Wednesday, October 29, 2014
This write up is a bit late. I attended this show back in early August, but have not had time to both post the pictures nor write something about it. I was informed of this show by the GFK and them telling me they were going to roll deep into this event. And deep they were. There were tons of beautiful rides all up and down Uptown Whittier. A very nice lay with plenty to do there, aside from gawking at all the clean rides. This is one to come down to either participate or attend as a spectator.
Enjoy the pictures …………..
Tuesday, October 28, 2014
What an awesome fiesta to attend. Put it this way, I ended up skipping a few important engagements to attend this fiesta. This party has been the talk of the town for several years and the weeks prior for this congregation. People as far away as Japón came to this, but I have to say it was more about hanging out with Cuñado Earl then the actual party. So come Saturday I load the Camper up with the necessities for an overnight stay at the Campbodian compound, make sure my roommate, Ciccolo, is stocked with food & water and off I went. Though the major bummer was being stuck in fucked up traffic for the majority of the drive down to Oceanside. Though it was a good drive blasting the tunes.
Upon arrival I’m greeted with a pint by Cirilo Gangoy Jr lll, also on site is $Mike and his partner in crime, Windy. After lounging around and meeting the acquaintance of Gee, Cirilo’s new dog, we all got into costume and headed over to Earl’s place. WOW ……… that party was JUMPING when we got there. We were greeted by an Egyptian Pharaoh, who turned out to be Earl. OKAY. Talk about an abundance or overload of food and drinks. Seemed like the whole party was on the dance floor when I walked in. The DJ had the crowd moving to the groove of his tunes. DJ Reggie was a good call. EVERYONE was in costume! BTW, I was dressed up as David Villa (Asturiano), when he played for FC BARCELONA. There lots of good costumes all over the place.
This party was no disappointment at all. If you get an invite, show up! You will have a great time. But you won’t hit the hay until 3:00 or 4:00 am.
Big THANK YOU to Yvonne for all her hard work, pastries and decorating the house, and a big shout out to Cuñado for being the host that he is.
See you there next year. (BTW – I’m coming dressed as a Hobbit next year. It’s a coin toss between Frodo and Bilbo Baggins??)
Friday, October 24, 2014
OK, it’s almost there! Just waiting on the new carburetor to arrive so it can be mounted, then the motor can be started up. I originally had a rebuilt carb, but it wasn’t sitting properly as the adaptor/extension wasn’t allowing the carb to sit properly. And I figured since 95% of the components are new, I might as well buy a new carb. It’s coming along and it looks super nice. I’m sure once mounted it will look even better. It’s all about the reliability.
Doesn't it look pertty
Thursday, October 23, 2014
A buddy of mine found this somewhere in the internt referring to celebrites spotted at CicLAvia?
Tuesday, October 21, 2014
The P-Town gatherings are a norm for us So Cali Vintage Car Enthusiasts. But this one I’m excited about. My 1971 Westfalia has been sitting for a long time, 6 months to be exact. Or should I say, since the last Pomona Swap meet I drove it to, April 13th. What a feeling it was driving out of the driveway and out into the open road. Prior to arriving at the freeway off ramp, I wanted to keep driving. Towards Joshua Tree or San Onofre?? I did pull off and collected Pück at our normal meeting point. As usual, the line getting in was insane. Packed with eager enthusiast, like myself, and awaiting to get in to the massive event. Once parked, I set up the ride as if I were showing it for the chance at a trophy. Ha ha ha ha. Fuck that! You know what happened the last time I did that. Any hoot, all my buddies, the GFK, were in full force. Music, beers and the grill going full speed. This event always brings out folks from every corner of this planet. Different languages are heard as you chill drinking your pint. Though I hung out inside my ride. Full on luxury and comfort, well for this event. The best part of this event is that it was not scorching hot like the last one. The August event got to the triple digits by 10:00 am. A stroll around the parts area and the show & shine parking lot was indeed needed. So many beautiful cars show up for this event. It’s all about hanging out with your buddies, showing off your ride and a good bbq, and the beers isn’t a bad idea either. Needless to say, this P-Town gathering was a good one. Also, this one by far has been one of the biggest gatherings yet! I haven't seen a P-Town gathering like this in way over 20 years.
This Pomona's host club was none other then So Cali's OIL DRIPPERS. Both my buddies El Craig and Hector are part of this crew. They have some really nice rides and representing they were!
GFK's, Play Dirty, rolling up in his 59 Porsche.
Now this ride it worth mentioning. It's an all original 1951 Chevy. BAD ASS. The real deal, a true survivor.
