Cars & Motorcycles

VolksWorld Autumn 2019

VolksWorld is Britain's best-selling magazine dedicated to the whole air-cooled VW scene and a must-buy for all fans of the legendary vehicles, particularly the iconic Beetle. VolksWorld takes pride in going to extraordinary lengths to bring its readers the most outstanding and fascinating features packed full of the very best photography and information that cannot be found anywhere else.

United Kingdom
Kelsey Publishing Group
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12 Issues

in this issue

2 min.
welcome to the mag

I was thrilled to receive an email this morning from 18 year-old Theo Harris. He’d written in to say how much he loves VolksWorld, and wanted to reply to something that appeared in our August issue where, in a roundabout way, with the imminent arrival of more battery-powered cars, we posed the question ‘Has VW tinkering had its day?’ Theo wanted to share his story. He bought his very first car, a 1970 1200 Beetle (top right), three years ago when he was 15. As he explains: “It was a great deal, having already been put on drop spindles with a 2in narrowed beam and lowered two splines at the rear. It was exactly what I wanted – low, but still usable.” In his email Theo went on to reveal…

1 min.
get them in the diary

October Dubs in t’ Dales Date: 4-6 Oct 2019 Location: Camp Katur, Bedale, N Yorks Contact: www.dubsintdales.co.uk Oktoberfest Date: 4-6 Oct 2019 Location: River Dart Country Park, Devon Contact: www.oktoberfestuk.com November Herman’s Halloween Campout Date: 1-3 Nov 2019 Location: Newark Showground, Newark NG24 2NY Contact: www. hermannshalloween.co.uk Slough Swapmeet Date: 10 Nov 2019 Location: Newbury Racecourse, RG14 7PN Contact: sloughswapmeet.co.uk Brighton Breeze Date: 4-5 Oct 2019 Location: Brighton Contact: www.brightonbreeze.co.uk Get some nice weather and you’re guaranteed a lovely day by the sea at the Split Screen Van Club’s annual Brighton Breeze. To make the most of the weekend, hook up with fellow enthusiasts at Hook Road in Epsom on Friday 4th, camp overnight, then join a mega convoy to Brighton to arrive at around 10.30 on Saturday morning. Park up in Madeira Drive, take in the sea breeze and enjoy! If you don’t want the celebrations to end, camping is available…

3 min.
auction fever

RM Sotheby's (rmsothebys.com) have been at the heart of most of the auction action, it seems. At their Monterey, California sale on 15-17 August a rather special 1977 Beetle (above) was sold for a mildly extortionate $61,600 (£50,300). Saying that, it had just 128 original miles on the clock and came with a fully documented history. The accompanying paperwork confirms it was delivered to the wonderfully-named Pete Lovely Volkswagen on July 26, 1977 where it duly got its 'Another Lovely Volkswagen' dealer sticker. It had been specified with an optional sunroof, leatherette upholstery, chrome wheels, radial tyres and carried a $3,949 pricetag. The car never had a chance to sell, though, as it went directly into Lovely’s private collection. And there it remained until 2013, accruing just 87 miles in…

1 min.
your shout! love story...

I got my '65 Beetle in 2010 (when I was 24) and I was planning on doing massive modifications to it. However, when I got the car home my father, who is a mechanic and served his time on Beetles, advised me to leave it as it was because it was so original. It’s an Irish car, with stamped Irish glass, so I did enough to it to make it safe on the road and that's all. For my 30th birthday, Nadine, (my now wife), got me a two-year subscription to VolksWorld and was inspired by reading the restoration series on Lloyd Jackson's maroon Split. In fact, I was so in awe of what the boys had done, having got engaged in 2016, I though I'd rebuild my car. Predicting that…

1 min.
latest stuff

IT'S NEVER TOO LATE... From: www.heritagepartscentre.com Price: from £18.50 We all like a picnic right, even in Autumn. Even better if you turn up prepared with suitably chilled drinks and snacks, somewhere to sit and, of course, a bottle opener! Clearly the good folk at Heritage know what’s what when it comes to alfresco snacking as they’ve put together a range that not only covers all of the above, but is endorsed by your favourite German vehicle manufacturer too. Yep. Genuine VW picnic equipment, who’d have thought it. Prices start at £18.50 for the kids chairs, £22.95 for the cool bags and just over a tenner for the bottle openers. CAP IT ALL From: www.aircooledaccessories.com Price: £45 If your early domed hubcaps are beginning to look a little scruffy, or you're tired of polishing off the rust spots,…

3 min.
still cruisin’it

Back in the day I loved nothing more than opening the sunroof on my first Beetle and cruising around town at pretty much any given opportunity. And, as that car was my daily driver, there was always an opportunity to make the most of a ride out. Later I got into the show scene and found that I loved getting up at the crack of dawn to polish my car in the hope of picking up a trophy at a VW event somewhere. By this point my VW was a second car, but I still loved driving it to shows and to local club meets and the like. Some time later I became more interested in drag racing, but only at a run what ya brung level. In short, it was…