The Volkswagen Type 1, more commonly and affectionately known as the VW “Beetle,” was born three quarters of a century ago in 1938, rendering it the longest-running and most-manufactured car of a single platform in automotive history when its production came to an end in 2003. Its unique styling and huge influence in pop culture have lead it to become one of the most iconic cars in history – fitting for a brand who’s name directly translates to the “people’s car.
When someone has built a truly impressive Volkswagen, one that has graced the pages of PVW, you expect them to be of a very particular breed of Volkswagen fanatics. Better yet, when they’ve owned the car since new, it takes it one step further. When I asked Michael Houck if he’s always been a Volkswagen guy, I was expecting something that iterated the idea of ”of course.
SEMA is just around the corner once again, and we’re excited as always to see the builds come together (and start too) in the final weeks before the show. Our friends across the board are working hard to bring ideas and concepts to fruition, and once again we plan to unveil the builds throughout the week of the automotive industry’s greatest trade show.
I’ve been rubbing it in his face quite some time now. I remember the night we met – it was a spring night in 2010, I was knee-deep in my college career, and unsurprisingly, it was during a week-night house party. My high school friends and I had been renting a 5-bedroom house, which included a massive yard, a huge sun deck, and ample space for kegs, friends, and beer pong on the hard-wood flooring.
Photography by Johan Holmquist
Our tastes change dramatically as we make our way through life. Things we thought were silly as a kid begin to appeal to us, living with financial responsibility starts to gain importance, and a good night’s sleep becomes a necessity rather than a rarity.