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VolksWorld March 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

It’s usually at about this time of year that I start planning a few road trips, and pencilling in the events I want to include in my 2020 itinerary. Talking of which, we’ve got a bumper UK show review this issue to give you a taster of what’s on offer right here on our doorstep. Whether you want to just kick back, sink a few shandies, listen to some live music and relish the fact that you’re among friends in a field of VWs, then that’s fine. Or if you want to get your car prepped for a proper show and shine, or more serious Concours d’Elegance – then that’s cool, too. And that’s the beauty of the scene we’re involved in – there’s just so much choice. Anything goes,…

3 min.
synfuels – a lifeline for our classics?

There could be hope on the horizon for our much-loved fossil-fuelled VWs in the form of synthetic fuels, or 'synfuels' to give them their proper name. On paper at least, with the potential to replace fossil fuels and make existing petrol cars CO2 neutral with few if any mechanical modifications, there's certainly reason to be optimistic. But how do you make it? Well, synfuels are produced by combining hydrogen and CO2. Hydrogen can be extracted from water using renewable energy but, for a liquid fuel, carbon is required. However, this can be recycled from industrial processes or even captured from the air in the form of CO2 using filters, thus turning a greenhouse gas into a resource. Burning synfuel does release CO2 back into the environment, but as it can be…

1 min.
latest stuff

STASH YOUR STUFF From: www.heritagepartscentre.com Price: £84.50 If you're always at a loss when it comes to storing sunglasses, sweets, mobile phones and the latest issue of VolksWorld in your Bus, then check out these bamboo under dash trays from Heritage Parts Centre. They're suitable for Bay Window Buses (either LHD, or RHD) and are a must-have if you're planning a road trip in 2020. TACH A LOOK A THIS From: www.aircooledaccessories.com Price: steering column holder £44.99, tacho £89.99 Get that vintage racer look with this AAC steering column gauge holder and accompanying 52mm tacho. The holders were first produced in the early 1950s, and continued to be a popular accessory throughout the sixties on sporty VWs and Porsches, while the tacho has been specially calibrated so you see some movement of the needle as you shift…

3 min.
still cruisin’ it

Exciting show news! Cal Look Genesis With The VolksWorld Show just around the corner things are coming along nicely and the various special displays and collections are all starting to take shape. However, this month I wanted to concentrate on just one of those displays – the California Look collection, which will be hosted in (and around) the Brasserie. Incidentally, If you’re new to the show or are not sure where the Brasserie is located, you can find it at the far end of the Surrey Hall with access via the large double doors… you can’t miss it! Cal Look cafe I’ve been working with Martin Greaves at the UK Cal Look Register to make this the biggest and best collection of Cal Look cars ever displayed at the show and things are looking…

6 min.
come to the show!

SEE AN ICON IN THE BRASSERIE! You’ve probably just read the exciting news from Paul Knight (page 10) that we’re going to have one of the most iconic Cal Lookers of all time on display at Sandown Park this March 21/22 – the Greg Aronson / Jim Holmes car. Yes, that’s right, the white Looker that appeared on the cover of the February 1975 issue of Hot VWs magazine, considered by many to be the first documented ‘Cal-Look’ Beetle in the world. It’s now owned by avid collector Russell Ritchie and he’s kindly agreed to give us British fans a rare glimpse of it. Indeed, if you’re a Cal Look fan, this may be the only chance you’ll ever get to see the car on British soil. You’ll be able to view…

8 min.
tupper class

Since the mid-1980s, the month of June has hosted some of Southern California’s most popular Volkswagen events, with one weekend in particular becoming legendary. North America’s best car builders typically unveil their latest project cars for the occasion, in hope of bringing home one of the coveted awards. It revolved for years around the VW Classic; however, as the latter called it quits in 2019, the long-running Bug-In has de-facto turned into the prime destination for the real top cars. Last June’s programme proved especially contested, since the Bug-In promoters reintroduced a trophy highly sought-after in the past: America’s Most Beautiful VW. Part of the award’s appeals lies in its execution, having always been based on a Weber 48IDA carb cut in half and mounted on a wooden base. A beautiful…