Eric Meyer, San Luis Obispo, CA
Owner: Michael Russell, Santa Barbara, CA
Hebmuller # 14-0093
Okrasa Power Plant
50 Metal Split
Owners: Jon & Pat Milne, Atascadero, CA
52 11C Sedan
Owner: Rob DeChaine, Paso Robles and Claremont, CA
52 Resto/Custom Bug
Owner: Ken Jevec,Templeton, CA
52 Sunroof Bug
Owner: Rick Spohn, Morgan Hill, CA
Golden Gate Chapter Rep., VVWCA
Owner: Bob Sowersby, Irvine, CA
Owner: Darby Milnor,Lake in the Hills, IL
This is a 1953 Split Window prod date 1/2/1953 and is an original Max Hoffmann car sold thru his Satellite Store front in
It spent the 50's and early 60's in California and suffered a mild roll in
Wisconsin during a trip in the middle 60's.
The car was then placed in the basement of a Cheese factory where it
sat until the early 80's. It was in good enough condition that all it needed was 2 driver side
fenders and the drip rail repaired.
It has never had the frame off as it was
covered by a very heavy coat of thick undercoating when new and was repainted
in it's original black color. The interior is a close match to original
Herringbone with tan headliner and square weave carpet all German wool
done by a old German Gentleman locally who used to do them in Wolfsburg. He
told us that he most likely had installed the interior when the car was new!
The motor is a vintagized 36hp and the split case transaxle has been
rebuilt. After being sold in Chicago, traveling to California wrecked in
Wisconsin it is now back within 45 miles of where it was sold new.
Owner: Eric Lykens, Orcutt, CA
54 Rat Rod Beetle
Owner: Lee Marzahl, Oxnard, CA
54 RHD Aussie Oval
1954 RHD Beetle from Australia
Owner: Tom & Heather Baxstresser, Atascadero, CA
Club Feature Car - Spring 2009
Owner: Jason Pollock, Saticoy, CA
Owners: Pat & Jerry Kinnan - VVWCA members in good standing!
55 Convertible - Green color - Car Nickname -- "Green Hornet"
Car Features -- Almost stock appearing to the non-purist
Mechanical/Cosmetic Changes -- Because we like to drive the car and live in the LA area (Manhattan Beach) I took out the original 1200 cc engine (Which I kept) and installed a 1600 cc dual port engine. One of the previous owners had already replaced the crash box transmission with a synchronized one.
When we purchased the car two years ago it was an older somewhat amateur restoration that needed some attention. I try to do as much of the basic maintenance and simple work myself and leave the difficulate/technical stuff to the pros. The new engine was done by Randy at Auto Meister here in Manhattan Beach and the new interior by Lenny, West Coast Classics Restoration in Fullerton.
I became interested in Volkswagens in the late 1950s early 1960s and have owned many (5-6) VWs over the years. I am one of the past presidents (1961-1962) of the now defunct "Volkswagen Owners Club of Los Angeles." I went in the US Navy in 1962 and was discharged in 1966 and I guess the club closed up during that time. When Pat and I met in 1968, I was driving a fastback VW which later was traded in on a VW Westy.
When I retired (Semi) from El Camino College in 2000 I wanted to have an older "play" car and I had never owned a VW convertible but Pat had before I meet her, it was decided to try and find and older convertible. I did not want to spend all my retirement restoring a car but rather enjoying driving it so we started looking and found the Green Hornet in Oakland, CA.
The story told by the previous owner about the car was --- "He was living in Denver at the time and went to a local VW dealer for parts for another car and the dealership was cleaning out some old items after the death of the dealership owner and this car had been kept as a restoration project for the mechanics to work on when things were slow with customers cars. The car was to go to a grandson but when the grandson was able to drive he did not want 36 HP but rather 336 HP, so the car sat around until the grandfather died and his son took over the business and decided to clean out the old stuff" and the person we purchased the car from purchased it? Makes for an interesting story -- but how accurate it is I do not know.
Webmasters note: Pat and Jerry can be seen driving their bug at many of Southern Californias VW events. They just
took 3rd place at the VW Classic 2003. Congratulations Pat and Jerry! Next time you see the
"Green Hornet" stop by and say Hi.
55 Gert Gehlaar Story
My VW Affair
You have heard about people having something in their blood. Well I was born with VW in my blood. Emigrating from Germany in 1953, I guess I brought the VW illness with me. So I have an excuse for I can blame my parents.
My first VW came into my life when I was living in Santa Barbara and in my senior year (1958) of High School. I purchased a 1955 VW Sedan from VanWyk's VW. It was a great little car (pic#1)
and I used it as my daily transportation, for work and play. I belonged to the Los Vejeros Sports Car Club in Santa Barbara and we ran lots of slaloms and rallies. It had all the special equipment put on it that was available at the time. The most prized possession of the time for me was a Judson Supercharger. This car also transported me for two years attending Santa Barbara City College and two years to Cal Poly at San Luis Obispo. In 1963 I purchased a 1959 Porsche 356A(pic#2) and the VW was sold.
