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.
Monday, April 28, 2014
Had a little time yesterday after returning from Julian, Cali. So I mounted that tar board stuff on to the engine compartment. The old one was beat down!
Saturday, April 26, 2014
Friday, April 25, 2014
The lone camper on the camp ground. This is a temporary site. By late this afternoon, this area will be PACKED!!
Thursday, April 24, 2014
It's that time again. The annual KQ Ranch campout, held down in Julian, California. This small town has a lot to offer for it's size, as well many other activities in the near surroundings. Julian is located up in the north east part of San Diego. It's well known for it's apple's and apple pies. If you are ever in Cali and you are heading or spending some time in the San Diego area ....... you should visit Julian.
Here are the Hosts, the two behind this awesome weekend ................ Serg & Maria Vasquez.
Thursday, April 10, 2014
What a treat this past weekend turned out to be. I was fortunate to have caught wind of a really cool show held the Bob’s Big Boy Downey location in So Cali. These vintage diners are scarce, a diamond in the rough, and a perfect setting for a Vintage VW car show. Another fortunate factor was the great weather we had that day. The sun was out in full force! This was the first car show held by the local So Cal club, Volks Addition. It was a sight to see people chillin while eating their burgers and fries, chasing them down with a root beer float!
A good turn-out for a first time show with several local VW car clubs on hand. Just to name a few ……… OIL DRIPPERS, STRAIGHT BUGGIN, GERMAN FOLKS. There were many cool rides out at this event, which most received a top 10 award. And not to forget the raffle prizes. Big shout out to the club members and their families for organizing and putting this show together. It’s a lot of work and it paid off. (the pictures will speak for themselves)
All in all, this was a cool event with lots of cool rides and great folks. You will be seeing me there come next year.
After meeting up with CRG, we headed out towards East L.A. to meet up with RHD Marcos, Salinas and Not my Richie. Off we went towards the 710 Freeway towards the city of Downey.
Here is a shot of one of the Volks Addiction members club t-shirt.
Now this was my favorite ride at the show. Robert Guzmán's newly aquired 1953 Zwitter. This beetle is BAD ASS!!! I wish I could tell all you guys what he paid for it!!!!
Here are some shots of the local clubs who attended the event.
Here are some rolling out shots.
Here is a shot of the guys drag racing on the 710 north, heading back to da hood!!!
Thursday, April 03, 2014
May 04, 2013 - Spring Picnic hosted by Orange Empire Bus Company
Yorba Linda, California
As Everett mentions above ....... Don't miss out on the 15th Annual Spring Picnic hosted by The Orange Empire Bus Company. Come out and enjoy the day parked on grass under large trees. Gates open at 6:30 in the morning. The day will be packed full of fun.
-Hot-Dog Fred will be on-scene grilling up his legendary Bratwursts and Hot-Dogs.
-Our swap meet is expected to be full to capacity.
-And we will once again be running SLOW-DRAGS. Slow drags are free to enter with two classes (type 2 and all other VWs) The winner of each class wins a $200 Gift Certificate donated by Wolfsburg West.
-Bring family and friends and enjoy a truly unique Volkswagen event in a truly unique park setting.
- Admission is free to drivers of aircooled VWs. Passengers and spectators pay a low $5 each
-ALL-Aircooled VW campout starts Friday, May 2nd at noon.
-All Aircooled VW "drive-in" will be set up Saturday night again, compliments of Jebus with free popcorn served by Wolfsburg West.
DON'T MISS IT!!
Email email@example.com for more info.
May 02, 2013 - Spring Picnic Campout
Yorba Linda, California
Bring your friends and family and come out for the Pre-Spring Picnic Campout. The fun starts at Noon on Friday and continues until early Sunday morning where the even-more-fun Spring Picnic begins. Bring your barbecues and ice chests and enjoy camping on grass with LOTS of other VWs. Saturday at dusk we will once again be setting up the big screen and showing a Volkswagen extravaganza on the big screen compliments of "the Jebus" with free popcorn from your friends at Wolfsburg West. Campout is open to AIRCOOLED VWs only. $20 per night/per vehicle. No prereservation is required.
Email firstname.lastname@example.org for more info.
Monday, March 31, 2014
I thought I lost these reverse lights but found them in a box I has other parts stashed away. So I figured I'd give them a proper cleaning.
