1967 VW Beetle Community


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!

The Finishing Touches for Your Vintage Volkswagen™
The Finishing Touches for Your Vintage Volkswagen™

Jay Salser

My wife, Neva, and I have been driving and working on VWs for over 41 years. In fact, we raised our family in these cars. Now, we are retired and enjoy VWs as a hobby. The ’67 Beetle always has been our favorite year. We own a '67 Beetle and a '68 Karmann Ghia.

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Eric Shoemaker

about 3 months ago

You're very kind, JK. We too do it for the community of folks around the world that love the '67 Beetle.

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ken

about 3 months ago

Great story, i would be interested in that cruise up the west coast, love adventures. Any info when the next cruise would be? Sorry for the lack of input over the last year. Just finished our second project and our second love. A 1974 Bronco :) having a 67 bug and a 74 bronco pretty much gets us in great groups of people like Jay and Eric.

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jay salser

about 3 months ago

Hello, Ken...It is good to hear from you . Thank you for your kind words. The 20th Treffen Cruise will be held sometime this coming Summer. Contact the number I gave you separately for more information. Hopefully there will be even more '67 Beetle People taking the Cruise this year. Keep up the good work with the Vintage Vehicles! jay

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Richard A. (Dick) Diaz

about 3 months ago

I enjoy reading when someone makes that trek to Texas to meet Jay and Neva! I too keep hoping to do the same some day! Thanks Jay for checking in with me and my Family to see how we fared in the Thomas Fire here in Southern California! Meeting you online, and on the phone has been the start of a great friendship! I read Ron and Diane’s piece on their Treffen expierence and although I meet the group when they stop in Ventura (by the way the Treffen is organized right here in a Ventura) I have not experienced the drive myself! I love the Volkswagen Community and 1967beetle.com!

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jay salser

about 3 months ago

Dick, it always is a joy to hear from you. I am so glad that you and your family remained safe, even with that ordeal of evacuations twice. And, yes--I live for the day when we can meet face to face. In the meanwhile--keep the Volkswagen faith! Your contributions to 1967beetle.com live on! jay

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Amanda

about 3 months ago

We love you too.

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jay salser

about 3 months ago

Hello, Amanda...I know that I speak for all of us when I tell you how much we, out here, appreciate your constant monitoring of the Site to keep it running. Eric tells me of all of the Cyber Attacks which have been launched against the Site. Your work is awesome, Amanda! Thank you for keeping everything afloat--while managing a family! jay

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Frank & Peggy Connolly

about 3 months ago

Jay: What a great article. I still owe you guys a history of our 67 Java Green bug that you have a pix of. Will do it SOON.!

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Eric Shoemaker

about 3 months ago

Looking FWD to it!

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jay salser

about 3 months ago

Hi, Frank...I can't wait to see Your 1967 Beetle Story! jay

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Ron Waller

about 3 months ago

Thanks Jay! Always interesting and fun.

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jay salser

about 3 months ago

Neva and I really enjoyed your visit, Ron! Just not enough time to talk about all that we wanted to talk about! Your visits could be "habit forming"! LOL I will be waiting for reports on the next Beetle projects which you outlined! You inspire me to do more for my own Bug! jay

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Eric Shoemaker

about 3 months ago

Now just imagine when I visit.. :)

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jay salser

about 3 months ago

Eric...I am waiting for your visit! We will have a lot to talk about! When you give me an arrival date, I will begin planning our schedule! jay

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Eric Shoemaker

about 3 months ago

I'm wondering; how long would it take for a '67 Beetle to make it to TX?

Eric Shoemaker

about 3 months ago

Then there are other factors, such as my '67 catching on fire, or me getting hit my a truck along the way. To be fair, it's more than likely a quick flight. I'd not want to risk my life driving the old '67, as much fun as it sounds.

jay salser

about 3 months ago

Eric...That's about 790 miles or 12 hours in a big car--one way, your house to mine. Driving this in a vintage '67 Bug would take parts of 2 days--not pushing it, of course (my way of driving). That's over 3 gas stops, one way--again, not pushing it. I would carry a 5 gal. gas can with me. I'm trying to be conservative. If the weather were cool but not cold, and certainly not hot, you could get better gas mileage, I believe. Maybe someone can take the distance and give us a better set of estimates. Hello? Can anyone help? Or, you could rent a big car--easier driving, better gas mileage and more comforts, and drive straight here. jay

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