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Peter Thorndyke
Background information
Feature films The Love Bug
Short films
Television programs
Video games
Park attractions
Portrayed by
Portrayed by David Tomlinson
Performance model
Honors and awards
Character information
Full name
Other names
Personality Greedy, mean, strict, demanding, loud-mouthed, grumpy, sneaky
Appearance Slim, businessman suit, race car driver uniform, frown-like face
Occupation Car dealer (formerly), race car driver, mechanic
Goal To defeat Herbie and Jim Douglas in the races and to have Herbie destroyed
Home San Francisco, California.
Allies Carole Bennett (formerly), Tang Wu (briefly)
Minions Havershaw
Enemies Jim Douglas, Herbie, Tennessee Steinmetz, Carole Bennett, Tang Wu
Likes Money, winning races, selling cars, keeping his businesses going
Dislikes Herbie, losing in the races, Jim Douglas, his demands not being met, failure
Powers and abilities
Weapons Thorndyke Special
Fate Loses a bet with Tang Wu and ends up losing his auto shop and ends up working as a mechanic
Quote "Havershaw!"
"Are you presuming to tell me what to do in my own establishment?"
"There are times I don't like myself very much."

Peter Thorndyke is the main antagonist in The Love Bug. He was portrayed by the late David Tomlinson.


He is a car salesman and race car driver by profession. He owns a European Imported Car dealership and sells Herbie to Jim Douglas. He was discovering that Jim was winning by Herbie and wanted to dispose of him.

When Mr. Wu meets him, Thorndyke bargins with Wu if he wins, Thorndyke can have Herbie. But if Dougalas wins, Wu can have his shop, and Dougalas won. Throndyke is now a mechanic in Wu's Car Shop. Despite his villianous character, Thorndyke appears to be a very skilled racing driver, finishing behind only Douglas in the various races in the movie. He also wins the race before the El Dorado event.

His most famous car is a yellow GT car he calls the "Thorndyke Special", which is actually an Apollo 3500 GT. He also drives a Ferrari and a Jaguar in various races in the film.

Although, never specifically mentioned in the movie, Thorndyke appears to be British, as he speaks with a thick British accent.


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Films: The Love Bug | Herbie Rides Again | Herbie Goes to Monte Carlo | Herbie Goes Bananas | The Love Bug (1997 film) | Herbie: Fully Loaded
Television: Herbie, the Love Bug | House of Mouse
Video Games: Herbie: Fully Loaded (video game) | Herbie Rescue Rally
Books: Herbie's Special Friend | Disney's Wonderful World of Reading


The Love Bug: Herbie | Jim Douglas | Tennessee Steinmetz | Carole Bennet | Peter Thorndyke | Havershaw | Tang Wu
Herbie Rides Again: Willoughby Whitfield | Nicole Harris | Mrs. Steinmetz | Alonzo Hawk | Mr. Judson | Hawk's Lawyers | Orchestrion | Loostgarten | Maxwell | Red Knight | Sir Lancelot
Herbie Goes to Monte Carlo: Wheely Applegate | Diane Darcy | Giselle | Bruno von Stickle | Claude Gilbert | Max and Quincy | Inspector Bouchet | Fontenoy | Emile | Duval
Herbie Goes Bananas: Pete Stancheck | Davy Johns | Paco | Prindle | Quinn | Shepard | Captain Blythe | Aunt Louise Trends | Melissa | Armando Moccia | Mrs. Purkiss
The Love Bug (1997): Hank Cooper | Alex Davis | Roddy Martel | Chuck | Simon Moore III | Rupert | Dr. Gustav Stumpfel | Horace
Herbie Fully Loaded: Maggie Peyton | Ray Peyton, Sr. | Trip Murphy | Kevin | Sally | Charisma | Ray Peyton, Jr. | Crash | Crazy Dave
Herbie, the Love Bug: Bo Phillips | Susan MacLane | Julie MacLane | Matthew MacLane | Robbie McLane


The Love Bug | I Found a New Friend


The Firehouse | San Francisco | Paris | Panama | Mexico

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Lights, Motors, Action! Extreme Stunt Show | Studio Backlot Tour

See Also

Thorndyke Special | Sun Princess

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