The 99th of August
They adapted to any situation, from hauling a ton of cargo to carrying nine passengers to simply being driven along for the pure freaen fun of it. It was the original minivan, the original camper, and is still widely known as the iconic "Hippie Van."
By now you know we're talking about the storied Volkswagen Microbus.
Even though this little Bus has been out of production for decades, still it's instantly recognized as an Object of Great Cultural Impact. Kids give it the peace sign. Grownups nod and smile in its presence. Latter day hippies hump the tailpipe while their dogs anoint the sacred tires.
Like a good memory or a bad odor, the thing will just not go away.
Kidding aside, the image was more durable than the vehicle that spawned it. Today, VW Buses are seldom seen and rarely driven. An exception is the Bus in this book. It's a '62, bought used in '66 and driven for over fifty years by a drug-free driver all over the US and Canada in all four seasons on ice, dirt, gravel, and pavement. Also through mud, dust, snow, high and low grass weeds and occasionally into lakes, streams, and ditches - as well as getting smacked by other drivers and itself smacking more than once into walls poles, snakes, and trees. But that's only the small half of the story. So what's the big half? For that you need to look inside.

252 pages, by Johnny Bock. Lunchbreak Press.