Herbie the Love Bug

Abandoned VW Beetle - Lumix G10, ISO 400, 17 mm, f/7.1, 1/300, AWB

The Abandoned Beetle

As a kid, my favorite movie was Herbie the Love Bug and although I did not speak English, I knew every word, and was able to recite the whole movie.  A friend of my parents had a Beetle that I named “Herbie”, and on a trip to Margarita Island Herbie lost his eyes… at the age of 4, I noticed that someone had stolen the head lights.  It is one of my most vivid anecdotes and candid memory of my childhood in Venezuela.

My fascination with this vehicle goes beyond the machine, it is an emotional connection.  I have never owned a Beetle, but there is always tomorrow.

VW Beetle - Lumix G10, ISO 400, 24 mm, f/9, 1/320, AWB

VW Beetle - Lumix G10, ISO 400, 28 mm, f/4.8, 1/13, AWB

5 thoughts on “Herbie the Love Bug

  1. Great shots! They led me to remember the red VW Beetle that my best friend Alice had when we were in college. It was the loudest car in town – you could always tell when Alice was approaching! And the heater was so HOT that it seemed like our shoes would melt. I am sure the car’s long gone, and I lost track of Alice, too…

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