News Archive

News Archive


Hello! I’m Adrian John, and although you probably wouldn’t believe it for a moment, I actually own a Bongo! Yes, it’s true! (Ask Ian!)

Just because you haven’t heard from me since 1988 doesn’t mean I haven’t been busy! Oh no. For a start I have to keep the Bongo archives in order. And also, I have to present my regular show on Saga Radio!

Parp! Parp!

24/09/20: Additions

Companies in Northampton, Southampton and Doncaster have been added to the Rust Directory. See here for a list of all our information sheets.


21/09/20: Meetings

The campsites hosting the October meetings in Norfolk and Wallingford have confirmed they are going ahead but restrictions apply. See the members area for details.


20/09/20: Roof

The AFT fact sheet has been revised. See here for a list of all our information sheets.


18/09/20: Revision

The Towbars fact sheet has been revised. See here for a list of all our information sheets.


16/09/20: The Joy of Six

Following the government announcement that it is now illegal, in England, to congregate in a group of more than 6 people, we have contacted the venues for our October meetings (Norfolk & Wallingford) to see if they will still take place. More news to follow.


08/09/20: Hastings

The dates have been announced for next year’s Southern Softies meeting.  See the members area for details.



05/09/20: Latest Newsletter

Edition 68 of our quarterly newsletter is now available for download from the members area. It is available in both Word and PDF formats. If you are a webplus or postal member you will receive a copy in the post shortly.


03/09/20: New Garage

A Scarborough based Bongo friendly garage has been added to the database in the members area.


02/09/20: New In The Clinic

How do you remove the roof lock cancel button surround? Nurse has the answer.


23/08/20: Crankshaft Sensor

There’s a new patient in the Bongo Clinic.


23/08/20: Reconditioned Turbos

We have managed to track down a Darlington firm who will repair and supply Bongo turbos and we have amended the Turbo factsheet. See here for a list of all our information sheets.


23/08/20: Tyres

There is a set of 4 tyres on the For Sale page. Buyer collects from London. Plus there’s a Bongo being broken for spares in Bromsgove.


20/08/20: Wallingford

The remaining pitches for the re-arranged Southern Softies meeting go on sale this morning.  See the members area for details.


13/08/20: Storage Solutions

What Would Gordon Do? See the video.


12/08/20: Looe

Note that any unsold pitches for our September meeting will be returned to the campsite close of play on Monday 17th.  See the members area for details.


11/08/20: Get That Dog Under Control!

New in the Bongoland Shop. Dog stays and camping connector cables.


05/08/20: Facemasks!

Coming soon! Mazda Bongo Covid secure face coverings. Pre-order yours now!


03/08/20: Norfolk Meeting

Due to circumstances beyond our control the booking date for the October meeting at Banham has been put back a week. Bookings will now commence on Thursday 13th August. See the members area for details.


30/07/20: Cleaning the Turbo/Central Locking

If you have running problems on a diesel Bongo it may be caused by the “vanes” sticking in the turbo. There are some YouTube videos about this and we have referenced them in the “Wastegate” factsheet.  There’s also been a postscript added to the info about Central Locking. See here for a list of all our information sheets.


24/07/20: Looe

Tickets for the September meeting are now on sale. See the members area for details.


22/07/20: Middleton in Teesdale

Last weekend’s Summer Camp was a great success, despite the midges and the Covid restrictions, so we have rebooked the same campsite for July 2021. See the members area for details.


20/07/20: Sills etc

There’s been an amendment to the Sills, Panels & Cross Members factsheet. See here for a full list.


13/07/20: Blinds

Steve Varey has been in touch: “Please can you add a discount code to the members area from Fuel Lagoon, the guys who make the windscreen covers with the eyes on! www.fuellagoon.co.uk, If Bongo Fury members enter ‘the code at checkout on the website there will be a small discount.” See Special Offers.


13/07/20: Solar Power

There’s been an amendment to the Solar factsheet. See here for a full list.


09/07/20: ABS Diagnostics

There’s been a major revision to the ABS factsheet. See here for a full list.


08/07/20: Instagram

The Bongo Fury Instagram page has now gone live. Full details over on the Forum.


07/07/20: Wooden Flooring

There’s been a minor amendment to the Floor factsheet. See here for a full list.


