Hot VWs Magazine - June 2022
On the cover : This month, some Super Beetle love with Sam Mebane’s ‘71 sedan! (Photo: Shin Watanabe)
JBUGS’ 1971 GERMAN LOOK SUPER BEETLE
Sam Mebane is a long-time employee of one of the biggest supporters of our hobby: JBugs. He has worked for the company for 24 years (and still counting) and has been the general manager for most of them. Yet some of you might know him for being the face of JBugs’ tech support and YouTube channel host. We are excited to feature his latest project, a German Look-inspired Super Beetle.
PREVIEW GUIDE: HESSISCH OLDENDORF
You can still make it to this vintage VW event held in GERMANY. This is the item on top of the bucket list for many VOLKSWAGEN lovers.
Indiana resident Earl Haas has found an SO-23 Westfalia with a well-documented history, complemented with fantastic vintage photos. They go back to 1960, when the first owners traveled through 11 European countries with their brand-new purchase!
THE WORLD OF SPEED
Since 1914, when the first world record was set there, the place to go fast has been the BONNEVILLE SALT FLATS. The history of VOLKSWAGEN racing at BONNEVILLE began with legend DICK BEITH and MEL ELLIS setting records with BEETLES in the early 1960s.
Your father owns a super BEETLE with a healthy TYPE 4 engine. Your uncle used to shoe-horn 911 engines in BUGS. And even your granddad never missed an opportunity to be in the workshop. It all has to leave permanent marks on you.
Hot VWs Magazine - May 2022
On the cover : Jim Holmes was happy to recreate our February ‘75 cover shot! (Photo: Shin Watanabe)
A GATHERING OF HOT VWS GNRS
It was a once-in-a-lifetime exhibit you’ll never see again, revolving around a selection of historically significant Volk- swagens gathered in the same hall. It was an extraordinary moment not only for the VW commu- nity but also for the Grand National Roadster Show – the world’s most prestigious hot rod/custom auto- mobile event – which history spans over 72 years. And the display became a highlight in Dune Buggies & hotVWs Magazine’s own 55-year history as well.
THE CAL LOOK HISTORY RESTORED
Back from the grave the ARONSON/HOLMES looker is back to its full 1975 glory!
BLITZ ON THE BEACH
Why else would racers and fans drive from out of state and piece together highway routes due to wildfires and highway closures, just to get to Samoa Drag- strip? The answer is simple: Because they are a part of one of the coolest VW racing communities on the West Coast.
PHTCHK! ISLAND FAMILY CRUISER
A husband and father of four, Richard Carvalho from Aiea, Hawaii, enjoys building cars and is always looking for new project cars. Reminiscing to his lovely wife Leilani about a red Bay Window Bus he used to have in high school led to the purchase of his/her latest toy...
THE OLD VOLKS SHOW
Having an active VOLKSWAGEN CLUB in your area can be considered a blessing, as it gives you access to a variety of activities and allows you to meet friends who share the same passion - these groups contribute to a fulfilling "VWLIFE". This is especially true if you experience Oklahoma's Volkswagen scene. The VW club of Oklahoma organizes fun and pleasant events such as the old Volks show, which welcomes enthusiasts from the area and surrounding states.
Hot VWs Magazine - April 2022
On the cover : Rarest of the rare! Ed Hugues’ 1950 Barndoor delivery van. (Photo: Shin Watanabe)
Dune Buggies and hotVWs Magazine is proud to feature one of the oldest surviving Type 2s in the World – a 1950 Panel Van in the hands of Ed Hughes. A true piece of art and the product of 20 years of research, craftsmanship and love, resulting in a perfect restoration.
If you wanted the most luxurious and expensive Volk- swagen offered in 1953 you would have purchased a 23-window Deluxe Microbus. These Barndoor-era Type 2s continue to reign as the most sought after and valuable VW Buses on the planet.
KELLEY PARK SHOW 2021
We had to wait patiently for 28 months. After canceling the 2020 event and postponing the 2021 date by four months, the promoters finally managed to bring back their premier vintage VW get-together held in San Jose, California: the Annual Spring Meet at Kelley Park (aka Kelley Park Show), which welcomed 224 vintage Volkswagens.
Ben Pon got the idea for the Volkswagen Transporter after seeing the flatbed “Plattenwagens” that the Wolfsburg factory used to transport parts. His famous drawing shows a full box bodied Transporter, which is what the factory made for the first couple years. Then in 1952, VW came back to their roots and introduced a new model, with a new design for the pickup truck.
