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VW trying to lose their hardworking German image?
One of the blogs I have in my reader that I’m always excited to see new posts from is a guy called Jimmy who runs JJizzle a blog full of awesome cars and great event reports from his adventures to shows all around Sweden. It is definitely worth checking out and you will want to subscribe to it!
It’s always good to see how people from different countries are doing it as most stuff I see is British/American/Japanese so seeing how alive the Hot Rod scene is, in Sweden, is awesome!
His latest post is about Classic Car Week, which is a week long car show in a small town called Rättvik and the pictures he got look brilliant. Sweden seems to love their old American vehicles! Below are some of the pictures from the show.
To stand out amongst the sea of VW vans at the shows and camp sites this summer you either need a split screen so ridiculously awesome that everyone has to look at it or something from a completely different manufacturer. At the moment there is a very cool 1979 Toyota Hi-Ace camper van on eBay that would definitely be a welcome change across the camping grounds. Advert available here (may disappear at any time)
It is up on a ‘Make Offer’ listing at £3,750, which doesn’t seem a bad price for a fully fitted camper van that is definitely a complete considered a classic now. It has Tax until October 2011 but only one month remaining one the MOT, so could be worth giving that a very careful check over so you don’t get any nasty surprises in a few weeks time. You could possibly negotiate for the current owner to get a new MOT if he is sure it will fly through.
It is a 1600cc petrol engine that has covered a relatively tiny 60,000 miles and recently has had 4 new tyres, and had a complete service at 56,667 miles which included a new slave cylinder, new clutch and new exhaust system.
Camping wise it comes with an external tent to attach to the van to increase living space, it has a lift up roof, 1x double bed, 2x stretcher beds and cot area, 6 x 220v 3 pin sockets, sink that has an electric pump, gas/electric fridge, gas cooker and grill and even a portable toilet.
I always keep my eye out for campers because I really need one in my life but unfortunately I’m severely lacking in spare funds at the moment. Such a shame because this looks a proper beauty!
A few years ago I remember my Mum telling me about a competition she saw to win a Splitscreen VW Camper, that was named ‘The Magic Bus’ and was being raffled to raise money for Teenage Cancer Trust in partnership with VW Vans and The Who. Obviously I entered but nothing came of it and then it was a van that I expected to see being taken around the shows quite often, however it just seemed to disappear and I’ve never seen it again. I did think maybe someone had repainted it into a normal splitty but it would seem it is still around and was recently sold on by the winners of the competition.
This Tumblr put up the above picture with this paragraph attached:
Oh how i miss this camper van! My dad sold it last year for a 1969 camper van, this magic bus was owned by The Who back in the day and my mum and dad entered the competition to win it, and well … we did! I miss cruising around in the nice weather! and there my little doggy Nonny at the bottom <3
It is good to see it still around and it looks like the guy wanted to have a more subtle van if he chopped it in for a ’69 Camper instead.
I wonder if the new owner will be doing the show rounds with it? I hope so!
Audi have just unveiled their latest concept car in the shape of a fire breathing all wheel drive monster of an A1, the companies smallest car. It is always sad when a company makes an amazing car but then says it is just a concept because being able to buy this car would be amazing!
It has 500bhp and 487lb ft of torque and weighs 1390kg so can hit 100 kmh in 3.7 seconds thanks to a turbo charged 2.5 litre 5 cylinder and can get the mammoth power down thanks to the same quattro AWD system as the Audi TT RS.
I absolutely love the interior with the flocked dash, carbon door cards and pull straps for the door handles and glove box. The little details like that really make the car, check out the red rev counter!
The wheels are absolutely stunning and come in a pretty huge 19″ with 255/30 rubber on them, so to get that to fit on the normally quite small A1 they had to widen the body by 60mm each side!
The VAG group (Audi, VW cars and vans, Skoda, Seat and to a lesser extent Bugatti, Bentley and Lamborghini) have a fun past with making fully drivable concept cars, you might remember the insane W12-650 Golf they made that had 641 bhp going to the rear wheels and was test driven on Top Gear by Jeremy Clarkson. Hopefully this means we might get to see this little A1 out on a track being given a good thrashing as well!
POTHOLE – A word that strikes fear into drivers everywhere.
Probably not a fan of bad roads…
The pothole is one of the most feared things on our roads and it causes some major bum twitching every time you have to scrape, bounce and crash across one. It is bad enough on some roads driving in normal super deluxe soft suspension but anyone that runs super low or relatively hard suspension will know just how bad potholes and broken roads can be.
Often you hear people say things like “wow the roads where that guy live must be much nicer than here to run a car like that”. However it would seem that according to a post I came across on Popular Mechanics dodgy roads aren’t just a British problem, Americans have to put up with mini road-craters as well. It is quite an interesting post and says that in New York City workers can fill up to 5000 holes a day. I don’t think my local council work anywhere near that fast…
So why do we get potholes that need filling in the first place? Unfortunately potholes seem to be fairly unavoidable, you may have noticed that the roads get worse a lot over the winter, what happens is any tiny little cracks in the road surface get filled with water and then when the temperatures plummet the water freezes and expands inside the little crack turning it into a slightly larger crack with the tarmac being pushed up and out. This then causes a chain reaction where the weak spots create larger gaps allowing more water in which in turn makes the holes and gaps even bigger. These weak spots also get trampled on continuously by traffic which moves around the weak surface. So next time you weave all over the road missing potholes, you are not only saving your suspension and broken back but you’re also saving the road a little bit!
It isn’t just surface water getting into cracks that are a problem either, a lot of roads don’t have great drainage and water can get beneath them causing the tarmac to have a slight spring to it, like when you step on wet grass, however because tarmac isn’t that flexible it starts to crack and then the surface water gets into those cracks… Can you see where I’m going with this?
A lot of the time when complaining about potholes to non-car people, I get the simple answers of don’t lower it so much and get softer suspension. Well obviously that just isn’t an option, I’ll leave lifting cars until I get a 4×4, however there are multiple reports from companies like the AA and RAC that show that potholes are a problem that effect wallowy standard cars as much as modified cars. This RAC post says that due to lack of funding combined with an increasing number of potholes the local authorities are carrying out cheap short term repairs instead of paying for more costly long term solutions. A Survey of RAC patrol teams found a 25% increase in call-outs caused by poor road conditions in the past 12 months with wheel and tyre damage being the biggest problem.
This is, believe it or not, a real accident that happened due to a huge hidden pothole!
Another report says bad roads cost British drivers around £1m a day in repair bills, with the average bill for each car coming to around £240. Because of this cost a lot more people are claiming on their insurance. A report from the AA says the average price for a claim is £1,300 (but the average is often a very misleading piece of information…) The most expensive claim last year was over £14,000 after a driver lost control and crashed after hitting a pothole. More insurance claims lead to higher insurance premiums for everyone which isn’t good so it might be worth seeking help from a road traffic accident specialist solicitors and try and claim damages from the council. It might even show that potholes are a big problem and I’m sure the council will realise they need to fix up the road if they start having to pay out a lot for damages.
You can also do your part in trying to fix up the roads because the council can’t repair roads they don’t know about. Most local councils will have an online form where you can report a faulty road surface, for example you can report roads in Devon here and roads in Somerset here via their local council websites.
Remember: You’re not drunk, you’re just avoiding potholes!