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Reduced Opening Hours: Until further notice we will only be open on Mondays and Thursdays 0930 to 1500. But you can contact us by email at any time.


0704/20: Bongoland!

A reminder that as the club shop is registered as an online retail business, it will remain open for the dispatch of Bongo parts and accessories although only on Mondays and Thursdays. Browse the shop now; you never know what you will find! PLUS if you use the Coupon Code Lockdown2020 at checkout you will receive a 25% discount! Coupon Code valid until 006/05/20.


06/04/20: Autogearbox Manual

This has now been posted online and can be accessed through the “Databases and “Downloads” section in the members area.


06/04/20: Amendments

The Auto Garbox and Selling fact sheets have had some minor amendments. See here for a full list of our factsheets.


30/03/20: Wet Footwell

There’s a new query in the Bongo Clinic.


25/03/20: No Bash

It is with deep regret that we announce the cancellation of our annual gathering at Stourport. See here for details of all of our meetings.


22/03/20: Roof Mesh

Ian Giggal recommends a Poole based firm for AFT repairs. Details in the Top Tips section of the members area.


21/03/20: Stuck At Home, Bored?

Then why not read our fully revised version of the Auto Free Top factsheet. See here for a full list of our factsheets.


19/03/20: Meetings

The Hope meeting has been postponed until Spring 2021 and the Wallingford meeting has been put back until October. If you want to book for the Perth meeting you must do this direct with the campsite. See here for details of all of our meetings.


18/03/20: Pandemic Update

Due to the deteriorating situation there is considerable disruption here at Bongo Towers. Two of our meetings (Hope and Wallingford) have been postponed and others are in jeopardy. We will not be taking bookings for the Scottish Bash (scheduled for tomorrow) pending further enquiries. We are in discussions with Stourport and Fforest Fields about the the UK National and Welsh bashes. Additionally, because we are now mainly working from home, the Bongo Fury office will only be open on Mondays and Thursdays from 0930 to 1500. If ordering items from the Bongoland Shop please note that these are the only days when orders will be dispatched. Keep well everyone.


18/03/20: A Personal Message From Darren

Darren Williams wants you to see this.


18/03/20: Wheels & Tyres

There’s some of these on the For Sale page, plus another complete vehicle in Matlock.


17/03/20: No Hope

The Tough Northerners meeting 27th to 29th March has been postponed to a later date. More information to follow.


16/03/20: Malcolm’s Bongo

There’s another Bongo For Sale . This time in Taunton.


15/03/20: Breaking

Two more garages who are Breaking Bongos have been added to the Forum masterlist.


13/03/20: Oxford & Bideford

There are 2 more Bongos For Sale One very smart. One in need of attention.


10/03/20: Hope

Due to a cancellation we now have a vacancy at our Tough Northerners meeting at the end of the month. See here for details of all of our meetings.


10/03/20: Cancellation Policy

We have been asked to clarify our cancellation policy for the club meetings. You can cancel at any time up to 10 days before the event without penalty. After this time no refunds can be given. Full details are in the information packs sent to all those attending.


10/03/20: Five More

There are Bongos For Sale in Herts, Northants, East Sussex. Gloucestershire & NE London.


09/03/20: Bury St Edmunds

A new garage has been added to the Bongo friendly garages database.


08/03/20: Paul’s Old Bongo

New member Paul Gooding of Manningtree doesn’t just have an elderly Bongo. He has the first ever 2 litre with a lifting roof! So we have the amended the “History” fact sheet. See here for a full list of our factsheets.



06/03/20: Newsletter

Edition 66 of the quarterly magazine is now available for download from the members area. If you are a Postal or Webplus member you will receive a copy in the post shortly.


06/03/20: Summer Camp

A reminder that tickets for this event (Co. Durham 16 to 20 July) are now on sale. See here for details of all of our meetings.


02/03/20: Soutbound

There’s a National Bongo Day meeting in Gloucestershire.


02/03/20: Bongos on a Budget

Member Richard Burton-White is organising a meeting in North Yorkshire over the weekend of 31st July and you can find further details here.


26/02/20: Bash

Lickhill Manor have increased their rally field fees for 2020. So the new rates for the Bongo Bash will be £19 per night with hook-up, £17 for a split hook-up, and £15 for a non-electric pitch. More details will follow shortly.


26/02/20: One More

Bongo For Sale. In South West London


24/02/20: MD Motors

Earlier this month we reported that Walthamstow based Bongo Friendly garage MD Motors closed due to a fire. We are pleased to say that they are back in business.


24/02/20: Automatic Transmission Fluid

An amended version of the ATF factsheet has been issued. See here for a full list of our factsheets.


24/02/20: Three More

Bongos  For Sale. In Wales, Staffs & Sussex.


