Friday, June 24, 2016
After the 2nd raffle at OCTO, we started to load and pack our buses. Once this chore was completed, because it is a job to get this done, we rallied up the troops and figured out the route ……….. off we went. Leaving the Long Beach Veterans Stadium was a sight as there we still tons of buses on site. But needless to say, they will all end up at the Black Star campout at some point. Once we arrived and set up camp the party started. Or should I say we joined the party. I don’t know if my words will really describe the full blown fiesta going down at the Black Star Campout??? Both Doug and myself jumped in his bus to see what the buzz was all about???
HOLY SHIT!!! Once we entered the camping zone it was as if we were transported back to the 2009 Beautiful Budel show in Southern Holland!!! What a sight!! People were cruising their VW’s all over this camp ground. BBQ galore is an understatement. Any direction my nose took a whiff was something tempting. And as far as cocktails or pints go, that was of abundance. If you were empty handed, a drink was placed in your hand immediately. No joke! Also on hand was a band rocking out as well a dance floor for all those clubbers and ballerinas. It was an evening with no end. Curfew??? What curfew??? I doubt anyone with authority was able to calm the masses down. No rowdiness what so ever, just pure fun. In my eyes this is what a VW show should be like. The mixture of camping with the show and shine portion of the event.
Come 6:00 am the non campers start to roll in. And let me be the first to say ………… 80% of the show was already on hand. Regardless, tons of cars kept coming in as this event was massive. Last year half the center field was full. This time around the entire field and surrounding areas were packed!!! Very noticeable as that was one thing enthusiasts were making comparisons to last year’s visit. I’d say by 8:00 am the full show was present. The swap area was super cluttered! Amazing how many folks were out there pimping either parts or products, and their services. I also lost count of all the clubs present. So many. Just to name a few …….. Just Cruzin, Heilite Mafia, The German Folks, Oil Drippers, Old Skool Obsessions, Volksstyle, VTO, OCTO, Volksfamilia, Mexican Folks and so forth. I know I left out several other clubs, there were tons! Needless to say the atmosphere was pleasant with none stop movement. This event will be bigger and better come next year. So keep your Grills and Filp Flops handy, cuz a year will fly by quickly.
And here we have OCTO's very own .............. Richie Morris jamming away and singing David Bowie tunes!!!! YOU ROCK RICHIE MORRIS!!!!!!
The German Folks holding it down. A very impressive collection of rides up on this corner.
Needless to say Split Windows were everywhere!!!!
Bird's 1963 making its debut at Prado. This beetle has been with the family since the day Bird's Grand Father bought it brand new from the dealership back in 1963. He has all the documentation for this ride.
This Low Light Ghia belongs to my childhood friend, Maudy Vargas. This ride is SUPER laid the fuck out! And equally clean.
Czech out Hermansito wearing his Poo S-shirt
GFK Scotty's Barndoor Single Cab.
Nice shot of Comrade's 1955 Deluxe over looking the campground and the lake.
Wednesday, June 22, 2016
OK, let’s get this show on the road! Being on the committee as well a founding father of the OCTO crew, I have some privilages. I get to spend the night prior to the show. Though it’s just easier for me to wake up and get started on what I do there. Park Buses!! 6:00 am sharp the gates opened and the show started. I’m always amazed each at each OCTO show all the gems the Bus folks bring out to sell in the Swap area. This is also the show people debut their newly restored or fixed up ride. Tons of vendors were at hand. From the giants to the smaller shops. Something impressive was Gerson of Klassicfab and Jason Stratton of Stratton Motors drove all the way out from Florida for this event! what a great turn out. I ran into some many friends from all corners of the world ……… Japan, Belgium, Germany, New Zealand, Mexico, Argentina, France ……. Just to name a few. As well all my local and out of state buddies. The energy and vide was roaring at this event. And to think, this was the beginning of an epic weekend awaiting. Another mini event within this event is the raffle. So many generous outfits, including Cuñado Wear, donate their products to this raffle which proceeds go towards the Long Beach Community College Foundation Athletics Department. Once the dust started to clear, we rounded up the troops, packed our buses and formed our massive caravan heading towards the city of Chino for the Black Star Camp out.
I spy two shady characters!!?? I will give you a few hints ........... one is the Ice chest Czar and the other is part of the Wu Tang Clan
Art work / signs by Tim Leventry.
This is Luis Ruiz' Crew Cab, one of the Heilite Mafia Capo's. This guy went to town on this bus and finished it up in 6 months? I think?
This Barndoor Panel belongs to Rick Clark.
The world famous Cuñado pimping out his Cuñado Wear gear!
