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July 31, 2003

Red Three

This is an example of the customized volkswagons that the high, muckety-muck leaders of this event get to ride around in.

There are hundred of vehicles, large and small, being used on the grounds by various staff and volunteer. Why, even I get to zoom around on a little scooter. But there are only about 20 VWs and only the most senior EAA folks get a VW.

They come in different colors: green, blue, white, yellow. But the red ones are VERY special.

Paul Poberezney is the grand-daddy of this whole organization. He's 80 now, and he basically created EAA with a few friends in his garage back in the 1950s.

When they first created these volkswagons, Paul's was a red one cause 'Red' was his nickname, or his military callsign, or both. His VW was labelled Red One. His wife, Audrey, got one labelled Red Two. For years those were the only red VWs.

Paul's son Tom now runs the whole show. Paul and Audrey are around, but mostly retired. Tom drives Red Three. That's the one in the picture.

Every now and then we still see Paul tooling around in Red One.

Posted by jghiii at July 31, 2003 05:49 PM
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