If any of you have seen my car, you would think I have some weird obsession with robots. Well, you’d be correct. I drive the Bumblebee Bug, a yellow 2006 Volkswagen Beetle heavily inspired by the Autobot. When it was time for me to make my very first car purchase, I was excited to actually choose a car I wanted (all my other vehicles were handed down to me by my parents).
I’d always loved VW Bugs, and when the “New Beetles” came out in 1998, I swore that one day I would own one. I love yellow, and I cosplay as the Yellow Ranger, so I thought it would be appropriate to have a yellow car.
I didn’t become a huge Transformers fan until I heard about the live action movie. I knew Bumblebee was a VW Beetle in the original cartoon series, so I jokingly thought I should put Transformers stuff on my car. I didn’t seriously consider customizing my car until after I saw the live action film and I fell in love with that radio-talking robot.
I put together a quick concept design, and took it to a local vinyl decal place in my neighborhood. Once I showed the guys my design, they took $50 off just because it was Transformers related (always awesome meeting other fans). So on May 1, 2009, the Bumblebee Bug was born!
The reaction from other people on the road has been great. I’ve even earned cool points at work with all my nerdy co-workers.The best thing is when I drive by and some kids yells, “Bumblebee!”
Last summer I drove the car in the Homewood 4th of July parade, and I felt like the coolest chick on the block.
It’s always entertaining when I catch people taking pictures of my car. Sometimes they blow their horns to get my attention…other times I have no idea they’re taking pictures. I’ve come across candid pictures on the internet of myself driving the Bumblebee Bug (thank goodness I wasn’t picking my nose).
After driving him around everyday for a year, the magic has worn off on me a little bit. But, now that Transformers 3 is filming in town, I have a new appreciation for my car. I do see the Bumblebee Camaros on the road now, and feel a little car envy (let’s be honest, that’s a sexy car), but I can’t ever imagine getting rid of my little Bug.
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