Friday, March 06, 2015

OCTO Spring Meet.

Not much can be said. OCTO is one of these shows where it's a gathering for me. Good times.

 

GFK and the CAMPBODIANS.

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Here are two of the most important members of the GFK. The founding father, Ruben Navarro, and the Muscle, Cuñado.

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BUS FARMERS!

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Here is a pretty rare site.  A Standard, 21 Window, 15 Window and a 23 Window ......... all in the mouse grey color scheme.

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Wednesday, March 04, 2015

Last day at Buses by the Bridge

Come the morning, it was prepping time for the departure. Lucky for me, having my 71 Westfalia, it was an easy task loading up. I basically relaxed most of the time waiting for the rest to finish their packing. Once the raffle was done, we started to head out but were stopped by the Heilite Mafia for a group photo. Now that was a fun side attraction. Luis Ruiz and Daniel Wright, Boss & Under Boss of the Heilite Mafia, gathered up about 20 VW’s for a group shot. Nice pictures.  Once this was done, off we set towards Parker. We gas’d up our rides in Parker and made way to highway 62 and hit Rice Road – highway 177. A very scenic route. Prior to departing Chiriaco Summit, we said our good buys and ventured towards home. San Diego them, the tiny village of Pasadena for me.

In the end, this turned out to be not only a great event, but a very cool journey heading out to the event. If you ever have the opportunity to visit this show, do it! It’s worth it. There are tons of hotels walking distance from the campground.

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The HEILITE MAFIA!

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MASSIVE raffle, reason for the large turnout.

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The crew. These guys are AWESOME!!!

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When we were heading out, we were called over to the spectator parking lot for a photo shot. Great line up!

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Bienvenidos a Euskalifornia!!

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Monday, March 02, 2015

Heilite Mafia at Buses by the Bridge

As most of you know, several clubs were on hand at this year’s BBB event. But one organization stuck out like a sore thumb. A group which was only rumored to have exist? But they were there in large numbers and flying their colors. THE HEILITE MAFIA. This club or organization whose activities, events, and inner functioning are concealed from non-members. A club who may or may not attempt to conceal its existence.  They previously hid their activities and memberships but maintain a public presence. Now they are out in the open and are rumored to be heavily connected with another well known organization, THE BARNDOOR MAFIA!

 

When it comes to the Heilite Trailer world, these are the guys to talk to. Ring leaders, Luis & Daniel, run this group of elite vintage camping enthusiast.  A majority of the group hail from the High Desert of Southern California, but have members spread out through Southern California. A small organization but an elite and knowledgeable group they are.  Expect and don’t be surprised when their numbers grow and are seen more often at shows, especially the camping events.

 

 

Be your own judge and inspect their camp area ...............

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These are the guys running the show. The Capo, Underboss and 2 made guys. Though I can't give out their names and exact titles.

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Wednesday, February 18, 2015

Shin Watanabe photography

Photograph taken by Shin Watanabe of Let's Play VW's.

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Sunday, February 15, 2015

Historical Olvera Street, Downtown Los Angeles

During the morning I was at the Pasadena farmers market when my buddy Marco sends me an invitation for Margaritas at La Golondrinas Mexican restaurant. It was a make up session for him. Hint .... Valentine's day. So off I went towards the Memorial Park Goldline station and jumped on the train. Within 15 minutes, Viola! I'm at Union station. Another beautiful historical location. On a funny note, I ran into Marco and Kathy at the Highland Park station. What are the odds of that!? Once on location CRG, his lady Irma show up. 10 minutes later Nelson and Kim show up. Needless to say, it was a good belated Valentine's day celebration. What can one want more but a good outing with great friends.

........ Olvera Street was a treat and you haven't been? Go! It's totally worth it.

Here is our "usie" shot while waiting in line. 

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Thursday, February 12, 2015

Flat 4 Media

Hello VW enthusiast. Wanted to share my buddies, Alex Arredondo, Spacebook page link. This guy makes AWESOME pictures! You want your ride to look like the images he’s got posted up in his page …….. contact him. He also makes pictures for AirMighty as well. Several of his pictures are featured in the AirMighty publication.  

https://www.facebook.com/pages/Flat-4-Media/1544168165857671

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Wednesday, February 11, 2015

Buses By the Bridge #19 - Lake Havasu, Arizona - 2nd Day

After a mad Friday evening, I awoke to a beautiful scenery. Hot air balloons painted all over the bright blue skies. Everywhere you turned, a balloon was to be seen. Seemed as if everyone was up early to witness this event. What a sight it was. Then the grub prepping started. Coffee and all varieties of breakfast. Once again, all the festivities from Friday carried over to Saturday. The grills were on all day and plenty of spirits were being distributed throughout the day. About 7:00 pm the Campbodian ring of fire started. This is a fiesta term used when the grill is in full force, Beers, music and a roaring fire pit. This is the area where folks come to congregate for a great time. Old friends or new friends, everyone has a story to share.

