Lawnmower ‘helps’ with logo!

2015-09-17 06:00
LEFT: The 84 vehicles parked in the formation of a VW logo at the Frans Conradie primary school sports field. Photo:
mia smit          ABOVE: The logo parking dimensions which were used first to mow the lawn prior to the parking.

LEFT: The 84 vehicles parked in the formation of a VW logo at the Frans Conradie primary school sports field. Photo: mia smit ABOVE: The logo parking dimensions which were used first to mow the lawn prior to the parking.

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It took the drivers of the 84 mainly air-cooled Volkswagen vehicles about 10 minutes to park in the 60 diameter VW logo formation, during last Saturday’s VW Logo andamp; Parade Day held at Despatch.

“It took me three hours of precise measuring to have the logo dimensions marked on the field. And another hour to cut the grass, making it easier to park exactly on the right spot. It was a mammoth of a task,” said Hennie du Toit, organiser of the VW Logo andamp; Parade Day.

Obtaining correct dimensions of a large VW logo, for the purpose of forming a huge emblem with vehicles, was just as difficult. Du Toit had to figure it out himself, how and where to start. Luckily the legendary VW historian and archivist, John Lemon, gave him some very handy tips.

“We started, with my father simply standing at the centre point, holding a 30 metre rope which was tied to my lawnmower. I then cut the outer boundary.

“From there I had to cut a ‘X’ inside the circle, with the points meeting the boundary 25.6 metres apart.

“And then the rest of the tricky measurements followed, which made me feel like a true surveyor.”

A local drone enthusiast, Melt Koekemoer, on the day of the event, kindly offered his skills. Through these “eye-in-the-sky” visuals, it was possible to have each vehicle parked with precision.

“You know, during June a total of 2 000 vehicles participated in the 80th anniversary of the VW Beetle, which coincides with the 60th of Karmann Ghia as well as the 60th of the Kombi. The celebrations were held in Johannesburg, not even where they were built.

“Uitenhage is home to VW, that is why I want this VW Logo andamp; Parade Day, one day also to have 2 000 or more cars parked the VW way.”

Du Toit was ecstatic regarding the involvement of VW AutoPavilion, as well as the keen support of various local businesses, and Frans Conradie primary school which made its sports fields available for the event.

Du Toit said; he would like to establish a VW Uitenhage Club, as it is home to this iconic brand.

“Ironically I drive a Toyota, but one day owning a split-window VW Kombi is an ultimate dream of mine. I remember a movie from my teenage years, ‘Kiepie and Kandas’ in which an old Kombi featured. To me a split-window Kombi is an icon, a kind of sex symbol. I idealize it as the ultimate way of experiencing freedom on the road,” said Du Toit.

)The VW Logo andamp; Parade Day was held in conjunction with the Rotary Club of Uitenhage, to help raise funds for a minibus which is needed at Rosa Munch Old Age Home.

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