The Volkswagen Beetle Owners Club have made arrangements to celebrate the “World Volkswagen Day” on Sunday, June 21 in remembrance of this unique motoring marvel that made motoring a way of life with over 21 million examples that found their way into every nook and crevice of the world. This year too, the Mount Lavinia Hotel and the Taj Samudra have graciously come forward to partner this event as in the past years and the numbers continue to grow with many VW owners joining this annual event.
Rather co-incidentally, the first VW Beetle also found its roots to Mount Lavinia with the importation of a fleet of Buses of German origin that was consigned to the order of the Colombo South Motor Bus Company based at Mount Lavinia. Along with the fleet came a German Engineer who brought along with him his trusty 1949 Model VW Beetle that was registered in 1951. This also adds to the great lineage that is shared with VW and Mount Lavinia and it is a great tribute to note of the Grand Finale that will be held at the “Historic” Mount Lavinia Hotel on Sunday, June 21.
As in the previous events, VWs of all ages and colors are expected to participate in this year’s celebrations as well. On this special occasion the Club recognizes senior personalities who have brought fame towards the VW Beetle in Lanka and it is with great pleasure that the Club wishes to honor a fine Gentleman by the name of Gordon Gunasekara who made his dream come true by driving a VW Kombi Van from Ceylon to the UK way back in 1973, at this year’s celebration.
The Ambassador for Germany is expected to grace the occasion as in the past year and this event is certainly not to be missed by any person who goes “gaga” on “Beetle mania”. The event will resume on Sunday morning on June 21 at the North Lawn of the Taj Samudra and will have the “Grand Finale” at the Mount Lavinia Hotel. The Mount Lavinia Hotel has made arrangements to have a mini carnival with a touch of German and Sri Lankan hospitality put together and welcome the general public to visit the event as well. All VW owners who are interested in participating in this unique event are requested to contact the Club Secretary Nalin Perera.