Dozens of vintage (and not so vintage) Volkswagens assembled in Austin for the annual June Bug Rally. The rally is more of a motorized scavenger hunt than a rally in the usual sense, where drivers roll around the city searching for checkpoints and following directions to get to the finish line. I showed up to witness the spectacle of hoards of air-cooled bugs jamming through weekend Austin traffic.

It was about 100F by 5pm.

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Introducing the drivers and cars before handing out directions.
The flag and running start.

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Parking lot emptied after a few minutes,

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checkpoint

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Attempting to get through “Domain” traffic...

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Meanwhile at the finish line...

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I left the competitors to drive back to the finish line so I could take photos of cars arriving. A few cars were already there, those of organizers or competitors who got lost on the rally. This year’s rally was apparently more complicated than last years as I ended up waiting, and waiting, and waiting some more before competitors finally showed up at the finish.

But eventually finishers began to arrive.

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Many wonderful cars collected.

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