This turned out to be a good Pomona, and I was SUPER happy about having one of my buses on the road. Though stay tuned, been working on the motor for Baboon. That should be on the road soon.
Monday, October 20, 2014
As many of you may know, the motor in my 71 Westfalia took a dump on me while coming back from the April Pomona swapmeet. April 13th to be exact. So after sitting for 6 months, it’s finally on the road. YES! I’m super pumped about it being on the road again. This means both road trips and camping adventures. I got a good taste while camping at Joshua Tree this past February, and rest assure I will be taking it back come next year. My good buddy, Cody Falkner, came over and helped get the motor dressed up and running. The axle seal on the transmission was also fixed. Now it’s all about giving Señor Camper a good washing, as well a good cleaning inside. No need stocking it up with all the necessary camping goodies as they all sat inside from the previous adventure. And what a bummer this ride wasn’t up and running for the Cachuma Lake camp out!!! But not to worry, many camping trips are in the horizon, as well weekend beach trips. Stay tuned ……………..
Check this out! Caught this guy asleep on the job!!
Once the motor was assemble/dressed up, it was time to give this mug a very needed wash. It's been sitting since April. And I didn't to show up to the P-town gathering in a filthy ride.
Wednesday, October 08, 2014
I would have LOVED to have had this bus running and driving during the Solvang/Cachuma Lake weekend. Ni modo as they say in EL PAIS VASCO!!!! JODER too!!! Any hoot, this motor is as well from Ed falkner. If anyone ever needs a good running engine or rebuild? Hit me up and I will put you in contact with Ed. Great guy and bad ass engine builder. He also builds tranmissions. A few weekends ago, during those fucked up heat waves we encountered, I did some serious cleaning to all the tin and hardware. Degrease, sand blast then bomb canned them all. They turned out pretty nice. Though they are dusty in these images, but they are to give you an idea. Once installed on the motor, it will look A LOT better. Then I can do a few camping trips in it.
Again, YES! A 1600cc Dual port.
Sunday, October 05, 2014
WOW!!! Is the first word that comes to mind. I really didn't know what to expect!? Sure everyone talked about it, said how it was one of the funnest things to do out in L.A. But there is always that hype build up and when it comes time to act, it's a dud. Like last nights Eagle Rock Music Festival. Well, this event couldn't be compared. I'm talking about CicLAvia. This is the real deal folks. Serious FUN! I've been somewhat pumped about this ride since I have several buddies who do it every year. This year was my turn and it turned out to be an awesome first time experience. Regardless of the heat, 98 degrees in some areas, tons of people showed up and rode along the 10 mile course.
Our rally point would be the Heritage Square train station in Lincoln Heights. My BMX buddy, Josh, shows up right on time with friends, relatives and an old childhood friend of mine, Duck! (Haven't seen this guy in years) Needless to say, we were all pumped for this. Especially the virgin While at the train station we met Josie. Josie works for the Los Angeles Bicycle Coalation, and she was working at one of the booths. She was very informative and just as eager as we where. So the train arrives and all jump in, making our way to East Los Angeles, the civic center station. Our car wasn't loaded with riders and their bikes but we headed out early to avoid this. Once we arived we were at the welcome center and the ride began!!!!!
Here's the Gold Line's train station chart. We started at Heritage Square and are making our way to the East Los Angeles Civic Center station. That is quite a distance.
And VOILA, the starting point of CicLAvia. Well, the welcome wagon.
By the way, we all rode our vintage 1980's BMX bicycles. See if you can tell what these bad boys are??
DJ Chambelan and his posse. This guy was playing Corridos through out the entire ride Hardcore!!
This little guy had the best seat in the house. While riding, he was going crazy when he saw other dogs. Too funny.
Here is our buddy, Josie, being photo bombed by the Mil Mascaras Bicycle dude!!!
Here's Alex treating himself to an Helado. It wasn't even hot!?
Along the course, one of the stops is the famous Mariachi Plaza station. This little area was PACKED!! There was even a Mariachi group playing and singing. This was by far the coolest stops we had. It doesn't get any better then this.
HEY!! Who's that guy!!??
Look at that view ....... STUNNING!!!!
The infamous 4th Street Bridge. This is the bridge that divides East Los Angeles with the Westside of L.A. This
is also a great place for taking pictures of the surroundings.
Now we are in the heart of Downtown Los Angeles.
Here we are in Echo Park taking a break, and next to us was the lady making the hot dogs wrapped with Beacon!
Tempting ....... but nah!
In the end, this was something worth experiencing once. I could not believe how many people participated in this event. If you are ever in town visiting? Rent a bicycle and ride the course. If you live in Los Angeles, ride it! You won't be sorry.
