New "Most People In A VW Beetle" Record Claimed: 20

Edward Niedermeyer
by Edward Niedermeyer
new most people in a vw beetle record claimed 20

Forget how many angels can fit on the head of a pin, the original automotive spiritual exercise has always been “how many people can fit into a Volkswagen Beetle.” And now there’s apparently a new answer: 20. reports that the Asbury University’s Emancipation Project, a human trafficking awareness group, is awaiting final confirmation from the Guinness Book Of World Records for its attempt at the old record of 17 people in a Bug. According to the report, the key question is whether the students fit Guinness’s size guidelines, as

Published guidelines called for the students to be at least 5 feet tall and at least 18 years of age.Which hopefully explains the female-heavy makeup of the AUEP (otherwise, when did dudes stop caring about slavery/squeezing into Bugs with girls?). Meanwhile, doesn’t the Beetle in question matter? Wouldn’t a Super Beetle’s curved windshield create the room for an extra passenger to recline on the dash compared to, say, an early (but not slave-built early, for obvious reasons) split-window design? As in so many matters, I have to defer to the wisdom of TTAC’s Best and Brightest on this one…
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  • DenverMike DenverMike on Dec 29, 2010

    I would have loved to be one of the 3 dudes hammered against 17 semi hot chicks but with my luck... sausage sandwich!

  • David C. Holzman David C. Holzman on Dec 29, 2010

    Regarding the unusually high representation of redheads, randomness is clumpy, so there is probably nothing surprising or weird about it.

    Congrats to the women (and couple of men) of Asbury University in their anti-trafficking efforts

    @pannkake--yeah, given the steepness of those Seattle hills, you certainly would have wanted to avoid them with 7 in a beetle. In second grade I walked down and then up Rasberry Hill every day, but I never would have dared ride my bicycle down it. There were little horizontal bumps along the sidewalk to keep you from slipping if there was snow or ice on the ground (a rare occurrence). The old Studebaker (a 1950) used to stall on the hills all the time.

  • Bumpy ii Bumpy ii on Dec 29, 2010

    20 in an old Beetle; 19 in a new smart.

  • Jaydez Jaydez on Dec 30, 2010

    Which on of the guys in the picture do you think suggested they all get naked to fit more people? Hey, the ratio is on his side.... Oh, on a side note. When I was in college we fit 12 people (3 guys, 9 girls) in an 84 Honda accord 2 door hatchback and DROVE to a party in it... a Halloween party. Everyone was in a costume.That was a fun night.