Sunday, September 22, 2013

All Air-Cooled Gathering

What's this?  A non-scrapbook related blog post?  I didn't even know there was such a thing!

My scrapbestie, Leslie does a fantastic job writing scrap-related posts on her blog, but she also presents a wonderfully creative and interesting photo essay of her "Date Days" with her hubby.  This post is for you, Leslie!  Here's our day at the Volkswagen All Air-Cooled Gathering in Flanders, NJ.  I didn't take as many photos as some years, but tried to focus on some interesting shots.  I mean how many photos of VWs can one possibly have?  Well, don't ask Rob that, but anyway...

Zoot, Rob's '69 Autostick VW Bug, had the opportunity to get out of the garage and hang with some of his other Volkswagen friends.  Rob came along for the ride, too.

Check out the brake light on this '50 Bug!  In case you don't know the red light means STOP!

Rob used to worry that his car wasn't "good enough" to bring to a show.  The reality is that enthusiasts just love to see these old cars and busses (in this case) out there at shows.  Here's an example of "it doesn't have to be perfect to be good" on a VW Bus.  The rust sort of give it charm, I think.

This sticker made me chuckle!

After attending these shows with Rob after so many years, a girl can only look at so many spark plugs and rusty deck lids.  These Skotch Coolers seem to be a popular prop to have in your VW and I just fell in love with that retro looking plaid.  We've picked up several over the years and I really admire the collection here.  Cool camper bus, too!

This one was actually a GRILL!  I've never seen THAT before!

How about this adorable picnic table?  It is hinged and the legs unscrew.  It folds up like a briefcase!  With my scrapbook expo coming up next week, I couldn't justify spending $50 on it, but boy, do I like it.

Now THIS just takes the whole chalkboard art trend to a new level!  The owner had out a box of chalk for you to add your artwork to the bus.  Gracie and I had fun with that.

Even a shout out to our Savior!

These old VWs sure do get around!

I especially enjoy looking at all the VW Camper Vans.  It's like looking into a little dollhouse as they are furnished with curtains and cool upholstery.  

Some even have little sinks and stoves and booth-like table seating.  Someday, we are going to fly to California and rent one of these.  I'm not saying we will camp for our whole trip, but a few nights would be a cool experience.

We are so fortunate to have such an awesome show right in our own backyard.  I may not understand all the in's and out's of a VW engine or which Bug is a '69 or a '72, but I love supporting Rob in his passion.


  1. Oh, my goodness - this was awesome! Loved the rusty VW emblem, that totally awesome plaid GRILL (!?!)& the suitcase table (I cannot believe you didn't buy it - rad), and ultimate fave is the chalkboard van - OH MY! What a wonderful day :D You DEF need to do a camping trip in one of these! Thx for sharing <3

  2. What a lovely collection of photos and memories. I felt like I was right there with our. My fave? The rusty badge. So cute! I'd make a LO with that representative photo. :-)

  3. I like the chalk board bus! Very cute ;)