Sunday, December 18, 2011

Holiday dream come true!

It’s a known fact that I really like VW. I’m an incurable enthusiast, collector and need I say “fanatic?” car guy. It has been my dream to have the miniature replica of my favorite 1:1 VW car that I own. If it were a VW Beetle, Bus and Golf, it would be very easy to have the small scale of any of them. But my actual car isn’t popularly modeled in scale. I can safely say it, that only one manufacturer did such model. And finally after years of yearning to find one, this holiday season brings good cheers! My good friend has sent me one, and I’m thoroughly grateful!

From Schabak of Germany, 1:43 scale.
 The VW Jetta MK2, early model version .
 I just love this color….
 ….because my 1:1 sports the same factory paint, Dupont LA1Z !
 My 1:1 VW Jetta MK2, late model version.
 Canadian version, Jetta Carat in Light Sahara Mettalic paint.
 Matching interior is also VW code named, “Sahara”
 Both Jettas are personally treasured!
Happy Holidays everyone!
Hope your dreams do come true, as mine did!
Enjoy & Cheers!

Monday, December 05, 2011

Came Raining VW

The much anticipated annual VW day was held last weekend.
Aficionados and enthusiast alike came to celebrate…
… and so did the rains!
Nonetheless the outpour of affection for Vdubs,
wasn’t dampened at all by the downpour.

The songs of ‘The Beatles’ were playing full blast on that event!
We were literally ‘singing in the rain’. I saw some were ‘dancing’ as well!

View from the grandstand (shelter from the rains)

My fav on that day were:
 A VW T34 ‘Razor’
Pale mocha Karmann Cabrio

Australian VW buggy side by side with a VW Sakbayan,.. Military VW Thing round up the box theme!
 Pair of Fastbacks: early and late model
Green early VW T2 Kombi

Crewcab VW T1

Panel van VW T2

Showering VW style:
From parade grounds of previous show winners.
550 replica
 VW Thing

Other forms of air-cooled joined in!

Vintage scooters


Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Gymkhana in 3 inch

Quick fun with the Ford Fiesta...
...Ken Block style in 3-inch scale!
Enjoy! :-)

Great model choice, HotWheels!

Thursday, November 10, 2011

Wish list 1973

Start with;
-A legendary body design of an ageless classic.
-Widened the rear fenders to accommodate even wider wheels.
-Use light weight panels and stripped to net 840kilos.
-A tried and tested 6 cylinder engine
-A displacement of 2.8 litres
-308 bhp / 290NM torque!
The agenda;
-Dominate Group 4 GT
The result,
-The all conquering Porsche 911 RSR 2.8!

This too is the top of my car wish list of all time!

The PMA version in 1:43…

…is a little wish come true!

Tuesday, October 04, 2011

Martini Racing Team Pickup

Racing automobiles are splendid machineries.
Fitted with all the bells and whistles to go faster,
go farther and go for the win!
While the racing car has the lead role in a team,
support vehicles take on the supporting casts.
I find amusement in them as well!
The equally impressive transporters, trailers and trucks
are awe-inspiring machineries in their own right.
Case in point are the VW pickup trucks that were put
to task to support the VW Race Touareg at Dakar.
These eventually became the VW Amarok, a race
proven team pickup before even being officially offered
to the public in civilian form.

This is the inspiration for a quickie transformation!

A VW Rabbit (Golf) Pickup (Caddy) by Siku.

Transformed into the Martini Team Pickup.

While the VW Golf GTi takes on the brawlin’…

the VW Pickup does the haulin’!

Wednesday, September 07, 2011

Eye of the beholder

Attraction initially is a result of a superficial desire on the external. We are simply drawn to beauty on face value. What you see as gorgeous on the outside preconditions that, what’s inside is presumed to be the same. It’s hollow, yes, but it is the law of attraction. And that is the flaw of it.

