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Apr 15 2011

More than Just Kampers, Just Beetles now too!

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Ironically when VZi sponsors Just Kampers first opened in 1989 as an air cooled VW Camper restoration workshop, most of their customers had Beetles! Beetles are very much part of their history and today, 6 of their 30+ staff have a classic Beetle or Beach Buggy.

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2011 sees them really push their air cooled Beetle range and to show that they take it seriously, they have set up a separate website www.justbeetles.co.uk and produced a separate catalogue of VW Beetle parts and accessories.

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Feb 15 2011

Rust in peace: Stunning shipwrecks – including a sunken Bug – captured on camera around the world

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An intrepid British photographer has travelled the world snapping pictures of the bizarre things lying on the sea bed – writes the Mail Online (sorry.)

Diving enthusiast Alex Mustard, 36, has made many strange discoveries while exploring beneath the water’s surface.

His pictures, taken while investigating the insides of eerie shipwrecks, include barnacle-covered motorbikes once meant for British troops in World War Two.

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Rusty British trucks also lie forgotten in their watery graves along with rifles that have never been used, and one extraordinary photo even shows the shell of the iconic VW Beetle car.

Alex, from Southampton, Hampshire, said: ‘Wrecks attract divers because of the incongruity of seeing something from above the waves beneath them.

‘The VW Beetle was purposely sunk for divers and it’s particularly bizarre – it’s the last thing you would expect to sea underwater.

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Nov 25 2010

VW Heritage launch new improved website

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Not content with releasing 2 new catalogues (Split Van, and T25) 2 updated catalogues, and running the ever successful Heretics meets the guys and girls at VWH have been burning the midnight, 1 and 2am oil to get their brand new website up and running. It’s here: www.vwheritage.com

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Oct 23 2010

VW working on a rear engined VW Beetle?

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A recent report in Germany’s “Manager Magazin” about Volkswagen’s increased sales target revealed something really interesting. Dr. Martin Winterkorn told newspaper that VW wants to bring back the rear-engine VW Beetle on the market!


According to the source, 2011 brings the next generation VW Beetle to the market. The rear-engine variant would then follow some years later.

Source: www.inautonews.com


Sep 15 2010

Blagged By Brian – Genuine ‘Beetle Engraved’ Zippo Lighters from SSP/VW Heritage

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VZi Discounted Engraved ‘Beetle’ Zippos – from SSP/VW Heritage.

Buy now, put it away and give it to someone for Xmas? Ironic companion to the recent ‘Fire Extinguisher’ blag?

We hope to bring VZi users at least one ‘blag’/’discount’ per month from both JK and VW Heritage and Brian Burrows is talking to (nagging) other companies for deals on their products.

We realise that these products aren’t going to be wanted by every single VZi user, but every penny saved in these times is a bonus – and we’re sure these (ongoing) discounts will help at least some VZi’ers save some pennies as they build their dream VWs. If this month’s ‘blag’ is of no use to you, please be patient, we hope to bring you discounts on varied and useful products each month – just for being a VZi Member.

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GENUINE ZIPPO ENGRAVED LIGHTERS
This month’s ‘blag’ enables VZi users to purchase these lighters for £19.99 inc VAT! That’s a saving of the best part of £15 just for being a VZi Member.

Offer is only available until October 14th 2010 – so get in quick!

The webpage link to the Genuine Zippo Lighters is HERE (click)

Once you have chosen to purchase, before ‘checking out’, you will need to enter a code to receive the discount. This code can be found in the thread on Volkszone.com HERE (click)

THIS OFFER ENDS AT MIDNIGHT ON 14th OCTOBER 2010.

Once again, we would like to say a huge thanks to Barney, Dave and all the guys at VW Heritage and SSP and those behind the scenes at Volkszone that made these great ‘blags’ possible.

Please visit VW Heritage website ‘CLICK‘ for more bargains and watch this space each month for details of further ‘Blagged By Brian’ discounts and deals.


Sep 9 2010

New GRP products from RNJ Motorsport

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RNJ Motorsport have recently launched their new glassfibre products. Baja kits cost £575 with all panels available separately with custom Baja bumpers and side bars to go with the kits (please call for bespoke prices.)

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“Aronson” vented deck lids are £120 and the short late deck lids are £110. RNJ should have glassfibre running boards by the end of the month as well.

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All the details should be on the RNJ web site HERE (click) very shortly, in the meantime Rob Judge can be contacted on: 01280 850187 or at: [email protected]


Jul 29 2010

Another ‘Brizey Blag’ – VZi Discounted Front Anti-Roll Bar Kits

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VZi Discounted Front Anti-Roll Bar Kits for Type 1 ‘Ball-Joint’ Bugs from SSP/VW Heritage.

