2013 Vintage Volkswagen Show & Swap sponsored by Cascade Kombis – Beetles and Ghias and Things; oh, my!

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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.

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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. 

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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.

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This 1964 square window is anything but square. Notice how the mirrors, turn signals, and bumper are all different from the 56 above.

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1966 square window looking very good in brown.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Of course, it wasn’t all Beetles and buses that day. There was quite a collection of other vintage VW vehicles to view.

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Type 3 squareback. Forget the year – 1965, maybe? This is another entry from Da 808 Boyz.

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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.

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Das Thing. 

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1965 Type 3 notchback. Love the color.

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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.

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1967 Karmann Ghia.

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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]

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18 responses to “2013 Vintage Volkswagen Show & Swap sponsored by Cascade Kombis – Beetles and Ghias and Things; oh, my!”

  1. Kamil_K Avatar

    Too much "stance" on too many of them.

    1. MVEilenstein Avatar

      Totally agree, although it seems to be endemic these days.
      That's probably why I voted the 58 square window best of show.

  2. CalculatedRisk Avatar

    There is one of those snow-cat things parked at a garage across the parking lot from my fave local brewery, NoDa in Charlotte, NC! Any more info on the make and model of that thing?

    1. MVEilenstein Avatar

      What I remember is that it was a frame-off restoration, and the interior was replaced completely. There's a driver's seat, a short wooden bench behind it that seats two, and a long one on the right side that seats three. I can't imagine it's a comfortable place to sit for a long period.
      I have no doubt I'll run into it again, and when I do, I'll be sure and get the information for you.
      Until then, check this out. http://www.thesamba.com/vw/forum/viewtopic.php?t=

  3. dukeisduke Avatar

    The Karmann Ghia is a Type 34, with the pancake engine. I've seen one before that was converted to Corvair power, when our club hosted the CORSA convention back in '95.

  4. JayP2112 Avatar

    I love to stick my head in the old VWs and get a whiff. That mix of oil, glue and plastic should be offered as a cologne.

    1. Batshitbox Avatar

      That is singularly one of the most distinctive smells I know of. Horsehair stuffed vinyl seats, swoon.

      1. ˏ♂ˊ mzs zsm msz esq Avatar
        ˏ♂ˊ mzs zsm msz esq

        Tar and horse hair insulation in old Volvos, I liked it, my wife not so much, so I got rid of all of if from the floors 🙁 There is still some under the rear seats.

    2. MVEilenstein Avatar

      You'd have to include weed in that mélange, for a lot of them.

      1. JayP2112 Avatar

        That and BO.

  5. mdharrell Avatar

    Shoreline CC isn't far from my place. On that weekend, however, I was instead down south at a surprisingly large and well-attended Austin meet in Shelton, right next to some sort of car race:
    <img src="http://www.murileemartin.com/UG/LWA13/546-UG-Pacific_Northworst_24_Hours_of_LeMons.jpg&quot; width="550">
    To keep it on-topic, mine's the one that came from the factory with a VW transmission. Maybe I should try entering it next year.

    1. MVEilenstein Avatar

      The show is moving up to ECC next year – they have more and better parking. There was a special interest category for every car that didn't fit the other categories. Saw several 356's, and a horrible/awesome 57 Chevy with a fiberglass 356 body.
      I thought you were at the All-British show in Bellevue?

      1. mdharrell Avatar

        The ABFM was the following weekend. Regrettably the Maestro developed clutch trouble on the drive back from the LeMons race, so only the Metro made it there.

        1. MVEilenstein Avatar

          Got it. I was in Kirkland for the classic car show that takes over the entire downtown.

  6. calzonegolem Avatar

    I think "flimsy and noisy at speed" describes a lot of things there, amirite?

    1. MVEilenstein Avatar

      It's a feature, not a bug.

      1. calzonegolem Avatar

        I didn't say it was a bad thing…

      2. Vairship Avatar

        Actually, it's a squareback pickup, not a bug…

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