Hot VWs Magazine - February 2023
On the cover : Olivier Boggio’s 219hp Ragtop, shot on the French Riviera. (Photo: Kiki Bois)
THE MAGNIFICENT ‘67
Some Volkswagen enthusiasts get deeply attached to certain air-cooled models. Take DKK club member Darrin Dugan who has only owned Cal Look ’67s since the 1980s. Here is his latest project car, a superbly finished sedan equipped with a furious 227-horse 2386cc motor!
PICTURE THE PAST ‘75-’89
For this California Look-oriented issue, we went digging through hotVWs Magazine’s extensive archives for photos related to the topic. Boy, did we find some gems! Our selection, which covers the 1970s and ’80s, shows the fast evolution of the style, influenced by technology, fashion, and custom trends.
THE RED ALERT ‘63
Living on the French Riviera where you typically need a fancy Italian supercar to impress the crowd, Olivier Boggio chose a different and seemingly humbler route with his 219-horsepower ’63 Ragtop. And locals absolutely love it.
2022 SEMA SHOW
WELL, THE DUST HAS SETTLED ON SEMA (SPECIALITY EQUIPMENT MARKET ASSOCIATION), THE BUILDINGS ARE EMPTY, AND THE BOOTHS ARE PACKAGED AND READY TO BE SHIPPED BACK TO THE DESIGNATED COMPANIES THAT DISPLAYED FOR FOUR DAYS AT THE LAS VEGAS CONVENTION CENTER.
BORN AND RAISED IN MADERA, CALIFORNIA, FRED ESPINOZA GREW UP WITH CLASSIC AMERICAN CARS AND TRUCKS AS HIS PARENTS ALWAYS OWNED DOMESTIC CARS – HE STILL DRIVES AND WRENCHES ON A V8 TRUCK TODAY. BUT WHEN TURNING 28 YEARS OLD, HE GOT HOOKED ON A LITTLE CAR FROM THE OTHER SIDE OF THE GLOBE...
Hot VWs Magazine - January 2023
On the cover : Rally-ready... or possibly an outing along a Hawaiian beach ! (Photo: Shin Watanabe)
HOT VWS HOLIDAY SHOPPING GUIDE
It’s the most wonderful time of the year. With the kids jingle belling and everyone telling you “be of good cheer”... The 2022 Holiday Season is around the corner! Are you looking for a holiday gift? Let us assist you! Here is our selection of a variety of VW-related, fun gift items for our Vee-Dub friends and their family!
LIVING ON O’AHU ISLAND, HAWAII. A FATHER OF TWO CHILDREN. A HAPPY HUSBAND FOR 18 YEARS. AND DRIVING AN AIR-COOLED VOLKSWAGEN... SANG KIM IS ALL THAT. HIS INTEREST IN VOLKSWAGENS STEMS FROM WATCHING HERBIE IN “THE LOVE BUG” MOVIE. HE THEN TOOK A LIKING FOR A WORLD-FAMOUS VW RALLY CAR, THE SALZBURG RALLY 1303S BEETLE, WHICH INSPIRED HIM TO OWN THIS RALLY-STYLE 1966 SEDAN TODAY.
THE EUROPEAN BUG-IN 9
HAVE YOU EVER DREAMED YOU COULD FLASH BACK TO THE VOLKSWAGEN SCENE’S 1970S AND ’80S GOLDEN ERA? IF YOU DID, WHICH OLD VW EVENT WOULD YOU WANT TO ATTEND? I AM SURE MANY OF YOU WOULD PICK THE BUG-IN HELD AT ORANGE COUNTY INTERNATIONAL RACEWAY UNTIL 1983. WELL, OCIR HAS BEEN LONG GONE, BUT THERE IS ONE MEET THAT OFFERS ALMOST THE SAME ATMOSPHERE AS WHAT YOU MIGHT HAVE EXPERIENCED IN CALIFORNIA BACK IN THE DAY.
THE BBT OPEN HOUSE & CONVOY
WHEN YOU HAVE AN OPPORTUNITY TO VISIT EUROPE TO ATTEND A PREMIER VINTAGE MEET IN GERMANY, THIS IS WHERE YOU MIGHT START YOUR JOURNEY. ONE OF THE MOST INCREDIBLE SUPPORTERS OF OUR HOBBY, BBT IS LOCATED NEAR ANTWERP, BELGIUM. THE COMPANY HOSTS AN OPEN HOUSE AND CONVOY PRIOR TO GERMANY’S INTERNATIONAL VINTAGE VOLKSWAGEN SHOW IN HESSISCH OLDENDORF.
A TRANSFORMED TRANSPORTER
IT'S EASY TO FORGET THAT TODAY’S HIGHLY SOUGHT-AFTER AIR-COOLED VWS WHICH ARE BEING RESTORED AND CHERISHED WERE ONCE JUST DAILY DRIVER CARS, OFTEN DISCARDED AFTER THEIR USEFUL YEARS WERE BEHIND THEM. SUCH WAS THE CASE FOR ERIK THORSEN’S GORGEOUS ’60 DOUBLE CAB.