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Hot VWs Magazine November 2023
On the cover: On the cover: Mary Kaye started driving her Beetle in... 1966! (Photo: Shin Watanabe)
Being deeply immersed in the history and culture of restoring and sailing classic wooden ships, Billy Wolf has developed a certain aesthetic as to what appeals to his eye and soul. When it came time to recapture the adventure and excitement of his previously cherished Samba, Billy had something very special in mind.
THE TIME CAPSULE
A True Survivor & Original Owner. We can bet most of you remember the first vehicle you drove or owned, especially if it was a Volkswagen. In fact, haven’t you ever wished you had never let go of that first VW? Furthermore, how many of you purchased a brand-new VW and still own it today? Mary Kaye (Leath) Engelskirger is one of them – she picked up a fresh Beetle from the dealership in 1966.
Since 1978, the Sacramento Bugorama has been held twice a year, during Memorial Day and Labor Day weekends. The 45th year and 89th event saw a massive turnout, showing that it remains one of the most popular VW events in California. Participants and spectators spent two days enjoying action-packed drag racing, a huge car show, and parts hunting in one of the nation’s largest VW swap meets.
A hardcore fan of Southern California’s Der Kleiner Panzers club, Jérôme Garcia took time to complete his 1967 Cal Look Bug, though the road was filled with obstacles. The French enthusiast ultimately completed the project car of his dreams, thanks to the help of a caring group of friends, especially one close to his heart – his father.
BUGGY WONDER YEARS
Unearthing hundreds of 1960s/early ’70s slides in our archives reminded us how rich the dune buggy scene was at the time, with many models copying the ubiquitous Meyers Manx. But not all. Take the Vaquero, which featured an interesting though rather diminutive design…
SPRING PICNIC & CAMPOUT
900 VWs Spent Unforgettable Three Nights Together. Ryan Ousley of the Orange Empire Bus Company has done it again! He hosted one of the most popular and beloved campout and car show events in Southern California. Ryan and his team brought a wonderful weekend and plenty of smiles to VW enthusiasts. The 23rd Annual Spring Picnic and Campout witnessed a massive turnout, with 900 VWs camping together over three days and nights.
Penned by designer Curtis Brubaker, the futuristic Brubaker Box amazed the crowd when unveiled in 1972 – and still does over half a century later. Randy Carlson recently managed to find one of these elusive low-production vans and went to restore it in a very ’70s fashion!
The Seattle Vintage Meet returned triumphantly to the grounds of Shoreline Community College located in Shoreline, Washington. The event marked its 39th showing, after being put on hold for two years due to the pandemic. Despite a number of obstacles, the club put on one heck of an event with a fantastic turnout on a picture perfect day.
TECH ALERT #69
Once you’ve bought all the VW specialty tools you think you’ll ever need, there will always arise an occasion when you can’t get something done. Let’s take a look inside the author’s bin of homemade tools!