days were over, which for an avid petrolhead was devastating but he found out about a scheme called Motability and got in touch with them to see how they could help, I was told I would need a van due to having an electric wheelchair and expected to receive an ugly looking van (even though I was grateful for anything I got) and was amazed when I took delivery of a T5 Transporter Shuttle fitted with electric barn doors, a tail-lift and a system that allows me to drive my wheelchair in, fix it and transfer to the drivers seat with ease, and all configured so I can drive with only my hands.
Andrew was amazed, this was changing his life!!!
Andrew continues the story, “I was totally amazed and wanted to make other disabled people aware of these type of adaptions and controls and to bring it to the publics attention and I thought the best way to do this was to modify my T5 so it stands out as a one-of-a-kind and gets attention at all the shows and events I plan to attend. I want to encourage people to look inside and see that it is for a wheelchair user like me and can still be driven with no legs or feet being used.
The World is all about making disabled people feel less like outsiders and more included in society and I am taking my van to all the national VW shows and hope I can raise awareness for disabled people including war heroes so they can see they don’t have to give up on their freedom just because they are disabled”.
Andrew is hoping to set up a charity in the near future to use his experiences to raise awareness, give advice and point people in the right direction and get them talking to people who can help.
Lots of businesses have been supportive of Andrew and he is very grateful for all the help he is receiving, Andrew says “As anyone who loves their van or car knows modifying it costs a lot of money and I am still needing help with mine but to date lots of amazing companies in the Vee Dub scene have helped me massively and I am really appreciative of this and would like to thank Vibe Audio, Team Dynamics, GTE Custom Vans, R and R Autosports and of course Vee Dub Transporters for all their help and generosity. I would love people to come on this journey with me and I have set up a Facebook page to show the progress with my van modifications and would love people to like the page and share it with their friends, the more awareness I can get the more I can help other people with disabilities get out on the roads again”.
You can follow Andrews progress on Facebook here: https://www.facebook.com/Transportermodified/
We think Andrews story is inspiring and think it is amazing that he wants to give his time and energy to educate other disabled people about what help they can get through schemes like Motability.
Good luck Andrew with your journey and we hope to see updates soon!
The team at Vee Dub Transporters
We are pleased to announce we are now key stockists of the new VAN!SLAM coilover kits available for all T5, T5.1 and T6 Transporters.
Suitable for all VW Transporters from 2003 to 2016 (and with kits for T26/T28/T30 or T32 variations) the premium performance TUV approved coilover kits are fantastic quality without the price tag.
With advanced dual front damper technology and full Monotube dampers at the rear they offer a fully adjustable ride height allowing you to lower your Transporter between 40mm and 70mm.
They are ultra stylish, are weight rated to more than 1700KG on front and rear axles and come with a 1 year manufacturers warranty.
*And to celebrate the launch of the VAN!SLAM coilover kits we are offering a £50 voucher with all orders placed*
Check them out using the links below:
Here at Vee Dub Transporters we value our customers and really appreciate the regular and repeat custom we get from all you guys in the Vee Dub scene.
We fully understand that with all this media talk over job losses, interest rate hikes, price rises and everything else around the Brexit vote that the whole of the UK is in a state of shock, concern, worry and uncertainty.
As with many other businesses in the UK, and especially ones who import from Europe using the Euro currency, here at Vee Dub we have been hit by the weakening pound, causing many companies to increase their prices, an unavoidable outcome based on the huge drop in the value of the Pound against the Euro.
For example, here at Vee Dub we are now paying 14% more for our products than we were last November.
Yes, our cost prices in Europe have increased by 14%, which would mean a lot of retailers would put their prices up to make up this price increase.
However, here at Vee Dub we wanted everyone to know we are trying our hardest to maintain our competitive prices and commit to keeping our prices fixed for as long as we can, whether it be the next couple of weeks or months, we are doing everything we can to keep offering you excellent value for money.