19/02/20: By Bye Jeff

With great sadness we have to report the passing of long-term member Jeff Fordham. Jeff, who has died after a short illness, was a volunteer at our annual Bongo Bash and will be missed by all who knew him.


19/02/20: Manchester

Chelsea’s Bongo is For Sale.


17/02/20: Convoy!

There’s a National Bongo Day meeting in the North East.


17/02/20: Changing Headlight Bulbs

Ellen Moore has produced an excellent video if you want to change the bulbs on an old-shape Bongo.


17/02/20: South Bucks

Jenny’s Bongo is For Sale.


07/02/20: Wallingford

We have sold out all Thursday night slots at the Southern Softies meeting (23 to 26 April) but we still have a few slots available for Friday and Saturday nights. See here for details of all of our meetings.


06/02/20: Warning!

We have had a report of a catalytic converter being stolen from a Telford hospital car park. The Bongo owner was visiting a sick relative when the theft occurred, and it all happened in a matter of minutes. Thieves are targeting precious metals. It might be worth fitting one of these.


05/02/20: MD Motors

Long standing Walthamstow based Bongo Friendly garage MD Motors was destroyed in a catastrophic fire on Sunday evening. See here for details.


05/02/20: Kent

Chris’s Bongo is For Sale.


04/02/20: Southern Softies

A reminder that we start taking bookings for the meeting at Wallingford (23 to 26 April) this Thursday at 0930 by telephone only. Please have your membership number and vehicle registration handy when contacting us. See here for details of all of our meetings.


03/02/20: St Austell

There’s a low mileage camper For Sale.


03/02/20: Interlock Cable

An amended version of the Starting factsheet has been issued.. See here for a full list of our factsheets.


29/01/20: Richard’s Bongo

It’s For Sale.


28/01/20: The Looming Presence of Sizewell B

Another venue for National Bongo Day


27/01/20: Death of a Lady

With sadness we announce the passing of long term member Florence Godolphin of Fowey, Cornwall. She was a regular over the last 13 years at our South West meetings and will be missed by all who knew her. Our thoughts are with her family.


27/01/20: Bodmin

One more venue for National Bongo Day


24/01/20: Amendments

We have issued revised editions of the LEZ and Glowplug factsheets.


23/01/20: Burton on Trent, Southampton

Two more venues for National Bongo Day


19/01/20: Chester

A third venue for National Bongo Day


17/01/20: Hope

We have received a further allocation for The Tough Northerners meeting in March so everyone on the waiting list has been contacted and there is 1 place left. See here for details of all of our meetings.


16/01/20: We Are Back

Apologies, but due to technical problems the website was down from 6 pm last night until 2.30 pm today. All sorted now though!


15/01/20: Coming Soon!

Sunday 10th May is National Bongo Day and the first two events have been listed, one in Sheffield and one in Irvine, Ayrshire.


06/01/20: Two More Tips

Members have chipped in with tips about the leisure battery and condensation. We’ve posted them in the members area.


05/01/20: Meetings Update

This year’s Tough Northerners meeting will be held in the Hope Valley, Derbyshire, over the weekend of 27th March (2 nights). Tickets go on sale by telephone only from 0930 this Thursday. See the members area for more information. You should also note that May’s Welsh Bash is now sold out and a waiting list is in operation.


03/01/20: Simon’s Bongo

See the For Sale page.


22/12/19: Garages

The list of Bongo friendly garages has been amended to reflect some recent additions, deletions and amendments.


19/12/19: Ian Taylor

Ian Taylor UK of Stoke have moved premises. Their showroom/workshop is now at Adderley Green Garage, 345 Anchor Rd, Stoke on Trent ST3 5BL. Here’s their website.


16/12/19: Warning!

Watch out if you live in the Edinburgh area. Four Bongos have been stolen in recent days in both the north and south of the city. 2 other thefts were prevented by immobilisers and steering locks. But do not approach the thieves as 1 Bongo owner was threatened with a screwdriver. Be careful out there!


15/12/19: Batteries

There’s an electrical issue over in the Bongo Clinic.


10/12/19: Graphics

Gill has tracked down a firm that does reproduction Bongo decals and has shared the info via our Top Tips section.


10/12/19: Broken Bongo

There’s a Cardiff based project for someone on the For Sale page.


03/12/19: Roof Problems

Some additional trouble shooting tips have been added to the AFT factsheet.


28/11/19: Newsletter

Edition 65 of the quarterly magazine is now available for download from the members area. If you are a Postal or Webplus member you will receive a copy in the post shortly.



28/11/19: Perth

Next years Scottish Bash has now been confirmed and will run from 4th to 7th June. See the members area for more information.


26/11/19: More Places at Welsh Bash

We have been allocated some extra pitches for next May. See the members area for more information.


21/11/19: Trader News (1)

Worcestershire based JAL have been in touch to tell us that they are opening a “high end technical paint facility” and will now undertake complete resprays for Bongos and other vehicles.


