Wednesday, June 01, 2016

San Diego Air Cooled Fiesta #4 - Chula Vista, California

What an AWESOME show, or more like a surprise for myself. I didn’t know what to expect. Sometimes its good going into something with zero expectations. Well this past weekend was one of them. While at last weekend’s Bug-In, Comrade – aka 10 Foot Doug, tells me he would be hosting a bbq in honor of our good friends – The Timmermans, whom are here visiting all the way from The Netherlands. OKAY! Some of you may know Niels (shame on you if you don’t!) of the AirMighty magazine fame. He, his lovely wife, Merieke, and their skateboarding prodigy – Justin, are out here both on holiday and working. Talk about working while you are playing. The least to say. Any hoot, we had a small gathering a Doug’s place and chatted with Niels until the wee hours talking about past adventures and future ones to come.

Well, upon arrival we are greeted by a group of Mariachis! We were all stunned and what a surprise for Niels and his family. We were greeted by the President of the San Diego Aircooled club, Julio Vasquez, and pointed in the right direction ……… to our spot saved by our good friend Serg Vasquez (no relationship). Great parking spots. This was a well organized event. Type 2’s had their area and so did the beetles. Tons of swappers and retailers all along the side.  Also on hand was a few live bands playing throughout the day and plenty of food vendors. I was informed this event gains more recognition, participants and spectators each year. You can count of me coming back for this event!

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Czech out EL TIGRE!!!  He got crazy with Cuñado!!  laughing

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Herr Niels Timmerman! Pimping the Cuñado Wear!!!

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Cuñado ……….. always the last man standing on stage! Think he’s not!?

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Tuesday, May 17, 2016

BUG-IN #41

What a great time! Comrade, Cuñado and myself headed out to BUG-IN #41 at the Fontana Speedway this past Sunday and had an EPIC day. Both Comrade (aka 10 Foot Doug) and myself drove our Barndoor’s to this event and were sorted out with an awesome parking spot in the swap area thanks to fellow OCTO club member – Erik Koplin. We also managed to set up a both to promote both AirMighty and a worthy cause per the blokes at Cool Flo from the UK ……. And as well we pimped and promoted Cuñado Wear. And AGAIN, we SOLD OUT all merchandise. Those “ EQUIPED WITH CUÑADO WEAR “ Trucker hats went fast!!!!! But be ready come OCTO/PRADO weekend, we will be plenty stocked!!

The show …….. it was filled with beautiful show cars, the daily drivers, vendors, swappers and plenty of loud drag racing!!! There were even a few V-8 time trails taking place and let me tell you, those things are LOUD!!! But an awesome site to see. The swap area was somewhat endless, well from our location looking out. Lots of people were chatting about what a great swap area and all the parts they were coming up on. Also on hand were all the vendors both selling and promoting all their product’s. One vendor virtually selling out his product’s was Vocho Joe, the new owner of Jer Fab. Beautiful powder coated suspension needs on display. Anyone looking to buy a beam or spring plates??? Hit up Joe!

Another pleasant surprise was seeing a good long time buddy I haven’t seen in a few years is someone whom needs no introduction! The proprietor of AirMighty Magazine ……….. Herr Niels Timmerman. Out and about on a mini family trip with his wife and son, but on the run

Constantly. Though they managed to settle down for a bit and chat about future event’s come next year 2017.

 

In the end it was a great day, regardless the sun took a break. Hats off to Rich & Andy Kimbal and crew for putting this event on for all of us enthusiasts to enjoy. See you all at the next major event ………… OCTO/PRADO PARK!!

 

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You need your ride slammed? Lowered? Narrowed front Beam? Dropped Spindles? Hit up Joe at Jer-Fab

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Saturday, April 16, 2016

Luftgekühlt - May favorite 2 rides at this event

I wanted to save these two rides for a separate posting as these two rides are MONSTERS!!! The first one I hold up a little higher due to it's color. It looks like a Dove Blue but it's actually called "Adria blu". That is the 1951. The other is a super MONSTER, a 1949! I really can't say much about them as I'm by far no expert nor will I claim to be one. All I can say was WOW!!!! See for yourselves.

