Cars & Motorcycles

VolksWorld May 2020

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

It was ghastly seeing the events of early March unfold. Or should that be ‘unravel’. Things were moving fast, the situation changing by the day and as the week prior to The VolksWorld Show arrived, the omens weren’t good. And then, finally, came the news that none of us wanted to hear. It wasn’t happening... Everyone’s welfare was at the top of the publisher’s list of priorities, and a week after the announcement, with new advice from the Government having now been issued, the decision to postpone the show until 3-4 October was absolutely right. My first thought was for all those people who had burned the midnight oil getting their car ready on time to put on display. The personal sacrifices, the favours they’d pulled in – their disappointment. And ours, for…

1 min.
lavenham postponed

We've just received the news that the International Vintage Volkswagen Meeting in Lavenham has been postponed until 11-13 September, 2020. Featuring only stock, unmodified or period-correct pre-August 1967 Volkswagens, we love this event – not least because being set amidst the glorious timbered buildings of the picturesque mediaeval Suffolk village it attracts guests from all over the world. As in previous years, there's dedicated parking for qualifying vehicles, but worry not if you don't own an old enough VW because there's public parking close by. Visit www. vintagevolkswagens-lavenham.co.uk for more info.…

2 min.
mcqueen's buggy sells at auction

Tegardless of whether you're a Buggy fan or not, you can't help but revel in the sequence of film in The Thomas Crown Affair (1968) where Steve McQueen gets behind the wheel of a bright red Buggy, Faye Dunaway at his side, and indulges in some sand-dune shenanighans, incurring more than just a few self-inflicted brown-trouser moments in the process we understand. Specifically when the throttle jammed at one point. Car-freak McQueen did all the driving himself, there was no stunt double. Well, the Buggy in question has just sold at Bonhams for the princely sum of $456,000 (roughly £350,000). Interestingly, the original film script called for the use of a Jeep, but apparently McQueen had spotted the Meyers Manx flying through the air on the cover of a '66 issue of…

4 min.
still doin’ it

Box set mentality Fresh back from Dubfreeze I’ve been reflecting on the changes in the VW scene over the past 10-15 years, particularly in relation to event reports, magazines and the Internet as a whole. For many years, Dubfreeze was the season opener, and I couldn’t wait to catch up with old friends after a winter away from the shows. It was also somewhere to dig through boxes of goodies and occasionally pick up the odd bargain. Then along came the Internet, along with online auction sites, club page classifieds, forums and Facebook which ultimately changed the face of the swapmeet. Contrary to popular opinion, it didn’t ruin the swapmeet scene, but it did change the way things work, and also the kind of stuff you’ll find for sale these days. I spotted plenty of…

6 min.
blank canvas

Despite growing up enjoying family holidays in a Split Bus and helping his dad convert a Bay panel van into a camper, and even running around in Beetles and a Fastback when he was young, 54 year-old Eddie Blackmore from Workington, Cumbria had never owned a Volkswagen of his own. Until September 2017, that is, when he clicked on the ‘bid now’ button for a dilapidated looking ’69 1200A Beetle. He bought it as a derelict rolling ’shell from a guy in Yorkshire, with no interior, very little glass and a 1200 engine with more end float than Kim Kardashian’s grandmother. It’s almost as if Eddie, a senior corrosion technologist by trade as it happens, had been looking for the scabbiest looking car he could find. And when we put this…

1 min.
tech info

BODY 1969 1200A with earlier front wings, front clip, bonnet and bootlid; filled external filler flap; painted Porsche Guards Red ENGINE Rebuilt 1600cc twin-port; 009 distributor; Flamethrower coil; Vintage Speed exhaust; EMPI dress up kit SUSPENSION 2in narrowed front beam; dropped spindles; adjustable rear spring plates; uprated shock absorbers BRAKES Front disc conversion; copper brake pipes INTERIOR Porsche tombstone front seats; oil pressure/temp gauges; separate fuel gauge; LED lighting strips below dash; inertia reel belts front and back; trim by Bridget O’Hara WHEELS & TYRES Polished 15in Fuchs replica; 165/65 front, 185/65 at the rear…