Collective Feature: Einfach Deutsch VW Club (Part 1)
Posted on April 09 2018
We get car crazy in the city of sin with the German VW club Einfach Deutsch!
VW culture is alive and kicking. Its pulse beats on in those special communities who hold the VW lifestyle so close to their hearts.
At Cool Flo we love to celebrate those very communities, so here we follow Superfly on their trip to Las Vegas to hang out with the coolest VW Club in Nevada, the Einfach Deutsche VW Club. And what a pleasure it was! The gals and guys from the club, like one big family, welcomed all with open arms. From the shared dinners under the Nevada stars, to the chit chat between parked rides gleaming in the hot sun - from the big things to the little details, the sense of community amongst the group was exactly what we’re in search for at Cool Flo. It’s this vibe that makes our car culture such an amazing thing to be a part of.
Telly Carsten - Volkswagen Type 181 ‘Thing’
Telly has one of the those quintessential ’how I got the VW bug’ stories: one that starts simply, and then, with the right amount of passion and grit, matures and evolves into a full-blown obsession for all things VW.
For Telly, the simple trigger was a car magazine called VW Trends. At the age of 16, he headed to Las Vegas in search of a new life and that’s where his enthusiasm for Volkswagen took hold. Telly worked hard at a grocery store to save the money for his first ride, a 1971 Beetle bought for $200. Since these humble beginnings, Telly’s list of owned rides with a VW badge would put most hardcore car owners to shame. He’s had convertible Beetles, rag tops, sunroofs, bay window buses, double door panels and even a Ghia, to name just a few. Over the years he’s had plenty of road trips, building projects, attended shows, won awards, and of course had an amazing time in doing so.
For his next project, Telly wanted to do something a little different, and so the ‘Thing’ was the perfect ride for him. He’d never seen one in black before, and so happily took on the job of customising it further to truly make it stand out. Telly wanted it to be a right-hand drive, and so customised the dash to achieve this too. What a ride!
Joanna Richardson - 1961 Volkswagen Cabriolet
More often than not, it’s the tough times in life that define us. That’s why Joanna’s dream of owning a yellow Beetle convertible didn’t die in the flames that nearly consumed her pride and joy. And trust us, catching sight of flames flickering from your engine as you check your side mirror is no easy sight to stomach!
However, with fire in her belly, Joanna wasn’t put off from her dream.
“It took us nearly 10 years to complete the project,” she said. “Funding wasn’t something we really thought about, so we did things as time allowed. My husband Kelly and I worked full time, so our bug became our evenings and weekend project. It was fun, but sometimes frustrating!”
In amongst that frustration you’ll find the ingredients for success, and that makes the pay-off all the more satisfying. Joanna’s dream yellow Beetle convertible is a joy to behold. They completed a full body restoration, sand-blasted to remove all that rust, and used as many original parts from the car as possible. Dedicated to the memory of their son, the result of Joanna and her husband Kelly’s hard work is outstanding and inspiring.
Kenny Richardson - Volkswagen Single Cab
Our next Volkswagen fanatic is the husband of Joanna with the yellow Beetle - this is one super cool couple! Kenny’s personal VW of choice is the single cab. Spanners at hand, Kenny’s zeal for restoration and customisation is a thing to marvel. The popping blue and white paint work on his single cab customisation is zesty and different, instantly catching your eye on the streets. Before respraying, Kenny had it completely stripped down to make it ready for the transformation. A VW couple through and through.
William Pfersching - Volkswagen Beetle
The love for VW usually seems to hark back to a feeling or a moment. As a kid, William liked nothing more then spending time with his father, which in turn was usually spent cruising in his father’s iconic VW. His passion grew from there.
“I’ve always loved the free and fun spirit that embodies VWs as it just fits who I am. There’s just something about classic Beetles that grabs you emotionally and gives you a sense of living life to the fullest”.
William previously owned a 51 rag top when his son was born. We can imagine here a father-son bond reminiscent of William’s own childhood. Due to finances, unfortunately, he couldn’t complete the restoration. But, time didn’t master William, for he bided his time until he was once again in a position to fuel his dream, and then he came across a 55 for sale online.
“I wanted to keep the classic features of the car in a a restoration style, but mix in a little Cal look, with a touch of hot rod.”
He added later that “the car and the project have added so many new friends to my life that its impact cannot be measured.” We tip our trucker caps to William and the people like him who keep the VW hubs turning and the spirit alive.
Mark M - VW Baja
The legendary Baja! It has to be one of the most grand VWs ever made, and this ones no exception. Proud owner Mark lives in one of the best places in the world to make the most out of this desert stormer - Las Vegas. Just a few miles cruise from the city will bring him to the desert terrain the Baja was born to shred through, to make one hell of a blast. The subtle but supremely satisfying white paint job sits well, letting that body and monstrous engine do all the talking.
Jason Aguilar - Karman Ghia
It’s all about the curves with this slick Karman Ghia, a rare beauty, and another iconic car of our generation. Jason’s luck struck gold.
“I had a right-hand drive bug I was getting restored with the intention of trading for a Ghia, when the perfect one came up for sale., just by chance”
It was in such great condition that all Jason had to do was lower it and add a fresh set of wheels, and voila! One super cool car, ready to seduce the city of sin.
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Look out for Part 2 of this Cool Flo. Collective Feature to meet the other vintage cars and their drivers in this community. Including some classic campers, a monstrous Manx buggy, and a super rare treat of a car to finish it off!