Thursday, December 27, 2007
There is nothing like the crisp cold air of christmas morning. When a bright red bus is standing in your driveway, waiting to be assembled over the christmas days it is hard to keep the pessimism alive. Good work René and merry christmas to you all. Under my tree was a nice video camera so maybe this blog will be more cinematic in the next year.
Wednesday, December 19, 2007
In this weekend I had been looking forward to busted knuckles. It sounds stupid I know, as nobody really likes to get hurt, but I like the feeling of having lowered a vehicle and have greasy fingers with busted knuckles. Thats all the stress releif I want. René had asked me to pay him a visit on sunday. He needed a bit of advice and help with his Radio Flyer Early Bay. My fingers ended up only getting used to take a couple of pictures of Renés car. When he got the front beam of, it all made sense to him and at 3 p.m. at night this van was a lot closer to the blue planet. In the next week René will paint the bus and we will make the Radio Flyer theme more obvious. The 16" widened steel rims are the first step. They came from my evergrowing stock of weird vw stuff.
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A couple of weeks ago I attended one of the coolest events on the danish scene - The angora christmas get-together.
There is a certain buzz in the air when the boyz of angora ring their special bells of christmas. Everyone just have to go. Angora is actually a very special workshop in the midlle of an enchanted forest. This is where Santa has his special lowflying narrowtrack sleds built. Next season it looks like Santa will be cruising a 50´split in a lovely purple hue. Santas favourite elf "SP" is actually considering to build this one to be Santas nice ride with real glossy magic paint and not the ratty look that has been the rage for the last couple of years on the north pole. If I know the special helpers of Angora they´ll have him riding low in no time. I have to pay respect to all the cool partizipants especially those who drove their aircooled rides on the day.
Monday, December 10, 2007
I always thought the human psyche is an odd concept. When you finally get the best cave, you´re not satisfied. Oh no, then you want the biggest club to hit the females of the tribe over the head with. After that you wouldn´t hit any old ugly stone age woman and drag her home by the hair. No no, it had to be the most beautifull of them. You always wan´t what you can not have.
I want these ribs for my razor edge. I´ve only read about these, never seen them in the flesh. Peter thought he had seen a picture of them somewhere and send me this. So if the small shed behind your old gasstation is full of these let me know.
Tuesday, December 04, 2007
Tuesday, November 27, 2007
A picture from a while back. I´ve made 227 post now and cant remember if it was ever used. But I really like the scenery. Sunday the 2.nd I´ll be visiting the Angora boyz for their annual christmas gettogether. I text messaged with SP yesterday and he told me life was lonely in the land of narrowmindedness. So I hope as many of you as possible join us. These small garage meetings are really good because you can see peoples projects and talk a bit more than you do at the summer meetings.
Monday, November 26, 2007
Lars mailed me a couple of snapshots of this Porker. Lars spend a day driving around looking for good deals before going home digging about in the blackjack paintwork of the 356. Lady luck blessed him with very little rust and an auction of 62 industrial engines that day. Maybe twirling your rabbitfoot keychain through your fingers helps after all. Remember Lars - your one lucky guy.
René called me for an idea on how to paint his early bay walk through. He has the coolest red teardrop trailer he built a couple of years ago. He still owns his red bug and wanted the three to match. But he thought painting the bus red would make it look as more of a german looker late bay. One day I was flicking through magazines while sitting on a chair of porcelain. I saw a picture of a radioflyer on top of a bus. I think your radio flyer bus will rock, René! I have thousands of ideas for details, can´t wait to get started!
Kasper send me this picture. I first heard it existed a couple of weeks ago at John Does Christmas event. It shows my first car (which I still own) and two young hopefull men at one of their first Volkswagen events. The skinny guy is me believe it or not! The other guy is Thomas, my best friend for the bigger part of the nineties. Sadly he passed away in the year 2000. The two of us had so much fun. We were both very much into skateboarding and v-dubs. Thomas had a type 3 fastback of the bignose model. It never got finished, and the summer before his death he bought the 1967 TL Fastback I enheritated and still own.
