…a friend of mine living in Nicaragua called and said he had picked up a 1960 23-window Samba bus for $1000US, and wanted me to fly down there to help him drive it up to the states. It was still on its original 1100cc engine and had a top speed of 45mph. It broke down every day of the trip – for 14 days straight – through Central America and Mexico. It was the first VW I ever drove, and a great adventure. I was hooked.