Photography by Bryan Cheney
“What year is that thing?” – If you’ve ever owned a classic car, you know the question well. Chances are it’s the first thing a curious stranger will ask you when you pull up at a gas station. Older cars just seem friendly and inviting. You’ll end up deep in conversation with passers-by as they reminisce about how they had a friend or relative who once had some similar car when they were a kid.
“Californian” is as much an adjective as it is a noun – a description that embodies the essentials: palm trees, ocean waves, and sunny skies. In the details, you’ll find surf boards, vans shoes, good food, and on occasion, a classic aircooled Volkswagen Beetle. Through his 1967 bug, and with a heart to match, Dylan Rodriguez has built a car that is nothing short of quintessentially “Californian.
For those who’ve never visited Old Towne Orange, California, it’s an odd place. As someone who grew up in a quaint mid-west town, it’s familiar and comforting, but amidst the hustle and bustle of California freeways and endless expanses of asphalt and shopping centers, it feels out of place as if you’ve taken a step back in time.
At the beginning of the year, StanceWorks and Air Lift Performance partnered to give back to our fans. With a complete air suspension and management system up for grabs, we prompted our readers to send us photos of their cars, along with their reasoning as to why they should win.
At the beginning of March, we took a look at Mike Unland’s 1959 Beetle, which stands as a testament to his detail-centric nature. While most aircooled fanatics would be proud to own just one car of Unland’s caliber, Unland’s own garage continues with more than just one aircooled creation. However, his second build is stark in contrast to his bagged and stylistic Beetle – a 1966 Type 3 Notchback catered to the more conservative fans of the marque.