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La bella Italia, un giro particolare!

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!




The Vespa club came to visit BBT!

Last saturday when I was in Japan the Vespa club Antwerpen paid us a visit on one of their tours, …. in the pouring rain… poor scooters….

Also Vespa world knows about patina!!!

Real old, real original… Yammie!

My way back home, a stopover in New Delhi India for a blitz visit to some manufacturers!

On my flight back from Osaka I made a stop over in New Delhi for a “Blitz” visit to some manufacturers…

India is a very different country, mostly Hindoo, people are extremely friendly, hospitality is super great, but some infrastructure… well i don’t know…:)

A small impression I like to share with all of you! …

India makes a lot of rubber parts so I visited two rubber manufacturing plants…

This guys says thank you to all BBT customers for buying the parts he makes, what gives him a job! social systems don’t really exist here, no job is pure misery!

They used to call tuk tuk but here they just say “Auto”… they been used for everything and there is thousands of them, they’re fairly cheap and transport everything… and they all drive (like all small commercial en all public transport) on CNG!

a full truck is many times an extra taxi…:)

big trucks are very impressive and very nicely “dressed up”, the Indian way!

No visit to Delhi without seeing the Taj Mahal, about 2,5 hr drive south of Delhi, if not in rush hour…:)

A grave stone for his beloved one, the King let build this memorial palace in pure marble with thousands of jewels laid in the marble, no paint! 20.000 people worked for 17 years here, and 5 more years on the surroundings! Everything is about perfect!

Another “auto” this one is a Piaggio…

But also on a bike You can transport about everything… if you’re creative, that is…:)

You can drive everything on the freeway, also heavy loaded tractors!

Another dressed up truck!

Crazy Delhi traffic!

if an “auto” is too expensive a three wheeling bike called “Riksja” is cheaper transport…

Hello BBT customers we pack your orders carefully!!

Dressed up truck in an industry sector….

I’m not completely sure about power lines, crazy engineering for sure!

A lost truck shot on my way to the airport…

Time to fly back home! some very interesting jobs awaiting me… believe me! but what a trip it was!!

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A memorial visit, a memorial day… a honourable visit to the cemetery for a tribute to late Mr Jozuka.

Mr Jozuka, founder (and father) of Garage Vintage passed away suddenly about 12 years ago.

I always wanted to pay respect and visit his last resting place, what was a promise to myself finally came through last week…

Together with the Jozuka family we visited the cemetery…  a very typical Japanese cemetery with a lot of respect and honour for the beloved ones… in a traditional way everything is hyper clean!

Mr Jozuka’s stone is not your typical, but teh back of a splitwindowbeetle, carved in one piece stone Mrs Michiko Jozuka did a great job as she refused twice!! Normally it had been way bigger, but the stone carvers had to start twice over again…


How You like the detail? Pretty cool uh?

the numbers on the license plate read more difficult as your worse Sudoku??? All the family birthdays, the birth dates and the founding dates of garage Vintage been all written in, now try to figure that one out!

Beautiful flowers give a nice touch to the black marble!

the cemetery is pretty large, but only one stone is very different from all others… and my old friend Mr Jozuka deserve that!

Can’t finish this blog no better as with the words on the back of the stone…

My trip in Japan comes slowly  to an end, I have to run for the airport now… but I have one more stop over, hopefully i can report You tomorrow about that one…  so stay tuned!!

My day in Osaka, a visit to my long time friends of Garage Vintage!

Garage Vintage in Osaka has one of the highest reputation of VW shops and classic VW sales in entire Japan, I would say that their reputation is spotless, Being 15 years since I was here last time it was about time to visit again…

Garage Vintage run a cool little shop, with lot of knowledge and experience!

And they sell very cool and high-end cars… crewcab was to die for!

I was well received by Garage Vintage mom Michiko Jozuka her son Daichi Jozuka and daughter Risa Jozuka (not in the picture because behind the camera) and off course the trusty employee Tsugimasa Fujiwara. Without any saying all of them are extremely nice people!

If You ever go to Osaka, You have to pay them a visit!

My friend Side Yokotani Yokatani from LowLife fame came especially from his town to see me!  we pose at the special Toyota 4 Runner from Garage Vintage… a car never sold new in Japan…

Publicity and billboards in Japan are sometimes incredible!

Osaka is a very big city, over 2,7 million population!

Infrastructure is mind-blowing as almost everywhere in Japan!


I was invited for some tradional Soba… so let’s enter the restaurant…

This little text means “Menu”, is written in traditional Japanese and You read from top to bottom… I had it upside down at first, wat was very funny to the Japanese hosts!

hmmmm what shall i order….:) even the numbers are in Japanese… everything to read top to bottom…

In Soba restaurant you eat Soba off course!

Soba is wheat noodle you’re supposed to dimple in your soup and then suck into your mouth… really, nothing else!

The whole Garage Vintage Team, “Low Life” Side Yokotani  and long time friend and photographer Shin Watanabe joined for lunch… thanks God so I didn’t have to order by myself!…:)

Thanks so much to garage Vintage for this special invitation!

And this exactly how You eat it!!!


Time for dessert!!

Feel free to zoom in and read… some Japanese “Soba” wisdom!

Low Life Side san offered me a T-shirt from Red Box, his crazy low bus, all he has is crazy low, hence his nick name “Low Life”… Side san lives in the town that used to be the Ninja town under the Shogun, a little Japanese history, my next visit to Japan I will pay him a visit! And learn about the Ninja’s!

Thanks for the T-shirt Side san! i will wear with pride!

and yes… I simply have to share with you one of my favorites of todays Japanese culture, the mini trucks, so little they seem to fit in your pocket! I should buy one of those, look funny to drive around town!

oh, and this is my name in traditional Japanese writing, it says… “Bob”!

Thanks for translation Shin-san! !

Tomorrow is friday so sorry we have to publish the Friday product update , but Saturday I will share a very special moment with all of You, a very special and emotional visit…

So stay tuned!!!