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One big familia ....... GFK, Campbodians and BDM.

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Vicious Wagons Campsite. Cool guys and nice buses.

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This was by far the coolest thing late Saturday afternoon. The uprising of a hot air balloon.

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Comrade getting his grill skills on. Coached by Cirilo Gangoy Jr lll.

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Monday, February 09, 2015

Buses By the Bridge #19 - Lake Havasu, Arizona

Once a year countless VW buses of all years flock to Lake Havasu, Arizona for the Buses by the Bridge gathering.  Folks come from several of the surrounding states (California, New Mexico, Texas, Utah, Idaho, Colorado ……. Just to name a few) for this annual event. This was my second visit as last year was a memorable one, for obvious reasons. But this time around it turned out to be even better. Why? Because this time I took my 1971 Westfalia and enjoyed the luxury of camping in a mobile mini hotel. And needless to say the atmosphere during the event.

Excitement was flowing through me the week prior, sorting out the necessities and what was needed to bring out for the 3 day mini adventure vacation. Once the Westy was packed with supplies and what, I waited for Friday to come around. Going solo, I decided to get up at the crack of the morning, 6:00 am and head out.  Though I left at 7:00 am ……. Ciccolo got out and decided to hang out at his favorite spot, The Roof!  So after the capture of Ciccolo, off I went.  Like last year, a very beautiful scenic drive and very relaxing. Cruising the Westy at 60/65 mph the entire trip. The bus ran like a champ! And a very comfortable drive, in comparison to driving my 1954 Kombi last year. This bus is also great on the gas milage. Filled up the tank in Pasadena and drove all the way to Chiriaco Summit. That is one heck of a stretch. Could have probably made it to Parker, Arizona? But from Chiriaco Summit, I drove all the way into Lake Havasu. Upon arrival I was greeted by my posse, The Campbodians and Comrade Dougie. I was immediately handed over a swig of Belching Beaver Peanut Butter Stout! JODER!!!! is all I can say.  And what a premier spot we were sorted out by my other crew, OCTO! Big shout out to Erik Koplain, OCTO PRESIDENT, for hooking us up!!

Once settled in, the food & beer frenzy started. Talk about an abundance. The Campbodian’s are no Rookies when it comes to grilling. Both Maurice & Cirilo, Father & Son team, brought out a CRAZY menu for the weekend!!! Ribs, carne asada, pollo asado and Cy’s famous Pineapple Chicken. Also on site giving these guys a run for their money is Maria Vasquez, Serg’s AWESOME wife! This lady can cook as well. Her style of friend rice is to die for! Most the of regulars swing by just of a bow of her famous rice. Everywhere you looked, grills were in full force and needless to say the all the Buses. Everywhere! I was informed there was a count of over 450 VW’s on site. Split Window, Bay Window, Vanagons and other models.

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I had to stop here for a second. Had to "Make" a picture. What an awesome back drop! JODER!!!! Me cago en la Hostia!!! Wink

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Before I got started on the festivities, I had to set up camp.

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This is my boy ...... Moe Reese!  He is the MAIN Campbodian!!!

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Here is Joser's bus ............ KK HOOLIGANS!!!!

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What a BEAUTIFUL and very romantic sunset. Comrade and I held hands and watched the sunset disappear like a thief into the night. OKAY.

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This was such an AWESOME sight to experience.

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I must have walked away from my Camper a dozen times to see this view. WOW!

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Here is a nice shot of Comrade's 1955 Barndoor deluxe, Cirilo Gangoy Jr lll's Postal Yellow Panel and Charlie Hamil's (my dad) bad ass 1966 Standard.

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I LOVE my WESTY trucker's hat.  Thanks Neil (GFK Neil)!  The art work is compliments of Cirilo Gangoy Jr lll. His dad, Moe Reese, is very proud of him.

