SEBRING - If you visit downtown Sebring this weekend and see a bunch of '60s-era Volkswagens and people wearing funky shades, bellbottoms and peace signs, don't be afraid that you've been transported back in time.
It will all be part of the second annual Summer of Love Volkswagen Jubilee that will begin Friday around 5:30 p.m. and end Saturday around 5 p.m., said Lora Todd, owner of Plan B Promotions, which is hosting the event along with the Heartland Volkswagen Club.
Jim Dalke, president of the Heartland Volkswagen Club, said he expects at least 48 Volkswagens, mostly from the 1960s and 1970s to be registered in the event, with some coming from as far away as Miami and Tallahassee.
"They are neat little cars and you can do a lot with them," Dalke said. He's owned Volkswagens ever since he bought one in 1967 in San Diego, he said. "They're easy to work on."
Volkswagens can be registered until 2 p.m. Saturday. Judging of the cars will be completed by around 4 p.m. Saturday when trophies are awarded,
On Sunday, drivers of all the registered Volkswagens will be able to ride around the Sebring International Racetrack around 10:30 a.m.
The downtown portion of the event also will include a Grooviest Hippie contest. The winner will receive $100 in cash Friday.
Event-goers will also be able to listen to classic rock and oldies from local bands, Rebound and Ransom. Rebound will perform Friday at 6 p.m., and Ransom will perform Saturday beginning at noon.
Todd said the event will include various food vendors, and beer will be sold.