Pizza is an inseparable part of me and my teenage slice of life. Having been blessed to be sent to the big city for college schooling, my journey to adolescence started with that time too. Using our Volkswagen, my dad and I would journey 125km from our home to my second home in the city. More aptly, a dorm away from home, best describes it. Before my dad headed back home, he always treated me to a hefty meal of pizza, chips and chicken. These memorable rites were repeated countless of times, and collectively, a wonderful bonding of father and son. Looking back, I greatly appreciate my dad for doing so.
Well, there’s also something special with this particular pizza themed diecast as well. Lesney Matchbox did the early VW T2 in the guise of a Dormobile. They got it right, a proper Dormobile is a Microbus with a pop-up roof as a sleeping deck, and the 2 versions (blue & orange) in transitional wheels are so pleasant in every detail. From that casting, another variant was developed. That other variant has the roof rendered without the pop-up plastic; making it a one whole piece of diecast top. Curiously the bottom plate has still the ‘Dormobile’ marking, which IMHO should be more aptly termed as a ‘Kombi’. That makes it somehow special though; a marking error from the factory maybe, that no one needs to complain about. Me, I love it 100%. With the pizza tampo, it serves as a reference to that memorable time when VW and Pizza became part of my slice of life.
White pizza van VW T2 has the still ‘Made in England’ charm.
Black pizza van from the Mattel era is a VW T1 ‘Samba’ in the backdrop.
These 2 makes me crave for 2 slices of pizza. Tasty!