Monday, June 13, 2011

VW Classic - Irvine

I'm in L.A., I have been here for two weeks both moving my wife into her apartment for her internship, and attending E3. I was planning on being back in the bay area last week, but I was told that the VW Classic was last weekend, so I extended my stay.

The Classic is the "big" event on the west coast, it's been going on for years and the VW magazines used to cover it on 8 pages. Now that the VW scene is a little smaller, it's only likely to cover 2 pages, but it is still worth going to.

If you just want to skip my talk, go here and click through the pictures.

The Bay Window group is normally the red headed step child of the VW community - not so much any more. I kept over hearing conversation about "how I gave one away" or "sold on 5 years ago for 300$" and now everyone seems amused that they command $4K and up for something running, and over $10K for a good one.

Regardless of their ignorance (says the guy who loves his bus and puts no price on it) they are right, bay window buses are worth about double what they were five years ago.

Some people really love putting their all into them. This work of art was cleaner than mine, and probably cleaner than Gary Marr's bus. (Seriously Gary - it was spit polish clean)

The owners are about to do a road trip - I'm inviting them to join the camper family if they are going through town.

Then there was this cute little thing.

 My cats won't go into my bus, I wish they were as mellow as this one.

This guy just didn't have enough crap on his dashboard. ;)

There was an ambulance.

The Kona brewing company had a keg and tap in the back that they were serving from:

I predict that half these lowered buses will be back to stock height in 5 years:

This 63 multiwindow came towing a camper. Gorgeous. and classic.

And since I'm a fan of the car bar, this picture was taken for my amusement.

I'll post more later. Sorry I missed he trainspotting campout, but I still got my vw fix.



  1. nice pics.

    Just spoke to a French guy who flew to LA to find a VW bus to drive south. He said they were just too expensive and he ended up buying an '89 Winnebago for $2500.

    Also just saw an *active* combi ambulance here in Sucre the other day:


  2. Yeah! Wonderful! Thanks for sharing these pics!
    I'm a fan of the car bar too. ;)

  3. A VW only car show sounds pretty fun. All the cars there are looking pretty spiffy in their own way, and it's quite cool that the owners spun their own style to make their VWs look personal.

    -Angelica Emmanuel


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