The birthday party gets going.
Back at the festival area, the party to honour the New Beetle’s twentieth birthday is in full swing. The food trucks, which include converted first and second generation campervans, stay true to the event’s theme and are packed tight. And of course, it’s not a party without Volkswagen’s most famous Genuine Part. The currywurst team have their work cut out for them. Many of the participants are only now meeting each other properly for the first time, and right away you feel like you’re a guest at a real family get-together.
Everywhere you look you see friendly, laughing faces, lots of hugs and the sheer joy of being reunited. Music is playing in the background, broken up by games on the stage. Several Beetle fans, for instance, are trying their hand at a Formula 1 Golf tournament, the aim of which is to hit a little rubber Beetle into a tyre lying a few meters away. Everyone’s talking shop about their cars and the English couple from Nottingham with the longest return journey at 1100 km receive a hearty pat on the back.