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VolksWorld January 2020

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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.

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United Kingdom
Kelsey Publishing Group
12 Issues

in this issue

3 min.
welcome to the mag

The rapid rise in value of our air-cooled VWs over the last few years is proving both good and bad news for owners. Good in that, well, it justifies the increasingly high piles of cash we’re throwing at restorations allowing us to do them properly the second, third or fourth time round. The bad thing, apart from the fact it’s pricing newcomers out of the marketplace, is that our cars are appearing on the radar of scumbag thieves who now recognise they can make a pretty penny out of pinching them. “if you can comprehend the nightmare Toby’s living through at the moment you’ll appreciate that you can’t always take the security of your vehicle for granted” Which leads me to the sorry tale of 47-year-old Toby Ling from Basildon and the…

3 min.
happy birthday jk!

Having started off shipping parts from a scrapyard in LA to the UK and Europe, then selling NOS parts from the UK in the States, over the last 30 years founder Mark Reynolds and his loyal crew of VW enthusiast staff have grown Just Kampers into one of the most prominent parts suppliers in the VW community. While Mark acknowledges having some great team members as a huge factor in the firm's success, nuttiness and just a little luck has also played a part. Said Mark: "Like the time we turned up at VW's door in Mexico without an appointment and ended up coming away with an export license to import Kombis to the UK." Meanwhile, Pete has fond memories of touching down at LAX in those pre-internet days and buying…

2 min.
latest stuff

Mick Tattersall The 22nd November was a sad day for so many of us as news began to break regarding the passing of a true legend and a much loved character, ‘Kinky’ Mick Tattersall. Mick touched the lives of so many people and will always be remembered as a colourful, friendly and oh-so-funky character who always had a great story or cheeky joke to share. Renowned for his VW alloy wheel business in more recent years (Kinky Mick’s Happy Wheel Shack), Mick was also known in and around the VW scene for his epic DJ sets plus his tongue-in-cheek stickers, which adorn many vehicles, toolboxes and workshop walls around the world. Reading the memories and stories on social media over the weekend really confirmed just how many people admired and loved Mick…

3 min.
still cruisin’ it

Straight outta’ SEMA The Specialty Equipment Market Association (SEMA) show in Las Vegas is the world’s largest annual tuning convention and brings together the good, bad and ugly of the current›trends and styles from the world of modified cars… and then some. It’s the biggest and craziest collection of wild rides, which range from home-grown and small-shop creations through to mega budget, manufacturer-sponsored machinery. Off-roaders, track cars, hot rods, muscle cars, modern tuner rides – in fact, pretty much anything and everything you can think of – make up the most eclectic collection of modified machinery imaginable, which attracts traders and visitors from around the world. Whilst I wasn’t able to make it this year (let’s be honest, justifying a weekend in Vegas to check out a handful of VWs is a…

6 min.
come to the show!

SHINY HAPPY PEOPLE! VolksWorld is delighted to announce that the world’s leading car care specialists, Meguiar’s, has announced its continued sponsorship of The VolksWorld Show, for the 16th year, in 2020. Meguiar’s will be giving the Top 20 trophy winners a gift pack to keep their prized cars looking spectacular for next year’s show season. In case you didn’t already know, Meguiar’s surface care products are the brand of choice for serious car enthusiasts worldwide. The entries received so far, including a number of international cars, have been of a very high standard and to tell the truth, making the final selection is going to be difficult. Once at the show our international line up of judges will also be looking for the Best in Show, won in 2019 by Craig Shaw and…

2 min.
car of the month

Simon Bateman, 1967 Karmann Ghia I purchased my US import KG from Type 2 Detectives roughly five years ago but other than that I can’t tell you much more about the car’s history. In fact, since I’ve owned it I’ve primarily focused on the car’s mechanical components, so I’ve replaced all the shocks, renewed all the steering and suspension and had the gearbox rebuilt. The engine is a 1500cc, though not the one that it left the factory with, and I have fitted a twin Weber 34 ICT carburettor set-up which has made a huge difference to the performance and torque. However, the most important single aspect of this conversion was getting the carburettors properly jetted. On the forums everyone has their own opinion and nobody agrees. Then I was pointed…