You may have always wondered, who is the orthodontist that drives the VW Bus with the tooth on top? Well that’s Dr. Chenard! The VW bus has become a popular attraction in our local community. You may see our classic VW bus driving around town or parked by the beach. It’s a 1970 VW Westfalia with a contempo campers fixed fiberglass high top. It was purchased by Dr. Chenard in 2012, and is in the process of being restored. Look for it around town, at Encinitas Classic Cars night, and in the Encinitas Holiday Parade. You can check out some more photos of the bus at #myvworthodontist.
The tooth on top of the VW was hand carved by Dr. Chenard. It started out as a block of foam from BITY.com. Dr. Chenard used hand saws and wire brushes to carve the form. The shiny coat was then applied using surfboard fiberglass and resin. Finally a spring from a mountain bike suspension fork was added to a custom bracket which sticks to the roof with 3 GoPro mounts. Keep an eye out for the tooth bus. It’ll make you smile!