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a bunch of bugs invaded putrajaya and caused quite a stir the good kind

A bunch of Bugs invaded Putrajaya and caused quite a stir… the good kind

405 Volkswagen Beetles stormed Putrajaya and also our hearts

Dinesh Appavu Photo

Dinesh Appavu

16 Jul 2019

Regardless if you’re into Japanese cars, Euros, American muscle or whatever with four wheels, you’re lacking a heartbeat if you don’t see a classic Volkswagen Beetle and your heart warms up a little.

As you can imagine, the sight of 405 Beetles could definitely cause quite a stir and that they did at the “Beetle, An Iconic Gathering” by Volkswagen Passenger Cars Malaysia (VPCM) to celebrate the four-wheeled legend and bid it “adieu” as the models goes out of production.

The celebration started in the wee hours of the morning with a convoy of 138 Beetles from Jalan Bukit Bintang in the heart of Kuala Lumpur to Putrajaya. No two Beetles are ever alike and that was reflected with an array of colours, modifications and customisation that reflected the personalities of their owners.

“This is a car that has united people across all walks of life, and they all gathered in Putrajaya over one common passion – the Beetle. The sense of kinship was apparent everywhere, and we are grateful to all owners, and especially to our Beetle car clubs and classic Volkswagen communities for making the event a success,” enthused Erik Winter, managing director of VPCM.

Beetles from all over the country drove over, including owners from Perlis and Johor. Nonetheless, three stood out enough to be crowned the “Best in Show.” That honour was awarded to Raja Gopal, Fairul Irwan and Thavanesan Selvaratnam.

The public had a say in the awards as well with the “Most Liked Car” determined via votes on social media. Siti Aishah Ismail’s Instagram posting of her Beetle earned her the title.

VPCM had launched Collector’s Edition Beetle two days prior and just a day after the last Beetle had rolled off the production line at its Puebla, Mexico, factory. Of course, that Bug mad an appearance at the gathering

Only 75 units of the Collector’s Edition Beetle are available for RM164,390 a pop. Apart from bragging rights, it also comes fitted with accessories worth RM12,000 that comprises a rear spoiler, chrome exhaust tips, aluminium sports pedals, scuff plates and decorative film as well as an emblem marking its uniqueness with the serial number stamped. Each of the 75 owners will receive a certificate of ownership with the purchase too.