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This is the guy who made it possible for us, BDM & Campbodian's.  Eric Koplain, and posse, president of OCTO. Thanks again Erik! You are the man and see you next year.

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This bus is SUPER BAD ASS!!! I love this thing! Props to the owner. (forgot his name - my bad)

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Night action, and the food & adult beverages did not finish. Mad PROPS to Maria Vasquez!!! She is a TROOPER!!!

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World famous photographer, writer and Cuñado Wear model ........... Comrade Dougie. I think he's on medication? Because he told me ............. " THOSE SHOTS!!!!    BURN THEM!!!!"

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Just had to make sure my sleeping arrangements were good. I tell you, as much grief I get for driving this 71 Westfalia, rather then one of my other Barndoors ............. I don't care!  This bus is super comfortable. I sleep like a rock inside of this thing. It wasn't really cold, but it did get a little chilly. But nothing to fear, my Heater Buddy came to the rescue. OKAY Laughing

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See you guys tomorrow morning.

 

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Sunday, January 11, 2015

AirMighty Issue #17

Look who got the cover shot for AirMighty Issue #17. BDM's own, Comrade Dougie!!  He also covered the Prado Park show and the DOUG WOULD GO event.  Big props to Comrade Dougie.

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Saturday, January 10, 2015

New Years Day with the GFK.

Since I laid low New Years Eve, I got up super early and hit the Rose Parade. While at the Parade Puck calls me to let me know of a car show he's at with the GFK in Bassett Grande, La Puente. This is the area the GFK originated from. So about 10 am I head out for Bassett to meet up with the guys. What a great turn out this turned out to be. Beautiful rides from all over the San Gabriel Valley, East Los and other neighboring areas. Needless to say, I hope this show becomes an annual event. I will definitely come to this.

The YARD at the show. Even koji from Japon was in town for this event.

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I spy Koji. I think he was waiting for his lady to bring him back a torta? Que no Mi Koji Wink

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Da Dope Man, Mike N and Puck chillin.

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Classified's East Los Angeles chapter, Manuel Guerrero's 1946 Chevy. Clean ramfla!

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Thursday, January 08, 2015

2014 AirMighty Portfolio issue

Here are a few shots from the 2014 AirMighty Portfolio issue. The first shot I took while at Joshua Tree last year. The rear shot of my Barndoor was taken while heading out to last year's BBB show. This shot was taken by Comrade,  aka .... 10 foot Doug.  The voyage out there was such an EPIC adventure. A very memorable one. So don't forget to get your issue and support the scene! IMG-20150108-WA0000.jpg

IMG-20150108-WA0001.jpgGracias Fer - Mejitano 

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Getting Señor Camper ready

Spent a little time sorting out my 1971 Westfalia,  getting it ready for the up coming Buses By the Bridge camp out/show. We, BDM and the Campbodians,  had so much fun at the last event, regardless the break down of my 1954 Kombi. Packing the bus with the necessities needed for this adventure.  I will document this adventure with a good write up with tons of pictures. 

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Wednesday, January 07, 2015

In loving memory of Matisse Lefevre

Today marks a sad day for me.  Today marks the 1 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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Thursday, January 01, 2015

Rose Parade - Pasadena

 

So I Skipped the New years eve bash and stayed home. Come to find out I had an offer of a life time. Rose Parade stand seating.  Awesome seats with a great view. Tons of people every where. If you ever get the chance to visit and see this ......... DO IT!!!

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The aftermath. Boy what a day.

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Wednesday, December 24, 2014

Feliz Navidad y un prospero año nuevo

Merry Christmas and a Happy New year. May 2015  Be a good year for all of us. 

Feliz Navidad y que 2015 sera un año genial.

Zorionak eta Urte Berri on!

~ Johnny & Ciccolo

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Friday, December 19, 2014

Pasadena Toy Drive

Sorry for the delay but AGAIN I'm having computer issues. Any hoot, here we go ..........

OK, it's that time of the year again. Time to be jolly and give back. It's also time for the Der Rosen Stadt toy drive held at the Tommy's in North Pasadena. This year, like last year and so forth, was no disappointment with the turn out. TONS of enthusiasts and rides show up to this annual event. This was also a special one for me as this was the first show I attended with my 1954 Kombi, which has been out of commission since early January of this year. I was super pumped having it there with the rest of the rides.

