The Beetle family - come together

The Lady Bug convention celebrated its 30th anniversary in 2013 with thousands of air-cooled models.

Text Sabrina Künz  Photos Ingo Eiberg | Volkswagen Classic

More than 15,000 fans of air-cooled Volkswagen vehicles descended on the east parking lot of the Hanover exhibition center on May 1 (German Labor Day) to celebrate the 30th Lady Bug convention. Nearly 3,500 Type 3, Type 4 and Type 181 Beetle models were present, in addition to some Bulli camper vans that were built in Wolfsburg and Hanover and a few Fridolin mini delivery vans.

Participants came from Germany, Denmark, the Netherlands, Belgium, Switzerland, France, the Czech Republic, Poland, Sweden and Italy to enjoy the world’s largest one-day meeting of its kind. Volkswagen Classic and Volkswagen Classic Parts were also present to display some of their collections’ top vehicles. Volkswagen Classic presented a 1952 Beetle Convertible and a newly restored, very rare 1950 Hebmüller Convertible, while Volkswagen Classic Parts premiered their new service van based on a 4-wheel-drive Vanagon Syncro.

“The Lady Bug convention is simply a must for enthusiasts,” says organizer Henry Hackerott.

Photos from the 30th Lady Bug Convention

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