COMING SOON – A New Vintage Volkswagen Experience

Good evening, vintage Volkswagen enthusiasts.

I originally started this site back in 2010. (Internet archive) I thought to myself, “it would be really cool to create a platform that showcases the restoration process of my Grandpa’s 1967 Beetle.” (In memory of Frank R. Shoemaker, Sr.)

Fast forward to 2021, we now reach a global audience of vintage Volkswagen enthusiasts via email newsletter and organic traffic. I’m in amazement that so many people own and love the special one year only ’67 Beetle, and have sure met some really great folks along the way. I owe a debt of gratitude to Jay Salser for his countless contributions, friendship and knowledge.

We’re currently working on building a new vintage Volkswagen experience that will not only to continue to document the special 1967 Beetle, but all air-cooled vehicles. Stay tuned as we transition, and I thank you so much for the support over the last 11 years. Questions? Join the conversation below.

Eric Shoemaker  |  Owner
Lane Russell LLC • Restoration of German Vintage VW Engine Components  |

The Finishing Touches for Your Vintage Volkswagen™

Posted by Eric Shoemaker

Hello, I'm Eric. I started I also own Lane Russell, a leading supplier of VW parts for your classic Volkswagen restoration. I drive a '67 Beetle daily and love to share vintage Volkswagen stories with the world.

  1. Congratulations and good luck in your future endeavors. Thank you for all that you and Jay have done for me. I don’t think that I could have found better support and supplies to restore my 1967 Deluxe Beetle.


    1. Hey, Mark!
      Not to worry; we’re not going anywhere. It’s move evolving what we’ve built into something bigger….. Stay tuned.


  2. Sounds like a fine idea. We watch the birds out the kitchen window. The woodpeckers and cardinals are a real treat. But the sparrows have a place too. Draw the line at air cooled and we are all cool. Touchy how to preserve a bit of eliteness for the ’67, but you and Jay can figure it out. It sounds like you will be busy and we all appreciate it.


    1. Thanks for the kind words. Our interest will always remain with air-cooled cars. The 1967 Beetle will always have a special place.


  3. I’m new to the VW family. Not knowing better, I guess I was lucky to have recently purchased a 67. I was also lucky to find you and Jay, with your knowledge and passion, to help novices, like myself. Thanks for your helpful advise, and continued success.


    1. Kevin,
      We are here for you!


  4. Hi Jay, Hi Eric. Getting to know you both is something I am glad has happened. I live in the far north CANADA and have often needed advice with problems I have had dealing with my 67 VW. Both jay and Eric are amazing good people.I am glad to think of them as friends. Good Luck. Bob.


    1. Thanks, Bob!
      And… We aren’t going anywhere.. Think of it as growth. We’re always here to help the ‘67 Beetle community.


    2. Bob–It was mine and Neva’s pleasure to meet both you and Nicole and to have you as over-night guests at our home. Keep up the good work on Mary, your ’67 Convertible! jay


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