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Volkswagen fans from around the world: Columbia

Kurmen Figueroa from Bogotá DC

‘My first VW Beetle is the reason for my illness, which goes by the name of ‘Vintage Volkswagen Passion'.

Rodrigo Kurmen Figueroa:

Enthusiasm for air-cooled Volkswagens in Columbia.

 
Which classic Volkswagen models do you own?

A 1971 VW1302 Super Beetle Automatic, L91D in Kansas beige
A 1974 VW1303 Super Beetle Automatic, L54D in marina blue
A 1969 1/2 VW Karmann Ghia Cabriolet Type 141, L30E in Bahia
A 1966 VW1300 Type 113, L87 in pearl white
A 1952 Type 11C split window
A 1963 VW Kombi Type 221

 
How long have you been a fan of classic Volkswagens?  

Since I bought a 1971 VW1302 Super Beetle Automatic. My first VW is the reason for my illness, which goes by the name of ‘Vintage Volkswagen Passion'.

 

 

What is extra special about your car and why are you so passionate about it?  

I bought my VW 1302 Super Beetle Automatic from its very first owner in 1997, and I still have it. In 1999, when I was undertaking my postgraduate education in business administration at the University of Victoria, in British Columbia, Canada, I had the opportunity to buy a 1974 L54D VW1303 Super Beetle Automatic in marina blue, with just 82,000 miles on the clock, from its second owner, my English teacher. With this Super Beetle, my German friend Thomas Görlitz and I drove more than 18,000 km in two months – from Victoria BC to Niagara Falls. Then we crossed to the USA, went to Cambridge MA, New York City, and then to Miami FL. We came back to Canada, crossing the USA through New Orleans, Texas, and then we drove from Amarillo TX to San Bernardino CA, taking the good ol' Route 66, famous among vintage car enthusiasts all over the world. Then we drove to Los Angeles and Port Angeles WA, where we took the ferry to Vancouver Island to return to Victoria BC, Canada. We didn't even get a flat tyre! I finally sold it after finishing my postgraduate education, and then I returned to Bogotá.
 

 In 2003 I had the opportunity to buy a 1969 1/2 VW Karmann Ghia Cabriolet Type 141. This Karmann was in bad shape, and after a long process of tender loving care and finding the right parts, also known as ‘restoration', it received its vintage plates in 2008. I also bought a 1966 L87 VW1300 Type 113 in pearl white in 2007, and I'm currently restoring a 1952 Type 11C split window that I found in very rough shape in 2008.

 

I have been a member of the Volkswagen Club de Colombia staff since 2001, and I became its president in 2007. Thanks to the special invitation from Thomas Görlitz (Volkswagen Classic Parts), the Grundmann family and the ‘HO Orange Team', I was invited to take part in the International VW Veteran Rally in Hessisch Oldendorf in 2005 and 2009 – and to take part in the 2013 event. I also had the opportunity to enjoy the VW Classic Week with the ‘HO Orange Team' in Southern California in 2006, and was also invited to take part in the Bad Camberger VW Veteran Rally in 2011.