BugRun 2006

Don't you just love the way those Spyders stick out as genuine “shit”?!!



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BugRun 2006

Spyder wheels... can't go wrong with them... you may think you can, but it is really impossible   ...even on a five lug car!



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BugRun 2006

One seriously cool fastback... this car is just so nice, and has been for years!



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I'm of to BugRun in an hour, and the weather forecast is excellent !! See you there guys!

For those of you that did not recognise Magnes friend in the last photo... here's a hint! And why did he use late model doors?? Do you know?



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Gooooo west, life is peacefull there...

A bunch of norwegians caught on film stateside, funny sign!




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The big Scandinavian events are coming up... summer is here!!First BugRun an later in fall SCC. The rumours for SCC are getting better by the day... so keep your fingers crossed... this is going thru the roof!!

Myself I'm looking forward to the GASSERWARS..! Who will take the win?

Darrell Vittone shows you how to do a real winner pose!! 



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The Stuka is taking off!

Looks like Jonas Uhland's stuka porsche is reaching for the skies now...  hope to hear some times to...  those wheels are sick!


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Barndoors on the move

I found this picture in Bugbox's nice gallery of the french SuperVW meet.

This one was exported from my home town last fall. It is originaly from the west side of Norway, were it was used as a breadtruck, unfortunatly it rusted quite badly so it was converted to a camper at a early stage. At that time the rockers was swaped for carefully shaped logs!! and a wooden floor was laid to replace the rusted cargofloor. I think, and hope, the new owner will restore it back to stock, or atleast replace the wood.

How many barndors are left in norway??



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The worlds most famous gasser on the move...?! Thanks to Speedwell for the great picture!



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Everyone loves a trailerqueen!

GASSERTIME....   here comes da bug!!



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Friday night at last!! This time a rail from Sweden! Fredrik Reichel's "PANK" dragster...  This was Fredriks first VW project!!

And his next car was the famous "St. Moritz Fashion"



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The Alien Bug... will we see it back on the sticky 402 this year...??

How are you doing Anders??



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GASS GASS GASS!! Gassertime!

Was this picture taken last year at SCC or is it taken somewhere else...?  and is that you Morten??




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Here comes da GASSERTIME!!

Here's a picture of the more unknown earlier version of the Anderson brothers car... 356 wheels are A-OKAY for a gasser btw!



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What happened to Gasser Friday?

I must admit I forgot it... spent all Easter in the barn with the welder...and it slipped my mind. But better late than never, right?


Here is Ron Cash with his "Lil' Bugger"




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This is my favourite from the Volksword show, it belongs to Alex Taylor.

A super clean de-chromed 67 on Fuchs. Perfect paint and rake, but what really makes this car stand out is the lack of typical "must have" items like Fatboy muffler, Alternator, MSD or other "modern" cal-look stuff. The engine is a 2276 IDA motor with dual Thunderbird exhaust! A very cool car!





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Gasser friday!!

One of the best pictures of the Inch Pincher one I have ever seen.... thanks Speedwell.



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While you read this I'm on my way to Volksworld show...  Hope to see some cool cars there...and maybe a gasser or two?? I will post pictures in the weeks that follow...
Here's the Anderson Brothers... looks like they are having some problems...?

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Look behind the scenes of a Cal-looker!

Join "Slangen" for a ride in the deep Swedish forests! Drag racing, Street racing and wheelies... what more could you possibly ask for?  ...other than a faster internet connection? ...the movie is 158mb!

And "slangen" says; "See you all this summer!!"

Right-click and save!




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Another Friday... GASSERTIME!!

This time, it's Scooter's trusted "Bug Magic"... this car looks the same today!!

"Inspired" paint job ;-) Some would call it SMOKING!!



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Friday at last!!

I received a phone call today from a gasser builder.... the flakes will fly soon!

And by looking on our European cal-look forum... the Lounge, it seems this will become a good year Cal-look wise, and GASSER wise!!


Here’s another unknown gasser from back in the day! Cool sign writing on this one!




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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!

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SCC/Cal-look.no has a new "Club house"

And you are invited into the "Lounge"!

If you feel that the fall is a long way of, you can do the next best thing... dream of the traction and shoot the breeze with other gear heads. And if you have questions, or just wants to hear the latest, check in too... Welcome into the Lounge everyone!

And why not enter your car into the new European TOP TEN lists??

Don't worry... we wont kick you out over stickers on the body... let's just have fun!





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"The worlds fastest Indian"


I saw Sir Anthony Hopkins in the new movie "The worlds fastest Indian" a couple of days ago. It's based on the true story of Burt Munro (1899-1978) and his 1920 Indian motorcycle... he was determined to make it go as fast as he could, and in 1962 I finally got it from his home in New Zealand to Bonneville, and managed to set a land speed record, and everything on a shoestring budget.. heck he even cast his own pistons...  a great film and a amazing story, I recommend it!  178.971 mph with a 40 year old 51 cu.in engine... not to bad ehh? And as for VW content... check out the type 3 in the background of his 1920 Munro Special!