Wednesday, November 14, 2007
6 months ago my day started with driving towards the rising swedish sun. Good freinds waited in Mantorp. We were exited. But faith had a sinister plan for our morning. No more fun and cruising for us that weekend. You know the story if you have followed this blog. All good things come to those who wait. This morning my sleepy toes had barely touched my new heated tile floor at home before the phone rang. My customers know never to call before 9... .30-ish! But the voice in the phone was no customer. It was the panel-beater guy who could tell me that my nightmare was over! The bad dreams of ghia steel in strange contortions would disappear as of today! "Come and collect your car" he said. My first client today was 30 km. away from home so I used the time to call Peter, who has been the driving force in the salvation of devil girl. Peters boss once again payed Peter to drive by the workshop to check out the final steps. Check out the N.O.S. front bumper, new nose badge and glossy fresh paint. But this long distance relationship has to end. I need her by my side now! I will collect her by trailer. Spring will have to come before I can drive again. Yesterday my dad returned from another Japan trip. He brought home a few nice items for my cars from Flat 4, among other things new white turn signals.
Monday, November 12, 2007
On saturday 5 oildrippers took the opportunity to be part of the weird vibe a party at John Doe V-dubs always oozes. Driving along in Annettes cruiser my mind wandered of. What will happen this time.. Will engines be burnt off? Will there be cross-dressing? I had no idea. Things started of a little slow. Maybe hardcore hip hop music doesnt go to well with the traditional but excellent christmas menu? But shortly into dinner Flenne decided a short burn out session would highten the spirit of the party. Soon after the boys had another of their really bad but extremely entertaining ideas. Lets blow compressed air into a jacket while somebody is wearing it! Jens Bukbjerg of Herning Bugs was first in line. After the half hour session his body had the marks of blood poisining or a really kinky bondage habbit. Guller promptly decided to make things explode as always. As allways we had a really good time. On the way home we talked about what makes this club so great. In the workshops you can see cars from both ends of the spectre. Bone stock oval of Jens grill bill was as cool as Flennes +200 hp type 1 or Nørholms bay camper. There is NO club code here.
Kim Riishede send me this picture a cople of weeks ago. At first glance it looks much like a car I have a painfull history with. Like when you pass a girl on the street years after a romance is over. She looks a bit like your first love and maybe the wind let you know that her hair smells a bit like the girl of yesteryear's. In a second you come to your senses and go on your merry way.
I had to read the e-mail more than once to get Kims point. He purchased this beauty as a substitute until his callooker is done. If you can't be with the one you love, love the one you're with. I think this will be a nice addition to his collection who also boasts a cool type 14 ghia. Kim is, as a lot of people in this hobby, a nice guy. When my ghia was crashed Kim was standing nearby and quick to comfort me in his own calm way. If you want to follow Kims projects and race results i can recomend visiting one of my favourites, The Torque of the town.
When I go shopping for groceries I bump into people. Not in the sense that I walk into them as a drunken, homeless guy do. No I meet them between the isles of cornflakes, detergent and canned soups. And we talk. We talk about the weather, the prices of stuff, about politics, about jobs, homes and other indifferent things. Sometimes a chance to talk vw arises in the most unexpected places. I ran in to old friend Villy a few weeks back. We were in the parking cellar beneath a warehouse full of coloured candy and screaming kids, chopped up animals and jars of bloodclogs in form of mayonaise. When Villy mentioned that he was pulling the 2.4 type 4 engine out of his bug (due to a burned valve) and needed a hand I almost threw myself in his arms. You know the feeling when you can't control your voice and hear yourself scream louder than really necesary? My lips shouted I can do that for you, but my mind was really thinking "Villy, take me out of here! - I can't take another hour of warehouse music and suburban wifes checking out todays specials. Villy hates having his picture taken - I had to blitz him.
I hope to see you and Conni more in the future - until then I'll be in the frozen food section talking about the weather.
Monday, November 05, 2007
As you may allready know I own a small advertising shop. Sometimes I visit my suppliers and customers to have a cup of java and keep in contact. Today I visited good freind Marx who were printing postcards from a small Island called Samsø. A big part of my family is from that very place. So my eyes glanced quickly over the sheets of different postcards, yet to be cut. One image caught my attention instantly. i remember arriving at this harbour as a child, when visiting family. Why didn't I bring home the rows of early taxi-busses apparently always standing at the pier, waiting for customers?
