The classic Volkswagen Beetle, known as the Love Bug, is not for nothing.
The Hollywood film series about Cupid being cast for Herbie’s magical car and his human owners and friends must have shaken the hearts of many.
Near Gloucester, duo Jake McLarney, 26, and Emma Brooks, 27, fell under the spell of their 56-year-old Swinging Sixties Beetle and were delighted with a whole new look as part of the return of one. Pimp My Ride is one of the biggest automotive entertainment shows.
Pimp My Ride Returns: The hit series from The Naughty returns after 15 breaks. Loving couple Jake and Emma and their 1966 VW love bug in one episode – and ending in a marriage proposal
Such was his excitement seeing his pride and joy revealed when Jake asked Emma to propose to him on the spot as the ceiling closed.
Handy Jake is a carpenter who makes everything from benches and stairs to bookshelves and windows. Emma is a support worker for adults with autism.
The couple met as friends seven years ago when Jake competed in a BMX bike competition, became a formal couple five years ago and is a rescue cocker spaniel named Bramble.
Jake admitted he always regretted selling the first 1973 Beatle he bought for a song when he was young. Emma also bought him the Love Bug boxing films.
He found his 1966 Volkswagen Beetle almost three years ago after listing it for sale online for around £7,000 but traded straight in for his existing VW T5 camper van, which he was using after a home trip. used to do. It was his daily runner for a while, but eventually became a necessity for TLC.
The chance to revive his favorite car came when the producers of the recurring TV show saw a filmed post of Emma’s car on the social media TikTok channel and got in touch.
Pimp My Ride, which debuted on MTV in 2004 and lasted six seasons with host, rapper Zibit, until 2007, skyrocketed in popularity – and popularized the name of West Coast Customs, who were responsible for modifying the engines.
It also spawned a UK version between 2005 and 2007.
In 2022 he will celebrate his long-awaited return – but not on our televisions.
Almost three years ago, Jake and Emma found their 1966 Volkswagen Beetle after it was listed for sale online for around £7,000. But it was in dire need of some TLC…
MTV’s Pimp My Ride will feature the car in one of its new YouTube episodes, which will see VW getting a complete makeover
Before the damaged panels were straightened, the car’s body was stripped down to bare metal. The original paintwork has been replaced with a midnight purple metallic finish
The Beetle love story is part of a six part revamped Pimp My Ride series which launches next Friday 19th August on MTV UK’s YouTube channel in partnership with eBay and will air 2nd September.
Its parts and accessories division sells an auto part every second through its network of 40,000 dealerships, repair shops, manufacturer stores, aftermarket brands and retailers, making money for professionals, enthusiasts and a growing army of do-it-yourself motorists. Looking for savings – making it the largest online. The UK car parts and accessories market.
Modifications were carried out by experts at Wrench Studios near Sunbury on the Thames in Middlesex.
When asked if they wanted to be on the show, Emma said they agreed immediately: “We were confused. Speechless,” she explained.
‘I was hoping they wouldn’t climb too high. And they didn’t.
Emma said: “Right after the car was unveiled he got on one knee and proposed. Of course I said yes.
He said it will also play an important role in their marriage.
Such was her excitement that her pride and joy were revealed when Jake asked Emma to propose to her on the spot as the ceiling closed
The body of the car was stripped down to bare metal before the damaged panels were straightened and the rust removed.
The original paint job has been replaced with a metallic Midnight Purple paint job – a color chosen as a compromise between Jake’s desire for black and Emma’s desire for purple.
The old alloy wheels were dropped in favor of white “smoothies”, the headlights were replaced with state-of-the-art LED projector units.
The VW’s bonnet now pivots forward to reveal a screen on its underside and a projector hidden in the bulkhead – allowing the couple to watch their favorite movies from the redesigned front seats.
Also added is an advanced variable-height air suspension system that can be manually controlled with a switch hidden in the glove box, and a wooden roof rack that can carry Jake’s beloved BMX bike. could.
With the cost of living falling, an eBay study of 1,919 buyers of parts and accessories in the UK this year found that two-thirds (69%) planned to fit parts themselves – compared to 2015 when more than half (52%) did so did . ,
Modifications made by experts at Wrench Studio near Sunbury on the Thames in Middlesex
The revamped series is presented by Birmingham-based rap artist Lady Leshur (pictured).
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Hamid Iqbal, who co-founded Wrench Studio with brother Ray Wrench, said: “We grew up listening to Pimp My Ride.
“Working on our cars in the driveway pushed us to do custom builds and modifications.
He added: “More and more people are now working on the vehicles themselves and like many of them we use eBay to source parts so it was natural for us to join the new range.
Six episodes will make up the new MTV YouTube series sponsored by eBay
“It’s been 15 years since it last aired and we’ll make sure it lives up to expectations.”
The revamped series is presented by Birmingham-based rap artist Lady Leshur, known for her fiery freestyle and explosive live performances with witty lyrics and high energy.
Other cars being modified include a “1992 Mitsubishi GTO inspired by Fast and Furious”.
The events will also highlight ‘green’ pre-loved items from eBay’s certified recycling centre.
A spokesman said: “Ebay is known not only for business professionals and car enthusiasts alike as a trusted source for regular and rare parts, but also for a growing number of hobby DIY enthusiasts to pick up their vehicles from. ,
As motorists seek to cut costs by doing more DIY, an eBay study of 1,919 parts and accessory buyers in the UK this year found that two-thirds (69 per cent) planned to fit the parts themselves – compared to 2015, when it was just over half (52 percent).
dr Tony Tong, Head of Automotive at eBay UK said: “With one car part sold on the market every second, eBay helps millions of motorists improve their vehicles every year.
That’s why we’re excited to inspire a new generation of do-it-yourself motor enthusiasts to experiment with low-cost, “greener” auto parts.”
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