Happy 60th Birthday!

2 06 2010

Well today is apparently the 60th Birthday of the beloved Volkswagen Camper Van. How true this is I’m not sure, but considering the influence the humble Volkswagen has had on yours truly it’s only fair we celebrate, just in case. So what better way to do so, than by posting four stunning pictures of four of it’s best known evolutions. Five more years and it’ll be able to get a BUS pass… get it? I’ll get my coat!

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Sexy Minx

27 05 2010

This is the sort of thing you want right now. Cruising along the Sea-Front, windows down with the 8-track playing The Beach Boys. This Hillman Minx Estate belongs to Retro-Rides resident owner of all things cool and British, Seth Kennedy. It has been Seth’s daily driver for some time now while he worked on his rather special Triumph Herald. During it’s service it has been impeccably behaved, travelling around London with the effortless cool that only a classic car can provide. To reward the car for it’s great behaviour Seth decided that a new set of wheels would be just the ticket. But not just any wheels would do. The wheels you see here are something of a custom effort, made up from a variety of different wheels. Inspired by some model wheels Seth purchased back in the mid-90’s these have taken some time to build up. Based on the baskets of some 1970’s fake wire wheels the wire cover was removed to leave just the smooth bowl of the basket. Once the wires were removed the brand new ‘Spinner’ centre caps were imported from America and then after a bit of work fitted to the baskets. To finish them off Seth fitted some chrome valve covers and painted the thin white walls onto the side wall of the tyres. The results are unique and astounding, to take a quintessentially British family car and make into something that would look perfectly at home cruising around California is no mean feat, but Seth has pulled it off with style and ease.





Sunday Driver

26 05 2010

The Morris Minor, the archetypical classic car. It evokes images of flat caps, picnic rugs and a flask of tea. What a pleasant way to travel through the summer Countryside on your way to Steam Rally or a Village Feat. But hang on, there’s something wrong. This one pictured does not seem to be sauntering along in a respectable manner. And wait! That isn’t a country lane. And why is the driver wearing a Helmet like he’s Sterling Moss? This is all so wrong, I mean, look at those fancy pants wide wheels, hideous! I would bet my last penny that the poor thing isn’t running it’s original A-Series either. No, I bet it’s been unceremoniously ripped out in place of something more ‘performance based’, a Fiat Twin-Cam no doubt. What a terrible waste of a classic car… I mean, who wants to go fast afterall?





Leatherface

19 05 2010

Chuck your friends in the back, dispose of any bra’s the women might be wearing, get lost, meet some Hillbillies and get chased by a Chainsaw wielding maniac. Perfect.





Ready Salted

16 05 2010

Cars don’t get much hardcore than Salt Flat Racers. It will be a dream come true to hit the Bonneville Speed Week one day.





Hot-Rod Days

15 05 2010





Heather

11 05 2010