kelly park spring meet vintage vw car show

Fuel Curve’s Top 10 Stories of the Year #1

Editor’s Note: This is it friends – our favorite story of the year even though our production year was just seven months. Since we launched the site in May we have published over 400 stories bringing you a healthy dose of the lifestyle and performance machines of hot rodding. Thanks for following along and we hope you have a Fueled New Year!

Full Story @ Sunday in the Park, Vintage VW Style

kelly park spring meet vintage vw car show

John: I liked everything about this story. Going there to Kelley Park for the first time I didn’t know what to expect. I had heard about it for years and got prepped by reading all the stuff I could find online. When I got there at 7:45am it was a mad sea of bugs and bug fanatics. This was a very serious meet – a decade’s old happening serving as a sign of Spring. Not only scenic, it was refreshing to see the passion for vintage VW’s still burning so bright. From the bugs to the buses, I dug everything about this show promoted by the Vintage Volkswagen Club of America – Golden Gate Chapter. Some of the ladies I met at their club booth had been there over 30 years!

CJ: Being a resident of Willow Glen in the San Jose area, Kelley Park is an institution of sorts. I had been many years ago but had forgotten how insane it was. There were close to 1,000 vintage V-dubs. There was the bittersweet last-ever pre-party at Bugformance (the store closed shortly after this event), but Sunday was incredible from the cars to the family vibe. Teamed with John, we walked every square inch of the historic Kelley Park to make sure we captured the entire scene. Being a fan of VW buses, I was blown away at the turnout of them as well as the quality of them. Once that particularly caught my eye was the Samba of Terry Pettigrew. I liked it so much, we did a full feature on it a month or so after the event. Also, we set the template here of how we wanted to cover events for Fuel Curve. For these reasons, it’s still my favorite story we have done to date.

Fuel Curve Top 10 of 2017

#10 – Two Decades of Vintage Drag Racing – A Retrospective
#9 – Lowrider Lifestyle
#8 – Canepa – Bred for Speed in Scotts Valley
#7 – DSE’s Third Gen Camaro – A Furious Track Ready F-Body
#6 – David Carroll’s 1973 Chevrolet Vega, Building the Underdog
#5 – An afternoon with “Uncle Roy” at Brizio Street Rods
#4 – Ringbrothers Build a Javelin for Prestone
#3 – Hot Rods from Hell! Crazy Coupes Take Over Nashville
#2 – Hot Rod Hill Climb 2017 – A Hopped Up Happenin’!

Senior Editor, Digital Media

With three decades of automotive journalism under his belt, John Drummond serves as Senior Editor – Digital Media for Fuel Curve and Goodguys Rod & Custom Association where he has worked since 1990. Drummond got his start in motorsports reporting by making a fake press pass to gain starting line access. The ruse worked and he began covering auto races as far back as 1986 in Northern California, eventually getting his stories published worldwide. He has owned and driven everything from a 1957 Plymouth Belvedere to a ridiculously modded Subaru WRX as well as a string of Mercedes AMG’s, most of which had the warranties voided the day after leaving the dealership.

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