Classic Air-Cooled Volkswagen’s are some of the most identifiable vehicles on the road – any road.  Whether you happen to… be celebrating Oktoberfest in Germany, visiting another European country or find yourself anywhere in the world – especially right here in Southern California.

As part of Ontario Volkswagen’s Second Annual Oktoberfest Car Show, two ‘Best of Show’ awards were given out… because you can’t give just one.  You have Air-Cooled and you have Water-Cooled – the division among V-Dub Lovers.

Even though it’s a fun-loving division amongst Volkswagen fans the division is there nonetheless.  There are even Volkswagen car clubs dedicated to one or the other.  In this iDriveSoCal Podcast, I’m joined by the leader of one of the Air-Cooled Clubs, who also happened to take home some Best of Show hardware, from Ontario VW,  himself.

Front facing and rear facing pictures of a classic blue and white Volkswagen Deluxe Window Bus as part of the iDriveSoCal Podcast 144 banner for Oktoberfest 2018, Old Skool Car Club | Ontario VW

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Recording date – October 28, 2018, in Ontario, CA

Air-Cooled @ Ontario VW’s Oktoberfest 2018

Danny Aceves: I have a 1965 Volkswagen 13 Window Deluxe. Just going crazy on it trying to do as much as possible. Have as much fun as I can in that thing.

One of the first things when I got that bus, I said, “I can’t have the school-bus-look-thing here. I got to… ” Me and my son got together, we put our heads together, we did that.

Tom Smith: Ontario Volkswagen Second Annual Oktoberfest. Were you here last year?

Danny Aceves wearing a black Old Skool Car Club t-shirt holding the Best of Show Award during Oktoberfest Car Show at Ontario Volkswagen

Danny Aceves: No, I wasn’t. I just heard about it this year, and I said, “Oh man, we got to do this.”

Tom Smith: Hi, and I can hear you, smile. Welcome to iDriveSoCal the Podcast, all about mobility from the automotive capital of the United States, Southern California. Tom Smith here, and we are out at Ontario Volkswagen in the Los Angeles suburb of Ontario, California.

Outside the dealership, quite literally, during the Second Annual Ontario Volkswagen Oktoberfest. Joining me is one of the, not only participants of Oktoberfest Auto Show but also a leader of a car club that was out here in force. Danny, can you please pronounce your last name for me?

Danny Aceves of Old Skool Car Club is interviewed by Tom Smith of iDriveSoCal during Oktoberfest Auto Show at Ontario Volkswagen

Danny Aceves: Aceves.

Tom Smith: Aceves. Danny Aceves of the Old Skool Auto Club. Thank you for joining me, and also, Danny, congratulations on your win today.

Danny Aceves: Thank you very much.

Tom Smith: By the way, I did not know that you were going to win, although I did select you guys, you and your colleague. What’s his name?

Danny Aceves:  Rafael.

Line-up of three beautiful classic Volkswagen's - a blue and white Bus, a red Bug with surf board and cooler on it's roof rack and a light blue Bug

Tom Smith: Rafael. Because of your very nice vehicles, very well maintained. Literally, they’re old school, right?

Danny Aceves: Right.

The Volkswagen Divide

Tom Smith: iDriveSoCal is all about automotive news and the future of mobility and whatnot, and as you can hear some of the tuner Volkswagen’s are pulling away. One of the things that I’ve realized diving into the world of Volkswagen, is that there is a divide in that air-cooled and water-cooled.

Danny Aceves: Yes.

Tom Smith: I’m assuming that the Old Skool moniker of your car club is indicative of the air-cool.

Front-driver-side view of a classic, cherry red, VW Bug and a classic white & blue VW Window Bus in the background parked @ Ontario Volkswagen during Oktoberfest Car Show

Danny Aceves: Strictly air-cool.

Tom Smith: Strictly air-cool. If I have a water-cool Volkswagen, you guys don’t want to see me.

Danny Aceves: No. No, you’re welcome. You’re welcome.

Tom Smith: I’m kidding. I’m kidding. Thank you. Tell me about the Old Skool Club.

Front facing classic custom red VW Bug parked at Ontario Volkswagen during Oktoberfest

Danny Aceves: Yeah, we were put together early 2015. I was in a club before, and I always wanted to do my own thing, so broke off, started my own club, got a couple friends together, and we slowly grew from there.

Tom Smith: Okay. You literally … I didn’t realize, you’re the founder of the club?

Danny Aceves: Yes.

Tom Smith: Okay. How organized are you guys? Do you have dues, do you have weekly meetings, annual meetings, monthly meetings, anything like that? Or is it just we get together when we get together?

Danny Aceves: No. We have Monthly Cruise Nights, where we all get together and other clubs come out and join us, and we just hang out. That’s monthly, and we don’t have any dues. I don’t really care for the money thing, but just a bunch of guys having fun.

