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Wagens West!

The title sums it up pretty well. Wagens (as in Volkswagens) West to California.

Upon completion of Project #Super71, the plan will be to drive the Beetle from Toronto (Orangeville) to San Fancisco California. Now many of you may think I am crazy, but hey... it's something I have been interested in doing for a long time. It's fun to build the car and take it to cruise night, but I love creating memories with my VW's. So many adventures and good times can be wrapped up in your Beetle, why not go all out?

I have never been to the west coast, so making my first trip via VW Beetle would be pretty epic. I can imagine driving down the palm lined streets to the beach with the windows down. Now before that happens I will need to create a pretty strategic plan for making the journey across the continent in a 40 year old vehicle with no A/C. This road trip will take 5 days, and will require my Beetle to run a good pace for 10+ hours per day. I am taking this into consideration when building Project #Super71. The car will be a solid driver with a reliable and slightly more powerful 1776cc or 1835cc engine. I already have a centre mount 44mm HPMX carburetor and SVDA dizzy from EMPI. The rest of the engine details will develop over time... Hopefully with valuable input from community. Right now I am window shopping for new long-blocks at both GEX International, and MOFOCO. If anyone has dealt with these companies, I would love to hear from you.

As far as planning the actual trip portion of this adventure, I would love to hear from and interact online with fellow VW enthusiasts. I am planning much of my route using Google Maps, and will post my map on this page, plus on a dedicated website page for this trip down the road. The embedded map will automatically be updated as I make changes to it over time. I invite you all to review my plan and make suggestions that would make my trip more enjoyable, or safer for both me at my Beetle. I am not planning this trip solo. I have my good friend Trevor who will be my co-pilot on the way down, and Gary should be heading down with us in either his 1971 Super Beetle, or his 1986 Camper (Weekender Edition). At this point in time we should be making stops in or outside Chicago, Kansas City, Denver, Las Vegas, and Anaheim before we get to San Fancisco. Hopefully some of community will be able to join up with us for small portions along the way. That would be completely amazing.

So at this point in time we are just in the early stages of building the project car for this epic VW road trip. The details of the road trip will be updated on this website and our social media channels as everything moves forward. We invite all VW Beetle enthusiasts to visit our site as often as possible for updates on both Project #Super71 and Wegens West!

Cheers :)

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