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posted on June 28th, 2019 at 12:31 PM
" learned to drive in a beetle"


Ok so here is a question for all us old timers and you young wippersnappers also and all you that want to keep this forum up and going
....so hands up all the people that learned to drive in a beetle ?
Just thinking to myself the other day that there will soon be a whole generation that are not able to say that they "learned to drive in a beetle"

What are your thoughts ?
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posted on June 28th, 2019 at 12:49 PM



I had two lessons from a "professional" teacher in a 6volt Beetle (so yes, I am an old timer and yes I want to keep this forum running). I still remember that he told me that because 4th gear was an overdrive, you only used it when on the highway or going down hill!
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posted on June 28th, 2019 at 01:29 PM



yeah had a couple of drives in my brother 65 bug then got my own 65 Wagon to learn on
didn't have to do no 120 hours that s for sure only 12 months on P Plates




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posted on June 28th, 2019 at 06:28 PM



The workshop manager at the dealership showed me how to drive his 1957 0val out to the back of the workshop so that I could wash it for him and this became 1 of my weekly jobs, my Dad had an FC Holden and I used to drive him home after we finished for the day. When I got my licence I brought a 1955 oval that consumed most of my $14.10 weekly wage and never looked back fortunately my Mum put a bit of a block on my rash spending.:yes::yes::yes:
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posted on June 28th, 2019 at 10:59 PM



My Dad had beetles - bought his first one the day I was born - the rego used to come up on my birthday. I bought my first beetle 2nd hand - a 59 model - when I was about 16 1/2, and learnt to drive it around the paddocks when I came home from work (I started my apprenticeship when I was 15) until I was old enough to get my licence. I soon learnt how to double shuffle back into the 1st gear that had no syncro without having to come to a stop.



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posted on June 29th, 2019 at 12:54 AM



i learnt in a bug and a lada niva. if you can drive ether of those you can pretty much drive anything



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posted on June 29th, 2019 at 07:43 AM



Ok cool ! fantastic stories guys ....keep them coming
My mum got her first beetle way back when in early 60's drove it all over the Bathurst and Orange area for years
I myself was given a rusted out 64 bug in my younger days and i drove that poor old dak dak around the paddock for hours, must have put thousands of km on it ...and still have it in my collection too.
Gave the wife driving lessons in my 73 superbug bug once
Question for you ......have you guys ever been in the passenger seat with a learner driver in control of a beetle and gone around a roundabout on two wheels...well I have ....and i never want to again !
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posted on June 30th, 2019 at 12:07 AM



i had my brother when he was trying to learn to drive an he took a 90 degree left hander at nearly 60km/h. no blinker. so close.



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posted on June 30th, 2019 at 06:43 PM



On the day I was born a Karmann Ghia was built. That same KG and I came together 23 years later in 1983. Still got that KG and most likely we will be buried together. it wasn't the first VW in the family though. I grew up with an early 1500 wagon , complete with 6 volt and leaking heater boxes, perfect mix for winter. The earliest family connection with VW was my Grandfather and family in an early Samba.
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posted on July 1st, 2019 at 07:33 AM



My first car was a Morris '8/40'. However it was when I bought my brand new Beetle in January,1960, that I really started to learn to drive. The Morris had no synchromesh on first gear, so that wasn't a problem. Going from serious understeer, to serious oversteer took a while (not long, really) to start to appreciate.

In 1961 I had to have the latest '40 horsepower' Beetle, and (with Jack Bono's help) when the power was increased to 70hp - that's when the "real learning to drive" began! :yes:




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posted on July 1st, 2019 at 06:58 PM



dad had a beetle, 58 or 59 i think.....traded it in a couple of years after i was born and bought the 65 type 3 panelvan
had the windows put in and bought the bits for the backseat......crashed it in 75 and bought it back from the insurance company for $50 (dont know why he did ......will have to ask him if i remember)
car sat in the shed for a year or 2 then we bought a 65 station wagon with a blown motor to repair the panelvan.
learnt to drive in it in 79 and drove it for 10 years on and off. it sat in the shed for 25 years till my family grew up and i could afford to do something about getting it back to its original panelvan self.
its still a work in progress but its registered and driving again............
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posted on July 2nd, 2019 at 10:02 AM



I learnt to drive Barnes driving school in an XY or XW sedan, Got my first Beetle when I was 17.

I gave my son 74 Beetle which he still owns for his 16th Beetle, he learnt to drive in it, drove to Valla, drove to Warwick in Queens land and raced on the 1/8 mile, we even filled in his log book with 1/8 his 1/8 runs

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posted on August 11th, 2019 at 07:28 AM



VIP Driving school in Hobart used to have all VW Beetles. The owner (a personal friend) used to rally a Beetle.

My first car was an MG TC which I tried to trade in on a VW Beetle, left the MG overnight at the dealership to pick up the Beetle the next day. On arrival the dealer pointed to where the MG had been parked overnight and said he was not going to follow through with the deal. "Look at all that oil that has leaked out overnight?" was his remark.

Never got my first Beetle till I purchased a new on in 2015 for my wife and a year later our current 1976 model.
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posted on August 11th, 2019 at 07:55 AM



I was given a floorpan when I was 13 and my dad and I turned it into a beach buggy. By the time I got my license I'd been driving my buggy for years. I built a baja as my first car, then a lowered streeter with an 1835cc.
I started riding road bikes after that starting with a Kawasaki Z1 900, and got rid of my last bike a couple of years ago (Susuki Hatabusa).
We purchased a project Manx buggy a couple of weeks ago, so I've been brought back into the fold....lol....
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posted on August 11th, 2019 at 08:35 AM



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VIP Driving school in Hobart used to have all VW Beetles. The owner (a personal friend) used to rally a Beetle.

My first car was an MG TC which I tried to trade in on a VW Beetle, left the MG overnight at the dealership to pick up the Beetle the next day. On arrival the dealer pointed to where the MG had been parked overnight and said he was not going to follow through with the deal. "Look at all that oil that has leaked out overnight?" was his remark.

Never got my first Beetle till I purchased a new on in 2015 for my wife and a year later our current 1976 model.

Hope you kept the TC! They're the most environment-friendly cars around. They put the oil back in the ground, where it came from!

If I'd have had a TC instead of my Morris 8 trade-in, I doubt if I would have bought my (new) 1960 Beetle...:cool:




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posted on August 14th, 2019 at 03:33 PM



Happy Daze,

No did not keep the TC but have had a couple of MGB's and a very nice MGA Coupe since.

Love my old (1976) Beetle and at the opposite end of the scale my 1976 Jaguar XJ6. Well known fact that all English cars leak oil, however if a Jaguar is not leaking oil, it usually means it has run out of the damn stuff. Ours does not leak oil, yet?

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posted on August 25th, 2019 at 09:45 PM



My 4 siblings all learnt to drive in mums 64 standard that the olds bought new. I still have it on club rego.

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