Claire's Travelling Volkswagen

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Re: Claire's Travelling Volkswagen

Postby mars » Sun May 22, 2011 11:57 am

Image Ugh!!! I really need to keep an eye on Claire's Volkswagen. I will be posting pictures soon.


I have been informed that the "Travelling Volkswagen" has arrived at its newest destination.
Without further ado, a US soldier in Afghanistan has the VW Bug!!! Image

He is Jay Comparoni's son (Bryan Comparoni) and he is stationed in the Logar province, Khewar district of Afghanistan. When we met up with Jay and his wife Christine at the Nationals Convention, they told us that Bryan was in Afghanistan and we gave them the green light to send it to him.
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Re: Claire's Travelling Volkswagen

Postby mars » Tue Jul 05, 2011 1:02 am

Here are the photos of Claire's Volkswagen in Spanaway, Washington.

Bryan is a huge Corvette collector.
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The "Travelling Volkswagen" got to visit with some relatives.
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It even got to meet a long, lost relative, as well.
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Re: Claire's Travelling Volkswagen

Postby mars » Tue Jul 05, 2011 1:06 am

Photos of Claire's Volkswagen from Kherwar, Afghanistan.
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Re: Claire's Travelling Volkswagen

Postby Mabroyles » Tue Jul 05, 2011 5:38 am

I think its sage to say that's the only vw packing that kinda heat. Lol. Those are awesome pics.

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Re: Claire's Travelling Volkswagen

Postby PVDizbon » Tue Jul 05, 2011 10:41 am

:shock: WOW Thanks for the update Mark ! Where does it head to now ?
(o\_!_/o) Just 732,687 to go !
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Re: Claire's Travelling Volkswagen

Postby Brookside Bomber » Tue Jul 12, 2011 6:10 pm

MARK,
THIS PICS ARE AWESOME! I hope you are keeping them safe for future printing. This project will likely be attracting world wide attention soon! Keep up the great work!
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Re: Claire's Travelling Volkswagen

Postby mars » Wed Jul 13, 2011 8:21 am

I have learned that Claire's Volkswagen is heading towards its next destination.
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Re: Claire's Travelling Volkswagen

Postby Pontiecast » Sat Jul 16, 2011 5:39 pm

This still amazes me! I am so honored to be a part of it! GREAT PICS!!!
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Re: Claire's Travelling Volkswagen

Postby mars » Tue Jul 19, 2011 3:50 pm

Claire's Volkswagen has arrived in Pasadena, California. Afterwards, it will come home and visit us for a few weeks.

So far, the VW Bug has travelled 66,578.19 miles.
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Re: Claire's Travelling Volkswagen

Postby Mabroyles » Tue Jul 19, 2011 6:23 pm

Hey has it been to ocean city, md. I have some pretty kool pic ideas if you wanna send it out this way.

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Re: Claire's Travelling Volkswagen

Postby mars » Sat Aug 13, 2011 6:18 am

Matt, I do not have any Hot Wheels collector from Maryland. I need your address and e-mail address. Also, do you Facebook?
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Re: Claire's Travelling Volkswagen

Postby mars » Sat Aug 13, 2011 6:54 am

Yesterday, Claire received her VW Bug and she was very happy to see her little friend return home. The collector who had the VW Bug was Jim Garcia (HWC CorvetteJim89). He and his wife had a blast with Claire's Volkswagen.

Here are pictures of its stay in Pasadena, CA.
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Celebrating the Fourth of July! This photo was taken at the Rose Bowl and is the largest fireworks display on the West Coast.
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Jim's granddaughter, Shelby.
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Claire's Volkswagen had the chance of a lifetime, to go to Mattel.
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Some sights in California.

"Friday Night Ruby's Cruise" at Ruby's Diner. They got a lot of attention!
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LAX airport
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Highway 1
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The Pasadena Freeway Tunnel.
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The Capital Records Tower.
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The Hollywood sign.
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Too cool!
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Claire's blimp!
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The "Travelling Volkswagen" is going to stay home for a few weeks. We are going to take it to "Joe's Cruise-In", VolksFest, and Claire's first day at school as a kindergartner.
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Re: Claire's Travelling Volkswagen

Postby mars » Tue Sep 06, 2011 3:50 pm

In a few days, I will be posting pics. A lot of pics!
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Re: Claire's Travelling Volkswagen

Postby PVDizbon » Tue Sep 06, 2011 4:23 pm

Can't wait !
(o\_!_/o) Just 732,687 to go !
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Re: Claire's Travelling Volkswagen

Postby mars » Mon Sep 12, 2011 8:37 pm

The time we had with Claire's Volkswagen was a fun one.

VolksFest 2011.
Malcolm Lancy's 2004 VW Mexican Beetle.
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Jerry (1999 "Hot Wheels" Beetle) and Kathy (2000 "Baseball" Beetle) O'Hara's Volkswagens.
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I had the opportunity to photograph the VW Bug with the Rhodes' house built by Extreme Makeover: Home Edition. Their house will be a Christmas Special and I look forward to watching that episode.
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Some Wholly Joe's moments.
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Some of the staff and in the middle are Ashley and Jackie (Joe's daughter).
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We met Claire's teacher (Miss Servick) a few days before the first day of school.
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Claire's first day as a kindergartner. Kim and I are very proud of her.
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More pictures on the way.
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Re: Claire's Travelling Volkswagen

Postby mars » Wed Sep 14, 2011 4:45 pm

When Rod and I went to Michigan, I took many photos of the "Travelling Volkswagen". Click on pictures to enlarge.

