As I mentioned in a previous post, I had the opportunity to attend the big vintage VW show in Shoreline, WA. It was a really big event, with hundreds of VW’s on hand. In fact, the event has grown so big over the years that they have decided to move to a larger venue for 2014. It turns out there is, in fact, such a thing as too many VW’s. That’s a thought for another time, though.
Have a look at the ‘Dubs below the jump.
Here’s a glimpse at just one wing of this many-splendored beast of a car show. Having spent a long time studying the buses and talking with owners, I was a unsure what I would find in the other area, and wasn’t even sure I’d know what I was looking at. The organizers had every category separated nicely, though, giving neophytes like me an easier time distinguishing between the different models.
This 1956 oval window, nicknamed THNDRBG, was one of my favorite Beetles at the show. I learned a lot at this about, for example, the VW insignia on the hood, the turn signals, and bumper styles.
This 1964 square window is anything but square. Notice how the mirrors, turn signals, and bumper are all different from the 56 above.
1966 square window looking very good in brown.
This is one of the flashier cars at the show. This is a 1957 oval window with a 1959 engine and 1962 manual transmission. It comes with a matching one-wheel trailer.
This 1958 square window was my pick for best of show. As far as I could tell, absolutely perfect. The owner was really friendly, too, and answered a lot of my questions.
1962 square window. The Hawaiian were out in force this day – Da 808 Boyz of the Kahiko Kula V-Dub Club had dozens of machines on display. Friendly guys.
Of course, it wasn’t all Beetles and buses that day. There was quite a collection of other vintage VW vehicles to view.
Type 3 squareback. Forget the year – 1965, maybe? This is another entry from Da 808 Boyz.
Some of you may remember another car show from a few months ago where a snow cat was seen, but not photographed. Well, I’m righting that wrong here. This is the same one that I failed to capture last time, and I’m glad I did. This interesting machine has a front-mounted engine from a 1961 Beetle, but otherwise has no VW connection, except for its speed, maybe.
1965 Type 3 notchback. Love the color.
1974 412 Variant. I know almost nothing about these cars except that they have a very distinctive look. I like that it’s a 2-door wagon.
1967 Karmann Ghia.
This 1964 1500 appears to be a wagon, converted to a pickup. The white canvas cover looks cool with the red body, although it seems like it would pretty noisy and flimsy at speed. I could be wrong, though.
I think this is a good place to end my review of this vintage VW show. It was an educational experience for me as much as it was recreational. As always, I had a good time looking at all these cars, and I enjoy sharing them with you. Enjoy.
[Photos Copyright 2013 Hooniverse/Marcal Eilenstein]