While it was no Concours D’Elegance, this past weekend, I had the pleasure of taking a short road trip with Mr. Schmo to the Provo, UT area for a little VW show. The weather was sunny and quite warm – a decent day to enjoy the out of doors (unless you’re like my ginger self, then you spontaneously combust…but I digress.) While this show was much smaller than most of the east coast shows I’ve been to, the quality of the cars made up for it in spades.
East coast shows typically bring forth over 100 air-cooled cars. Lots of cars are always great, but with that comes a certain inability to really enjoy each car to the fullest, talk to its owner and find out its story – one of the most important things (IMHO) at any car show. This show, with only about 45-50 cars, allowed the ability to do just that. Every owner I spoke with was gracious and totally in it for the love of the “putt-putt.” I’m only sad that I didn’t get to speak with the owner of my favorite car, the ’56 oval. Based on its overall looks and stance I’m sure there’s a great story to be told. I am not typically a fan of slammed anything, for reasons only those who have driven one would know, but this car’s patina had me ignoring the drop spindles and narrowed beam, and digging through my wallet for every last dime I owned.
The wonderful group of people at the Wasatch Classic VW show did an amazing job organizing everything from parking to awards. The cars were from all over the Northern Utah area and a few were from beyond. We’ve seen some of them tooling around town and it was an absolute pleasure to finally see them up close.
There were some stand out vehicles (Notchback, Brasilia, Speedster) and the bus/cab collection was amazing, but the biggest stand out was the age of the cars. Aside from a handful of them, everything was 1969 and below – something you rarely find at a show regardless of size. I have to admit, I was in heaven because I didn’t have to look at a bunch of long nosed, bloated 70’s Super Beetles. Now call me an old school snob, but I’m not really a fan of anything 1969 or newer, it’s like the designers at Volkswagen ran out of free love or something…
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