Posts Tagged ‘Vocho’

Slowly the cars began to move.  Slowly they climbed the steep hill.  As they climbed, each little steam engine began to sing:  “I-think-I-can!  I-think-I-can!  I-think-I-can!  I-think-I-can!  I-think-I-can!  I-think-I-can!  I think I can – I think I can – I think I can I think I can–”  (The Little Engine That Could)

In this case, the little engines that could are Volkswagen Beetles, known in Mexico as vochos.  These indomitable VW Bugs are ubiquitous on the streets of Oaxaca — in a rainbow of colors and in every stage of repair and disrepair imaginable.

Fuschia vocho parked on street

They can even be spotted traveling along the walls…

“Vocho art” isn’t limited to murals on street corners.  Check out this Huichol beadwork “Vochol” I saw on exhibit at the Museo de Arte Popular in Mexico City last October.  It is the work of Francisco Bautista, Kena Bautista, Roberto Bautista, Diego Díaz González, Emilio González Carrillo, Víctor González Carrillo, Alvaro Ortiz, and Herminio Ramírez.

And, that isn’t all…  Mexican artist, Héctor Garnelo Navarro has covered a 1994 VW Beetle  with “19,800 semi-precious stones (e.g., obsidian, jade) that form images of pyramids, animals, ancient deities (Quetzalcóatl [Feathered Serpent, Creator God] and the Mictlantecuhtli [God of the Underworld]).”  It is known as the Vocho Teotihuacano (Teotihuacán Beetle) and according to this article, he is finishing a Vocho Maya and is considering a Vocho Alebrije — the latter inspired by the wood carvers and painters of Oaxaca.  So, keep your eyes open!




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And a slightly squashed Beetle, at that!

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Unfortunately, not Cuba.  (One of these days…)


Saw it yesterday walking down Tinoco y Palacios, on my way home from Mercado Sanchez Pascuas.


Leather upholstery, wood steering wheel, and paneled dashboard — it’s one very cool vocho.


However, when it comes to telling a color story, wish it had been parked a couple of blocks down the hill, in front of this wall. 😉

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Pretty in pink on the streets of Oaxaca…P1140835





And, this doesn’t even include the pink and lime green of Correos de México (Mexican post office).

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El auto del pueblo (the car of the people)…

P1130666The Volkswagen Beetle, known in Mexico as a Vocho, has been plying the highways and byways of Mexico since it made its debut in Mexico City at the “Alemania y su Industria” (Germany and its Industry) exhibition in 1954.

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Long ago, in a land far, far away, I once had a Volkswagen Beetle.   It was so old, it didn’t even have a gas gauge, only a reserve tank.  My little bug would inevitably begin running out of gas when I was putt-putting up a hill, requiring me to take my foot off the gas pedal to kick over the reserve tank.  Needless to say, I would hold my breath and offer up silent prayers that I wouldn’t get rear-ended and that there was, indeed, gas in the reserve tank!  But, I loved that car…

So, only a block from Casita Colibrí, how could I resist stopping to admire this beauty?


Made in Oaxaca — or at least, tricked out in Oaxaca.


Ready to rally again on the Pan American Highway?  It’s just up the road apiece.


Stay calm… Doing it the old school Beetle way!


Hmmm… last month’s Old VWs never die and now this post.  Bugs, of the VW variety, might just have to become a regular feature.

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