Had a great day at Bugorama! There were more cars than I could count, and the crowd was enthusiastic and friendly. We got to the gates a little after 6:00am, and lined up with everybody.
We got lucky and were directed to a choice spot in the grass surrounded by lots of amazing VW’s.
The grass area filled up nicely, and had to be at least a few degrees cooler than the asphalt parking lot where the majority of the show cars were parked.
This was my view for most of the day
The swap meet and the rest of the show cars took up an enormous area, and was crowded all day.
I was pretty busy at the booth, and didn’t get to check out the racing really, but there was some great looking machinery in the pits.
We started to pack up as the awards were being read. Buck said he wanted to go and listen and clap for everyone, and I said I’d meet him in a minute. As I walked up, I heard his name called, and saw him walking up to accept an award– he got a really nice plaque for, “Coolest pre ’67 Bus!” A perfect ending to an awesome day. Oh wait… there’s still that 10 hour drive home. This day surely ain’t over…
Coolest (happiest) Pre-67 Bus Winner (owner)
The air was cool, and the drive was mellow. On a dark, deserted stretch of I-10, somewhere west of Blythe, CA, we passed an SUV on the side of the highway. A minute later, Buck spotted a dark figure walking on the road and pulled over. Up walked a friendly young guy with a gas can in his hand, and we offered him a ride. Him and two friends were driving from Tucson to Los Angeles and had run out of gas. His two friends stayed behind with the car, as they were traveling with a couple of cats. Well, I love cats. How can we help.
It was about 3 miles to the gas station, and 4 miles back, so we were pretty glad we stopped. Derek was too, and he bought us some coffee to say thanks. We took a few pictures with him and his friends, and we were back on the road.
Hope you guys made it without anymore delays! We got home a little before 3:00am ourselves.