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!?