The Earth-Shaking Revelation Of The Forgotten Beetle Taillights

First, a warning. This article is going to be so geeky, so niche, so insanely VW Beetle-geek focused that those of you not crazily interested in Beetle minutia should probably just close the window now. Really. For those who can hang, get a drop cloth, because minds will be blown, Beetle-taillight-wise. » 6/27/14 7:30pm 6/27/14 7:30pm

I Had The Slowest Car At The Ultimate Street Car Competition

You know the expression "taking a knife to a gunfight?" This was beyond that. Entering my 1973 VW Beetle in the Optima Ultimate Street Car Competition at Fontana Speedway was more like taking a corn dog to a gunfight. Many cars there had about 10x the horsepower of mine. I didn't have a chance. And I loved it. » 6/18/14 2:00pm 6/18/14 2:00pm

Man's Stolen Beetle Found 40 Years Later

I'm no stranger to the sting of a stolen Beetle and the joy of recovery, but I'm sure happy I didn't have to wait 40 years to get mine back like Tennessee resident Joseph MacDonald did. His Bug was stolen in 1974, and Border Control found the car in Michigan, on a railcar to Canada, from where it was going to Finland. » 2/24/14 2:05pm 2/24/14 2:05pm

Celebrating 65 years of the Beetle in America

On Jan. 17, 1949, the Holland America Line Westerdam pulled into New York Harbor from Rotterdam carrying the seed of an automotive empire. It had been only four years since Volkswagen resurrected operations in Wolfsburg, the factory heavily ruined by Allied forces and now under the command of Major Ivan Hirst. The… » 1/30/14 5:14pm 1/30/14 5:14pm

How A Former Brazilian President Made The Most Advanced Beetle

Occasionally, we get the go-ahead to do super-geeky articles that probably only reflect our own personal fetishes. I usually do weird Beetle variants, and today's no different. This one is particularly interesting, since it's one of the few cases of an out-of-production car being resurrected. » 5/01/13 4:02pm 5/01/13 4:02pm

The Time I Chopped Up A Dozen Volkswagen Bugs With A Sawzall

We've all had crappy jobs, but some are more memorable than others. For me, the most memorable — and really the most enjoyable — minimum wage job I've ever had was also the most brief. A Volkswagen shop owner in Virginia Beach hired me to strip a bunch of derelict Beetles and chop up their rusted carcasses with a… » 3/07/13 2:00pm 3/07/13 2:00pm

This Is The Only Thing I'll Miss About Hugo Chávez

So, as we all know, Hugo Chávez died yesterday. Now, despite the hidden right-wing-leftist-anarcho-monarchist subtexts I include in all my posts, we're not really a political blog, so we'll just say that Chavez' legacy is, at very best, checkered. So, despite whatever reservations I may have about the man and his… » 3/06/13 2:00pm 3/06/13 2:00pm