The annual celebration of folks-wagens, friends, fans and fanatics never fail to disappoint. Weather that day (Dec. 5) sizzled hot and so is the enthusiasm of the followers of the gathering. Old and new faces share the same undying passion for Volkswagens. Notwithstanding the few fiberglass body air-cooled Flat4, the line “Invest in Precious Metal” is alive and kicking! Enthusiast came to drive, flaunt and rejoice their love for the marquee. Viva VW!
Manxter Buggy 550 Replica
We came in these 1:1 Rides, "ChocNut" (VW Jetta U.S. Version)
Admittedly I’m into VAG vehicles; Audi, Bentley, Bugatti, Lamborghini, Porsche, Seat, Skoda, VW, forthcoming will be MAN & Scania trucks. It will be a lot to collect if you go by that VAG list (10 marques), thus I’m focusing on VW and Porsche to keep things sanely. Outside of this list, there are selected side collections and special interest in other marques and/or themes. An example of which is a special interest in Ford vehicles. With the recent inclusion of the Ford Fiesta in my 1:1 stable, a compilation pictures taken years back of Blue Oval cars in my collection is gladly shared. Enjoy!
The 24 hours of Le Mans is one the oldest, most prestigious and important automobile race in the planet. Proof of its enduring appeal is the timeless Hollywood film ‘Le Mans’. I tend to believe its lasting allure is the sport car manufacturers bringing in their new hardware for punishing endurance and reliability testing. Eventually these tested car components do find its way into their road going cars for customers. LM consequently is a high profile, exciting and competitive arena for new car technology with proven positive results. No wonder the 24 Heures du Mans lord it over all other circuit!
Starting with the new millennium, one car manufacturer has lorded over the winning circle in LM. The assault started in the year 2000 up to 2005 with the Audi R8 completely dominating the circuit. Of course interrupted only in 2003, by the Bentley Speed 8, which too is technically a revamped R8. Actually the Audi works R8 was conveniently absent from the 2003 race, to give way to its sibling in the VW Group. Thus Bentley was able to enjoy a much important commemorative victory. It has to be noted that the 5 (+1) victories came in the form of petrol powered VWAG V8 powerplant.
2006 to 2010, saw the shift from petrol to diesel powered Audi LM cars. First being the winning R10 TDi (Turbo Diesel Injection) of 2006 to 2008, a grand slam of 3 years in a row. Not bad for an oil burner! One has to mentioned that 2009, was for Peugeot, in again a diesel racer. To cap the decade, the Audi R15 TDi sealed the 9 total wins for the Ingolstat car company. Hence making Audi, the ‘4-circle marque’ tied with Ferrari in 2nd place for most wins of all time in Le Mans.
From Paul's Model Art 1/43.
This particular model, a gift from my brother-in-law a few years back :-)
The Le Mans 2006 winner...
Very first diesel powered to win in Circuit de la Sarthe .
Headlamp, tow hook & carbon fiber detailing.
Audi Sport cockpit.
Shell & Bosch taking care of the fuel system.
A glimpse of the floor/cockpit detailing.
Rapid diesel fuel filler for 90 litres tank full of VPower.
This is where you mostly see the competition; at the side mirrors!
O.Z. magnesium forged wheels shroud in Michelin, providing the grip for the conquering TDi...
....of the 4-ring margue and currently the lord of Sarthe!