21/11/19: Trader News (2)

Cornwall based Pitstop have been in touch to say they have loads of second hand Bongo bits at knock-down prices as they are breaking quite a few. Plus they have managed to track down some good quality late edition Bongos from Japan.



19/11/19: Capital Bongo

There’s another one on the For Sale page.


08/11/19: AFT

There’s a complete Bongo roof on the For Sale page.


07/11/19: Sold Out

Next May’s Welsh Bongo Bash is now SOLD OUT and a waiting list is in operation.


06/11/19: Emissions Update

Bristol has become the first UK city to announce a ban on diesel vehicles entering the city centre. The scheme, due to be launched in 2021, will use a number plate recognition system and will apply to daylight hours. More details on the Bristol Post website.


06/11/19: Elephant (non) News

Our adopted elephant, Bongo, has not been seen since May when he failed to return to the stockade. The keepers assume he has returned to the wild. Certainly no reports have come in of single-tusked young elephants being in any distress. We trust you are well, Bongo. Read his full story here.


05/11/19: Fforest Fields

There are just 7 places left at next May’s Welsh Bash and the minibus to the Showground has now sold out. See the members area for more information.


05/11/19: Alan’s Bongo

There’s a lowtop Bongo with low mileage on the For Sale page.


31/10/19: Minibus

If you phoning up to make a booking for the Welsh Bongo Bash (next May) then please let us know if you want a place on the mini bus. We are restricted to 24 places.  Details in the members area


28/10/19: One For The Petrol Heads

Gerry Orchard: what a star! He’s the major contributor to our new “Idling Problems” factsheet.


28/10/19: Bargain!

There’s a nicely priced Oxfordshire converted Bongo on the For Sale page. And a burgundy Bongo in South Yorkshire


21/10/19: New Garage

There’s a Bongo friendly garage in Norwich and we’ve added it to the database in the members area.


21/10/19: Scottish Borders

There’s a nice black tin-top on the For Sale page.


17/10/19: Summer Camp 2020

This has now been confirmed. It will be held in Middleton in Teesdale, Co Durham, from 16th to 20th July 2020. Details in the members area


16/10/19: Nice Project For Someone

There’s an MOT failure on the For Sale page. And another with a rare pod kitchen unit.


08/10/19: Welsh Bongo Bash 2020

This has been confirmed as Thursday 14th to Monday 18th May at Fforest Fields near Builth. We have limited places available and will be taking bookings by telephone only on Thursday 31st October. See the members area for more information including the trip to the Spring Fair at the Showground.


07/10/19: There Are 153 Variations

All types of Bongos and Fredas are listed in our revised “Models” factsheet.


07/10/19: Coolant Alarms

Please note that you can no longer contact Jo at www.coolantalarm.co.uk by landline. Instead telephone contact should be by mobile 07813025365.


06/10/19: Buy A Bongo

Two more have appeared on the For Sale page.


02/10/19: Two More

See the For Sale page for details of  Bongos for sale in Stoke and Gloucestershire.


30/09/19: Van With Side Windows

We have amended the Motorhome fact sheet factsheet. DVLA have introduced a new “Body Type” category on the log book called “Van With Side Windows” If you attempt to re-register your van as a Motorhome this is how they will define it.


30/09/19: Hi-Top Panorama

Doug and Rosie’s Bongo has been added to the Gallery.


26/09/19: Watch Out!

We have had a couple of reports of catalytic converters being stripped from Bongos while parked on people’s drives. It happens overnight. In both cases it was in the Southampton area and were on 2 litre Bongos.


26/09/19: Awning

There’s a Khyam on the For Sale page


24/09/19: New Factsheet

If you have ever suffered from a Juddering Bongo and want to know how to fix it then see our new Juddering factsheet.


22/09/19: Misprint

If you are a postal member you will shortly receive the quarterly newsletter on your doormat. However, these have been misprinted and another copy is on its way. This does not affect webplus members.


17/09/19: Farewell to Alan

It is with sadness that we announce the passing of long serving member Alan Tunnicliffe (AlanT54 on the Forum) after a long illness. Or thoughts are with his wife Dee at this difficult time. Details of the service, cremation and celebration can be found over on the Bongo Fury Forum. See you there, Alan!


09/09/19: Compatible Bulb

We’ve found an Osram headlamp bulb that will fit new shape Bongo. See the Bulbs factsheet.


06/09/19: Hot Off The Press!

The latest quarterly edition of the club newsletter is now available for download from the members area.


05/09/19: Charity Auction

Fancy some very rare chrome mirror covers? Then why not take part in our charity auction? See the Forum for more details.


04/09/19: Three More

See the For Sale page for details of more Bongos for sale, two in the North East and one in Pembrokeshire


02/09/19: Meetings

Horam Manor has now sold out and there are just two pitches left at Looe. Full details in the members area.




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