We wish you a Happy New Year and all the best for 2012! The Love Bug in front of the so-called Salvation or Love Mountain in Niland, Southern California.
Herbie is enjoying the sunsets out here in the desert. In fact our camp is located in the Mojave Desert of California. A big sky and these huge landscapes are creating an incredible atmosphere – and the best thing is, there is no humidity at all! When we got back to the United States there was no single rust spot on one of the chrome parts on Herbie, even though our beloved VW Beetle was waiting for us just outside….
Georgy is working on it every time to keep it up to date. Stay tuned!
From Ridgecrest, California, where we are now, via Brownsville, Texas, to Veracruz, Mexico, Herbie will have to drive 2,350 miles (or 3,780 kilometers) to get on a vessel in order to be shipped to Columbia. This is actually our plan for January! “That’s one small step for a man, one giant leap for Herbie”. This is not a mission to the moon but it is still quite a trip, although our number 53 brought us so far already. But we…
Flo’s old fifty horsepower engine is ready for revision and conversion to an injection engine. Old parts which wont be used again. “New” parts from the 1600i.
A video on the motorway we made in summer! With a Panasonic HDC –SD909 mounted on a Delkin Device “Fat Gecko”. Nice shots…
We wish you a “Merry Christmas”!You’ll find today’s issue of the Austrian newspaper “Heute” in which we are sending our Christmas wishes to our Austrian fellows, friends and family members. If you don’t have the chance to get the printed version here’s a copy and a link below to the online article. Read the article online via http://www.heute.at/news/oesterreich/wien/art23652,638723
Today Flo was on his way home from Friedrich’s workshop as a shitty Peugeot destroyed the rear fender of Flo’s ’66 Bug. 🙁 Friedrich would say: “Herr schütz’ uns vor Sturm und Wind, und Autos die aus Frankreich sind” which means: “Lord protect us from storm and wind and cars which are made in France”. 😉
Our dear friend Michael Lee Phillips took a very nice shot of Herbie in front of the Trona train tracks in Searles Valley, California.
We’re planning to go to South America next, in order to continue Herbie’s World Tour. We’ve already driven across all 48 lower United States, we went to Canada and traveled through Mexico and all Central American countries. There is just South America left. But why haven’t we been there yet? We actually wanted to go there last time but we couldn’t because first of all our passports were completely marked and full with visas and secondly we didn’t want to…
There is no other way than shipping a vehicle from North (or Central) to South America. Therefore we’ll have to put Herbie on one of the big cargo ships where thefts happen quite often. So we ordered a lock for the engine hood. But we had to get it twice because the first one didn’t work properly and it broke. Thanks to “ISP West” we got the broken one exchanged (www.vwispwest.com). “All’s well that ends well”, Shakespeare would say! Everything…
We drove to Lancaster for shopping and also in order to change all four tires on our almost 49 years old VW Bug. That is the third time that we put new tires on Herbie while touring around the globe.
An Austrian website which is maybe a little bit inspired by our blog. 😉 Air-cool guys!“LoveBugFans.com has been established to foster camaraderie among fans of Disney’s “Herbie the Love Bug” films, act as a resource for owners of original and replica Herbies, and support the Herbie character through the exchange of information and building of accurate replicas.” (Mission Statement from LoveBugFans.com)
Today we had a blast! We set up a meeting with a young guy called Kyle from Palmdale. We got to know him via www.lovebugfans.com. Since the age of 12 he owns a VW Bug which he transformed himself into an awesome Herbie replica. Here you can see Kyle with his Californian Herbie and Domi with our Love Bug from Austria. We definitely want to stay in touch with Kyle and we’re looking forward meeting him and his Herbie again…
“The News Review” – a weekly newspaper here in Ridgecrest, California – brought out a nice story about us and Herbie “The Love Bug” going around the world in today’s issue. The article is written by Linda Saholt.
