Welcome to the 53Classics website!

I started photographing aircraft in 1998, with a simple Minolta camera. Years later I switched to digital cameras. I also started nature photography at that time. After several years I felt that it did not satisfy me. I wanted to try something new.

In 2015 I went to a Volkswagen meeting for the first time and I was immediately hooked. I had always wanted a VW Beetle and two weeks after the first meeting, my wife and I bought a yellow 1972 Beetle.

Since then we have been to meetings all over Europe, making many friends. My photos have been used by Volkswagen Netherlands, Kever Club Nederland, Zoom Magazine, newspapers, TV-stations, and many more.

This website was created to give something back to the aircooled community, both by posting photo reports of meetings, and by keeping track of aircooled events worldwide in the Aircooled Events Calendar.
Enjoy browsing the website and maybe we will see you at one of the many aircooled meetings.

If you have any questions or comments please feel free to contact me!

  • Name: Pim Hesse
  • Age: 39
  • Nationality: Dutch
  • Hometown: Vlaardingen
  • Marital Status: Married
  • Canon EOS 7D Mk2
  • Canon EOS 70D
  • Canon EOS 40D
  • Canon EF 70-200L
  • Canon EF 100-400L
  • Canon 10-22mm
  • Canon 50mm
  • DJI Mavic Mini
  • Illustrator 2023
  • Lightroom 2023
  • Photoshop 2023
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