Maikäfer Meeting Hannover

Traditionally, on May 1st each year, the city of Hannover gets flooded with thousands (some claim: tens of thousands) of aircooled Volkswagens. Sadly, again, not including mine this year; without an engine, it is technically no more aircooled than the GTI, in which I went there, to gawk at other Volks’ convertibles.

A Hebmüller! Yummy!

A Hebmüller! Yummy!

Unreachable. Sigh.

Beautiful early '60s Karmann. Nice colour too.

Beautiful early '60s Karmann. Nice colour too.

But alas, most convertibles there (like everywhere) were of the dreaded 1303 flavour. Call me old-fashioned, but a Bug with struts is not a real Bug. Still, these two I like. Spectacular colour, and at least nice original condition:

I doubt whether I'd have photographed a single one, though.

I doubt whether I'd have photographed a single one, though.

The most interesting section however, as always, was the swap meet. Not that I currently need a lot of parts (that’s going to change next year, presumably), but I did score one I didn’t need but really really wanted: the Automatic Stickshift badge mentioned previously on this blog.

Most swapmeet dealers hat less appropriate vehicles, unfortunately.

Most swapmeet dealers had less appropriate vehicles, unfortunately.

I met some friends from my Type 2 days (funny how fast this slips into past tense), and also chatted a little with Monsterbacke and KLE of Fusselblog fame.

KLE's "Pirat". This used to be a VW Passat Variant 32B.

KLE's "Pirat". This used to be a VW Passat Variant 32B.

Definitely not my taste in cars, but cool guys nonetheless.

All in all, it was a nice day in Hannover. Excellent weather too, sunny but not too hot, and refreshing rain on the drive back home. Back next year — maybe even in the convertible, already? I’m not sure, but it’s certainly something to aspire to.