Those of you who have known me for a while know of this bike. My 1988 SE Floval Flyer. Bough it new back in the day and have kept it all this time. I'm actually off for a bike ride with a bunch of friends. I don't want to disclose just yet where this bike ride takes place. It's a secret. After many years of sitting, my buddy Josh, BMX historian, took it all apart, cleaned it up and put it back together. This thing rides like a Cadillac! Can't wait to ride it in tomorrow's ride.
Here are a few quick shots.
Saturday, October 04, 2014
Well, how long has it been since my 1954 Kombi's been sitting?? Too long! It's been sitting since mid January. I finally sorted out the motor, thanks to the sale of my 1963 Beetle. It will soon be heading for the Perigueux region in the South of France. Any of you Frenchies looking for a cool og paint patina ride??? Talk to my friend PP of Vintage Import 87 in Limoges, France. So, I was able to not only sort out the motor for the kombi, but also for the 71 Westfalia. Mechanic maestro, Ed Falkner - of Whittier, Cali, sorted me out with both these motors. A few heavy hitting mechanics got a glimpse and had nothing but good things to say about them both.
Like all my motors, I like everything to be chichis! All nice og parts and powder coating with zinc plated hardware. Once I got everything together I headed over to my good friend, Robert - aka VW KIDD, shop for the top end assembly. VW Kidd is no stranger to the scene, with a past history of engine building. So he offered to dress my motor and get it all dialed in. Kidd is a factory trained and specialized Mercedenz Benz Mechanic. Needless to say, he knows his shit! OKAY.
Sometime this week this motor will be fine tuned and installed in the Kombi prior to the OCTO show, on October 25th.
YES, I KNOW!! A stock 1600cc Dual Port motor. I built this one for the long camping trips. Reliability yo!
Wednesday, October 01, 2014
Since we are never in a rush to get to the shows, a good breakfast is prepared. You name it, we ate it. Eggs, bacon, rice with bacon, egg rolls, Cirilo's famous pineapple chicken and what!? If Earl was here, we'd have pork chops with shrimp and veggies. Once stuffed, we head out towards town. A beautiful scenic drive it was. If you ever come out to Cali for a visit, make sure you camp at Cachuma Lake and hit the town of Solvang.
Once we arrived the show was in full force. We were met by the 80's L.A. Crew, debuting Alex Arredondo's 1955 Ragtop. Beaut! The Santa Ynez Mission is a nice venue for a show. My favorite ride was this really bad ass 1953 ALL ORIGINAL Zwitter in Dove Blue. Though tons of nice rides were present.
After a stroll around the show, it was time to hit the town as if you were somewhere in Denmark. This little town is definitely worth the visit. The first place we went to was this cool restaurant to eat some Aebleskiver's. Cirilo and myself split a plate of these Aebleskiver's and some hash browns. Super fat asses after we had a big breakfast at the campground. But we did a lot of walk, so it was ok. OKAY
In the end we were bummed our weekend went by so quickly but rest assure we will be back come 2016. Though this time we will be rolling deep.
Here's a shot leaving the camp ground towards the exit. Beautiful view.
This right outside of the campground. Rolling shot.
Here is an artistic shot of Cirilo's bus. How Avant Garde
Here's Alex Arredondo's, 80's L.A. Fame, 1955 Oval Ragtop.
Our rides await.
Here are shots of the town, Solvang
Here's shot coming out from the hill top heading down towards Santa Barbara. Cirilo, Eef and Jeremy Metzger.
Sunday, September 28, 2014
After a two year wait the time has come the Solvang Vintage Treffen and the much awaited Cachuma Lake campout. Hesitant about going, as most of you know ALL my buses motors took a dump and are awaiting the assembly of their motors. I was about to take off on a solo trip with the 63 Beetle but it ended up selling and did not want to take any risks damaging it or!? Come $Mike .... offers a lift up. So I take his offer. After gathering all my gear, Mike & Windy swing by and collect me, Eef shows up with his little posse. Mikka, Luca and Rex So off we head towards the Slam Gabriel mountains and jump on the 210 freeway heading north towards Santa Barbara. Boy, what an adventure it turned out to be. 36 hsp action! We finally meet up with Cirilo Gangoy Jr lll, Maurice Gangoy's son. So I jump in his bus and make the trek on those crazy hills. After struggling with all that traffic we finally made it to the Cachuma Lake campground. When we arrived the wind was blowing pretty hard. Miserable, is what came to mind. Though Eef got a call from Ventura Mike and informed him of a separate campground with plenty of trees, shade and away from the wind. A good call it turned out to me. I'd have to say we got the best camp spot. So you know come 2016, you know where we will be Once we set up camp, it was on!!! Though on a separate note - this time around our crew was very small. Three buses only, when we typically roll 15 deep or more. But we made the best of it. Good times, that's for sure.
