I bought this car in 1970 as a high school student in Houston, Texas for $900 (my life savings), sparking a love affair over 44 years and 300,000+ miles. In about 2002 the poor Bug was vandalized – hood and roof stomped in, and turned over on its side. Not having funds to repair it and unwilling to part with it, I placed it in storage for almost 10 years.
Meanwhile, Mike Aiello entered the picture as co-artisan of candles and products sold in my wife’s shop. Serendipitously, Mike is also an auto customizer and restorationist. After my wife helped to get their products in other stores, Mike hugely returned the favor by taking on a three-year restoration project on the VW. His work was nearly miraculous, bringing an extremely rusty and squashed Bug back to pristine, like-new condition.
I am forever indebted to Mike for truly making a dream come true, and am quoted as saying, “If you want to believe in angels but don’t know what one looks like – (pointing) right there…. Mikey.
Thanks, Mike, for sharing your story with 1967beetle.com.