Two years later my world changed dramatically for I was drafted like most other graduates from college.
I made a decision and joined the Air Force so that I could use of my education and became a Data Automation Officer. I could not have asked for a better assignment and off to Germany I went. First I sold the Porsche because I was sure I would buy a new one there. During my three-year tour in Germany and France I honed my job managing computer systems, interpreter for NATO, and buying cars. My first vehicle was a 1964 Notchback in black with a sunroof. This was to have been my interim vehicle until I found the right Porsche. Well this never happened as I attended the Frankfurt Autoshow and fell in love with the Sunbeam Tiger(pic#4) (Ford powered by Carroll Shelby).
I also met my wife in Germany and she was driving a 1967 VW Fastback so VWs came back into my life. We shipped both cars back to the states upon our return. Ending up in Florida we sold the 67 Fastback and purchased a 69 Squareback with A/C. We then moved about every three years until we moved back to Lompoc in 1981 and I retired from the Air Force at Vandenberg in 1984.
Here is a list of some of the VWs we have owned:
55 VW Sedan, Judson Supercharged
59 Porsche 356A
61 Porsche 356B
61 VW Beetle*
62 Porsche 356B
64 VW Notchback
64 VW Double Cab*
64 Karmann Ghia, Judson Supercharged*16KGRACER
67 VW Fastback
67 VW 9psg Bus
68 Karmann Ghia
69 VW Squareback
69 Formula Vee, Zink C-4
(* = VWs we still own)
During the years from 1970 and present time I also got involved in the antique car restoration business by restoring numerous Model T and A Fords. Presently we still own a 1926 Model T Ford Roadster Pickup(pic#7), 1926 Model T Ford 2dr Sedan(pic#8), and a 1929 Model A Ford Sports Coupe(pic#9).
VWs came back into my life with a bang around 1994 when I purchased a 1961 Beetle(pic#10), which today is still my daily driver.
Very closely behind that purchase I found my 1971 Westy(pic#11) only 6 blocks from my house and purchased that. Not being able to leave well enough alone while on a parts hunting trip at Randy's VW, I not only came away with the parts I needed but also an identical match to my 55 VW(pic#12) from my High School days. It is now restored to the identical car including the Judson Supercharger. Then I purchased a 1962 Porsche 356B(pic#13) - that was a real blast but someone wanted it more than I did and it was sold a year later. Around this time I became interested to going back and doing some racing that I had done while living in Santa Barbara at the Airport. A friend of mine introduced me to the Vintage Auto Racing Association and one trip to the track and I was hooked.
I went to the VARAs driving school and did my rookie season racing my 1926 Model T Speedster(pic#14) in the Historic class. I sure got the attention but I decided that it was just not fast enough and then another person wanted to purchase the car so I sold it and purchased a 1969 Zink C-4 Formula Vee(pic#15).
Now came the problem that I wanted to race while restoring the Formula Vee so I had to find another car and I wanted air-cooled and cheap. A friend agreed to sell me his 64 Karmann Ghia racer(pic#16) because he was building up a Super Beetle(pic#17) for racing. So my vintage racing became serious with the 64 Karmann Ghia racer in class GP1. I have had so much fun with Karmann Ghia that I have won the class championship three years in a row. After the completion of the Formula Vee, I raced it at several races and decided that I really like driving the Karmann Ghia better and sold the Formula Vee.
Well as you can see, I have a serious case of the vintage VW and antique car virus and my wife says that there is no known cure for it. After 35 years of marriage, she still points out interesting cars - will she ever learn?
My cars are not show cars - they are made to be driven. Have a great VW day - Gert Gehlhaar, VWracer #70
56 Oval Bug
Owner: Hugh Williamson, Atascadero, CA
Model: Oval Window Bug
Year: 1956 Color: Original color was a steel gray/blue.
Nickname: Little Red (by my daughters)
Removed every handle, fixture and moving part before beginning the extensive body repair. Body was repaired first (Jeff at Rainbow Paint and Marine in Paso Robles). Once body was complete, replaced original motor with a 1973 dual port head motor. Replaced original transmission with 1968 transaxle. Revamped from 6-volt to 12-volt electrical system. All re-usable chrome fittings were polished (by my daughters) and re-used. Others were purchased. In-dash CD player and rear speakers were added. Upholstery and headliner work was completely replaced, along with replacement of all padding and backings (Skip's Upholstery in Atascadero).
Work done by Myself:
All clean-up and detailing, along with mechanical and electrical was done myself (with that occasional advice and tinkering help from friends who felt sorry for me). I did all my parts searching either on the web, in catalogs, or searching through junkyards. I'm just proud that I finished (it only took me four years!).