Big shout out to $Mike, Cirilo and Eef.
Here are my pilots, $Mike and Windy.
Here we are gas'n up in Oxnard. Mike's 1958 Kombi and Eef's 1963 Crewcab, pulling his 1953 Heilite.
I was blown away by the selection of chips available at this gas station. What would you pic??
Here is Eef's posse ......... Mikka, Luca and Rex.
Mikka posing for me.
On the road again, this time around Point Magu. Not too far from our destination.
Here is the rally point where we met up with Cirilo. Highway 101 and the 154. It's now all up hill from here. Boy where the commuters upset at us.
Introducing .......... Cirilo Gangoy Jr lll
Here are some scenery shots from the back side of the Los Padres National Forrest.
And VOILA! Cachuma Lake campground.
Here are a few night shots of the crew
I like this shot a lot.
The morning after. Getting some grub on before we head into Solvang.
Thursday, September 25, 2014
After spending the afternoon, the day prior, sanding, welding, painting and what ……… prepping a motor. I was informed of the Dino’s Bomb Squad bbq. Though this time it’s a treat as it was held at the famous Elysian Park. This specific area, The Palms, was a notorious cruising spot back in the early 80’s. Stadium Way, drag racing fame, was just down the street. Boy did this hang out session bring back tons of memories. I jumped in Black Temper, left Slam Gabriel, and was on my way to Down Town LA area. Though I took the scenic route through San Marino, South Pasadena, Highland Park and then jumped on the 110 Freeway. Which happens to be the oldest freeway here in So Cali.
Upon Arrival, Bombs and Low Riders were everywhere. Sitting in the dead center and a prime spot is CRG’s 57 Deluxe 23 Window, his Buddy Humberto’s 62 Deluxe 23 Window, Marco’s 1954 RHD Convertible and Not My Richie’s 1962 Notchback. There were a few other VW’s but they were on the opposite said of where these guys were parked. These guys had the grill rolling hard!! Carne Asada, Pollo Asado, Ribs, frijoles, arroz ….. you name it, it was there! The Chelas were on the ice as well. Good times, good friends, beautiful weather and awesome rides. Just your typical Southern California weekend.
Until the next time my friends. Enjoy the pictures ………………
And now the best for last. Black Temper all dirty but representing. Thick "kick it" ended up turning out to be better then what I expected. Lots of old stories were exchanged this day.
Sunday, September 14, 2014
I couldn't pass this one up. While at a buddies house he shows me this picture and I almost passed out from laughing so hard! How insane of a picture. Yourself, your lady holding a crazy assault riffle and your parrot!!!??? Needless to say the awesome hair do's and the sunglasses.
Saturday, September 06, 2014
It's been a while since my last posting of a car show or gathering, this is one for the books. This turned out to be a better gathering then what I expected. Brian, owner of King's Board Shop, with collaboration of the German Folks Car Club, organized this really cool open house. WOW is the first word to come to mind when you enter the show room. A very impressive display of cool products as well a diverse collection of clothing, boards, hats, shoes, etc. Seems as if there is no end to what King's offers. A class act outfit. Brian, as well as his crew, are very helpful and knowledgeable with their product lines. This establishment is worth the visit, and any of you out of towners (European's) want the Cali look ......... hit King's. More information here ......... (click here )
Now the cars and bbq action. Aside from the GFK being present, other car clubs like The German Bombs, Oil Drippers and the Swapmeet Mafia were on hand showing support. King's supplied the Jarritos (Mexican sodas), water, burgers and hotdogs. GFK supplied the carne asada & pllo tacos, and world famous chef, Cuñado Earl ....... he supplied the gourmet grub. Example: pull pork mini sandwiches. There were the BOMB!! King's also supplied folks with t-shirts of the event, prizes, games and a cool DJ.
In the end, this turned out to be a great gathering amongst old friends and new friends. There is talks about doing this event again come next year. I will keep everyone posted. Enjoy the pictures.
These pictures will give you a better perspective of what I was writing about King's Board Shop.
Here's shot of Brian's Squareback and Paul Smoot's Oval.
Here's a shot of Cameron & his lady, rolling to the event from Glendora and his posse.
Rolling into the show.
Here is a magazine featured Notchback owned by Kevin, aka Soul Built. Very impressive ride.
Here is a really cool shot of Brian's and Smoot's rides inside the display room.
President of the GFK's , Mike Navarro, ride.
This was another beautiful Notchback, sporting original paint. Bad Ass!