Here is the 1951

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And this is the 1949. If you notice, this one has semi-fours on it!!

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Friday, April 15, 2016

Luftgekühlt

 

For all you non Angeleno’s, we had rain this past weekend! Rain! Can you believe that!? Go figure!? But lucky for all the Porsche enthusiast, it didn’t rain on them early Sunday morning/afternoon. So the Luftgekühlt Porsche event was a go! This was the 3rd annual Luftgekühlt Porsche event held in the industrial city of Vernon. Basically, downtown Los Angeles. The two pioneers responsible for this event are Mr. Patrick Long and Mr. Howie Idelson. Aside from the mayhem parking scenario outside, within was an awesome experience. Porsches were on every corner you turned and in every color imaginable! Both vintage and cars with race history were on hand, as well the more modern era rides. A very festive event this is, with a pub and eateries by Clutch on both sides of this massive event. Once one is overwhelmed with all the precious metal on hand you can lounge around in their bar area, but with a view of how’s coming and going. Definitely an event to visit if you are in town. You will not be disappointed. Well, there really isn’t much more to write about so have your bibs placed properly for this drooling session you are about to experience!

 

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And finally ....... I leave you with my buddies, Play Dirty, 1959 chillin at the entrance to the Luftgekühlt.

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Thursday, April 07, 2016

Beautiful Budel, The Netherlands

Here's a shot of Comrade and myself with Paul Wisk of Wisk Restorations, sometime back during the Beautiful Budel VW show down in southern Holland. Paul handed us over the keys to his 1954 RHD "Barndoor from the woods" 23 window deluxe to cruise around in the campground area. This place was poppin!!!

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And NOPE! This picture is not flipped. Comrade is driving on the wrong side laughing

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Friday, April 01, 2016

My neighbors .............. The Acorn Woodpeckers

As most of you know, I love nature, including all the little critters involved. Where I reside there are tons of birds, one species being the Acorn Woodpeckers. These birds are really cool and can be loud, but only when they fly away. There is a massive tree in front of the house and noticed these large holes but never really paid any attention to them until one day at dusk I heard one of them screaming like crazy! I looked up and saw his little head sticking out from one of those holes on that tree! I was reading up on these birds and learned they live in large groups within these trees. This explains why when one flies out, about 4 others do as well. Really cool site. Also, their social lives are endlessly fascinating – these guys store thousands of acorns by jamming them into these specially made holes in trees. A group member is always on alert to guard their stash from thieves, while the others go cruising or hunting for more acorns. What was really fascinating about this species of birds is multiple males and females combine efforts to raise their young in a single nest! How cool is that.

Here is a link to more information about my little neighbors laughing 

https://www.audubon.org/field-guide/bird/acorn-woodpecker...

 

And VOILA ........... the entrance to their castle. I think 4 birds live in this burrow? I do know of 2 others on this tree as well.

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I'm pretty sure this guy was saying ........... "Watcha lookin at Willis!!??"   laughing

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Thursday, March 31, 2016

Early 50’s steering column gear shifter

I figured I’d write about this item separate from the other parts I posted. Now this is a strange item offered back in the early 50’s. A steering column gear shifter!? I’ve never seen one of these before? Have you? It is a very interesting aftermarket item offered back then. There is also a letter from Volkswagen stating they don’t approve of this product. It’s basically a disclaimer. It’s dated February 14th 1952. What is interesting is the letter is in English but the product and installation information is in German! Go figure!? Though a pretty cool item to have in your “Private CollectionS".

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Wednesday, March 30, 2016

Swedish parts hunt ............