In Durand, MI.
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The Grand Depot in Durand.
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At the Grand Depot, we stopped inside to see the Durand Union Station Model Railroad Engineers, Inc. They have a most impressive railroad layout.
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In Owosso, there was a DJ who normally went on the roof to raise money for kids with cancer. On that day it was 100 and he stayed on ground level (actually, it was a flat bed truck).
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Also, in Owosso we went and saw the original 'Polar Express'. It much larger than I could have imagined. During this time, it was being taken apart for its (every 15 year) inspection.
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Still, more photos to arrive.
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Re: Claire's Travelling Volkswagen

Postby 1hotrod » Wed Sep 14, 2011 11:31 pm

Pictures came out great Mark!
Here's a little back story.
In Durand, the model railroad is a depiction of what the area around the depot looked like in the day when the steam engines ran. You can't see it in the pics but there is a model of the depot to the right of the farmers field. This whole town was built around the railroad. Our high school team is called the Railroaders. My grandfather worked for Grand Trunk Railroad, in a little wooden switch house right in front of the depot. It was moved to the backside years ago when it came into disrepair. The depot has tracks on all sides of it and grandpa had to go out and turn the switches so the trains could go on the right tracks. I remember visiting him in the little switch shack when I was little. Now the tracks are all computer controlled from another city.
If you musical guys remember the group Grand Funk Railroad, they're name was taken from the railroad company. They were started in a town nearby. I believe it was Flushing, Michigan, possibly Flint.
In Owosso, the Polar Express train is housed at the Steam Railroading Institute. It is a group of volunteers that keep the engine and cars up and running. I believe they have at least 2 more smaller steam engines they keep as well. They also buy and restore old railroad cars. They have a couple of train tours that they run each year using the old cars. If they can't use the 1225 they pull the tours with diesels.
For those that don't know the Polar Express story, here is the background.
The author of the book grew up on the west side of Michigan in the Grand Rapids area. He remembered when he was little seeing the Christmas train as he called it. It had the number 1225 for December 25th, as he saw it. This was the same train in Marks pics. The train was taken out of service years later and put as a display in Lansing, Michigan the state capital. When the Steam Railroad Institute came to be, they wanted to buy a big locomotive and eventually purchased the 1225. They moved it to Owosso and dismantled it, to get it back in running condition. They could not find any blueprints so they had a complete set drawn as they were going along. Several years went by and they finally completed it.
The author grew up and decided to write a book about the Christmas train from his childhood, not knowing anything about what happened to the train. Well the book was popular so they decided to do an animated movie about it. In order to do the animation, they needed to find a train with blueprints so they could get the size and all, right for the computers. They looked around the whole country and could not find any steam train currently running that had prints except the 1225. So they came to Owosso with cameras and sound equipment to film and record the sounds from the engine for the movie. They moved the train back and forth many times a day for months to get all of the sounds they needed. When the movie was done, they did the premier at the theater in Owosso.
I think it's the coolest thing, that this little boy saw something that stuck with him through adulthood. This steam engine became his inspiration for his book, which became the inspiration for the movie. To make the movie, they happen to use the same 1225 engine that inspired the little boy to begin with. It's just amazing to think about all of things that had to happen in between for this to come about this way!
I hope this wasn't too long of a story!
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Re: Claire's Travelling Volkswagen

Postby mars » Thu Sep 15, 2011 3:03 am

Rod wrote:
I hope this wasn't too long of a story!

Nope! I was hoping you would add to the photos, there was too much for me to remember.
Besides, you know the history better than I.
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Re: Claire's Travelling Volkswagen

Postby WfoDnf » Thu Sep 15, 2011 7:11 pm

Thanks for all the background info Rod, I found it interesting! 8)

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Re: Claire's Travelling Volkswagen

Postby mars » Mon Sep 19, 2011 6:58 am

While the VW Bug was at home, I discovered that there were pieces of the World Trade Center in Columbus. One of the locations was in Westerville, Ohio, it is about ten minutes from our apartment.

First Responders Park in Westerville.
A plaque explaining what happened on that terrible day and where the piece of steel was located on the building.
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The flag pin was already at the WTC piece of steel.
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After doing some research, I discovered that she worked for the Port Authority and she has relatives that live in Delaware, Ohio.



First Repsonders Park in Hilliard, Ohio.
Marble walls with the names of all of those who died.
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The Reflecting Pool.
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At the World Trade Center stood five flagpoles. Four of them were heavily damaged and they are in storage at the Pentagon. The fifth flagpole resides at the Norwich Township Safety Services Building in Hilliard. It was found at "Ground Zero" erect and undamaged. However, it does have dents and scratches.
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On September 11, 2011 (at 9 am) a special ceremony was performed for the WTC flagpole. For the first time since September 11, 2001 a flag was raised on it. The flag was originally flown at the Pentagon and then mailed to the Hilliard Fire Department. Initially, it was supposed to be a small affair. Instead, there was a few a hundred people who attended this special occasion.

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There are 2,751 miniature U.S. flags representing each life lost during the attack.

No one knows who placed the roses at the foot of the flagpole, but its sentiment speaks volumes.
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