The original "PLAY DIRTY", in front of his placa!!
The Swapmeet Mafia!!!
Now these two are most likely the most famous internet celebrities on hand. Rich's 50 & Cuñado Earl.
The main chef's on hand. The Navarro Bros.
Friday, September 05, 2014
Been out and about, and Txakurra hunting ........ reason for my 2 month absence. As well sorting out both motors for my 54 Kombi and the 71 Westfalia. They should both be up and running soon. The goal is to get the Kombi rolling before the Solvang Treffen weekend.
Also while I was out in Euskal Herria, I decided to sell the 1963 Beetle.
Stay posted, I have TONS of pictures to post.
Primo - perdóname por montar un motor de mujer
Wednesday, July 02, 2014
While at the ClassicS I came across this crowd pleaser .......... THE DARTH VADER BEETLE!!! And before you ask, NO!!!! I was not for sale.
Monday, June 30, 2014
Took a few shots of Rafa's Standard while at the ClassicS .......... just wanted to share them, and the cool accesories from Mexico. Esté furgo es muy guapo!
Friday, June 27, 2014
I will have to start off with …….. I’m going to eat my words. I wasn’t very optimistic with the change of date and venue for this year’s ClassicS. Lots of rumors were up in the air about the Greatest Show on Earth. To my surprise, this event turned out to be a different and good ClassicS experience for myself.
I arrived at the Orange Country Fair Grounds at 9:00 am and it was packed! I was informed of not being able to get in and would have to park outside in the general parking area. YIKES! Being an OCTO member, one of the guys at the gate allowed me in and guided me through the sold out event to my parking spot. I got a really awesome spot. Probably the perfect spot from what I saw afterwards. As many people were complaining of the disorganization and the long waits to get in, I could not complain as I didn’t have to go through that. It seemed like it was a free for all, as far as the parking goes. But this is the first time at this venue, so I will cut them some slack. Let’s see what happens next year?
Anyhoot, as I parked my 1963 Beetle (which by the way ………. It’s for sale), I was approached by several friends. I couldn’t leave my ride for at least 30 minutes as everyone I knew was there! I also spent some time with the C.R.A.S.H UNIT and the 80’s LA crew. Several clubs scattered throughout the venue, flying their colors and displaying their rides. Also on hand were TONS of rides which made their debut. This show is known for this and did not let us down. Beautiful rides where scattered throughout the venue as well. So many made their debut I could not count them all. Lots of new and unfamiliar rides were showcasing.
In the end, I had a good time. But then, I don’t go to these shows seeking trophies and who has what. For me these are gatherings for enthusiast who share the same interest, VW’s. I also get to hangout with old and new friends. Hopefully come next year, the organizers of the Greatest Show on Earth place a happy face on all the participants and spectators as well.
BTW – this years after ClassicS fiesta at Charlie Hamil’s house was the best one yet! Only 6 people on hand and IN-N-OUT burgers. That about sums it up.
Wednesday, June 18, 2014
For several years many flock to California for the annual ClassicS car show. This year was different. With the last minute change of date and venue for this year’s ClassicS, an enormous gap was left open for that Sunday. VW enthusiast were frantic with this sudden change. Especially the out of towners and the foreigners. Low and behold, both VTO & Just Cruisin Car clubs step in and provide an alternative for everyone. The Prado Park show. Set in the same location of the Black Star Campout, just walking distance from your sleeping quarters. That is if you camped out the day prior, which I did. My voice is merely a shout in the crowd of several people who enjoyed the weekend at this location. More shows should be done this way. Camping & the show. Even though it was hot, there was plenty of trees with shade. Both traders and retailers were strong in hand. Several car clubs were also were present. The spectator support was just as good. Needless to say, everyone had a good time.
This would be a good on-going event come next year, so let’s see how the cards fall into place for next year. As far as I go (and I can speak for a fairly large group of supporters) ……………. I’d rather do the camping / car show.
This Crewcab was my favorite ride at this event. Beautiful bus!!
Found that cool Crewcab sitting in the back, near an Oval vert. Cool shot.
Tuesday, June 17, 2014
This past Sunday was Father's Day here in the US. So what better way to celebrate it!!?? .......... Go for a cruise in the 63 Beetle to Griffith Park for a nice picnic, followed by a good siesta. If any of you ever come out to Southern Euskalifornia, visit Griffith Park. There are TONS of things to do and see there. Click on the high lighted Griffith Park, and it will send you to their website for information. A really cool destination for visitors and a Los Angeles Historical landmark.
The Wolf and I rolling to the Park, right after I got my "gentleman's haircut".
