Elgin resident Matthew Callahan is so fond of his 1967 Volkswagen Beetle that he gave it a buddy-title.
“I’ve had David for 30 decades. He’s almost additional a pet than a auto. David sat in a subject for 30 several years ahead of I rescued him,” claimed Callahan, as he stood subsequent to his sunroof-design Beetle during Bastrop’s 15th annual Heroes & Hotrods Veterans Weekend Auto Exhibit on Saturday.
Callahan explained his love of tinkering with Volkswagens led to his doing work for his dad in a Volkswagen mend shop after he attended significant university. Callahan said his ‘67 Beetle has a small far more meat in its engine than the common designs of the Sixties.
“It’s a 1,641-cubic-centimeter motor with greater pistons and camshaft than most Beetles,” Callahan said.
Callahan had lifted the entrance hood of his trunk — the Volkswagen was a rear-engine developed automobile — to reveal that he is always effectively ready for the street. His trunk contained a significant established of applications, a “How to Continue to keep Your VW Alive” handbook and a initial help kit. “You have to be all set,” Callahan claimed.
Members of quite a few Texas motor vehicle golf equipment who ventured to the annual Bastrop auto display, which is organized by the Bastrop Area Cruisers auto club, said they ended up amazed by the amount and assortment of entries.
“It’s my to start with time below. We go to a large amount of vehicle demonstrates,” claimed Danny Orourke, with the Texas Bowties Car or truck Club of San Antonio. “This is a significant a single and it is amazing — we’ll be again.”
At mid-morning the packed Key Street gathering speedily parted to make way for the annual veterans march, led by the Bastrop Superior Faculty Naval ROTC coloration guard and cadet corps. The crowd cheered as the procession made its way to the Bastrop County Courthouse grounds for a veterans recognition and awards ceremony.
Part of the ceremony incorporated the presentations of the Officer Veteran of the 12 months award to retired Air Force Col. Richard Hutchins, and the Enlisted Veteran of the Calendar year award to Dianna Greenwood, a noncommissioned officer who was honorably discharged from the Marines.
The tribute ceremony was capped off by the solemn playing of “Taps” by Bastrop Significant School junior Adrian Dugger, as retired Naval Main Petty Officer David Canales, who serves as Bastrop Significant School’s ROTC commander, proudly seemed on.
“The cadets come to feel privileged to be right here and be section of this ceremony to guidance the navy veterans of Bastrop County,” Canales explained.
Editor’s be aware: This story has been up to date to accurate Dianna Greenwood’s award and support.