“Because its enough”

Articles detailing or lamenting the approaching end of Type 2 production in Brazil are increasingly prevalent these days; even showing up as re-posts on this site.  Some have used the event as an excuse to document the new, younger generation of bus owners, their rhymes and reasons for stubbornly standing by (or under as the case may be) their beloved rolling toasters which lack modern creature comforts like GPS, bluetooth, heated seats, and air-conditioning, while friends zoom by in flashy, new cars, jeering as they leave their colleague in a cloud of dust.  Still others have taken the opportunity to record the adventures of older generations, those who helped shape the legacy surrounding the entire Type 2 vehicle family.  Most are fun stories of ordinary people, not thrill seekers in the strict sense, but rather people who recognize that adventure lies in the time spent getting between points A and B, and that one can find all that is required, whether on a short foray or full-scale odyssey, in the simplicity of a bus.

I saw this NY Times article a few days ago and thought I would share.  Like its subject, it is simple and to the point, while at the same time invoking a modest level of nostalgia.  It is just enough.

Update

Another interesting article:  Wheels of Style

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6 thoughts on ““Because its enough”

  1. A great article. How many stories have you heard or read that involve epic journeys along the Hippie Trail to Afghanistan or from Mexico to Michigan in a US Ford or a UK Morris Minor ?! Whether it’s the mechanical simplicity of the T2s or their versatility, somehow they became the ‘vehicle of choice’ for epic road trips in a way in which no other vehicles of the time could deliver.

    • I know what you mean. Even when I do hear of people traveling long distances in another type of vehicle, they never talk about their auto in the same manner as a Type II driver. I have heard, but not verified, that VW parts were more available internationally than parts for US cars. Perhaps in the midst of the Cold War, restrictions/embargoes on US products inadvertently made the bus a good travel option with easier to find parts. The ease of repair would also reduce the need to rely on mechanics who might not speak the language of the traveler and the “shady” repair shops. Thanks for commenting!

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