About a good 13 years ago, I ventured across the pond for 3 reasons. First – to hit the Bad Camberg Treffen in Southern Germany. The second reason was to visit my two good friends Henrik und Thomas Andersen whom live in Copenhagen, Denmark ……….. The third reason was to tag along on a parts hunt with these guys across into Sweden!!! I remember clearly sitting anxiously at LAX awaiting for my flight to Dusseldorf, thinking of all the stuff yet to be seen. Once I arrived in Germany, I caught my connecting flight to Copenhagen. And VOILA! There was Henrik waiting there for me with a massive smile! So off we went to the Ice Cream parlor ……. these guys knew I love ice cream. Or out there – Gelato! Once settled in we discussed a game plan and off we went very early in the morning to the port to catch the ferry over to Malmö, Sweden. The ferry ride was a couple of hours, but that was nothing compared to the drive we took. Long drive needless to say. First place we went was a Volvo repair shop out in the forest. Literally nothing was around, with the exception of the tiny village. Apparently this Shop was a VW repair shop during the 50’s/60’s. Up in their attic area was loaded with doors, W-deck lids and other misc parts. Good thing I brought an extra pair of chonies/knickers with me as I freaked out at what we found!? Of course this was the norm for these two guys as these are the guys who come to the USA with SUPER rare stuff!

A second trip was needed as this time we went to visit an old friend of theirs, Kurt. Kurt as well lived way out in the boonies. He basically has no neighbors and probably has to drive about 20 minutes to the nearest gas station or grocery store? But he did have tons of room. The interesting part about his property is that it was completely surrounded by the forest, therefore hiding all his stash! This includes parts and cars. Though Kurt was an interesting character. He only sold what he felt he should sell that day!? Go figure!? Though he wouldn’t allow us to walk over to where all the buses & beetles were sitting ( and yes, whatever rides you are imagining of??? They were there), he showed us his “used parts” section. There as well were W-deck linds, doors and what!!! He eventually opened up and took us to where he kept all the good stuff, or the nicer stuff should I say …… the NOS stuff!! Here is where I found a few door handles, reflectors (the Frese K-1282), bake-o-lite dome lights and the Hella accessory license plate light housing & lense. Talk about finding a diamond in the rough!

 The long journey back was well worth it, needless to say. Though we did end up breaking down, but we sorted it out. But HOLY SMOKES the stuff these guys would pull. WOW! Any hoot, the images below are of what I was able to make pictures of, since I was too busy loading up the car. Also are the parts placed on display.

 

And here is a shot of me super early in the morning leaving Denmark and making my way to Sweden!

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And this is Malmö, Sweden. ( I should have taken more pictures )

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W-Deck lids galore!

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And here I am posing with some of the treasure.

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This is me all wet while loading up the ride with the treasure.

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Now here is the aftermath and now part of the "Private CollectionS" laughing

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I truly don't believe there are words for the images with the parts you will be seeing.

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This is the real deal right there! Probably the hardest part to find when replacing or restoring a 1954/1955 Barndoor. An NOS Frese ~ K1282 reflector.

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Monday, March 21, 2016

Barndoor's at the Drag Days event

Here are a few more shot's of both my 1954 Kombi and Ten Foot Doug's Deluxe, at the Hot VW's Drag Days event held Sunday, March 13th at the Irwindale Speedway.

 

This image was taken by Derek Boxrod Campbell.

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Saturday, March 19, 2016

My 1954 Kombi

Took this shot when no one was around my bus at the HOT VW'S DRAG DAY'S, held at the Irwindale Speedway track.

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Friday, March 18, 2016

Night shot

Just a shot of my bus at last year's Christmas Toy Drive in Pasadena held at the Tommy Burger's.

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Monday, March 14, 2016

Drag Days - Irwidale, California

Well, it looks like this was the last Drag Day's held at the Irwindale track. Apparently the rumor is true! They are shutting this facility down for good. On a good note, this event will be held at the Fontana Speedway. Lots of beautiful cars in hand. Though I was lazy this time around and hungout at my spot. But I did manage to take a few shots of both Comrade's 1955 Deluxe and my 1954 Kombi.

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Thursday, March 10, 2016

The Crew

Just some random shot's I took at O.C.T.O. last year. A handful of us set up a line up for some cool pictures.

