I cannot believe seven years have passed me by since the last Bug-Out VW show I managed to attend. Held every Memorial Day and Labor Day weekend (on Sunday), the show was a staple for me early in this hobby. With such an absence, and the show’s move to a new location, I made sure the schedule was clear this year.
The show moved from its original location at the Old Dominion Speedway back in 2011, when the speedway sold its land and relocated. Over the past seven years, Bug-Outs continued to draw VWs from around the region to Virginia Motorsports Park in Dinwiddie, VA. Last year, the former owners of Old Dominion opened their new track, Dominion Raceway, in Thornburg, VA with the Bug-Out making its grand debut last Continue reading →
And it is, both literally and figuratively. Martha gave me this sign today and it is a great reminder of many fun times in a VW bus getting lost, having adventures, and both learning and growing. Many good days ahead to look forward to as well.
Every time our bus goes in for her annual safety inspection, I wonder what quirk of this 40+ year-old vehicle might trigger the dreaded pink sticker of failure. Let’s face it, after so many years parts and pieces do not always work as they should and while we owners often find ways to live with these imperfections, safety code says the part or piece must work as intended. So far, knock on wood, Moby passes her inspection each year, but I give some credit to the inspectors at our garage and their acknowledgment of Moby’s age.
As a prime example, the turn signal switch is a bit finicky and has been that way since we got the bus. Now when I say finicky, I do not mean the signals sometimes work and sometimes not. The switch is very reliable in working the lights which is what probably saved us each inspection to date. The problem is the switch housing and the fact it no longer mounts to the steering column properly. Because of this, the housing Continue reading →
A few weeks ago, before spring blossomed across Virginia, we took advantage of some free time during the weekend and hit the road in Moby. Not a major trip, just really an excuse to get in the bus and go, we headed out for a family lunch in Culpeper, Virginia. The day was a bit on the cloudy side, but it was good to be bussin’ again after the winter break. We also took advantage of the drive to have some fun with a GoPro camera Martha gave me for Christmas. Now, after a few weeks of learning (and some procrastination), I present my first video project and, hopefully, begin a new presentation format for this blog.
Like a lot of VW enthusiasts, and some folks outside the VW community, I always enjoyed the advertisements VW produced during the 1960’s and `70’s. The library at the college I attended had an extensive Life magazine collection and I spent a fair amount of time perusing through them in search of old Volkswagen ads. I also picked up a few ads over the years at shows, not only single page advertisements but some of the booklets VW published as well.
A few weeks ago, I stumbled across this article on Adweek.com that highlights a brief Continue reading →
We traveled north to visit Monica and her family in Philadelphia, Pa last month. While there, we decided to tour Eastern State Penitentiary, an old prison built ca. 1820 that housed some very well-known criminals in its day (I fully recommend checking it out if you find yourself in Philly – great tour, great stories, great architecture). On the drive over, my son yells out “Papa, do you see the bus?” Turns out he was the only one who managed to identify the top corner of a bus peaking out from behind a parked truck. Unfortunately, we were not able to stop and investigate why there was a bus parked up on the sidewalk at the time, but, as luck would have it, Monica’s brother ended up walking his commute that week. He graciously agreed to stop and check out why the bus was parked up on the sidewalk in front of the National Museum of American Jewish History. Continue reading →