Tuesday, August 5, 2008

Funkengroovin Wednesday - Birds Of A Feather

VB hopes the sun will shine so she can attend this: (From LIMBO) "Aug 10 (Sun) Terryville, CT 17th Annual Terryville Bug-A-Fair. Large all VW show and swap meet at the Lions Club Fairgrounds, 129-176 Town Hill Road. Engine blow, RV races, games for the kids, music, food, and fun! Camping on the grounds the night before. Contact Chuck Pisconski at 860-283-5256 or email vwsplitman@sbcglobal.net"

If all goes well, then there will be more photos of Beetles (and VB hopes Buses also - she's taking hers) hanging out together.

All photos of VW Beetles and Buses just hangin'.

(Below): Two Buses in Heliopolis.

(Below): Just around the corner from McDonald's on Road 9.

(Below): Farther down on Road 9 - Orange Beetle and covered Beetle (under the tree.)

(Below 2 Photos): Three in a row!


(Below): In traffic.

July 30, 1869: Moving Oil in Bulk, for Good and Ill
"1869: The Charles, generally recognized as the world's first oil tanker, leaves the United States bound for Europe with the equivalent of 7,000 barrels of crude.
The Charles, home-ported in Antwerp, Belgium, carried its cargo in 59 iron tanks below decks. Earlier, oil was transported across the ocean in actual wooden barrels, each capable of holding only 42 gallons, which severely limited the carrying capacity of individual ships -- but also established the "barrel" as oil's unit of measurement."

Chinese fender-bender, in five scenes

Think You're Fast? Prove It With Your iPhone, Punk.
"So you've tricked out your car with a cold air intake, an oversized intercooler and a turbo running 17 pounds of boost. Or you've just made a bundle and bought a Ferrari F430. But can you drive? Really drive? Prove it -- with your iPhone.
Amid the flurry of software apps popping up for Apple's newest gadget are a pair of automotive performance meters that will cut through the bench racing B.S. Both Dynolicious and g-tac use the accelerometer built into the iPhone and iPod Touch to tell you in no uncertain terms whether you drive like Lewis Hamilton."

How to Trick Out a Cheap Car

'Top Gear USA': Adam Corolla and pilot studio audience spill the beans
"Worst-kept secret No. 749. Although not yet formally announced, NBC reportedly is creating an American version of the BBC's popular "Top Gear" automotive TV show. Last week, a pilot was shot in front of a studio audience and many audience members, who each signed nondisclosure statements, along with the host, comedian Adam Corolla, are spilling the beans on the cast and format all over the auto blogosphere."

Older cars L.A. teens like - (Check out photo number 7. It looks just like VB's Van.):
"1980s Volkswagen Vanagon
Every Southern California high school has its surfer dudes and VW buses have always been in the top tier of desired beach rides. With the more rare Micro Buses of the 60's and 70's demanding higher dollars, the 80's and 90's Vanagons are still somewhat affordable, roomy and cool."


Calling Raymond Loewy: Fender Skirts are Back

Time to split, man
"Hamill, 69, owns John's Car Corner on Route 5 and has been working on the German automobiles and buses for almost 35 years...

Now, after all these years, one of Hamill's cars is heading to Hollywood.

Or New York, anyway, by way of Pennsylvania.

A representative from movie director Ang Lee's company loaded one of Hamill's 1964 Kombi's onto a flatbed truck Monday to prepare the vehicle for its close-up in Lee's next film, "Taking Woodstock."

Karmann Ghia sold for record price

(VB says, "eww!")
Madcap mechanic makes the world's lowest camper van by cutting VW to just 3ft high

World's lowest camper van fits under barriers

VW memories: Area drivers recall Volkswagen adventures
"EDITOR’S NOTE: Times Free Press readers are sharing their Volkswagen memories. For more stories, visit timesfreepress.com."

Volks folks rally to camper van circuit
"A significant increase in ownership in recent years - particularly among thirty-somethings like this correspondent, who have rose-tinted memories of them from their childhood - has seen a vibrant internet community spring up (see panel). This week's oddball rally is not just an opportunity to get together and talk about old buses. In the last two years similar events have raised €27,500 for two kids' charities, Bridges Across Borders in Cambodia and the Share a Dream Foundation in Ireland.

Although not as iconic as the Beetle, which Volkswagen dubbed the Type 1, the Volkswagen van, or Type 2, in its many variants was a huge success for the manufacturer. Introduced in 1950, its distinctive two-piece windscreen lasted until the late 1960s. Just as hippies around the world embraced it as their transport of choice, Volkswagen gave it a face-lift, introducing the beefed-up "bay window" model which saw it through its glory days of the 1970s. It is this model that makes up the bulk of the attendance at the many VW camp-outs each summer."

Dusty Springfield sings "I Only Want To Be With You


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