Tuesday, 15 December 2009
Sunday, 22 November 2009
Friday, 6 November 2009
SPOKANE, Wash. – A Volkswagen van stolen 35 years ago in shipping container at the Los Angeles/Long Beach seaport.has been found in a
Customs agents found the 1965 van on Oct. 19 when they opened a shipping container bound for The Netherlands, The Spokesman-Review newspaper reported. They ran the vehicle identification number and discovered it was listed as stolen.
Law officers said the van, which is in great shape, was stolen from an upholstery shop in Spokane on July 12, 1974 — while Spokane was hosting the 1974 World's Fair.
Authorities have not been able to find the original owner, whom they would not identify.
The operators of a vehicle restoration business in Arizona were the latest to have possession of the van, which they refurbished and planned to sell overseas, said Michael Maleta, an investigator with the . Maleta said the shop is also considered a victim in the case, and he declined to identify it.
The van now legally belongs to Allstate Insurance Co., which paid off the original owner's theft claim back in 1974. The Highway Patrol turned over the van to Allstate this week.
Maleta said the van had been restored to pristine condition.
"Now it's probably worth 27 grand," he said. "It's a beautiful van."
Megan Brunet, a spokeswoman for Allstate, said the company is looking through old records trying to find the original policy and theft claim.
"Trying to find paper files from that far back can be pretty challenging," she said.
The company will likely have the van appraised and go through the process of getting a replacement title before selling it at auction, she said.
Information from: The Spokesman-Review, http://www.spokesman.com
Wednesday, 4 November 2009
Tuesday, 3 November 2009
Sunday, 1 November 2009
we've seen belts 'flipped' in the start-up lane at the strip with a screwdriver (as shown above), but the 'refit' is a new one on us... we dread to think what might happen if the new belt was considerably shorter (or longer) than the old one - scary stuff! eek
Monday, 5 October 2009
Sunday, 4 October 2009
Wednesday, 30 September 2009
The guys at Retro Custom have been in touch to let us know they are fighting the recession head on, and are actually busier than ever right now!
As a result they have a couple of openings for keen and experienced individuals within their busy workshop;
-If you are a proficient welder/fabricator, and can work to the highest standards carrying out repairs 'as factory' they would like to hear from you.
-Similarly, if you know the workings of aircooled VW's like the back of your hand then their opening for an experienced service engineer/mechanic
could be the perfect role for you!
For both roles the successful candidate will be an enthusiastic person who is passionate about classic Volkswagens, has a 'can do' attitude, and a
real eye for attention to detail.
CV's are invited to be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org
Tuesday, 29 September 2009
Friday, 25 September 2009
..quote ,'...this 1965-66 Splitscreen VW Kombi Bulli was re-build in 1976-77 for use on a tobacco farm in Belgium, NOT an Offroad as in 4x4, Bigfoot or sandraces, but a home made tractor!! all suspension, engine (6 volt 1500), gearbox, wheels are still the original VW !! ...used untill summer 2006... now driven again a few weeks ago... weird feeling, can't describe it!!'
Tuesday, 22 September 2009
Congratulations to Tor Øyvind Skinnes on his recent 8-second pass at Kjula raceway in Sweden - just unbelievable!
His best time of the day was 8.60 sec, with a 1.30 sec 60ft and a terminal speed of 161mph!
This car still runs a conventional H pattern gear shift, pump gas and DOT tires. Apparently 'there's more to come', which is even more amazing!
We don't have a clip of the actual pass (yet) but here's another clip from last year. it really shows what this thing can do..
Thursday, 17 September 2009
Wellington Country Park, Sunday 20th September 2009mark the date in your diary – it's a great family event and we'd love to see you there.
Traders should contact email@example.com to book a plot. Advertisers get FREE trade spots, so don't miss out!
Swap meet stalls are also FREE - simply ask for the swap meet area when you arrive, and make sure you get there early!!
Monday, 7 September 2009
Tuesday, 1 September 2009
Watch out for more soon - that was only the 2nd run.. this van has World-record breaking potential!!
clips commandeered from Kevdonlon of vzi! many thanks!
Saturday, 29 August 2009
All you need to do to win this Air Speed 1641cc Type 1 engine is answer the following multiple-choice questions and explain in 20 words, or less, why you need a new engine for your VW!
> 1. What torque figure were our connecting rod nuts torqued to? a) 32ft lbs, b) 15ft lbs, c) 300ft lbs
> 2. What diameter are our 1641cc barrels and pistons? a) 85.5mm, b) 94mm, c) 87mm
> 3. What did we set our valve clearances to? a) 0.06in, b) 0.006in, c)06.00in
> 4. What will you find an image of on the Air Speed homepage? a) a Camper b) an engine c) the Air Speed premises
You can e-mail your answers, tie-breaker and full contact details to firstname.lastname@example.org or post your answers on a postcard to Airspeed Competition, Ultra VW Magazine, CHPublications Ltd, Nimax House, 20 Ullswater Crescent, Ullswater Business Park, Coulsdon, Surrey CR5 2HR
Wednesday, 19 August 2009
Monday, 17 August 2009
Wednesday, 12 August 2009
Monday, 20 July 2009
Thursday, 16 July 2009
Tuesday, 30 June 2009
With only 16 days to go till Bug Jam 23 you’d better get your skates on if you want to ensure you get your advance tickets for the original and best VW fest this summer!
