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The Spy Who Loved Me

Road Movie To Berlin: 3

On Sunday I levelled up in city breaks by making a side trip to Wolfsburg, home of the Volkswagen factory. I had discovered that the AutoMuseum Volkswagen was hosting an exhibition of Bond cars, and this seemed reason enough to go and explore somewhere new.

Taking an intercity train in a foreign country on my own was a new experience, and I enjoyed the journey even though I spent most of it worrying about being on the wrong train/having the wrong ticket/getting out at the wrong station. It all went FINE, of course.

I did, however, initially manage to go to the wrong museum, the much bigger and posher AutoStadt. I paid for entry and spent about half an hour looking round before it dawned on me that something was Not Right. I was too embarrassed to try and explain, and perhaps obtain a refund, so I just crept away.

Fifteen minutes' walk brought me to the right museum, which was much smaller and friendlier. I paid 6€ and the lady on the front desk instructed me to have 'lots of fun', which was a dangerous suggestion in the circumstances.

I looked around the rest of the museum, which was all completely delightful. Who doesn't love Beetles, and camper vans? They even had Herbie (well, a promotional Herbie, not an actual film star; I imagine there wasn't much left of the ones they used in the movies).


Then it was time for the bit I'd really come for.


The exhibition is called WOB-007, by the way, because WOB is the number plate code for Wolfsburg. I am nothing if not educational.

Someone had made a list of every single VW to appear in a Bond film, with screenshots, which was quite a labour of love. Sadly, the only one on display was a pickup lorry from the 1967 Casino Royale. (I'd been hoping to see the Beetle from On Her Majesty's Secret Service, which was the only one I could think of.)

This was a much smaller affair than the London Film Museum's Bond in Motion, but contained numerous items I hadn't seen before because they belong to private collectors or museums in Germany. I was particularly excited about the 200 quattro from (of course) The Living Daylights, which spends much of its time locked up in Audi's vaults and had been allowed out to play because the marque is part of the Volkswagen Group. It was also great to see a selection of German posters and press cuttings, as well as lots of toy cars.


Lots more photos on my Flickr >

Once even I had seen enough, I wandered the town, found a lovely wolf pack sculpture, and ended up in McDonald's eating a Nutella muffin before the train back.

McD's was also offering a burger with rösti, which I would definitely have tried if I hadn't been going out for a meal with Arakin and my furry-writer friend Rob on my return to Berlin.



Thanks for explaining about the 'WOB' plate. I was trying to figure out the Bond connection when you posted it on FB. All I could think of (which wasn't Bond-related anyway) was the phrase 'Merry Wobs', which was somehow what old-style phone keyboard predictive text made of 'Merry Xmas'.

I am jealous that you got to see a Herbie, promotional or otherwise!
I was very proud of myself for figuring out the number plate thing; I remembered the three-letter area codes from my school exchange trip to Duisburg, where it is BOT (and thus very amusing when you're 14...all right, and now too).

Heh, I'd almost forgotten about Wobs, though my flatmate still uses it.

I got really excited about seeing Herbie before I went, as the museum website mentions it. I was terribly afraid it would be the one from the Lindsay Lohan film rather than a proper '60s Herbie. (It's possible I have watched Herbie Rides Again more than any other film, even though I can't have watched it for about 20 years.)
burger with rösti


...the mind boggles. I'll have to try that if I ever make it thither.
It was McDonald's, so surely available elsewhere in the country?
True, it is. I don't usually go there, so I don't know what's on their menu — do I dare?
It's not usually my first pick, but I was very grateful on this occasion as it was cold and getting dark and everything else was shut! McDonald's in a strange country is always a slightly different experience, too; I got a little biscuit with my coffee, and there were two old ladies playing cards at one of the tables.
It certainly is — I'm told quite a few US-Americans visiting Germany have a beer at McDonald's, just to be able to say "I've had a beer at McDonald's".

Oh wow! I'm sorry I didn't notice that as an option (but I was dying for a coffee).
There's a Herbie down the road from me, at the local drive-in theater. I will take a pic for you the next time I am out that way.

Meanwhile, my VW is going in on Wednesday to have a wheel bearing replaced. I think I should get free admission to the museum for LIFE with all the money I've sank into my Hans. (but his 40 mph is worth it, oh it is.)
Aww, Hans! Good luck to him.

And you have a drive-in! Lucky you. That's one experience I've never had and would love to.
If you ever get back across the pond and are in my area, I'll take you to one - there are two that I know of in my area!
Now that's a great offer!
Did you also go there because of the city name? XP

Joking aside, I've seen Wolfsburg abbreviated as WOB during some of their soccer (I mean, football) matches.

I was told there was lots of wolf imagery, though all I found was the sculpture and some flags.

Aha, so you'd have twigged the abbreviation straight away!