Project Description

Johnny Vegas : Carry on Glamping – Maltese Bus Conversion

A maltese bus conversion for the Channel 4 documentary: Johnny Vegas: Carry on Glamping

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Complete Restoration

Vintage Conversion

Internal Renovation

Patricia’s Journey

The Maltese beauty that is now known as ‘Patricia’ began its lengthy and rather traumatic journey in Malta in March 2019, on a ferry to Catania. The bus suffered  quite a traumatic time during it’s journey, suffering through storms, engine failure, and a ship fire! Finally it arrived in the UK August 2019, and needed a lot more work than Johnny initially envisioned..

The Project

Johnny brought the bus to the Speedway Coachworks workshop here in Shropshire, where the restoration began under a tight deadline! The original panelling of the bus needed replacing, to which the parts were later recycled and used as furniture for the campsite – a quirky little touch. As shown in the photos below, the bus was stripped right back to the shell, and new panels were fabricated to look just like the originals. The bus has been powdercoated and signwritten with traditional Maltese Bus designs. And a beautiful ‘Patricia’ painted across the front, as an homage to Johnny’s late mother who sadly passed before seeing the finishing touches of the project.
The inside of the bus has been converted into a glamping space of dreams! Equipped with a living space, bedroom, bathroom/shower and kitchen, the bus is the perfect space for winding down and relaxing in the beautiful countryside of North Yorkshire, where Patricia sat with a field of other brilliant glamping vehicle conversions!
All in all, the bus has been burnt in a fire, stripped back to it’s shell, reconstructed, welded, fabricated, powder coated.. you name it! Johnny was so pleased with the result, and the bus was sold out within 1 hour of holiday bookings going live! It was a great project to be involved in, supplying and installing internal prints, drawing up concepts, getting to meet Johnny himself and even serving him a cuppa (PG Tips of course!!)…
*Some of the photographs have been sourced from Johnny Vegas ’ Twitter Account
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Johnny Vegas Bus Custom Built Vehicle in transit
The Result

The stunning ‘Patricia’ was a great success within Johnny’s Channel 4 project, sitting in the Glampsite, ‘Field of Dreams’ in North Yorkshire, and has now been moved to the North West Museum of Road Transport.

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