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  • Aug 26, 2013
Well, now we've really seen everything. At the ninth Volkswagen Sunshine Tour, an annual gathering of thousands of Beetle lovers, the "most beautiful beach Beetle of the Year" award went to this New Beetle Convertible enrobed in 40 kilograms – that's about 88 pounds – of colorful, knitted wool. According to VW's press release, it took Marthe and Magnus Schwarz, who met at a previous Sunshine Tour (where else?), seven months to create their unique work of stitchery. As you can see in the photo above, Marthe even went the extra mile by knitting her husband a special beard for the occasion.

The annual Sunshine Tour takes place in Germany and is the largest private gathering of lovers of all three Beetle generations (the original Beetle, New Beetle and The Beetle). People came from across Europe for the August 17 event, bringing a record 414 Beetles of all themes, colors, shapes and sizes.

Alongside the parade of old Beetles, the new iBeetle from Volkswagen made its European premiere. The Beetle Cabrio Exclusive from Volkswagen R GmbH and the limited-edition Beetle GSR also made appearances. Scroll down to get all the "sunshiney" details in VW's press release.
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414 special Beetles rock the Baltic Sea Shores
  • Record participation at the ninth Beetle Sunshine Tour
  • Special guests: Motoring TV Celeb Sidney Hoffmann and The "Voice of Germany" duo Nathalie Dorra and Ole Soul
Wolfsburg/Travemuende – They come with neon wheels, as pick-up trucks and race versions: 414 Beetles in all possible derivatives meet this weekend at the largest gathering of fans of all 'round' Volkswagen models (Beetle, New Beetle and The Beetle). Special guests: German Motoring Television Celeb Sidney Hoffmann (Die PS Profis, Sport1) and the Luebeck-based "Voice of Germany" duo Nathalie Dorra and Ole "Soul" Feddersen, who performed on stage at this open air party at the Baltic Coast.

With many thousand visitors, the tour is the largest private meeting of Beetle lovers of all three Volkswagen generations. The "most beautiful beach Beetle of the Year" was chosen by jurors: The 2013 title went to Marthe and Magnus Schwarz from Neustadt/Holstein. Their convertible in a knitted robe has been chosen among the hundreds of round Volkswagen vehicles hailing from six decades, which come from all across Europe to the event, was. "It took us seven months and 40 kilograms of wool to create this, it's been so much fun!", says Marthe. "It's been a tough decision to pick only one most beautiful Beetle," says Gaby Kraft, who organizes Beetle Sunshinetour ever since 2004.

One of the specialties of the Sunshine Tour is that not only the cars put on fancy costumes but the visitors do as well. Whether glamour Beetle, rock 'n' roll Beetle, wedding Beetle, beach Beetle, 007 Beetle or Charleston Beetle – the best idea and realization are what matters.

On a second stage, a trio was having its grand debut: The new iBeetle from Volkswagen, which has its European premiere at the event, were presented alongside the Beetle Cabrio Exclusive of Volkswagen R GmbH, and the Beetle GSR, in a limited edition of only 3,500 vehicles.


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      Karter Wilkening
      • 1 Year Ago
      Not to be nit picky... but that looks like crocheting, not knitting.
      TIMMAH!
      • 1 Year Ago
      Looks like the ultimate test for Shamwow...
        mbukukanyau
        • 1 Year Ago
        @TIMMAH!
        wearing such crocheted boxers probably boils his bolls to a point of withering where there is no water to pump into the chick.
      Ducman69
      • 1 Year Ago
      Are hippies a designated "protected group", or am I allowed to hate them?
        Ryan
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Ducman69
        The world would be a much better place with more hippies and less people like you.
        brotherkenny4
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Ducman69
        Oh, you can hate them, and they will smile and laugh and you will grumble and whine. Not that it matters, because I suspect you both get what you like. They like being happy and you like being miserable. I consider hippies to be a little over simplifying of most things, yet as I said, they are happy, which makes them way more intelligent than most. If you walk around with a grumpy look on your face because no one takes you and FOX news seriously, then you are way less intelligent than a hippie. Hey, and even if it's CNN your still not very bright.
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      DaveMart
      • 1 Year Ago
      She might as well have knitted herself a whole new husband while she was about it.......
        Jake
        • 1 Year Ago
        @DaveMart
        Well, I'm sure she knitted a pouch so that she can keep his balls in her purse.
      Nick B
      • 1 Year Ago
      Who do you think has hairier arm pits?
      Teleny411
      • 1 Year Ago
      What a tremendous waste of time and energy. On a. Side note I can't stand seeing a dude wearing flip flops unless he's at the beach. Gross. The Beetle is gross to so what do I expect?
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      Actionable Mango
      • 1 Year Ago
      Why is this on Autobloggreen?
      Camaroman101
      • 1 Year Ago
      the silver beetle next to it should have gotten a few photos, who cares about this one?
        Letstakeawalk
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Camaroman101
        Those RSi models are *very* nice. Sure does deserve a special review!
      Jobu
      • 1 Year Ago
      To quote the great Johnny Bender, "But what if there's a FIRE?" I guess I can only hope their outfits are in the car when it happens.
      imoore
      • 1 Year Ago
      The knitted license plate caught my eye. No way can that be legal. That reminds me of the time one of my neighbors made a license plate out of cardboard and thought he could get away with it. A traffic ticket and a $200 fine quickly changed his mind.
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