After the OCTO Show we went to the Crown Plaza Hotel to check in. Soon after we got settled in the VW’s started showing up. Our room was on the fifth floor overlooking the parking lot. This gave us a great vantage point to see all the cars coming to park at the hotel.
Hotel Parking lot
VW Fire Bug
It was fun getting a preview of the cars that we would see the next day at the show and chit chat with the owners.
It wasn’t long until the toy show started. It was amazing how many people were attending. After standing in line for a few minutes we pre-purchased our tickets for the Classic and then went in to look at the toys.
Example of VW Toys
Lot and lots of great collectables were in this somewhat small room. The first person I recognized was Mrs. Berg. I know she has a love of VW toys. We looked at all of the tables. It was fun to check out.
On our way out, I saw Rich Kimble from Hot VW’s magazine. He is a longtime friend of a longtime friend of mine Jim. I spoke to Rich for a few minutes and told him hi from Jim. He was a nice guy. Then I saw a guy I know from Colorado. I saw Scott from the Pike Peak club in Colorado Springs. He was lucky enough to have driven out to LA with a couple of other VW’s.
The kids were tired of looking at VW’s for the day. They went swimming before dinner. We have been in Los Angeles a number of times and we have a favorite restaurant we like to go to. The restaurant is the Northwood’s Inn. It’s over near Buena Park. Right on the 5 and Valley View. It’s cool; it looks like an old log cabin with snow on the roof. Really good food, the prices have gone up since we were there last, but oh well.
Sunday morning was the day of the Classic.
VW Classic 2011
I wanted to get up early and get right to the show. We did pretty well getting the kids all up and going by 9:00am. Driving from the Crown Plaza to the show was no problem. It was about 5 or 6 miles south on the 405. Getting to the show we ended up with a pretty good parking place. I wish we would have had a Volkswagen rental car, but we didn’t. I parked the minivan as close as I could. I waited for everyone to get shoes on and in the stroller. Then I made my way to the swap meet and vender area. Row after row of stuff! I recognized some of the parts from the previous day at the OCTO Show. It’s funny how you can remember a certain part and know where youhad seen it before. It must have taken an hour and a half to go through all the booths. Once again I didn’t find anything I didn’t already have or need. That makes Gina happy.
We started looking at the show cars. After the first row Gina made the comment, “That was a pretty nice row of VW’s”. Pretty much all of the cars that have been in the Hot VW’s were in that first row.
The cars from the DKP Club were something else. Big motors, Berg 5 speed transmissions, wow you name it, they had it. Walking through the rows of VW’s gets overwhelming, especially for the kids!! There was a Dove Blue Bus that caught my eye.
Then I saw a Ghia with lots of patina that had been clear coated. I thought that was pretty unique too.
I don’t thing I got a picture of it, but I saw the Overhaulin Bus done by Chip Foose. That was pretty impressive. The Thing done by Pimp my ride was also on display. It was cool to see the cars that you have watched on TV.
VW Thing done by Pimp My Ride
You can view all of the pictures on my Facebook Page. They can explain a lot more than I can.
The other amazing thing I saw was the In-N-Out Burger semi. That thing was a rolling restaurant. Those people really know how to cater to a big crowd. We all had a good time at the show. Our next hotel was in Carlsbad so we headed back south.
The next day we found a nice local beach. The sun finally broke through the clouds. The kids had a fun time in the water and sand. There was a playground nearby. I was sitting watching the kids and looked across the street. Parked there was an early 23 window bus. It was fun to see one just being used for everyday use. I rarely see a bus diving around town at home, much less an early 23 window.
VW 23 Window Bus
After the beach we were off to finish our Southern California Vacation.