Gold Mine & friends took this opportunity to
show off the race Ghia and introduce the public to the custom built Bar-B-Q Bug Trailer...the response
was terrific! Sherry Berry convinced Ralph this was a great idea, & Ralph took it from there,
forming the Bar-b-que team with Randy Varela, Ernie Mitchell, & Jose who did the finnish body work & Paint. Thanks go out to Jeff and Jake , who acted as the Chefs and served up a great breakfast and lunch
...Randy Varella and son, Don, for helping to organize the food as well as being
on the Design team.. Ernie, fabricator & photographer.... and Tom, who not only detailed the vehicles but also
managed to take home the first place trophy in the European Division. See the guys pose below with some trophies of
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Tom takes his trophies
BEST EUROPEAN CAR
Tom with ALL his trophies
Gold Mine employees wins!!!
Whittier's Fire Dept. check out the Bar-B-Q
Diva says THEY'RE hot!
Entertainer Doc James & Diva join Jose & Ralph
in the VW Limo
Randy Varrela checking out a classic
Have you met Miss Whittier???
Ralph has owned this '57 since 1966
1966 before paint
After paint & bed liner
64 Ghia vert, sold Oct. 2011
Ralph and Diva owned this car for 33 years
It was time for a new owner
Gold Mine's Baja bug looks ready for offroad adventures.
Gold Mine owner Ralph Chase "nose" VWs and enjoys off roading in his baja whenever he gets the chance.
Bird's eye view of the Goldmine Ghia.
The man, the myth....the legend. Ralph Chase.
YES, Ralph was at BUG-IN 1
& he has the tee-shirt to prove it!!!!
NO, he won't sell it.......yet!
message was by his wife and Ralph has not approved it."
First BUG IN Tee Shirt
Ralph Chase proudly displays his 46 year old tee shirt from
the first Bug In, 1968. This just discovered find is now on display in the Gold Mine office. Check it out!