On the occasion of the Fall of the Wall 25 years ago we met today to drive our two-stroke cars from the old GDR (German Democratic Republic) around Vienna’s city center.
Due to the collapse of the GDR and the German reunification the era of East German cars ran out as well but there are still some folks driving them through town…
As always Herbie served as a daily driver in the summer season. But now the winter is coming and Domi got him ready to hibernate in a little town on the countryside of Austria.
Thanks to our friend Flo, Herbie and the camper found a shelter at his rural property about 120 kilometers northwest of Vienna, where they’ll stay at least until April next year.
Austrian winters are harsh. In order to de-ice the road, they put salt on the streets which causes a lot of corrosion. Therefore people are storing their vintage cars indoors in winter.
On Saturday, the legendary Late Summer Ride 2014 will take place. It is the only vintage Volkswagen and air-cooled Show of Vienna and celebrates its 3rd year of existence.
As a club member of DLV, Herbie will be there as well of course. You can find more information by visiting the website of DLV – Aircooled Community. See you there!
Volkswagen just released their brand new television commercial with pop star Helene Fischer and our Herbie. Click here or on the picture below to watch the spot!
Herbie just returned from a shooting for a television commercial by Volkswagen.
The Love Bug was picked up by a Volkswagen Amarok pulling a trailer sent by Porsche Austria heading to the Carinthian Wörthersee where the shooting took place.
At the “Volkswagen Beetle Show of Stockerau”, arranged by the KDKF Austria, Domi got the prize for the “dirtiest Bug” as Herbie’s engine compartment is still covered by the red mud of Africa – the award of course should rather honor Herbie’s World Tour.
Georgy, Flo and Domi spent the entire Sunday together – first at the show and later on harvesting cherries at Flo’s place in his native town Gerasdorf, just outside of Vienna.
After we returned to Austria we woke Herbie No. II up from his winter sleep and Domi just visited together with friends of our “DLV – Aircooled Community” a vintage Volkswagen show in Upper Austria. On their way they followed the Danube river upstream driving through the world famous Wachau valley, a UNESCO world heritage site.
Thanks to the air-cooled VW club “Käferfreunde Strudengau” for the wonderful event!
This is the most amazing wedding present! Michele Lee, the co-star in Walt Disney’s “The Love Bug”, congratulated us on our marriage by signing personal autographs for us. Lyle Gregory, dear friend and our Californian camp host, introduced Herbie’s World Tour to this lovely actress from Los Angeles. Thank you both so much for this!
“Domi and Zainab – You are as amazing as this car!” (by Michele Lee)
“Domi and Zainab – The Bug loves you!” (by Michele Lee)
“Domi + Zainab, Happy Tour! Happy Herbie! Happy marriage!” (by Michele Lee 2014)
Before we were heading back home to Austria again, Domi took Herbie for a final ride following the railway tracks towards Trona and its Pinnacles, a national natural landmark.
It’s always sad leaving Herbie behind but our Californian friends will keep an eye on him!
Today Jeanne and Dave Hecht of “Tales on the Trails” visited us out here in Ridgecrest. They wanted to meet up with us because they’re actually planning to travel the world in their Jeep Cherokee pulling “Tater”, a special custom made off-road camper.
These two adventurers contacted us because they were looking for people who have already experienced traveling the world with a trailer in tow. They got to our website through Sheena and Brad van Orden from Flagstaff, Arizona, who’re touring around the globe in a Volkswagen Vanagon named “Nacho” (find on “Drive Nacho Drive”).
We spent hours literally telling each other “tales on trails” and sharing our story of Herbie’s World Tour. We wish you, Jeanne and Dave, bon voyage and a safe journey!