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Welcome To The Herbie The LOVE BUG Fan Club and Historical Society!
Celebrating 17 YEARS online!
Welcome to the original Herbie The LOVE BUG web site! Herbie Mania was the first site on the web that was (and still is) exclusively devoted to Herbie! It is the home for the Herbie The Love Bug Fan Club and Historical Society. If you are a Disney fan, a VW enthusiast, or a Herbie lover you are sure to have a great time exploring all of the Herbie web pages and photo sites. This web site contains tons of information and includes virtually anything and everything you have ever wanted to know about The Love Bug. Think of this site as a window to your past. Just grab a comfy chair, kick back, relax, and enjoy the ride! it's HERBIE MANIA!!
On the track at Sunshine Speedway in 1997 The day I picked Herbie up!
This is what my car looked like when I first drove her home in 1994. Herbie was just a "sad little bucket of bolts."
Happy 17th Anniversary!
2014 marks the tenth anniversary for this web site! To celebrate, I've included some old photos to replicate my original Herbie page. Much has happened over the years. The photos displayed above are some of the very first ones that I posted on my site back in 1997. The picture on the top right is how my Herbie looked on the day that I brought him home back in December 1994. It's hard to believe that my Herbie's restoration was completed in April of 1997! WOW, does the time fly!! Seems like only yesterday, but this web site was originally created on 12/15/1997. A crash due to a virus wiped me out a year later but I was back up and running with a new computer. Back then I just called the site "Herbie the Love Bug Fan club." This site originally began on America Online in 1997. In 2005 I decided to purchase an official dot com name and HERBIEMANIA went live. Dropping my AOL site meant that the search ranking would have to start all over again, but over the years we have remained on the first page of the search engines.Not bad for a web page that has never spent one cent advertising or has ever asked for contributions to keep it running. Isn't word of mouth a great thing?
This web site has pretty much been a one man labor of love. However, I would like to thank all of you out there who helped me to share my passion. Herbiemania.com isn't as technically advanced as I'd like it to be, but it has come a long way from a simple one page site devoted to preserving Herbie's memory. If you think about it, isn't Herbie just the same? He's simple. Oh yeah, be sure to check the "How To Build A Herbie" link on the left side of the page. I have finally added a lot more info to it. Trust me, there is much more to come. Finding the time is my only hurdle.
My Herbie's Appearance in "Herbie Fully Loaded."
It's a small cameo but if you freeze your DVD you can see my Herbie on the screen (see picture above) right after Tripp races Herbie for the first time. This picture was captured from the scene where the TV sportscasters are discussing how Tripp was beaten by a VW.
If you are a Nintendo DS fan, check out the "Herbie Rescue Rally " game. This is the second game in the Herbie series. Look in the upper right corner of the game image below. Yep, it's my Herbie!
My Herbie was also used during the promotion for the "Wish You Were Here" "Herbie Fully Loaded" post card book before it was released. I captured this image off of Amazon.com before the movie premiered. Unfortunately, the image of my car was removed before the book went to press. This image of my car is probably the most used image of Herbie on the internet. I had it as the main image for my website for a few years and it appears as though many people have saved it to use for themselves. Check ebay and you'll probably find people making and selling items with this picture on it.
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New Herbie Movies!
Don't get too excited yet. We aren't talking Disney here. What you are viewing above is a sample of the newest section for my web site! To ring in the New Year I've added A Herbie Home Movie section! What this section includes are links to mini Herbie movies made by me and by other Herbie fans around the world. Some of my videos will include coverage for Herbie Club events as well as just fun mini Herbie movies. It's an exciting new way to keep Herbie's memory alive and well. Keep a close eye because these movies include various Disney stars, fans, and of course many Herbies as well! Be sure to check them out! Remember, what you see above is just a sample! If you'd like me to feature your video on this site just drop me an e-mail. Just click Here. All I ask is that you remember to keep your video clean for the entire family. Just click Herbie Home Movies to be taken to the new movie page!.
OK, on to the videos above! The first one was taken by me during the Herbiedays 2000 event! The video is really special because it marked the first time in twenty years that Joaquin Garay III (little "Paco" from "Herbie Goes Bananas") reunited with Herbie!
The second video is of The Herbie fan Club web site's 10th Anniversary Herbie cruise. As you can see, it was a lot of fun. We hope to plan more events in the near future. This reminds me, be sure to check the links on the left side bar of the web site for information on upcoming VW events.
You can find links in the main body of the page and along the left side of the page. The ones you see on the top of my page are the most visited links. There are multiple pages so please check them out. You may also see links for toys and other related items. My goal it to make this site as comprehensive and as organized as possible. Since I am adding so many new pages it may take a while until I can fill all of them. So, you may click on a link that takes you to a page with little or no info. Have no fear, I will get to it! Your patience will be appreciated during these changes.
Christmas Miracles Do Happen!
Dear Herbie fans,
I wanted to share a truly magical experience with you. Back in December of 2005, my best friend informed me that Dean Jones was coming to his church for a Christmas show. Those of you who know me would understand my excitement. No, not because Dean is a Herbie movie star, but because of the Christian connection I have with Dean and his wife (Please see the "Never Alone" link on the top left of my page). To be brief, it was my reading of Dean and Lori's miracles and salvation in the book "Under Running Laughter" that helped me to find Jesus Christ. So in a way, the Love Bug drove me to salvation! It's funny how the Lord makes his own plans for us. Anyway, thanks in part to Dean and Lori's words I had become a Christian. I was excited to think that I might be able to meet with them again (see my Dean Jones interview from 1998 elsewhere on the site) and share my testimony. That prayer came true! On the first practice night of the show I had the chance to tell Dean and Lori just how much they did for me. I even got hugs filled with the love of God. They are two amazing people! I felt like I was on a cloud. Dean was even nice enough to write a scripture into my copy of his book. The circle was now complete. I finally had the opportunity to tell the people responsible for my new life what they had done. I know God brought us all there for a reason.
Over the next few days I attended each of the nightly Christmas presentations. However, Saturday night was the most special. A group of good friends were in attendance with me. Dean Jones was especially moving that night. Christians can attest to what I am about to say. Sometimes you can just feel God's presence and love in the Church. That night, I felt it. I was overcome with joy, peace, and pure emotion. It's an indescribable feeling! I felt honored to be in the presence of our Lord, and that he had given me the opportunity to share this occasion with so many of my close friends. I was moved to tears, and the impact of the night was such that I will never forget.
On a side note, I also had the opportunity to share my testimony with many of the Church visitors. I didn't speak at the church, but my Herbie was on display in the lobby with a large copy of my testimony posted nearby for all to see. I prayed to God to let my story touch people's hearts. I wish all of you could have been there!!
Herbie poses in front of Florida's Sunshine Skyway Bridge in April, 2007
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