Editors note: Sorry for the delay here at 1967beetle.com. We are finally moved back to our hometown of Atlanta, GA and are slowly coming back online. There are boxes and VW parts everywhere! It’s a huge mess. In fact, my own ’67 Beetle is resting in my Dad’s garage until I have time to make room for it at our new (very very old) house. Thanks, Gavin for the article.
Hello 1967 Beetle.com,
Recently I had the pleasure of participating in a Fall Festival Car Show. I was ready to go the night before washing, waxing, and taking care of little things I thought would earn accolades from the judges. The next morning it looked as if it would be a beautiful fall day —in fact I’d say it was perfect! I got to the event early, 8:15am and already I was the twenty second car to register. The registration booth volunteers were tense as several parking volunteers had not shown up. In any case they had to make room for 100+ cars.
I quickly realized I had just entered a car show featuring muscle cars and very expensive modified cars from the 30’s & 40’s. These cars were perfect! I honestly felt as if I was in the midst of a Barrett-Jackson sanctioned event! A few of the cars were for sale like a 69’ Camaro for $19,500. I watched as more and more cars poured in and some John Deere tractors as well, sharing the day at the show. I walked around and realized my 67’ was not only the lone Beetle, it was the only Volkswagen at the show…
It was a fun and delightful group of participants. Shaking hands, sharing greetings and testosterone driven discussion of the 442, posi traction hot rod stuff you would expect.
The show wore on. One gentleman in particular walked up to the ol’ bug with a big huge smile and said, “I used to sell these back in the day…I haven’t seen a 67’ like this since I left the dealership!” He proceeded to verbalize the list of one-year parts. He new his stuff. He even made it a point to lift the deck lid and check if the latch dust cover was there! I could hear this guy thinking, recalling his long lost youth. It was so much fun to reminisce with him.