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414 Volkswagen Beetles Gather for 2013 Sunshine Tour

Annette Carrion
Aug 23, 2013
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The Sunshine Tour, now in its ninth year, is a yearly celebration of Volkswagen Beetle owners gathering on Europe’s Baltic Sea to enjoy a fun weekend of all things Beetle. This year, old and new Beetles arrived to the private event in record numbers, with 414 counted through the gates.

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Attendees love to dress up their Beetles for this event, which featured everything from pick-up trucks, to race versions. But the bell of the ball was a knitted beetle. It belonged to Marthe and Magnus Schwarz from Neustadt/Holstein, Germany who spent seven months creating it from more than 80 lb of wool. It won the ‘most beautiful’ award. Although the design was eye-catching, it left us wondering how well the material holds up in wet weather.

Some Beetle owners wore costumes to match their car. This year a glam Beetle, rock ’n roll Beetle, as well as wedding, beach, 007 and Charleston-themed Beetle were among the hundreds of custom cars in attendance.

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The event also showcased the new VW iBeetle, which made its European premiere at the event. It was presented by VW alongside the Beetle Cabrio Exclusive and Beetle GSR – a limited edition of only 3500 vehicles.

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