Eric Shoemaker’s Vintage VW Story

Hello, friends!

We have some very exciting news to share.

The story of our family’s beloved ’67 Beetle and how Lane Russell came to fruition has been featured by Volkswagen of America, Inc.

Please check out the article and let us know what you think in the comments. And as always, thank you for your continued support!

– Eric

Volkswagens tie grandkids to their family legacies

Eric Shoemaker had no real interest in cars. As a designer and entrepreneur, he primarily took an interest in hobbies like woodworking, furniture restoration, and photography. Today, however, he not only owns a business with his wife Amanda that restores air-cooled German engine components, but his website ( is a go-to resource for tech tips, classifieds, and Volkswagen stories from around the globe. And what he attributes as the catalyst for his newfound passion is a 1967 Beetle his grandfather drove that almost ended up in the crusher.

Posted by Eric Shoemaker

Hello, I'm Eric. I started Air-Cooled Artifacts (previously, and Lane Russell). I drive a '67 Beetle daily and love to share vintage Volkswagen stories with the world.

  1. Eric: Keep it up. I followed you since last year when I bought a 67 myself. They are special and I will keep mine forever. You help keep my enthusiasm .

  2. la foto lo dice todo solo son los pocos recuerdos que muchas personas no comparten,daria cualquier cosa por tener a mi padre serca de mi quien fue el que me regalo mi primer carro vw-1953 6volt.1,100cc

    1. For those curious, that translates to…

      “These photos, which tell the story, often are the few memories which many people don’t share.

      I would give anything to have my father with me today. For, it was he who gave me my first car, a 1953-6 Volt, 1100cc Beetle.”

      – Jose Olivencia Jr.

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