You don't have to own a VW to come to Funfest!
There are fun things for everyone to do at our events and we invite anyone and everyone to our shows! General Parking is only $2 a day, and you can purchase passes to the Saturday Night Entertainment!
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Funfest for Air-Cooled VW Welcomes Independent Filmmaker, Damon Ristau
Creator of “The Bus” will begin gathering footage
for VW Beetle sequel at Volkswagen event
Mid America Motorworks is excited to welcome independent documentary filmmaker, Damon Ristau,
to Funfest for Air-Cooled VW 2013. Ristau, who lives and works in Missoula, Montana, is the director
and producer of “The Bus”, a film that brings to life the iconic story of the Volkswagen Bus.
Ristau will be screening “The Bus” during this year's Funfest for Air-Cooled VW.
To add more excitement to the visit, Ristau has just announced that, with the overwhelming
response and following of “The Bus,” he will produce a sequel documentary about the
Volkswagen Beetle that he aims to begin filming at Funfest for Air-Cooled VW 2013.
All VW enthusiast’s and Volkswagens present at the event will have the opportunity to be featured in the film.
"I'm thrilled to be taking part in Funfest for Air-Cooled VW this year and really look forward to begin filming our new VW Beetle documentary,”
said Ristau. “I can't think of a better event or group of people to kick start the film with.”
Ristau grew up around his parents buses and some of his first memories are traveling and camping with the family in the bus.
He was surprised to find out that there was not a comprehensive film about the vehicle and his career as a filmmaker and producer
allowed him to combine his two passions which led to the creation of the movie.
“The Bus” playfully explores how a post-WWII German utility vehicle evolved into a cultural icon
that represents freedom and the open road. The film begins in Germany with the vehicle’s creation
and takes you on an adventure from Wolfsburg to Hollywood introducing people from all walks of life
who share their stories and passion for the Volkswagen Bus. The film premiered in April 2012 at
the Full Frame Documentary Film Festival in Raleigh, NC. In July 2012, the Documentary Channel broadcasted
the film and it has been screened at festivals and events on 6 continents. “The Bus” has also been sold worldwide in the US,
Canada, Germany, UK, Belgium, France, Australia and Brazil.
Two Time Bonneville Salt Flats World Record Holder
Coming to Funfest!
Bill Hatfield’s 1999 Mexican Beetle – known as the Salt Flats Flyer – was the fastest 36HP-based
car at the Bonneville Salt Flats in 2011 with a 108.325 mph pass for the 36HP
Challenge’s DSS36 (dual carbs class) record with a pass of 108.325 mph.
In 2012, Bill beat his record with a 114.909 mph pass.
Bill will put the breaks on at Funfest long enough to show off his
VW as he prepares for a return trip to Bonneville this September.
Low Speed Slalom Back by Popular Demand,
Brought to You by EMPI!
Don't forget to test your “not-so-low”-speed Slalom skills! It is only $5 for 3 tries and is tons of fun! Don’t worry VW Buses, we have different classes, so you will not have to compete against Dune Buggies! There are great prizes each day, and also a spot in the Winners Corral and a photo with Mike.
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