Thursday, June 12, 2014
Farewell Taco Fiesta for my primo and fellow Asturianos. BTW - this taco truck is the shit! Hit this place up if you are ever in north east Pasadena.
GITANOS!!!!! Que buena despedida, Tacos y Sangria Mexicana. JODER! Por sequro lo pasaron de puta madre. Todavía hay mucho mas que conocer aqui en Euskalifornia. Buen regresada a Asturias y vos vemos el año proximo ........ aqui en Feretería Unlimited o en Luanco. Fer - te bañas tio!!!
Wednesday, June 11, 2014
Once a year VW enthusiast flock to sunny southern California for the week long congregation of VW’s and the events. Even though there were major changes with events/dates/venues and what, the week turned out to be one to go down on the books. The week started off with the usual Pomona Weekend followed by several bbq’s/open houses/fiestas/etc. Come Saturday morning the big Type ll show was in full force, OCTO. This year’s event attracted nearly 275 pre 1967 Type ll’s. People came from every corner of the planet. As always, the show ran smoothly, thanks to the OCTO crew.
This is probably the best $5 entrance fee VW show around.
Here’s PJ. This is the guy who makes this all possible.
Pimpin parts while he pimps others out! ………… Everett Barnes
Cool fire engine red 1965
One of the coolest buses on hand. Rafa Gutierrez’ 1957 European palm green / sand green
One can also find beetle parts at this event
Early bus parts were everywhere
Rare and expensive
The long awaited 1954 RHD Kombi, belonging to Mr. Gerson of Klassic Fab.
Here’s Gerson applying the BDM crest.
Here’s a shot of Gerson, myself and his awesome 1954 RHD Kombi who was built by Jason Stratton. You can read more about the build here.
Clara pimpin out her cool door panels
Type ll’s everywhere
Tim Liventry original’s. Hand painted signs, a nice décor for your shop
This was cool, and it didn't sell!!?? A March 20 dash, 1954 Barndoor engine. Part of the Glen Bornhoff collection
More of the Glen Bornhoff collection
Very cool pressed bumper bus with flat paint. My kind of bus
Kevin's 1958 Deluxe 15 window. This bus has come a long way
Nice original paint pressed bumper Single Cab
Early pressed bumper double door panel with logo’s and with double sided Westy tents
This is little Suzie. She is the owner, operator and designer for Volks Baggin. She makes the coolest wallets, key chains, purses and coin purses. These little items make great gifts for all occasions.
Volks Baggin also makes natural soaps
Goodies galore all over this table. Take your pick!!??
Now this vendor had all the cool vintage accessories you need for you VW. Coleman galore
This is John Iezzi’s 1965 Standard. It’s lived all it’s life within the San Gabriel area and has been owned and driven by one of my friends for the past 25 years!
Here’s a very cool original paint mouse grey / white 23 window deluxe with an early Westfalia camping interior
This pressed bumper panel sold as soon as the owner parked it! Moss and all went with the bus
How cool is all this moss growing on the bus!!!
All the way from my home town of Luanco, Asturias ……….. GITANOS!!!
One of my favorite shots
Tuesday, June 10, 2014
Bienvenidos Mijitanos! Lo se que lo estan pasando de puta madre aqui en Euskalifornia!
Les falta todavia mucho para conocer. Cuando regresan de San Clamente, tiramos al sitio
Que les cuente y despues unos Buenos tacos Mexicanos de Txakurra …….. y sidra!
Friday, June 06, 2014
Here are a few shots Dustin (Heilite Mafia) took of the camping area at the Black Star Campout. Note, these were taken Thursday afternoon. By now it's more crowded. I'm sure when the bulk of the crew arrives Saturday afternoon after OCTO, this place will be like a sold out crowd at at Wu Tang Klan concert!
The Heilite Mafia setting up camp!
Wednesday, May 21, 2014
What can I really say!? Words cannot describe how I feel at the moment. It all started out with Alex and I having a conversation about his 55 Beetle. It then turned towards my stock pile and why I wouldn’t have a running VW at the up coming OCTO week!!?? My usual excuse, not enough time. So Alex made the time! He actually got the guys together to come out one afternoon and knock this out! There really wasn’t much left to do. So Alex sends out an email to set a date and time, all agreed. Well, except one but lets keep that under wraps. Come that morning all the guys from the 80’s LA crew showed up! Alex, Nelson, Robert (aka VWKIDD) and Marcos. I had everything lined up and ready for us to get this mug going.
On a funny note, I was personally called by an individual who some of you may know and may figure out who it is?? Any hoot, this negative individual basically called to laugh at me/us about getting the beetle to run and drive on the same day!! The joke is on you trick!! CALLESE!!!
