beetle mania

one friday night, my friends offered to drive me home after a long and enjoyable dinner. it was way past midnight and as we passed along visayas ave., we stopped by a gas station. and there we saw, parked on the station, around twenty or so vintage volkswagen cars of different colors and i guess, year make. it was like beetle car owners formed a fraternity and they had a meeting that night. maybe they meet there every friday and maybe, they race their cars against each other too.

i really can't understand the fascination of men (or boys?) to this type of car. it's too small, doesn't run very fast and spends more time in the repair shop than on the road. but then, maybe they love it so much because it reminded them of their own happy childhood. i think it was the car during the 70s. my cousins had a green beetle when i was very young and i looked forward riding in their car coz my family didn't own a car. i had such wonderful memories in that beetle until one day, when we were parked along laloma (the lechon capital), the back seat suddenly caught fire! good thing the fire was controlled and nobody got hurt but we all went home in a squat position coz the seat was too hot.

i remember one of my friends owned one too. he would talk about it as if it was his precious girlfriend. in fact, i think he talked about it more than his girlfriend. another friend let me and K ride in her own mustard volks on our way back to antipolo during our community rotation. it was a little late and we were along marcos highway, laughing our hearts out (we were a teeny-weeny bit tipsy), when the engine suddenly stopped. in between shock and fits of laughter, we pushed the car until it could jumpstart again. we ended up more tired from all the laughing and giggling than from the actual pushing.


Anonymous Raphael said...

Somehow your blog came up when a search for "Quack" was performed in MSN. Don't ask why I was searching for quack... well you see, in truth, I really wasn't.
In any case, it's been a tremendous pleasure dropping by. Highly amusing to peek into your window. Enjoy your day.

Oct 24, 2005, 10:34:00 PM  
Anonymous bugsybee said...

Hi Kero! The Beetle was popular even in the 60s (I think that somehow in the 70s, the Toyota tried to catch up with the popularity of the Beetle but don't quote me on this, that's just based on my own observation). I dream about it until now except that (1) it's no longer for sale unless you get a secondhand one and (2) I doubt if a good airconditioning unit will work in one and aircon now is no longer a luxury but a necessity because of the pollution. So, I have shifted my interest to the latest model but wow, the price is way beyond my budget. Nice dreaming about it though.

Oct 28, 2005, 11:46:00 AM  
Blogger f.r.i.e.d.w.a.t.e.r. said...

hi kero.
i have a beetle too. it's a 1976 model 1500 cc. medyo napabayaan ko na siya pero im planning to restore it before the year ends. ipon lang ako pang-repair. alam mo iba ang beetle eh. tama ka, minsan mas matagal pa yun sa talyer kesa sa kalsada. pero the good thing, from what i heard, is that they re-started production of the beetle in brazil (or mexico) kaya puro bago ang mga piyesa. did you know that in mexico, yun ang gamit nilang taxi? alam mo mahirap i-explain kung ano pakiramdam pag dinadrive ko yung beetle kong yun. you need to own one para malaman mo. tapos me magaling pa na talyer sa road 1 ng proj 6. kaya, get one na. :)

Oct 28, 2005, 6:19:00 PM  
Blogger kero said...

raphael: thanks for dropping by. hope to see here again.

bugsybee: i've seen the latest model too but i don't think i'd want to own one. i can't imagine myself getting stuck in between two buses in EDSA. baka atakihin ako sa puso!

f.r.i.e.d.w.a.t.e.r.: pag tinatanong ko nga din mga kaibigan ko na merong beetle, di rin nila ma-explain ang feeling. di bale ng mamulubi sila sa pagpapagawa, basta di nila ipagbibili beetle nila. oh well...ok lang sakin basta pasasakayin nila ko sa kotse nila. =)

Oct 29, 2005, 11:24:00 AM  
Blogger Green-Eyed Lady(GEL) said...

My younger daughter is fascinated by vintage cars and has taught our whole family a bunch of interesting statistics. She's a regular encylcopedia.
I've seen a different style of Beetle but not this car. Glad you laughed after all that pushing! (Great post title, BTW.) Lots of guys are so into cars. When my daughter decorated her school locker a year or so ago w/ vintage car pix, other guys thought she shared a locker with a guy! (No)

Oct 31, 2005, 9:20:00 PM  

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