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08 June 2016
World Volkswagen Day Celebrations 2016 at Galle Face Hotel
Given the ardent popularity of the ‘Mighty Bug,’ the Volkswagen Beetle Owners’ Club, along with the Galle Face Hotel and The Mount Lavinia Hotel, has made arrangements to hold the Annual World Volkswagen Day Celebration on Sunday the 26th of June starting at 8am. The history behind this celebration came about with a date being allocated to celebrate the much loved Volkswagen that brought about motoring to the masses with over 21 million examples that were produced in Air Cooled form and the number continues to grow with the New Beetle in Water Cooled form.
Most VW Clubs around the globe celebrate this event on the Sunday closest to the 22nd of June. The significance of this date goes back to the ‘days of the Furor’ who laid the foundation on this day in 1936, at a location which was named KDFStadt to produce the KDF Wagen. This was his concept of a people’s car for all German families which has the ability to carry a family of four at a speed of 100 kms per hour. This was made a reality with the engineering genius of Ferdinand Porsche who developed a prototype that met the requirements and was given the nod by German engineering authorities to go ahead with the project.
Back home, the mighty Bug was introduced as early as 1953 with the importation of an initial consignment of Split Glass Beetles by Clarence Amarasinghe & Company Ltd., better known as Car Mart Ltd., who was very much at the helm of the motoring circuit having introduced the French Peugeot with the sleek 203 model that created a class of its own, very specially amongst the top rung of the Civil services, not to mention the Police who maintained their brand loyalty with Peugeot for many years to come.
It has been noted that the initial introduction of the Beetle wasn’t a smooth one as recollected by most that belong to this era, as this was somewhat a novel machine with an engine that sat at the rear of the vehicle and didn’t require water as well.