Hopefully the Pound will rally against the Euro and we don’t need to increase our prices but for now they are staying the same, we will update you if we have to make any increases, hopefully we won’t.
Thanks for your loyal custom!
This weekend we are running a Mega Bank Holiday Voucher Giveaway here at Vee Dub Transporters!!!
All you have to do is place an order between 6pm Friday 27th May and midnight on Monday 30th May and depending on what you spend you will be sent a voucher.
Spend over £100 and receive a £25 gift voucher
Spend over £200 and receive a £50 gift voucher
Spend over £300 and receive a £100 gift voucher
There are no catches guys but the rules are below!
- One voucher per customer
- Total spend amount excludes shipping
- Online orders only!
- Vouchers will be sent via email within 10 days of receiving your order (hopefully sooner but it depends how busy it gets!)
Get placing your orders, have a great weekend guys!!!
Last weekend was the first Nautique Wake Open at Quays Wake and Ski. We traveled to Mytchett in Surrey on Friday evening for a practice set, in our Vee Dub Transporters van.
On Saturday there were qualifiers, I had a good ride and qualified for the finals on Sunday.
Riding well in the finals I finished second. I was a little disappointed as I thought I’d done enough to win, I’ll just have to smash it next weekend!
The new Vee Dub branding on the van looks wicked, we have just had the new decals put on and they look awesome. Everyone said how good it looked.
Finally a big thank you to everybody at Vee Dub Transporters for all their help and support.
Without these great guys I would not be able to attend as many of these events.
Thanks Vee Dub
Our General Manager Matt is down in Cornwall (in the Looe area) and we thought it would be fun to run a little competition!
The first person to post a selfie with his van on our Facebook page will win a £50 voucher to spend on our website.
You can’t miss the van, it stands out with our new branding emblazoned all over it!!!
Thanks for all your entries guys, we had a great time picking the winners and loved each and every one of the photos you sent in, we will get them all on our photo gallery shortly and hopefully use some of them across the website.
So, here are the results of our 10k Facebook Fans Competition
If you are one of the lucky winners please drop an email to email@example.com and she will arrange sending your prize out straight away.
*** Competition 1 ***
1st Prize – £500 Gift Voucher – Shaun Ackerman
We love this image, it’s so sweet and the black and white effect against the orange van and young lady look great, well done Shaun!
2nd Prize – £100 Gift Voucher – Danny Ellis
This one made us chuckle, well done Danny!
3rd Prize – Hoodie, Cap and Mug – Glenn Lloyd
Great picture Glenn, we love this one, congratulations!
*** Competition 2***
This was a random competition where we picked 5 winners from almost 700 likes! well done to all the winners, don’t forget to email firstname.lastname@example.org to claim your prize!
1st Prize – £100 Gift Voucher – Neil Godfrey
2nd Prize – £50 Gift Voucher – Jenna Maltby
3rd Prize – Vee Dub Hoodie, cap and mug – Rod Wickham
4th Prize – Vee Dub Hoodie – Jamie Lister
5th Prize – Vee Dub Mug – Russ Hallam
Thanks everyone who entered and if you didn’t win better luck next time!!!!
We are pleased to announce, due to popular demand, our new range of Vee Dub Transporters branded merchandise.
All our merchandise is of the highest quality and we have a range of hoodies, caps, hats, mugs with more being added to the range on a regular basis.
New Seat Covers Now In Stock
Hello Vee Dub fans,
As a loyal customer/follower of ours we want to offer you an exclusive deal on our new range of T4 and T5 seat covers which we have had made exclusively for us!
These seat covers are made from quality synthetic leather materials and have thermal backing, so they don’t just look great but feel great too. They are available in a range of colours, suiting to everybody’s taste.
You can view the full range here: https://www.veedubtransporters.co.uk/product-tag/seat-covers/?post_type=product
Our exclusive offer, which runs from now until Monday 29th Feb (midnight) gives you the chance to get a set of these amazing covers for just £99.99 instead of £119.99.
