Transporterfest is one of 22 Lawn events that happen each year at the Lars Anderson. These shows range in size from the massive Tuto Italiano that has several hundred cars from Italian manufacturers to the intimate (not small) Microcar Classic. Where you will see only about 50 cars, but unlike most shows, the Microcar show gives rides in the cars around the grounds. Each show is unique, and there is an event for any collector or follower of any Car manufacturer or type.
On a warm but rainy day, the fields of the Lars Anderson Museum were filled with VWs of all types.
The show as everything, from the classic Beetle, Microbus, Carmen Ghia, and the occasional Thing. To the modern Transporters with 4 wheel drive. If you are a VW fan, you will find something to look at and talk about, and despite the rain, people were out showing their cars, van, or pickup,(yes VW has made a pickup check out the pictures) and the love they have for it.
Take a look at the pictures from the day; you will see people out enjoying their cars in the rain. Something you rarely see at car shows. It was a fun show with owners of all ages, from the people who have owned their VW for 45 years to the young family with their first VW bus.
From restored classics, fully customized and even home decorated and painted. This show celebrated a manufacturer and the people who own them and use the vehicles as a medium to express their personalities, thoughts, and opinions, something that is uncommon in the rest of car collecting. Where else would you see a van with a mural by Ken Mitchell of “Paintedbus Artwerks” that shows the military record of veteran near an owner painted bus with antiwar paintings?
This show is one of my favorites and is a great show to go to if you are interested in getting into the hobby. Check out my photos and if you are curious stop by the show next year!
The Larz Anderson Auto Museum is home to “America’s Oldest Car Collection.” For over 85 years the Larz Anderson Auto Museum has been supporting the community through a variety of educational programs, exhibits, and lectures.
Ken Mitchell is an artist based in Salem MA. You can get more information about his work at: