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Motoring heritage: All hype or living history?

BBC News -- The slim but large steering wheel, the basic switches and buttons and the ample headroom make the old VW Beetle a joy to drive.

Pootling around the Chiltern hills and the Thames Valley, through affluent chocolate-box towns such as Marlow and Henley, makes the experience even more special.

Like the genteel facades of the houses in these quaint riverside market towns, the car brings forth memories of a past when the pace of life was more relaxed, of a time before technology became such a dominant force in our lives.

It is an illusion, of course. One that is shattered the moment you enter any of the buildings, which are brimming with surround-sound audio equipment, computer-controlled appliances and bundles of portable electronic gadgets.


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Submitted Mar 27, 2012 By: dasAuto
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honda0105
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Message Posted: Mar 29, 2012 5:01:29 AM

too bad neither the old style VW nor the 2CV are made anymore. They were robust, you could work on them for hardly anything and they ended up sipping little drops of gas rather than sucking it through the pipe with a big gulp.
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Message Posted: Mar 28, 2012 12:42:31 PM

Interesting....
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Thank you for posting.
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asog75
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Message Posted: Mar 28, 2012 12:41:43 AM

69 vw 35 mph almost cost nothing for repairs, try that now!! 69 new vw 2 k then !! thats the connect
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Message Posted: Mar 28, 2012 12:36:44 AM

ok
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Message Posted: Mar 27, 2012 11:15:05 PM

What is the connection between this article and oil and gasoline prices?
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Message Posted: Mar 27, 2012 11:14:42 PM

pootling around? pootling around? I never pootled nobody who didn't have it coming to them...
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otherdave
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Message Posted: Mar 27, 2012 11:13:14 PM

BBC B.S.
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cmsense
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Message Posted: Mar 27, 2012 11:13:00 PM

Took my driving test in one of these tin cans.
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Message Posted: Mar 27, 2012 11:12:43 PM

I found the 'bug' a little tight for me.
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Message Posted: Mar 27, 2012 11:12:27 PM

ok
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Message Posted: Mar 27, 2012 11:08:26 PM

Hype.
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Message Posted: Mar 27, 2012 11:08:25 PM

hmmm...
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ok
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Message Posted: Mar 27, 2012 11:07:33 PM

Driving around in a VW bug was never a joy but an experience that I am glad I no longer have to do.
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Message Posted: Mar 27, 2012 11:06:20 PM

Just a nice story.
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Message Posted: Mar 27, 2012 11:06:14 PM

people like stories. so, either hype or living history works.
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Message Posted: Mar 27, 2012 11:04:49 PM

who cares
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Message Posted: Mar 27, 2012 11:04:41 PM

Pootling???
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ok
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ok
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Message Posted: Mar 27, 2012 10:57:57 PM

Clermont is probably right I glanced through a number of paragraphs and didn't have the time to spend reading more of the article.
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Message Posted: Mar 27, 2012 10:57:44 PM

Good article
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Message Posted: Mar 27, 2012 10:56:29 PM

ok
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Message Posted: Mar 27, 2012 10:53:04 PM

Never had a Beetle, just a couple of Renault Dauphines, hot water heater in Minnesota. Now that days me.
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Message Posted: Mar 27, 2012 10:52:47 PM

shame
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Message Posted: Mar 27, 2012 10:48:17 PM

History
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Message Posted: Mar 27, 2012 10:45:26 PM

The new low cost no frills VW the Up sounds like a winner.
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Message Posted: Mar 27, 2012 10:43:40 PM

Long article. Not worth reading unless you are a car nut.

Pootling around? Word of the day not worth looking up.
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Message Posted: Mar 27, 2012 10:41:20 PM

ok
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Message Posted: Mar 27, 2012 10:39:11 PM

So?
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Message Posted: Mar 27, 2012 10:38:36 PM

I don't need all these high powered gadgets.
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Message Posted: Mar 27, 2012 10:37:37 PM

Before or after the Motor Law ?
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Message Posted: Mar 27, 2012 10:37:19 PM

Ok
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Message Posted: Mar 27, 2012 10:35:40 PM

I'd have to say it's living history.
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Message Posted: Mar 27, 2012 10:35:10 PM

Do they have gas stations?
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Message Posted: Mar 27, 2012 10:34:48 PM

“What does this article have to do with the price of fuel in either Canada or the USA?”

Nothing, but why do you ask? Is there some reason that it should? It is quite an interesting article about automobiles and design. Thanks for posting!
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Message Posted: Mar 27, 2012 10:33:43 PM

ok
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Message Posted: Mar 27, 2012 10:32:24 PM

Hype
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Yea things are a changing!
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Message Posted: Mar 27, 2012 10:29:18 PM

Not a fan of VW.
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I drove a VW bus 14 years.
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Message Posted: Mar 27, 2012 10:26:16 PM

pootling around?
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Message Posted: Mar 27, 2012 10:25:11 PM

GOOD FOR THEM!
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Message Posted: Mar 27, 2012 10:24:53 PM

Intresting...
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Message Posted: Mar 27, 2012 10:19:54 PM

I loved the 67 beetle.
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Message Posted: Mar 27, 2012 10:19:11 PM

Who pumps this junk up? What does this article have to do with the price of fuel in either Canada or the USA?
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Message Posted: Mar 27, 2012 10:18:42 PM

It takes a special kind of person to enjoy driving a beetle.
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Good
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Lets move forward not backwards
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