Volkswagen of America Celebrates 50th with Nationwide Tour

As 2005 marks the 50th anniversary of Volkswagen of America’s incorporation, Volkswagen will be launching a special commemoration of this milestone. In fact, Volkswagen will be teaming up with two other special “50 year olds” for an epic road trip across the United States and beyond.

The Karmann Ghia is celebrating the 50th anniversary of its introduction, and Disney® is also celebrating the 50th anniversary of Walt Disney World® in Florida. On June 24, Disney will release its latest movie, which will star the most-loved Volkswagen of all, Herbie in Herbie: Fully Loaded.

The national tour, titled Herbie & Friends Cruise Across America, will begin on the historic Santa Monica Pier with a publicity event and travel across the country from California to Virginia with numerous stops along the way. Professional freelance photographer and 2001 1.8T GTI driver Tony Byrd will provide periodic photo and journal updates on to mark the tour’s progress.

The official portion of the tour will conclude in Virginia on May 29, where several of the vintage Karmann Ghias from the tour will board a freighter bound for Europe. From port, the vehicles will travel throughout Europe to visit their original home at the Karmann Factory in Osnabruck. Many of the cars that remain in the United States will continue on to Florida and then back to California.

Herbie & Friends Cruise Across America is scheduled to spread fun and festivities all across the United States, stopping at a number of Volkswagen dealerships, car shows, tourist traps and rest areas along the way.

May 13 – 4:00pm – Barber Volkswagen—Ventura, CA

May 14 – 5:00pm – Volkswagen of Santa Monica—Santa Monica, CA

May 17 – 10:30am – University Volkswagen—Albuquerque, NM

May 18 – 12:40pm – Cable Volkswagen—Oklahoma, OK

May 18 – 5:15pm – Brad Noe Autoplex—Tulsa, OK

May 19 – 11:15am – Youngblood Volkswagen—Springfield, MO

May 19 – 5:00pm – Auffenberg Volkswagen—O’Fallon, IL

May 20 – 6:00pm – Team Volkswagen—Merrillville, IN

May 23 – 9:00am – Volkswagen of America, Inc.—Auburn Hills, MI

May 23 – 4:00pm – Ed Schmidt Volkswagen—Perrysburg, OH

May 24 – 7:00pm – Bilco Motors Inc.—Wexford, PA

May 25 – 11:40am – Sharrett Volkswagen—Hagerstown, MD

May 25 – 5:45pm – King Volkswagen—Gaithersburg, MD

May 26 – 11:00am – H.A. Boyd Inc.—Lebanon, PA

May 27 – 12:00pm – Y B H Sales & Service, Inc.—Edgemont, PA

May 28 – 6:30pm – Brown’s Manassas Volkswagen—Manassas, VA

If you’re near one of these dealers, stop by and check it out.

Herbie, the beloved Volkswagen Beetle, will be on hand, flanked by a rolling, mobile car show with numerous Karmann Ghias on display. All lovers of Herbie, Karmann Ghias, vintage and new Volkswagens are invited to attend these engagements, and most stops will include prizes, giveaways and other fun stuff to do while you’re there. So join us.

Sponsors of the Herbie & Friends Cruise Across America include Volkswagen of America, Disney®, Goodyear®, VWvortex, 3M®, Sirius®, Karmann USA and Airhead Parts.

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