To take advantage of this £20 saving simply enter the discount code covers290216 at the checkout.
Vee Dub Transporters Exclusive Stockists Of Scorpion Exhausts
We are pleased to announce that Scorpion Exhausts have selected Vee Dub Transporters as their exclusive stockists of T5 Quad Outlet Exhaust Systems.
Synonymous with innovation, product refinement, performance and quality, Scorpion Exhausts have been around for over 20 years producing high quality aftermarket exhausts from their High-Tec manufacturing facility in Ripley, Derbyshire.
Stuart Reid of Scorpion Exhausts said “We were looking to partner with a company that had the same ethos as Scorpion and were synonymous with quality and innovation, after visiting their impressive premises, Vee Dub Transporters ticked all the boxes for us”.
Simon Jones, Managing Director of Vee Dub Transporters commented “The exclusivity offered by Scorpion is a great compliment to us and we look forward to a long and successful relationship. Scorpion Exhausts are known as a leader in the market and their T304 grade stainless steel exhausts are not only stunning to look at and offer excellent performance but come with a lifetime guarantee, their exhaust systems really are stunning products and are a perfect fit with the range of quality products we supply here at Vee Dub Transporters”.
To celebrate the launch of Scorpion Exhausts we are offering, for a limited time only, a £50 gift voucher with every purchase.
Here at Vee Dub Transporters we are proud to announce our sponsorship of an exciting young wakeboarding prospect, Mitch Wise.
Mitch is a young up and coming wakeboarder who is ranked 4th in Europe for his age group and is a member of the GB wakeboarding squad. Mitch is only 14 so he has exciting times ahead and Vee Dub Transporters are proud to be supporting him!
Hi Vee Dub Fans
Here we have a crazy deal on T5.1 Gp badgeless grills
Only available at this price for a limited period so be very quick
Only £49.99 plus delivery
Vee Dub Transporters range of quality vans for sale.
Check out the pictures on our website of work in progress, we expect to have the first batch of 3 up for sale next week.
We just have to lower a couple of the vans, fit a few final parts and add some finishing touches before a full valet and they will be available!
Last month we told you all we had remote key fobs for Vw T5 2003-2010 models.
Now we have in stock the new 2 button remote fob for the T5.1 Gp 2010 onwards
Fantastic quality pattern part at an unbelievable price of only £7.99 with free delivery
Here we have an amazing offer for a LIMITED time only and WHILE STOCKS LAST!
If you buy your bilstein B14 coilover kit from us we will GIVE you FREE OF CHARGE a £100 gift voucher to spend in our shop on whatever you like!!!
This is an exclusive offer from us here at Vee Dub
Dont delay, order yours today!
The Results Are In…
We may’ve ran the competition for longer than we anticipated (technical error on our part!) but after hundreds of entries and thousands upon thousands of likes we can now announce the winners of our Vee Dub Transporters Competition.
In first place and winning £150 worth of Vee Dub Vouchers is…
Well done Gemma, you worked wonders on FB getting people to like your pics, you deserve first place and what a great pic to boot!
In second place and winning £50 worth of vouchers is…
Anthony John George Allsopp
With his highly original and humerous kissing transporters.
and last but not least, in 3rd place winning a £25 voucher is…
Ryan Dub Taylor
Another great picture and well done with the likes Ryan.
Congratulations to the winners and to the hundreds of people who entered, all your entries can be seen on our competition photo gallery here >>>
If the winners could give us a call on 0800 292 2005 we can get your vouchers sorted for you straight away!!!
Simon and Charlotte and the team at Vee Dub Transporters
We have just added another new product to our ever increasing range!
Vw T5 2 button remote fob for 2003 – 2010 models
OEM quality product
Simply remove the innards of your old fob and fit into the new one
Fix your scruffy fob in seconds for only £3.49 free delivery!