(c)Tero Virta, 1995-2009

Monday, August 27, 2007

Flashback: Custom Beetle

Ovalized '63 from the 1997 American Car Show. If I remember correctly car came from Lappeenranta. Bit of mix of styles but built in standard that few can reach.

Thursday, August 23, 2007

Flashback: Kotten's Dragster

Some pictures of Kotten's dragster from late 80's / early 90's. The photos have been on the wall of our garage as long as I remember. Ageless set of photos, the Bay Window is there and even Kotten hasn't changed much since. Only the Dragster looks today different after Henkka's lease over the last few seasons..

Photo credits: Kotten Tallgren

Monday, August 20, 2007

WCA Memorial Cruise

Some photos from small get together we held among old West Coast Aircoolers members today.

Black 50's rides galore :-)

Jyrki and Jaska examining evidence Jyrki's engine crash in Boxer Speed Day.

Monday, August 13, 2007

Sunday, August 12, 2007

Boxer Speed Day

I guess most visitor and participant shared my overall "WTF-feeling" when seeing hundreds of camping vans and trailers occupying half of the pits. How about spending your holiday in asphalt parking lot middle of nowhere without any scenery nor lake nor river in sight?

Eagle Racing two-seater did few attempts, the one I saw was 8-second one.

Jussi's first 10-second runs with the Split. And no he is not racing against that Chevy Van :-)

Jyrki did his personal best with the Oval so far reaching into 11s.

Actually the first time I saw Kotten's Hitler's Revenge on drag strip. Kotten loaned the car for his old friend and his son, Jussi installed some IDA-equipped stroker to it (don't know any specs), first time out, guy first time driving it and first time in drag strip. Considering all of that low 14-second ET is very good achievement.

Battle of Antrasheisse Gray '63s. I think Juha was slightly faster than Otso, both are performing very well. Especially nice to see how Otso has developed a steady routine for burnout and clean run.

If I would have to take one of the cars in the event home, it would be Puavo's 911..

This '67 Chevelle did the most impressive burn outs.

Crowd pleasing 11-second Escorts.

Tomi's '52.

Vilho's '63 Sonderbus capable of 15-second ETs, not bad considering the fact that Bus' aerodynamics are similar to apartment building :-)

Jukka Aalto's Busses with Attitude qualified 13-second Kastenwagen.

Jere should be given some kind of trophy for shifting, smooth work dude :-)

This air-ride equipped late Oval was only interesting new car in the event. I am starting to dislike my own patina car more and more, but this looked very cool.

C'mon Juba, just a little tweak to the suspension and new wheels :-)

Busses with Sprints.

Busses with 5-spokes.

Man and the machine.

Last but not least, the last arrival Jyri with his race-bus.

Friday, August 10, 2007

More earlies..

Received 4th and crappiest 4.5" Fuchs some weeks ago. I didn't have high hopes based on the picture seller sent and so wasn't disappointed :-) Nothing though that polishing won't cure. Nice surprise to see original 911S paint scheme revealing under the rattle can paint.

Saturday, August 4, 2007

UK Trip

Thanks Mat for nice ride in those narrow English countryside roads and good evening out. It was really nice to have something else to talk during the trip than just work-related stuff.

What's that thing lurking in your garage wall, noticed it only now :-)