Hot VWs Magazine - March 2021
- On the cover : Frenchy Dehoux’s perfect 1966 California Look sedan. (Photo Shin Watanabe)
- THE FRENCH CONNECTION
Better known as Frenchy within the Volkswagen community, Jean-Louis Dehoux has attended almost every single Bug-In held at Orange County International Raceway. His latest Cal Look project, this L639 Zenith Blue '66 Sunroof Bug, takes its inspiration from California's 1970s VW scene.
- ENCORE PERFORMANCE
Some 40 years after winning America’s Most Beautiful VW award at Bug-In 23, Mark Ramirez cruises the streets of So-Cal in a freshly completed ’67 Beetle with his Der Kleiner Kampfwagens club brothers!
- LIVING THE CAL LOOK LIFESTYLE
Being at the right place and the right time certainly helped Mark Ramirez to get involved in the Cal Look scene during the ’70s. But there is more to the story, as he was also lucky enough to be raised by a car-lov- ing dad, Carlos, who owned a VW shop in Whittier, a few miles away from Orange County. Mark began working there in 1975 and, with his Driver License test just a couple of months away, he and his father built a ’59 Beetle inspired by the emerging California Look. Dechromed body, powder blue paint job, chrome Porsche 356 wheels and T-bars – it was all there. “Working at the shop, a lot of customers wanted to buy our cars sitting outside on display. There went my ’59”, he adds.
- SUMMER SLAM
In the midst of a global pandemic and looming shutdowns, drag racing has taken a hit like most industries. It was decided that the show would go on and the Fast4Cartel hammered on with their Summer Slam at Medford Dragstrip. Racers came to show support, even if safety adjustments needed to be made for the event to happen.
- HOOKED FOR LIFE
Harold Dyer's 1964 Cal Look Bug.
Harold Dyer has been a Volkswagen enthusiast for over four decades. He currently lives in Prague, Oklahoma, though he spent a good portion of his life in Cal Look mecca - Orange County, CA.
Hot VWs Magazine - February 2021
- On the cover : Jason Trabue’s insane custom double- door Deluxe Barndoor (Photo Alex Aredondo)
- BARN DAZZLE
HEN BEN PON introduced his idea of a trans-porter to VOLKSWAGEN in the ’40S, he certainly would never have envisioned this customized double-door panel bus, redesigned and built for JASON TRABUE by the compound restoration.
- LIKE FATHER, LIKE SON
FOR BJÖRN VAN BOOM, a GHIA is nothing unusual. His father already had a TYPE 14. So, it was quite obvious for him to own a similar VOLKSWAGEN.
- THE TEAK
“If you had to pick only one Volkswagen Beetle to own or drive, what would the best year model be?” As enthusiasts, we never get tired of asking this question – truly a never-ending debate among the entire VW community. A look at this ’67 sedan might sway a handful of folks.
- 13TH ANNUAL SUMMER BUG RUN
When we heard that the Summer Bug Run was still on the books despite the pandemic, we jumped at the opportunity to go to what might be the only vintage VW show this year! Stephanie and Jason Peterson, owners of US-131 Motorsports Park in Martin, MI decided to still hold their event since their track and parking lot was large enough to encourage distancing.
- IT’S A MAD MAD MAD MAD MANX!
Who remembers this MEYERS MANX, displayed on HOTVWS’ cover in 1986? BOB MAZZOTTI managed to hold on to his show-winning BUGGY, which he built as a 19-Year old – it remains untouched and has aged remarkably well!
Hot VWs Magazine - January 2021
- On the cover : Tony Klink recently unveiled his 540hp drag Oval. (Photo Heather Nickles)
- RISE OF THE NEW ZERSTÖRER!
The first car Tony Klink can remember sitting in was his parents' Baja Bug. Fast forward to 2020: introducing Tony's brand new 540HP drag machine!
- BUSES BY THE BRIDGE XXIV
Three fantastic nights centered around a campout and 600 transporters, gathered in Lake Havasu City, Arizona: in our opinion, buses by the bridge is one of the best VW events, welcoming all type 2 generations. Amazing lakeside location, amazing friends, amazing experience... This get-together should be on any enthusiast's bucket list.
- THE BEACH CRUISERS
Old VW buses often conjure up images of beach outings and surfing - this duo of '71 Bay Windows with Palapa Roofs certainly proves the point!
- THE SCIENCE OF SPEED
A few months ago, you might have discovered a new product released by CB Performance - their pro-flanged main bearings. We won't blame if you thought of them as "just another new bearing". In actuality, their new technology will please race/Hot Rod VW engine builders. Let's delve into the secrets of these "newly invented" parts for our Air-Cooled VW engines.
- THE SO-14
Erick Sowder's 1961 Type 2 Single Cab pickup, a SO-14 version known by VW as a "Pritschenwagen mit Nachläufer", features a long list of special options.