Hot VWs Magazine - October 2021
On the cover : Gary Madrid’s time machine - his early ’80s high school car. (Photo: Stephan Szantai)
CLASS OF ’83
Gary Madrid’s early ’80s high school car was this 1971 sedan, a Bug-In 28 class winner that ran 12.30s over the quarter-mile. Many thought the Cal Looker changed owners shortly after he decided to park it in 1985. Yet, he kept it untouched for 32 years – it is now back on the road!
This project car dubbed Skateback is themed around Legendary John Lucero and his Black Label skateboards, which has impacted the sport since the mid-’70s.
MADERA SPRING FLING #26
NUMEROUS MAJOR VW MEETS WERE POSTPONED OR CANCELED DUE TO THE COVID-19 PANDEMIC IN 2020 – AND THE MADERA SPRING FLING WAS NO EXCEPTION. AFTER PATIENTLY WAITING FOR TWO YEARS, WE FINALLY ENJOYED THIS FUN EVENT, HELD NEAR THE SCENIC YOSEMITE NATIONAL PARK IN CALIFORNIA.
This comp sand rail buggy known as Good Vibrations toured all across the South- west from 1976 to 1986, winning hundreds of awards, including 89 Best of Show and Outstanding plaques & trophies and class awards. A real time machine, it reappeared in the hands of its original owner in 2021, following a 35-year separation.
SPRING PICNIC & CAMPOUT
HELD AT FEATHERLY REGIONAL PARK IN ANAHEIM, THE ORANGE EMPIRE BUS COMPANY’S (OEBC) SPRING PICNIC & CAMPOUT HAS BEEN ONE OF THE MOST POPULAR CAMPING EVENTS IN SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA FOR OVER 20 YEARS. VW FANS SPENT THREE WONDERFUL NIGHTS CAMPING ON SITE; THEN ENJOYED A GREAT SHOW ON SUNDAY. THIS MEET IS ALSO KNOWN FOR ITS EXCITING SLOW DRAG RACE, ALWAYS A POPULAR ATTRACTION.