Front facing classic custom light blue VW Bug parked at Ontario Volkswagen during Oktoberfest

Tom Smith: Right. Sure. Sure. Okay. Now, I mentioned that you won an award, obviously, it was for the air-cooled, but I already took a bunch of pictures of your van.

Danny Aceves: Awesome.

Air-Cooled Best of Show

Tom Smith: Tell me about your winning vehicle. Is that your only Volkswagen, by the way?

Danny Aceves: That is my only Volkswagen…

Driver's-side-front view of a beautiful blue and white custom classic Volkswagen Window Bus parked at Ontario Volkswagen's 2018 Oktoberfest Car Show

Tom Smith: Okay. Tell me about your vehicle.

Danny Aceves: I have a 1965 Volkswagen 13 Window Deluxe. Purchased that roughly five years ago, and just going crazy on it trying to do as much as possible. Have as much fun as I can in that thing.

Old Skool Car Club Founder stands beside his white and blue custom classic VW Window

Tom Smith: It is a beautiful ride, it is very well done. The interior passenger area looks like a stretch limousine-kind-of-thing. More so than the … What was in there before? Benches?

Gray on light gray custom interior of a VW Classic Window Van parked at Oktoberfest Car Show

Danny Aceves: Yes, there was two bench seats there, and that was one of the first things when I got that bus, I said, “I can’t have the school-bus-look-thing here. I got to … ” Me and my son got together, we put our heads together, we did that. We framed it all in and then took it down and had it all upholstered, but, yeah, I just couldn’t do the bus, school-bus-type-thing.

Custom interior of a classic VW Bus

Tom Smith: That’s one of the things that with cars and the car hobby, as Barry McGuire would say. You know Barry McGuire, who I’m talking about?

Danny Aceves: No, I don’t, actually.

Ball cap with Old Skool embroidered sitting on a custom classic Volkswagen Window Vab

Tom Smith: McGuire car crazy TV show used to be on whatever … McGuire’s Car Care Products.

Danny Aceves: Okay.

Front facing white and blue classic custom VW Window Bus

Tom Smith: He’s real big on the “car hobby,” but how it just brings everybody together, there’s no gender, there’s no … There’s a religion, the religion is like oil and gas, right? I guess the religion could even be electricity now, right?

Rear-facing white on blue, classic, custom, Volkswagen Bus with Old Skool Obsessionz lettering in window

Danny Aceves: Yes, you’re right. You’re right.

A Family Affair

Tom Smith: If it’s got wheels and you can control it, steer it or whatnot, there you go, but you mentioned your son. Obviously, it’s something that you and your son have worked on, I’m assuming some pretty special times that you’ve…

Danny Aceves: Yes. Yes. That was some great bonding times right there. There was some rough times if my son wasn’t moving fast enough, of course. I’d like to hear what he’d have to say about it, but okay. Well, hey.

Front facing classic custom red VW Bug parked at Ontario Volkswagen during Oktoberfest

Tom Smith: Nevertheless, it created the opportunity. Glad to hear that. Your club, if somebody wants to participate or somebody wants to join in, are you guys open to that kind of thing?

Danny Aceves: Yes. Yes. Anybody that approaches us to actually show an interest to possibly join the club, I tell them, “You know what, come to a couple Cruise Nights, come to a couple of our functions, make sure this is something you would like to do.”

We’re real family-oriented. I’ve always said this club is more than just a car club, it’s a family. If this is something you like, and you like what you see hanging out with us, welcome aboard.

Tom Smith: Keep coming.

Danny Aceves: Yes.

Tom Smith: What does a Cruise Night look like? Where does it happen?

Danny Aceves: It’s in Covina, California at In and Out Burger, Arrow Highway and Grand, if you’re familiar with that area.

Passenger-side-rear view of a custom classic red VW Beetle @ Ontario Volkswagen's Oktoberfest

Tom Smith: Okay. I’m sure if anybody out there listening is … Easy enough to Google, right?

Danny Aceves: Yes.

Tom Smith: I personally don’t exactly know. Southern California’s a really big place. You could be here your entire life and not know the specifics of various pockets. What about online?

All Air-Cooled VW Lovers Welcomed!

Do you guys have Facebook, do you have Instagram, a website, what if somebody wants to look you up?

Danny Aceves: Yes. Yes. We are Facebook and Instagram, as well.

Tom Smith: Okay.

Danny Aceves: Yes.

Tom Smith: What’s the name or how do you find it?

Danny Aceves: Actually, on Facebook, it’s Old Skool Obsessionz. You can go on there and look on that, and Facebook, the same thing.

Front facing classic custom light blue VW Bug parked at Ontario Volkswagen during Oktoberfest

Tom Smith: Okay.

Danny Aceves: Same thing on Facebook.

Tom Smith: How do you spell that? I think it’s a funky spelling.

Danny Aceves: Yes. The Obsessions is O-B-S-E-S-S-I-O-N-Z, it ends with a Z.

Tom Smith: And Old Skool is O-L-D-S-K-O-O-L.

