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Your chance for adventure!

Do you enjoy the Northwest's outdoors? Do you admire the engineering simplicity of those older VW buses, or the refinements of the later Vanagons and Eurovans? Or perhaps you are aware of the extraordinary design qualities of Westfalias or the versatility of Syncros...Then this is the right group for you!

Our "members" (read that in an unofficial/non-bureaucratic/no-fee way) have a wide variety of backgrounds (an interesting mix, really) but we all share a common interest in VW buses, traveling, camping and exploring the beautiful Northwest landscapes.We meet informally throughout the year, usually for weekend trips, much more frequently during the summer months, in a very family compatible environment. As an added bonus, I am pleased to say we have some excellent cooks among our forces, which makes each outing even more rewarding...The campgrounds chosen are sometimes in very well known and conveniently located places, other times remote and primitive. It is a great way to fully know your region, and meet some of the Northwest's best people.

We also meet in cyberspace, through a "list-serv" program, which forwards e-mail from any one person on the "list" to all others. The WetWesties is a product of the Vanagonand Type 2 mailing lists.

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From Boise to the Pacific coast, and from Ashland to B.C., this is ...The WetWesties!

Members' Forum:

Member count as of 7-6-99: 186

Great looking WetWesties stickers-$1 a piece-contactJack Maynardto get yours.Take a look at a one.

T-shirts: These are excellent quality, white, with the WetWesties' logo in the back, similar to the one on top of this page.$17 each, includes S&H. Contact Jim Arnott to order.

Calendar of events:

 1997 See our first year events' photos, locations, comments, maps, etc.

 1998 See last year's calendar.

May 1st/2nd Brooks Memorial State Park
Goldendale, WA
Got some snow during the night. 
June 25th-27th Ocean City State Park, WA.
Click here for park information
Largest WetWesties gathering so far! 
Photos More photos
August 13th-15th Deschutes River State Park, OR.
Click here for park information
Coordinated and hosted by the Arnotts
Sept. 10th-12th Catherine Creek State Park, Union OR 3rd WetWesties/Bus Pilots reunion
Come and experience our longest tradition!
As always, hosted by the Arnotts  (who happen to live next door...)

Go to calendar of Northwest's VW-related events

Four Generations of Westfalias

Take a look at some of the WetWesties members and their vehicles: (and send me your own pictures)

Emeri Hansen's '64 bus Pic 1Pic 2

Jack Maynard's 1965 Kombi "Eugene the Green". Pic 1

Jim Arnott's 1977 Riviera Campwagen "Bleu" Pic 1 Pic 2

Phil & Pattie Carlson's Vanagon Westie Pic 1 Pic 2

Charles "Luke" Lukey's (right) and Crandalls' (left) buses at the beach. (As seen in the 1996 NEATO/Bulli Kartei/SSVC calendar). Pic 1

My buses

The Frampton's wonderful sequence of Volkswagens throughout the years. Pic 1

Harald and Nancy's impeccable '90 Westie. Pics 1 (with H&N) and 2 (with Fafner)

Pete and Sally's well-traveled '87 Westie.

Ty's split window Westfalia

Kim's'78 Westie

The Ostrom's '87 Westie. This one takes a while to download, but it is a great looking photo.

Curt Long's  1987 Westfalia Syncro and '71 Riviera , sleeping  under a bridge

Brad Thompson's '72 Riviera "Wonderbus"

Craig Stanley's '81 Westfalia

Pat and Debra Steppic's '71 Riviera

Some outstanding links:


The Type 2 Webpage A comprehensive view of pre 1979 buses. Events, chat, classifieds, etc. Ron Lussier's superb site. Photos, stories, links, accessories, tips, etc.


Volkswagens of Western Oregon (VWofWO) Local events, swaps, and more.

The Westfalia Owners Web Site A must for any Westie owner...

Northwest's Volkswagen Clubs OR., WA., ID. & Canada.


CampNet America The original source for camping information on the WWW.

Check out Tom Stienstra's " The Complete Guide. Pacific Northwest Camping " Featuring more than 45,000 campsites in WA. & OR. The perfect travel companion for any WetWestian.


Some Warholian bus art

1990 Vanagon add Not Astro, not Caravan, not Aerostar...

Roll Your Own As seen in the 1980 Whole Earth Catalog

Volkswagen AG's "birth certificate" of my two buses.

Why you should never park your bus close to a big tree...

Towing truck? We don't need no stinkin' towing truck!

Pics of an LT-31with german license plates, as seen traveling through the Oregon coast in June 1998.

Barbara and I drove Fafner to our first wedding anniversary celebration in this fire lookout in eastern Oregon

Photos of the T5 prototype, expected to be available by 2000. Pic 1Pic 2

The only country in the world where the Vanagon is still produced (and with great success): Some brochure photos , crash test More to come! Coming soon; my own photos of some pretty good looking South African Transporters (details, interior, accessories, engine, etc.)

You can contact me (Cris Torlasco) at:

Drawing of the four generations of Westfalias courtesy of VW-Bus-Club Koblenz, Germany.

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WetWesties is not affiliated with Volkswagen of America, Volkswagen AG or Westfalia AG. The VW logo is trademark of Volkswagen.

This page last updated on July 7th, 1999

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