A Word From David: April 2010 It’s that time of year when bus owners start to drive their Type 2s more and more – SPRING! I have a few questions for you: Is your bus ready to be driven? Need a transmission swapped? Need some work/tuning on your engine? Need some welding done on your battery tray? Are your brakes up to the task on So. Cal freeways? One of the issues that was brought up at the “Emergency Member Meeting” we had back on March 13th was the fact that we don’t do as many “Work Days” to fix each others’ buses. There was a time in SV2s when restoring, maintaining, and driving our buses was the focus of the club. We’ve gotten away from this. My goal is to bring this back. The club by-laws state: “The purpose of this club is to assist our members with the preservation and restoration of their transporters to the best of our abilities.” We have focused so much of our energy on the shows we organize, on promoting these shows, and on promoting SV2s to other potential bus owners by attending other clubs’ shows in Southern California that all we’re truly doing is work, work, work, work, and work!! With this as our focus, what are we really offering SV2s members? WORK! It’s time to REFOCUS our energy back to the foundation of SV2s: HELPING EACH OTHER keep our buses on the road. Don’t be afraid to ask. Show up at your chapter meeting and talk to your Chapter Rep. Set a date. Offer to buy the food, the beer, and the sodas, perhaps even rent a jumper, so members can bring their kids, and get working on your bus. That’s what this club is here for. On a side note, I know summer is around the corner and buying a jacket is probably the last thing you need to buy, but I am working on a design and figuring out the cost to get us some “Special” member jackets done. Stay tuned, I will keep you posted. David out.
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Summary of Upcoming Club Events And Other VW Happenings April 18, 2010 - Golden Gate Chapter Spring Meet (the Kelley Park Show-Ed) San Jose, California The Golden Gate Chapter of the Vintage Volkswagen Club of America will be hosting their 26th Annual Spring Meet at History San Jose at Kelley Park in San Jose on Sunday, April 18 from 8 am to 3 pm. All air-cooled VWs are welcome. All cars entering the park MUST register for the car show and MUST park in their respective class. We will be providing pre-registration this year so visit our website at http://www.ggcvvwca.org. NO alcohol, pets, or BBQs are allowed inside the park. The Quality Inn, located in Morgan Hill, will be the host hotel and security will be provided. For reservations please call 888-434-1444 or call the hotel directly at 408-779-0447 and tell them you’re with the VW club. A RESERVATION-ONLY dinner will be held Saturday night, April 17 at 7pm at Mama Mia’s Italian Restaurant in Morgan Hill and will be limited to 60 people. For dinner reservations, please call (408) 683-0154 after 7pm by April 1. For general information regarding the Spring Meet and to pre-register, please visit the Golden Gate Chapter web site at http://www.ggcvvwca.org/. April 23-25, 2010 Hamburger Brad Memorial Campout So here is rough idea of what is planned: A campout April 23-25 at Afton Canyon, which is about 45 miles above Barstow. This was B-Rads favorite off-road spot. We’ll be taking his Baja out there where a little memorial will be held for him, as this is a spot where he wanted his ashes spread. Plans are being formed on the SV2s Forums. Under Events> HBB Campout April 23-25. More details to follow when finalized. April 25, 2010 - 16th Annual VW Spring Fling and V-Dubs at Chubs Madera, California Sunday, April 25th, 2010 8am to 3pm Madera, CA 1850 W. Cleveland Avenue at the Madera Fairgrounds. Join the New Old Stock (N.O.S.) Volkswagen Club on the grass of the Madera Fairgrounds at The 16th Annual “VW Spring Fling”. Last year over 250 VWs were on display with 60 swappers. Please check out our website MaderaSpringFling.com More info: Kelly and Liz (559) 2993620 or Gary (559) 264-1256 or email your question to GaryJohnClifford@yahoo.com Thank you for helping the Poverello House.
