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The Kals Bulli treffen over the Grossclockner. Part 1

You’re highly invited to read this adventure about Jos and Paul and the 1978 Westfalia Champagne edition they bought from BBT; today day 1….

Snel nadat we in  het najaar 2015 onze T2b VW camper/van Champagne edition (bij BBT) kochten beslisten we dat deelname aan het twee-jaarlijkse  Bulli Treffen in Kals am Grossglockner op de 2-do lijst stond.

Streefdatum….. juli 2016.

Soon after our purchase (at BBT) of our T2b Camper/Van “Champagne edition 1978” in Autumn 2015 we decided participation in  the 2 years event “Bullitreffen Kals am Grossklockner”(Austria) in 2016

Maar zoals dat gaat bij projecten, loop het uit op een totale , van nagel tot nagel, restauratie.  En wordt de tijd die hierin gestoken wordt gruwelijk onderschat.

But as is usual, those project results in a complete renovation. And mostly the time to do this  is horribly underestimated. Thanks to  advices and help of my VW friend, and thanks to the VW parts supplier (BBT) all came to satisfy our dream car

Na 20 maanden was het zover dat er naar de technische keuring kon gereden worden, waar er een “groene” kaart zonder bemerkingen uitgereikt werd.

After 20 months of hard labor the moment was there to present our complete overhaul to the regular technical inspection. After the inspection we became a clean certificate and license

Het werd uitkijken naar de grote uitdaging. Na een 2.000 km proefritten, en het oplossen van technische “probleempjes” kwam juli 2018 in zicht.

Countdown to the big challenge.  After 2.000 km of test rides, and solution of small technical problems, July 2018 was coming closer and closer

Voor ons was het Bullitreffen in Kals am Grossglocker een bijeenkomst van luchtgekoelde T’s die je als bezitter van een T minsten één maal in je leven moet  “gereden” hebben.

For us the participation in “Europa’s Biggest Bus/Van Aircoled VW Meeting” ,was the event that a T-owner had to  participate at least one’s in his lifetime.

Voorwaarde evenwel dat je troetel volledig technisch in orde is, en dat de bemanning er op voorbereid is.

Provided that your “ped” is in fulLy technically condition, and that the crew is prepared for it.

Via de voortreffelijke A-wegen  (wat een luxe in plaats van dat geklungel met E-wegen)

Via in excellent condition and named German A-Highways (what a luxury instead with ever changing numbers of E-Highways numbers in Be and NL)

Eerste stop/tanking in het andere VW walhala Bad-Kamberg. Wat wel een tegenvaller was, de prijs van de benzine 98, die amper nog te krijgen is, en in Duitsland al EUR 100 genoemd wordt. In Oosternrijk reeds EUR110.  Voordeel,  in Duitsland is men nog vrij van MAUT.

First stop at another VW-Oldtimer Walhala  “ Bad Camberg”.  What a disappointment after this first refueling. The price of one liter fuel 98…. 1.80 EUR/Liter…  OK, there is No MAUT(highway taxes) in Germany  and they serve Fuel 100.Later on in Austria price was more as 0,20 EUR less (but you have to pay MAUT) and they serve Fuel 110..

Na een probleemloze rit van 990 km

After a smooth ride of 990 km, and 17 hours later, we arrived at destination ( Alt.1370 meters above sea level)

Waar we nog niet veel volk tegenkwamen, dat zou de volgende dagen wel veranderen.

Where we did not meet many people yet,  that would change in the next few days

De zon was wel aangekomen, en die zou  gans het Treffen ons gunstig gezind blijven.

The sun was present, and she would remain favorable to us during the complete meeting.

Gezien we een dag voor het Bullitreffen aankwamen hadden we de tijd om zelf al eens op verkenning te trekken, en ineens naar de Grossglockner himself.

As we arrived 36 hours before the start of the meeting, we had time enough to explore the Tirol Alps, including the High Alp route to and the Grossglockner himself (Alt. 3.798 ASL)

Geen enkele luchtgekoelde  4 wieler tegengekomen, of toch wel,  en dan nog wel een heel moedige

We met not one air cooled 4-wheeler, or yes, this particular brave.

Whaaaaaaw… What an experience,  what a view

“Parkplatz”  at  Alt. 2.369 meter Above Sea Level with view on mount Grossglocker Alt. 3.798 meters.