SO CAL VINTAGE TREFFEN
EVERY TWO YEARS, VINTAGE VW ENTHUSIASTS FROM ALL OVER THE NATION GATHER IN SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA TO CELEBRATE CLASSIC AIR-COOLED VOLKSWAGENS – THE SO CAL VINTAGE TREFFEN IS CONSIDERED BY MANY AS THE PREMIER VINTAGE VW MEET IN THE USA.
Hot VWs Magazine - March 2022
On the cover : Jose Medrano’s ‘66 sedan runs genuine BRM magnesium wheels. (Photo: Stephan Szantai)
George Moreira found inspiration in 1970s vintage gassers and the California Look, when building his ’67 sedan.
DAVE ROSIQUE JUST COULDN’T BELIEVE WHAT HE SAW ON A FACEBOOK MARKETPLACE AD, AFTER HIS BELGIAN FRIEND FABIAN DEWAR TAGGED HIM IN A POST. IT WAS THE CAR HE HAD ASSEMBLED 40-PLUS YEARS EARLIER.
ROOTED IN TRADITION
What is a California Look VW? Boy, are we going to open a can of worms! Having evolved since the ’70s, it seems difficult to find a consensus on the subject. Well, let’s look for answers to the conundrum by navigating through the Cal Look maze...
THE TACO GETTER
Back in the late 1970s, Roland McNew became a member of Californian club Der Kleiner Kampfwagens (DKK, founded in 1977) with his ’71 Squareback. Decades later, he decided it was time to get back in the game!
CAL LOOK FOR LIFE
José Medrano thought he was “done with VWs”, after selling his well- known, street-driven 12-second Oval Window in 2001. But along came this ’66 sedan, followed by a set of genuine magnesium BRMs...
Hot VWs Magazine - February 2022
On the cover : Dave Kindig built an amazing ‘50 Heb for Tracey & David Maxwell. (Photo: Chadly Johnson)
RAREST RESTO MOD
Many hours have been spent in heated debates between car enthusiasts discussing the rarest cars ever produced.
SMILES FOR MILES
THE MANX CLUB TOOK OVER BIG BEAR LAKE, CELEBRATING BRUCE MEYERS’ LIFE ACHIEVEMENTS
CARRERA WEISS MASTERPIECE
Following eight years of passionate, hard work, a $600 Craigslist-found Bug was trans- formed into a top-notch and fully detailed show vehicle.
FOR THE RACER BY THE RACERS
They did it again. The Fast4Cartel Summer Slam III welcomed 63 VW racers and offered action-packed drag races, along with fun activities at Medford Dragstrip, Oregon.
BLACK & WHITE MOTION
Mark Merrill owns one of the most impressive air-cooled VW collections in the USA, which includes a handful of coachbuilt vehicles. Let’s take a look at his beautifully restored 1953 Dannenhauer & Stauss and a ’58 Denzel...
Hot VWs Magazine - January 2022
On the cover : Tony Trevino’s Custom 1961 VW Double Cab (Photo: Boston Brown)
SNEAK PEEK GNRS
Are you ready for The Grand National Roadster Show (GNRS)? It is the oldest and longest-running indoor car show in the world, and one building will be solely devoted to Volkswagens!
SEEKING AN ADVENTURE
When you work for the city Parks and Recreation Department, you get the inside scoop on the best places for outdoor fun. Sometimes getting to these spots requires a specialized vehicle. This was certainly the case for Tony Trevino of Roseville, California...
A father’s 30-plus-year welder/fabricator experience and his son’s advanced engineering skills led to a project car that boggles the mind.
DKP CRUISE NIGHT IN GARDEN GROVE
If you are a Cal Look VW owner or enthusiast, you will likely understand what it means to receive this trophy – arguably the most desired award for Cal Look owners. Der Kleiner Panzers (DKP), the iconic California Look Volkswagen club, presents their Club Members Choice Award to one VW owner only at their pre-Bug-In cruise night held annually on Historic Main Street in Garden Grove, California.
THE OPEN HOUSE
THE 2021 SOCAL VW WEEK’S PROGRAM GREW IN SIZE IN 2021, HAVING ADDITIONAL EVENTS SPREAD OVER THREE WEEKENDS. THE MAJOR ADDI- TION WAS THE EMPI OPEN HOUSE HELD ON SATURDAY, DURING THE THIRD WEEKEND OF ACTIVITIES. EMPI INVITED VOLKSWAGEN FANS TO THEIR HEADQUARTERS FOR A BUSY, FUN-FILLED DAY.