07/07/20: Cornwall & Norfolk

Prices and booking dates have been announced for our meetings in Looe (September) and Norwich (October). See the members area for details.


03/07/20: Revised Opening Hours

From Monday 6th July Bongo Fury Mission Control will be open 9.30 to 3pm Monday to Thursday.


03/07/20: Shona’s Bongo

The stolen Bongo (below) has now been found. Taken by joy riders, found by Fire Brigade after reports of a small fire.


02/07/20: Stolen Bongo

Shona has had her Bongo stolen from the Yorkhill area in Glasgow.

Vehicle reg P932 OET. VIN SG5W-104766. Get in touch if you spot it.


02/07/20: Bongo Summer Camp

Booking for this event has now closed and information packs will be sent to attenders over the next couple of days. See members area for details. Late availability may be available through the campsite.


29/06/20: Revision & Amendment

There’s been some revisions to the AFT fact sheet, and some minor amendments to the one on Selling Your Bongo. See here for a full list.


24/06/20: Campsites to Reopen on 4th July

If you are thinking of attending one of our meetings please read our updated policy statement.


21/06/20: Club Finances

As there is no AGM this year a summary of the club finances has been published on the Forum.


21/06/20: Rear View Mirror

There’s a new fact sheet. See here for a full list.


21/06/20: Graphics

Martin has discovered a good firm to renovate and replace your decals . See his Top Tip


17/06/20: Bongo Summer Camp

Unless we hear different we assume this meeting (16 to 20 July) is going ahead. There may be limited facilities and local tourist attractions may not be open. Everyone who originally booked has been contacted. We still have 8 places left, although more may become available. You are quite welcome to make a booking and you will still be able to cancel up to 30th June or, if the campsite does not re-open you can be re-booked for July 2021. See members area for details.


11/06/20: Amended

There’s some additions to the Rust Directory, one in Worthing and one in Cardiff. See here for a full list of our fact sheets.


10/06/20: Paws For Thought

Kath’s Bongo has been added to The Gallery.


07/06/20: Latest Newsletter

Edition 67 of our quarterly newsletter is now available for download from the members area. It is available in both Word and PDF formats. If you are a webplus or postal member you will receive a copy in the post shortly.


05/06/20: Stolen Bongo

Steve had his Bongo stolen overnight from outside his house in Brighton le Sand, Merseyside. It is a distinctive silver coloured tintp with black alloys and a black roll-out Fiamma awning.

Reg DS55 LFZ.  VIN SGEW-606127. It has a New Dawn kitchen conversion. Any sightings to Steve on 07425167604.


27/05/20: Post-Lockdown Meetings

We have posted a revised list of forthcoming meetings here. If you are booked on to the July Summer Camp we will be contacting you over the next few days.


24/05/20: What Would Gordon Do?

Check out his excellent YouTube channel for some ace Bongo videos.


24/05/20: Amended

There’s some changes to the Washer Pump factsheet. See here for a full list.


20/05/20: All Nurses Are Heroes

Especially the one who runs our Bongo Clinic. She’s come up with a recommended Solar Panel supplier.


20/05/20: RobRum Presents

Member Rob Harvey likes to dress up as a pirate and play some re-imagined Rolling Stones numbers. This is a member’s lockdown service.


17/05/20: Major Revisions

If you are thinking of getting your Bongo reclassified you should read the revised Motorhome fact sheet. And if you want to get your fuel pump sorted we have added a full list of approved Bosch service centres to the Diesel Fuel Pump factsheet. See here for a full list of our factsheets.


17/05/20: Self Isolating in a Bongo

Yes! It can be done, see this BBC news item


08/05/20: Get The Bunting Out

Despite the current lockdown thousands of people have decorated their houses to celebrate this momentous day. The Queen is due to address the nation, Vera Lynn will be on TV, there will be a Spitfire fly-pass and 1940s style picnics in front gardens all over the land. Yes! It was exactly 25 years ago today that the first Mazda rolled off the production line. Have a wonderful silver jubilee and here’s to 25 more years……


05/05/20: We Are Pleased To Announce…..

….the launch of our new Travelling Kits. Yes! Get ready for being back on the road with these kits, which includes belts, fuses, a set of fact sheets and more. Plus a Picnic Set. Limited availability, see our Bongoland Shop.