Once again, my dad has come through with some interesting VW items. He sent me this Vanagon Camper brochure a few months ago. I find it interesting for 3 reasons.
1. The bus (van?) is actually starting to look like a RV at this point
2. The colors offered are awesome.
3. It's about the worst font choice you could make for a brochure now, but back then, it seems to work well.
As always, you can click on the images to make them bigger...
This is my favorite color combination:
Thursday, October 30, 2008
Wednesday, October 29, 2008
Here is another newspaper that the in-laws sent me. Apparently, they are doing a series about VWs in the local paper in Louisiana. Here is the one from a few weeks back.
You can click on the image of the newspaper to read it.
Tuesday, October 28, 2008
Sunday, October 26, 2008
Saturday, October 25, 2008
With Big Blue still in the shop to have the engine overhauled, my parents were not able to go on a "beach run" as we would have liked. I did stop by The Garage with them to introduce them to an engine-less Big Blue (and talk to Marty, who is overseeing the repairs).
My dad is used to my enthusiasm for hunks of junk (ever since a bad investment in a 1970s-era "Space Age" camper that I bought in Chicago) and I think he was a little scared of what he might see. I believe his fears were calmed and he enjoyed meeting the bus that has taken EP and me on many adventures in our area of the nation... My mom fell in love with a little green bug from the mid-seventies that was parked at the shop. All was well...
Friday, October 24, 2008
I am not one to generally be drawn to collecting toys. They seem overpriced and, frankly, I don't know which are valuable and which are not. I passed up about 5 different VW toys the last time EP and I were at the Alameda Antique Show and I didn't really regret it. But I came across this guy last week while my parents were here and just fell in love with it...
I bought it and took it home and it turns out that there were about 500 of these produced and they were given to the EMPI distributors. The bug is supposed to be a 1970 modeled after the Inch Pincher, a famous VW drag car put together by the fellas at EMPI.
So, while I was at it, later that day, at a different antique shop, I saw this and figured I had to have it. It's made by Tekno of Denmark from early 1960s.
They will take their place above my work desk next to this cool toy PJAlau gave me. Mmmm.... Perhaps I am drawn to toys.
Thursday, October 23, 2008
I am obsessed with Google Maps, especially now that there is the "street view" option. I had a thought the other day, that I had never looked up the address we bought Little Blue at. So I did and sure enough, there she was! Sitting waiting for us to find it in Cupertino!
Just because I think it hilarious, and has something to do with this post because it is a VW and it's on street view, I had to post a picture of the all-time classic street view VW shot...
Wednesday, October 22, 2008
Monday, October 20, 2008
After seeing a Vanagon with a BMW grill (see it here) last week, and seeing this bus on the street yesterday, I am beginning to wonder that perhaps VW had some help with their production in the 80s...
Saturday, October 18, 2008
On Thursday night, we had a visit from Valentina and Valentina's driver, Marc. For those of you unfamiliar, Marc and his girlfriend, Eliana (who stayed at a friend's in the East Bay since she was not feeling well), have been traveling America for the past four months in their 1978 VW Westy, Valentina, which they bought on Valentine's Day last spring. After about 2 months of work, they set out from Florida, headed to Alaska, made it, and are now headed down the West Coast. An impressive journey to say the least. You can read about it here.