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Beetles head home for birthday celebration

Beetle Sunshine Tour heads to Wolfsburg for New Beetle's 20th anniversary

Published: September 2, 2018, 10:30 PM
Updated: September 8, 2018, 3:02 AM

Beetle Sunshine Tour

The largest gathering of Beetle enthusiasts will be celebrating at a new place this year, but not an unfamiliar place. The Beetle Sunshine Tour will be heading to Wolfsburg this coming weekend.

Beetle Sunshine Tour procession

Bearing the title “Beetle Sunshine Tour to Wolfsburg,” it marks the first time since the event’s inception 14 years ago, that the Tour will not celebrate in Travemünde, in the Baltic Sea coast city of Lübeck.

But the change is being made for a special occasion — the New Beetle’s 20th birthday. The model was the impetus for founder and organizer Gaby Kraft to create The Beetle Sunshine Tour in the German state of Schleswig-Holstein, where she resides.

Volkswagen Beetles past and present

“I bought myself a Beetle back then,” recalls Kraft “I asked myself: I can’t be the only one who’s enthusiastic about this car. There must be others. So, let’s try to organise a meeting up here in the north.”

The inaugural tour welcomed 60 Beetles to Lübeck, and that number grew steadily over the years to a total of 700 registrations at last year’s event, and an estimated 4,000 people joining the festive weekend celebrations.

Beetle Sunshine Tour

The highlight of this year’s weekend event promises to be the convoy of Beetles, which annually make the trek to Lübeck, driving through the middle of the Volkswagen plant. For that reason, organizers had to limit the number of participants to 200 cars, otherwise it would have exceeded the capacity limit of the plant. Participation was filled within three hours of launch.

The party itself, which takes place on the festival grounds beside Autostadt Wolfsburg, will again be open to all fans of the classic and modern cars, with separate parking facilities within walking distance of the park.