Old School is So Cool – Especially When Cooled by Air

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Old School is So Cool – Especially When Cooled by Air


The most beautiful oval I've seen in a long, long time...

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.

Otis is the epitome of surferdom...

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.

This picture doesn't do this kit Speedster justice.

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…
See the high resolution photostream here.

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  1. 4DoorNoMore July 22, 2011 at 2:17 pm - Reply

    There's nothing 'old school' about $5K+ worth of wheels, tires and suspension work underneath a rusted-through body.

  2. Ambersand July 22, 2011 at 2:22 pm - Reply

    Yeah, especially when the rims cost 3k worth that…but still, a narrowed beam is still a beam, and drop spindles are still spindles. Putting a 56 on an IRS pan is still a bug pan…and the majority of the motors were original in CC to the era of the car…now my 65 with the 2332cc…THAT'S not so old school.

  3. 4DoorNoMore July 22, 2011 at 2:45 pm - Reply

    I dunno, maybe I getting jaded in my old age. The fact that both of the showcased 'old school' cars have roofracks, vintage coolers and surfboards (in Utah, mind you!) is telling. The only thing that surprises me is that they don't have swamp coolers hanging out the passenger window. 'Old school' has become an image thing, just like everything it professes to be against.
    But…on a positive note, the club plaque on that double is pretty sweet!

  4. Martin Schetselaar July 22, 2011 at 3:23 pm - Reply

    I just have one correction, if I may: This year's Wasatch Classic actually featured over 80 cars. Although not all of the cars on display were present for the whole of the day, there were in fact 95 cars registered, and only five or six no-shows (preregistrations). And there were even cars there that did not register.
    In any case, thank you for coming out to our little show. I'm glad you found it to your liking 🙂 Every year, it's a little different, and every year it's a little more nerve-racking…And every year, the people who come out to it make it great!

    • Ambersand July 22, 2011 at 4:14 pm - Reply

      Hey Martin, thanks so much – we must have gotten there a little bit late…guess the show wasn't so little after all. You guys really did an amazing job and I'm just sorry I didn't get there as the gates opened!

  5. vwminispeedster July 22, 2011 at 4:32 pm - Reply

    That speedster is just like mine…. except that one runs and has four wheels….. https://picasaweb.google.com/lh/photo/tSJLI-cSOAI

    • B72 July 22, 2011 at 6:29 pm - Reply

      That pic doesn't look like it has the excitement of a planned tire retirement. More of low moment…

    • Ambersand July 23, 2011 at 9:51 am - Reply

      I'd be happy to take that off your hands. 🙂

      • vwminispeedster July 23, 2011 at 12:27 pm - Reply

        $500 for the car and it's yours. Each wheel is another $500. Wheel bolts though are $2,000 each. 😉

  6. SSurfer321 July 23, 2011 at 6:57 am - Reply

    I like the white/metalflake orange two tone Bug.

  7. dead_elvis July 23, 2011 at 9:16 am - Reply

    I loves me some old a/c VWs, but I really, really hate the slammed stance so popular in the vintage Volks scene. Usually I'm of the live & let live mentality – it's your ride, do what you want – but seeing 'wagens lowered like that irritates me beyond rational explanation.

    • mr. mzs zsm msz esq July 23, 2011 at 9:47 am - Reply

      <img src="http://www.bumpstop.com/gallery/data/509/medium/bumpstop19.jpg&quot; width="500"> I'm the same way, these make-up for it, and make me all happy inside again.

    • Ambersand July 23, 2011 at 9:54 am - Reply

      I'm with you. The entire reason I got rid of my Squareback (still kicking myself) was because the kid before me decided to "Hoodride" it…hacked off the bump stops and turned the height down on the beams – basically the car could only go in a straight line. TOTALLY sad. Ugh. I wanted to see if that oval was on bags…didn't have the energy to climb "under" it to look – under being a relative term of course. I find it completely impractical and stressful to the structure of the vehicle. But that's just me.

  8. FЯeeMan July 25, 2011 at 7:49 am - Reply

    I just came here for the tags
    keep all gingers out of direct sunlight

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