My senpei & pal (and Japan’s biggest deadhead) Mac Kobayashi came to Salt Lake City on his honeymoon in 1991 and visited me and the noble old earth ship in The Avenues on a blustery day.
Note; Soon after, i bailed on Univ of Utah and headed out on Grateful Dead tour fulltime… including the “hostage incident” with Sooby Ahmed… then everywhere/thing else.
He shared these snaps (obviously snapped from a photo album) in 2019 as a pleasant flashback.
As it goes, in April 2019, he’ll be hosting a wedding party for Ryoko Fujita and I at his goat farm.
My pal Tim Tulloch shared this spontaneous snap of a VW microbus rolling in Manhattan saying (obviously enough).
“VW Bus cruising on Manhattan’s East Side today. You don’t see that often!”
I replied with:
Right on! I drove my turtle top 74 VW bus into Manhattan but they wouldn’t let me leave via the tunnel coz i had propane tank (it was a camper) – i recall having to stop traffic and wheel my achey bus around in the rain with folks hollering and honking. Then we tooled over George Wa instead.
then Mikael Lewis Why oh why did I ever part with my 1963, 23 window??
and me again:
Indeed, besides the fun it would be to restore it and road trip in it, well restored ones go for six figures now. Unbelievable. My 74 sat in my grandma’s backyard for years until I gave it away to some young heads hoping they would find inspiration and adventure within it’s hallowed walls
California Coasting – New York Times
We had rented our van from Bill Staggs, an Orange County surfer whose company, Vintage Surfari Wagons, owns a small fleet of these retro relics, fully outfitted, roadworthy and refurbished. The price…