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Wednesday, March 09, 2016

my 15 minutes of fame

Here is a little self promotion on my part …………. I was awarded with the BEST STOCK VW at this event! Two reasons for my posting. The first one is I was super surprised. I was blindsided and I never expected this award especially with all the beautiful rides there!! The second reason is …….. while working on my Bus with my buddy, EL CRAIG, a few weeks ago. I kept telling him that I was going to win best of show at some coming events. So while at the Lab Show & Shine, I was joking around with EL CRAIG and Hector that they shouldn’t have bothered showing up as I was going to take top honors. And of course this comment was made after a few cerveza’s. When I heard all the commotion I thought something had went wrong up front. Then EL CRAIG looks over and me and said I WON a tropy! I was like ….. WTF!!??

So here is my 15 minutes of fame and glory! Ha ha ha ha.

On a side note, I do have to say the only one who will really get this posting is my good friend ……. EL CCCRRRAAAIIIGGG wink

Here's a shot of my Bus chillin right smack in the middle of the Lab's Platz! Verstehen sie mich! laughing This is probably the main reason for my award. LOCATION!!!! 

No matter how much the hatter’s make fun of me for raising my Bus back up to Stock Height ……..  YES! I’M TALKING ABOUT YOU SCOTTY!!!    smile  I do have to say my Bus looks BAD O DEE!!!! Think it doesn’t!?

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Yours truly with smiles and all ..............

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Tuesday, March 08, 2016

The Lab show & shine car show

What a surprise this event turned out to be. A great turn out with beautiful rides on hand with a positive vibe, regardless of the sketchy weather. I’m talking about the Montclair’s The Lab VW Aircooled shop, ran by Vic Menjivar. I had heard about this gathering taking place last year but wasn’t on que when the actual date was. But this time around I was well informed, anxious and ready to start hitting some local shows. Reason, my Bus has been sitting for a very long time. So needless to say I was jones’n for some VW action! Think I wasn’t!? J Upon arrival, folks started gradually to roll in and take up spots as the “platz” was filling up quickly. Lucky for me I arrived a tad early and was able to situate my bus with a nice view. Tons of people from all over Los Angeles and the Inland Empire were on hand. And needless to say the generous raffle, which pleased the crowds. There was also food trucks to the side! That was a treat of it’s own.

I also need to mention: this event was a collaboration with The Lab and Frank of INSTAGRAM fame, SOCAL_AIRCOOLED. Czech him out on Instagram, “socal_aircooled”. This guy takes very nice pictures!

In the end this turned out to be, not only a good event but a good day. Yours truly took top honors in the STOCK VW class! Now that was a real surprise as I’m not a trophy seeker nor do I expect & seek recognition. It’s all in good fun and whom ever gave me the prize …….. L’Chaim to you!

 

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The Volksfamilia, my big homie Ishmael, was pimping out his very impressive art work! I was blown away by all the time, effort and energy this kid puts into his art work!! Czech him out on Instagram  ........... Great guy!!  Mola's Chaval!!!! laughing 

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Here's a shot of my Buddy Hector's Kubel/Thing ......... bumping the sounds!! laughing

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And this belong's to my EL CCCCRRRRAAAAIIIIGGGGG !!!!!!!!!!! wink

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Now this was a really cool bus ....... Gene's custom 1957 Kombi with an early Westfalia interior. Very cool bus!!

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I LOVE THIS PANEL!!!!!! 

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Here's a shot of Hera's Barndoor Panel. This guy also own's a 1952 Standard and a 1954 Single Cab.

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This was one BEAUTIFUL Split beetle! Stook out like a sore thumb ...... which is a good thing.

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Here's Eddie's Split Window ........ I dig the flat paint rather then the Shiny stuff everyone goes for.

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The Old Skool Obsession guys ..............

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Now this is probably my favorite beetle at the show. This mug caught my attention when it rolled in.  There were a handful of shiny beetles there which, in my opinion but what do I know I'm a Bus guy, didn't come close to the perfection of this ride! The stance, the detail and the perfection! Kudos to the owner of this Beetle.

