Congratulations Justin Griffin of Glendale, AZ on winning the 2015 Jerome Jamboree XXV Raffle Bus...a 1959 Panel Jerome Firetruck!!!

Arizona Bus Club

The ABC is an Arizona-based, family-oriented club, dedicated to the restoration, preservation, and enjoyment of the Volkswagen Transporter. We are a collection of drivers and hobbyists whose preferred mode of transportation is old air-cooled VWs, preferably buses. If that sounds like the kind of crowd you'd like to hang out with, come to our monthly general meeting or look us up at a show. The club is open to all Type II owners and all VW enthusiasts. 

Every year the ABC restores a pre-1968 split window bus and we raffle it off to a lucky winner for $.50 a ticket at our big event, the "Jerome Jamboree" in Jerome, AZ usually (but not always) the third weekend in September. 

Raffle tickets are sold only at the event and YOU MUST BE PRESENT TO WIN! 

Thanks and enjoy your Bus!

Jerome Jamboree XXVI September 16-18 2016

It is a 1962 Double Door Panel (DDP) and we have began thrashing on it. See details for the next raffle bus work party at the bottom of this page or on our Yahoo Group.

2016 JJ Raffle bus restoration thread.  2016 Raffle Bus Restoration Thread

Learn about last year's Jamboree: Jerome Jamboree 2015 Event Thread

Samba Event Listing: Jerome Jamboree 2015 Event Listing

Darkness Dear Boy music video featuring Walter and the AZ Bus Club.

YouTube Video

The Arizona Bus Club out having FUN!

COMING EVENTS:                                                                                                                                                                                                 

THE NEXT WORK PARTY IS…Thursday August 25th and Saturday August 27th, 2016!
Thursday 4:30pm until 9pm, Saturday 8am until 5pm at: 1613 W. Barrow Dr. Chandler, AZ 85224 (Elliott & Dobson)
The raffle bus restoration crew is working on the bus nearly every Saturday plus Thursday afternoons in 2016 until it's completed. Roy is hosting the raffle bus work parties on his back carport right next to a cement pond so bring your shorts and take a dip. Please be sure to bring your own safety glasses, gloves, ear plugs plus any spare beer you'd like us to drink up and we usually take up a collection for lunch/dinner.

JEROME JAMBOREE XXIV  September 16-18th, 2016 
The Arizona Bus Club presents: 
Jerome Jamboree XXVI (That's #26 for all you non-Romans) 
Held in beautiful Jerome, Arizona at 5066' elevation.,_Arizona 

That's right...Don at the Gold King Mine Ghost Town in Jerome, AZ has agreed to let us play in his front yard again this year. Come join several hundred of your closest friends and a few hundred of their awesome Type-2's on the edge of Cleopatra Hill with the mountains of Sedona as our backdrop. In addition to live (and sometimes dead) music, slow drags, cornhole competition, chili cook off, raffle prizes, the worlds largest VW bus "Walter" & his oversized get get a chance to win this years raffle bus for only $.50. 

Every year the ABC restores and raffles off a pre-67 split window bus and this year is no exception. We have begun working on this years bus and boy is it a beauty...a 1962 Double Door Panel VW bus. Feeling energetic and want to help work on what could be your new bus? Well visit our website for details on the work parties. 

If you come to JJ-XXVI expecting shade trees, barefoot grass and a babbling brook with KOA grade camping are in for a treat because we have none of that. This fine facility is a large gravel parking lot which is mostly flat and devoid of any vegetation but there will be port-O-johns, trash cans and "Bus Burger" concessions for your convenience. Basically...if you need it, you better bring it. 

Besides the nearby historic mining town of Jerome...there is a really sweet attraction within staggering distance called the Gold King Mine Ghost Town and we highly recommend you save a $5 bill out of your raffle ticket fund to tour the grounds for displays of relics from your parents, grandparents and great grandparents time from long ago...Don may even bless us with a drive by of one of his many fine vehicles from up on the hill. 

Huge caravan from Phoenix,AZ to Jerome Friday morning September 16th, 2016
Meet at Home Depot parking lot I-17 & Thunderbird Rd (N.E. quadrant)
Depart at 7:30AM SHARP! Just catch up on the highway if you're late. The caravan will usually not exceed 50-mph. A short stop in Prescott Valley at the Safeway grocery store next to Kmart before climbing over Mt Mingus. Please do not pass the lead bus in the caravan and be safe!

What's going on?

Raffle prizes Friday night, Saturday night and Sunday morning. 50/50 raffle Fri & Sat.Kids Events, Vintage Fat Tire Bicycle Contest, Longest Hair Contest, Tattoo Contest, Slow Drag Contest, Corn hole Competition, Chili Cook-off and some lucky winner will drive off in a restored 1962 VW Panel Bus!