Cars are perceived the same.  It is but customary to be awed by the wonderful curves of a sports car. The angular-tension and skillfully chiseled body lines of an Italian exotic automobile are a sight to behold. We adore the restrained ornamentation and appreciate the elegance of the well-tailored proportion on a German executive sedan. These attractions start at the external. Most of them are translated well on the internal and the performance side of their merits. And surely, they won’t disappoint the initial impression set by their external splendor.  But, sadly there are those that are utter let down: looks well but doesn’t measure up to the expectation. Such a case could be the BMW Z3, as infamously reviewed in Top G... you know where!

External beauty can have a perilous effect if it sets off consequently high expectations on the other aspects. Is it then better to start with a less attractive external if that is the case? Would a plain-Jane of a design be better off? Maybe VW could be thinking along this light, decades back. The first Karmann Ghia, the Type 14, is universally accepted as a beautifully bodied Volkswagen. So much has been written about how well liked its shape is and KG-lover/enthusiasts are a plenty to affirm this. Though as beautiful as its external, the stock performance is not as sporty as the bodywork suggest. When the second Karmann Ghia, the Type 34 came into light, the reverse it seems happened. The external styling is, well, not as charismatic as the first one. To tell you honestly the first time I saw one in a photo, I really thought it was a Chevrolet Corvair. VW though, up the ante on a plushier interior, better available equipments, enhanced safety, bigger engine and host of other improvements. So did the plain-Jane KG approach work? Not really! The sales figures said so, thus their numbers aren’t many (by VW standards), making this KG a rare sight today.

So how does one perceived the external of the Type 34?

A queer proportioned coupe?

Are the Integrated driving light curiously placed?

Or, is the front end too distinctive?

Strong sharp lines earned its nickname “Razor”.

Luxuriously appointed interiors.

Personally, I have grown an unexplainable liking to this KG Type 34. Yes it is queer, but it has the charm of a rare uncommon beauty. If given the chance I’d love to have one (1:1) of these in my future garage. I guess “beauty” as they say, “is truly in the eye of the beholder”!
1:43 PMA VW 1600cc Type 34 from my Karmann Collection.

Tuesday, August 02, 2011

The name says it all!

Of plastic and diecast series 2 

There is a definite purpose in anything we do.
An action will cause a proportionate reaction.
It is the law of nature. Physics even says so!
Basically it has something to do with (well meaning) cause and (well intended) effect too.
Thus, many great creations encompass equally great effect on people.

When people started creating toys, their perceived purposes were vast.
Most toys are scaled down versions of desirable human possessions (i.e houses, prized animals, gadgets) that are meant to be aspirations in later adult life (i.e doctors gear, driving a sports car). A toy thus is a miniature meant to stimulate a child’s mind and heart to reach for his/her dreams in the future.
In spite of this fact, there is an underlying noble and basic intent of toys.
To be honest, the fundamental purpose of which is to bring happiness.
Pure and simple JOY!

So too this car brings joy …

Old-world delightful rendition,

of a vintage VW Scirocco MK1

by the brand,  JOY-TOY

An apt name, don’t you think?

  Made in Greece with joy!

Special thanks to my friend MT for this :-)

Tuesday, July 05, 2011

ATS old-school wheels

Wheel fetish series

In the 70’s, it was still the norm to see cars, factory equipped with steel rims and chrome hubcap.
Those with alloy wheels were either top of the line models or cars from very expensive marques.
Of course, the aftermarket industry saw this as a lucrative opportunity to develop wheels to enhance the performance (by lighter rolling weight), handling (stiffer structure) and looks (sportier design) of the stock automobiles.
One of them, was a wheel manufacturer known as, ATS of Germany.
The alloy wheel they designed and designated as code# 55151, is one of my favorites.
These were fitted on special VW 1303 LS Cabriolet of the 70’s.
1303’s have better suspension utilizing MacPherson struts,

and the ATS alloy wheels made the suspension setup even more responsive.
The VW 1303 was the last of the German made classic air-cooled VW Beetle.
ATS classic wheels were appropriate German made equipment on this classic icon!

1:43 by Paul’s Model Art from my shelf  of classic VW’s.