Apal celebrates 50th birthday at Bug Show
Created in the 1930s and widely commercialised in the 1940s, the world famous VW Beetle was a popular family car until 1978, the year in which its manufacturers definitively stopped production in Europe.
The Beetle’s attractive curves crossed the oceans to stake its place in the US, where it conquered a mainly feminine market. The economic boom of the sixties allowed Americans to purchase a second family car. While the men preferred to remain faithful to large cars, like Cadillacs, the ladies opted for the more discrete elegance of the new European arrival. The Bug was also a favourite of the hippy movement, for whom it became the motorised symbol.
This rich heritage still accompanies the Beetle today on its journeys throughout the world. « Freedom » as sung by Richies Havens at Woodstock. Its from my era. Sorry!
This weekend, the Beetle will be accompanied by Combis and the whole VW range from another era, for the occasion of the 19th Bug Show. This is an event like no other, mixing iconic cars with the atmosphere of great events from another time.
This year, the Bug Show is celebrating another great car, one which was born in Belgium’s Liège region - the Apal. Edmond Pery, the father of these fun sports cars, is to be reunited with all of his ‘offspring’» - Formula V, GT Horizon, Samtrack, Muchang, Multimaco Renault, Rancho, Buggy, Mexicain, Fiero F40, Triumph Spitfire Apal…
Visiting this open exhibition will be well worth the trip, especially as the skies will be blue again this weekend.
In addition, you will be able to browse the largest VW ‘antiques fair’ in Europe, discover Dragsters from the US and watch these exceptional rocket cars in action, lunch, dine or supper under the marquee, attend a Rockabilly concert, follow the parade around the circuit, or admire racing cars.
During its 19 seasons, the Francorchamps Bug Show has become the largest European event for the Beetle and its brothers and sisters. Don’t miss this fun event. For more information visit www.spa-francorchamps.be or www.bugshow.be