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Gas gas gas!!! Gassertime!

Check chassis of the Small Wonder gasser...  seems so easy to do such a front suspension... and at the same time, SOO scary!!


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Friday at last!

Took some time to make this post with the scanning and all, but I hope you like it.


The centre of attention today is Øystein Lindahl, from the small town of Tønsberg here in Norway.



Since the very early eighties Øystein had been firmly hooked to the whole Cal-look thing. He built numerous cal-looker during the eighties (Remember the black 67 from some weeks ago?), and in 1986 he decided to have a go at Dragracing with a 60 bug he got hold of. The car was striped down to the bare essentials and a rollcage was fitted.


The engine was originally built by Trimco in Stockholm and was bought unused from a guy in Oslo. It was left untouched for the first year but he later rebuilt it using a Scat 74 crank with type 4 mains.  The crank was turned by "chevy" 5.7 rods working inside Cima 94 mm barrels, producing a 2165 cc. The 42x37.5 valves in the super flow heads was under the strict hand of a Gene Berg 316 camshaft. On top of the ported Superflow heads sat a pair of the ever cool 48 IDA's. The distributor was a 050 with a "red" Bosch coil. Before taking place i the car, the engine spent the winter inside by the tv. How's that for a entertainment system?


This is the car ready for street and strip in the spring of 87


And the secret weapon!

Later that year Øystein packed up the racer and headed for Santapod.

Waiting at the staging line at the "Pod"


Off the line:


Is that a struggling GTO in the right lane?? It has a fierce gasser look to the suspension anyway.

Had to include this night racing picture.

For the 88 season Øystein pulled it all apart and took aim for the G/MS class. The car was repainted in black metallic without the clear.


The engine seems to have received a magneto to! Look's very familiar to me... :-)

On the picture above you can see his(?) many gearboxes. The main one he used was built around a Gene Berg set of gears (3,77 - 2,22 - 1,48 - 1,14) and a Crown super diff with a 4,375:1 R&P

The next picture must have been taken on GIR

This is Øystein at Mantorp Park in Sweden... proper racer looks!


This is how the car appeared in VW Magazinet Nr 2 in 89. Notice the Firestone Slicks!


Øystein did a personal best of 11.8 at Santapod at the Quartermile, and a best of 7.4 at Mantorp Park. In 1989 Øystein held the European record for the class G/MS with a 12.21 ET.  In 91 he decided to give up racing, but no one was interested in buying a racer, what to do? Well Øystein managed to get the engine sold, and tore the car down again!!

Out with the alu sheets and roll cage... and in with a full interior and a new smooth dash in steel (the race one was in alu). He converted to IRS and painted it black with fully polished Porche 2-litre wheels. The car was a big hit at the shows, and was later sold.

It pretty much looks exactly like this today.


Puuh...  Now you know more than most about the "early racing" in Norway... at least the part concerning Øystein Lindahl!

Thanks for lending me your personal pictures Øystein.    



For those of you that reads Swedish, here's an article from VW magazinet:



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Well, we have all seen pictures of the gassers, let's step it up a notch, here you have a VIDEO of two gassers! The Tar Babe and The Pink Panther racing!





You may not recognize Tar Babe, but it's under the red paint somewhere.

This is the evolution of the Tar Babe, the big picture was taken recently.


This is it back in the day:


And finally The Pink Panther back in the day:


The Pink Panther looks exactly the same to this time, but now it has moved to Germany and is in the loving hands of Ole Endler. It was Ole who sent me this Video which he in turn got from Mario Bamboa jr., the son of Mario Bamboa of Grillos Racing - Mexico. The video was recorded somewhere in Mexico,  in the 80's. Mario is the current owner of the legendary Tar Babe. When Tar Babe was sold in

1972, it was painted red, like seen in this video. The driver of  Pink Panther ought to be Memo Moreno, I'm not sure who drove Tar Babe. It could be Pancho Mendoza, the builder of Pink Panther or Mario Gamboa. Later Tar Babe was painted black/red, then red/white and finally black again.




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The mercury is low today

Not to many busses on my blog...  well here's the Mercury pannel...  wouldn't last a year in Norway though...



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Swedish Cal-look!

Oscar better known as "Slangen" sendt me this picture....  He's done a 12.1 with it, thanks to a Brorsson 2332 engine. Looks good....  and he's comming to SCC to kick some butt!


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Friday at last!! GASSER TIME!!!

I found these pictures on my hard drive... The big one without any text I got from all gasser fiends knight in shining armour, Speedwell! Here you see the "race shop ghia" thru the years... or the "Wonderbug II" as it really was named! Enjoy!


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