Original VW Bus Turns 60 (Hint: NOT Mph)
Over the weekend, sixty thousand Bug-eyed enthusiasts [sic] partied in Hanover, Germany to celebrate the 60th birthday of the Volkswagen Bus. On view: over 5000 examples of the underpowered, side wind-prone, crashhappy vehicle that would change the way people used– and experienced — the road. Der Spiegel dutifully reports that the Bus has been the preferred vehicle for postal workers, policemen, camping enthusiasts, suicidals and, of course, members of the "Flower Power" generation. It's latest claim to fame: a featured cast member of "Little Miss Sunshine." To [dog] mark the occasion, the two surviving members of The Who performed "The Magic Bus," "My Generation" and "Going Mobile". They ignored suggestions that they should also play "The Seeker" (inspired by the Bus' steering), "Squeeze Box" (seating comfort) "Substitute (car)" and "5:15" (referring to the Bus' 0-60 acceleration).