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Here I am chillin with the 80's LA posse. I'm the commie in the Red Smile

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Sunday, December 07, 2014

Despedída

Hoy marchamos de la bendíta Ciudad de Slam Gabriel. Tíramos Para el norte del Pais Vasco,  Euskalifornia ..... Barrio San Blas, Tolosa. Mi amiguete, Ciccolo, estate listo. 

Pintxos y cervezas vos esperan.

Many more adventures to come.  Ciccolo and myself are sorting out the memory cards, and the VW's. 

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Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Uptown Whittier car show‏

This write up is a bit late. I attended this show back in early August, but have not had time to both post the pictures nor write something about it. I was informed of this show by the GFK and them telling me they were going to roll deep into this event. And deep they were. There were tons of beautiful rides all up and down Uptown Whittier. A very nice lay with plenty to do there, aside from gawking at all the clean rides. This is one to come down to either participate or attend as a spectator.

 

Enjoy the pictures …………..

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Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Cuñado's Halloween Costume Bash

What an awesome fiesta to attend. Put it this way, I ended up skipping a few important engagements to attend this fiesta. This party has been the talk of the town for several years and the weeks prior for this congregation. People as far away as Japón came to this, but I have to say it was more about hanging out with Cuñado Earl then the actual party.  So come Saturday I load the Camper up with the necessities for an overnight stay at the Campbodian compound, make sure my roommate, Ciccolo, is stocked with food & water and off I went. Though the major bummer was being stuck in fucked up traffic for the majority of the drive down to Oceanside. Though it was a good drive blasting the tunes.

Upon arrival I’m greeted with a pint by Cirilo Gangoy Jr lll, also on site is $Mike and his partner in crime, Windy. After lounging around and meeting the acquaintance of Gee, Cirilo’s new dog, we all got into costume and headed over to Earl’s place. WOW ……… that party was JUMPING when we got there. We were greeted by an Egyptian Pharaoh, who turned out to be Earl. OKAY.  Talk about an abundance or overload of food and drinks. Seemed like the whole party was on the dance floor when I walked in. The DJ had the crowd moving to the groove of his tunes. DJ Reggie was a good call. EVERYONE was in costume! BTW, I was dressed up as David Villa (Asturiano), when he played for FC BARCELONA.  There lots of good costumes all over the place.

This party was no disappointment at all. If you get an invite, show up! You will have a great time. But you won’t hit the hay until 3:00 or 4:00 am.

Big THANK YOU to Yvonne for all her hard work, pastries and decorating the house, and a big shout out to Cuñado for being the host that he is.

See you there next year. (BTW – I’m coming dressed as a Hobbit next year. It’s a coin toss between Frodo and Bilbo Baggins??)

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Friday, October 24, 2014

Baboon's motor ........... almost there.

OK, it’s almost there! Just waiting on the new carburetor to arrive so it can be mounted, then the motor can be started up. I originally had a rebuilt carb, but it wasn’t sitting properly as the adaptor/extension wasn’t allowing the carb to sit properly. And I figured since 95% of the components are new, I might as well buy a new carb. It’s coming along and it looks super nice. I’m sure once mounted it will look even better. It’s all about the reliability.

Doesn't it look pertty  Laughing

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Thursday, October 23, 2014

What the!!??

A buddy of mine found this somewhere in the internt referring to celebrites spotted at CicLAvia? Wink

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Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Pomona Swap Meet

 

The P-Town gatherings are a norm for us So Cali Vintage Car Enthusiasts. But this one I’m excited about. My 1971 Westfalia has been sitting for a long time, 6 months to be exact. Or should I say, since the last Pomona Swap meet I drove it to, April 13th.  What a feeling it was driving out of the driveway and out into the open road. Prior to arriving at the freeway off ramp, I wanted to keep driving. Towards Joshua Tree or San Onofre?? I did pull off and collected Pück at our normal meeting point. As usual, the line getting in was insane. Packed with eager enthusiast, like myself, and awaiting to get in to the massive event. Once parked, I set up the ride as if I were showing it for the chance at a trophy. Ha ha ha ha. Fuck that! You know what happened the last time I did that. Any hoot, all my buddies, the GFK, were in full force. Music, beers and the grill going full speed. This event always brings out folks from every corner of this planet. Different languages are heard as you chill drinking your pint. Though I hung out inside my ride. Full on luxury and comfort, well for this event. The best part of this event is that it was not scorching hot like the last one.  The August event got to the triple digits by 10:00 am. A stroll around the parts area and the show & shine parking lot was indeed needed. So many beautiful cars show up for this event. It’s all about hanging out with your buddies, showing off your ride and a good bbq, and the beers isn’t a bad idea either. Needless to say, this P-Town gathering was a good one. Also, this one by far has been one of the biggest gatherings yet! I haven't seen a P-Town gathering like this in way over 20 years.

