Saturday, June 14, 2008

2008 VW Classic Weekend: The Classic

We got an early start and caravaned from the hotel over to the show, where we joined the long line of cars waiting to get in. I think this was the biggest turnout I've ever seen for a Classic, and probably more Type 3s than I've ever seen together in one place. The 1500 Club set up a couple of tents that became the place for Type 3 aficionados to hang out. The Classic has already been covered in detail on the 1500 Club website and a thread on The Samba, so I'll let the pictures do the talking.

The only disappointment of the day was that Rob's amazing '64 notch didn't win 1st place in the notchback class. 1st place went to a clean but far inferior safari beige notch, 2nd went to Oscar Guevara's anthracite '62 (which was fully loaded with accessories from the collection of Robert, aka "Snotchback"), and Rob's notch got 3rd. Rob has taken his car's restoration to an entirely different level and it really deserved to be recognized for the achievement that it is. On a happier note, Deena's unrestored safari beige Variant got a well-deserved 1st in the Squareback class. Maybe people are just really liking the safari beige this year. Paul Kramer and Roger Marcks got 1st and 2nd in the Type 34 category, respectively.

The combined efforts of 1500 Club members made this one of the best VW Classic weekends ever for Type 3s. Thanks to everyone, but especially to Jack and Bob for providing the great food and to Joel for offering me a place to crash in Irvine. And special thanks to Bob for giving me the honor of driving the pink notch down to West Coast Classics and again from Irvine back up to L.A. I'm already looking forward to driving the Ghia to next year's.

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