Breckenridge attracts German car enthusiasts for Oktdubberfest
September 16, 2013
Cold beer, sausage and native tunes weren't the only attractions this weekend as German car enthusiasts gathered for the eighth-annual Oktdubberfest car show at Colorado Mountain College in Breckenridge.
Organized by Jonathan Baker, founder of MetroDubs, LLC, a Volkswagen and Audi enthusiast's group based in Denver, Oktdubberfest is a no-pressure show free to all German car owners.
"We aren't judging anything and we don't hand out awards," Baker said. "This is more of a get together for like-minded people to talk about their cars and have fun."
Baker first put on Oktdubberfest in 2005 in Denver. In 2010 he moved the event to Breckenridge to coincide with Oktoberfest on Main Street. When he made the move to the mountains the show more than doubled in size, going from 23 participants in 2011 to 53 in 2012.
But numbers were down a little this year and although Baker believes the mass flooding on the Front Range probably kept some people from making the trip west, he admits he didn't promote the event as much as he has in previous years. Even so, 24 cars were on display with German car enthusiasts traveling from as far as Denver and Colorado Springs to participate.
Bob Fredrickson didn't have to travel that far, but his 1967 Volkswagen Bus stole the show nonetheless.
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Now 62 years old and living in Silverthorne, Fredrickson first purchased his camper-style Bus brand new for $2,300 when he turned 16. A few years later he retrofitted the roof with a chopped off roof from a 1957 Volkswagen Bug.
When asked why he would do such a thing Fredrickson replied, "I just like to be able to stand up straight when I put my pants on."
Although Fredrickson traveled the country in his bus extensively during his youth, he said there was a time in his life when he neglected the car and Mother Nature took its toll. Rather than scrap his beloved bus, Fredrickson decided in 2008 to attempt a complete restoration on his own. Two years and $15,000 later he finally restored his bus to her former glory.
"That's really what this event is all about; giving people an opportunity to talk about their cars," Baker said. "And this is definitely one of the more fun shows out there. It's hard not to have a good time when you're in Breckenridge for Oktoberfest."
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