Hi. I’m Eric Shoemaker. I created and manage 1967beetle.com. Amanda Shoemaker helps with programming, photography, and writing. Timm Eubanks is a contributing SoCal photographer, along with Jay Salser who’s a huge influence on the ’67 Beetle community. Many other great folks around the world contribute their ’67 restoration stories.
The photo above is of me and my grandfather. He gave me the ’67 and purchased it new. I love him dearly, and my restoration efforts reflect the passion I have for these old cars, which has now grown into a business. Here’s a bit of background on myself and 1967beetle.com.
How long have you been into vintage Volkswagens? When did it become an obsession?
About 9 years. To get a better idea of the infant stages, read my ’67 restoration story. I can’t say it’s an “obsession.” Ok, it might be… My good friend Timm and I call it the “VW sickness.” It’s just something I’ve become very passionate about. I’ve worked as a visual designer / art director for the last 11 years. Over the last 9, I’ve been working on my ’67. During that time, I fell in love with creating real tangible objects and working with my hands. I’m obsessed with small details and the idea of bringing something old back to its former glory. I’m even offering restoration services on a few one year only parts for the ’67 Volkswagen Beetle.
You established the #vintageVW hashtag on Twitter. How does the online community matter to the Volkswagen community as a whole?
The web is just another medium; a place where people can share their content, stories and ideas. It’s an amazing distribution vehicle and has made it a lot easier to find NOS parts. It’s also given companies a business platform where they are able to offer services with a global reach. Lastly, I’ve been able to connect with SO many fantastic enthusiasts. The VW community is a breed all their own; always willing to lend a hand, advice, or even NOS parts. Not too long ago a box with free NOS German Hella tail light lenses showed up at my door. (Thank you!)