Tuesday, March 18, 2014
If any of you have nothing to do on the weekend of May 3rd or you will be on hoiday that weekend ....... head on over to Mataró (Barcelona), Spain. Xavi Cervera is the main man behind this event, pretty much a one man show. Split Buses Only Meet #3 is a pre 1967 Bus meet being held on the port town of Mataró, which is located in the out skirts of Barcelona. With the support of several organizations (including Cuñado Wear, The Samba, OCTO and the BDM) within the world wide VW community, Xavi was blessed with lots of gifts and prizes of this event.
So make it out for the weekend ........ enjoy a Paella or tapas while chilling and checking out all the buses. Then you can always head into town and visit La Sagrada Familia or la Rambla for some more Cañas??
Friday, March 14, 2014
Yesterday I spent the entire day working on the beetle! It was one long day. I was tightening up loose ends here and there, then I removed the running boards and started to remove the fenders. Having all of this off I tapped and dyed ALL the threads, nuts bolts, hardware, etc!! What a chore! But what a difference it is when you screw everything together without breaking your wrist! I mounted one of the fenders with new fender beading, 3 more to go. I’m also in the middle of replacing the rubber on the running board.
Check out how dry it is where the area strip is where the running board mounts on to. ZERO RUST! Gotta love that freaking So Cali weather. This beetle was bought at Trans Ocean dealership in Pasadena and has remained within the family until I got my grubby little hands on it. OKAY Once I clean the running board mounting area and the bottom end areas of the fenders, where the running boards fasten to .......... I will then polish the paint from the running boards up.
DAMN! Look at how dry this area is as well! Mounting the fender back on after cleaning up the body threads and all the hardware made this a piece of cake.
Stay tuned ...............
Wednesday, March 12, 2014
Yet another chore. This engine was filthy! I’ve had this motor for a very long time and now I will be putting it to use on a project. Lucky for me I had all the engine tin powder coated a few years back. You just never now.
I do have to say this engine cleaned up quite well.
Czech out the flying engine !!!!!!!!!
Monday, March 10, 2014
Few weeks ago or the weekend it rained, a bunch of us got together at Daniel's place up in Victorville to help out fellow GFK member, Mario - aka Hawk, with his beetle. Super nice beetle and in the process of being put together. Lots of fellow members from all corners of the greater Los Angeles area were on the spot to give a hand. Even the San Diego chapter, Neil and Cuñado Earl, made the voyage as well. It's good to know your homies have your back!
Here is Hawk and Neil figuring out the game plan.
Here is Luis Ruiz handling the fender beading job.
Look at how clean it looks underneath there and with nice new hardware.
Alloys ........ a GFK must!
One of the homies from Las Vegas, Eric, brought this over for Hawk. I have never seen one like this???
Here's Daniel's Sealing Wax Red Crew Cab, awaiting a new transmission.
GFK had their personal chef on site ....... Cuñado Earl. Think he wasn't!?
Daniel getting the table ready for the grub.
Earl getting his grill skills on!
The food tasters.
Even Larry Reno showed up in his cool patina's beetle.
This was my view heading back home, the back side of the San Gabriel Mountains all covered in snow.
Thursday, February 27, 2014
As many of you know, following the story of my Westfalia, I finally got my 1971 Westfalia Bus up & running and made its maiden voyage to the Joshua Tree National Park this past weekend. What an adventure! The least to say. I’ve planning for many years or all the times the Campbodians offered a spot for me at their annual Joshua Tree campout. The main reason for me not attending was the weather. It can get really cold up in the Yucca Valley. But with a Camper, that’s a different story. Come Friday morning I getting everything sorted out for the trip. Basically all my supplies as I didn’t have to worry about a tent or those other necessities one needs to bring when camping. My Westy had everything I needed for that weekend! So off I left the Slam Gabriel Valley making my way towards Palm Springs. The meet up point was the 10 Freeway and Highway 79 in the town of Beaumont. Come 5 minutes upon my arrival the Campbodians arrive and off we went on to Highway 62 heading into the Yucca Valley.
On a side note, I had no idea these Bay Window Westfalia’s were so heavy! Mine was a slug going up hills. I mean really bad! But oh well, it’s got all that camping interior in there so deal with it! Right.
