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Herbie The Love Bug Returns To Race In The 2019 24 Hours of Spa-Francorcamps

By (Michael Fira)
The annual 24 Hours of Spa-Francorchamps is, arguably, the world's biggest professional endurance race for GT cars and, this year, the entry list reached a new high: 72 cars are set to take the start on July the 27th. Or that's what we thought before a strange-looking Bug appeared out of a pit box during the official Spa Test Days. Racing to raise awareness about a certain disease or in order to collect money for a charity is a noble thing but, up until now, we've seen no project go as far as this. The brainchild of Pascal Witmeur, long-time Belgian racing driver, this project aims to both celebrate the 50th anniversary of the original Herbie motion picture ('The Love Bug', released in cinemas in the U.S. in March of 1969) and to gather funds for the VivaCit (RTBF) 'Viva for Life' project and '' charities. The car was created with the help of Belgian luxury car dealer Deman Brussels and is, at its core, a Porsche 911 (991) Cup MR - the Manthey Racing-modified version of Porsche's 911 Cup car.


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