Ben Pon

Some say this is the most Barndoor buses in the world

The Ben Pon Barndoor gathering is a fantastic opportunity to see so many Barndoor buses all gathered together in one place at the same time!

A Barndoor bus is the earliest incarnation of the Volkswagen bus. The original idea for the T1 van or Volkswagen Type 2 came from the Dutch Volkswagen importer Ben Pon, who drew the first sketches of the van on April 23, 1947. Ben Pon lived and worked in Amersfoort in the Netherlands. There is still a lot of VW history there and that’s why Amersfoort makes a great location to bring these Barndoor split buses together.​

Like the Hessisch Oldendorf show, this also takes place once every 4 years. The show takes place at the Wagenwerkplaats, the exact same spot where the trains came in from Germany to distribute all the VWs from Amersfoort to the VW dealers in the Netherlands.
making friends in the Ben Pon Barndoor camping area

Camping on-site, with plenty to see, do and eat and drink. Makes for a great road trip destination for a weekend away in the Netherlands!​

Want to see what all the fuss is about?


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Ben Pon Barndoor gathering… Despite its name, the 2018 Ben Pon Barndoor gathering wasn’t just Barndoor buses, there was a great selection of other classic

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Variety is the spice in automotive life Although it was called a ‘Barndoor gathering’, there was no shortage of other air-cooled classic VW’s at Ben

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Ben Pon showtime… OK, fair warning, there might be a fair few photos and videos of air cooled Barndoor buses to follow! In fact,

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Barndoor Buses and BBQ’s, what’s not to like… Nice to wake up on the first day of my mini road trip with the sun shining,

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The road trip to Ben Pon starts here… Sometimes things all seem to come at once. So before the road trip can begin, I

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Ben Pon Show Well, looks like I have another really cool road trip to look forward to! I’ve finally booked my tickets to the

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