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This Pomona's host club was none other then So Cali's OIL DRIPPERS. Both my buddies El Craig and Hector are part of this crew. They have some really nice rides and representing they were!

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GFK's, Play Dirty, rolling up in his 59 Porsche.

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Now this ride it worth mentioning. It's an all original 1951 Chevy. BAD ASS. The real deal, a true survivor.

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This turned out to be a good Pomona, and I was SUPER happy about having one of my buses on the road. Though stay tuned, been working on the motor for Baboon. That should be on the road soon.

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Monday, October 20, 2014

The Resurrection of Señor Camper‏

As many of you may know, the motor in my 71 Westfalia took a dump on me while coming back from the April Pomona swapmeet. April 13th to be exact.  So after sitting for 6 months, it’s finally on the road. YES! I’m super pumped about it being on the road again. This means both road trips and camping adventures. I got a good taste while camping at Joshua Tree this past February, and rest assure I will be taking it back come next year.  My good buddy, Cody Falkner, came over and helped get the motor dressed up and running. The axle seal on the transmission was also fixed. Now it’s all about giving Señor Camper a good washing, as well a good cleaning inside. No need stocking it up with all the necessary camping goodies as they all sat inside from the previous adventure. And what a bummer this ride wasn’t up and running for the Cachuma Lake camp out!!! But not to worry, many camping trips are in the horizon, as well weekend beach trips.  Stay tuned ……………..

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Check this out! Caught this guy asleep on the job!!

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Once the motor was assemble/dressed up, it was time to give this mug a very needed wash. It's been sitting since April. And I didn't to show up to the P-town gathering in a filthy ride.

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VOILA!!!!

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Wednesday, October 08, 2014

Motor for the 1971 Westfalia

I would have LOVED to have had this bus running and driving during the Solvang/Cachuma Lake weekend. Ni modo as they say in EL PAIS VASCO!!!! JODER too!!!  Any hoot, this motor is as well from Ed falkner. If anyone ever needs a good running engine or rebuild? Hit me up and I will put you in contact with Ed. Great guy and bad ass engine builder. He also builds tranmissions.  A few weekends ago, during those fucked up heat waves we encountered, I did some serious cleaning to all the tin and hardware. Degrease, sand blast then bomb canned them all. They turned out pretty nice. Though they are dusty in these images, but they are to give you an idea. Once installed on the motor, it will look A LOT better.  Then I can do a few camping trips in it.

Again, YES! A 1600cc Dual port.

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Sunday, October 05, 2014

CicLAvia

WOW!!! Is the first word that comes to mind. I really didn't know what to expect!? Sure everyone talked about it, said how it was one of the funnest things to do out in L.A. But there is always that hype build up and when it comes time to act, it's a dud. Like last nights Eagle Rock Music Festival. Well, this event couldn't be compared. I'm talking about CicLAvia. This is the real deal folks. Serious FUN! I've been somewhat pumped about this ride since I have several buddies who do it every year. This year was my turn and it turned out to be an awesome first time experience. Regardless of the heat, 98 degrees in some areas, tons of people showed up and rode along the 10 mile course.

 

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Our rally point would be the Heritage Square train station in Lincoln Heights. My BMX buddy, Josh, shows up right on time with friends, relatives and an old childhood friend of mine, Duck! (Haven't seen this guy in years) Needless to say, we were all pumped for this. Especially the virgin Wink While at the train station we met Josie. Josie works for the Los Angeles Bicycle Coalation, and she was working at one of the booths. She was very informative and just as eager as we where. So the train arrives and all jump in, making our way to East Los Angeles, the civic center station. Our car wasn't loaded with riders and their bikes but we headed out early to avoid this. Once we arived we were at the welcome center and the ride began!!!!!

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Here's the Gold Line's train station chart. We started at Heritage Square and are making our way to the East Los Angeles Civic Center station. That is quite a distance.

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And VOILA, the starting point of CicLAvia. Well, the welcome wagon. 

