My youngest has gone to Cruisin' the Coast every year with my dad and I since she was 5. She went before but at the age of 5 when she would actually ask to go and found enjoyment going. For the last 7 years or so she always points out VW Things and we usually see 4 or 5 of them among the hundreds of the usual cars. About 4 weeks before Cruisin' the Coast I seen one local (35 to 40 miles away) in New Orleans. I thought about telling her because I knew she had at least half the money set aside but is also a 1st year college student and besides they aren't my cup of tea and don't know much about them. Two weeks before Cruisin' the Coast, after talking to wife, we decided to show her the ad and give her the choice, it is a car she has consistently stuck with wanting. I show her the ad and she gets excited everytime I show her one then I asked if she wanted to go look at it and I would put whatever money she didn't have with it if we bought it. She got really excited and told me she would but after her 4 years of college she would have to start paying her student loans back and that's what she was going to do with her money. She told me she dreamed of owning a Thing one day but is more worried about her student loan. I told her if she finished her education in 4 years when she graduated her mom and I would pay the loans. I've always offered my kids that so, she now owns a VW Thing that needs plenty of TLC but it's coming along. Mechanically it has had clutch, carburetor, CV axles done. In last year brakes, shocks and tie rods. Runs good just needs minor mechanical work. Needs more cosmetics but has a new top. We built duck boards like offered with them and ordered most of the bright work for it for after paint. She plans on going Orange, painting the steel wheels white with her new chrome hubcaps and wrapping it in a 185/75R14 White wall tire (I picked out custom VW wheels, she wants the original steel wheels and WW and it is hers) Couple pictures from hauling it home until now.