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Greg Mattesen's VW-views of "Time Machines 2010," Guilford, CT, 7/25/2010
(this page originated 9/6/2010)

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Our long-time old-VW friend Greg Mattesen has been a Time Machines antique auto show participant for many years, usually showing off one of his beautiful antique Volkswagens in the "VW-only" class. This year, being the recently-new owner of a kool 1954 Ford Pickup Truck, however, Greg decided to cruise down to the Guilford event with his Ford--though he still made sure to join the caravan of VW friends from the CT VW Association coming to the show in the morning, and also spent plenty of time checking out the VWs and socializing with VW friends (while his '54 Pickup was being shown over in the "Pickups & Commercial" class of the show).

Greg also brought his camera to the show, and did a wonderful job of photographing many vehicles at Time Machines 2010--including several great shots of the participating Volkswagens. Having gone around and taken a bunch of my own pictures of the VWs (mostly for "pure documentation" purposes), it was interesting to me to see how Greg chose to photograph the VWs that he photographed, and how he chose to compose the photos, especially, since he had a different mindset (not having been nearly as concerned as I was with making sure that I got good individual photos of each of the participating VWs).

Greg also made sure to do some shopping in the Time Machines 2010 flea market, and found a very cool old-VW-related item, which he also reported on--you'll have to get down to the bottom of this page to find out what it was, along with a few bits of background information we were able to find ou;about it, via some internet searching.

We thank Greg for permission to feature his wonderful photography!

For more information about Antique Volkswagen participation at Time Machines 2010, please visit our dedicated report page: Time Machines 2010 VW Review

Greg Mattesen's Time Machines 2010 Antique VW Image Gallery

BELOW: It's Greg's cool '54 Ford Pickup at the CT VW Association's meet-up spot just off of Route 17 in Durham, CT (parking lot of the "Time Out Tavern," I believe, which is at the intersection of Routes 17 and 77). We're digging those kool kustom Caddy hubcaps, Greg! That's Bill Silvestri's black South Glastonbury-based '63 Sunroof Bug next to Greg, and beyong Bill is Keith Teillor's '60 Sunroof Bug from Bristol.

Greg Mattesen image - Time Machines 2010

BELOW: A black & white issue--Mrs. Webmaster's 1954 VW Convertible and Jimmy Arcucci's Hamden-based '64 Sedan. In Greg's note accompanying this image, he wrote: "What a difference 10 years makes!"

Greg Mattesen image - Time Machines 2010

BELOW: My favorite Greg Mattesen photo from Time Machines 2010--this one I've cropped down & reduced a bit for display on this page, but you can view a nice big version by clicking directly on the photo (or HERE). In the foreground is Bill Silvestri's South Glastonbury-based '63 Bug, and next to it is Mac McDonald's red '72 Super Beetle from Simsbury. And an awesome summer sky overhead. What a fantastic photo!

Greg Mattesen image - Time Machines 2010

BELOW: Greg's notes for this photo: "Joe Nevins's '59 Sunroof and a nice '73 Standard that reminded me of my old one." The Nevins '59 comes from Chester, and the '73 is Jose Vazquez's from East Hartford. That's also Jim Mitchell's beige '70 from Trumbull beyond the Vazquez '73.

Greg Mattesen image - Time Machines 2010

BELOW: A very nice rear 3/4 view of Bill Silvestri's magnificent '63. Check out the tip-of-the-hat to the classic old VW print ads that is reflected by Bill's vanity EA registration plate: "LEMON."

Greg Mattesen image - Time Machines 2010

BELOW: Greg's notes for this photo: "This super-original, low mileage '71 Super Beetle owned by Charlie, a friendly guy that Bill and I got to meet early in the day. The car is a semi-automatic with 50-something thousand miles." This magnificent specimen '71 is owned by Charlie Harris of Quaker Hill, CT.

Greg Mattesen image - Time Machines 2010

BELOW: Greg's notes for this photo: "The tan convertible was very clean, with some modifications." This beautiful Hartford-based '70 Beetle Convertible was shown by Pedro Munoz, and features very sporty Porsche 914 "2-liter" alloy wheels.

Greg Mattesen image - Time Machines 2010

BELOW: Joe Nevins' '59 Sunroof--sporting an honest patina.

Greg Mattesen image - Time Machines 2010

BELOW: Greg's notes for this photo: "Allyn DeVars in his Ghia talking with Jeremy Clayton." Allyn drove his kool old school hot rod '67 Ghia all the way over from New London, CT--we love its character and style! Jeremy, with whom Allyn's chatting in this image, is President of the CT VW Association.

Greg Mattesen image - Time Machines 2010

BELOW: All right, here's the Time Machines 2010 "flea market find of the day," scored by Greg Mattesen! The photo by Greg was not taken at the show, but rather, a short afterwards.Here are Greg's notes that accompanied this photo: "The 'Slightly Fabulous Limeliters' album cover was too kitschy to resist. It's copyright 1961, so the oval wasn't that old, but if you look at the picture, the car looks beat. Must have been from all those wild and crazy times touring the country. I wonder what's in the case on the roof: perhaps a cello? I'm going to hang this up in my office area (at home)--it's the only place (my wife) will allow it, I'm sure!" Click directly on the image (or HERE) to bring up a larger, higher-resolution view of this super-cool album cover that Greg photographed for us! What struck me after studying this picture a bit was that the Limeliters, in addition to demonstrating their devotion to Volkswagens by posing with one on their album cover, also made another "signal" that they liked VWs--check out the shapes formed by their arms--yes, of course, it's the VW symbol! After some research, I found that you can get this album, in CD format, along with another Limeliters album, from Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/Two-Classic-Albums-Limeliters-Slightly/dp/B00000395T . This album was also rated 21st of all time, on an "Albums Covers With Cars" web site: http://rateyourmusic.com/list/cesardijkutrecht/album_covers_with_cars . Lastly, it appears the Limeliters are still kicking around today: http://www.limeliters.com/ - wonder if they're still into VWs??? Thanks again Greg for sharing this really cool Time Machines 2010-related VW tid-bid, along with all your other great photos!

Greg Mattesen image - Time Machines 2010


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