Four dollar per gallon gasoline apparently does not deter Type II enthusiasts, as attendance was up by over one hundred people at Nor-Cal Bus Fest 2. Just over one-hundred fifty (153 to be exact) Volkswagen buses and trucks, from Barndoors to Eurovans, gathered in Vallejo on May 4, 2008 for another relaxing event on the tree-shaded lawns of the Solano County Fairgrounds. Buses and trucks of all years, models and descriptions came from as far away as Florida, Oregon, Nevada, Southern California and even Vancouver, Canada for this second-time event.
Richard Stewart brought his recently-completed 1954 Kombi and wowed the crowds all day, as they checked out this completely restored showpiece(including fully-detailed undercarriage.) This was one of nine Barndoor (March 1955 and earlier) buses in attendance, which included the beautiful Deluxes of Dave, Matt and Mark/Drew. This is a new record for a Northern California event, and that number will likely climb even higher this August. The barndoor display was organized by Rick C, who not only brought one of his own clean Barndoors, but did a great job getting them parked on "Barndoor Island" for the crowd to enjoy.
Bus Farmer Todd Olmstead again led a large caravan (20+ vehicles) from Sacramento, including two of his Barndoors and his clean red and white 15 window (check out the caravan video below.) Jim, Jeremy and Tom from Sacramento each brought more than one Type II from their collections. There were also several others who brought several vehicles, including Jahnai from Richmond Greg from Santa Rosa's Vintage Warehouse, who brought four vehicles (and would have brought more if there were available drivers.)
The variety of vehicles this event was even better than Bus Fest 1, with everything from fully-restored vintage vehicles to daily driven Eurovans, and everything in between. Clean resto-customs were everywhere, including Josh and Angela's slick 15 Window Deluxe (which won the Best Custom Award) and Marc and Jennifer's former Hot VW's cover '62 Ruby Red Double Cab. There were even two coachbuilt Binz Double Cabs at Bus Fest 2. The post-'68 buses and trucks were out in force again this time, with clean Bay Windows everywhere.
Plans are already well underway for Nor-Cal Bus Fest 3 on Sunday August 17 at the Fairgrounds in Vallejo. See you there with your bus or truck!
Barndoor Deluxe Lineup was impressive!
Cab area of Richard's amazing 1954 Kombi.
This time we started to fill up the other side of the concourse.
Clean Sunroof Standard Microbus
A pair of clean Westfalia pop-tops
Rare Binz Double Cabs and 23 Window
Clean Kombi with Fairgrounds backdrop
"Barndoor Island." There were nine of the pre-March 1955 models at Bus Fest 2, including this Single Cab and Panel owned by Todd of Bus Farmer fame
Dean's lowered Highroof, rescued from a northwest yard. Trying to talk Dean into bringing out some for of his great collection for Bus Fest 2 on August 17. Whaddya think Deano ?
Late model Dormobile and Westfalia. There were more 68 and newer vehicles this time.
Just a few of the trucks in attendance, Double Cabs of Arlo (Buggy House) and Creevy, and late model Single Cab.
Mark & Jennifer's former Hot VW cover model, 62 Double Cab and Josh & Angela's Custom Class award winning 15 Window Deluxe.
Tony the Hat's 53 Single Cab and Steve's Ruby Red Double Cab. Thank you both for your help running the event!