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    Still driving my 1970 beetle.  On the 2nd motor and transaxle.  2nd interior, 3rd paint  job.  I get it painted every ten years after I do the needed body work.  Forgot how many sets of tires its been through or its milage as I never paid attention to that sort of thing.  Replaced many a rusted out body panel ( every ten years).

    Looking for Lindsey Lohan to sign my "herbie fully loaded poster".  Next time I'm out in california I'll track her down assuming I kind find the right rehab.

    Just a little trivia here on VW history should anyone care.  When the VW was introduced in 1938 at the Frankfurt International auto show Tatra of Prague, Czechoslovakia
    sued Fedinand Porshce and his Reichs-Autokonstrukteur Gesellschaft zur Vorbereitung des Volkswagens (VW development company) for 11 different patent infringments. Seems Tatra had developed the motor & transaxle in 1926 not to mention the platform and suspension and a bunch of other thingies.  Quite the embarrassment for Porsche and he did admit he stole the design.  He said Hitler was in such a hurry for the car that didn't really have time to design his own.  

    So, Porsche is writing out the check as the courts found for Tatra and Hitler asks him what he is doing, he says "paying off Tatra" and Hitler said to him, "don't worry about Tatra or bother paying anybody anything in Czechoslovakia."

    The rest is history.  Of course you won't read anything about that in any VW authorized history book of the marque.

    Volkwagen finally paid Tatra in 1960.  

    For real serious heavy duty, safe and must needs driving I have a Subaru.

    "Golf is a good walk ruined" Mark Twain

    by Znahk on Wed Jan 25, 2012 at 05:38:24 PM PST

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