Now that I uploaded Sebu's photos I remembered seeing Dean Moon's front-engined dragster in cover of my old stashed Hot Rod-magazines.
As a reminder of coming middle-aged; I've had that issue close to 20 years.
There used to be two second-hand bookshop in Vallila having good stock of old car magazines. The shop owner of the other (cannot remember the name now) spent lot of time in States and in one of his trips he had bought a van or pickup truck to be imported to Finland plus visited several garage sales of private persons collecting all the old car magazines they had. On top of that he started to import new magazines, I think there I became familiar with Hot VWs first time, naturally passed those issues while browsing Hot Rods :)
Among the new magazines were Hemmings Motor News to which I became quite hooked as around the same time some semi-professional wheeler-dealers started to import vintage cars due to the local "25 year rule". So there I was saving money and thinking about what car I would import.. While thinking about cars and continuing studies I focused on old magazines and memorabilia. As this was late 80's / early 90's few years before I got online, 10 years before eBay etc, the only option was to send cash in letter along with a wishlist. I received dozens of parcels and never got screwed, something I cannot trust anymore :)
Cool Oval photographed in location that looks like Kuplapaja's premises in Vantaa around the turn of the decade. The car has some "Berglar" look and feel, maybe due to the combination of metallic paint, full US spec towel rail bumbers and dechroming?
Cannot remember why Jussi had it at that time and never seen the car since, wonder what happened to it..
For some reason I couldn't motivate myself to dechrome any of my cars but I really would like to get my hands on car like this. Too high mounted tail-lights hurt my eyes a little bit :)
I was just searching for some old photos and came across to this old scanning from a trade magazine. For non-Finns the headline is pondering with the idea of IT-sector needing girl-energy (ain't that the truth!) and photo of your average summertime terrace in Helsinki.. can you spot who's into Volkswagens&Porsches in the photo :)
Little proof-of-concept for the brown cabriolet top. I got the top material bit too late to fit in the upholsterer's schedule for this Fall and that pretty much screwed the idea about finishing the car this year.
Bit too late now as I have the material on my hands :) Still easier/cheaper to switch back to black in case I change my mind. The black fender beading and running board mats somewhat bother me. One option would be buying beige fender beading and running board mats from Wolfsburg West and getting them dyed to brown.
Couple of cameraphone shots from Der Fieser Luftkuhler VW Club's 10th birthday party. Crappy, I know, but unfortunately this is all I got as somehow the camera got left back home.
Managed to sneak in while the bouncers looked the other way :) The whole deal turned out to be very smoothly organized evening in really cool old movie theater in Gross-Gerau. Along with the club branded beer, one of the highlights of the evening was a rare footage club member Georg known from VW Speed Magazine had found from Bug In #1 or #2 (the US one) filmed by German VW enthusiast back in the day.
Here's a link to proper photos by Andi, one of the club members.
To any DFL guys reading this blog; many thanks for the invitation and for the great time!
Hotel Schwanen in Metzingen, I guess this is my kind of parking lot :)
not too shabby on this side neither..
Looked like a contryman beated us visiting the place. The hotel walls had pictures of nearly every McLaren driver from the Senna/Prost days until today (except strangely Gerhard Berger and not so strangely Kimi :) We were bit puzzled about the big names as the F1 tracks etc quite far away but then realized the nearby HQ of one of McLaren team's sponsors for 20+ years.
During a nice drive in beautiful misty Schwabian mountains on Saturday Morning we came across to something like 100-150 people on the road, so we thought that they must be up to something..
..and they were; bit surreal sight to see herd of cows appearing from the fog.
Shots of my two favourite new cars debuted in 2008 show season (at least new for me..)
Henry Marcena's Split 'Vert is just awesome and sits right.
Even that this is the model that a certain 356-dude from Espoo would call "the fat chick of the 356s" or "the Super Beetle of 356s", this is one of the best modified 356 I've seen both in pictures and in real.
I am not too keen about BRMs since 90's, but seeing real ones in the Forum parking hall in Helsinki stopped me even that they were 4-lug ones under a Reliant :) I must have passed this weird looking car over 5 times before I payed attention to the wheels.