Monday, March 10, 2014


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Downtown Murphys was host to a Volkswagen show. I had not read the local newspaper and it caught me by surprise. Our only city lot was filled row upon row with Volkswagens.
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Some of them are pretty strange critters I'd never seen before.
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See what I mean?
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I'm pretty clueless when it comes to car talk, but wisps of conversations came my way, the guys, talkin' engines and restoration tips.
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The parts guys were all lined up in one corner, showing what extra "stuff" they are willing to part with.
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I was more attracted to folks with camper vans since I travel a good deal myself and they looked like they were having fun.
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A lift up gives a person some stand-up room.
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And, inside, a bed, and sink and stove. A small version of a motor home.
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In this similar camper van, a guy and his son had their bed in the couch position and were enjoying music and had a pot of water heating on the stove.
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He took out the old vinyl and replaced it with bamboo. Cool!
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Just about everybody of my generation either owned a Volks or knew someone who did. And, most had a ride in someone's "Bug" if you didn't own one. My husband and I owned two Volkswagen's for a very short time each. I found this Karmin Ghia, and older model than ours was.  We owned it for about three weeks, a brand new Ghia, beautiful bright yellow, and it was t-boned on the way to work in Pleasanton. We never replaced the Ghia. I don't remember what we bought after that.
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The second one we owned, looked just like this without the brows over the eyes. It was as cute as the bug, like a miniature van. We bought it second-hand and the thing blew-up on the road late at night returning from a big dinner at Castlewood Country Club, out Niles Canyon, also near Pleasanton. We had to hitch a ride home. I think it was called a "Fastback."  It was pretty small for a big guy like my husband anyway, and we got rid of it soon after.
I enjoyed boppin' around looking at Volkswagens. If you click on the picture below, it will take you to the 34 pictures I took. Maybe you can find your favorite Volks in the mix.
2014-3-9-Volkswagen Show

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