April 25, 2010 - Pomona Swap Meet Pomona, California Vintage automobile swap meet with VW and other parts. http://www.pomonaswapmeet.com
April 30, 2010 - Vee Dub Parts Unlimited Bug In Open House Huntington Beach, California Friday April 30, 2010 - Vee Dub Parts Unlimited Bug In Open house 17031 Newland Street, Huntington Beach, California If you’re in town for the Bug-In and looking for something to do and free food, be sure to come by. Rick and the crew from CB Performance will be here helping us serve up a top-notch lunch and displaying their newest products. Come by anytime between 9:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. Come fill up your belly here and save your money for the swap meet on Sunday! Call for more info, 714.848.8868 WWW.VWPARTS.NET firstname.lastname@example.org
May 02, 2010 - 11th Annual Spring Picnic Yorba Linda, California Come on out to the 11th Annual Spring Picnic hosted by the Orange Empire Bus Company. The whole picnic is on grass under huge shady trees and is a premier venue for an event. This year the Spring Picnic is FREE to all attendees in air-cooled Volkswagens. Located at Featherly Regional Park a.k.a. Canyon RV Park It all starts Saturday night. We will again be having a great campout open to air-cooled VW’s only and FREE special surprise that is a first for any Volkswagen event. After the special surprise and campout you can get a few hours of sleep and then be right on scene for the show Sunday. Sunday morning we will have FREE coffee and donuts to tie you over until Hot-Dog Fred fires-up his grill to cook up his world-famous Bratwursts and Hot-Dogs. Crack a beer or soda and enjoy the fun at this fun-for-the-wholefamily show. There is a Swap area that is also FREE to everyone in an air-cooled VW. We will again have our SUPER-fun Slow-Drags that are FREE to enter. There are (2) $200 purses donated by your friends at Wolfsburg West. “Buttercup” the clown will be back on site to provide FREE fun for the kids with face-painting and games. The driver of each air-cooled Volkswagen gets a FREE limited edition event shirt only available at the show. The Picnic starts at 6:30 am and goes until around 1pm. We have a HUGE raffle with TONS of great prizes. Guess what... you even get a FREE raffle ticket with your FREE entry. Here’s the FREE fun recap: -FREE admission -FREE event shirt -FREE swap space -FREE raffle ticket -FREE breakfast -FREE kids fun -FREE Slow-Drags in which you can win $200. -FREE Saturday night surprise that you’ll be talking about for a LONG time.
Gates open at 8:00. Car Show with expanded People’s Choice Awards Raffles for Awesome Prizes Slow Drags with prizes Children’s Activities Dash Plaques for 1st 100 Participants Open to ALL Volkswagens Food and Music For updated information, please visit http://www.ivvw.org
June 06, 2010 - Pomona Swap Meet Pomona, California Vintage automobile swap meet with VW and other parts. http://www.pomonaswapmeet.com
That’s a lot of fun for FREE. email email@example.com w/ any questions. Hope to see you there... May 02, 2010 - BUG-IN 35, Southern California Fontana, California CB Performance, Flat 4, and CSP once again bring you the 2010 BUG-IN 35!! Sunday, May 2, we will be back out at the Auto Club Speedway in Fontana, California. -Car Show -Drag Racing -Huge Swap Meet -Special Displays -Manufactures Midway with all the major players in the industry. The DKP will have their 45th Anniversary Display, as well as 1960’s Gassers “Tar Babe” and “Under Dog 2” that will be visiting from overseas. The Schley Dragster along with other period race cars will also be on special display throughout the weekend. This is one VW event you do not want to miss! Gates open at 7am Spectator Admission $20, Children 12 and under free. Racing $45, includes car + driver. Free Swap Spot and Free Car Show entry (with paid spectator admission) **Vendors and Dealers call for further information** For further info: Periscope Enterprises PO Box 1488 Tustin, Ca. 92781-1488 office: 714-544-1759 fax:714-731-8780 www.BUGIN.com May 08, 2010 - Springfest 2010 Corona, California Inland Valley Volkswagens and Wolfsburg West Present Springfest 2010 Saturday, May 8th, 2010 - 9:00 A.M. - 2:00 P.M. Wolfsburg West 2850 Palisades Dr. Corona, CA
WANTED! Volunteers Needed for VVWSF (aKA BOB BAKER) & Familienfest 16. Please Contact your chapter rep if you'd like to help out
