The latest from Oregon’s automotive artist Randy Grubb.
Woodstock’s most famous VW van, the Light Bus, is back on the road
The “Light” bus, of Woodstock fame, has been recreated by Dr. Bob Hieronimus, the original artist who painted a 1963 Volkswagen Microbus in ’68. The original bus was painted in its now famous wraparound artwork for Bob Grimm, a member of the band Light, which travelled from Baltimore to Woodstock for the weekend-long music festival in Bethel, New York, beginning August 15, 1969.
The whereabouts of the original van are still unknown, as a search came up without any leads. Undeterred, after six weeks of painting by Hieronimus and a team of five additional artists, the bus was recreated using a period-correct 1963 VW. The recreation was recently unveiled in Long Beach, California, at a meeting of the Orange Country Transporter Organization.
A 50th anniversary event is scheduled for the same weekend in August as the original Woodstock, and the Light bus has begun a cross-country trip to celebrate it, eventually making its way back to where the original van became an icon of a generation.