Photography by Jeroen Plancke
It was all the way back in 1990, when Rick Tolboom’s parents bought him a racetrack toy set for his second birthday, that Rick’s love for cars was ignited. ”My dad always had a passion for fast cars,” he said. Throughout Rick’s childhood, his father participated in Dutch rally championships, as well as some road racing here and there. Rick grew up on the sidelines, watching his father do what he does best.
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.
Photography by Cedric Melbourne
To most people, “the one” incites an idea finding the person that you want to spend the rest of your life with, perhaps starting a family together, and growing old side by side. To car guys, “the one” takes on similar meaning, but rather than finding a partner in another human being, we seek it out in hunks of self-propelling metal.
Photography by Ethan Watson
Back in the “glory days” of high school, there was the constant thought to myself: I couldn’t wait to make my escape from the cliques, drama, and the “cool kids” that seemed to fill the day-to-day and turn passing time into a daunting task. As we have all realized though, those things never ended at graduation; instead they followed us to college, work and even into our hobbies.