Cars & Motorcycles

VolksWorld June/July 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
Read More
12 Issues

in this issue

3 min.
welcome to the mag

was reading in sister title Classic Car Buyer about the various ways clubs are trying to attract a new generation of old car lovers into the scene. The thing is, while evidence suggests there’s an interest in classics, it needs a bit of nurturing. You see there’s quite a few barriers hampering youngsters from getting an old car such as university debt, high rents, the difficulty getting on the housing ladder and the simple fact that there’s now lots of other trappings – such as mobile phones – to sap already limited finances. I suppose the point I am trying to make is that buying a classic Volkswagen isn’t on the majority of young people’s list of priorities. So what do we do if we want to protect our heritage and ensure…

5 min.
starter motor

KG lovers flock to Bremen Just prior to the European lock-down, a record crowd of 45,582 attended the 18th Bremen Classic Motorshow, the highlight of which for VW fans was a special display to celebrate the 65th anniversary of the Karmann Ghia Type 14. Production of the model started in August 1955 and lasted 19 years, during which 362,601 coupés and 80,881 convertibles were made. Star attraction was the very last model to leave the Osnabrück plant on 31 July 1974, a Phoenix Red example normally resident in VW's historic collection at Volkswagen Osnabrück. Auction news Among the 200 or so classics under the hammer at Brightwells' Leominster sale on 4 March were 10 Volkswagens, including a partially dismantled '57 right-hand drive Oval in need of a full restoration which fetched £8,960. Coincidentally, a…

7 min.
i did it my way

I like a bit of DIY. But when I do any painting, it’s usually patchy. I’ve laid tiles, had a go at plaster boarding and even tackled basic carpentry – but it’s never been particularly pukka. That’s why when it comes to decorating, or anything to do with the house for that matter, I call in my friend and fellow VW nut Simon. I don’t know how, or what indefinable skillset he has at his disposal, but whatever task or conundrum I throw at him, he somehow manages to come up with a solution. And makes a damned near perfect job of it. I’ve no doubt you’ve got someone in your own circle of friends or associates who fits the same description. Annoyingly good at everything, calm, methodical and yet totally…

1 min.
tech info

BODY 1971 Karmann Ghia, imported from the US and painted Porsche Modegrau (61H) ENGINE Rebuilt using 1641 barrels and pistons and new valve springs; twin Weber 34 ICT carbs; Bosch 009 distributor; single outlet sports exhaust SUSPENSION 2in narrowed front beam with dropped spindles; GAZ adjustable shocks. Lowered two splines at the rear with KYB gas shocks BRAKES Redrilled Porsche pattern discs at the front, refurbished redrilled drums at the rear INTERIOR Spirit of the 50’s red vinyl seat covers, carpets and headlining; custom rear seat; red harnesses; Grant steering wheel WHEELS & TYRES Chromed JBW 15in Fuchs replicas measuring 4.5 at the front and 6in at rear; tyres 155/55x15 at the front, 185/65x15 at the rear…

8 min.
dannenhauer und stauss

Is there a particular VW that really rocked your world? Perhaps one specific car that you saw (or took) a photo of and kept coming back to, thinking “One day, she will be mine. Oh, yes. One day, she will be mine.” I know there was for me – a certain white ragtop Beetle on Fuchs – and whilst I haven’t been lucky enough to own that specific car as yet, I have owned a number of cars like it. One man who is lucky enough to have his own very special muse parked in his garage is Mark Reynolds, the grand fromage at Just Kampers. Regular readers will recall we featured Mark’s CTR Buggy in our last issue – it was bought specifically for its highly desirable Pre-A Porsche 356…

7 min.
metalflake mania

With its design harking back to 1964, the Meyers Manx buggy is very much a product of its era. The latter celebrated the custom car culture with some wild vehicles, thanks to American customisers/artists such as Ed ‘Big Daddy’ Roth. He conceived cars from scratch out of fiberglass (the same versatile material adopted by Bruce Meyers), which had become commonly used to make replacement body panels. Custom car builders also showed less boundaries when it came to choosing colours, often bold if not peculiar. Meyers offered a wide palette of hues for his Manx, too, and experimented with metalflakes as years passed. In a way, Manx-style buggies scream out for loud paint jobs, be it a bright colour and/or heavy ’flakes. Another option involves more intricate designs, made popular during the…