An Automotive Homage to Jerry Garcia

by | Feb 16, 2021

Today’s Post by Joe Farace

“I’m gonna beat it on down the line.”—The Grateful Dead

Jerry Garcia (August 1, 1942 – August 9, 1995) was an American singer, songwriter and guitarist, best known for his work with the band the Grateful Dead, which came to prominence during the counterculture era in the 1960s. He performed with the Grateful Dead during their entire thirty-year career (1965–1995.).

The VW Microbus was also a symbol of the 1960s. Officially known (depending on body type) as the Transporter, Kombi or Microbus, or, informally, as the Bus it was a forward control panel van that was introduced in 1950 by Volkswagen as its second model, following the Type 1 aka Beetle. As such, it was given the factory designation Type 2.

Like the Beetle, the bus has received numerous nicknames worldwide, including “microbus and, because of its popularity during the counterculture movement of the 1960s remains iconic for many people today.


How I Made this shot: This automotive homage to Jerry Garcia was originally shot with a Canon EOS 50D and the 22-55mm f/4-5.6 lens with an exposure of 1/250 sec at f/10 and ISO 200. It was processed using both Photoshop’s Zoom feature and Color Efex Pro to create the final psychedelic look.



For more of the VW Bus, read my review of Volkswagen Beetles and Buses. Or better yet, pick up a copy from Amazon. New copies are $32.21. with used copies starting at $25.52. The Kindle version is $30.60 for those preferring a digital format.