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April 7, 2016

The beloved Beetle has finished its last trip - the Bye Bye Beetle tour - with a final drive to the Museum of Transport and Technology (MOTAT) in Auckland.


After being honoured by a cavalcade of Volkswagen cars and vans, the Beetle was officially handed over by Ivan an...

March 30, 2016

Ivan and Beth's marriage has been described as a 'threeway marriage' by the TV program, Seven Sharp, in a lovely story about Ivan, Beth and the Beetle.


Journalist Erin Conroy climbs into the back of the Beetle for a last ride and asks Ivan and Beth a few questions.



March 29, 2016

The Beetle was honoured on Monday as it took its last drive, by a cavalcade of Volkswagen cars and vans.


For its final drive to the Museum of Transport and Technology, the Beetle was accompanied by 45 other VW vehicles in all shapes and sizes, and wonderful colours.



March 22, 2016

On its final tour in New Zealand, the Beetle is meeting a wide variety of other cars, including a green car with a cupcake on top and an old tank. See the photo gallery above.


The Bye Bye Beetle tour is supported by Volkswagen, which has provided a support car to acco...

March 21, 2016

The Beetle has made a visit to the Levin police station in New Zealand. It received the honour of having a police siren and blue light attached to its roof racks.


Ivan's father was a policeman in Levin and he used the Beetle as an official police vehicle during the 196...

March 15, 2016

Ivan, Beth and the Beetle are midway through their 'Bye Bye Beetle Tour' in New Zealand. They're meeting many friendly faces on their trip and people who are fascinated by the 'old' Beetle. Their story is receiving lots of media attention online, as well as on the radi...

March 10, 2016

On the first day out on the road on their 'Bye Bye Beetle Tour', Ivan, Beth and the Beetle set off for Taumarunui in the King Country in the middle of the North Island, New Zealand. As the Beetle wound through the rugged countryside and national parks, a rock flicked u...

March 9, 2016

Ivan, Beth and the Beetle are setting off on their final trip - the Bye Bye Beetle Tour - in New Zealand. At the Museum of Technology and Transport (MOTAT) in Auckland yesterday, they loaded the Beetle with Griffin Biscuits, ready for their tea and biscuits tour.



March 7, 2016

CBS Inside Edition in America features the Beetle's story in this You Tube clip.

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