I spent last Sunday in the company of about 1,000 crazy people. Or, to put it another way, I spent last Sunday with a bunch of folks just like me -- folks who don't think it's strange that seven out of the 12 cars I've owned have been VWs. They ask me, "Why only seven?"
I was at Bug Out 73, the latest iteration of the semi-annual gathering of Volkswagen collectors, restorers, customizers, and drag racers from up and down the east coast. For the first time, it was held a Virginia Motorsports Park, in Dinwiddie, Virginia, and it was a lot of fun.
Mike Norris and Michelle Laird's far out '65 Westy.
I was there mostly to see cool cars, meet new people, greet old friends, and to exercise my late '50s Rollei TLR, my favorite camera by far. It's a glorious piece of German engineering, so it was appropriate to bring it along to Bug Out.
Stewart Sewell's '56 lovingly restored oval window Beetle.
But I was shooting color negative film, which I don't process myself, so I won't see the Rollie photos for a few days. I was also carrying my second favorite camera (or maybe my third or fourth). In any case, I had my iPhone with me, and what you're seeing here is a little iPhonography.
I'm pretty sure that David Grayson was driving this Beetle drag racer.
As you can see, I wasn't kidding about drag racing Beetles. Some are considerably wilder and faster than the machine in the photo above. I'll post a longer report about the show cars and the racers at Bug Out 73 on my racing blog in about a week.