How I became Interested in VWs:
I've always had an interest in automobiles and mechanics. When I was
a teenager I owned and restored a VW dune buggy. They've always held an interest for me, but it wasn't until an older relative offered a beat-up and burnt up VW bug to me for the price of hauling it out of their garage that I had a renewed interest. It had been in their Port Hueneme garage for 25-years and was filled to its roof with old papers and boxes (the bonus was the mummified cat we found in the engine compartment). We trailered it and brought it home. It was then I wondered what I had got myself into - it was a whole complicated world, yet very satisfying.
The most intriguing part of this remodel was to see the ingenuity of the product and the technology of the time. We've come a long way in automobile engineering, but there's nothing like the simplicity of a bu
56 Ragtop Beetle
Owner: Brian O'Kelly, Paso Robles, CA
Restoration candidate. Documented original motor, very straight aprons, no rust, complete and a ragtop.
Scheduled for restoration 2011
56 Resto Cutom Bug
Owner: Nick Tidy, Malibu, CA
Nick just had this bug shipped out from Arizona. He's looking forward to joining
up on some of our Central Coast activities.
Owner: Eric Meyer, San Luis Obispo, CA
57 "36hp Challenge" Bus
Owner: Matthew Kenny, Paso Robles, CA Feature Car Winter 2012
The Challenge: Find out how fast your 36hp Volkswagen can go at the mecca for all land speed racers, the Bonneville Salt Flats of Utah. Drive your bug from a standing start and accelerate at full throttle over a full mile until it’s ultimate top speed is reached in a precision 132 ft. Speed Trap, and do it with the same street legal bug you drive every day. http://saltflats.com/36_HP.html http://burlyb.com
The following are some exerpts from Matthews entries in our forum documenting his trip to Bonneville 2011 in his very cool Bus.
This was my first time out, and it was a real kick in the ass! I built a 57 panel bus with a stroker 36hp (1560cc) an wound up with a 68.3 mph top speed with a stock height RGB transmission bus. My record was bested by a single cab truck at 68.88mph that had a WW Okrasa kitted engine on a lowered chassis with no RGB boxes. It was very much fun and a good learning experience which was my main reason to go. The 36hp challenge is a very low dollar entry level class to run at Bonneville. It does not matter how fast you go down the salt, it still gives you the same adrenalin rush. Check out the bus on my site, I'll be adding another page to it in a couple days with some salt shots. www.aircooledresearch.com/docs/articleno6.html
"I want to know the process of getting the bus in the back of the truck .... Ramps and winch system ???" Ramps, back it in. The road into the salt park is raised about three feet from the parking/camp area so your just back the truck up to the road and put out the ramps. Once everything is lined up, just back in and strap down. Same routine at the King's. The door of the bus opens just enough above the top of the truck bed to get out. The toy hauler had two motor cycles and a Manx buggy in the back. We went 60-65mph the whole way.
Roof Rack and Speed??
Biggest reason the roof rack was still on is that it is "growing " into the roof skin. It'll be a little bit of work to clean it off. I did have four caps, I had the back one off to air up the tire before my last two runs. The whole idea behind this trip was just to go and run, but with a totally unusual vehicle. I also wanted to prove the engine configuration that pushed the bus down the track (very simple no frills stroker anyone can build). My half mile speed was 63mph which I thought was very good from a standing start in a RGB bus. Now that I know the logistics on getting to Bonneville and what to expect when you get there,
I hope more of the Central coast crowd tries it.
72mm stroke 912 crank, 83mm 40hp big bore pistons/cyls, stock heads (ported polished) and one of my special grind cams. It's a real grunt engine.
Congratulations to Matthew for having a great run at Bonneville and making us here on the Central Coast proud!
Now we need to get a few more racers out there next year!! James???
57 Resto Custom
Club Feature Car - Spring 2013
Owner: Glenn Tomilloso, Santa Maria, CA
This is my first VW. I have always wanted a lowered VW Beetle since high school. Having been roommates with Ryan Siordia and his brother Mike for a couple of years, I wanted one even more. Ryan got me hooked on TheSamba.com, and after a couple of years looking around I found this 1957 Beetle.
I've had it over a year now and added my own personal touches to the car. I've entered 10 car shows since. The 2 shows I'm most proud of were Sovang Veteranentreffen 2012, and Hwy 1 Treffen 2012 in Oxnard. I won 1st in class 1953-1957 Beetle in Solvang, and 2nd in class 1949-1957 in Oxnard.
The color is Horizon Blue L331. Brand new 1641 motor built by Greg Tuttle in June 2012. Added original yellow CA license plates(registered), original Big "M" Motorola radio. I know I'm not done upgrading this car, "heck" I've already change out the stereo system twice.
Within a year, I've met a lot of cool people from our club and look forward to meeting more. I like our Starbucks and In and Out meets, especially our MITM bbq. I look forward to our future events. See you in June at Wine Waves and Beyond.
57 Single Cab "Old Heap"
Owner: Eric Lykens, Nipomo, CA