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The Tailgate / Today in history 5-28
Last post by remrogers - Today at 10:17:07 AM
1937
May 28
Volkswagen is founded

On May 28, 1937, the government of Germany—then under the control of Adolf Hitler of the National Socialist (Nazi) Party—forms a new state-owned automobile company, then known as Gesellschaft zur Vorbereitung des Deutschen Volkswagens mbH. Later that year, it was renamed simply Volkswagenwerk, or "The People's Car Company."

Originally operated by the German Labor Front, a Nazi organization, Volkswagen was headquartered in Wolfsburg, Germany. In addition to his ambitious campaign to build a network of autobahns and limited access highways across Germany, Hitler's pet project was the development and mass production of an affordable yet still speedy vehicle that could sell for less than 1,000 Reich marks (about $140 at the time). To provide the design for this "people's car," Hitler called in the Austrian and German automotive engineer Ferdinand Porsche. In 1938, at a Nazi rally, the Fuhrer declared: "It is for the broad masses that this car has been built. Its purpose is to answer their transportation needs, and it is intended to give them joy." However, soon after the KdF (Kraft-durch-Freude)-Wagen ("Strength-Through-Joy" car) was displayed for the first time at the Berlin Motor Show in 1939, World War II began, and Volkswagen halted production. After the war ended, with the factory in ruins, the Allies would make Volkswagen the focus of their attempts to resuscitate the German auto industry.

Volkswagen sales in the United States were initially slower than in other parts of the world, due to the car's historic Nazi connections as well as its small size and unusual rounded shape. In 1959, the advertising agency Doyle Dane Bernbach launched a landmark campaign, dubbing the car the "Beetle" and spinning its diminutive size as a distinct advantage to consumers. Over the next several years, VW became the top-selling auto import in the United States. In 1960, the German government sold 60 percent of Volkswagen's stock to the public, effectively denationalizing it. Twelve years later, the Beetle surpassed the longstanding worldwide production record of 15 million vehicles, set by Ford Motor Company's legendary Model T between 1908 and 1927.

With the Beetle's design relatively unchanged since 1935, sales grew sluggish in the early 1970s. VW bounced back with the introduction of sportier models such as the Rabbit and later, the Golf. In 1998, the company began selling the highly touted "New Beetle" while still continuing production of its predecessor. After nearly 70 years and more than 21 million units produced, the last original Beetle rolled off the line in Puebla, Mexico, on July 30, 2003.
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Board Announcements / Re: We need a slogan
Last post by nastygunz - Today at 02:28:00 AM
" I lubricate my AR-15 with the tears of liberals."
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Other Small Game / Re: 22 crossman pump
Last post by nastygunz - Yesterday at 10:53:35 PM
Killas!
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Non Hunting/Fishing Photos / Re: Wildlife Photos from AK II...
Last post by FinsnFur - Yesterday at 08:44:00 PM
Never apologize for all the posts and pics. Just keep em coming :congrats:
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Non Hunting/Fishing Photos / Re: Wildlife Photos from AK II
Last post by FinsnFur - Yesterday at 08:42:01 PM
My god you got a decent camera dont ya  :eyebrow:
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Non Hunting/Fishing Photos / Re: Wildlife Photos from AK
Last post by FinsnFur - Yesterday at 08:40:58 PM
That thing is a beast. What a beautiful coat on that thing. Wow :eyebrow:
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Non Hunting/Fishing Photos / Re: Wildlife Photos from AK IV
Last post by FinsnFur - Yesterday at 08:39:41 PM
Awesome shot.
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Other Small Game / Re: 22 crossman pump
Last post by FinsnFur - Yesterday at 08:27:57 PM
I don't remember the brand Nasty and I lost the lid to the tin these came in. But here's a picture. They're nothing special.You cannot view this attachment.
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Non Hunting/Fishing Photos / Re: Wildlife Photos from AK IV
Last post by MI VHNTR - Yesterday at 07:05:27 PM
Fantastic pics! Thanks for sharing them.
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Non Hunting/Fishing Photos / Re: Wildlife Photos from AK
Last post by JohnP - Yesterday at 06:55:44 PM
Thanks for the pictures and welcome back.