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Hautekiet trapt het af!

One of Belgium’s most famous radio makers will retire end of this week… Jan Hautekiet was for many the guy that brought us Pop music broadcasting when he and a couple of others founded Studio Brussels, still today one of Belgium’s most favourite youngster national broadcasting channels…

His Wednesday afternoon presentations are branded in our memories forever!

But as we all get older, Jan Hautekiet will retire. Off course an icon as he is, he can’t leave like that so he decided to bike all over our country (the Flemish part at least) and broadcast live out of a VW bus.

As I was live once in his studio to discuss the end of the VW bus production his redaction team called me… as a goodbye gift for all the countless hours he gave me radio joy I granted one of our VW buses for the week to follow him on his bike tour and to held his interviews…

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Jan you’ve been a hell of a radio guy! Without You radio would be different in Belgium! Thanks for all You did! Many people of our generation are a big fan of you! Tell them BBT Bob told you!

Enjoy our 1964 bus for the last couple of days on your career, proud I could be part of it!

All the best!

Offcourse Belgian national radio “Radio1” don’t stop and Karolien will take over from Jan… how cute they look together before our 1964 VW samba bus

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Who wants can follow Jan Hautekiet on his last journeys as a radiomaker on Facebook, instagram or Twitter, just search for “Hautekiet trapt het af”…

Special visit!

On their way to the Ben Pon show Xavi, Massimo and friends came by BBT to say hi and a visit to BBT’s Volkswagen paradise!

All the way from Barcelona, they got stuck in belgium rush hour with 5 buses!

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Proud Bus travellers!

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They enjoyed strolling through the BBT shelves a lot!!

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They even visit the “hidden Caves” of BBT NOS dept!

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See You all this weekend in Amersfoort on the Ben Pon show!!

RIP Dave, we will miss You forever!

Yesterday this news reached me through the grapevine and hit me as a rock… Dave Orozco, from San Jose California, incredible Type 3 aficionado, but before all the best guy to have as a friend, left us …. forever..

Hard to understand, why my Lord, why do you call always the best?

Dave, we will miss You here buddy! We will miss your smile, your humor, your knowledge about Type III’s but before all your friendship and your big warm heart!

Better and more happy times, Dave and Bob @ EBI 1

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All our respect, sympathy and condolences to all Dave left behind…

 

 

Big reunion for our 1952 convertible with its 89 years old second owner!!

Last thursday was bank holiday in Belgium. So BBT Pascal and yours truly steered our 1952 all original Beetle convertible to Paris. A perfect timing.

We had set up a “reunion” between our gorgeous survivor convertible and its second owner, Mr Thomas and his family, who owned and drove the car from 1961 till 1969… fond memories…

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Also Cyril , a free-lance photographer for the Super VW Magazine was present and made a super nice feature You can read in your favorite French magazine any time soon!

From left to right, Cyril the photographer, Mme Thomas, Mr Thomas, their son Dominique and far right BBT Pascal… I felt naked in this company having no beard!

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Mr Thomas is 89 years old, and anti digital, so he took his pictures of the car with his real reflex camera on film!

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Mr Thomas was delighted, he wanted to see everything on the car, and even inspected the engine compartment!! It was amazing what he still knew about the car. He has real fond memories, and always loved his little beetle, he never saw his car anymore since he sold it in 1969!

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oh yes, time to get behind the wheel!

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Was there a small tear? Could be!

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and also Mme Thomas had to come aboard!! Incredible picture moments, and goose bump times, believe me!

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Just like in the sixties, shall they leave for a ride?

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The smile on their faces… priceless…

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Fully crash gearbox? No problem for Mr Thomas, he drove the car through Paris like star! (dept 94 for the people who like to have the geographic details)  I must honestly admit he grinded less gears as I do!

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What a blast we had… we left home at 6.30 am and came back at 1.00 in the morning next day, back and forth to Paris by regular roads, who needs freeways, not with a split window convertible, do we? We used all 25 Horses on board and ran them hard!

We like to thank especially Cyril for the pictures, the story and the help with the little (gas) breakdown. We like to thank A LOT Mme Thomas for the remarkable lunch (their house is on the board of the Seine river)

And we like to thank endlessly the stars of the day, Mr Thomas and “his” old but trusty unrestored fully operational 1952 Splitwindow beetle!

Oh, the car Mr Thomas had before the 1952 Convertible was a VW schwimmwagen and he participated regularly in the Parisienne Schwimmwagen club outings in the fifties!! That story You can read next Sunday!

So stay tuned!

A nice and happy VW sunday to everybody!

A visit to my friend Lars, Vanagon specialist!

Lars Neuffer in Göttingen Germany was, and still is, very well-known for his Karmann Ghia parts.

But what not everybody knows that Lars meanwhile is way larger in T3/T25 Vanagons as in Ghia’s… with over 200 units in stock we can say he has a pretty impressive operation…

Lars and I go back a real long time… together with Axel Stauber we used to be the three musketeers and bought several companies like Knapp and Allekot back in the day…

It’s always good to see that passion don’t fade away! For Lars it surely didn’t, together with his wife Kirsten do they work their heads off only to serve their customers the best.

Congrats to Kirsten and Lars for all they did for the VW community and to make its for so long so professional!

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Inside there is rows and rows of shelving with all parts!

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Car towers are practical and easy, but before all very very impressive!

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The nice cars being lined up properly inside! Any model, any type, Lars might have it!

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If you need any specific part for your T25/T3 Vanagon just let me know and I can get it for You, we deliver Lars every other week with our own transport so easy to bring something back…

If You like to buy a complete Vanagon, that’s possible to, just send me your inquiry with what type and body model