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How a Car Can Guide Your Life and Turn You into a Car Person

Dan Pierce

I was not born into a Volkswagen family, growing up with mostly Oldsmobile wagons. One day at age seven, I watched the Herbie movie and I was found myself drawn to this funny looking car.

I have always been mechanically inclined, as a kid I spent most of my time wrenching on bicycles, go-carts, minibikes and the like. At the age of 13, I thought to myself,  that I was ready to start the hunt for my first car, as I had saved $50.00. The VW immediately appealed to me; it would be a cool car that would be easy to learn on and would also be small, so it would fit in the garage without getting in the way of my parents cars. I had the support of my family who probably thought it would be a good learning experience. I found a 1957 Bug Hard Top with a seized motor for $50.00. I bought a copy of John Muir's book "How To Keep Your Volkswagen Alive" and have never looked back.

Over the years, I have made many of my friends through the Volkswagen community. I have traveled to many interesting places I would have otherwise never been. I have expanded my Volkswagen  knowledge over the years and have progressed into higher performance motors with fuel injection and coil on plug ignition and the like.

I purchased my current Bug over 10 years ago. I wanted a car that could with a little time, work and money, would live up to my 7-year-old Herbie performance expectations. I wanted a good, all-around cone racer/road course car that could be also driven to shows and be a nice Sunday driver. After much work and a powerful fuel injected 2276 motor I have attained the performance level I was dreaming about as a kid. It just took 40 years to get there.

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