A look inside O.C.T.O.’s Winter Swap and Display meet for 2013, or dreams of VW Type 2 Transporter ownership…

Like swallows returning to the Mission in San Juan Capistrano, Saturday, February 23 witnessed the return of the O.C.T.O. (Orange County Transporters Organization) Winter Meet, Swap and Display to Veteran’s  Stadium in Long Beach California.

This year marks my second time attending this event, and I’m sure there were a lot of other people who like myself, came with aspirations of VW Type 2 ownership. And just like last years event, there was a parking lot filled with the prospect of amazing vehicles to suit just about any taste.

And there’s nothing quite like the sense of anticipation, as one approaches a parking lot filled with nothing but Type 2 Transporters as far as the eye can see..

Dove Blue Chick Iverson Panel van_OCTO 2013 Winter show_February 23, 2013

White safari windowed & sunroofed Type 2_OCTO 2013 Winter show_February 23, 2013

Single cab and double cab row (below)…

Single and double cab row_OCTO 2013 Winter show_February 23, 2013

A beautifully restored, Dove Blue single cab wearing DunnTech Motorsports graphics…

DunnTech Motorsports Dove Blue single cab _OCTO 2013 Winter show_February 23, 2013

DunnTech Motorsports single cab _Door graphic & reflections _OCTO 2013 Winter show_February 23, 2013

and its equally impressive engine compartment and detailed motor.

DunnTech Motorsports single cab _motor _OCTO 2013 Winter show_February 23, 2013

A pair of “his and hers” buses (below). His – a two-toned copper and white, 1964 deluxe, and Hers -a 1967, blue and white 21 split window…

His & Hers 1964 & 1967 Type 2's _OCTO 2013 Winter show_February 23, 2013

Another two toned, safari windowed bus, representing the “Oil Drippers” car club.

Two toned "Oil Drippers " club  Type 2 _OCTO 2013 Winter show_February 23, 2013

Two toned "Drippers " club  Type 2 _Rear window graphic_OCTO 2013 Winter show_February 23, 2013

Another of the current automotive trends is matte finish paint. Below are some of the Type 2’s in attendance wearing matte paint finishes, in both monochrome and two-toned schemes.

Matte Orange bus_front view_OCTO 2013 Winter show_February 23, 2013

Matte black & tan bus_3/4 front view_OCTO 2013 Winter show_February 23, 2013

Matte lime green panel van_3/4 front view_OCTO 2013 Winter show_February 23, 2013

Matte tan Type 2_side view_OCTO 2013 Winter show_February 23, 2013

Parked amongst its normal proportioned peers, was this  blue “Shorty” bus, a post 1955 vintage panel van; a very well executed modification, with one very short wheelbase…

Blue Shorty panel van_3/4 front view_OCTO 2013 Winter show_February 23, 2013
Blue Shorty panel van_3/4 rear view_OCTO 2013 Winter show_February 23, 2013

Another beautifully restored, two toned Type 2 bus…

Two toned cream & black Type 2_3/4 front view_OCTO 2013 Winter show_February 23, 2013

complete with safari front windows and side pop-outs (above & below).

Two toned cream & black Type 2_ front view_OCTO 2013 Winter show_February 23, 2013

Classic banjo styled steering wheel and custom upholstered interior.

Two toned cream & black Type 2_interior /dash view_OCTO 2013 Winter show_February 23, 2013

And out back, an unexpected surprise: a custom turbocharged motor.

Two toned cream & black Type 2_turbocharged motor_OCTO 2013 Winter show_February 23, 2013

In stark contrast, and located several rows over, was this Dove Blue single cab with its OG finish, yet sporting a set of polished, Porsche Fuchs 5 spoke alloy wheels.

Dove Blue single cab w/OG paint _side view_OCTO 2013 Winter show_February 23, 2013

Dove Blue single cab w/OG paint _polished Porsche 5 spoke ally wheel detail_OCTO 2013 Winter show_February 23, 2013

And no Type 2 show would be complete without at least one pre 1955 bus, in the classic two-toned color combination of Chestnut Brown over Sealing Wax Red.

1950's vintage 2 toned chestnut brown and sealing wax red Type 2_3/4 front view _OCTO 2013 Winter show_February 23, 2013

An example of the rare, European fluted headlight lens (above & below)…

1950's vintage 2 toned chestnut brown and sealing wax red Type 2_headlight detail _OCTO 2013 Winter show_February 23, 2013

1950's vintage 2 toned chestnut brown and sealing wax red Type 2_hubcap reflections _OCTO 2013 Winter show_February 23, 2013

One of my personal favorites from the show was this amazing, 1958 Dove Blue single cab (as seen below).

