Wild VW Beetle drivers explained…
As a Volkswagen Type 1 (64 sea blau Beetle) driver, during the 1960s, I have to confess to that being an accurate assessment!
With only 40 hp. one had to learn “special driving techniques” in order to blend with the other vehicles of the day. Plus, consider that in rain or freezing conditions, we couldn’t really see through the windshield. It made us look bad.
Inadequate power for acceleration required one of the special driving techniques for passing cars (especially in a head-wind). When encountering a car going under the speed limit, the VW driver would have to drop back a ways and then get a running start up to the back of that vehicle, and move slightly left and check for oncoming traffic while still “closing” on the car.
If traffic was present the VW driver would have to hit the brakes and get back in line. No traffic meant keep the pedal to the metal and complete the pass.
Since passing, especially in short passing zones, was so difficult that we bug drivers would sometimes keep on going and pass a few more cars before merging back into our lane. That made us look bad.
Do you remember the saying from the 60s, "If you lined up 25 cars end-to-end on the highway, some fool in a VW Bug would try and pass them all!" ?
Don’t laugh. It is possible to do this. Don’t ask me how I know. It made us look bad.