I’m Jeff. That’s me above with the Bug a few days before it caught fire in 2004. Counting the Bug I’ve owned seven Volkswagens of various models since I started driving in 1997 along with a Toyota Corolla since 2012. Ten months out of the year I’m an Instructional Technology Resource Teacher (ITRT) splitting my time between a middle and high school. I live with my wife, two sons, two lovable but dimwitted Cocker Spaniels, and two cats in Sandston, Virginia. (Just outside Richmond.)

I’ve tossed around the idea of building this site for years; pretty much ever since the Bug originally caught fire. I was inspired by The Bug Shop, a site that charted the restoration of a ’57 Beetle as well as containing technical infomation that I learned a lot from reading. Eventually over summer vacation in 2008 I finally got around to registering the domain and setting up the site.

As for where “Y73 Bug” came from - When I first got the car in 1997 I got a personalized license plate that read “VDUBBIN.” In 1999 when all the talk was about the Y2K Bug the inspiration hit me that since I had a ’73 Beetle I should get license plates that said “Y73 Bug”. I don’t quite know how many people will still get the reference nowadays but I’m sticking with it.