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The SV2s “Brain Trust” Convenes News and Notes from the meeting mentioned in David’s President’s Letter: From the SV2s.com forums: Newsletter - SV2s New will continue thanks to the efforts of Tony and Brooks who are committed to producing one every month. San Diego Chapter Rep - Russell stepped up and volunteered, and was approved to be the new SD Chapter rep. Bug-In - The OC Chapter has taken the lead on this and Ken and John will be the ones responsible for being there and volunteering to do the raffle. Ivan showed interest in also helping. VVWSF - P.A. Davis is now in charge of putting on this show, a volunteer list was passed around and there was plenty of members who signed up and committed to helping. Familienfest - John Albrecht is FULLY and COMPLETELY in charge of this show. Volunteers signed up with him after the meeting. A date will be finalized Club Bus - Keith will be taking the club bus and will begin the process of doing the rust repair and getting the CB ready for paint. He will keep everyone updated on work days through the newsletter and forums. I will purchase a Bus Cover from WWest since it will continue to sit outside. The rack will be removed and stored at my house. I stay on as President and will be a resource for both P.A. and John to help them with questions
they may have about the show. There was a total of 24 people who showed up to this meeting. On one end of the spectrum we had John Winkley the founder of SV2s, he was there and offered input. On the opposite side of the spectrum we had Trapper, a member who comes around every once in a while when he’s not traveling the world, and everyone in between. The turnout goes to show that members care about the future of SV2s. Thanks to ALL that came out today. And from the new San Diego Chapter Rep, Russell Miller: I’m going to need to get some ideas for some chapter events for this year. April? Bob Baker was moved to May. May- Bob Baker June- The OCTO Classic weekend July? August- Familienfest 16 September? October? November? December- Christmas party I’m thinking maybe a bonfire and/or beach day. Maybe July? Members Appreciation Picnic? I liked Doheny Beach so we can include Orange county, November? How about a Halloween cruise night in October? Maybe camping or a road rally? Cruise and tour of Temecula or Orange or ? Palm Springs trip & camp would be fun. (haven’t been since they installed the new cars on the tram) Please bring your ideas and/or suggestions to the chapter meeting. If you know other members, call them and remind them of the meeting. Thanks, Russell Email me @ firstname.lastname@example.org
Pyro’s “Coast –to-Coast Adventures” Continued
Story & Photos by Ivan & Edlinda Justicia
From there it was a good long drive all the way to a campground just east of Tallahassee called Three Rivers because, well, 3 rivers converge right there to form a huge lake. I felt like Sarah Palin ‘cause from our site I could see Georgia! Believe it or leave it, this was the first and only campground were we had enough time to sit down and enjoy a campfire. In the morning, we headed straight out east until we finally got to the east coast at Daytona Beach! Well, truthfully it actually is Ormond Beach which is north of Daytona Beach and much more of a beach too. Daytona Beach is not really that long. So we drove into the sand, stop for the sand “exchange” (dropped off the west coast sand and picked up some east coast sand), and continued down to the Ponce Inlet Light House. After that, we headed southwest towards Spring Hill which is 50 miles north of Tampa and where Edlinda’s family lives. The drive took us 5 days leaving on Saturday and arriving on Wednesday. Somewhere along the way (I’m guessing Florida) one of the new CV joint boots tore open and spewed grease over the muffler. So on Thursday I drove to Fisher Buggies in downtown Tampa to by new boots. Another “small” but LOUD issue was the muffler itself, being that sidewinder with the Magnaflow. It was so loud that after 2 days I opted to not even turn on the radio since it had to be played so loud it sounded like crap. So coming out of San Diego we stopped at Latest Rage in Alpine and picked up a spark arrestor in order to quiet it down some. On Friday there was this cruise and get together in Sarasota (a bit south of Tampa) organized by Kip Zimmerman who owns a shop called “Rare & Unique” there. After the cruise we stopped at a restaurant for dinner and I asked Kip if I could use his welder to fix the muffler. He said “Sure!” On to Saturday, I drove in early to the party hosted by Kip at his shop and welded it. The party was the most awesome event I’ve experience in a very long time! Went on ‘til late and lots of people spent the night right there as I did. In the very early morning, I woke up along with some folks from Georgia which I hung out with at the party, and headed back up to Tampa for the Bulli Brigade. Wow! What an awesome venue for a vintage split bus show! Grassy areas full of trees and with vintage buildings all throughout. I was the third one in! Met a bunche new people as well as getting to see a few folks I met before and some of the “regulars” who don’t miss any event no matter where it’s happening. The awards for this very lax show were pretty cool too and though I drove all the way from San Diego, I got beat
