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Jogja Volkswagen Festival: Where memories, nostalgia take over

Bambang Muryanto

The Jakarta Post

Yogyakarta  /  Sun, November 10, 2019  /  03:50 pm
  • Visitors peruse Volkswagen cars on display at the Jogja Expo Center as part of Jogja Volkswagen Festival 2019 on Nov. 9.

    Visitors peruse Volkswagen cars on display at the Jogja Expo Center as part of Jogja Volkswagen Festival 2019 on Nov. 9. OF JP/Bambang Muryanto

    Visitors peruse Volkswagen cars on display at the Jogja Expo Center as part of Jogja Volkswagen Festival 2019 on Nov. 9.

  • Yoyok Waluyo and the White Knight, his family’s Volkswagen Beetle since 1974.

    Yoyok Waluyo and the White Knight, his family’s Volkswagen Beetle since 1974. OF JP/Bambang Muryanto

    Yoyok Waluyo and the White Knight, his family’s Volkswagen Beetle since 1974.

  • A Volkswagen Combi belonging to Wibisono is decked with an awning.

    A Volkswagen Combi belonging to Wibisono is decked with an awning. OF JP/Bambang Muryanto

    A Volkswagen Combi belonging to Wibisono is decked with an awning.

  • Visitors observe a replica of a 1939 Porsche Type 64.

    Visitors observe a replica of a 1939 Porsche Type 64. OF JP/Bambang Muryanto

    Visitors observe a replica of a 1939 Porsche Type 64.

  • The various looks of the Volkswagen Type 181.

    The various looks of the Volkswagen Type 181. OF JP/Bambang Muryanto

    The various looks of the Volkswagen Type 181.

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Two pictures placed in front of a white Volkswagen Type 1, popularly known as the Beetle, show a family posing with their car. One was taken in 1974 and another in 2014. In both photos, members of the same family are making identical poses with the same beloved car. The car, called the “White Knight”, is one of the most popular attractions at the Jogja Volkswagen Festival 2019. It has belonged to the Djokosantoso Moeljono family since 1974 and has its own “birth certificate”, issued by the AutoMuseum Volkswagen in Germany. “The car unites our family,” Yoyok Waluyo, the eldest son of Djokosantoso, told The Jakarta Post on Saturday. “It’s hard to put the feeling of driving this car into words, as it is full of memories of my childhood. It is not [merely] about the vehicle, it is [more] about the soul. The soul of Volkswagen is beyond an...