Classic Volkswagen Enthusiasts Host Local Car Show

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By Collin Breaux

Feature photo: Courtesy of Capistrano Volkswagen

Retro Volkswagen buses and cars are iconic of the 1960s counterculture, California and times gone by, and are still driven and enjoyed by classic car fans.

On Sunday, July 10, local Volkswagen enthusiasts will have the chance to see vintage vehicles in person and bond over their shared appreciation of age-old models.

Buses by The Beach, a group of car enthusiasts who have hosted local beach meetups, is hosting a classic Volkswagen car show at Capistrano Volkswagen (32922 Valle Road in San Juan Capistrano) from 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. that day . A food truck will also be on site for anyone who is hungry.

Charlie Link, who organizes events for Buses by the Beach, said the rally was meant to celebrate Volkswagen cars in a public space.

Volkswagens hold a special meaning for Link, as he has met most of his closest friends and relatives through the vehicle. Seeing how people personally style their vehicles is “a lot of fun” for him.

Link enjoys facilitating meetings – which he says he doesn’t take advantage of – because he can see smiles on other car enthusiasts‘ faces when they get together.

Capistrano Volkswagen’s upcoming car show took place when Capistrano Volkswagen general manager Gary Willenborg met Link at previous car rallies, and the two discussed plans and ultimately worked out details for the San Francisco show. John.

Audiences can expect a “cool collection” if they go to the Sunday show, Willenborg said.

There are “a lot of people” who are fans of the classic Volkswagen era, an appeal attributed to the vehicles’ looks and the vibe they represent, Willenborg said.

“It’s kind of an expression of freedom,” Willenborg said. “It’s a culture of its own.”

Retro Volkswagen owners like to use the cars for the weekend or even for trips across the country, according to Willenborg.

Asked about his take on the appeal of classic Volkswagens, Link said the designs are unique, iconic and can come in many different colors. The Volkswagen bus can be found on coasters or other merchandise, Link said.

“They are all very easy to work with. I think it draws people to them,” Link said. “They are all just beautiful.”

Link himself owns two Volkswagen buses, which tend to be a topic of conversation with other people when he stops at a gas station.

Some of the classic cars from the July 10 show will be on display outside at Capistrano Volkswagen, and top-notch vehicles will be inside.

“It’s just these guys hanging out and having a good time,” Willenborg said. “We are excited about everything the bus stands for, past, present and future. »

Collin Breaux

Collin Breaux covers San Juan Capistrano and other southern Orange County news as editor of The Capistrano Dispatch. Before moving to California, he covered Hurricane Michael, politics and education in Panama City, Florida. He can be reached by email at [email protected]

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