1958 Dove Blue single cab_3/4 front view_OCTO 2013 Winter show_February 23, 2013

1958 Dove Blue single cab_front license plate detail_OCTO 2013 Winter show_February 23, 2013

Another example of the very cool European fluted headlight lens.

1958 Dove Blue single cab_headlight lens detail_OCTO 2013 Winter show_February 23, 2013

This particular single cab was fully equipped with safari front windows, a single driving light, wood slat roof rack and rear bed rack…

1958 Dove Blue single cab_3/4 front view-drivers side_OCTO 2013 Winter show_February 23, 2013

A beautifully restored interior, right down to its three spoke steering wheel…

1958 Dove Blue single cab_dash detail_OCTO 2013 Winter show_February 23, 2013

And once again, another Type 2 wearing a set of polished Porsche Fuchs 5 spoke alloy wheels, but in this case running a wider wheel set up front, instead of the traditional (narrower) 4-1/2″ X 15″, 5 spoke wheels.

1958 Dove Blue single cab_polished alloy wheel detail_OCTO 2013 Winter show_February 23, 2013

Period correct details, right down to the combined brake light / tail lights, and rear and side gates with the stamped panel reinforcement details…

1958 Dove Blue single cab_3/4 rear view_OCTO 2013 Winter show_February 23, 2013

1958 Dove Blue single cab_ rear engine lid reflections_OCTO 2013 Winter show_February 23, 2013

Another of the beautifully restored, mid 1960’s vintage, two-toned buses, fitted with dual wooden slat roof racks and wrapped in a flawless, mirror like paint finish, perfect for reflecting its surroundings.

Two toned wine red and white Type 2_3/4 front view w/side reflections_ OCTO 2013 Winter show_February 23, 2013

As the license plates notes (see below), this is another 1966 vintage, two toned bus (Velvet Green over Pearl White), fit with a pair of fully functioning Safari front windows and side pop outs. Equally impressive is knowing the amount of time needed to produce these type of visual results and flawless paint finishes as displayed.

Two toned green and white Type 2_3/4 front view w/side reflections_ OCTO 2013 Winter show_February 23, 2013

The second of my favorite buses from the show was this spectacular 1966 model (as seen below), complete with front safari windows and its unique two toned paint. The owner  when asked about the paint colors, shared with me that he had stayed brand loyal, and specified a 2004 VW color for the pale blue lower panels, and a 2009 VW color for the pale cream panels (nose, roof and dash).

1966 Two toned blue & cream white Type 2_front view_ OCTO 2013 Winter show_February 23, 2013

Seeing this bus, and appreciating all of the hard work and efforts put into creating such stunning results, is what provides inspiration for those of us with dreams of Type 2 Transporter ownership.

1966 Two toned blue & cream white Type 2_3/4 front view_ OCTO 2013 Winter show_February 23, 2013

This unique color palette even carried over into the interior, with the owner using a light tan upholstery, complemented by the light cream colored piping accents found on the seating.

1966 Two toned blue & cream white Type 2_interior & dash_ OCTO 2013 Winter show_February 23, 2013

Another perfect choice of wheels as seen below; Polished Porsche 5 spoke Fuchs alloys, mounted front and rear.

1966 Two toned blue & cream white Type 2_Polished Porsche alloy wheel_ OCTO 2013 Winter show_February 23, 2013

1966 Two toned blue & cream white Type 2_Rear view_ OCTO 2013 Winter show_February 23, 2013

1966 Two toned blue & cream white Type 2_3/4 side view_ OCTO 2013 Winter show_February 23, 2013
And for the finishing touch; a dash mounted hula girl, serenading and watching over the occupants…

1966 Two toned blue & cream white Type 2_dash mounted hula girl_ OCTO 2013 Winter show_February 23, 2013

On the way back to my car, I happened to pass by this pale gray colored single cab, and in the process, caught a glimpse of a silvery object resting in the rear bed.

Pale gray Type 2 single cab_3/4 front view_ OCTO 2013 Winter show_February 23, 2013

As I approached, It quickly became apparent that the silver object in the rear bed was in fact a scaled down version of a Porsche 550 Spyder.

Pale gray Type 2 single cab_silver Porsche 550 Spyder model in bed_ OCTO 2013 Winter show_February 23, 2013

After talking with the owner, I learned that this single seat replica was in fact an electric-powered, and potentially a very cool ride for a small child.

Pale gray Type 2 single cab_w/ silver Porsche 550 Spyder , 3/4 rear view in bed_ OCTO 2013 Winter show_February 23, 2013

And what an ironic way to wrap up my morning spent at the O.C.T.O. Winter meet;  at the weekly car show that I usually attend, there is a high percentage of Porsches in attendance, with a handful of vintage VW’s present, and now here at an all VW Type 2 show, what should I encounter but a scaled down replica of a Porsche 550 Spyder.        Go figure…

(All photos by the author)

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