My daughter had heard many stories of my “Beetle days” and driving out west to ski with a buddy. She just sent me this message and a link…
"Neat article! My thoughts were you should do this, Dad! And also, did they wedge a tennis racket down on the accelerator for cruise control? :)"
I completely wore out, used up 2 Beetles, a used '64 and a brand new '71 Super Beetle and of course that would generate some stories!
I told my daughter about driving straight through (24 hours non-stop) in the Super Beetle to ski Colorado, stopping only for gas and snacks, and nature calls. I remember Nebraskaaa! I filled up with gas just inside Nebraska and had to fill up again before I got out of it. A fill-up was about 3 bucks. An all day, all area lift ticket at Vail was $9 and Breakfast Special in the basement of “The Lodge” was about a buck or so. We stayed nights up the road a ways at the Eagle River Hotel (used by railroad workers at $2/night, priced jacked to $4 for skiers ).
A '57 (36 hp.) couldn’t hold a candle to my powerful '71, but it must have made a very interesting trip as this story tells…
(Oh, and don’t ask me about the tennis racket! It was the '70s, after all!)