Woodstock

Woodstock 50th Anniversary Music Festival Cancelled! Say it isn’t so…

SO! - BUT NOT in Chicagoland! We have your Woodstock party bus ready to go.

Can you spot the VW Bus that was not at Woodstock?

Can you spot the VW Bus that was not at Woodstock?

See below story from Rolling Stone. So…you don’t have to cancel your own Woodstock 50th Anniversary Celebration since “Spicoli” our iconic 1967 VW Bus is available for use as a photo booth at your Woodstock party or any other party. Call to book us now as dates are filling up fast.

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Woodstock 50 – scheduled to coincide with the 50th anniversary of the legendary music festival – has been canceled.

Although the all-star lineup – featuring Jay-Z, Miley Cyrus, Dead & Company, the Raconteurs and dozens more, including acts from the original Woodstock fest were booked to play the Watkins Glen, New York festival on August 16th through 18th, exactly 50 years after the original festival the investors have now back out of the festival. There is ensuing controversy between the promoters and investors as the promoter continue to try and resurrect the event and deny it being cancelled.

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What better year to rent our VW Bus than during the 50th Anniversary of Woodstock

Check out this cool project being done for the 50th Anniversary of Woodstock. If they tour through Chicago on the way to Woodstock, we just might join them! Note: I do not believe that my 1967 VW Bus was at Woodstock but you never know.

All info is taken from: https://www.woodstockvwbus.com

The Bus

The Official Vehicle of Peace, Love, and Understanding

The original

The original

The Restoration Bus

The Restoration Bus

By the time the 1960's counter-culture movement reached its peak the Volkswagen Type II, or microbus, had been around for nearly  20 years. The simple cheap bus was the perfect vehicle for bands, hippies on the road, communes and intentional communities, to transport the belongings of their simplified lives, and the message of their philosophy - peace, love, and understanding.

With an air cooled engine of less than 100 horsepower, box-like design, and flexible open interior, no vehicle could have been more different than the high horsepower muscle cars of the era.

Dr. Bob Hieronimus was commissioned to paint the Woodstock Light Bus for his friends in the great Baltimore-based rockband Light. In the summer of 1969 Dr. Bob designed and painted the bus by a lake outside Baltimore. Its first great journey turned out to be one of America's greatest journeys - to the music festival known  today around the world simply as Woodstock.

The VW bus became a classic design icon, rich in romantic associations, symbolizing fun, freedom and adventure. At Woodstock the Light Bus captured the spirit of the event and the whole counter-culture movement.  Parked in poll position near the main stage the Light Bus was photographed by Associated Press, Rolling Stone and Life magazines. 

The symbol covered bus became the symbol of an event that in turn became the symbol of an era. Music, art, cinema, radio, social action, technological change, and new experiences combined to point to an open road headed in a new direction that could be summed up in one word - Peace. 

In the decades since then the promise of peace has waxed and waned. The innocent hopefulness of the counter-culture has evolved into movements, more new ideas, and ideology. There have been backsteps and great leaps forward. But through it all the Volkswagen Type II Bus has continued to be the official vehicle of Peace. Tens of thousands of them, filled with the spirit of Woodstock wander the open roads of the world, kept running by young mechanics and new generations of people filled with hope for a better future.

Getting to Woodstock

Bob Grimm remembered arriving in the “Light” bus with Light’s drummer, Rick Peters, singer, Trudy Morgal, and his girlfriend at the time, Lynn. They got there the day before the first performances only to discover that cars were already being turned away. When a policeman told them they had to get out and walk, Grimm thought fast and said, “We’re taking this bus to the art exhibit.” 

They were allowed to drive through. But in reality there was no art exhibit. As the rain and mud increased over the next three days, the bus would prove an invaluable shelter to them, and many other passersby. Several famous musicians were said to have huddled inside for a few minutes. Grimm and friends parked the bus up the tree-lined dirt road, near the portable toilets on the hill to the left of the stage (“stage right”). The first day offered them a great view of the stage from the front window of the VW. Later they took to sitting on its roof, which is where Trudy and Ricky were sitting when the Associated Press photographer captured their famous image.