Volk­swa­gen Bee­tle

Classic Car Weekly (UK) - - This Week - DAVID BROWN AS­SO­CIATE EDI­TOR


Since Harry the Bee­tle ven­tured to the Nor­folk coast at the end of Jan­uary ( CCW, 15 Fe­bru­ary), he’s only had a cou­ple of lo­cal out­ings, one of which turned out to be rather shorter than ex­pected.

Let’s just say I’ve learnt a les­son, hav­ing set out to drive to the lo­cal fill­ing sta­tion, only to run out of fuel on the A15 Deep­ing by­pass, mid­way be­tween home and the pumps. I man­aged to pull to the side of the road safely and was soon joined by Dar­ren Howlett, a lo­cal mem­ber of the VW com­mu­nity who hap­pened to be pass­ing and saw my plight. He kindly gave me a lift in his Trans­porter van and I bought a petrol can and five gal­lons of the Co-op’s finest. On our re­turn an AA man had ar­rived – also in a VW van (a mini event!) – and af­ter I’d glugged the contents of the can into the tank, some fet­tling was re­quired be­fore the Bee­tle burst back into life. The help­ful AA man also iden­ti­fied a pesky oil leak that will re­quire at­ten­tion in or­der to pre­vent loss of the black stuff on the garage floor.

A later out­ing for­tu­nately went with­out any hitch. I bid suc­cess­fully bid on an orig­i­nal piece of VW art­work for sale on­line and am now the proud owner of a well-il­lus­trated 1977 The

Bee­tle Phe­nom­e­non poster that de­tails all the dif­fer­ent de­vel­op­ments be­tween 1937 and 1977. It ar­rived rolled up but open­ing it out re­vealed that it looked too good not to dis­play prop­erly.

So, an out­ing to see Michelle at my lo­cal Pic­ture Fram­ing Work­shop was in or­der to see what would be the best way to achieve this while pre­serv­ing the orig­i­nal’s char­ac­ter. I re­turned to col­lect the com­pleted framed pic­ture a cou­ple of weeks later and it now takes pride of place in my kitchen. Michelle and her part­ner Mark own a fine 1965 Bed­ford CA Dor­mo­bile.

Mean­while, I’ve got that oil leak to sort. Oh, and Harry needs a new head­light bulb.

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