Thursday, June 9, 2011

Awesome Dude Series: No. 7 - The VW Van (Surf Bus)

Dude, they still turn heads! The VW Van, Surf Van, Hippie Van, Surf Bus, it what you will, it still remains the signature vehicle of dudes throughout the world and that's why it's No. 7 in my Awesome Dude Series. It doesn't matter if it's old, rusty and beat up, or cherried out. It doesn't matter if it's original looking or decorated in the most funkified way, the VW Van has been and always will be one of the best looking vehicles on the road.

Designed in the 50's, adopted by hippies in the 60's, sought after by "Surfing Safari" goers in the 70's, hard to come by in the 80's & 90's, and still the coolest thing on the road today! What is it about them that make them so popular? Dude!
When I see one all tricked out or completely restored, I say to myself, "I want to drive it!"
When I see one all oxidized, rusty and dinged up, I say to myself, "I want to fix it up...then drive it!"
Dudes, you know what I'm talking about.

Whenever I pass one on the road (they rarely pass you), I wonder where the dudes inside are going. I always imagine it's a much better place, and better time, than I'm going to have. I've never seen anyone driving one that looks bummed out or even angry. These babies just go with the flow. If everyone owned one I think road rage would be replaced with, "That's cool, man, take my lane." VW Van drivers know it's all about the journey, not just the destination.

One of it's great features is it's ability to be personalized. No other vehicle is open to free expression more than the VW Van. Paint it up yourself in psychedelic spender, get it professionally done with an amazing graphic, shorten it, stretch it...whatever you do to make it your own usually has people saying, even today...Far out!

I still want to own one today, as a second car, or weekend travel car...don't you? Do you stop and check out everyone with a FOR SALE sign on it and dream? As an artist, I start designing the finished product in my head knowing I can't afford it and don't have a place to park it. That's what this Van does to you! Right?!

Here's all the interesting facts and the history of the Volkswagen Type 2 Transport Bus (Surf Van) on Wikipedia (A good read!).

Send us a pick of your VW Surf, Hippie, Kombie Van, so we can all envy you...dude!

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1 comment:

  1. dude I've wanted one of these since I was 5, everytime I find one dirt chap I just bought something else, this time though if I find one soon I am gonna get it wether its rusty crusty or even funky I have to have one.