Ole "Sunshine" is a hard working man! This month business forced him to visit the SEMA show. He reluctantly took some pictures of cars and girls. Things that are of absolutely no interest to Ole, as he is a married and very serious man, right Ole?
Come home safe, you hear!
Tuesday, October 30, 2007
In a world of Nigeria letters, trick thieves and people being robbed in their own homes this was bound to happen! A gang of smooth operators have specialized in taking advantage of weak individuals of the danish vw-scene. They are believed to be of eastern european origin. Investigators are led to this fact by the 90-style wardrobe of the suspects and the look of their crime-hardened faces. The name of the picture-file, found on an underground website, "BOHLAS" is probably a message in balkan not to mess with them. Beware of this gang if you are in the market for "Forkæler-parts" and the price seem to good to be true! The man with the hockey stick could be the elusive "Kaffe-Carsten" a master of disguise and roothless rim-polisher. Rim polishing is a rectum torture method, that is just as painfull as it sounds.
Saturday, October 27, 2007
Monday, October 22, 2007
As you may have noticed I've added another link in the favourites palette. Thomas and Stefan Winther have created a blog where you can follow life in their new garage. Thomas owns the sweet early cab. Stefan owns the sepia brown notch and a type 14 ghia. As well as the aircooled cars these guys have a love for early watercoolers. I think this blog will be another one to follow.
We made it! The eleven readers together have slapped this blogs ass 20.000 times! To make the next 10 thousand hits possible I would love for you to send me pictures and stories about your cars and adventures. Comments are also welcome. My e-mail adress is in the upper right corner. Don't you just love that ass in the air attitude - of the baja bug that is..
Peter Plade finally gave in to my constant nagging about selling this sweet little airfilter for my split beetle. Peter intended to keep this one, maybe for a future project or as a trading object. Now it sits proudly on top of my N.O.S. engine. Thanks Peter.
Monday, October 15, 2007
I've been searching for a replacement for the trusty old Touran my company owns. New tax rules may force me to drive something less "Commercial vehicle". My good friend Ole Solskin kindly suggested this bastard child of the Volkswagen family. Where am I to stuff that pallet of envelopes?
Thursday, October 11, 2007
I just ran across this picture in my stock. Have you ever thought about how much shit your family would have to haul away, sell and so on if you suddenly passed away. As more people build their own frontbeams out of old pipe this question is more pressing than ever. Of course, some of the items are quickly sold on the vw forums if your next of kin have the abilities to register to one. But what about all the "memorabilia"? One mans thrash is another mans gold. But who needs a periodperfect pedalcar this very minute? Or a 50´s era refrigerator letting out more CO2 than a chinese toy factory? Or how about the spare fuel can I just bought. Who will need that one when I go towards the light to drink vanilla coke with Dr. Porsche, Gene Berg and Aron E. Presley? Please send me a picture of something you own, really cool, but to the unknowing, completely useless.
Tuesday, October 09, 2007
A few weeks back I visited friend Mads Ibsgaard who were the host by a workshop-night. Mads actually lives quite nearby and I tried to gather the troops, but ended up going, just by my own company. The short trip in the panelvan made me freeze a little, and as the stereo blasted out eurodance and electronica I swallowed a coke and the fact that things are not what they used to be. Nobody goes anywhere anymore i thought to myself. Arriving at Mads place I saw this cool red car. It belonged to a young guy, who drove about the same distance as me. He had no roof, no windshield and no worries. I think everybody should look n awe at guys like this one - they may not be able to tell you how carburattors were built in the 70'ies or to rebuild semaphores, but they will keep the vw scene alive while everybody else are moving around elusive parts in a spare room of their house.
Tuesday, October 02, 2007
I got lucky, once again, on saturday. In the dark katakombs under the MIB head quarters the search party of Suvo Thomas, Guller, the new owner of the rat ghia and me finally found an adjustable headlight rim and a nos. headlight that could work with the third eye. I even got a new bulb in aged wrapping. Its a bit like buying the gun and the skimask before doing a bank robbery. I know I'm about to do something horrible. I'm going to drill five holes in the roof of the bus.