by Greg & Clara who drove from Washington State! Did have a great time anyway and got to talk to Clara herself for a bit too. Sunday’s event wasn’t so well enjoyed though. Quite a few issues made it so. Not having “pre-registered” I was directed to “the back lot” and to the very back of it since I came in so early. Soon as the back lot got filled, those non pre-registered that came in late, got to park along with the rest of the pre-registered field! Also, those who did not pre-registered were judged “differently” than those who did!?!?! In any case, I had a funny feeling about this event but just as with the Bugorama in Vegas, I wanted to experience the whole weekend’s events and I did. Don’t know if I would pull this off again but if I do, it will be when I’m retired and have plenty of $$$ to do it. Now, plan “A” turned into plan “B” and already it has changed a few times. I think I’m into about plan “J” now! See, there’s another huge weekend show in Miami at the end of January, with yet another greater one in February in Daytona! So the “plan” went from just leaving the Dormy behind to do the Daytona one then take another week off later to drive it back, to ALSO do the Miami show!!! As of now, plan “J” is to fly in for the Miami show, fly back, then fly in yet again to do the Daytona weekend, THEN finally drive it back to San Diego the week immediately following that event!!! And that’s not even counting the weekend of BBB in Havafew!!!
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by Paul Schuerenberg Hi, I’m Paul Schuerenberg and my bus is a ’67 SO42 Westie who goes by the name of Gold Rush. She (and Gold Rush is definitely a she) and I have been together since August 1983 and have had many adventures. I’ll try and preview them in this article and flesh them out in other articles which I will feed to Tony to use as filler. The bus has gone through 4 color schemes, original ivory color (whose real name I can’t remember), red and silver, burgundy and gold, and the present Viper Blue and gold. In 1983 I was a Navy Chief Petty Officer on a nuclear
Storm in January 1990 and recovered three weeks later before I even knew she was gone (no calls home at that time from a ship at sea). In 1996 I found out about a bus club called Strictly Vintage II’s and joined as member #99. I’ve met some hard and fast friends within the club and Esperanza and I have had some great times, some of which I might talk about in future articles. submarine, USS Drum. I had just returned from a 6 month deployment and mentioned to my brother-in-law that I needed a second car since my wife was now driving. He was a mechanic at the now defunct Kearny Mesa Volkswagen and said that someone had just traded in a ’67 that he thought I could get for a decent price. I had never owned a Volks, but a few days and $1200 later I had a camper. A couple of weeks after that I took two weeks of vacation and our first road trip began. My mother had flown to San Diego from Tennessee and elected to go back in the bus when we told her our plans. Our group consisted of my wife, me, my mother, our daughters of 22 months and 2 ½ years, and my wife’s 11 year old niece. We stopped at rest areas to sleep, with my mother in the front seat and the rest of us on the z-bed. Otherwise it was pit stops and one short stay in an Oklahoma state park for showers. We had a blast. A photo of that trip is included. We’ve also had trips 1200 miles south of the border in Mexico and one memorable December crossing of Donner’s Pass with chains on. I commuted from San Diego to San Luis Obispo weekly for 3 years during a period when I had left active duty. That was a 6 hour drive each way and had it’s own complete set of adventures, mostly repairs of varying complexity in locations as the need arose. On the return side of a club caravan to Ensenada my engine sucked a valve just this side of Ensenada and I made it home at a maximum 25 MPH and kept pouring in oil with the engine running. I made it to my driveway and backed in, then turned the engine off. When I tried to turn it over 10 minutes later she was frozen solid. That was on a Sunday and I worked on her during the week after work - disassembling, buying parts, cleaning and reassembling. Friday night at about 9:00 I was rewarded by the powerful roar of a once again healthy 1600 single port. I went back to active duty in 1989 and she was stolen from in front of my house while I was deployed to Desert
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