ABC welcomes every type of VW transporter and all air-cooled VW brothers and sisters. We even let in folks whose engines are in the wrong end and have water in them- if they were built by VW, of course. Compact and vintage trailers are OK as long as your footprint remains about the same as a bus. If you are planning on pitching a tent in front of your bug, reread the part about compact trailers. Space is limited, so we need to keep it to ‘one car, one tent’.

Friday 9am gates open and it’s $30 per VW for the weekend.

Show up Saturday it’s $20 per VW for the weekend.

Friday & Saturday “Walk in’s” are $5 per person.

Sunday “Walk in’s” are $10 per person.

Driving one of the past 23 Raffle Buses? Your weekend entry is FREE!

Donations for kids raffle and general raffle are welcomed. A volunteer sign-up sheet will be available/circulated.  If you have 2 hours to spare, the Arizona Bus Club needs your help. Please sign up. 

Red Barn Roundup & Bugtoberfest Oct. 15-16, 2016 Tucson, AZ
More info at

Oct. 15-16– The Red Barn Roundup 
All you Type 2 folk can camp on the property next door to Chirco. This year’s event includes: Shirt sales, kids craft table, Weir/Daisy Duke shorty shorts contest, corn hole competition, kids/adult raffle prizes, Bon fires, potluck dinner…bring something yummy and sample eats with your favorite Tuscon folks. The Tucson Bus Mob helps run this get together and they always do it right. The Red Barn Roundup has become a “must-do” event for many campers 
Cost is Bringing in some non-perishable goods for donation. 
Oct. 16 – The 19th Annual Bugtoberfest at Chirco 8am – 2pm. The show as always promises to be one of the most fun times you can have with your air-cooled car in Arizona. People’s choice awards, club awards, engine blow, awesome raffle prizes, Big Swap Meet, Music, big in-store savings, t-shirts, posters, and a few surprises. 

VW's ON THE RIVER #13 Yuma, AZ November 4-6th, 2016
Join a fine bunch of Yumans for the best Friday night chicken dinner you've ever tasted and enjoy a laid back show & swap in a grassy park right on the Colorado river...don't forget your swimwear, cooler and tubes as we may be floating to Mexico. All of the profits from the campout and show/swapmeet will be donated to Hospice of Yuma. 

The campout starts on Friday morning Nov 4th, 2016 and continues 
through Sunday Nov 6th, 2016. Gates for the campout open on Friday 
at 12 Noon, at Yuma County Fair Grounds.... 
Anybody with a VW powered vehicle is invited to the CAMPOUT & 
Show / Swapmeet. 

The Campout: 
Winner, Winner Chicken Dinner on Friday evening, and BEER while 
the Keg lasts...price $5 per person. 
The place is at the Yuma County Fair Grounds, enter from 
Pacific Ave across from Walmart, look for the sign. 
Tents are OK for those that do not have a Van to campout in, 
Pets are invited too, NOTE: you have to clean up after them. 
The price is $35 per vehicle for the weekend to camp that includes power and showers, $5 for dinner on Friday night per person. If you bring an additional towed vehicle, 
the Fair Grounds charges us another $10 for any vehicle parked in the 
camping area overnight. Parking of non camping vehicles will be provided 
outside of the camping area at no charge. 
We have Hot Showers for the campers & nice clean restrooms in the 
camping area. 
This is an Event for the whole family, come and Enjoy !!!!! 

For more info contact: Sonny at (928) 345-4673 or 
John at (602) 763-9026 or James at (928) 314-4290 

VOLKSTOCK Saturday November 12th, 2016 Peoria, AZ 
At Pioneer Community Park 8755 N. 83rd Ave. Peoria, AZ 
VW show, huge swap, vendors, kids play bounces, very dog friendly, live music.

BUSTIES BUS CLUB (BBC) Annual VW Show  November 27th, 2016 11am-4pm
At Fatso's Pizza 3131 E. Thunderbird Rd. Phoenix, AZ 85032  at Fatso's Pizza
$5 entry fee ($15 to swap) with all proceeds going to local animal shelters. Drink specials, 50/50 raffle, live music, show prizes, more...
Let's all support Arizona's (and possibly the worlds) only all female VW bus club!
See ya'll there.

Sound like fun? You bet it is! We hope to see you there.

Want to host an event and invite your ABC friends? Do it! Get on our yahoo group and let everyone know where to drive their old wrecks for a breakfast run, drive in movie, pool party or the event of your choice! (Join our Yahoo group by sending an email to or clicking here if you already have a Yahoo account, and watch your inbox fill up with more local VW discussions than you ever knew was possible. Plus, you'll get the latest on what's going on!)