(c)Tero Virta, 1995-2009

Tuesday, February 27, 2007

Flashback: Arabia Slugs' club feature

Feature about VW/Porsche club Arabia Slugs from 90's Spinneri magazine. Club's joint garage originated in district of Helsinki called Arabia, hence the name Arabia Slugs.

Sunday, February 25, 2007

Flashback: VW Cup Racers

Some photos from the happy days of Finnish VW Cup by Alhoracing. VW Cup pages luckily still exists and show some of the times scrored in 90's.

Ari Pihlajasaari's old '66, fastest 1/4 mile ET I came around was very respectful 11.754.
Petri Partanen's racer.

And last the very unusual suspects, Zulu racing :-) Sebastian, Turo & Kaide were once teamed with very rough entry.

Saturday, February 24, 2007

Ovals Only Outing

Now that I felt sun actually warming in couple of occasions in last week I guess it proper time to publish some Oval outing photos from last Spring :-) Cannot remember how/why it was but all of the Oval's, except Pasi's Kustom which was stored elsewhere, were out of our garage at the same time and parked in the front.

2007 Summer Tour

'07 Summer Tour participants. One of my golden rules has always been not to talk bullshit beforehand, but I haven't been this excited for a long time :-) Cannot believe that it has already been 8 years from my last Bad Camberg trip with Kai, Heebah, Samu and Pasi. That was really eventful week; Bug Run in first weekend and the purchase of my '60 Kab, then hanging the week in Belgium in Kari's old place, visiting BBT for the first time and Bad Camberg the following weekend.

This year will be the killer, first Bad Camberg and then European Bug In. Our four car lot consists of Sebastian's Split, Heeba's Type III KG and couple of Ovals. The scene in Europe hasn't shrinked over the years and there are huge expectations loaded towards EBI. Bad Camberg cannot be anything less than awesome and knowing some of the guys behind EBI and their previous work with the Ninove event and DDD, I know I won't be driving home disappointed to the weekend..

Tuesday, February 20, 2007

Flashback: Matti's Looker

Matti Äyräväinen finished building this Looker in early 90's. Matti's Looker was way ahead of everyone else in built quality back then and after this car he has raised the level of detail/quality after each project. This Zwitter like his other projects had many self-made billet aluminium parts.

Magazine feature of Matti's Looker in V8 Magazine. Feature was written by fellow WCA member Kirkkis.

Sunday, February 18, 2007

Flashback: Hacksaw Cabriolet

Pete photographed this Norwegian selfmade Custom Cabriolet in Hot Rod and Rock Show in Tampere early 90's. Even though it is now stylishly outdated, not many selfmade Cabriolets end up built in same standard than this one was.

Saturday, February 17, 2007

Fuchsed Bay Window

Picture from 8/1971 issue of Gute Fahrt magazine. I am not into late models but I like the idea of someone fitting Earlies to new Bay Window in 1971. Before anyone mounted Fuchs to Cal Looker?

Wednesday, February 14, 2007

Flashback: 90's Looker

Mid 90's Cal Looker photographed at Kuplapaja's premises when Jussi's business was located in Tattarinsuo, Helsinki. That mid 60's Bug shows typical choice of colour from that period including slight Pro Street touch with the shockwave painted on the side. Photo is from late 90's and the wheels are most likely the very same set of MWS 5-spokes that I imported from UK in 1997.

Thursday, February 8, 2007

Heebah Movies

Summer 2006 event compilation by Heebah..

VW Drag Racing in Hyvinkää, Alastaro and Kiikala.

Piston's Rumble & Helsinki Cruise Night.


Wednesday, February 7, 2007

On the road again..

..well, sort of. Big thanks to Jussi for helping once again. We waited for colder weather to move the 'Vert so that the roads wouldn't be salted, the yellow salt truck on the highway ramp wasn't exactly welcomed sight.

ReVa Bus

The infamous ReVa Bus that inhabited our garage some years ago.

Tuesday, February 6, 2007

Speedster Replicas

My buddy Ecce noticed this bunch of Speedster replicas on his trip to Redmond, Washington. Speedster replicas, car replicas and kit cars, are something I've never understod. These replicas look like professionally built, yet it is obvious even from this distance that they're not real deal and they can cost around the same as steelbodied 356 coupes do.

Having said that replicas can be quite cool when built to the max without the intention to look like fake Porsche. Like the Swedish one above from last year's Bug Run which is sort of an exception that confirms the rule :-)

Friday, February 2, 2007

Flashback: Mika Mansukoski's Super Stocker

Mika Mansukoski's Super Stock Volkswagen. Mika set a world record 9.7 in his Super Stock subclass. Photo by AlhoRacing in early 90's Alastaro.

Thursday, February 1, 2007

Flashback: 1981 Åland Truck & Motor Show

Pre-historic California Looker / Custom VW from 1981 issue of V8 Magazine having an article about Åland Truck & Motor Show.