EVERY NOW AND THEN something special happens. A car or event appears and it's worth far more than four or five pages in Aircooled Classics. There's an event that only comes around once in a while and it's so good it deserves coverage for which only a magazine like this can do it justice. In short, it needs space to breathe, and lots of it. Two such special occasions just happened. One in Germany and one in the UK. For this we have extended issue 2 with a special supplement, enabling those that might not have had the opportunity to attend these special events the chance to enjoy them, and for those that did go, well, to re-live the experience with us. Our vintage specialist, Richard Copping, brings us a photoreport on the Bad Camberg event, the 'Olympic' event that happens only every four years in Germany. It is the place to be to seek out all things vintage Volkswagen, something respected VW author Richard is awfully good at! Not to be outdone, UK features editor, Alistair Cox, made it over to the 5th staging of Classics at the Castle, an event that pays homage to the pre-73 Porsche, including road sportscars and racing pedigree classics. And to wrap up the supplement we tell the story behind the Porsche Type 64 re-creation (shown opposite). An amazing machine. Enjoy! Paul Cave Editor â€“ Aircooled Classics Magazine
Lee Maxted-Page's 1955 Pre A Speedster
OUR WORSHIPFUL EDITOR’S brief (you'll go far, my lad - PC) was simple – go to Bad Camberg and take bright and shiny pictures of Beetles, specials, and military vehicles at the show. So I did, along with thousands of other fans from a myriad of countries. Sadly, sunshine dazzle and consequent sparkle was a bit of a tall order – certainly for the main day of the gathering, which was Saturday. Near constant mizzle
would be generous, gloomily damp, bordering on decidedly murky and wet, would be more accurate. Such a shame for a premier-league event a pilgrimage for hardcore enthusiasts that occurs just once every four years as well – but at least it didn’t deter the owners of treasured vintage metal from turning up in their droves. And as a
consolation for the main day there was Friday afternoon to dodge between the showers, and warm sunshine on Sunday just as everybody was going home! Trundling up and down the showfield like the proverbial hamster in an ever-turning wheel, the first of the golden goodies worthy of several snaps was from Karosserie Dannenhauer and Stauss, one of a nest of several that would later
cluster together. This example dated from after October 1952, as illustrated by its near oval style dash and positively modern bumpers, while those in the know would have recognised a slightly longer and wider car than the first examples â€“ a redesign calculated to improve the vehicleâ€™s aerodynamics.
Next up was a car from the house of Rometsch. But this wasn’t the model that fans drool over. No, this was a near complete restoration of the 1957 revamp. Well, that’s putting it mildly, as the design was now heavily influenced by trends across the Atlantic so, with great rudeness to the House of Detroit, traditional good looks had gone out of the window. Desirable in its day it wasn’t, but five decades and a little more later, here was another vehicle to add to the imagery collection.
As for a one off – how about Beutler’s pick-up (utility) – built by the Karosserie for their own use and most probably carved out from a Beetle that had been bashed about in an accident. Crude in appearance and design, but an inspiration to the do-it-yourself brigade in years to come, here was another quirky car not to be missed and well worthy of a further run round when the sun peeped from behind its blanket of cloud.
Similarly, curiosity drove many to photograph an out of context Papler soft top. Normally seen in police guise and conceivably as a support vehicle for fire departments, this one had the livery of the German Red Cross. An ungainly hood, crude doors and a heavy frame for the windscreen ensure Karosserie Papler doesn’t win any points for styling. Papler created their first soft tops in 1950 and unlike Karmann and Hebmüller didn’t enjoy direct supply from Wolfsburg.
Carefully shielded from the elements by a substantial gazebo were two gems from the family Grundmann collection. One was a fully restored KdF-Wagen bearing the chassis number 38/06 and, as such, claimed to be the oldest surviving Beetle in the world.
The other was an immaculate reconstruction of a VW sports or Record car (Rekordwagen) intended to participate in the Berlin to Rome propoganda race in 1939 that never happened. Designated T64 - the vehicle is a mix of original and replica (body mostly) parts. Only three T64s were ever built - each a design from Porsche and made to look delibarately like a sporting Volkswagen. It was powered by a twin carburettor flat four of just 985cc. Yet despite its minscule engine performance was close to 90 mph (140 kph).
With such a combination of treasured rarities, K端belwagens and Schwimmwagens appeared almost unworthy of photography, while the Cabriolets produced by Karmann were bordering on commonplace. Having made such an inflammatory statement it is worth qualifying the bluntness by adding that some of the oldest surviving examples were present to drool over as the accompanying imagery confirms. Not then to condemn the four-seater in anyway, but for many they paled into the background as a goodly number of two-seater Hebm端llers were on show and drew the inevitable crowds. Rumours abounded of this and that car for sale, but the prices were astronomical to say the least!
Obviously the pictures tell the story of this yearâ€™s Camberg better than words ever can but one further car deserves its own paragraph despite the fact that it was one of the youngest vehicles with an official presence on the show-field. This was a prototype â€“ a model for which the brochures were printed and distributed before it was decreed in high places that the soft top version of the razor-edge Karmann Ghia, officially the T34, was a no-hoper. Fully restored, the car was one of the final prototypes to be built,
dating it to the last months of 1962, or the first of 1963. Karmann passed it over to Volkswagen in July 1963, who in turn sold it to a dealer in southern Germany â€“ undoubtedly a perk for the young owner whose dad just happened to be in the trade. Having passed through several hands it was restored in the early 1980s and has been with its present owner since 2005. Mileage on the clock? A mere 80,000km.
