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一對有福之士-結局篇 Posted May 8 2015 by kenneth

十數年前站長寫了【一對有福之士的故事】
內容概要:「那是關於一對紐西蘭的老夫婦,在退休後駕車周遊列國並重渡蜜月。而他們在旅行中所駕駛的車,是一輛陪伴他們三十多載的老甲蟲。在途中,他們更專程駛經德國的禾夫斯堡福士廠,為車子進行全面檢查。」

最近,有了一個圓滿的結局。原來他們已完成旅行,並把愛車捐往博物館展出。

http://www.dailytelegraph.com.au/story-fngr8h9d-1227306428866

North Shore
Beloved VW Beetle being donated to a New Zealand museum after 54 years in the family
Mosman Daily April 19, 2015 12:00AM


Ivan and Beth Hodge with the beloved VW Beetle. Picture: Graham Monro of gm photographics

AFTER 54 years touring the world in their vintage VW Beetle, Ivan and Beth Hodge are saying goodbye to their beloved vehicle at a special going-away party.

The couple bought the car in London in 1961 for their honeymoon.

They set out to India with strip maps and a budget of one pound per day for living, and one pound a day for running the car.

The couple spent six months driving from London to India in the Volkswagen, sleeping every night in the small confines of the car (not an easy feat for Mr Hodge who is more than 6ft tall).


Ivan and Beth Hodge also drove their beloved car from Sydney to Perth.


Ivan and Beth Hodge also drove their beloved car from Sydney to Perth.

They arrived in Calcutta in November 1961 and shipped the car and themselves as passengers to Auckland.

The couple repeated the journey 35 years later and the Hodges regard the car as “the symbol of their marriage.’’

“You can’t get angry with each other when you sit that close to each other for months,’’ Mr Hodges said.


Ivan Hodge pictured with the car in 1996 during one of its many travels.

Ivan Hodge pictured with the car in 1996 during one of its many travels.

The car has taken pride of place every year at the couple’s famous anniversary party at Balmoral. Everyone is invited to the annual celebration at the Balmoral Rotunda and the Hodges, where the NSW Fire Brigade Band and Precision Marching Team will perform.


The centrepiece of the party is the VW Beetle, which Mr Hodge described as “the third person in our marriage’’. The party is on Sunday, April 19.

The couple has donated the car to the MOTAT motor museum in Auckland. It will leave Mosman on April 20.




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