Friday, September 28, 2007
For quite some time I've wanted to get a hold of a set of 16" stock wheels for my 51 project. Jesper Vang is one of those guys that go out of his way to help. As he said yesterday: "I did a good deed today, I'll sleep well tonight". When he said he might be able to get me what I wanted, I didn't dream of a small truckload of newly painted rims! Theres some 15"s a few 14" type 181 and both pre- and post 1950 16 inchers! Thanks a lot Jesper. If anybody need a nice set of stock wheels, give me a buzz.
Wednesday, September 26, 2007
A year ago I told you how I felt like a Submarine kadett going on a half year mission, waving goodbye to the girlfriend on the dock. I felt that way because of the season being over, and the car being locked up in my cosy workshop. Last season was the greatest! That was why it was so hard to say goodbye. This year its not so tough. We didnt go camping as much because of the house project, the ghia did win a price in Hannover in may, but was destroyed in Manntorp in june. Rain made almost every event a pest. So this year I just had enough. Its like when you where younger and you went drinking for days. As much fun that could be, a time came when you just wanted to go home and sleep. If I have to highlight one trip in the bus it would be Bugs Funny - that event was like the good old days before a profile on a vw forum made you an enthusiast. Skagen was cool to, but to many people stayed at home waiting for the pictures on the forums. On the picture you see the bus and the fastback going into hibernation with a lot of really cool cars. Its my good friend John that has let me use a bit of his space this year. The vws are going to sleep with girls called DeLorean, Lotus, Jaguar and Mercedes.
Peter, once again, drove by the painters to check up on the ghia. A bit of progress, but not much. The painter promised me the car back by the end of september, but somehow I dont think he is gonna make it. I still need to find a place for her for the winter. I hate the fact that the cars are gonna be scattered all over the place this winter, but thats how it is going to be.
Tuesday, September 25, 2007
One of this blog´s trusted contributers caught this rare sight on a dull afternoon in front of a Wolfsburg warehouse. We are heading for a long winter, so any contributions in form of pictures and stories will be more than welcome. On my own turf, the cars are in storage. I never tried this before. Havin' to leave my cars alone for 6 months, but 2008 is the year I will build a garage by my house that will hopefully provide everlasting cover.
Monday, September 17, 2007
When we were driving to Skagen Guller and I talked about the pro's and con's of type 2 ownership. As I told him: "Once we turn on the WWII petrol light and open the cargo doors people will forget the couple of minutes faster their cars where on the trip. They are going to want a bus - NOW! The cosyness and heat was 2 pro's quickly winged off. "You can haul a shitload of stuff in a type 2". "People will come by, wondering why your food tastes better than theirs. Because you have seasoning and dressings in stock, always ready to go". Remember not if, but when, you buy that type 2, make sure you buy a driver with a memory better than mine. We forgot all that cool stuff, but three freinds with two forks will make it work. "I never really use the fork - one of the guys said". When driving home I thought to myself: "Does he just poke everything with the knife, and bite it to pieces? Maybe he was just not putting himself first?
Friday, September 14, 2007
Henrik has just recently bought this notchback. He joined us for the Skagen event and we had a really great time. Barbeque will never be the same, once you tried to grill frozen chicken in absolute darkness. Henrik is just the kind of guy that will blend perfect into the community. I hope you all make him feel welcome. Is this low milage notch on chrome wheels the sweetest thing since 17.000-hits-girl?
Tuesday, September 11, 2007
Karsten from Skagen owns this awesome coralred oval. He wrote me to know if we had "shot" his ride. Off course we had.. one of the coolest rides in the convoy to Skagen. Please note that Guller did the shooting, I only did the driving and the photoshop work. All these pictures were taken with my old Canon Powershot G5. Its really slow, but does nice contrast and blending.
Monday, September 10, 2007
This weekend Guller and I drove the bus to the top of Denmark for the unofficial Skagen event. Nothing beats driving on a multi-lane road with a lot of other vw's. One thing I really like is that you can actually see the cool rides in their right element, and not on a piedestal. Why is it that at every other event the cars come out of nowhere in small packs of 3-5 cars. How about a GIANT cruise to Hannover, Spa, Bug-Inn or Manntorp. Remember new people get drawn into our hobby by seing something they want to be a part of - a great lifestyle! I think you shoud join us next year. Guller took the pictures. I gave them a quick photoshopping - enjoy!