Automobiles

My parents said that my first word was 'wheels' and it was just the start to my life-long love of automobiles. My childhood was filled of fond memories around cars. We had economy cars, larger V8 powered cars, and trucks. I had fond memories of riding around in those cars, helping my father wash, and maintain those vehicles.

In my family, those cars happened to include a lot of Volkswagens. My parents had two VWs: my '69 Bug and a '73 Bus. Other family members had VWs, including Bugs, Busses, Type 3s, a Type 4, and a few watercooled models.

As I approached driving age and knowing that my parents' '69 Bug would be the car I would drive, I started learning all I could about cars and VWs specifically. I bought books and every month got the latest issues of HotVWs and VW Trends magazines. After high school, I ended up getting a job working at a nearby VW parts shop. It was there where I immersed myself in the community and was always willing to listen to customers and local mechanics. It made a lot of friends during those 5.5 years behind the parts counter.

In the following years and the advent of the Internet, I expanded my knowledge through the World Wide Web (WWW) and email. I made friends across our country and even in Europe. It was in collaboration with a friend from Denmark that I took my knowledge and his knowledge about the VW Type 4 engine and I designed, wrote, and published a web site dedicated to the VW/Porsche Type 4 engine. This web site formed the basis for a subcommunity and it even landed up with a one page review in a British VW magazine (TotalVW). Once again I made a lot of friendships, people who I still talk to this day!

I took a sort of hiatus from the VW scene for a while, thanks to some personal issues that I had to deal with. I knew the absence was only temporary until I got things sorted out. I'm happy to be back in the VW community in a new area: Wyoming!

My Volkswagens

1969 Bug

This is the VW that started my passion for the marque. This was my first car, so it has a lot of sentimental value to me. This '69 Bug was purchased brand new by my parents in February 1969. You can say that I grew up in this car, as I born two years after my parents bought her. When I got to high school and turned 16 years old, this was the car I would drive to school and work. From there, this is the car I drove to college for a while, but it was apparent that even then that she was in need of some TLC.

I had to park her in about 2010, as I didn't have the resources (time or money) to give her what she needed to be drive-able. Ten years later, I'm working on her to get her running and street legal again. My ultimate goal is to restore/customize her to something I call the WyoLook! Check out this web page for more details about my '69 WyoLook Bug!

1970 EMPI Imp

Combining the history of the EMPI brand and the fun of an open car, the EMPI Imp dunebuggy is one of my all-time favorite cars! Slipping behind the wheel and heading down the street is just an exercise in of riding on cloud nine.

My particular Imp is a 1970 model. It was built on a floorpan from a 1966 Bug with a 1192cc (40 hp) engine from a 1962 Bug. To learn more about my Imp, check out my web page dedicated to her..

1965 Type 3 Karmann Ghia

This particular VW is a rare sight here in the US. The more commonly seen VW Type 3 models are the Squareback and the Fastback, but the rarest Type 3 of them all is the Type 34 Karmann Ghia. It shares the same floorpan and drivetrain with the entire Type 3 line, but it features a body designed by at the House of Ghia (Italy) and built by Karmann GmbH. It was a larger car compared to the more common Type 1 Karmann Ghia, with a more powerful engine and more luxurious appointments.

My particuar T34 is a 1965 model year. Yes, she is in a rather rough shape, as she has been hit quite hard in the front passenger side corner and was then used as a parts car to a previous owner. I inherited the T34 from a dear friend who is a long time owner of a '64 Type 34. Right now this beauty is on the backburner, as I am concentrating my energy on the Bug and the Imp. If you want to read more, check out my web page dedicated to my 1965 Type 3 Karmann Ghia.