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22/03/20
Centipede...


12/08/14
Hot Rod Industry news...


01/01/14
Schley bros...


21/10/13
Rickie Mc Garity...


28/02/13
Glass Wag'n


05/11/12
Inch Pincher Jr...


23/01/12
Here Comes Da Bug...


23/01/12
Stutt Bee updated...


18/04/11
EMPI demo cars..


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Pre-Cal VW!!!
Jablonski bug - March 67


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Pre-Cal VW!!!
Jablonski bug - March 67

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The Fantastic Four Bug
Iowa Lee County raceway.

Owner : Dan MORTON

from Dubuque.


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The Fantastic Four Bug
June 70 picture

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The Fantastic Four Bug
Hard launch...

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The Fantastic Four Ghia
VW East Moline Inc.



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EDITO...

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EDITO :  

OMG...Would you believe that I just updated the Nostalgia corner... No, the site is not dead... Well... It was dead for some 6 years, I know this is a way too long time... I guess Social networking didn't help as far as motivation is concerned, as soooo many groups are active and live and feed our Nostalgia VW passion... But a recent trip to Japan confirm how that website was enjoyed by many people, even in the other side of this crazy world...

This sure boosted again my enthusiasm and here it is : an unexpected update... Social networking sure is a good thing these days, but all goes sooo fast there... Nothing equals a good book reading they use to say, so, nothing equals a good old-school (I mean Nostalgia...) website ;-)...

This said, I thought it might be a good idea to put online some of my AIRMIGHTY chapters with some updates and more pictures if needed ... So here is the first part about the CENTIPEDE Gasser, one of the grooviest VW Gasser ever...

Last but not least : Happy Anniversary to this website : 20 YEARS OLD and still alive...

El Dub - 22 March 2020.

NOT JUST ANOTHER NOSTALGIA CORNER EXCLUSIVE...

Inch Pincher Jr
Inch Pincher Jr
We all knows of Inch Pincher, Inch Pincher too, Inch Pincher of NY, but, honest, how many of you have already heard of another EMPI Inch Pincher? I was the very first surprised to discover pictures of that unknwown Inch Pincher Jr...

I have no details except the pictures here... One thing is for sure after some research... This oval was built and campained on the H/G on Georgia dragstrips and should have raced in the late 60s. Talk about a good start... My two cents : this was a demo race car for the Georgia EMPI dealer shop.

Note the one of a kind BRM rims paintscheme! Is anybody there who knows a little more?


Inch Pincher Jr



RICKIE Mc GARITY STORY...

MC GARITY
RICKIE Mc GARITY STORY...  

Sadness... As you may know, my friend and old racers Rickie Mc GARITY passed away a couple of years ago... I felt so sad but proud also... Proud to know that Rickie enjoyed the little tribute I made via this website. His wife Pat told me that he enjoyed remembering the good old days racing with his family. Pat sent me the belt Rickie was wearing at the tracks... To say I was speachless is an understatement... I was over the moon! The belt is now highlighted in my display cabinet with others period goodies! Race in peace my friend!

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THE ONLINE NOSTALGIA CHAPTER...


GARLAND RUSH CENTIPEDE GASSER... Airmighty Issue #37!!!

As you may already know, I write a Nostalgia column in the great AIRMIGHTY magazine from Niels TIMMERMAN since issue #... Considering updating that website on a regular basis was quite difficult the past years, what better way to make it live than including that chapter online every 3 months, with add-ons when needed...

First chapter online is devoted to an unknown and exotic Gasser : CENTIPEDE from Garland RUSH...

As usual, enjoy your reading as much as I did writing it!

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THE INCH PINCHER STORY!


THE REVELL INCH PINCHER Too   

I compiled the first part of the EMPI Inch Pincher story some time (ok, years ago...) and I still need to complete the race car section... But considering Inch Pincher pictures are now everywhere on the Internet, I changed my plans, and decided to add a space for a long time forgotten Inch Pincher : the Baja EMPI one.

This very special car doesn't catch the attention it deserve today! After all, it's a period EMPI Inch Pincher car too... So have a look at the section I put together and enjoy those rare pictures and facts! Only at Cal-Look.com ;)

As usual, enjoy your reading as much as I did compiling it!

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AUGUST 1968 HOT ROD INDUSTRY NEWS...

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We all are collecting old VW magazines. We all knows of the famous VW magazines from back in the days. We also knows of the US cars magazines that sometimes focused on racing VWs on their cover... Usually, those Hot Rod, Popular Hot Rodding or Drag Racing USA are very collectible. But did you know that the great Hot Rod magazine, seeing the ever growing popularity of the little bug, made a VW special issue of its 'Industry News' called 'Small Car / Big Market' back in 1968?

That special issue is full of interesting period facts and that cover is awesome with its full custom bug and the EMPI Inch Pincher side by side. I found that uncommon magazine some years ago and thought it would be cool to share some of its contents here!

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COOL SECTIONS...


