Just because it was a VW event doesn’t mean there was nothing but VWs on the Camp Aguinaldo Parade Grounds. A few newer cars came along, probably friends of the VW owners or event organisers. Notable party crashers were a blue late-model Lexus IS C and a – most likely – Guards Red 997 911 Turbo. Expensive as those two are, these two held my attention far better, if only for the rarity and oddball factor.
If you can believe me, this MG is the less-oddball vehicle.
While many Volkswagens lined the parade grounds, I was also a little surprised – although in retrospect this should have been expected – to find that there were also Volkswagens up on one side of the grandstands.
It was a simple enough idea: a car that was cheap to buy and operate and could carry a family of five across Germany’s new roadways. The idea was promoted by a man named Adolf Hitler; he was eager to get the people of Germany moving, apparently inspired by the exploits of Henry Ford. The task of engineering the new “people’s car” went to an engineer by the name of Ferdinand Porsche, while naming the car fell to Adolf. Thus came the “Volkswagen”, literally translated to “people’s car”.