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2013-08-27 09:15

NOW WE’VE REALLY SEEN EVERYTHING: Magnus and Marthe Schwarz pose with their knitted Beetle crowned the 2013 Sunshine Tour’s “most beautiful beach Beetle of the Year.” Even the alloys received knitting treatment! Image: VW

LUBECK, Germany - Neon wheels, crazy modifications, race and bakkie versions... 414 Volkswagen Beetles gathered for the ninth annual Sunshine Tour in Germany.

One of the largest gatherings of Beetle aficionados meet each year to show off all three generations (Beetle, New Beetle and The New Beetle) of the German automaker’s iconic car.

Video: 2013 VW Beetle Sunshine tour

According to organisers: “Whether its Glamour Beetle, Rock 'Roll Beetle, Wedding Beetle, Beach Beetle, 007 Beetle or Charleston Beetle, the best idea and realisation are what matters.”


Despite all the wonderful models on display only one "bech Beetle" could be crowned the tour’s “most beautiful beach Beetle of the Year” and the 2013 title went to Marthe and Magnus Schwarz for their Beetle convertible sporting totally knitted kit.

Marthe said: “It took us seven months and 40kg of wool to create this, it’s been so much fun!”

Gaby Kraft, who's organised the Beetle Sunshine Tour since 2004, said: “It’s been a tough decision to pick only one most beautiful Beetle.”

VW debuted its new Beetle trio at the event: The new iBeetle, Beetle Cabrio Exclusive from Volkswagen R GmbH and the limited edition Beetle GSR, of which there only 3500 vehicles.

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