As 1967beetle.com takes a deeper look into the archives, it is time to shine a bright light once again at one of the best in the business; Lenny Copp of West Coast Classic Restoration. A huge thanks to Timm Eubanks for his talented eye behind the camera, and for taking part in this fantastic featured article we first published in 2011.
Lenny, please tell us a little about yourself, your background, and how you got into Vintage VWs.
My background started in 1972. I was 23 at the time. I had my first mechanics job after graduating from a 6-month auto mechanics school in New Hampshire. I tried all the different dealers like Chevrolet, Ford, etc., and when I went the local VW dealer, they hired me as a trainee. While there for two years, I learned a lot about repairing VWs. My other talent, so to speak, was cooking in restaurants. As a young man, I learned that working in restaurants was good because you always had food to eat. So, between 1972 and 1978, I worked on cars, and I cooked in restaurants. I was a full time cook and was “Bingo the Clown” every Sunday from 1 to 4pm at a Ground Round Restaurant. Yikes!! (I have pictures on request). In 1979, I bought a new black Kawasaki 1000 LTD. My girlfriend and I sold everything we owned and took off into the sunset. We landed in Florida, and since it was September, we decided to stay there. Only thing was my son Benny was conceived on that trip. So, after a few months, we bought a car and drove back to Peterborough, NH to settle down.