Friday, March 18, 2011

Setting the record straight

In the olden days, whenever a mention of ‘Volkswagen’ was made… you automatically think of the Beetle. A small car which was cheap to buy and cheaper to maintain. A perception that is connected to the brand, up to today in our shores. New VWs have been sorely absent here for a considerable time, so a lot of us are not up to date with, where the brand has gone to nowadays. Most still think, VWs are cars with aircooled engine at the back. What I can tell you from the everyday use of my watercooled VWs, is that; (1) good examples aren’t cheap to buy here and, (2) they are expensive to maintain as parts are from few specialized importers.

And speaking of how far VW has been to…here is one of the extreme case in point.

The Volkswagen W12 Coupe which set 7 world 24-hour speed records at the Nardo Circuit near Lecce, Italy in February of 2002.

This is not your dad’s Beetle :-)
Mean machine in matte black body.

Designed by Georgette Giugiaro of ItalDesign, same genius behind the VW Golf & Scirocco.
Not your dad’s rear engine Bug
The mean W12 powerplant, 12 cylinder 600HP behemoth.
It rolls on my favorite alloy wheels, BBS of Germany.
Ran a record 7,749.4 kilometres at an average speed of 322.89 km/h….
Not bad for a Volkswagen!

Shown is the miniature by SPARK, from my 1:43 collection.

Thursday, March 03, 2011

Here Comes The Sun

…and I say it’s alright! You've heard of the Beatles, of course. I’ve taken a line from their song, which easily comes to mind, about being in the state of cheerful bliss. I’m curious about the reference to “little darling” and of its endearing reference. Ok, I’m thinking about small and cherished. So many similes exist in our miniature hobby and the warmth of joy it brings to collectors. Hey,  George, Paul,and Ringo, must be talking about us for all you know!

Sun, sun, sun, here it comes...
Time to bring out the Sun of joy then!
A pop-up roof wagon to enjoy the Summer.
80’s Vintage Hotwheels, the Sunagon.
A play of the words VW Vanagon and Sun.
Modeled after a 80’s VW Vanagon Wesfalia Camper.
And I say it’s absolutely alright!