|What and When...
The answer to the second question "When"
is now set for March 15-17, 2019. We are doing it
on these dates so that we can be part of one of the
largest VW car shows in the Southeast,
The Lakeland VW
Classic. This show is actually a two day show
but Sunday the 17th is dedicated to all classes
including Herbie. Most everyone surveyed so far
likes this idea and the individuals responsible for the
show want to dedicate the day to celebrating Herbie's 50
So what can you expect during this 3 day
weekend? This one is a little harder since formal
plans are still being worked on, but here is a glimpse to
what you can expect.
First of all, most everyone likes the
idea of a cruise with the cars of some type while they
are here. We originally were looking at including
Daytona Beach and Sebring Florida as part of this but
since then, we have found out that our event is
happening the same week as Bike Week and the 12 Hours at
Sebring, both of which will tie up those locations and
make it impossible to get rooms, find places to eat,
So a number of options have been looked at.
First of all, we would like to point out that people
coming from around the US have expressed interest in
having Herbie caravans as they travel. A quick
look at the map showing where individuals are coming
from make that look like a great idea. It's still
a little early to start trying to put people together,
but if you are close to one of the main routes coming
into Florida, we would suggest that you make your
intentions known on the
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The following is an overview of what we
have been talking about/planning. Yes, it's a
little early to know all the details, but it gives you a
pretty good idea.
Thursday, March 14
The idea of meeting at a place like
Silver Springs in Ocala Florida and cruising to Orlando
together on Thursday, will take a lot of coordination
but is possible. Nothing formal, but if those who
would like to meet and use this as time to get
acquainted, we could stop at
Big Daddy Don Garlits
Museum of Drag Racing which is along the way to
Orlando for a short tour, grab us something to eat after
we leave his place, and then continue on South to our
destinations. Potential routes for this short
cruise is shown below.
|Ocala to Clermont
||Clermont to Walt Disney
Friday, March 15
Some families may choose to use this as their
time to visit the parks of Walt Disney although this
time of year is usually very, very busy with
extremely long wait times for all the rides.
If you have never visited Disney before, now might
be a good time, however, we are also looking at the
formal cruise for the event this same day for those
who want to get out and show their cars off around
Florida and simply get some great photo/video ops
along the way. Again, there's a lot going on
at this time in Florida, so we are now thinking that
the West Coast around Tampa/St. Pete might be the
One of the most beautiful places in Florida is
Sunshine Skyway Bridge which connects St.
Petersburg with South Florida. There are
plenty of beach front areas in the area that would
be great backdrops for picture taking along with
fine restaurants and/or park areas where we could
have a great picnic along the way, not to mention
just the thrill of going over the bridge with 25-30
Herbie's. Since traffic going and coming from St. Pete can
get really messy, we are looking at times when there
may be less congestion and plan on staying on I-4
traveling at low
highway speeds (53-55mph) with support vehicles
front and aft of the caravan for safety reasons, to
take pictures, filming, etc.. The time to St.
Pete would be around 2 hours, we could then stop for
a picnic lunch (carried by the support vehicles),
followed by a run over the bridge and then back to
An additional stop might be
Bay Auto Museum which is really cool and
inexpensive if enough individuals would like to do
So what would it look like. Well,
the map below shows a route that we have already
checked out and seems to be the least challenging as
far as traffic and stop and go traffic.
Saturday, March 16.
This day is probably the most up in the air.
We are in process of trying to convince Disney to do
something special for us but with the seasonal
crowds and past experience, we are not sure how this
will work out. One thing for sure, we will
meet at Disney and we will be cruising around the
parks for photo ops, etc.. Also, as you will
read in the Guest Star
Appearance section, we are doing our best to get
Joaquin Garay III from Herbie Goes Bananas to join
us on Saturday as much as he can for photo ops,
autographs, etc.. These details will begin to
take shape as we move forward but the day will not
That afternoon/evening, we are trying to get one
of our favorite cruise locations,
Old Town of Kissimmee, to allow us to
participate in their classic car cruise that evening
at 8:30. However, we do have a potential issue
here in that they have and maintain the same rules
that they have for over 25 years in that the cars
must be 1979 or older on Saturday nights. Now
that would be no issue for most of our cars, but for
the new models, they would not be allowed to
cruise with the other cruisers. Hopefully that
would not be a show stopper for everyone, in that
those with new Herbie's hopefully could cruise in
someone else's car if desired. The beautiful
part of Old Town is that it is only located a couple
of miles from Disney and people from around the
world come in just to see the cars. They line up 4
and 5 deep along the 1/8th mile plus stretch of
brick road just to appreciate and applaud the cars
as they go by. In addition, it's free, has
plenty of restaurants, shops,
etc. to keep everyone busy including he children.
After the cruise, we are still looking for the
appropriate location where a large outdoor screen
could be set up and a showing of The Love Bug could
be played along with all the cars parked around.
The showing of the movie would be no cost and we
plan on having popcorn and drinks available.
Sunday, March 17.
The final day of the event will be
held in Lakeland Florida, approx. 45min south of
Disney, at the
13th Annual Lakeland VW Classic.
The gates open at 6am and the show usually ends
around 5pm on this day when trophies/plagues are
awarded, a FREE Sand Rail is given away along
with plenty of other great items. The show is
really great and there is plenty for everyone to do
including the children.
Well, that's about it for now.
If you have any suggestions on the above, please let
us know as soon as possible so that we can consider
them in our planning...