Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles has delivered a one-of-a-kind Transporter conversion to Michelin-starred chef Alan Murchison.
Alan, who is also an amateur cyclist and a multiple World Sprint Duathlon Champion, is currently the team chef for the Canyon/SRAM UCI Women’s World Tour team and has also worked with British Cycling.
Support vehicle for cycling teams
Built as a support vehicle for professional women’s cycling teams on tour, the personalised conversion features comfortable sleeping facilities, covert cycle storage, premium culinary equipment, and stunning exterior and interior design.
The one-off Volkswagen Transporter 6.1 conversion accommodates both luxury-camping and premium cycling making it a truly unique vehicle.
The conversion was designed, engineered and installed by CJL Leisure Vehicles, an industry-leading converter now certified by Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles’ new Motorhome Qualification Scheme.
Up to 5 bicycles can go in
the T6.1 conversion includes storage for up to five bicycles in a sealed wet room with high pressure wash down for kit and equipment, along with a 40-litre top loading fridge and a sink with a fold out gas stove.
Also featured in this conversion is a La Marzocco Linea Mini coffee machine and grinder powered by a 3000-Watt inverter and two AGM batteries topped up by via a roof-mounted 350-Watt solar panel.
In addition, the van is wrapped in an eye-catching Rapha-inspired livery.
Alan Murchison said: “In order to travel across Europe supporting professional athletes, I need a vehicle that is suitable for long distance travel in comfort, with ample storage space to support elite athlete nutrition combined with the ability to deliver a superb double espresso – this unique Transporter covers all these areas with ease.”
“It expertly blends practicality with an intelligently designed interior and jaw dropping exterior package. The brilliant use of space allows for truly premium facilities that comfortably meet all my needs; it finds solutions for problems I didn’t know I had.”
‘Adventure Competition’ conversion
Cye Hayes, MD of CJL Leisure Vehicles said, “We asked Alan for his ultimate wish-list and set about designing this into the available space offered by a LWB Transporter 6.1. Chef’s bespoke layout is based on the CJL ‘Adventure Competition’ conversion which also features a stealth bike store / wet room, and camper facilities including a hob, fridge and bed.”
CJL Leisure is the fourth converter to be officially recognised by the new Motorhome Qualification Scheme, after meeting the strict criteria required of the new industry standard.
Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles, the only OEM to offer a true factory-built camper with the California and Grand California, launched the scheme this year to ensure high standards are followed by aftermarket converters giving customers confidence in the quality of any unique conversion as the market soars.