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By the way, we all rode our vintage 1980's BMX bicycles. See if you can tell what these bad boys are??

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DJ Chambelan and his posse. This guy was playing Corridos through out the entire ride Hardcore!!

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This little guy had the best seat in the house. While riding, he was going crazy when he saw other dogs. Too funny.

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 Here is our buddy, Josie, being photo bombed by the Mil Mascaras Bicycle dude!!!

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Here's Alex treating himself to an Helado. It wasn't even hot!? Smile

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Along the course, one of the stops is the famous Mariachi Plaza station. This little area was PACKED!! There was even a Mariachi group playing and singing. This was by far the coolest stops we had. It doesn't get any better then this.

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HEY!!  Who's that guy!!?? Wink

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Look at that view ....... STUNNING!!!!

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The infamous 4th Street Bridge. This is the bridge that divides East Los Angeles with the Westside of L.A. This

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Now we are in the heart of Downtown Los Angeles.

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Here we are in Echo Park taking a break, and next to us was the lady making the hot dogs wrapped with Beacon! Surprised

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Tempting ....... but nah!

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In the end, this was something worth experiencing once. I could not believe how many people participated in this event. If you are ever in town visiting? Rent a bicycle and ride the course. If you live in Los Angeles, ride it! You won't be sorry.

 

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SE Floval Flyer

Those of you who have known me for a while know of this bike. My 1988 SE Floval Flyer. Bough it new back in the day and have kept it all this time. I'm actually off for a bike ride with a bunch of friends. I don't want to disclose just yet where this bike ride takes place. It's a secret. Wink  After many years of sitting, my buddy Josh, BMX historian, took it all apart, cleaned it up and put it back together. This thing rides like a Cadillac! Can't wait to ride it in tomorrow's ride.

Here are a few quick shots.

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Saturday, October 04, 2014

New Motor for Baboon

Well, how long has it been since my 1954 Kombi's been sitting?? Too long! It's been sitting since mid January. I finally sorted out the motor, thanks to the sale of my 1963 Beetle.  It will soon be heading for the Perigueux region in the South of France. Any of you Frenchies looking for a cool og paint patina ride??? Talk to my friend PP of Vintage Import 87 in Limoges, France.  So, I was able to not only sort out the motor for the kombi, but also for the 71 Westfalia. Mechanic maestro, Ed Falkner - of Whittier, Cali, sorted me out with both these motors. A few heavy hitting mechanics got a glimpse and had nothing but good things to say about them both.  

Like all my motors, I like everything to be chichis! All nice og parts and powder coating with zinc plated hardware. Once I got everything together I headed over to my good friend, Robert  - aka VW KIDD, shop for the top end assembly. VW Kidd is no stranger to the scene, with a past history of engine building.  So he offered to dress my motor and get it all dialed in. Kidd is a factory trained and specialized Mercedenz Benz Mechanic. Needless to say, he knows his shit! OKAY.

Sometime this week this motor will be fine tuned  and installed in the Kombi prior to the OCTO show, on October 25th.

YES, I KNOW!!  A stock 1600cc Dual Port motor. I built this one for the long camping trips. Reliability yo!

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Wednesday, October 01, 2014

Solvang - The show & town

Since we are never in a rush to get to the shows, a good breakfast is prepared. You name it, we ate it. Eggs, bacon, rice with bacon, egg rolls, Cirilo's famous pineapple chicken and what!? If Earl was here, we'd have pork chops with shrimp and veggies. Once stuffed, we head out towards town. A beautiful scenic drive it was. If you ever come out to Cali for a visit, make sure you camp at Cachuma Lake and hit the town of Solvang.

Once we arrived the show was in full force. We were met by the 80's L.A. Crew, debuting Alex Arredondo's 1955 Ragtop. Beaut! The Santa Ynez Mission is a nice venue for a show. My favorite ride was this really bad ass 1953 ALL ORIGINAL Zwitter in Dove Blue. Though tons of nice rides were present.

After a stroll around the show, it was time to hit the town as if you were somewhere in Denmark. This little town is definitely worth the visit. The first place we went to was this cool restaurant to eat some Aebleskiver's. Cirilo and myself split a plate of these Aebleskiver's and some hash browns. Super fat asses after we had a big breakfast at the campground. But we did a lot of walk, so it was ok. OKAY Wink 

In the end we were bummed our weekend went by so quickly but rest assure we will be back come 2016. Though this time we will be rolling deep.  

