- Posted December 27, 2012 by
This iReport is part of an assignment:
VW camper van memories
They wanted to know if I had met anyone who used to own one. I told them that I had entered a Veteran's Center Car Show this past summer and a group on Harley motorcycles came roaring up.
This guy about 6 foot 5 comes straight to the bus. He tells me how he lived in one just like it in 1969. He got back from Vietnam and lived in California at the time. The anti-war movement was going on and he wanted to blend in. He got a 67 Bus, just like this one and travelled the West Coast, living in it.
He ran his hand over the louvers on the back, opened the gas door, "yep, that's the cap". I told him to get behind the wheel. His eyes got big and we walked over to the drivers door.
He ducked down and slid into the seat. These things are low and he knew just how to get in without hitting his head. He opened the ash tray which sits on top of the dash. "Yep, that's it". He also flipped the handle overhead, which controls air flow.
The Biker said he didn't have a lot of good memories from back then, but this Bus was bringing back all good ones and he got a little teary eyed.
The old man I was telling the story to said when he went back home to Arkansas after Vietnam he was treated very well and never had a problem. He said, right after he returned he got a lot of dinners for free. A few drinks too.
For me, driving this bus is fun and takes some getting used to people pacing along side and using their phones to take pictures of it. I don't stop anywhere for very long without attracting a photographer and often a story.