#TBT | When Volkswagen Beetles reigned supreme

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By Staff Writer
Nov 2, 2023 | Volkswagen | Posted in Features | From the Jan. 1998 issue | Never miss an article

From left to right: Don and Kurt Meyer, Bill Snively, Art Schmidt, Jim Upperkamp and Ron Petrucci. Photograph Courtesy Ron Petrucci

By John Doonan

We all dream of the day when we come across the perfect specimen for our next race car. For some of us it comes in the form of a co-worker’s beater as it sputters into the office lot. For others it may be the nose of a car that sticks out the end of a barn we spot …

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Comments
NoPermitNeeded
NoPermitNeeded Reader
9/15/16 7:05 p.m.

This is one of the coolest things I've ever read, especially 'cause they're beetles

Knurled
Knurled GRM+ Memberand MegaDork
9/15/16 7:24 p.m.

This article was in the very first issue of GRM that I ever bought.

jstein77
jstein77 UltraDork
9/15/16 7:35 p.m.

What year did this appear?

Ed Higginbotham
Ed Higginbotham Associate Editor
9/15/16 8:39 p.m.

This is from the January 1998 issue

David S. Wallens
David S. Wallens Editorial Director
9/15/16 9:18 p.m.
Ed Higginbotham wrote: This is from the January 1998 issue

Yep. If you click the link to read the full article, you'll get the issue info.

Welcome to our vault.

Knurled
Knurled GRM+ Memberand MegaDork
9/16/16 7:37 p.m.

Interesting: I've been reading GRM longer than I've been driving RX-7s. I bought my first one in the spring of '98.

(it was that, or a new 2.5RS, but dammit I wanted a four door and it was only available as a 2 door)

EvanB
EvanB GRM+ Memberand UltimaDork
9/16/16 10:21 p.m.
Knurled wrote: Interesting: I've been reading GRM longer than I've been driving RX-7s. I bought my first one in the spring of '98. (it was that, or a new 2.5RS, but dammit I wanted a four door and it was only available as a 2 door)

Pretty sure RX-7s were only available as 2 doors as well...

noddaz
noddaz GRM+ Memberand SuperDork
9/19/16 8:08 p.m.

I liked that. Thank you.

Shaun
Shaun HalfDork
9/19/16 9:28 p.m.

I have seen more and more bugs getting dusted off and getting back on the road the last few years including buses going 50 in the slow lane on I5. It used to irritate me.. now I'm charmed.

Durty
Durty New Reader
9/30/16 12:32 p.m.

Look at those racing porsches.

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