Here's a shot leaving the camp ground towards the exit. Beautiful view.

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This right outside of the campground. Rolling shot.

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 Here is an artistic shot of Cirilo's bus. How Avant Garde Smile

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Here's Alex Arredondo's, 80's L.A. Fame, 1955 Oval Ragtop.

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Our rides await.

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Here are shots of the town, Solvang

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Here's shot coming out from the hill top heading down towards Santa Barbara. Cirilo, Eef and Jeremy Metzger.

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Sunday, September 28, 2014

Solvang Treffen / Cachuma Lake

After a two year wait the time has come the Solvang Vintage Treffen and the much awaited Cachuma Lake campout. Hesitant about going, as most of you know ALL my buses motors took a dump and are awaiting the assembly of their motors. I was about to take off on a solo trip with the 63 Beetle but it ended up selling and did not want to take any risks damaging it or!? Come $Mike .... offers a lift up. So I take his offer. After gathering all my gear, Mike & Windy swing by and collect me, Eef shows up with his little posse. Mikka, Luca and Rex Smile So off we head towards the Slam Gabriel mountains and jump on the 210 freeway heading north towards Santa Barbara. Boy, what an adventure it turned out to be. 36 hsp action! We finally meet up with Cirilo Gangoy Jr lll, Maurice Gangoy's son. So I jump in his bus and make the trek on those crazy hills. After struggling with all that traffic we finally made it to the Cachuma Lake campground. When we arrived the wind was blowing pretty hard. Miserable, is what came to mind. Though Eef got a call from Ventura Mike and informed him of a separate campground with plenty of trees, shade and away from the wind. A good call it turned out to me.  I'd have to say we got the best camp spot. So you know come 2016, you know where we will be Wink Once we set up camp, it was on!!!  Though on a separate note - this time around our crew was very small. Three buses only, when we typically roll 15 deep or more. But we made the best of it. Good times, that's for sure.

Big shout out to $Mike, Cirilo and Eef.

 

Here are my pilots, $Mike and Windy.

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Here we are gas'n up in Oxnard. Mike's 1958 Kombi and Eef's 1963 Crewcab, pulling his 1953 Heilite.

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I was blown away by the selection of chips available at this gas station. What would you pic??

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Here is Eef's posse ......... Mikka, Luca and Rex.

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Mikka posing for me.

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On the road again, this time around Point Magu. Not too far from our destination.

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Here is the rally point where we met up with Cirilo. Highway 101 and the 154. It's now all up hill from here. Boy where the commuters upset at us.

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Introducing .......... Cirilo Gangoy Jr lll

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Here are some scenery shots from the back side of the Los Padres National Forrest.

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And VOILA! Cachuma Lake campground.

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Here are a few night shots of the crew

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Rex Chillin.

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The morning after. Getting some grub on before we head into Solvang.

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Thursday, September 25, 2014

Eylsian Park - Sunday afternoon cruise and bbq

After spending the afternoon, the day prior, sanding, welding, painting and what ……… prepping a motor. I was informed of the Dino’s Bomb Squad bbq. Though this time it’s a treat as it was held at the famous Elysian Park. This specific area, The Palms, was a notorious cruising spot back in the early 80’s. Stadium Way, drag racing fame, was just down the street. Boy did this hang out session bring back tons of memories. I jumped in Black Temper, left Slam Gabriel, and was on my way to Down Town LA area. Though I took the scenic route through San Marino, South Pasadena, Highland Park and then jumped on the 110 Freeway. Which happens to be the oldest freeway here in So Cali.

 

Upon Arrival, Bombs and Low Riders were everywhere. Sitting in the dead center and a prime spot is CRG’s 57 Deluxe 23 Window, his Buddy Humberto’s 62 Deluxe 23 Window, Marco’s 1954 RHD Convertible and Not My Richie’s 1962 Notchback. There were a few other VW’s but they were on the opposite said of where these guys were parked. These guys had the grill rolling hard!! Carne Asada, Pollo Asado, Ribs, frijoles, arroz ….. you name it, it was there!  The Chelas were on the ice as well. Good times, good friends, beautiful weather and awesome rides. Just your typical Southern California weekend.

 

Until the next time my friends. Enjoy the pictures ………………

 

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And now the best for last. Black Temper all dirty but representing. Thick "kick it" ended up turning out to be better then what I expected. Lots of old stories were exchanged this day.

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