August 1, 2011

Something Wonderful: A Surviving Example of The Hippie Bus

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Craig Johnson represents a long list of devout Volkswagen fanatics who have carried on the legacy of several iconic products from the German carmaker. Known as "the people's car," Johnson's relationship with the VW T1 is highlighted as we're treated to another cinematic gem.

Posted by Vanderleun at August 1, 2011 2:11 PM
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"It is impossible to speak in such a way that you cannot be misunderstood." -- Karl Popper N.B.: Comments are moderated and may not appear immediately. Comments that exceed the obscenity or stupidity limits will be either edited or expunged.

My dad had one of these when I was sixteen, a '66 camper van, and we went everywhere in that thing. I learned to drive a stick shift in it. It would do 60 with the pedal to the metal and had a special automatic lane change feature in a cross wind.

Posted by: westsoundmodern at August 1, 2011 2:24 PM

That's actually a nicely colored van. I am used to seeing the pastel colored ones, either beige or awf white.

Posted by: Jewel at August 1, 2011 3:39 PM

More Boomers (and I are one) reaching for their second childhoods.

When we finally kick off, the fifties and sixties c*p will end up in landfills so fast they'll have to make the EPA let 'em open up new ones. Our sons and daughters, and their kids, will be so f*ing sick of us they'll just want the reminders gone.


Posted by: Ric Locke at August 1, 2011 4:02 PM

Always knew who you could trust,
Cruisin in your Microbus,
They were them and we were us,
Those were the days.

Posted by: Rob De Witt at August 1, 2011 4:38 PM

Dear Ric,
Speak for yourself. When they say "You know, we've all gotta go sometime," I say, "I'm not leaving."

Posted by: vanderleun at August 1, 2011 7:16 PM

First time I got laid was in my parents '66 bus. I wonder where Sue is now. Good times.

Posted by: ck at August 1, 2011 8:20 PM

I had. I sold. I want again.

Posted by: robinstarfish at August 1, 2011 8:34 PM

Had the bus as a child. Had a convertibe rabbit in my post-grad years - happiest years of my life. Recently test drove Dodge Charger R/T with police interceptor.. all I can say is Holy Shit! I'll never be the same. Can't even look at VWs now. Horsepower is like crack!

Posted by: RedCarolina at August 2, 2011 3:57 AM

Gerard: Oh, I quite agree. I was looking at it from the POV of the folks who would be our successors if we did leave. Kings who hang around long after their most-capable years invite succession crises.


Posted by: Ric Locke at August 2, 2011 4:53 AM