Joined May 17 2012
53 years old
Due to my Dad from my earliest of memories at age 4 VW Buses have been apart of my life. We were a family of 7 and My Dad who was an economist wanted a vehicle with space enough for his large family, While at the same time saving gas. So we adopted a VW Bus, No A/C, No heat and almost always did not start, But with 5 kids you always had a few on hand to lend a push start. My Dad was a "Die Hard" when it came to his VW Bus as he wouldnt have it any other way. During the 1960's & 1970's our family went thru 3 VW Buses, Where we traveled across the United States on Summer vacations and toured this wonderful vast country of ours the good old USA. We crossed our boarders on both sides north & south and traveled up into Canada and down into Mexico and going as far as Panama. Yes My Dad enjoyed his VW Bus and we all went along for the ride!
My Dad finally sprung for a bran new one in 1976 and purchased a left over but New 1975 model that was bright red. I remember going with him as a young boy of only 9 years old and my Dad paid $6,000 which was a good deal of money for anyone back in those days at a local VW Bronx Dealership. But that Bus was beautiful and the new car smell! Our first ride was to head down the Bronx river expwy in our new Bus. So over the years Our family had a 1959, 1969 & 1975 Model Buses. In 1979 My Dad passed away and believe it or not He passed away sitting behind the wheel of Our VW Bus where he loved it right til the end!
So now the years have gone by and I have grown up and have a family of my own, I began to remember those years gone by and wanted to relive those long ago memories and I thought what better way could it be done than to locate a VW Air Cooled Bus! It was in 2008 that I concluded a 7 year search to find the perfect VW Bus so I could remember my Dad with and that is my 1956 VW 23 Window Deluxe Rag Top Bus! She is a great Bus and runs really well and looks even better. My Bus was Hand built in Germany at the Wolfsburg plant before their modern automated move to Hanover. Shipped in 1956 to Texas from Germany. She found her way shortly after to the state of Arizonia and in 1998 under went a 3 1/2 year full & complete restoration that was completed in 2001. She was given the name "CHESTNUT" and has Won 1st place 3 times. She is a documented vehicle from the Fahrzeug-Idententitats-Urkunde der Stiftung Auto Musem for Volkswagen of Germany! I consider myself to be a fortunate man to own what I consider to be just a "Dream" for most people. I am thankful to have her and I try to take very good care of "CHESTNUT" while reliving some very fond memories, My Dad if he were alive today would have been pleased with "CHESTNUT!" as much as me I am sure of it! :-)
I hope you have enjoyed My Story & "CHESTNUT" our little beauty that we cheerish and enjoy! Thanks, Noel