Now in its 5th year, Classics at the Castle has established itself as the premiere one day show in the UK for all pre-1973 Porsches. With this in mind it was time for Aircooled Classics to head to Hedingham in the UK as invited magazine to cover the event. As settings go they don't come much better than this. The Norman Keep was built circa. 1140AD and is one of the best preserved Norman keeps in England. With the exhibiting grounds surrounded by beautiful woodland and lakes, it makes for the perfect setting. So what better way to add to its beauty than to fill these grounds with lots of lovely old Porsches! People entering the Castle grounds were in for a fantastic treat. On your left, there was a row of several 914s with a couple of genuine 914-6s in there for good measure. Beyond was a line up of early 911s and 912s; enough to make most men go weak at the knees! Avert your eyes to the right and you were met with the sight of over 100 Porsche 356s. The alphabet of styles included Speedsters and Carreras. Passing the sea of 911s, 912s and 356s was the road to the main house and around to the castle itself. Outside the house there was a special display of 3 competition Porsches with a true racing history. On the left was the Martini Racing Porsche 908/3 chassis no. 006, in the centre was the 1968 Daytona winning Porsche 907 longtail and to the right was the Dick Barbour Racing Hawaiian Tropic 1978 Porsche 935 Turbo which was successfully raced by Paul Newman in to second place at Le Mans in 1979. The road bears left at the main house and the bridge goes over the old castle moat in to the main castle area. This is where most of the trade stands were situated. Many well known names from the world of early Porsche were in attendance. Historika, Jaz, Roger Bray, PR Services, Maxted Page and Prill, Early 911, Karmann Konnection and Paul Stephens Porsche who had managed to bring along over a dozen fine examples of early Porsches for sale, including a very original, very low mileage 1969 2.0T. On the Roger Bray stand there was a stunning example of a 1962 Ruby Red 356 T6 and was reputedly first owned by none other than J. Edgar Hoover! In front of the main entrance to the Castle was the undoubted star of the show, the recreation of a 1939 Porsche Typ64, driven over from the Prototyp Museum in Hamburg. The great British weather held out long enough for everyone to enjoy as much of the show as possible. As a show it must go down as one of those all time greats in the UK, where the people's sports car becomes the star attraction, and rubs shoulders with proper racing pedigree. For anyone who has an interest in early Porsches, and we imagine that is you since you're reading this, make it a date in the 2012 diary. Sometimes a picture paints a thousand words, doesn't it? Go on. Turn the page... The trees will thank you for it!
THIS IS A REPLICA, but not a complete replica. It has some original parts and some new parts – primarily the skin. Only recently released to the world, this is the story of how a truly astonishing car came to be – twice over. In 1938 the Porsche design bureau in Zuffenhausen, a suburb of Stuttgart, was commissioned to produce three sportscars running VW components under sleek VW-looking aluminium bodies for a race to take place between Berlin and Rome. The name given to the cars was Rekordwagen. The outbreak of WWII prevented the race from happening. However, all three cars were constructed in time, each ever so slightly different from its siblings. The first, built in August 1939, was given to Bodo Lafferentz who sat on the newly formed board of Volkswagenwerk. It was destroyed in an accident during the early part of the war years. The second car was completed in December 1939. Nearing the end of the war it resided in Austria, but was wrecked by US army personnel celebrations when they created a speedster version by hackingoff the roof and seizing solid its tiny engine. What of car #3? It was finished in June 1940 and survived the war, and was subsequently used by Ferry Porsche before being sold in 1949 to Austrian racing driver Otto Mathé. The vehicle bodies, made of aluminium, were prepared by Reutter. The coach-building firm were located close to Porsche. The engines to power the three vehicles were very early VW aircooled flat fours, massaged by Porsche into performing as racing engines with greater compression ratios, and better volumetric efficiency through the use of larger valves and two carburettors. From an initial 23.5BHP the power rose to 32BHP. Not much, you might say, but the car was very light at just 585kg (1287lbs) and also very aerodynamic. As such, these cars were capable of 140kph (87.5mph) from just
985cc. The transmission was pure VW38 derived swing-axle, non-syncro with four forward gears, but with a higher final drive fitted. Otto Mathé continued to use the car for racing purposes. He was an avid collector of race cars and built his own 'specials'. After a decade of use, car #3 became part of his static collection and when he died in 1995, the collection was broken up as highly prized automotive stock, his own T64 being passed on to a collector. Some of the remaining cars and the remaining odds and ends were bought by Thomas König and Oliver Schmidt, recent proprietors of the Prototyp Automuseum in Hamburg http://www.prototyp-hamburg.de/ It was during a sorting and cataloguing session, about ten years ago, that an important discovery was made. Thomas and Oliver were in possession of a large quantity of parts from the crashed vehicle, car #2. But how could that be? Well, it turned out that Porsche had in fact sold car #3 to Otto Mathé together with numerous parts gathered from the wreck of car #2, including the engine. A moment of serendipity must have fallen upon these two gentlemen. Here was a chance to recreate a very important part of Porsche's automotive history. An original VW38 chassis was prepared and the engine from the crashed #2 car refurbished to form the basis. The recreation of the body was awarded to Nolstalgicar in Germany, who laser-scanned Otto Mathé's #3 car to prepare a wooden buck upon which to assemble riveted and welded aluminium sheets into a body-like shape. And since all three cars differed slightly, car #2 is made to look like the original car #2 from early photographs. Now a major draw card at classic car events, T64 (chassis no. 38/42) took three years to complete and only recently stepped into the lime-light in April of this year.