On a Route 66 odyssey across America, the Volkswagen van broke down on N May Avenue in Oklahoma City.
The trip was being made in a vintage Volkswagen van in March 2007. The trip was part of a film that captured a sub-culture of Volkwagen enthusiasts in the documentary “Circle the Wagen.” After seven years in the making, the film recently was released and screenings have been scheduled from California to Canada and the Netherlands. Now it will be shown right along N May Avenue too.
The film was made by Volkswagen enthusiasts and filmmakers Charlie Pecoraro and Dave Torstenson, both 33, with director Ryan Steven Green.
Less than a block away from where the van nicknamed “The Croc” broke down near NW 31 and N May Avenue in 2007, Danny Scott, of Oklahoma City, is planning to open the Route 66 Peddler shop that sells memorabilia from the old highway at 3124 N May Ave.
For his store’s grand opening, the new film will be shown at the shop, which is full of memorabilia from all things Route 66 on Sept. 6. Admission is free.
The one-hour film will be played continuously during the event, which will feature a VW car show, Scott said.
Back in the ’60s, Scott, 69, worked at a Volkwagen repair shop. He learned about the film “Circle the Wagen” in 2013 and decided he wanted to show it here.
“They broke down in the film just right over that hill,” Scott said, pointing toward N May Avenue.
Members of the VW Club of Oklahoma City are planning a show at the event with vintage vans and VW bugs, said president Brad Mohler, 56, of Oklahoma City. There are about 150 members of the club, including Derek Doctorman, 48, of Noble, who restored a VW van with a tiki theme.
Mohler restored a VW bug for his daughter and found VW enthusiasts in Oklahoma, he said.
“Everyone has a story about a VW,” Mohler said.