(c)Tero Virta, 1995-2009

Thursday, May 31, 2007

Flashback: Cal Look Survivor

80's Looker photographed in 1995 VW Expo. It appears to be very stylish representative of it's era.

Same car 12 years later in 2007 VW Open. Lot of work and dedication both from the current owner and the original builder.

Very cool that the car survived and got rebuilt instead of being abandoned after it wasn't so fashionable any more. Have met some people (this reminds me of especially couple ex-colleaques at work) who have got hooked on Volkswagens and Cal Look after the Tekniikan Maailma article and started projects that were never finished or if finished have gotten scrapped after the couple of summers of (ab)use.

Finding 80's Looker like in the picture above would be pretty cool, for guy like me who would never de-trim/de-chrome a ride it would give an option to built that Cal Looker in spirit of Feb 1975 issue of Hot VWs that I would no way in hell do otherwise :-) Different stance, T-bars and Fuchs would have worked nicely too on that ride, with or without colour change..

Wednesday, May 30, 2007

Flashback: Ari's Variant

Ari Laakso built this Cal Lookish Custom Variant in mid 90's, photographed here in 1996 American Car Show.

Tuesday, May 29, 2007

Flashback: Oskari's Looker

Oskari Vuojolahti built this '58 Sunroof in mid 90's. Photographed here in 1998 Bug Run.

Sunday, May 27, 2007

Flashback: Custom&Speed Parts Racer

Custom & Speed Parts's racing car photographed here by Kotten Tallgren in Alastaro early 90's in West Coast Aircooler's VW Championships event.

Wednesday, May 23, 2007

Wheel Guide Updates: BWA, FPS and unidentified wheels

BWA wheels with 4-lug Volkswagen bolt-pattern. Thanks Michel!

FPS wheels with 4-lug Volkswagen bolt-pattern. Thanks Marin!

Unidentified wheels with 5-lug bolt-pattern. Thanks André!

Unidentified wheels with 5-lug bolt-pattern. Thanks Kevin!

Link: Torque Thrust Central

Photo from Terry Vaughan's patio..

Jyri's movie from 2007 VW Open

Jyri Erämaa's movie from VW Open held last weekend in Kiikala Airfield.

Monday, May 21, 2007

VW Open 2007

Added some photos from the event to the site.

Saturday, May 19, 2007

Day before VW Open

Almost all of the runnable contents of our garage were on the street getting in or out.

Friday, May 18, 2007

Link: Mike Zanell's Type 34 Blog

I have started to like Type 34 Karmann's seriously and Mike's blog is good source for them. That red Danish one above seems to be owned by dude called Gustav who also has VW-related blog. IMHO, Ghias looks better when it is lowered equally in all corners and Gustav's car is something that you should find in encyclopedia under "perfectly lowered Ghia".

Flashback: Henkka's racer

Henry Forsgren's old racing car that he raced around 10 years in various classes. At the fastest car performed steady 10 second times.

Henkka's racer in 1999 American Car Show.

Henkka's racer in 1999 VW Open. Photo by Jyri Erämaa.

One respectable side of this team is kind of a professional attitude. I am not sure whether there is any Volkswagen racer in country who has progressed to this level in all aspects including transporters, how the pit looks in races etc.

In 2005 car became one of the fastest local street legal Volkswagens in Jussi Jyränkö's hands and got nominated in Top20 of CalLook.com's rankings.

Wednesday, May 16, 2007

Flashback: Jaska's Oval

Jaska Säilä's Oval from the beginning of this Century, one of the most innovative cars in the Helsinki scene combining California Look and Hot Rodding.

Sunday, May 13, 2007

Flashback: Pro Bug Racing

Antti Lehmussaari's beautiful drag racing Beetle. One of the few Finnish racing Volkswagens that looked as good as their counterparts in Volksworld or Hot VWs magazines. Just noticed that there's Kotten's bay-window too in the background..

American Car Show, 1997 I think. Photo by Jussi Jyränkö.

Saturday, May 12, 2007

Vintage Sticker

Wonder when this sucker is getting reproed now that everything gets reproed from vintage parts to Hankkija-caps.. I should have that glued to my toolbox as my motto.

Friday, May 11, 2007

Old Speed @ Kuplapaja

Cool Theo Decker engine sold forward by Kuplapaja. Along with the engine came interesting bunch of Vintage hi-performance parts, the owner had been into rallying this Sea Blue '65 had OG wider steelies, Speedwell adapters to widen track, Speedwell short shift kit etc.

There was also interesting correspondence with the car.

Jussi's own 34-hp based Öttinger/Okrasa-engine.

Thursday, May 10, 2007

My '63

My ex-1963 Beetle (literally Export model :-) in harbour waiting for boat to UK along with Split Screen Panel. L390 Gulf Blue is one of my favourite OG colours and still like how that colour turned out.

Tuesday, May 8, 2007

Volkswagen parts in strange places

No, nothing kinky, just couple of photos from the Technical Museum of Warsaw.

Very cute looking electric car, tail-lights looked familiar.

Monday, May 7, 2007

Link: Photography by Andreas Reinhold

I am glad to see Andi decided to continue sharing his unbelievable photos after shutting down his excellent nose-down.de website some time ago.

Sunday, May 6, 2007

Flashback: Mika's Oval

This '57 Oval Racer built by Mika Särkelä of Bogey Racing and Arabia Slugs was among the first Finnish-built German Lookers. Even though Mika's Oval was purpose built racing car it looks very beautiful. Mika moved forward in his racing career into Porsches and Oval was sold forward. If I remember correctly Oval ended up in Belgium.

Tuesday, May 1, 2007

Auto Museum Shots

Few Volkswagen/Porsche shots from Finnish car museums from couple of years ago.

Late Oval photographed in Espoo Auto-Museum. I am not very familiar with restored stock cars nor automotive museums in general, somehow it seems that in Finland restored Volkswagens are rarely restored properly. There is always something missing or incorrect parts for certain year model, like the missing bumper over riders or incorrect wheels on this one. Maybe Volkswagen is too common car to be taken seriously?

911 photographed in Espoo Automuseum. Colour is the same very striking Porsche Magenta as in Kaitsu's Oval.

Oval named Wäinö photographed in Kangasala. There are two museums within few kilometres from each other, cannot remember whether Mobilia or Vehoniemi had Wäinö on display. If I remember correctly the interesting story behind Wäinö was that it was assembled from original spare parts back in the day.

Karmann Ghia photographed in museum near Imatra, upon which we stumbled accidentally.

Some shots from Ferrari museum in Maranello couple of summers ago. Unbelievable place and collection of cars.

Apparently no trailer queen due to the dead insect in radiator :-)

288 GTO was my dream 20 years ago.. Nostalgic feeling to see one for the first time, but looked so outdated.

It said "please don't touch" but didn't stop this guy sitting on the car and having his trophy-wifey took photographs :-)