Kevin Stramandinoli may be the biggest Volkswagen enthusiast that has ever lived.
After exploring his interest in culinary arts, Stramandinoli traded in the kitchen and an apron for a garage and some tools. For the past 21 years he has been bringing new life to the old-school classics.
He set up shop in the heart of downtown Phoenix to take his love for vintage Beetles and buses a step further.
“It started out at my house and then it moved from one place to another… and I’ve been here for fifteen years now,” he ex- plains.
Stramandinoli says his passion for restor- ing the dated rides is credited to his father. “He always worked on cars—the muscle car, the ‘36 Plymouth—I was the kid out there with the wrenches while my brother watched T.V.”
While most families pass down their out- dated heirlooms, the Stramandinoli’s did things differently. Their enthusiasm for VW’s is now embedded in their blood- line—his family is not just memorial- ized through history, but known for their old-fashioned German cars.