This week (14 October 2012) sees the GTI Festival take place at Santa Pod Raceway in Northamptonshire. The one-day GTI festival 2012 celebrates all Volkswagen Group vehicles, including Audis, Skodas, SEATs, and of course VWs. As part of the show, Volkswagen Group V.A.G vehicle fans are invited to bring along their own vehicles to take part in the Show; Shine competition, in a bid for a large number of awards, including ‘Best VW’.
In light of the GTI Festival 2012, we’ve compiled a list of our five favourite famous Volkswagen Beetles (arguably the most famous VW of them all), and are encouraging you to share yours with us too.
Herbie The Love Bug
One of the most recognisable VW Beetles in film, Herbie, the mischievous but loveable Love Bug, is a 1963 Sunroof Sedan and a keen auto racer with a mind of his own. He raced to the silver screen in 1968 and has featured in many Disney films since, always sporting his pearl white paint with patriotic stripes and, of course, the number 53. This famous love bug has inspired many Beetle enthusiasts to model their own Volkswagen in the same way.
The Beatles Abbey Road Beetle
Sticking with Beetles (and moving onto The Beatles), next up we have the unassuming white Volkswagen Beetle that featured on the front cover of the classic Abbey Road album. Perhaps not as famous as the four men crossing the road in front of the car, this little Beetle still made a name for itself. Belonging to one of the residents of a flat nearby, the number plate was apparently stolen numerous times after the record was released.
Austin Powers’ Psychedelic Beetle
Although this little Beetle might not feature as prominently as the two ‘Shaguar’ Jaguars that Powers uses to get around, it is the vehicle that transports our unlikely but oh-so-groovy hero back in time. In the second of the three Austin Powers films, the psychedelic-rainbow painted 1999 Volkswagen New Beetle is given to our hero by the MOD so he can travel back to 1969 in an attempt to save the world. Groovy, baby!
Bullitt’s 1968 Volkswagen Beetle
The 1968 classic thriller starring Steve McQueen also features two other stand-out stars: the Dodge Charger and the Ford Mustang of the film’s famous car chase. However, yet again, a little Beetle has crept its way into movie fame; this time it’s more through filming gaffes rather than a starring role in the narrative. The same green Volkswagen Beetle can be seen at least four times during the famous chase scene. Apparently the crew was only allowed to close a limited part of the San Francisco streets for filming, so ended up going round in circles! After more Bullitt VW trivia? Rumour has it that VWs appear on screen 37 times throughout the film.
And finally, a Beetle with unique trailer
The Beetle and its trailer friend in the video below may not be a star of the silver screen, but it’s been doing the rounds on YouTube for a while. Check out this road test with a difference from 1974 below...
Leave your comments below to share your ‘best’ V.A.G vehicles – whether you own one yourself or have just seen one about. And don't feel you have to stop at Beetles either! As with the GTI Festival itself, all VWs, Skodas, SEATs and Audis are welcome here. Alternatively, you can share your photos with us over at the Breakeryard Facebook page.
The GTI Festival Season Finale 2012 takes place at Santa Pod Raceway on 14 October 2012. For more information, click here.
If you are looking for parts for your very own Love Bug, then we can help you find them. Check out our Volkswagen Beetle Parts page for more information.