En wij maar denken dat we van verre kwamen

And we thought we came from afar

Back to Kals am Grossglockner,  where we as Bus still have some advantages

Terug naar Kals am Grossglockner waar je als Bus toch een beentje voor hebt

Waar intussen al heel wat meer moois aangekomen was

In the meantime many beautiful buses had arrived

Ja, de één heeft al wat meer te bieden dan de andere

Yes, some have more to show than others

Een vast onderdeel van het Bullitreffen in Kals am Grossglockner is de eerste namiddag in konvooi naar Lucknerhaus.  Gezien het groot aantal deelnemers (305 geregistreerde deelnemers en een 100 tal black-riders) werden er 3 konvooien samengesteld.

Every Bullitreffen at Kals am Grossglockner start on Friday afternoon with the ride in convoy to the higher located “photo shoot “location at Lucknerhaus (ALT. 1.925 meters), with perfect view on mount Grossglockner (ALT. 3.798 Meter).  Due to the large  number of participants  (305 registered Bullis, and about 100 black-riders) over 400 in total the organizers decided to split this event in 3 separate groups.

One picture says more than thousand words……so many pictures saying more than thousands words

Magnificent weather and magnificent cars, all types, all colours

This is the view of one of both parking spots at Lucknerhaus

Within the background,  mount Grossglockner (Alt. 3.798 Meter)

“What’s in a name “ ? The licenceplate

For patina lovers

40 Years ago,  those 2 brothers lost each other out of sight in Hanover. After many decades in North America, they found each other again on the bare grounds in the Austrian Alps.

Tijd om alles door te spoelen, en de innerlijke mens te versterken.

Time to take some food,  and happy that schnitzel was not on the menu

Time to drink “ ein groses Bier “

Tomorrow we will continue our story.

Stay tuned!

Brand new VW Beetle from 1964 for sale for 1 million dollar

A Volkswagen Beetle with only 23 miles (37 km) on the counter is for sale in the United States. The asking price is a factor 569 higher than the original new price.

The Volkswagen Beetle is perhaps the most recognizable car ever produced, even now that Volkswagen finally made the decision to completely delete the model (including the retro version). After all, the car manufacturer has made 21 million copies of the iconic passenger car, of which 948,370 copies in 1964 alone. Surprisingly enough, one of those Beetles is now going on sale, only the new owner want a lot of money.

The story began when the American Rudy Zvarich was 37 years old and owned a 1957 Beetle. When Volkswagen decided to radically renew the Beetle for model year 1965, he could not imagine that he would ever buy the new design and decided to buy a spare car. Zvarich bought one of the last remaining 1964 models and then counted $ 1,756.90 (1,523 euro) down for the brand new Beetle.

Rudy bought the car (bringing along his own battery as to not activate the original dry charge system) and drove the car to his friend’s storage space in the dark night with no insurance. He never licensed the car, and after two years in his friend’s storage space, he finished his own building and moved the car there. It sat undisturbed from 1966 to 2016, having covered only 22 miles. Over the years Rudy’s interests and car collection grew. There was never a reason for him to need the Beetle, so it just slept in the back corner of his collection with all the fluids dropped out and a sheet over it to keep the dust off.

Although his ’64 Beetle never saw sunlight Rudy had a passion for using his other cars and participated in many car shows. He loved to point out details on how and why engineering choices were made, you could not help but find yourself a little smarter after a conversation with Rudy. In 2014 at the age of 87 Rudy passed away and his nephew inherited his car collection. The time capsule 1964 Beetle was removed from its resting place and carefully brought up to running condition with careful attention to not disturb the originality of the car. The windshield wipers and hubcaps have never been attached to the car and are still in their original boxes from the dealership. Its black paint is a little dusty, because it has never been washed – ever! The “Leatherette Red” interior looks like it was just installed on the assembly line. The dealer window sticker is still where it was placed in 1964.

There are some amazing original Volkswagen Beetles on display around the world in honor of their creator Ferdinand Porsche. The Porsche museum (Stuttgart), Volkswagen museum (Wolfsburg), and famous Prototype museum (Hamburg) each have impressive collections, but out of the 948,370 Beetles made in 1964 could this be the most original one left on the planet? These cars were inexpensive back in the day and they got used. We may never see another one like it. Rudy’s Beetle is truly a snapshot in time. The car is now for sale here

Source: HLN 

 

Sitting in the bus…

How You like to drive your bus???

Nice and cozy with your girlfriend or wife?

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Or getting a beer at your local pub with the buddies a little cramped in ???

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Thanks for the ride Pete and Larrie! we had a crazy good time!!