Anyways, in the end it was an awesome experience. The weather was perfect, as the days prior were super hot, and nothing negative could be said about this task. It’s good to know I have friends like these guys who are willing to give me a hand. This beetle now runs, drives, stops and looks super cool. Full functional beetle. The only thing left to be done is install the front windshield. No biggy.
Here they are, the 80’s LA crew. These guys go WAY back. Way back to when the VW scene was exploding, the early 1980’s. From left to right are ………. Nelson, Alex, Me, Marcos & Robert. Aside from being the great friends that they are, these guys have bad ass rides!
Here’s a shot of Nelson and myself prepping to install the engine. Alex was manning my junk floor jack. Need to buy a new one.
After installing it, master Mercedez Benz factory trained mechanic, Robert does some fine tuning and wire work for the charging system.
Voila! The motor is installed. The original 40 hsp engine, all dressed up to original looking specs. Nothing spared! All engine tin powder coated, hardware was cad plated and all other parts are new or rebuilt.
The beard and I wrenching.
Here is VW Kidd fine tuning what I didn’t get to. Look at how clean and new that motor and transmission look.
These two need to stop screwing around and get back to work! Or where they up to something??
Exposed front turn signal.
Look at that patch of original paint!!!
Nelson and Marcos sorting out the wiring for the front turn signals and installing the new rubbers and the NOS turn signal lenses.
Getting scolded by the man. Need to work harder.
The gas tank before. Though the inside was chemically treated.
The sanding/painting crew at Arredondo’s Auto Painting.
Alex going to town in his spray booth.
The finished product installed.
Here’s VW Kidd sorting out the charging system. This guy knows his shit!
Nelson taking a crack and tightening the bolts. NEXT!!
Now Marcos is taking a crack. With the strength combination of both, they got tightened up.
Pokey, the name of the beetle given by the original owner. Literally, a little of lady from Pasadena.
Turning it on for the first time ………. And it started right up!!!! Gotta love the Butcher Shop!
Shot of the rear interior.
Empty floor, awaiting the og interior.
Installing the rear seat
Here it is will all the interior in it. The headliner is intact, nice but could use a little help here & there. The Dash is freaking amazing! This coming weekend I will clean that dash up really nice.
Here is VW Kidd revising all of our work.
And VOILA ………… the finished product. As many of you know, Black rides are tough to keep clean. It’s a little dirty but come this weekend I will make it shine a little better. That patina looks awfully wicked, as the Brits would say. Alex will be photographing the beetle once we figure out where to do the photo shoot. I want a call back ground, something rustic or nostalgic.
Wednesday, May 14, 2014
My buddy Rafa, Vintage Classic Specialist, will be debuting his 1957 Palm Green / Sand Green Standard come this June OCTO. This is a very cool ride. Muy Guapo!!
Friday, May 09, 2014
Words really can't express how fun this show is. The pictures showare great to look at, but you will not know how much fun it is until you attend this show. The entire day was loaded with fun, sun, VW's and bbq's. You cannot beat a free show held on grass with plenty of trees for shade. Like I mentioned, this show gets bigger and better each year. Come 2015 ....... it will be EPIC!
Here is a shot of Bill Makepeace (Bill & Steve's) & Russ' (Russ Recycling fame) Split Window beetles. Comrade's Barndoor is right next door.
Type 2's everywhere!!!
Now this is what a swap/traders area should look like. Loaded with tons of parts and swappers/traders. Best part, it's FREE!!!
Many celebrities are spotted in this picture. Can you point them out??
Very cool vintage ice chest.
Wolfsburg West headquarters. Big Thanks to Tony, his wife and Stephanie Moore. They were a major contributor to this event.
Some Crewcab action.
More type 2's.
Rare bits for sale and a repro Barndoor front floor mat. Compliments of the Butcher Shop.
Robert Guzman's super clean 1953 Zwitter.
Rare split window hood accessory.
Everywhere the eye could see .... VW's. 471 was the total count.
Parking crew and chefs. Lauren Carter, Karina Ortiz, Ronnie Jiménez and Cirilo Gangoy Jr lll.
This Ghia was pretty hammered. It looked bad ass.
Nice SWR Sub Hatch camper.
Ferret's hammered Mango.
Wednesday, May 07, 2014
This post needs to start off with a typical So Cali saying ……… WHAT AN EPIC WEEKEND!!! This camping VW show was more fun then any 3 shows put together! Seriously. Words cannot describe what a weekend everyone encountered. The positive feedback was astronomical. This event gets bigger and bigger each year. On Sunday alone, there were 471 aircooled rides present. By Saturday afternoon the camp ground was jam packed. Mad props to the Wolvereen, Corona Ryan Hously, Tiffany McDonald and the rest of the Orange Empire Bus Company posse. Without their hard work, this event would never take place. A well organized outfit.
