Me and my 1964 VW Notchback

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Denise Burfoot stands by her VW 1964 Notchback

In 1966, I learned to drive in a VW Beetle and got my licence in 1967, when I was 20.

I wanted a Beetle but my father suggested I buy his 1964 VW Notchback 1500cc 6-volt, which he said would be “bigger and safer”. So I did, and thus began my lifetime love affair with this car.

We have been everywhere together, including Sydney twice and trips all over Victoria. He has never let me down. He has taken me to hospital to have my children, carted those children to sports events, parties and so forth without a hitch.

I had Bluey resprayed a few years ago. The motor is fixed when things wear out. Bluey is stock-standard and though the 6-volt electrical system gives limited output, I just accept this.

As this model is reasonably rare, the main problem now is that original spare parts are harder to find. I belong to the Volkswagen Club of Victoria and attend many club events. Last year I put Bluey on club permit plates.

We go out for trips a few times a month. We all enjoy the outings and Bluey goes like the wind.

I will never sell Bluey. He is part of me and always will be.

Written by Denise Burfoot, Bundoora
February 20, 2017