My first day in California was a good one… long-term contacts helps and I was able to strike a 4 car deal within only hours after being disembarked in the country of Uncle Sam, euh, Uncle Donald lately actually, and in the state of oranges and fires!
The sun came up early in the airplane, never saw her that red!
The bay area is always impressive out of the plane, can You spot the Golden gate bridge in the picture?
Alcatraz from above…:)
Bird eye view from San Francisco (front) and Oakland (above the water) the bridge that connect these two major cities is the Bay Bridge
First score…. 1965 Karmann Ghia, very solid!! needs some detail etc and some paint, but a real good car, underneath the car is super solid and looks better as outside, believe me… previous lady owner!!
Look how dry and solid!! this is what we like , don’t we?
We can ship everywhere You want, out of California… or we do expect it home, @BBT HQ, somewhere in january
Next is an 1957 oval window ragtop, crazy project, must stand still since very very long! comes with (louvered) W decklid, and 30DIN (36 SAE) HP short block
Gas 356 Front brakes, can be sold either with or without…
Car has good pans and body is real good although ugly, was original Black when it came out of the factory, who would mind a Black Oval ragtop in his garage?
Paradise through an oval window… california is awaiting me….
Tomorrow I report about two split window buses, so stay tuned!!
the last day of our trip we visit more customers, and checked out some nice barn finds in all patina buildings!
First thing in the morning is a coffee with long time customers Roberto and Lorenzo, the place they brought us for the morning coffee was awesome, and the croissants better as the best!
From Roberto’s place we continues through the incredible beautiful “Barolo” area, yes where they make that famous wines!
as we like old farms we don’t mind a picture from Mauro’s grandparents farm-house… the patina was super nice…. wouldn’t we like all a place like this for our old cars!
and inside even better…. start digging!
The main reason for visiting Mauro was to deliver the 911 engine and transmission for one of his customers… BBT does it all… Mauro and his mechanic are very nice guys, if You’re ever in the Cuneo area pay them a visit!
We continues our visit from Cuneo to the coast by crossing the mountains, no freeways for these guys today…:)
The views and roads are unbelievable nice although kind a slow, but want to share some precious moments with all of you…
after a short visit with long time friends and customers Yvan and Sarah we left early to get back home, it’s over again, but the countdown is on for the next Italian Job, this country has a very special place in all of BBT’s hearts!
ok stop dreamin’ a pile load of work on my desk so have to dig my self through a couple of dig piles of paperwork now… 🙁
Tuscany is very nice to cross, the landscape is wonderful….
and tractors slow…:)
Some treasure hunting down the road… cool score of some Type Three parts!
And a cool picture of my friend and long time customer Enrico Cantone, my son Frederik and yours truly at the ice cream shop;…
Ain’t live a bitch? what a cool trip, even we do cover quiet some distance… and work hard, eat a lot and keep on moving…
Today we drive north… Milano is calling…:)
BBT delivers everywhere You want us too, even in medieval cities in the middle of Italy….:)
After our brief stop in Assisi we continued our trip to Siena for a meeting (with mandatory Italian dinner) with our main distributor for Italy, Dei Käfer service… a meeting with Giovanni and Anna is always as a “rai d’uno di familglia”…:)
Thanks for dinner Giovanni!
ok let’s drive to the coast now, will report tomorrow….
After my return from Japan and India, and the complete rush through the week full of visitors, I left sunday morning early to visit some of our trusty customers and other contacts in la bella Italia!
My heart is for a large part in this country as I like the style and their way of living a LOT!
The Nonna is always most important member of the family, You better never forget! A picture with the Nonna is always a moment of honour and glory!
Senora el tua cucina sono incredible, grazie infinite per il tutto e anche al tuo fillio e sua moglie multo brava!
I started to visit Domenico, we invited me for pranzo (lunch) grazie tante Domenico, per un pranzo superiore!
In the afternoon I rushed to Giampiero and visited his museum, Volkswagens and Vespa do mix up quiet well actually!
Oh my God!! What’s this???? A real old Piaggo Ape in all its originality with an incredible patina? Do you know something more typical from Italy as an Ape? I don’t… could You resist this little baby? well… I couldn’t and I bought it on the spot!
The proud new owner with his new toy…:)
Giampiero’s little museum is very cool!
Porsche Junior all aboard…:)
My (Soccorso) score of the day…:)
Hmmmmm more Ape pictures, just loving it!
Do I fit in all right??
And then the evening came and we had to eat, right? La cena (the dinner) is always important as all food really is in Italy…
Giampiero took us to Chieti (where the Ape lived all of its life) to a restaurant called Ferrara, mind-blowing!
Vino, pasta, pesce, carne, dolce e multo caffé…. our first day in Italy was a good one…. let’s continue to Tuscany today!!
oh yes, for sure, if You ever come to Abbruzzo plse make sure to get a “Cena” in ristorante Ferrara, something You always will remember! www.RistoranteFerrara.it