I tell people all of the time that the Vintage Vehicle Hobby revolves around people. It’s more than just a hobby—it’s a Community! PEOPLE drive these Vintage Volkswagens.
When I attend a Volkswagen Show, I go for talking to people about as much as I go for seeing the cars. Really! For me, it is a non-stop talk-a-thon. I’m really worn out from talking, interacting and listening to all of those VW Community PEOPLE!
It was Neva’s and my pleasure this week (1/8/18) to have a visit from Ron Waller of Phoenix, AZ. Ron has visited us once before, about a year ago. He and his wife are in Texas with family but he took time to drive over to spend time with us, as well.
We had a blast! And, we didn’t nearly exhaust the subjects, including, of course, all things Volkswagen.
One of the major topics was Ron’s and Diane’s experience on the Border-to-Border Treffen Cruise down the West Coast of the USA, which they experienced not so long ago. And, what an experience! I read and re-read Ron’s account of the trip—but to hear it in person was something else!
“I really want to do this Cruise”—that theme kept going through my mind. Ron and Diane were the only ones to drive the entire route in a Beetle, their 1967 Lotus White Bug.
I listened as Ron recounted their preparations. They worked with a local VW Specialist in the Phoenix area. They checked and re-checked the car. They made up lists of supplies. When the time came, they were ready! And, then some.
I watched Ron’s face as he traced the route in his words. Some difficult times, some really great times, some frustrating times, some times when they wanted to do a victory lap! If you have driven a Vintage Volkswagen much, you know the feelings herein described.
We had a grand time visiting but, all too soon, Ron had to get back to family.
In parting, Ron and I figuratively toasted Eric and Amanda Shoemaker for making all of this possible by their faithful contributions via 1967beetle.com. Their hard work to keep the Site up and running in such a vibrant fashion has enabled us owners of ’67 Beetles, Worldwide, not only to read about one another but to interact.
As we enter 2018, I look forward to more of the same interactions. Between the rons and the jays of the 1967 Beetle Community! Hear!—Hear!