THOSE 70s CUSTOM VWs :   

That Custom section is now 15 years old, and would need an update, but I thought it deserve again a frontpage appearance because it seems that period Customs VWs will be a big hit in the next years...

BTW, don't miss the special Facebook Group I opened a while back : THE GOLDEN AGE OF CUSTOM VW with near 600 members and counting...

Don't be shy : join that 70s Custom group now and open your mind!!!

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GTV


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MARK & PAUL SCHLEY :   

If some of you missed issue #11 of the great Airmighty magazine (shame on you...), here is your chance to read the first part of the interview of Mark & Paul SCHLEY I made earlier this year for the magazine, along with some never seen before pictures coming from the SCHLEY private collection only for your viewing pleasure, as usual.

Enjoy your reading as the story reveals unknown facts and memories and don't forget to share where you read it.

Btw, if you want to enjoy it everywhere and support our hobby, order your hi-class paper issue at www.airmighty.com/.

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GLASS WAG'N STORY :   

Another Old Racers section...

We all know the most famous VW racers from the 60s and 70s in every details. We also have high respect for their builder & driver... Those guys were pioneers for us all... But some very early cars & owners are still unknown... Take the Glass Wag'n for example...

Of course, it's a one of a kind bug because of its all fiberglass body and we already all found pictures on the Internet, but how many are aware of the interesting story behind?

GlassWagn

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HERE COMES DA BUG!!!   

At least... At least... After a way too long wait, that ANDERSON Bros section is now online! Such a tribute should have been made many years ago as Here Comes Da Bug was one of the most successful gassers back in the days, but I was needing more material to make an informative section.

Rick & Ron themselves were sooo enthusiastic about my plans that I just kicked up my ass one more time and here it is : the very first part of that legendary gasser history!

Enjoy it and THANKS R&R ANDERSON!

You are OUR heroes!

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ECONOMOTORS POSTCARD...

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SERVICE IS OUR KEY WORD...  

"Joe VITTONE cordially invites you to test drive the new EMPI GTV at his fabulous VW-Porsche dealership in Riverside. One of the world largest VW dealership , Economotors, offer 6 acres of sales/services facilities, more than 250 new/used cars, plus a complete selection of 'show and go goodies'. Stop by today. Drive the EMPI GTV - the new 'mod rod'!".

MANY THANKS to my Japanese friend Akihiro ARAI for that rare postcard from his personal archives.

NEXT UPDATES...


I thought it might be a good idea to keep you posted 'bout what's coming in next few... months......

Have good sleepings now... LOL!!!

OLD RACERS : SCHLEY Brothers interview!

OLD RACERS : John PRESTON Wunderbug!

OLD RACERS : EMPI Inch Pincher...


What's next

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CHECKERED ROOF GTV!!!


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I have to reckon that this very special GTV intrigues me for a so long time... First time I saw it was in the first edition of the famous Complete Volkswagen book edited by Petersen in 1969... It was a black and white picture and it was difficult to know the exact color of the beetle... It was clearly a 1967 GTV...
But why a checkerboard roof on a GTV? I had never seen such an add-on in EMPI period catalogs...

The very same GTV appeared in two pictures from Glenn MILLER right next to an early Inch Pincher in an EMPI shopping mall display with lovely girls...


Well, seems I have found the answer recently in an old issue of Rod & Custom from 1967 in an article : Go Mild or Wild with paint-on vinyl... According to that article, seems that EMPI and COLOR-HIT had a deal to show on a brand new GTV the all new paint on vinyl that will not fade, crack, chip or peel... Masking that checkered roof must have been a huge time consumer effort, but it looked soooo cool...

The COLOR-HIT paint could also be used inside the car on vinyl seats as shown below on the very same GTV...
Rainbow Custom Bug !!!

You all know I have a big passion for 70s Custom VWs... The sky is the limit as far as paintschemes are concerned and that one sure is no exception... Look at those big fatty rear fenders... Perfect example of a Groovy Custom...

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Lil' Fat Ass Bug !!!

Never seen before Custom bug with bus rear lights... Looks a like a big toy... Absolutely perfect in every way...

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BUG POWER UNLIMITED...


Just some words about an unknown speed shop from back in the day : BUG POWER UNLIMITED from the US east coast... The shop was located in MASSAPEQUA, NY and owner was Joe ARAGONA. The shop used to sponsor some cool gassers and later became International Motor Shop in the early 70s when VWoA's lawyers objected to the word "bug" in the name. I found 3 different sponsored gassers on my archives : 2 bugs and a Ghia. Above logo was sent to me by Glenn RING. Joe is now retired but still does some work for friends from what neighbour Glenn told me.

Ed HANNA and his Bug Power unlimited sponsored I/Gas Karmann Ghia.

Black & white pictures of Bug Power Unlimited and the Flew bug racing at New York national speedway.




Mini Funi very cool H/Gas with its spindle mounts front tires and unusual shaped front wings.



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