Now this is a very impressive bus. Or should I say, a survivor. The real deal. This is a late 1962 Deluxe 23 Window with 14,000 miles on the odometer! This thing looks brand new. The paint outside is amazing and the interior is insane! Czech out the headliner!!! I’m still blown away when I see rides like this surface. It goes to show you that they are still out there!!!
Look at the interior!!!!!!!!
Czech this bus out! This is the original bus used in the iconic 80’s movie …… FAST TIMES AT RIDGEMONT HIGH. Remember the main character?? Jeff Spicoli?? Sean Played that character. Watch it if you haven’t. The bus belongs to Robert Skinner of Skinner Classics.
Beautiful bus! This is my favorite color scheme for a bus.
Here's another crowd favorite .......... Disneyland Eddy and Tio Dave's Highroof bus.
This is such a cool bus! It belongs to my homie Sammy.
Here's Sammy leaning up against Jamie's Barndoor single cab.
Here is another shot of the 1952 Sunroof Standard Micro Bus owned by Smitty's Auto Body.
These few pictures are of a very special and rare bus, a 1961 Kombi with the factory Swivel Seat Option. It's owned and restored by John Jones of KCW. Beautiful Bus!!! Awesome job John!!!
C'mon ......... you know I had to throw one in of my bus
Monday, June 20, 2016
For this segment, words haven’t really formatted in my head or how to start it off? I know this is a cliché but I have no words to describe the OCTO/PRADO PARK weekend!!?? While at the Pomona Swap Meet the word I heard all day long was "BLACK STAR"!! As in the VTO BLACK STAR camping extravaganza. During the week I was informed of the Black Star camping out starting to accumulate enthusiasts. I actually knew a handful of people who were heading out there on Wednesday. Buy Friday evening while at OCTO I was informed of a VW count of 320! This will give you a vague idea of what I’m about to both post and write about. A broken record I do sound like, but EPIC is the perfect word to describe that weekend. I can only imagine what next year’s OCTO/PRADO weekend will be like? I say this because the fun will continue for myself, Comrade ( 10 Foot Doug ) and Cuñado. A few days after we will venture across the pond for a month and hit back to back weekend shows. Including the Hessisch Oldendorf Treffen and the European Bug-In. A must for any true Yank VW enthusiast.
Tuesday, June 07, 2016
So the OCTO / PRADO PARK week kick off has officially started. The Pomona Auto Swap meet is the first major event during this week long of shows/bbq’s/open houses/etc. It’s been some time I’ve attended this event so this one was well worth the visit. The VW section was in full force! And the weather was gentle on us as we expected some serious heat as it usually is scorching hot during this one specific Pomona, and being on the asphalt doesn’t help. A bit hazy in the morning then by early afternoon the sun started doing its job, but a really nice breeze was upon us as well. So this was perfect weather. Tons of cars were for sale, from VW’s to classic American metal. The swap meet area was roaring! Walking through these isles were so intense they reminded me of walking the isles at the Bazaar in Istanbul, Turkey. That’s how packed it was!!! After Pück and myself walked the American side on the hunt for BMX parts, we cruised back to our spot for a bbq and beers with our good friends The Original German Folks™. Talk about a full spread! From the time we arrived until our departure ……. The grill was pumping out the carne asada, ribs, Sausages, pollo and whatever was placed on there by our personal Chef, GP. As well the beers were kept cold and in circulation.
In the end everyone left with a smile and a good time. This event is always a good social gathering amongst car enthusiasts. Where it be European cars, American Cars, Low Riders, Customs or whatever. It’s a mutual ground for a gathering amongst the different likings. If you’ve never been, definitely worth the visit and experience. And make sure you swing by our spot for a Taco & Beer.
Chef GP and his assistant, Vince.
Here are a few shots of Not My Richie’s Notchback sporting it’s new kicks ……. Alloys.
Cholo Ralph's nice Vert
Wednesday, June 01, 2016
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!
Czech out EL TIGRE!!! He got crazy with Cuñado!!
Herr Niels Timmerman! Pimping the Cuñado Wear!!!
Cuñado ……….. always the last man standing on stage! Think he’s not!?
Tuesday, May 17, 2016
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!!
You need your ride slammed? Lowered? Narrowed front Beam? Dropped Spindles? Hit up Joe at Jer-Fab
The end ............
Saturday, April 16, 2016
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
And this is the 1949. If you notice, this one has semi-fours on it!!
Friday, April 15, 2016
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!
And finally ....... I leave you with my buddies, Play Dirty, 1959 chillin at the entrance to the Luftgekühlt.
Thursday, April 07, 2016
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!!!
And NOPE! This picture is not flipped. Comrade is driving on the wrong side
Friday, April 01, 2016
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
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.
