THE PEOPLE’S CAR
Adolf Hitler made very few intelligent decisions that benefited the German People and the world at Large. Thank goodness he did make one good decision and that was the order to his lieutenants to “build a peoples car”.
The order to build a “people’s car” was given in 1938 and of course World War II was looming. Vehicle production from then until 1945 was a range of military vehicles and the first Beetles only really got into production in the late 1940’s. It was named by the factory as “Volkswagen 1” but it soon developed nicknames such as “Käfer” which in English is “Chafer” from “Chafer Beetle”. The French, as always, were more creative and called them “Coccinelli” which means ladybug.
Volkswagen continued improving the looks and the mechanics of the Beetle from those early war days until they stopped production on 30th July 2003. That was in the Mexican plant. Volkswagens were assembled in 14 different countries including South Africa in Uitenhage. On that single original platform Volkswagen built over 21, 000, 000 Beetles. In 1999 The Volkswagen Beetle was rated fourth in the world behind the Ford Model T, The BMC Mini and the Citroën DS. Our articles on the Citroen DS and the BMC Mini will be linked to this story once they are completed.
Everybody remembers Herbie in the LoveBug movies but the Beetle has been seen in several films including
Double Trouble (1967)
The Shining (1980)
Big Lebowski (1998)
Fight Club (1999)
Volkswagen Type 2 was the Kombi range, Type 3 was the 1600 range, and Type 4 range was what we knew as the 411. The Karmann Ghia was the other model prior to the complete revamp of Volkswagen that brought a new generation of cars.Worsbroodjies & Footlongs
The Westrand Car Show is a Classic Car Show. TO QUALIFY FOR ENTRANCE TO A COMPETITIVE CLASS, VEHICLES MUST HAVE BEEN BUILT OR REGISTERED FOR THE FIRST TIME IN 1999 OR EARLIER. Only the first 180 QUALIFYING vehicles will receive a commemorative medallion. Any newer vehicle is welcome to be entered as a “non-competitive vehicle” and to be placed on show just because of “the spirit of motoring” and the desire to share the joy that your wheels bring you, with all of the rest of us. See the list of classes below and the entrance form. Remember its a fun day, so don’t take it too seriously.
Non-Competitive vehicles may enter at the gate on the day.
The Westrand Car Show is an alcohol-free event and any person found to have in their possession or to be consuming alcohol will not be admitted and/or will be asked to leave the premises of Dr. Havinga School.
Die Westrand Car Show is ‘n klassieke motorskou. OM TE KWALIFISEER VIR TOEGANG TOT ‘N KOMPETERENDE KLAS, MOET VOERTUIE VIR DIE EERSTE KEER IN 1999 OF VROEËR GEBOU OF GEREGISTREER WORD. Slegs die eerste 180 KWALIFISERENDE voertuie sal ‘n gedenkmedalje ontvang. Enige nuwer voertuig is welkom om as ‘n “nie-mededingende voertuig” ingeskryf te word, en dit net te danke aan” die gees van motor” en die begeerte om die vreugde wat u wiele vir u bring, saam met ons almal te deel. Kyk na die lys van klasse hieronder en die ingangsvorm. Onthou, dis ‘n pret dag moenie dit te ernstig opneem.
Nie-mededingende voertuie mag op die dag by die hek inteken.
Die Westrand Car Show is ‘n alkoholvrye gebeurtenis, en enige persoon wat bevind is dat hy in besit is en/of alkohol inneem, sal nie toegelaat word nie en/of gevra sal word om die perseel van die Dr. Havinga skool te verlaat.Competition Classes Enter Your Vehicle
IMAGE ATTRIBUTION. If you click on the links below you will see a full screen image.
1949 Volkswagen Split Window – Pfan70 at English Wikipedia [Public domain]
1951 Volkswagen Beetle – Lothar Spurzem [CC BY-SA 2.0 de
1952 Volkswagen Split Window – Berthold Werner[CC BY-SA 3.0
1960 Volkswagen 1200 Cabriolet – Ralf Roletschek [FAL or GFDL 1.2
1963 Volkswagen Beetle – Herbie The Conmunity – Pop Culture Geek from Los Angeles, CA, USA
1995 Volkswagen Beetle – Jeans – Mexico – Alfacevedoa [Public domain]
2003 Volkswagen Beetle – Final Car ever built – User Hasse A on sv.wikipedia