Happy Birthday, Grandpa!

Happy Birthday, Grandpa!
I’d like to take a moment to wish a very happy 95th Birthday to my Grandpa.
If it were not for him buying my ’67 Beetle back at the end of ’66, 1967beetle.com would not exist today.

I recently asked my Grandpa what made him choose a vintage Volkswagen. In his own words.

“Eric, my memory is not what it used to be, but… I purchased the Beetle brand new in December of ’66. The price was very competitive, and it was common knowledge that the German VW of old made products that were the result of the highest level in engineering and quality.”


Grandpa
Eric Shoemaker and Grandpa Shoemaker
I love you, Grandpa!

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

Eric Shoemaker

Hello, I’m Eric. I founded and curate 1967beetle.com. I also co-founded Lane Russell with my wife Amanda. I drive a ’67 Beetle daily, and love to share vintage Volkswagen stories with the world.

19 Comments

Russ Keller

about 3 years ago

HAPPY BIRTHDAY GRANDPA SHOEMAKER. Good Choice.

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Donna

about 3 years ago

Best wishes, Mr. Shoemaker, from the Fischers and Wally2. Thank you for helping to set Eric on the right road!

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Duke

about 3 years ago

HAPPY BIRTHDAY,SIR. Everything you have done for your family and country is appreciated.

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Jaime

about 3 years ago

Happy Birthday Grandpa Shoemaker! It is indeed an honor and a blessing to know what inspired Eric. My Father will be 80 years old on Sunday and he too is what inspired me by owning various VW's and by bringing home my first car back in 1979, a 67 beetle!

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Tom

about 3 years ago

Eric, The car is nice, the grandpa irreplaceable!!! You are a blessed man and family!

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Eric Shoemaker

about 3 years ago

Thanks, everyone! My Grandpa means the world to me, as you can probably tell by now. I've FWD this thread to him, as he uses the computer and will read them.

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Cindy Pace

about 3 years ago

This was a sweet tribute to your grandfather! Love, Mom Pace

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Christian Huet

about 3 years ago

Congratulations, thanks for inspiring his grandson and that somehow adopted worldwide to keep alive the passion for our beloved Beetles. Happy Birthday!

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jay salser

about 3 years ago

Happy Birthday wishes from the Salsers to the "Chief Shoe"! And, thanks for preserving and then gifting the '67 Beetle to Eric. Through Eric, you have inspired thousands of us around the World to better know and appreciate our Beetles! Long live the Shoemaker Clan! jay and neva

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EVel

about 3 years ago

Mr Shoemaker, Happy Birthday. This is the moment when everyone start thinking.. 'Hmm.. Wished I had a grandpa like that' All the best!

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Darryl

about 3 years ago

Happy Birthday Eric's Grandpa! :)

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Ken

about 3 years ago

Happy birthday Grandpa Shoemaker And thank you for selecting a 67 VW bug. your grandson takes might good care of that car.

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Sam Glenn

about 3 years ago

This is "priceless". Thanks, Eric. Send my best wishes to your Grandpa

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Norbert

about 3 years ago

All das beste zum geburtstag Herr Shoemaker (All the best on your birthday)! My father just turned 91 and the fond memories of the first car we owned (a 1957 Beetle) prompted me to get a Volks again - this time I upgraded to a 1967 convertible though.

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Bryan Hayhurst

about 3 years ago

These memories and pictures are priceless. Oh by the way the car isn't bad either. Happy birthday-and many more.

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Kenny Vleminckx

about 3 years ago

Happy birthday grandpa ! You, sir, are an international hero !

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jeff gamble

about 3 years ago

Fantastic, heart felt and personal post Eric. Thank you for sharing. Keep up the great site. Tucson

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Eric Shoemaker

about 3 years ago

Thank you, everyone! These comments mean a lot to me.

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Ron Sladky

about 3 years ago

Happy birthday to Eric's Grandpa! I also got my 67 Zenith blue beetle from my grandpa. He brought it home from California toToronto, Canada! I've been sitting in it since I was about 8 years old!

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