Premier Lugar

Sunday morning we packed up the bus and headed over to the show. The main street to the town square was closed and we took a detour and started following all the other VWs. They must know where to go.

By the time we got close, we realized we were in line to register and we couldn’t really turn around. Oh well, at least we would get a good place to park and a T-shirt, we thought. And, it’s a good thing we washed the bus.

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We were directed through big crowds right into the center of the town square. We did get a good parking spot next to all the other buses, but it was clear that there was no way we were leaving until it was all completely over. Oh well. A good excuse to test out the solar-powered fridge (it worked great!)

The show was fun. There were more Safaris (Things) than I have ever seen in one place and they were all in stellar condition. Of course, tons and tons of Vochos (Bugs) of all variations. Massive sound systems was a common theme. Lot’s of custom cars, a swap meet and tons of VW lovers everywhere. There was no discriminating here and there were plenty of water-cooled VW’s too. If you wanted to show off your customized Jetta, there was a place for you too.

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One guy (Juan) drove his water-cooled VW taxi 10 hours from Mexico City and entered it in the show. A regular taxi – not a show car fake taxi – just a taxi that he drives every day. If there was a category for it, I hope he won.

There weren’t too many trailer queens (there were some) and it was mostly just regular folks showing off their cars. This was their one car that they drive every day and love. It makes for a different atmosphere and probably more fun than a bunch of guys obsessing over obscure VW manufacturing minutia or trying to keep people from leaving fingerprints on their show car. Of course, there was probably some of that too, but it was all in Spanish.

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We just hung out all day and met some great folks and made more contacts in Mexico. We managed to communicate with just about everyone, but we really need to learn more Spanish. We were also interviewed for a Guadalajara TV show. If anyone sees it on TV or finds it online, please let us know. The minute the interview ended, I couldn’t remember anything I said. I hope it wasn’t too bad.

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Late in the afternoon, we were still hanging around and talking to some folks when someone came running up to us. “You won! You won! Go! Go! Go!”  There was a guy talking on the P.A. the whole time, but we couldn’t understand any of it. Not knowing what to do (and having everything we own in the car) we asked the people we just met to watch our stuff and ran up to the gazebo. On the way, I passed Alfredo from PV who was on his was to find us too.

First place for Westfalia!

Another guy we met, Juan (another Juan,) leaned over and told me to stick around a while longer. A bit later I thought I heard my name again and something about driving all over the Americas. I looked around dumbfounded and was waved up on stage again.

First place in “Especial!”

I couldn’t really understand what the special category was, but I’m guessing it was for driving the farthest to get to the show or craziest trip or something like that.

I’ve been fortunate enough to win a few awards for miscellaneous forgettable things over the years, but never… never have I gotten to pose with scantily-clad women after receiving an award.

I will remember this one for a long time!

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12 thoughts on “Premier Lugar

  • March 25, 2010 at 5:00 AM

    Totaly cool! Looked like a great time!
    Hey what solar panel did you get and what rating is it? Seems like you found a good power source.
    Erick Sowder
    Greensboro, NC

  • March 25, 2010 at 8:12 AM

    Ha ha! This is hilarious. I love the pic with the girls. At least Bode is young enough to be oblivious. Or did he comment?

  • March 25, 2010 at 8:55 AM

    Congrats on the win! Great photo… LOL

  • March 25, 2010 at 8:57 AM

    Dude! Rock on man. I went to VW shows in the late 80’s and seeing this kind of excitement, customization, interest, etc.

    Glad to see it lives on. Congrats on the awards.


  • March 25, 2010 at 10:20 AM

    i’ve never seen jason smile quite like that before.

    now i’m going to read today’s entry and perhaps understand the smile.

  • March 25, 2010 at 10:24 AM

    ah ha! “scantily-clad women” …. of course!!!!!

  • March 25, 2010 at 11:21 AM

    Congrats, you guys, on the awards!

    That really sounded like a fun time.
    I’m in love with the shortened custom ‘Bugs’. I gotta find me one of those critters!!

    And, if it’s ok with you, I’m gonna link this post to the Itinerant Air-cooled site….I think that folks will get a real hoot!

    I’m interested in the details of the solar panel, as well.

    Happy trails, Amigo,

  • March 25, 2010 at 1:59 PM

    Hi, Jason I´M Juan Navarro the guy that ís waiting for you
    in Guadalajara city. we all are specting for your arrived.

    also we are the guys that have the VW Tv Program Too.
    and this tv show it´s for Channel 4 from Guadalajara.
    Mexico. saturdas at 6.00 p.m here…. sorry my english
    it´s noot very well.

    but tonight we introduce to you in our vw reunion all the guys in our vw club. aaaannnddd also we have a Radio.

    yea a radio program too. in so
    you are our invited guys after 8.00 p.m

    see you

    Juan Navarro

  • March 25, 2010 at 8:32 PM

    Muy, muy bueno! You must save *the* photo, & pass it on to Bode – 20 yrs from now (probably way less, actually) he will appreciate the story behind it! 🙂

    Congratulations on Red Beard’s awards!

  • March 26, 2010 at 8:20 AM

    Hi Guys..

    It’s a very pleasure having you here in Guadalajara.. I hope you enjoy Tequila and Corona beers..

    See you saturday at Club..

  • April 1, 2010 at 12:29 PM

    It’s a 50W panel. Equivalent to a continuous ~4 amp charge when the sun is out. Our fridge pulls 2.7 amps at 12 V, and only runs intermittently. Seems to be working well so far… the sun has been shining 😉

  • April 2, 2010 at 10:33 AM

    thanks Jason!

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