How to keep your VW Bug stories alive

January 14, 1998

When Volkswagen rolls the reborn Beetle into showrooms across the country this March, the real question will not be how well will the revamped car sell, but: Will it come with one of those cool fix-it-yourself manuals?

Remember John Muir's "How to Keep Your Volkswagen Alive; A Manual of Step-by-Step Procedures for the Compleat Idiot"? Of course you do. You also remember the rad peace sign you stuck on the rear bumper and the leak in the convertible top you couldn't afford to fix (not to mention the mushrooms growing in the floorboard because of the leak). And you remember that wild trip to the Stones concert. Or at least parts of it.

The point is: We want to know what you remember about the Bug in your life -- the special way you treated it (you named it, didn't you?), the fun you had in it, the breakdowns you had in it (emotional and mechanical). Maybe you and your Bug are even still together. Tell us your memories in 200 words or fewer and fax to 410-783-2519 or mail to: Beetle Mania, Today Section, Baltimore Sun, 501 N. Calvert St., P.O. Box 1377, Baltimore, MD 21278. We'll print a few of the best stories.

The deadline is Friday, Jan. 23.

By the way, Muir's manual is in its 17th printing. Peace.

Pub Date: 1/14/98

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