Dubs in the Shrubs All Air-Cooled Show 2016

Last Saturday, my family had the pleasure of traveling north to help my Grandmother celebrate her 97th birthday.  The big family gathering took place in the afternoon and that left us with a free night and Sunday morning to fill with nothing other than a VW show!  After attending Dubs in the Shrubs last year, and having a great time of it, we really wanted to return and hangout with a great group of people and beautiful dubs.  The event,  held at the German-American Society in Yardville, New Jersey, was a bit smaller than last year, but it is a very informal and personable show, making the trip very worthwhile.  Although the vendor/parts choices at these small events do not match the options found at much larger gatherings, I am beginning to prefer the sociability of the small, club-run show.  The people running the event are very inclusive and approachable, and take the time to wander around to meet everyone.  This combined with camping on the grounds the night before the show creates a camaraderie not found at bigger events.  Basically, these small shows seem like overgrown club meetings that retain the atmosphere of good friends getting together to share a common interest, yet provide the opportunity to meet all kinds of new folks and their air-cooled rides.  This can be done at bigger shows of course, but the smaller events are more manageable and different clubs/VW model owners are less segregated and, therefore, easier to access.  Within 15 minutes, even the kids had new friends!  Timing for this show was perfect for I was in urgent need of a VW experience since the hectic spring schedule so far prevents me from getting Moby out of winter hibernation (a circumstance to change this weekend I hope!).


Tom and his son piloting the maiden cruise of our 1972 bug, last on the road in 1991.


Just because we didn’t bring Moby doesn’t mean we couldn’t bring something VW-related. Our Westy side-tent on the left and Tom’s on the right made for a great spring night under the stars.


Camping row with a very nice ’65 Dormobile camper on the right.


’65 Dormobile


Dormobile interior.


The Dormobile has one of the roomier second floors I think, but less ventilation than Westy counterparts.


An interesting accessory I have not seen before. This jack-mount allows for the dining table to be used outside this ’77 camper. If only the early tables were so flexible!


Shorty bus! Very fun to finally see one of these in person, but I’m not so sure I’d take it out on the roads. Martha and the kids also got a kick out of this one.


Free stuff always makes people happy. The kids got their own, candy filled, shorty buses from the generous shorty bus owner.


Bus row at the show.


Beautiful ’67 camper decked out for the show.


The small pop-top provides enough space to stand up while dressing and a little extra ventilation, but no upstairs sleeping in this model.


’57 36 H.P. moon-roof bug.


’67 1500cc bug


This ’60 beetle was one of my favorites at the show. Very well restored and I really dig the white-walls.


Such a simple, uncluttered dash in the ’60 beetle.


The interior of the ’60 beetle was fantastic.


Me trying to be artsy with the ’60 beetle’s moon hubcaps.


A VW I rarely encounter – a Notchback! 1964 These things are way cool and on my ultimate list of VWs to buy if I win a lottery.


’64 Notchback


A stock 1500cc pancake engine sits in the rear of the Notchback.


Of course it wouldn’t be a VW show without someone needing a wrench. This bus made it all the way from New York state before he lost 2nd gear cruising into the show grounds. Haven’t yet heard how the journey home turned out. I think a lot of us have been in the spot before.


Fun paint job on this one.


Another ’67 camper with awesome matching plaid curtains, luggage and thermoses (the latter are inside).


6 thoughts on “Dubs in the Shrubs All Air-Cooled Show 2016

  1. Great to see the photos and get your take on the dubs on show. There are not so many all air cooled shows over here (none anywhere near where I live). Here, the VW scene is dominated by newer vans (T3-T5s), many of which have been modified over the years. Sadly (in my view), there’s much less interest in restoring classic vans to their original look. Or maybe just fewer people can afford it these days?? I’ll just need to admire them from a distance – or dream about winning the lottery…

    • We can all dream right? I have not been to many big shows recently, but the water-cooled section in them seems to grow and grow. I think you’re right in that prices for these older cars might be keeping a lot of them out of people’s garages – that and off the roads too since some may not want to risk an accident when the value is so high. I’ve also seen a trend in keeping an old original in its current state, as long it it drives. I was surprised by a comment I cam across not too long ago that pointed out that these vehicles might be more desirable in with some rust rather than a new, well done and accurate paint job. Personally, I just like to see them loved and driven no matter the condition, but when someone takes the time to restore them like the ones in this post, that’s just cool. Of course, in the U.S., the region matters too. The midwest and northeast use so much road salt that these vehicles simply rotted away over the years. Now out in CA they have greater numbers of old cars and the shows out there are fantastic (so I hear). Thanks for taking the time to comment!

      • I think you’re right about road salt, which is a big issue in the UK too. In fact, lots of older vans are imported over here from California/desert states. If you’re going to go to the effort of a restoring a van to its original condition you might as well give yourself a headstart and find one that not already been repaired many times.

  2. That outdoor adapter for the table in later campers, super cool,!,
    MayB the neatest detail item/accy i’ve seen in a real long time.. peace 2 all !!

    • Yes, I agree. It provides so much more flexibility for the table. I imagine you could attach the table on the other side of the bus if the view/shade was better on that side.. Thanks for reading and taking the time to comment!

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