Observations from the 2012 O.C.T.O Show; a showcase of VW type II transporters…

Last Saturday morning saw a major departure from my usual weekend routine. On this particular morning, I found myself heading south down the 605 freeway towards Long Beach, to check out the VW type II transporter show titled “The 2012 O.C.T.O Show”. The event was hosted by the Orange County Transporter Organization, staged in the parking lot at Long Beach Veterans Memorial Stadium, as a vehicle display and swap meet. For anyone with an interest in Volkswagen type II transporters (produced from 1949 through 1967), these are the ideal type of event to attend. Then imagine finding yourself surrounded by a parking lot full of nothing but vintage type II  buses; with each new row encountered, there existed the possibility of coming face to face with an even more amazing bus than the last…

VW type II transporters _Purple & white bus / nose to tail, front view_The 2012 O.C.T.O  show_June 9, 2012

VW type II transporters  _ Lime green and white bus side view_The 2012 O.C.T.O show_June 9, 2012

And in the middle of it all was the events featured “Barn-Door display”, as seen below

VW type II transporter _Barndoor display _red & black lowered bus, 3/4 front view_The 2012 O.C.T.O  show_June 9, 2012

VW type II transporters _Barndoor display _hubcap reflection_The 2012 O.C.T.O  show_June 9, 2012

VW type II transporter _Barndoor display _red & black lowered bus, 3/4 side view_The 2012 O.C.T.O  show_June 9, 2012

VW type II transporters _Barndoor display _a trio of buses, 3/4 front view_The 2012 O.C.T.O  show_June 9, 2012

No matter ones preference regarding Volkswagen type II’s (barn-door, Single Cab, Dual Cab, Panelvan, Safari windowed bus, etc.), you were assured of finding an example or two on display. And if looking to buy parts to restore a bus, or maybe even purchase a vehicle, the event was able to accommodated either pursuit.

VW type II transporters _swap meet section, body parts_The 2012 O.C.T.O  show_June 9, 2012

VW type II transporters _swap meet section, vintage bus for sale_The 2012 O.C.T.O  show_June 9, 2012

1967 13 window deluxe bus_green & white for sale_The 2012 O.C.T.O  show_June 9, 2012

1967 13 window deluxe bus_ for sale description_The 2012 O.C.T.O  show_June 9, 2012

The following photos represent a small percentage of the total number of participants present the morning of the show…

VW type II transporter_ Blue Panelvan_ side view_The 2012 O.C.T.O  show_June 9, 2012

VW type II transporter_ Blue panel van_ OG finish, side view_The 2012 O.C.T.O  show_June 9, 2012

VW type II transporter_ Surf Canada panel van_ aged finish, side view_The 2012 O.C.T.O  show_June 9, 2012

VW type II transporter_ green double cab_3/4 front view_The 2012 O.C.T.O  show_June 9, 2012

W type II transporter _ green double cab_front bumper reflections_The 2012 O.C.T.O  show_June 9, 2012

VW type II transporter _ charcoal gray/carbon fiber double cab_rear view_The 2012 O.C.T.O  show_June 9, 2012

VW type II transporter _ charcoal gray/carbon fiber double cab_3/4 front view_The 2012 O.C.T.O  show_June 9, 2012

VW type II transporter  _ Red and white double cab_3/4 front view_The 2012 O.C.T.O  show_June 9, 2012

VW type II transporter  _ Red and white double cab_turbo motor detail_The 2012 O.C.T.O  show_June 9, 2012

VW type II transporter  _ Gray Panelvan_3/4 front view_The 2012 O.C.T.O  show_June 9, 2012

VW type II transporter  _ Gray Panelvan_3/4 rear view_The 2012 O.C.T.O  show_June 9, 2012

Interior view below, showing optional equipment code # M199 – Drivers seat swivel…

VW type II transporter  _Gray Panelvan_blue tinted interior _The 2012 O.C.T.O  show_June 9, 2012

VW type II transporter  _Gray Panelvan_3/4 side view_The 2012 O.C.T.O  show_June 9, 2012

VW type II transporter  _Dove blue single cab__3/4 front view_The 2012 O.C.T.O  show_June 9, 2012

VW type II transporter  _Dove blue single cab__steering wheel detail_The 2012 O.C.T.O  show_June 9, 2012

VW type II transporter  _Dove blue single cab__motor detail_The 2012 O.C.T.O  show_June 9, 2012

Type II transporter_Wolfsburg West,  Lite Gray Panelvan_The 2012 O.Ct.o Show_June 9, 2012

VW type II transporter  _turquoise OG paint finish_side view_The 2012 O.C.T.O  show_June 9, 2012

VW type II transporter  _Red & white safari windowed bus_side view_The 2012 O.C.T.O  show_June 9, 2012

VW type II transporter  _Two- toned gray Panelvan_3/4 front view_The 2012 O.C.T.O  show_June 9, 2012

VW type II transporter  _Two- toned gray Panelvan_rear view- motor, fuel tank, spare tire_The 2012 O.C.T.O  show_June 9, 2012

VW type II transporter  _Two- toned bus_lite mint green and black_3/4 front view & reflections_The 2012 O.C.T.O  show_June 9, 2012

VW type II transporter  _Two- toned bus_lite mint green and black_Side panel reflections_The 2012 O.C.T.O  show_June 9, 2012

VW type II transporter  _Two- toned bus_lite mint green and black_Door reflections_The 2012 O.C.T.O  show_June 9, 2012

VW type II transporter  _Two- toned bus_pale beige and black_3/4 front view_The 2012 O.C.T.O  show_June 9, 2012

VW type II transporter  _Dove Blue with yellow fog lights_ front view_The 2012 O.C.T.O  show_June 9, 2012

For a listing of upcoming VW shows and events near you, please check out the following website:  www.thesamba.com

(All photos by the author)