In the late 70’s and early 80’s nobody thought about leasing or buying a car for just a few years and getting rid of it as soon as the warranty period ends. Purchasing a new car was a long-term decision. Unfortunately the ugly monster called rust often killed this generation of vehicles prematurely. Mechanically they rarely (if ever) failed.
Only a few pristine cars are left now. This one is a prime example and has obviously been well cared for in the last 30+ years. So if you think about Carina being an old lady you are trusted to care for – what would you do? Buy her some make-up and jewellery?
No, because a natural beauty doesn’t need that and it would only distract from her charm. Rather buy her a set of new shoes in a classic design and lower the center of gravity so she can safely get to all the destinations. Well done Kenneth Groth!
The classic wheel design and not too much lowering is all she needs. The gracefully aged lines are not only complemented perfectly but at the same time very nicely accentuated.
The Toyota Celica TA22 parked next to the elegant old lady has been treated similarly, but with a much sportier approach. Chin and trunk spoilers complement the period-correct wheels and the fender-mounted mirrors complete the athletic look. What a beautiful pair – both of which don’t scream “look at me” but rather invite you to silently enjoy the fine chrome details. Imagine the stories these ladies would tell if they could speak.
Since Kenneth trusted somebody else with taking care of her about a year ago, I can only hope she is still doing well.
The WUNDER-BAUM® was invented in 1952 and has been produced in huge quantities ever since. Under normal circumstances, the tree-shaped air-freshener is a lonely fellow. He prefers to lead a solitary life, enjoying the panoramic view from its natural habitat – the rear-view mirror.
However, some of the little trees are members of a secret organization. They gather once a year to hold their annual meeting, called WUNDER-FOREST®. In 2014, they attended the Gatebil festival in Rudskogen, Norway. If you looked closely, you might have noticed that the trees held small-group workshops in various vehicles around the track, dangling from the rear-view mirrors of various cars.
We caught a few of them in Erlend Skulstads’ Audi 100 Avant…
… and we even had the chance to catch a glimpse of their annual general meeting, held on neutral terrain in a totally in-suspicious looking Cadillac from Sweden.
Gotta have some room to breathe in such meetings, don’t you agree? 😉
Eavesdropping on the conversation revealed, that the Gatebil Festival inspired them to create a new scent for future WUNDER-BAUM® applications…
Soon after finding a moment of piece with an adorable MG TF, the tarmac turned into a gravel road, which ended at the Roald Amundsen Vei. Instead of turning left, we decided to follow the signs to Roald Amundsens Hjem. Halfway there we found something we never expected to see in rural Norway, but rather somewhere south of the Alps.Read More»
… and others are more easy to spot and take pictures of. OK, I admit that the stunning BMW E30 M3 I posted yesterday set the bar very high. Nonetheless, here is a selection of Munichs’ finest for you to enjoy. Let’s start with a pair of unmolested classics we found in Tomter, en route to the Gatebil event location.Read More»
A winding back country road in rural Norway on a beautiful summer day. The sun is shining, the bees are flying and the birds are singing. Well, they might be singing but… what actually reaches your eardrums is an entirely different symphony. One featuring sounds emitted from fresh air rushing through the carbon fiber intake system, feeding the engine via individual throttle bodies, exploding ferociously and being emitted through an exhaust system, finely tuned to trigger daydreams of an era long gone.Read More»
The pace on Norwegian roads is slow. You have plenty of time to look around while driving – which slows you down even more. But as long as the reason for traveling at such a snails’ pace is such a clean Ford Cortina Mk1 GT… we don’t mind at all. Having a smile on our faces was well worth the taking a little break. So, as you would expect, we stopped and took a couple of pictures. Enjoy!Read More»
On our way from Oslo to Rakkestad, we drove through a quaint little town named Tomter. This town featured a rather classy Bentley Corniche Coupé at one end… and a vehicle called sad solution in German on the other. Sad solution? Yes, the Volkswagen Type 3 1600 TL was nicknamed Traurige Lösung. It’s easy to see why, as it wanted to play in a higher class than the mighty Beetle, but somehow just looked like a big one with the proportions way off and not to it’s advantage. Mean people even say, that it looks like a Dackel taking a crap. Oh well, this might not have been what the ‘designers’ intended.Read More»
Judging by the previous posts this week, one could be under the impression that our visit to Gatebil Rudskogen was all about classic Volvos. Hell no! There was so much more to see! You walk around a corner, all the time expecting to see souped-up drift cars or a mad Amazon. Walking along the go-kart track had many a surprise to be discovered, like this old Mercedes-Benz W110. The sun played wonderful games with the green paint and chrome, but the personal touches of the owner are what made it really special.Read More»
After showing you a selection of the cool Volvos found at Gatebil 2014 and featuring Christians’ 960 wagon, a question kept popping up: what exactly makes a Volvo cool? And if you managed to make it cool… do you have to call it a Voolvo? Let’s try to figure out the recipe for Volvo coolness!Read More»
The law of attraction says that you will get what you wish for.
If you go to a racetrack for the first time, you have to find your way around. Which, in this case, involves hiking through the Norwegian forest. After parking our rented A-Class and putting on some sunscreen, we made the trek around a brand new industrial building. But before even searching for the path leading to the famous Rudskogen Motorsenter race track, we got distracted by a bright red Volvo 940 with golden wheels. This is what it looked like at first sight:Read More»
Is a Volvo a cool car? By the common perception of most people… err… no. In all the countries I have previously lived in or traveled to, Volvos are not exactly considered to be cool rides. However, traveling to Norway for the first time (and to Gatebil Rudskogen nonetheless) changed a thing or two – forever. Being a lover of cars with straight lines and timeless design, I have always appreciated the styling of RWD Volvos. But did I consider them to be cool? Nope. However, seeing what can be achieved even without a major budget, did spark a new interest.Read More»