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Hot VWs Magazine April 2024: 2 Billion Dollars! A VW Fan Hits The Lottery Jackpot

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On the cover: On the cover: So, you won BIG playing the lottery... Guess what happens now? (Photo: Stephan Szantai)

Just One of US!: Record California Lottery Winner
In November 2022, Powerball executives announced the winner of the largest jackpot in the history of the lottery: 2,04 billion dollars. His name is Edwin Castro Jr. and he happens to be a hardcore Volkswagen enthusiast. In a worldwide exclusive, hotVWs magazine met the California native at his new home, where he keeps his growing collection of rare Vee Dubs!

VW Culture in Paradise! 21st Annual Shaka VW Weekend
We flew 2,000 miles over the Pacific Ocean to the tropical islands once again, eager to be part of the biggest VW event weekend.

CHECKMATE! Hawaiian Look Buggy from the Usual Suspects Club
Every time we have visited the magical islands of Hawaii, we’ve been impressed by their unique “VW style”. Despite being the 8th-smallest and the 11th-least populated U.S. state, the Aloha Vee-Dub scene is vibrant and passionate, consistently creating new and interesting project cars. This month, we highlight a mega-detailed Hawaiian Look buggy created by one of the key members of a local club, Usual Suspects.

A Family’s Journey in Classic VWs
What inspired you to start driving a VW? Here’s a story about a Hawaiian fellow who began driving a Bug because of his cousin. That same family member built a top-notch show car Beetle for his dad too.

All-Star Game Texas VS. The World VW Shoot Out
The All-Star Game of VW Drag Racing – this was our first thought about the Shoot Out. Clint Cox and Jason Poynter called upon all VW racers who believed they were the fastest. Ultimately, 137 race cars from coast to coast (and from Mexico too) showed up at the midpoint of the United States: Xtreme Raceway Park in Ferris, Texas. And the promoters paid BIG cash prizes of more than $40,000 to the competitors.

A Beautiful day in the Neighborhood!
You don’t always have to look far to find the perfect VW. Dave James will substantiate this statement. His neighbor Roy, who owned a Westfalia he bought new in 1971, peered over his fence one day and told Dave he was ready to sell it. And so began this camper’s new journey, which involved a restoration and various improvements.

The Final Run at Bandimere Colorado Bug-In
When the announcement was made declaring this to be the final season of the famed Bandimere Speedway in the outskirts of Denver, Colorado, we knew the Painter’s Grinding Bug-In was going to be a must-attend event. The VW faithful did not disappoint, all wanting to be a part of the final run at Thunder Mountain.

Buggy Wonder Years
Digging deeper into our archives, we uncovered a set of color slides dating back to over half a century, depicting another gem by genius automotive designer Bruce Meyers. Not the Manx dune buggy mind you, but the lesser-known and gorgeous Manx SR…

Tech Alert 74 Synchronizing Dual Carbs
D ual carburetors aren’t for everyone, but they do offer maximum performance over a “single” in most cases. Let’s take the mystery out of the synchronizing process to get a smooth running engine!

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