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Sunday, March 06, 2016

Wild Parrots

Every morning before I head out the door I prepare my coffee while I let Ciccolo cruise out in the backyard before I bounce. Though this time we had a visit from the natives. Yes, the wild Parrots whom fly around all over the San Gabriel Valley. Lucky for me I had my camera handy and took a few shots before they flew off. There were 4 Parrots perched on the telephone poll and wire up very high. I managed to snatch these few shots of nature at its finest. And boy are these guys SUPER loud! But it’s all good.

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Friday, March 04, 2016

The Lab Car Show Flyer

Come this Saturday, March 5th, VW's will be invading the town of Montclair and congregating at The Lab,  an air cooled speed shop. The show is from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm. More information on the flyer below ............. see you there!

 

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Here is the other flyer, but I like the one above wink

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Thursday, March 03, 2016

Baboon flash back!

This picture was taken sometime 2005? …….. while cruising on the 10 freeway east bound heading towards P-Town. I guess it's safe to say this is a throw back Thursday picture laughing

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Wednesday, March 02, 2016

Cleaning up my 1954 Kombi

So this past weekend I dedicated Sunday to my bus! Gave it a major cleaning job! Something I rarely do. I believe the last time I gave her a thorough cleaning was about 4 years ago or so? Yes, it’s been that long. First thing I did was pull all the seats out and do a major cleaning job inside. After washing and wiping down the inside, I went to town on the seats. Then I scrubbed both the cargo area and front cab floor mats. Now those things were FILTHY! Once mounted I began cleaning the windows then hit the tires with some armor all dressing. The window rubber received the same treatment. And finally, I hit all the shiny parts with some polish cream. Good thing my bus isn’t a Deluxe or I’d have to dedicate the entire weekend for polishing. In the end I was really happy with the finished product. Now I will start hitting both the smaller local shows as well the bigger ones. If you see me at a show after this posting???? Come by my bus so I can brag about all the hard work I’ve done to it!! laughing

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If you look really closely you can see the few items I polished ......... the grab handle ends, the horn button ring and the starter button. Not much eh laughing

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And here is the finished product!

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Here is a bonus shot ......... My Ciccolo cruising in front of my bus laughing

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Monday, February 29, 2016

Winter O.C.T.O. Meet - 2/20/2016

It’s that time again ………. The Winter O.C.T.O. Meet. Though it did not feel like winter at all, more like a typical summer day. That’s southern California weather for you. Normally it rains on this show, but not this time. The sun was out in full force as well all the Bus enthusiast. Today’s Bus meet tally was 252!!! It was an amazing sight to see the endless line of pre-1967 VW Buses anxiously awaiting to get inside. This was a very large turnout for a winter meet. Felt as if were the June event. Needless to say there were tons of beautiful Buses on display as well TONS of parts for your ride for sale everywhere. I was more stoked about this event as I was finally able to bring out my 1954 Kombi, which has been sitting for a very long time! Talk about Bus depression …….. ha!

 Good times and now I’m looking forward to the June summer meet, which is always a treat.

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Here are a few pictures of the NOS parts stash being sold by Herr Glen Bornhoff of Der Fatherland. Very cool and super rare early Bus parts for sale at this spot. Verstehen sie mich!

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An NOS Barndoor 53/55 Horn Button still in the box!!!

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An NOS Steering column lock/ignition wire cover! Again, super rare and hard to find item.

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Here’s Chino’s 13 Window Mouse Grey Deluxe. Super clean and nice bus.

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There are my buddies, Max, Andrea & Armando, visiting from Roma, Italia ……….  è stato un piacere conoscerti, ci vediamo presto!  (picture credit goes to Karate Scott ....... HA YAH!!! laughing )

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This picture was taken out front of Charlie Hamil’s house - The Bus Stop.

