The Best Westy

1978 Volkswagen Westfalia

VAN: a 1978 Volkswagen “Westy”

FOUND: at the Heritage Festival, Mauch Chunk Lake Park in Jim Thorpe, PA

ON THE RADIO: Burning Spear, “I and I Survive”

WHAT THIS VAN TELLS THE WORLD: I’m vintage. And I look damn good parked next to your Corolla at the Bob Weir show.

Sherri chillin' in her Westy. Sherri owns Horizons head shop in Jim Thorpe, PA.

Sherri chillin' in her Westy. Sherri owns Horizons head shop in Jim Thorpe, PA.

My owner, Shelli, rescued me from a slow and certain death about 9 years ago. She restored me, inside and out, and now I’m a daily commuter AND a  go-to party-friend. When you’re at a party and you’re too drunk to not get pulled over, you can just crash in the back of me. That’s right, there’s a bed back there. A bed you can sleep on. But that’s not all, when you wake up in the morning, all sorts of hungover, just sit up and you’re at the stove, where you can cook a slab of bacon and French press some coffee. All this, in the footprint of a standard van.

It’s almost like I was designed and built in a nation of efficient, hardworking beer drinkers.

Jim Thorpe, Pennsylvania. Jim Thorpe, as it turns out, was the greatest athlete of all time.

Jim Thorpe, Pennsylvania. Jim Thorpe, as it turns out, was the greatest athlete of all time.

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