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Whilst the rest of us have been recovering from Bug Jam, Mr Burrows has been busy negotiating another discount with our friends at SSP/VW Heritage.

We hope to bring VZi users at least one ‘blag’/’discount’ per month from both JK and VW Heritage and Brian Burrows is talking to (nagging) other companies for deals on their products.

We realise that these products aren’t going to be wanted by every single VZi user, but every penny saved in these times is a bonus – and we’re sure these (ongoing) discounts will help at least some VZi’ers save some pennies as they build their dream VWs. If this month’s ‘blag’ is of no use to you, please be patient, we hope to bring you discounts on varied and useful products each month – just for being a VZi Member.

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ANTI-ROLL BAR KITS
This month’s ‘blag’ enables VZi users to purchase front anti roll-bar kits to fit ‘Ball Joint’ Bugs for a mere £29.95 inc VAT! That’s a saving of over £24 on the £54.10 RRP.

Offer is only available until the end of August 2010 so get in quick!

The webpage link to the Anti-roll bar sets is HERE:

Once you have chosen to purchase, before ‘checking out’, you will need to enter a code to receive the discount. This code can be found in the thread on Volkszone.com HERE:

THIS OFFER ENDS AT MIDNIGHT ON TUESDAY 31st AUGUST 2010.

Once again, we would like to say a huge thanks to Barney, Dave and all the guys at VW Heritage and SSP and those behind the scenes at Volkszone that made these great ‘blags’ possible.

Please visit VW Heritage website at: www.vwheritage.com for more bargains and watch this space each month for details of further ‘Blagged By Brian’ discounts and deals.


Apr 13 2010

The Volksworld Show 2010

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VOLKSWORLD SHOW

Sandown Park, Esher, Surrey

March 27th & 28th 2010

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Words and pics by Chris ‘Funkmaster Red’ Redford.

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The annual convergence on Sandown Park in Surrey by many thousands of VW fans marks the true start of the show season. Now in its 16th year, it is no surprise that it is so well attended as the show attracts some of the very best show cars from all over Europe and sometimes even further afield.

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This year was no exception and over the weekend of the 27th-28th of March, the venue once again filled to capacity with some very delectable German metal and many eager punters who came to look and drool.

PLEASE CLICK ON THE THUMBNAILS TO VIEW LARGER PICS.

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The show has it all, from show cars that are examples of perfection to club stands, traders, a swapmeet and various displays, activities and demonstrations taking place throughout the weekend. There really is so much to take in that you can spend the whole weekend there and still not have seen it all.

As soon as you entered the main doors you were greeted by an original ‘Herbie’. Next to that, the newly revamped Volksworld Fridolin was on display and people could make a donation to charity to sit inside it and have their photo taken and then made into a replica front cover of the magazine. VW Heritage were also on hand to convert the giveaway Beetle into an Empi GTV replica over the course of the weekend. To one side was an artist creating paintings by dipping the tyres of remote control cars into paint and then driving them around on canvas.

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When you left the entrance hall, you were immediately faced with the show cars. They were spread over 2 floors and this year, the variation and quality was breathtaking. There were too many to mention them all but the ones that stood out in my mind were the ‘Baja’d’ Brazilia, The Hammered Inc., roof chopped, split window Beetle, A Split powered by a mid mounted V8, a replica of a Tamiya Sand Scorcher, an insane New Beetle funny car, a ‘Steampunk’ inspired Split window Beetle and there was also a Hebmuller sat next to a custom hard top version. All of the above drove away with Top 20 awards for their efforts.

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Outside, the SSVC put on their usual, excellent display and were joined by the Early Bay club and the T2D stand. The Type 2 Detectives had 3 of their best creations on display. The notorious ‘TV Bus’ was joined by their slammed Brazillia and the recently finished and stunning Mk 3 Golf which uses a Type 3 chassis and a Type 1 air-cooled engine to get it moving. This also won a well deserved Top 20 award, which is the first time a Golf had ever taken a prize at the show.

Outside, the club area was equally as busy with some excellent vehicles and inventive stands. ‘New Waves’ and ‘’The Panzer Paint Scrapers’ duelled it out once again with excellent displays and this year the former was the victor having supplied their own sound system to keep people entertained. The cars on display ranged from Bugs to Busses, Trekkers to 356’s and even some of the rarest VWs in the U.K namely an Australian Country Buggy and an Iltis.

After the show closed on the Sunday, the majority of people left with an exhausted smile on their faces. There were of course the usual online gripes over the following days concerning expensive food, a packed swapmeet and difficulty in parking but these are all a testament to how successful the show is. The Volksworld show is up there among the very best VW shows in the world and I’m already looking forward to 2011.