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Tuesday, January 26, 2016

Victoria-Gasteiz, Basque Country, España

Let’s see if we can get back on track here!? ……………… while in Bilbao, we decided at the last minute to head on over to Victoria to drop off some parts to our mutual buddy, Iñaki aka Txipi. Though with the intentions of doing a little sightseeing. Victoria is often overshadowed by the other more prominent Basque cities but boasts the best preserved medieval center of all the Basque cities and has impressive renaissance architecture. When you walk into the medieval city center is leaves you in an “awe”. It’s not very often a Yank encounters buildings dating back to the 1500’s surrounded by a wall from the 11th century along with several impressive watchtowers! It’s really a breathtaking experience. Well, after cruising around and making tons of pictures we hit an old medieval looking tavern and had some pints with some awesome pintxos. Needless to say, the day spent in Victoria was worth the drive. Big shout out to Iñaki and Mikel Martinez! …….. Muchas gracias por la pasada. Lo pase genial!

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Thursday, January 07, 2016

In loving memory of Matisse Lefevre

Today marks a sad day for me. Today marks the 2 year anniversary of the passing of my beloved, Matisse. Most of you who knew or know of her, had no idea of her passing. This was only disclosed to family & close personal friends within my circle. Those who know me well knew the bond I had with her. Matisse was part of my life for 17 years! PUTAIN! 17 years! Big thank you to all of you again, who’ve reached out with condolences.

...... I believe death ends lives, but not relationships.

Au Revoir mon cheri.

 

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Tuesday, November 17, 2015

The Basque Country (northern España)

Now we are going backwards, basically the starting point of my March trip back to mi tierra, Euskal Herria. Let me first start off that I have not returned to El Pais Vasco ( The Basque Country) in 5 years. That is a long time going out with Sidra, Txipirones, Pintxos and dancing goats. (The Gitanos play the accordion while the goats dance around. Really funny!) Needless to say the journey heading out there was very long and hard on my body, now that I’m older. So off I flew into the air for a 12 hour flight to Paris, France. Though the flight didn’t seem as long? Go figure? Any hoot, I arrive at this massive airport and head over to my connecting flight to Bilbao, Basque Country. A few hours later I’m in Bilbao and my Primo, Borja, is there to collect me though in typical Basque fashion ….. sporting the Txapela! Waiting for me in the car was mi sobrino, Jon! Cute little boy with an endless smile and tons of energy. His mother, Bea, tells me she has to trick him into sleeping. Long story. So off we went. Our first stop was a the Castle of Butrón, which is located in Gatika, the northern region of the Basque Country (España). After this quick pit stop .......... on my way to stuff my face with 5 years of over due of eating Croquetas de Jamón!

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After this quick pit stop .......... on my way to stuff my face with 5 years of over due of eating Croquetas de Jamón!

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And complimenting the Croquetas is some free ranged pollo rostisado! GGUUAA!!!! smile

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Just by the looks of this eatery, you would never have known this fine Basque cuisine exist within, or that its closed for the day!?

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Typical Basque home. And this one is right by the ocean. Would make a nice summer home. Unfortunetly, this was taken in March and it's Africa cold and wet during this time of the year.

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After an awesome well come home meal ...... sipped on some Txakoli, then an helado ....... then walked it off with a stroll on the beach. Too bad I didn't have Txakurra to take the stroll with me. Oh well, you can't have it all smile

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Friday, November 13, 2015

Part Deux ............ Grand Nationals, Pomona Fairplex

 

I like these rides a bit more ..............

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Is it obvious I have a soft spot for the 1949-1950 Mercs!? smile As well the 1939-1940 Mercs. Should have kept mine ...... yada yada yada.

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Even Dave Kindig of "Bitchin Rides" was on hand. Nice chap.

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Now, the following images are of my favorite rides at the show. Be warned  ........ have an extra pair of knickers handy.

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This ride was probably my favorite. AMAZING is the only word I can place.

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Yet another super SICK Merc!

