Sunday, January 31, 2010
Saturday, January 30, 2010
Friday, January 29, 2010
I mentioned before that in a previous existence I was an editor/publisher of a small "cultural review" magazine called, Midnight Mind Magazine. Somewhere around early 2002, we put out our third issue, which was subtitled, "On the Road in America".
In that issue, we asked certain well-known authors to share memories of their first car. Sue Grafton, a VW bug owner, shared her memories, which I shared in a previous post.
Denis Johnson, one of my favorite authors, shared his memories with us. And it turns out that he was a bug owner as well. So, as printed in the third issue of Midnight Mind, here are Denis Johnson's first car memories:
The first car I owned was a Volkswagen Bug. This was around 1968 or 1969. It was a unit from the 50s. I remember you cranked up the heat by turning some kind of faucet handle that jutted from the floor. The car started out green, but I painted it blue one day with a couple cans of spray paint. It deteriiorated steadily until it had no brakes and both the steering wheel and hand brake could be removed with a flick of a wrist. Finally this guy, Marshall, one of my housemates, took it out and blew the engine. I was back in that town just last month and ran into Marshall, and we talked about the little VW, and he claimed he wasn't the one who blew the engine. It sat out in front of our house for a few weeks and then one day while I was taking a bath I looked out the window and saw the police hooking it up to a tow truck, and then they stole it.
-Denis Johnson, author of Jesus' Son, Seek and much more incredible writing.
Thursday, January 28, 2010
I found this at an antique store in Ashland, OR, but it was published San Francisco in 1975. I think it's pretty awesome but can't find any info anywhere on the web. if anyone knows anything, drop me an email. I'd love to get some other copies.
The thing that I love about it is that it's almost all hand drawn. Of course, the VW ads - FREAK VW MECHANICS! - are awesome. I put a few more of the ads up since they are really cool.
Wednesday, January 27, 2010
Arnold Odermatt was a police photographer in Germany. I guess those 2 things led to him having many pictures of VWs - wrecked VWs. This photography is haunting and shocking, and I really love it. There are books you can buy of his photos, but these were all gleaned from the internet:
Tuesday, January 26, 2010
Monday, January 25, 2010
Sunday, January 24, 2010
Saturday, January 23, 2010
A swirling conversation around rare and oddball cars that are for sale? Count me in! These guys rock. I sent a link to a car friend of mine and he has checked it daily ever since. I suggest you car nuts do the same.
From time to time they feature VWs - usually really rare or interesting ones like the one below. It was in the Vintage Volkswagen Challenge (road trip anyone?) last year. I didn't even know there was such a thing, but by looking at this car, I feel like I missed something really cool!
More pics here: http://bringatrailer.com/2010/01/13/pan-asian-oval-1953-volkswagen-beetle/