Advance tickets close on Friday 10th July at 5pm online and 5.30pm via phone. We recommend you don’t leave it till the last minute as we wouldn’t want you to miss out on the advance ticket savings on offer.
This year’s event is certainly going to be a whopper, with activities and entertainment morning, noon and night, the anticipation is rising and the buzz is definitely buzzing. A true festival in every sense of the word, with a vibrant and fun atmosphere, bringing to life the very essence of VW culture.
Don’t forget, there’s free camping on-site all weekend and better still, the under 13’s get in for absolutely nothing! (Three under 13’s FREE per paying adult).
With a capacity crowd expected, show goers are advised to book their tickets early, you DO NOT want to miss this one!
For more information, or to book tickets, click to www.bugjam.co.uk or call 01234 782828.
Thursday, 25 June 2009
Tuesday, 16 June 2009
fired up a friend's 2332cc/FK89/IDA motor last night - all good, thank god! it gets a bit amokey as the greasy handprints and paint burn off the exhaust though... next time we'll run it up outside!
watch out for this one on a street near you sometime soon ;)
Friday, 5 June 2009
edit:- we just recieved a link from Tom Rune to this thread about a neat norwegian slammer belonging to Thomas (see comment!). we can't understand the words, but the pics certainly do the talking! if you have a good project thread going on, let us know..
here is an english version! thanks Thomas!
Sunday, 31 May 2009
Thursday, 21 May 2009
check out this rare footage from 'back in the day'. Keith talks about 'the look' and they check out the legendary Chris Jory Oval, Gary Constable's Fasty and Ritchie King's 'Rad' red Ghia, too.
I remember seeing this on TV and, I have to admit, it's part of the reason I got into the whole VW thing. It was shot on Southend seafront, and all the cars were familiar.. in fact, I'd just bought my first Beetle and these cars were my influences!
So, thanks Keith, Ritchie and co., it was nice to see this nostalgic UK footage again, it brought it all flooding back!
Tuesday, 19 May 2009
wayne then showed off the 2500hp (!) blown, alki, keith black hemi motor, which is the kind of motor serious racers use to push into the 6-second bracket! serious sh!t, for sure!
that's £1200-worth of rods, doncha know!!
check out the carbon fibre injector scoop - awesome!
and we loved the old-skool 'lid with fireproof mask and goggles - madness!!!
here's the hot seat!
and here is wayne at the wheel of his neat daily-driver, a chevy truck rollin' on 20s!
Monday, 18 May 2009
for sale in the Ultra VW classified pages is the Andy Saunders-built 'Worlds lowest Camper' by the name of Vancake. This was built at Bug Jam 2008 in just three days and has appeared on TV. What a cool promotional tool!
We're not so sure that it's a 4-birth camper any more though...
Wednesday, 13 May 2009
Thursday, 7 May 2009
well, i let my boy, Oscar (3yrs old) loose with the electric bus today... oh-oh! there's a big chunk smashed off the rear of the bumper and we have a few new scuffs on the corners now! look out leigh-on-sea, there's a new liability boy on the scene!!!
at least his first vw is 'tuckin' like a mo-fo' ...
not all of us can boast that much! ;)
Wednesday, 6 May 2009
Thursday, 30 April 2009
managed to get this 2332cc shortblock assembled today (after many headaches!), which we hope will be running before the uk drag day in a couple of weeks time (it's a lot of hope and a little luck!). did the maths, worked out the necessary deck etc. so now just waiting for some seals and spacers to arrive and it can become a longblock at long last... more progress very soon (i hope!)
Saturday, 25 April 2009
Friday, 17 April 2009
Wednesday, 15 April 2009
today we went t4 california shopping for a friend and found this cool, silver metallic, turbo-diesel camper, which was already UK-registered. The t4 california (westfalia-built camper) was only ever available in LHD format on the European market, so UK-registered vans are mostly private imports, and are few and far between... This van was imported (from Germany) to the UK around 3 years ago and has since been repainted, lowered and fitted with some cool Audi-sourced rims. It ticked all the boxes and, being priced well-within budget, it was snapped up right away!
Fans of T4 Cali's can check it out at Big Bang, where it will be parked alongside Ultra VWs own slammed T4 California workhorse!
Wednesday, 1 April 2009
Friday, 20 March 2009
Check out the google pages, which are constanty being updated with new street level imagery. let us know if you can find more VWs in any other street. Outside Terry's Beetle Services in Shirley Gardens are quite a few, including an original Herbie built by Disney!
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take a tour around and check out some of the other rides, too!
Tuesday, 17 March 2009
Tuesday, 10 March 2009
Monday, 9 March 2009
Thursday, 5 March 2009
if you don't already have one of these in toolkit, get one! 20lb/ft of torque by hand is multiplied through the gearing enough to undo a rear hub nut. it makes working on brakes a doddle!
Wednesday, 4 March 2009
Tuesday, 3 March 2009
sadly the auction has closed, but just have a look through the catalogue - it's impressive!