Upon arrival at Joshua Tree, we headed into the back side of the park, Indian Cove Road to be exact. What an awesome drive this was. Visiting the Joshua Tree National Park is one thing, but to roll in and camp in your bus is a whole different experience. Once parked, we all started setting up our campsite and rides, getting ready to get our drink on! Friday night was the chill day/night. Come Saturday off we went for a hike, and what a hike that was. We climbed one fairly large rock with an impressive view of the Yucca Valley. Rock views for days. The evening was the main event for the day. Non stop bbq’n with cocktails and beers on hand. Something really cool to see are all the stars up in the sky. Being a city boy, we don’t get this type of view very often. We have to venture out pretty far for something like this. One night I saw one shooting star, come Saturday I saw THREE shooting stars. No joke!
In the end, this was a major treat for myself. I was geeking for a solid year about taking my Westfalia out on a camping trip. This was a much needed adventure. If any of you ever get a chance to visit the Joshua Tree National Park, DO IT! I highly recommend you do the camping
thing as well. You will not be sorry.
Here is a shot of my first break down. Actually the spring on my carburator busted. A minor modification and off I went. This was also the ralley point, Beaumont.
The Campbodian's arrive. Maurice in his 1960 Walk Thru Kombi, Ronnie Jiménez in his 1960 Panel and Cirilo Gangoy Jr lll in his 1966 Panel. Also riding with Ronnie was his girl Liza and her little, Joanna.
On the 10 Freeway just about to jump onto Highway 62.
Upon arrival at the Indian Cove station, we had to sort out our passes and spots. Friendly Rangers on hand.
Rolling in. What a sight!!!
Czech out our camp spot! Surrounded by pure natural beauty. Que furgo tan guapo!
Here is a shot of our campsite all set up. Made sure them coolers were loaded with supplies and drinks.
Hitting the Hookah. Czech out my cherry hair!!
Let's go hiking! Here is a shot of Cirilo Gangoy Jr lll, basically ......... Maurice's son, Ronnie Jiménez and Rondy!
These views from up on top were amazing! The Yucca Valley is a pretty impressive sight as well. See for yourselves.
Getting my grill on and my hair still looks cherry!!
Sunset is setting in.
KK CAMPBODIANS!!!!!!!!!!! The Joshua Tree Posse.
All packed up and just about ready to leave the park. For sure I will be back with these guys come next year. But many more camping trips are coming up.
Tuesday, February 25, 2014
Sorry, but I HAD to post this picture. Too awesome! I need to dress Chewbacca like this for Halloween.
Monday, February 10, 2014
Who needs AAA when you got Campbodian road side assistance. After OCTO the posse headed over to my crib and sort out the motor situation for my Westfalia. It was a bitch of a task but in the end it was all good. Big props to Cuñado Earl, Maurice Gangoy, Luis Ruiz, Jeremy Metzger and Serq Vasquez. It’s good to know I have friends like this ( who aren’t always thinking of how to make a quick buck off their friends )
Czech out Earl's Mascara. He looks like his Txakurra Zeus!
Tuesday, February 04, 2014
This past Saturday I visited a good friend of mine, Rafael Gutierrez of the infamous Vintage Classic Specialist shop in Orange, California. I haven’t been to Rafa’s new shop and what a surprise! I got rubber neck from just walking in. His shop is the average VW gear head’s dream shop. Seriously. The first thing I noticed when I entered were the original paint pre 1963 rear hatches, and one super patina’d Barndoor Deluxe rear hatch. As I kept walking I’d discover something new. So this kept going on each time I walked about 4 feet or so. He also has signs hanging all over the place, and lets not forget all the small nostalgic trinkets laying around. During my visit he had a few customer vehicles on site, but his personal rides were more impressive. My favorite was his original paint with logos, 1957 Palm Green / Sand Green European Standard. That is one beautiful bus. Sitting right next to his impressive 57 Standard is yet another Standard. A 1960 Double Door Sunroof Mango Standard. This thing also had the original double flipper seat. RARE! Another of Rafa’s personal projects is his early 1956 Low Light Karmann Ghia with tons of NOS parts awaiting to be mounted.
Rafa is the main guy at West Coast Classics. He assembles all the major restorations taking place there. Rara is known in the industry for his detailed craftsmanship. A true artist on a league of his own. Rafa is all about perfection and not cutting any corners. He told me every car he assembles, he does it as if it were his ride. Chances are if you love a certain magazine featured ride, Rafa had something to do with it. Rafa’s doors are always open, whether it be for a specific job or just to come and visit his shop. Visiting his shop alone is worth it. So if you are an out of towner, come by Rafa’s shop for a chat, or a beer.
This is my favorite part of his shop.
Sunday, February 02, 2014
Just a random shot I took of my 1954 Kombi on the side of road, highway 177 to be exact.