Turning van conversion into a career
Oliver Gray, 31, converted his van to start his own mobile drinks business The Cocktail Car Company.
‘When I bought my 1978 VW Campervan, it hadn’t been driven for 20 years and was in a terrible condition. I had it restored and turned it into a fully functional mobile cocktail bar. The roof opens up and the side folds down to reveal a copper bar top. We also fitted a bottle fridge, sink and LED lighting.
‘I had the underneath welded and had new brakes, a new conditioned engine, new clutch, new fuel tank, chrome bumpers, Porsche alloys, and an alarm and immobiliser fitted. Nearly every panel was replaced and I had a candy-apple paint job. I bought the van for £4,000 and spent about £40,000 altogether, which is a lot of money but it’s been a great start to my business.
‘It was very stressful and everything seemed to cost twice as much as I’d expected, so I had to put the project on hold every now and then until I’d saved a bit more money. It took 18 months in total, but I’m so pleased with it that I’d recommend anyone who is thinking of doing the same to come to me – I’m hoping to start a fleet.’