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Pasco Bug Jam tries to break record for most people in a VW Beetle

DADE CITY — Ever wonder how many people can cram themselves into one of those old-school Volkswagen Beetles?

The Guinness world record is 15. Which means somewhere, a 16th person is waiting to make history.

The Pasco Bug Jam, the annual car show that has become the second-largest gathering of Volkswagen devotees in the country, will include an official attempt to break the Guinness world record at 1:30 p.m. Sunday.

"We're very excited to have been accepted by the Guinness Book of World Records in our effort to break the record while entertaining VW lovers," said Carol Jeffares Hedman, coordinator of the nonprofit Pasco Bug Jam.

"We're hoping to put 16 — at least — in the Bug," she said.

Classic Camber of Pinellas Park is providing the car, but you can still get in on the glory. Aspiring record-holders can sign up Sunday morning at the entertainment stage at the Pasco County Fairgrounds.

But there are rules for these things.

Participants must be at least 5 feet tall and 18 years old. And they must pay the gate admission.

Those crammed in the car must remain with the doors and windows closed for five seconds. And there are requirements for the car, including having all the seats and the gear shift in place.

The record of 15 was set Dec. 21, 2008, in Rio de Janeiro, using an old VW Bug.

Proof of how much roomier the new Beetle is: Twenty-seven people crammed into one in 2001 at Penn State Abington.

Sunday's Bug Jam will also include hundreds of proudly displayed Volkswagens, more than 150 used and new parts vendors, VW toys and collectibles, as well as children's games, food, music by the 1960s tribute band Yesterdayze and a silent auction to benefit All Children's Hospital.

>>If you go

Pasco Bug Jam

Where: Pasco County Fairgrounds, 36722 State Road 52 (about 8 miles east of Interstate 75)

When: Gates open 9 a.m. Sunday

Admission: $5 for adults; free for children 10 and younger; plus $2 parking. Everyone is asked to bring a can of food to donate to charity.

For information: Visit or call (352) 567-6678.

Pasco Bug Jam tries to break record for most people in a VW Beetle 11/01/09 [Last modified: Sunday, November 1, 2009 11:02pm]
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