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Thursday, November 12, 2015

Grand National Roadster Show

 

Another year has passed and the list of shows grows by the year. So many that I skip a majority of them. But one show I look forward to is the Grand National Roadster Show. Held annually at the Pomona Fairplex, or as most know it as …….. The Pomona Swapmeet. This is the largest indoor Roadster Show, and by far the best of the best attend this event. Everyone brings their “A” game to this event. Folks from all over the world come to see the crème de la crème rides being displayed here. Needless to say I was rubber necking the entire time there. So many beautiful cars, and tons of Mercs on hand. JODER is all I can say. And TONS of beautiful baby dolls roaming the show. There really isn’t much for me to write about this event/posting. The pictures of the rides speak for themselves. Enjoi ....... Please note, these images were taken January of 2015. Yes I know, I'm on the Late Show! smile

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They even had a few Vintage BMX bikes on display. Czech out this SE Racing Quadangle. BAD ASS!!

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This was a cool display with a  girl dressed to the ear though with a slight touch of Hussieness

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This car was amazing ……….

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Monday, November 09, 2015

More of the Volksworld Show ............

Those of you who know me fairly well know I'm down for the OG & Patina rides. Especially the ones which are driven often and not kept in the garage. So with that said ......... here are shots of my favorite rides I came across outside.

This was one of my favorite rides out in display. Without a doubt this PG/SG standard is a serious Patina Monster!! This monster most definetly came from the Colonies. REALLY! wink

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This one is for all you Mango Patina lovers. Very cool bus.

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This mug is LAID THE FUCK OUT!!!!

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This one is ALL YOU Bryan (aka Supa_Lowbus) wink Gotta love them 15 Windows!

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Here's a very cool OG European 23 Window deluxe. Bad ass ride!

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Now, the following images you will be gawking at were part of the Royal Court of Sir Alan Scott lll, the Duke of Southampton. REALLY! wink  This guy is more famous the Ewan McGreggor and Robbie Williams combined!! And I'm NOT taking the piss!! When ever I cross the pond and want to get into the cool fiestas, all I have to say I'm mates with him.

Here is the Duke of Southampton's ride. A cool 1952 Right Hand Drive Standard. Though it needs to be a tad bit lowered!? (Taking the piss mate! laughing)

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Here is one of his Kight's ride, Sir Rikki James ......... 1954 Right Drive Deluxe 23 Windows.

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Here is another one of my favorites ......... an og paint Dove Blue European model Kombi with logos. GGGUUAAA!!!!! Que fuerte chaval!!!!!

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Here is a note worthy Patina's late Squareback. Had lots of appeal.

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Here is where the party was going down. Wonder if these blokes drove all the way from Texas?? smile

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Here is another cool Barndoor inside the main building.

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Here is a very cool restored Dove Blue Double Door Panel.

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Here's a shot of the back side of the show ........... yet, more rides!!

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Saturday, November 07, 2015

Volksworld Show, Esher, London, England ........ March 2015

Since all rooms were booked within the town of Esher, we had to stay in the outskirts, which turned out to be a chore getting out there. Cabs are EXPENSIVE!! Hence = Piratas!  So we decided to walk up the road to the bus stop to head into town. While waiting we see this green 75 Westfalia coming around the corner and we all jump out at the bus like lunatics pointing at our VW t-shirts. So the couple pulled over and asked us what the fuck are we doing!? With our broken English accents (Me too) we asked for a lift to the Volksworld show! They thought we tracked all the way from Spain here for the show!? Ha ha ha ha. We kinda did. So off we all went to the Volksworld show.

My last venture to this show was back in 2003? I believe, so it’s been a while. Familiar though. I got to see lots of old mates and made new ones. I also spent some time at the infamous pub named THE BEAR!!  EVERYONE was there. It was like as if I were at a sold out WU TANG KLAN concert, though people speaking with that funny accent. REALLY.  Any hoot, it was a good time. The show especially. Lots of really cool rides and tons of very familiar rides. And I got to hang out with fellow Barndoor affectionados. I even got to hang out with the Robbie Williams of the VW UK scene ….. Sir Alan Scott lll, whom is actually the Duke of Northampton. REALLY!

