I was gone most of last week because I was unable to work for medical reasons, as I was suffering from a prolonged, full-body freakout of joy caused by being surrounded by so many air-cooled Volkswagens that my limbic system over limbic’d or whatever it does. All those VWs were part of the Airhead Treffen, a 1700-mile drive down the West Coast from Canada to Mexico. It was amazing, and if you’ll sit still, I’d like to share some of what I saw with you. There will be lots of video content about the Treffen coming as soon as we can go through all the footage and edit it. I drove a ‘64 Ghia convertible and a ‘67 21-window Bus for large chunks, and we’ll have video of that, too. For now, though, I just want to show you some of the incredible VWs that showed up. It’s worth keeping in mind when you look at these cars that many of them drove huge distances not just on the Treffen itself, but just to get to the start of the drive in Washington state. There were cars from Idaho and Alaska and Massachusetts, and many of them, especially the Type 2 buses and vans, had been homes to these people as well as their vehicle for the trip. Most car shows don’t show off vehicles that the owners have been living in for weeks; I consider that a big plus for events like this, and one day I’d love to… [Read full story]
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