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BAD CAMBERG: Highlighting VW#039;s history in German town

By Tom

Mention to someone that going to Germany to attend a VW and people wonder why you’d lay out the for a flight when we have enjoyable VW events right in the U.S. But attending the Internationales Bad VW-Veteranen Treffen is unlike any VW here in the States. So what’s it all Well, if you’re like me, it like this.

Whether you fly Frankfurt and drive the 22 miles to Bad Camberg, or fly to London and spend quality time in England the Autoist’s resident British Pete Frost as I did, find surprises at every You realize it just FEELS being over there. The becomes immediately apparent as you the luggage trolley out of the arrivals at London’s Heathrow International

As a car buff, you see that nearly car zipping by is an unfamiliar model. they’re brands you never see at – Citroën, Alfa Romeo, Škoda and Lancia. As a VW nut, you late-model Volkswagens are EVERYWHERE. are models never imported the U.S. Caddy, Polo, Crafter, the current Scirocco, Multivan, Caravelle. You’re to VW commercial vehicles, NONE of are marketed in the U.S. The EuroVan as the T4) and the commercial vehicle versions of it in far greater numbers there, and immediately apparent. The T4’s the T5, which everyone on the planet can buy U.S. and Canadian customers are as over there as full-size vans are here.

Once you get beyond the unfamiliar you start to notice unfamiliar on familiar models: black rather than color-keyed on some Golfs and Jettas, spartan interiors, TDI badges on the of nearly everything sporting a VW and trim level designations not stateside. Speaking of Jettas, conspicuous in their absence as the is nowhere near as popular as it is here.

After getting to the automotive and cultural differences in you discover even more you get to France, Belgium and finally As the car rolls off the ferry (and onto the right side of the you discover you can’t read You can’t read billboards, the of semi trucks or other signage. You’re not missing but you just feel a little informed. First, you can tell is in French. Speed into and the language changes again – less familiar than German pops out as some of familiar foreign language as you the German border. You get excited the green and white VW police parked at a rest area inside the border.

Speeding on the autobahn at 80 mph, you realize why build cars with suspensions: it’s because can — there seem to be no potholes in I doubt there’s even a in the German language for “pothole.” You feel so much as a seam the concrete sections of the autobahn’s Next, you notice drivers use the left lane only for it’s for: PASSING. And passes you on the right. The result? No tightly packed clusters of traveling at 55 mph with some quickly zipping from trying to get around the one car setting the in the far left lane.

As Bad Camberg nears, you start to see air-cooled VWs heading in the same They stand out because you see so rarely in day-to-day traffic the fact that so many were sold in Europe in the U.S. You don’t even see cars much older 10 or 15 years old. My thinking is are recycled far sooner there here in the U.S. where are driven to their mechanical or until rust takes its

Bad Camberg, situated in Germany’s region, is largely a destination for to convalesce as part of their care (part of Germany’s service, it’s not uncommon for to spend six weeks or more in towns like Bad Camberg). But four years toward the end of the Lottermann family and friends a vintage VW event turning the into a destination for the rarest VWs you can imagine. Bad Camberg’s narrow are lined with buildings with traditional German and you often hear air-cooled approaching. As the engine noise louder, experience leads you to it’s something along the of a ’69 Beetle. You look, and it’s a It happens again. This it’s a Dannenhauer Stauss — a model based on a VW chassis. than 20 are known to exist (I a total of three in the show). you hear an approaching air-cooled again, you’re somewhat to see it’s “just” a split-window (I stopped counting splits at

The show is held in the grassy of the town’s sportsplatz. A large tent dominates one end of the park, beer is served in glassware in plastic cups in Germany to be somewhat blasphemous). The floor is and the atmosphere is festive. You hear languages too numerous to count. A map is in the tent, and guests were to mark their homeland a pin. Nearly every was represented. Even more was the fact that some had their cars shipped in as far as Indonesia, the U.S. and Australia to in the weekend.

Step back and into the show area and you are at every turn by the things you see you never see at home. You see the cars are organized on the field according to Four or five long of Beetles immediately in front of you a lot like rows of Beetles at at first glance. Then you that the NEWEST Beetle is an oval-window. As you look over the scene, you find models never seen before, or (at in the pages of historical VW books.

Perhaps the two rarest cars on are sitting under a tent the field from the main Walk past the food cooking up fresh bratwurst to the two cars in the distance and you see that the is a freshly restored VW38 prototype from 1938. The car was in 2005 parked in the weeds in and the owners painstakingly restored it. An feature could be written on car alone, but suffice it to say, were MANY details on car that never made it to models.

The second car is a Type 64 car designed by Ferdinand Porsche to in the 1939 Berlin-Rome race. The car based on a Beetle chassis on is one of only three examples The other two no longer exist.

through the show, and there are of oddities to see. One split-window Bus like any other ’66 or ’67 Bus. As you closer, you read that a 1975 Brazilian-built split-window complete with three passenger doors on each of the vehicle. You’re in awe of the beautifully 1950 panel vans their giant barn engine lids, lack of a bumper and a large VW logo into the metal where the window would eventually on later models.

Meander on into the swap and you’re stunned as you look at the for sale — parts for cars well before 1949 the first two Beetles arrived in the US. are parts for Kübelwagens and Beetles for wartime use. Walk up to a table that has items for displayed in glass-topped display In the U.S. perhaps you’ll see an 1960s owners manual in condition. At Bad Camberg, you see a sheet of KDF savings stamps (before Germans wanting to buy a KDF wagen, the name for the Beetle, would in a savings program in which would buy stamps each Once enough books filled with stamps, exchange the books for a car. not a single saver ever delivery of a car).

As you walk the parking areas around the see air-cooled VWs that are actually too new to be in the show. Always have the out and ready to capture whatever you may upon. A mint-condition Marathon Beetle (commemorating the Beetle the Ford Model T’s production sits along one of the town’s streets. Off on a side street is a Harlequin Polo which, the Harlequin Golf sold in the features body panels in different colors. A Jeans Beetle from the 1970s is complete with its blue seal upholstery.

By the end of the weekend, exhausted and still overwhelmed at you saw. There will be of photos to review once back home in familiar but first, it’s another on the autobahn as you start the long back home where share some of the fun times photos) you had along the way. The Bad event is only held every four years, so about saving up for the next You’ll be glad you did.


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