Lets talk about the camping portion of this weekend. As I have mentioned before, this is my favorite weekend when it comes to VW’s. 3 days of camping, bbq’n and VW’s. So come Friday morning, I wake up with butterflies in my stomach and super anxious to collect Pück and head out to the park. Featherly Park is located in Yorba Linda, Orange County. It’s basically an RV Campground, but once a year it’s a VW campground. Once we arrived, we unpacked all of our gear, pitched our tent and sort out the necessities for a good camping weekend. While relaxing having a few pints …… comrade and Cuñado come rolling in. 5 minutes later, Maurice leads the rest of the Campbodians with Serg in the end. Later that afternoon Dustin & Luiz Ruiz (both members of the up and coming HEILITE MAFIA organization) show up. Then, yes more, the German Folks roll in. Those guys hooked up those sweet little cabins towards the back. Gradually folks start rolling in through the late afternoon. By sunset the bulk of the crowd was settled. It didn’t take much for our spot to get going once we arrived. The grills were on most of the day, filled with pollo, carne asada, ribs, trip tip and lula kabobs. Needless to say the pints being handed out left and right. Not much was left out to enjoy this weekend. And this was the first day.
I’d have to say to anyone who’s never been …………… make it out one day! You will not be disappointed.
Here is what the campsite looked like when we arrived.
And this is what it looked like after a few hours.
Once everyone was settled in, sorted out and set up .......... the fiesta started!
Heilite trailers were everywhere! This Heilite Valiant belongs to Luis Ruiz of HEILITE MAFIA.
This Heilite belongs to Eff (pronounced "Ayv" - He's Dutch )
The Heilite belongs to Dustin, another Heilite Mafia member, it's pulled by his og paint 1960 Double Door Panel
Here is a shot of the BDM, Campbodians and the Heilite Mafia having a meeting with the Wolvereen ..... the organizer of this event.
Here is a cool shot ........... two 1960 original paint postal yellow buses. You don't see this often.
Here is an "Apache" trailer. Very cool.
The Heilite Mafia. These two puppies belong to Kevin and Dustin. BTW - Heilite's were all over the place this weekend!!
This is a very nice original paint camper. I forget the camper company? Wasn't a typical one. The owner, Brandon, is in the works of redoing the camping interior. The inside of this bus is insane!! A true Cali bus.
BTW - it's an early 1967.
Eef lounging around in his hamic made in Honduras. OKAY!
Heilite's!!!! They were everywhere!!!
Topless Bar!!!! Actually, it’s my son, Ronnie Jiménez inducting Maurice and Cirilo Gangoy Jr in to the BDM.
Wednesday, April 30, 2014
What a weekend! Come Friday afternoon when I arrived, the weather was overcast and a bit breezy. About 5 buses were on hand, and within a few hours there were about a dozen or so on site. Everyone set up, got the grills going and Mr. Pyroman got his heating equipment ready for the evening. Well right about the time it started to get dark, Pyroman lit up his devise, the wind started to kick in. Gradually it got colder and windier. By about 9:00 pm the rain kicked in!!!! JODER!!! From then on, to about 7:00 am, the winds were SUPER crazy and it rained the entire time. Well, the wind toned down some-what, but the rain continued. At least up until 1:00 pm? So we all congregated over at Serg and Maria’s Cabin. What an AWESOME time cramped in there with beers in hand and endless chuckles.
The trail bashing we normally do was canceled due to the heavy rain. It would be pretty daring and very dangerous to cruise around some of those crazy cliff areas. And not to mention areas which normally have flash floods. YIKES!! But we made the best of it. Some folks had to leave and speaking of folks, the 2 German Folks members attending had to leave due to a mandatory GFK meeting. Though I say Cuñado Earl left earl cuz his earlies got dirty!? Just saying. Later that evening the Campbodians, the Heilite Mafia and myself, were the last crews standing. Lit that fire pit up, popped open some more beers and did some serious grubbing on Ronnie Jiménez’ribs.
The major bummer about this weekend was come Sunday morning …………. It was a BEAUTIFUL sunny day. A normal typical So Cali Day! We had breakfast, said our good by’s then hit the road. Also a quick pit stop within Julian to pick up an Apple Pie. In the end, we had a good time regardless of the weather. The plan for next year’s event is to move it to some-time in mid May, avoiding any rain. If you’d like to come out to this event, make good friends with Serg, he is the key to getting invited.