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VOLKSWORLD 2010 WINNERS

Top 20

Stephane Dandeville – 1957 Cabriolet, Iris Blue, Belgium
Steve Collins – Orange Metalflake Buggy, Mark Dryden
Gregory Van Hillenbosch – Brown Squareback, Belgium
Shaun Knight – Champagne Edition Bus
Eric Roja – 1967 Cal Look
Ben Coates – 1969 Resto Cal Ghia
Christian Grundmann – 1949 Hebmuller, Germany
Barry Livel – Brown single cab, Holland
Bob Burrows – 13 window bus
Xavier Adam – Orange raised Brasilia, Belgium
Matt Balls – Aircooled Mk3 Golf
Rudy Olivencia & Eric Thon – New Beetle, France
Dave Harries – Rover V8 mid engined split bus
Tero Vilta – RestoCal cab, Finland
Walter Jellinek – Sand Scorcher Beetle, Bavaria
Richard Clark – Resto Split
Shrek – Das Oval, Beligium
Aurelio Papi – Made in Italy gasser, Rome
Matt Keene – Drag Beetle
The Williams Brothers – 1950 split Beetle custom

Visitors Choice
Tom Varkala – Marathon Beetle

Prosign Choice
Tom Varkala – Marathon Beetle

Kinky Mick’s Crown
Thomas Koch, Hammered Inc roof chopped Beetle

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Best of Show
Thomas Koch, Hammered Inc. Roof Chopped Beetle


Mar 31 2010

New Collectable VW Posters

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Illustrator Matthew Keeler has produced these new and exciting posters, taken from a series of his original paintings of toy cars.
They are on offer to those who wish to buy and own a small collectable piece of VW art history and at the same time contribute to charity.

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50% of every poster sold will go to Brad’s Cancer Foundation, who have been raising funds and providing equipment, care and support to teenagers with cancer, their families and the Teenage Cancer Trust since 2003.

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The other half will go towards the expense of Matthew competing in the 2012, New York to Alaska, Trans-Am Rally in his ’59 “Peking to Paris” Beetle.
In support of Brad’s Cancer Foundation, VW Heritage and SSP have generously donated the cost of printing a limited edition of 1000 copies of each design.
The posters are on sale at the very reasonable price of £5 each plus p&p.

They are available from the VW Heritage shop, www.vwheritage.com , www.brads.org.uk and from the Brad’s Cancer Foundation stands throughout the show season.


Nov 10 2009

From Pakistan to Paris, by VW Beetle

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A French doctor is embarking on the 6,000-mile trip to promote a better image of Pakistan. ‘It’s not all about terrorism,’ he says.

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The ‘Foxy Shahzadi’, or Beetle Princess, is the most distinctive car from Lahore to Lyons. Photograph: Tanveer Shahzad/Dawn newspaper

Low-key is good in Islamabad these days, writes www.guardian.co.uk, where the threat of Taliban suicide bombings has filled Pakistan‘s capital with checkposts, blast walls and a queasy air of anxiety. But one proudly conspicuous car rolled through the streets last week – a 25-year-old Volkswagen Beetle, painted in an explosion of trippy colours. At the wheel was a defiant doctor, Vincent Loos, headed for Paris.

“My dream was to return by road,” says the 39-year-old Frenchman, who has just finished three years’ work at a local hospital. Doctors without borders indeed – or perhaps doctors without sense. Only six months ago his ride was a dust-smeared wreck, collapsed at the bottom of an Islamabad street waiting for a final trip to the scrapyard. Loos, an intensive care specialist, restored the car to full health, then hired an artist to paint in the local style known as “truck art”.

Now the “Foxy Shahzadi”, or Beetle Princess, is the most distinctive car from Lahore to Lyons. The body is covered in a psychedelic array of flowers, waterfalls and the faces of famous Pakistanis. The idea behind the 6,000-mile trip is to promote the “soft side” of Pakistan. “We want to show the world it’s not just about terrorism,” says Loos.

Travelling by Foxy, as Beetles are affectionately known in Pakistan, Loos is paying homage to a local motoring cult. Dozens of well-maintained Beetles ply the streets. (Mine, in a cool grey, is Betsy, a proud 1967 model.)

The Beetle came to Pakistan in the 1950s with army officers and bureaucrats returning from postings abroad. The appeal has endured – Mubashir Hasan, a finance minister from the 1970s, still drives his around Lahore. Romano Karim of Islamabad’s VW club estimates about 500 “Foxies” travel Pakistan’s roads. “Cute, quirky, cheap spare parts – it’s the ideal car,” he says.

The French doctor’s Foxy should reach Paris in about two weeks. His team is equipped with an ample stock of spare parts and a line of Urdu poetry inscribed on the bonnet: “Every mother’s prayer is a breeze from paradise.”

Follow Loos’s trip on artonwheelstour.canalblog.com


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