I'm pretty sure this guy was saying ........... "Watcha lookin at Willis!!??"
Thursday, March 31, 2016
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".
Wednesday, March 30, 2016
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!
And this is Malmö, Sweden. ( I should have taken more pictures )
W-Deck lids galore!
And here I am posing with some of the treasure.
This is me all wet while loading up the ride with the treasure.
Now here is the aftermath and now part of the "Private CollectionS"
I truly don't believe there are words for the images with the parts you will be seeing.
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.
Monday, March 21, 2016
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.
The images below I took them.
Saturday, March 19, 2016
Took this shot when no one was around my bus at the HOT VW'S DRAG DAY'S, held at the Irwindale Speedway track.
Friday, March 18, 2016
Just a shot of my bus at last year's Christmas Toy Drive in Pasadena held at the Tommy Burger's.
Monday, March 14, 2016
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.
Thursday, March 10, 2016
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.
Wednesday, March 09, 2016
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
Here's a shot of my Bus chillin right smack in the middle of the Lab's Platz! Verstehen sie mich! 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!!! I do have to say my Bus looks BAD O DEE!!!! Think it doesn’t!?
Yours truly with smiles and all ..............
Tuesday, March 08, 2016
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!
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!!!!
Here's a shot of my Buddy Hector's Kubel/Thing ......... bumping the sounds!!
And this belong's to my EL CCCCRRRRAAAAIIIIGGGGG !!!!!!!!!!!
Now this was a really cool bus ....... Gene's custom 1957 Kombi with an early Westfalia interior. Very cool bus!!
I LOVE THIS PANEL!!!!!!
Here's a shot of Hera's Barndoor Panel. This guy also own's a 1952 Standard and a 1954 Single Cab.
This was one BEAUTIFUL Split beetle! Stook out like a sore thumb ...... which is a good thing.
Here's Eddie's Split Window ........ I dig the flat paint rather then the Shiny stuff everyone goes for.
The Old Skool Obsession guys ..............
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.
Sunday, March 06, 2016
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.
Friday, March 04, 2016
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!
Here is the other flyer, but I like the one above
Thursday, March 03, 2016
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
Wednesday, March 02, 2016
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!!
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
And here is the finished product!
Here is a bonus shot ......... My Ciccolo cruising in front of my bus
Monday, February 29, 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.
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!
An NOS Barndoor 53/55 Horn Button still in the box!!!
An NOS Steering column lock/ignition wire cover! Again, super rare and hard to find item.
Here’s Chino’s 13 Window Mouse Grey Deluxe. Super clean and nice bus.
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!!! )
This picture was taken out front of Charlie Hamil’s house - The Bus Stop.
Tuesday, January 26, 2016
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!
Thursday, January 07, 2016
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.
Tuesday, November 17, 2015
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!
After this quick pit stop .......... on my way to stuff my face with 5 years of over due of eating Croquetas de Jamón!
And complimenting the Croquetas is some free ranged pollo rostisado! GGUUAA!!!!
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!?
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.
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
Friday, November 13, 2015
I like these rides a bit more ..............
Is it obvious I have a soft spot for the 1949-1950 Mercs!? As well the 1939-1940 Mercs. Should have kept mine ...... yada yada yada.
Even Dave Kindig of "Bitchin Rides" was on hand. Nice chap.
Now, the following images are of my favorite rides at the show. Be warned ........ have an extra pair of knickers handy.
This ride was probably my favorite. AMAZING is the only word I can place.
Yet another super SICK Merc!
Thursday, November 12, 2015
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!
They even had a few Vintage BMX bikes on display. Czech out this SE Racing Quadangle. BAD ASS!!
This was a cool display with a girl dressed to the ear though with a slight touch of Hussieness
This car was amazing ……….
Monday, November 09, 2015
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!
This one is for all you Mango Patina lovers. Very cool bus.
This mug is LAID THE FUCK OUT!!!!
This one is ALL YOU Bryan (aka Supa_Lowbus) Gotta love them 15 Windows!
Here's a very cool OG European 23 Window deluxe. Bad ass ride!
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! 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! )
Here is one of his Kight's ride, Sir Rikki James ......... 1954 Right Drive Deluxe 23 Windows.
Here is another one of my favorites ......... an og paint Dove Blue European model Kombi with logos. GGGUUAAA!!!!! Que fuerte chaval!!!!!
Here is a note worthy Patina's late Squareback. Had lots of appeal.
Here is where the party was going down. Wonder if these blokes drove all the way from Texas??
Here is another cool Barndoor inside the main building.
Here is a very cool restored Dove Blue Double Door Panel.
Here's a shot of the back side of the show ........... yet, more rides!!