Finally we got the right shocks for Herbie. We ordered four new ones by Monroe (made in the US) – Domi’s favorites! It was as it used to be here in the Mojave desert a nice and warm day – great to work outside. The reason why Domi likes the Monroe shocks the most is probably because we had the same brand of shocks on our back wheels while touring all around the globe. And now they are supposed to…
We got a brand new blog: www.herbiesworldtour.com Herbie is fully reloaded and we are back on the road in order to explore the world together. As we are members of “DLV Aircooled Community” you’ll still find our latest posts of our ongoing trip around the globe on here too.
Domi installed the new lid lock in the back. He was able to lock the hood after that but he couldn’t unlock it again because the pin wouldn’t go inside totally, so Domi guesses. We spoke to “ISP West” where we bought this spare part and we are so thankful that we’ll receive a very new lid lock as an exchange for the broken one.
Herbie and the camper are doing quite well now. So we’d be ready to go to South America. But we decided to stay in California for Christmas. We turned on some Christmas lights and people who pass by are enjoying the show.
It was an amazing photo session with our Herbie at the Trona Pinnacles – a National Natural Landmark just outside of Trona, California. Don’t get bored! You’ll just see big stones, train tracks and a VW Bug Herbie replica from 1963.
As we’re planning to go to South America we bought a new engine lid lock including keys which we didn’t have.
Domi was pretty disappointed when he inspected the package he received yesterday. We ordered four new shocks for Herbie but the ones we got are obviously a very different type.
Modern day Volkswagen Karmann Ghia Commercial/Promo, starring a 1963 Karmann Ghia.
December 2, 1983, Domi was born in Vienna, Austria. Until the age of fourteen he was living in a small town called Weidling, which is a part of Klosterneuburg, where he moved with his family afterwards. Domi was raised together with his five brothers and two sisters. Domi (aka “Domi CA$H”) at Monument Valley, Navajo Nation, in summer 2008.
Herbie was taking his first ride after installing the new starter. Today’s destination was Inyokern, the so-called “sunshine capital of America”, a little town with less than a thousand inhabitants just outside of Ridgecrest.
Today we got our new starter. We bought it on the internet for just 50 bucks including shipping. I would say this is very cheap for a in the US remanufactured starter by Bosch (made in Germany). There was not only the bushing included, even a warranty and a year of roadside assistance are part of our purchase.
We got it as a gift for the premiere of “Herbie – Fully Loaded” at a drive-in theater in Gross Enzersdorf in August 2005. That drive-in theater is originally called in German “Autokino Center Wien” and is by the way the only one of its kind in Austria.
Domi always carried at least one VW Bug service manual with him on our travels around the globe. Now he got two of them. Both were presents by two of his best friends – Bernhard and Friedrich. As an example: How to adjust the valves correctly.
The original starter from 1963 fell apart. Domi already ordered a remanufactured one and took the old one out. With Zainab’s cosmetic mirror it was much easier to check if the fly wheel is doing well.
We got salt and pepper as a present from a so-called “snowbird” in Somerton, Arizona. The term “snowbird” should describe people from the US or Canada who spend a large portion of winter in warmer areas. They often carry their homes with them as campers like “salt and pepper” or Herbie and his trailer.
Today I drove to the next gas station here in Ridgecrest, California, to get something to drink for Herbie and I was surprised how cheap it was. I just paid 2.99 bucks per gallon which would be normally 3.79 in this town. A gallon has 3.79 liters, so one liter of regular unleaded gas cost me just 0.79 Dollar or 0.59 Euro. That means they charged me a bit more than 20 Euro for a complete fill up which would…
We wish all of you “Happy Thanksgiving”! As we are vegetarians we won’t eat a turkey so we’ll have organic Medjool dates by Berryman farms in Bard, California, raw Californian almond butter and New Mexican pine coffee.
This is how my jeans look like after working three weeks on the car.
We forgot posting a well done German written article by Verena Eissner-Eissenstein in WIENER, an Austrian magazine, about our journey across Europe and the experiences we got while traveling around the globe. You can the article also on the following website: www.wiener-online.at/2011/08/herbie-gibt-gas/