“I feel like a celebrity!”
“Everyone wants to wave at us, take photos, they’ll be asking for autographs next….”
I am always a little amazed at the response that we get from people when they come back from spending a holiday in Virginia our 1965 Splittie. But then again, it forces me to remember my first trips in her – she really is a head turner.
James introduced me to Ginny on a cold, bright, sunny wintery Sunday in South London, we were heading to Richmond Park for one of our first dates. I wasn’t really a big VW fan at the time, I have always loved Beetles but didn’t really know much about the vans that were to eventually steal my heart. She was all wrapped up in an underground garage, safe from the cold, sometimes harsh English winter.
James opened her up and we jumped into the big front seat, with more than enough room for 3 people and a dog, and I immediately loved her. She was yet to undergo her makeover but was full of VW charm, original bouncy seats just perfect for cuddling up to your loved one, in fact James put his arm around me, covered my legs in his late grandfather’s picnic rug as there was no heater and off we went. The sun was blazing in through the windows, giving everything that magical sheen, the air was crisp and clean heightening my senses.
As we pulled out of the garage the response from South Londoners was amazing. I am always rather wary of driving around London, it is a very aggressive experience, but Ginny mellowed even the most hostile of hearts. People stopped rushing in their tracks to marvel at her exquisiteness! She brought smiles to faces furrowed by hard times, angry taxi drivers gave way to smile and wave. It was a truly uplifting experience.
And it didn’t stop there – wherever we go in Ginny we receive the same treatment, she brings out the absolute best in everyone, no-one is immune to her charm. In fact, if I feel a little blue, I just need to peer out of our window and look down at her, she is the perfect tonic for the blues. And I swear she sometimes winks back at me….