10-03-06

It's FRIDAY!! GASSSSSSSER TIME!!

Let's go back in time...  and investigate the king of all Scandinavian gassers!

The St'Moritz Fashion a.k.a. Häcken Hugo a.k.a. EKG Bubblan!

 

Year by year is the easiest way to do this... as the history is still somewhat blurry at its points... as is the memories of those involved ;-)

 

The car was built sometime prior to the -76 season by the two postmen Eric Lindgren and Göran Nilsson and their friend Leif Lövendahl. The engine was built by Claes "Trimco" Ebbenäs, a 82x92 costing 11500,-  It had heavily ported heads with 44/37 Manley valves and straightened exhausts. As you can see in this "spy" picture by Kim Riishede, taken in -78!

 

 

They raced the car at Bulltofta in 76 but managed to break lose the flywheel from the Okrasa crank. It was then replaced with a Volkstroker from Scat, but they broke that one to, same problem it seems. The 220!! hp was to much. For They then decided to go for 69x88 engine instead, as they didn't think it would loose that much hp. The gearbox got a welded spool and Berg ratios, 4.125 R&P and 3.8 / 2.059 / 1.556 /1.17.

In the first season (76) they raced it in red primer, but during the winter of 77 the car was painted by a artist called Pirk. The car was then displayed at a HotRod show, as seen in the first picture. This is a picture of engine taken at the show by "Mettis", somehow, the exhaust looks completely different in this picture.. so it might be a mock up?

 

 

The name St' Moritz was actually the name of a jeans and ski (?) store owned by Mr Lindgren. They guys building it called it "Häcken Hugo". The car was totally gutted and had a tube suspension without brakes at the front.

During the -77 season, they even made a trip to Santapod to race.

This picture comes from Svarta-maskens homepage:

 

 

If you understand Swedish, check it out...   http://race68.com/moritz.htm

 

From what I gather the car lived just two seasons with this paint scheme, in 1979 it was repainted white after a very successful roofshop, as Mr Lindgren had left the team, a new sponsor was found in EKG (a auto parts chain).

It was then called the "EKG Bug" until the early eighties  This is a photo taken in 79 by a young Kim Riishede:

 

 

I recived this cool picture from Sven-Olof Brorsson, It's a scan from the old, now gone, car magazine "Start & Speed". If you got a collection of these look up issue 12 of 1979! Enjoy:

 

 

 

From 79 to 80 the story as a bit clouded... sometime in the very early eighties Hasse Lindholm bought the car without the engine. Hasse painted the car blue, but never raced the car. The engine was bought by Mats Herrlander.

Then racer Fredrik Reichel bought the car, he had been racing against the EKG bug many times in his OHC VW dragster known as PANK (meaning "flat broke"). By 1984 Fredrik, with the help of Mats Herrlander, had fitted the PANK engine into Häcken Hugo, as was renamed. This is how the car looked when Fredrik bought it. Picture by Rene Lokdam:

 

 

 

This picture is from later in 84, and as you can see, he has now fitted it with headlights. The best time with the PANK engine was a mid twelve.

 

 

Here are some pictures from Bug Run #2 -1985, photo Rene Lokdam

 

 

 

 

This picture was taken in 86 by either Mats Herrlander or Per Ericson, for once, no doubt about the year ;-)  And that's Fredrik in the shorts!

 

 

In 86 Fredric let Mats Herrlander borrow the car, and Mats fitted his 2332 Superflow engine. With the IDA carbs from the original engine.

Mats brought the cars to many races in Germany, and on one of his crusades he beat Jütting, a German with a turbocharged 2.7 litres type tube chassis car, supposedly the worlds fastest bug.

 

 

So, Fredrik Reichel had no problems selling the car to Germany in 1987.

One of the last pistures from Sweden, photo Per Ericson:

 

 

Once in Germany the new owner fitted a 2.6 litres T4 engine and painted it grey, but only raced it one time. It was then sold to Karl Heins Kremmling who painted it black, Per Ericson recalls seeing the car again at Maikäfertreffen around 1990, in black, with STOCK CHROME HUBCAPS ON THE CENTERLINES!! What a way to treat a gasser legend! Karl raced it only one time at Hockenheim. In 1993 Udo Becker bought the car and restored it. He found the front suspension not up to his standards so he fitted a stock framehead and suspension. It now runs with a owner built 2.4 Type 1 engine now. 

 

Thanks for the info Herr Becker!

 

This is a picture I took of it at SPA in 2005.

 

 

I wish to send a special thanks to Kim Riishede who has helped me immensely with putting together this story, also I would like to thank Per Ericson and Fredrik Reichel that has been twisting their brains the last two weeks! THANKS FOR SHARING!

17:11 Gepost door Johnny Fox | Permalink | Commentaren (7) |  Facebook |

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Gasser of the week As a small note. The car became EKG folkan in 1979 and had it's roof chopped during the winter 78-79 as I recall it. 78 it was StMF and huge wheelies, the first time I saw a Hot VW live!!

Gepost door: Sven-Olof Brorsson | 10-03-06

Hmm If, that's correct, Kim is wrong... or I'm wrong...?
I will correct it.. thanks!

Gepost door: Johnny Fox | 10-03-06

Anyway..... .....a very interesting story. Good job Johnny :-)

Gepost door: Jøran | 11-03-06

cooooooolllllllllllllllllllllllllllllll very interesting story , there isn't only usa with old drag car
speedwell

Gepost door: speedwell | 11-03-06

St.Moritz Special thanks for that story. The car was sold to Germany and they put in a 2.6 Type 4 engine. They only raced it one time. than it was sold again to Karl Heins Kremmling who painted it very bad in black and he raced one time in Hockenheim. I restored the car and put in the original front suspension because it was undrivable. And with a 2.4 Type 1 engine I race the car from 1993 on. Regards Udo

Gepost door: Udo Becker | 11-03-06

St Moritz His name is Karl now :-)

Gepost door: Udo Becker | 15-03-06

St.Moritz Lite detalj rättelser bara!
Bilderna från "-85" är från bug run #1 1984..
Bild 1 = min grafitgråa 55-a som fredrik kör imot på första bilden!
Bild 2= Mot Keith Steineck (VWCSP's grundare)..
Bild 3 = mot Mika Jansson i hans första dragracing bil (buggy). mvh KK

Gepost door: kurt källström | 29-03-06

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