Kombi Owner feature - Lim Tiam Hai
Owner: Lim Tiam Hai
Occupation: Founder of Kombi Rocks Diner
Model: 6 Kombi campervans and 2 vintage Beetles
What do you like about the Volkswagen Kombi?
It's really spacious. You can fit so many people in on Volkswagen Kombi, and I even use it to transport my motorcycles to the workshop.
What sparked off your love for Volkswagen Kombis?
Since I was young I was always looking for things that are rare. When it was time to get a car, I decided it was either an old Volkswagen Beetle or a Volkswagen Kombi. I ended up with both and I've had the joy of owning more than 20 vintage Volkswagen models since.
What is it like owning a garage full of Volkswagen collectibles?
The cars are super reliable. All of them are drivable and we even rent them out for weddings and events. I'm about to start on another Volkswagen Kombi rebuild, I bought it from the first owner who got the brand new Volkswagen Kombi more than 30 years ago.
Can you tell us more about the Kombi Rocks Diner?
My late dad started this restaurant in 1971. My wife and I rebranded it a few years ago and we plan to turn this stretch into a really "happening" place. Besides the food, collectibles and a garage, I've also just started an old-school gentlemen's barbershop just next to the diner!