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Saturday, August 18, 2007

You just had to BE there!!!!

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 their own!

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Tom takes his trophies
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BEST EUROPEAN CAR

Tom with ALL his trophies
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Gold Mine employees wins!!!

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Jeff
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Whittier's Fire Dept. check out the Bar-B-Q
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Diva says THEY'RE hot!

Entertainer Doc James & Diva join Jose & Ralph
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in the VW Limo

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Randy Varrela checking out a classic
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Have you met Miss Whittier???
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Ralph has owned this '57 since 1966
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1966 before paint
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After paint & bed liner
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64 Ghia vert, sold Oct. 2011
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Ralph and Diva owned this car for 33 years
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It was time for a new owner
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Gold Mine's Baja bug looks ready for offroad adventures.

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Gold Mine owner Ralph Chase "nose" VWs and enjoys off roading in his baja whenever he gets the chance.

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Bird's eye view of the Goldmine Ghia.

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The man, the myth....the legend. Ralph Chase.

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YES, Ralph was at BUG-IN 1 & he has the tee-shirt to prove it!!!!

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NO, he won't sell it.......yet!

"This message was by his wife and Ralph has not approved it."

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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!

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7016 Pickering Avenue * Whittier * CA * 90602
Phone (562) 693-0419 * Fax (562) 907-1087
ralph
@vwgoldmine.com