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Classic Captions – The 1974 Volkswagen Beetle “Love Bug” Edition

Jim Brennan February 17, 2015 Hooniverse Classic Captions Contest 22 Comments


Welcome to the Hooniverse Classic Captions Post, and it’s that time of the week in which this feature appears, so let’s review the premise; I search for images that were used by the car companies in their print advertising, dealer displays or brochures, and it is your job to provide a humorous caption that is some how tied in with the image. St. Valentine’s Day was celebrated this past weekend here in the states, and I remembered that at one time Volkswagen referred to a Special Edition of the Beetle as the “Love Bug”, but we will get to that in a moment…


Last time we had an image of an Oldsmobile down by the River, and the participation rate was just OK, so let’s review last week’s entries. Our runner up comment was from Irishzombieman☆ (Yes, Again), but this time it bordered on the bizarre: “‘Twere bananas she’d demanded today and so Teddy, now, was driving like the wind–and not just a gentle breeze, mind you, but a gyot-danged sirocco, or a zonda–on a damned-fool errand in the general direction of a town whose presence they were able to divine from a towering and persistent pillar of oil smoke somewhat east of north.
It was upon this beacon that his eyes were fixed when he rounded the corner alongside the creek. The brightness of the otherwise-overcast sky was dazzling and his eyes, for a moment, saw only shadows as they returned to the road before him. Then the miracle of aperture and iris did their trick and four guys magically appeared like rabbits from top hats.
Teddy had time to think the word “fish” before he jerked the wheel and the world began tumbling violently for what seemed like an hour but was probably more like three seconds. Then it all stopped and Teddy saw, just up the road a piece, something yellowish, something longish.
“Bananas,” he said out loud. The world went dark, and the sound of a woodpecker filled the air.”
… It was so bizarre that PotbellyJoe ★★★★★ added the Gif you see above to the comment…

Speaking of PotbellyJoe ★★★★★, he was the winner of this week’s Caption Contest with something short, and to the point: “Seen here: A Royale with Cheese.” Congratulations PotbellyJoe ★★★★★ on winning this weeks Classic Caption Contest.

It’s now time to take a look at this weeks entry, and once again I dive into the Flickr Account of Alden Jewell. This ad is for the 1974 Volkswagen “Love Bug” Edition (to celebrate St. Valentines Day). This is a rather interesting image that highlights one of the Special Edition Beetle Sedans during the twilight period before they were no longer offered here in the states. They were offered in two distinct shades, Red Hot Red, and Luscious Lime Green. This was also the start of imports offering “Black” trim instead of Chrome, and I wasn’t a fan of that then, and I’m still not. You see the two love birds kissing, but really… what is the point of this image besides enhancing the image of the VW Love Bug… (You can see a larger image by clicking here)

You have the next five days to come up with a great caption. The editors will deliberate on the merits of each entry, and after contemplating our own caption, and we will pronounce a winner. So, get to work and create you’re own caption for this very Spring Like image.

Photo Credit: Alden Jewell’s Flickr Photostream

  • Irishzombieman☆

    Earlier attempts at the photograph resulted in multiple concussions and a new alternate meaning for the phrase "head-on collision". When Wilhelmina, the student intern, suggested they take the picture with stationary cars instead of moving ones, the art director fired the project manager on the spot and gave the job to the Wilhy.

  • Sjalabais

    For when you're not ready for the mattress yet – tiny cars!

    <img src="http://i.imgur.com/d1Z9l.png&quot; width="600">

  • $kaycog

    Congratulations, PotbellyJoe★★★★★, on your winning caption! Here's an Oldsmobile for you!

    <img src="http://assets.blog.hemmings.com/wp-content/uploads//2014/04/170826_Front_3-4_Web.jpg"width="500"/&gt;

    • PotbellyJoe ★★★★★

      Holy shift. Thanks!

    • Irishzombieman☆

      Congrats PotbellyJoe ★★★★★! Enjoy this excellent beer!

      <img src="http://i.imgur.com/h35ipDs.jpg&quot; width=300>

      • PotbellyJoe ★★★★★

        And the bottle(s) behind it.


  • PotbellyJoe ★★★★★

    Oh it was the biggest mix up that you have ever seen. My mother's bug was orange while my father's bug was green.

  • smalleyxb122


  • $kaycog

    "Fifty Shades of Grey" is child's play for Dick and Jane.

  • Devin

    In the early days, VW had a fundamental misunderstanding of what "cruise control" actually meant.

  • VW knew that kisses were horizontally opposed, air cooled, and best at low speeds.

    • I'm still going to try, but I think you might have won.

  • hwyengr

    For some reason the marketing department used these '69 Beetles for the 1974 campaign.

  • neight428

    The unreliable orange Volkswagen wasn't the only nasty bug Timmy had to deal with after his relationship with Sally deepened.

  • Ironically, amongst the dismal specter of life in 1974, it was a German company who added brightness to the picture.

  • 1977chevytruck

    …and when I was sleeping he stole all my stuff! I feel so exposed now…

    <img src="https://farm9.staticflickr.com/8151/7349176998_43a932e01d_n.jpg&quot; width="600">

  • craigsu

    It started innocently enough with a kiss but it wasn't long before Helen began exhibiting some model bloat.

  • dr zero

    Volkswagen tried to get the producers to update Herbie up the latest model for 1974's "Herbie Rides Again", but after seeing their attempt at Beetle based romance, the offer was refused.

  • topdeadcentre

    "You taste like lime!"
    "You taste like orange!"
    "No, wait, YOU taste like ORANGE!"
    "No, wait, YOU taste like BANANA!!"

  • BuickButt

    The precursor to VAG.

  • Alff

    No caption but forty years on I think it's quaint how VW attempted to modernize the Beetle's look with blacked out trim.