Here is a shot of us with the lovely couple whom scooped us up and took us to the Volksworld Show. Standing to my right is my primo, Fer - el mas Gitano de todo Asturias!, Vicente from Madrid and Aldo, also an Asturiano. Venga Chavales!!!

 

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Here are some shots of some cool rides with the very familiar Sur Califas patina mark!

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Lots of really cool Rides all over this place. I couldn't stop taking pictures!!! JODER!!!

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This Patina monstro belong's to GFK UK's Gavin. Super nice ride.

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Here is a shot of my homie Buzz's RHD Standard. A very clean bus with a beautiful stance!

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Here's the infamous COOL FLO Panel. A very cool bus.

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More GFK UK rides .................

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This bad ass Split belongs to my big homie and the main cholo of the GFK UK Chapter ......... DEANO!

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Here is a shot of Deano and myself ........... gangsters!!!

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Laurent, aka. THE BOSS, brought out his arsenal of NOS parts to this event. By the way, Laurent is NOT French! He is from Brussels ........ it's in Belgium Smile

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Friday, November 06, 2015

London, England

 

Back in March I crossed the pond to visit family, friends and take part of a VW Show, The Volksworld show. For this post I’m going backwards. I was actually in España prior to arriving on La Isla Pirata, England. REALLY!  So with that said ………. Let’s get down to it.

We flew out from Santender airport, which is located on the northern coast of Spain, and flew into Stansted airport, outside of central London. Kinda like flying into Ontario airport then heading over to Downtown Los Angeles. With the exception of the weather. Ha! Anyhoot, we catch a bus into town and arrive at the central bus station, then hit the tube. (for you non Brits ….. basically for the Yanks, The Tube is the subway system) It’s been some years since I’ve back in these neck of the woods. They speak funny there!? Once pointed in the right direction, off we went to our hostel. But upon arrival ……. GGUUAA!!! This was some hostel. And let me tell you, I have stayed at many hostels but this one was rough! This place reminded me of a prison scene from the movie ……. MIDNIGHT EXPRESS. Yes, a Turkish prison cell. In our room there were about 20 bunk beds but stacked 4 high! This was a good reminder for me as to start spending the cash on a descent hotel. The interesting part of this place was this really prissy girl staying in there!? Stuck out like a sore thumb. Regardless, we made the best of it, un packed and hit the town …… needless to say ….. The pub! But first, let's take PG route and do some sightseeing. REALLY! Smile

Here is a funny shot of Fer and Vicente goofing off on the Telli. 

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Now this is a little bulls head thingy in a Spanish restuarant my buddy, Vicente, knew of. The head chef is his childhood friend when they were kids in Madrid. Wink ( Fer ...... Que pasa Chaval?? ha ha ha ) Any hoot, they probably made the best Croquetas I have ever eaten!? The best Croquetas in La Isla Pirata!!?? And London to say!!?? Hands down the best I've had.

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GORA EUSKALIFORNIA!!!!!

 

 

 

 

 

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Chillin with Cuñado

So a few months ago Cuñado's girl, Yvonne, invites me and my lady to participate in the Del Mar Mud Run. If any of you ever have the opportunity??? DO IT!!!  It's so much fun. Regardless if you are out of shape, as I am, you will enjoy it. Here are some aftermath shots.

Here we are ready to get our run on!

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Here is a shot of Cuñado and myself right after the end of the course. Though we cleaned up a bit. I look like the typical Gitano from my village of Luanco.

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Here we are enjoying some adult beverages after the run. Notice we are both topless!!

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  Who the heck needs to go to Las Vegas for a pool party when you can hit Comrades for that. Chick's, beers and Ruski's!! Good times.

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Thursday, November 05, 2015

Que pasa chaval !!!!!!!????

Well, it's been a while since I've posted up in here. Been really busy and have lots on my plate. So I'm back and will be making every effort possible bringing you all my adventures and the looks of the Cali life style.  So here we go ..........

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