VW Bus Plays Role In Civil Rights Movement

The iconic VW Bus always seemed to be involved in doing good (See Below). I try to continue that tradition by donating or discounting my services when I can afford it. So book us for an event and help us “keep doing good”.

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From: https://www.historicvehicle.org/2019-cars-at-the-capital/

DATES & EXHIBITS: The 5th annual Cars at the Capital - September 12-27, 2019 in Washington, D.C.

LOCATION & DETAILS: The National Mall - The exhibit is located between the National Gallery of Art and the National Air & Space Museum



Esau and Janie B. Jenkins were pioneers before and during the civil rights movement. As business owners, community organizers, and founders of organizations and institutions, together they dedicated their lives to providing opportunities, and hope, to the people of Johns Island, SC and beyond.

In the 1940’s, using money from farming and selling produce, they would purchase buses to transport children to school and workers to jobs in Charleston, SC. During the bus rides, Esau and Janie B. would teach their adult passengers the information needed to pass the literacy exam so they could become registered voters. Along with others, they were responsible for The Progressive Club, a co-op started in 1948 that housed a grocery store, gas station, day care, and classroom space. Leaders including Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., and others, participated in workshops there.

The 1966 VW Deluxe Station Wagon they drove was an icon throughout their community and throughout the South. On the back panel of the car was painted the infamous saying of Mr. Esau: “Love is Progress, Hate is Expensive.” In 2014 the family donated the back hatch, along with the engine cover, to the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture where it remains on permanent exhibit.

“The automobile has left an indelible mark in our culture and we believe America’s automotive heritage should never be lost nor forgotten,” said Diane Parker, Vice President of the Historic Vehicle Association. “To support that belief, our mission is to share America’s automotive heritage and to tell the human-interest stories behind the horsepower, share their cultural impact, and to ensure their histories are captured in perpetuity.”

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The Kentucky Derby only has 19 horses running. That ain’t nothin!

My photobooth bus, Spicoli, has 54 horses running. It will blow them away. It’s supposed to rain tomorrow but don’t worry, Spicoli loves the slop. It's in his bloodlines. His father was a mudda', his mother was a mudda'.

So place your bet on Spicoli to be a winner at your next event.

Fun Facts for Gearheads, History Buffs & The Inquisitive:

  • Volkswagen 1500 engine (Single Port)

  • Production: 1961–1971

  • Displacement: 1,493 cc (91.1 cu in)

  • Power (Or lack of): 1500S: 40 kW (54 horsepower)

Type 2 T1:
The Volkswagen Type 2 T1 was the first generation of the split window bus. It is commonly known as the "Splittie." Production began in March, 1950 & lasted until 1967. 

  • Imported to U.S.: 29,049 (1967)

  • Price Range New in “67”: $2,300 - $2,700

  • Electrical system changed to 12 volts

  • 10.6 Gal. gas tank/28 MPG. ($0.28/gal.in 1967)

  • 14’ long, 5’-7” wide & 80” high.

  • Weight; 2,282 lbs. (Before camper conversion)

  • Payload; 1,830 lbs.

Body style: Started as panel vans. 1967 was the last year of production for this iconic design and replaced with an uninspiring bay window design.

Life in the right lane.

Life in the right lane.

What's cooler than cool?

The Volkswagen Bus’ long, strange trip from hippie van to hot collectible


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The ultimate wedding accessory - Bob's Photobooth Bus

The ultimate wedding accessory - Bob's Photobooth Bus

Thank you so much. Your bus was the perfect added touch to the space. It definitely brought the cool factor. Going through all the filmstrips is one of the highlights of our wedding.