Danny Aceves: Yes, sir.

Tom Smith: Then Obsessionz again is …?

Danny Aceves: O-B-S-E-S-S-I-O-N-Z, end it with a Z.

Tom Smith: Okay. It’s both Facebook and Instagram?

Danny Aceves: Yes, sir.

Tom Smith: Okay. Excellent. Your Cruise Night’s are typically what nights of the week?

Danny Aceves: Typically, it’s the first Saturday of the month, six pm.

Tom Smith: First Saturday of the month, six pm. You can just show up?

Danny Aceves: Yep.

Tom Smith: Show up at the In and Out … Where is it again?

Danny Aceves: I believe it’s Covina. It’s in Covina, California, I believe it’s 1371 Grand Avenue. I believe that’s the address.

Tom Smith: The cross street again?

Danny Aceves: It’s Arrow Highway and Grand.

Tom Smith: All right. That’s good.

Red and black lettering

Danny Aceves: Okay.

Tom Smith: That’s good enough.

Danny Aceves: All right.

Tom Smith: How many strong are you right now?

Danny Aceves: Right now we’re about 15 strong, but… I’m sorry. We are 15 strong, and we have about 20 cars. We have a few members that have a couple of cars.

Tom Smith: Okay.

Danny Aceves: A couple Volkswagen’s.

Associate Volkswagen Fan Clubs

Tom Smith: People show up there and you hang out or do you do cruise? Do you actually go for a cruise somewhere and go and grab dinner or what is it … What does the night look like?

Danny Aceves: No. Everyone just comes together, we’ll eat some In and Out, everyone just gathers, hanging out, just talking to different members from different clubs, and just enjoying the evening.

Tom Smith: All right. Excellent. Any of the other clubs names you want to drop in this podcast and then you can share it with them if you so choose?

Danny Aceves:  Rollin VW’s, great guys, man.

Tom Smith: Rolling VW?

Danny Aceves: Yeah, Johnny out there is a great dude.

Tom Smith: All right. How do you spell Rolling VW?

Danny Aceves at iDriveSoCal microphone being interviewed during Oktoberfest Car Show at Ontario VW

Danny Aceves: R-O-L-L-I-N.

Tom Smith: Rollin VW, okay.

Danny Aceves: V-dubs. Rollin V-dubs.

Tom Smith: Okay. Got it. Got it.

Danny Aceves: The Oil Drippers, Diego, another great guy out there. He’s the president of that club. Great guys. There’s several, those are the first two that just popped in the top of my head.

Tom Smith: Nevertheless.

Danny Aceves: Yes. Great guys, man. Great.

Tom Smith: All right. All right. We got Old Skool, which is going to be air-cooled. You got Rollin V-dubs, are they specific to…

Danny Aceves: Air-cooled, as well.

Tom Smith: Air-cooled, as well. Then Oil Drippers.

Danny Aceves: Yes.

Tom Smith: Are they air-cooled, water …

Danny Aceves: All air-cooled.

Tom Smith: Okay. Hey, you guys are all air-cooled.

Danny Aceves: All air-cooled, yes.

Tom Smith: All right. All right. Not that you dislike water-cool.

Danny Aceves: No, no, no. Not at all. Not at all.

It’s All V-Dub Love

Tom Smith: I’m just kidding you. All right. Hey, Danny, your last name for me again, please?

Danny Aceves: Aceves.

Tom Smith: Danny Aceves.

Danny Aceves: Uh-huh.

Tom Smith: Thank you so much for joining me. Thank you for coming out to the Ontario Volkswagen Second Annual Oktoberfest. Were you here last year?

Danny Aceves: No, I wasn’t. I just heard about it this year, and I said, “Oh man, we got to do this.”

Tom Smith: Excellent. We’re glad you came out.

Danny Aceves: Perfect.

Tom Smith: Ontario Volkswagen’s a great partner of iDriveSoCal, we appreciate these guys out here.

Mr. Earl Reed, the General Manager, Randy Halcomb, the Internet Guru, Shant Bashian, who is the General Sales Manager, Jim Straley, the Service Director, Jimmy Willhide, the Service Advisor, who helped point this entire shindig and we look forward to future Oktoberfests, as well.

Danny Aceves: Yes, sir. Me, too. I had a great time.

iDriveSoCal's Tom Smith interview's Danny Aceves of Old Skool Car Club during Oktoberfest Auto Show at Ontario Volkswagen

Tom Smith: All right. Danny, thanks, again, much appreciated. Thank you for joining me for the iDriveSoCal Podcast. Anything else you’d like to add before we wrap it up?

Danny Aceves: No. That’s it.

Tom Smith: All right.

Danny Aceves: That’ll do it.

Tom Smith: Awesome. Danny, thank you, again.

Danny Aceves: Awesome. Thank you very much.

Tom Smith: For iDriveSoCal, I’m Tom Smith. Thank you, as always, for tuning in.