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Volkswagen | Beetles in Bangkok

“Let it be, let it be. There will come an answer, let it be.” The Beatles

thailandEight hours layover between flights at BKK, recovering from a sea kayak accident and barely being able to walk I asked myself what to do with the time? Sitting idle at the airport wasn’t really a choice and while dragging my suitcase around the lively airport, I stumbled accross a sign pointing to the Airport Rail Link that ends in downtown Bangkok. Sitting in a train means not having to walk and so I bought a one-way ticket. At the downtown terminal I found myself looking at a rather large intersection. Hmm…

Weird car at large intersection downtown Bangkok | Drive-by Snapshots by Sebastian Motsch (2016)

As the Beatles predicted in their wisdom decades ago I just let it be… and there was an answer – in form of a very friendly man from northern Thailand who stopped his Tuktuk at the curb. He wanted to know where I was headed and my honest answer was that I had absolutely no clue.

“You want to see temples? Or girls?” 😉

Well, temples would be allright, but no red light district tour please. I’d rather just drive around to see as much of the city life as possible. Oh, and it would be awesome if there would be some classic cars to take pictures of. I guess he knew right then that this wasn’t goint to be a regular tourist tour. Showing him some pictures and telling him about the Drive-by Snapshots blog certainly helped. In between the tourist attractions we found some amazing places for petrol heads that surely no self-respecting tourist guide book would ever mention.  More on these in the following posts later this week. This post is dedicated to a chance we almost missed while rushing along at roughly 50 km/h in the afternoon traffic.

Bangkok Tuktuk 2016 | Drive-by Snapshot by Sebastan Motsch (2016)

Lightning quick reflexes of my driver ensured that we could hop onto the sidewalk with the Tuktuk when I yelled “Stop please, I spotted something”.
I walked back a couple of meters to make sure my peripheral vision didn’t fool me. Can you spot anything in the window next to the parked scooter?

Downtown Bangkok 2016 | Drive-by Snapshot by Sebastian Motsch (2016)

Oh yes! Despite sweat running into my eyes and being a little dehydrated by now, the skills honed by one and a half decades of finding and taking drive-by snapshots hadn’t failed me. And indeed, there wasn’t only a familiar nose behind the glass of the shop window, but also a set of very recognisable Fuchs alloy wheels. In the background you can see the Tuktuk parked on the sidewalk.

Volkswagen Beetles in Bangkok | Drive-by Snapshots by Sebastian Motsch (2016)

That really was a stunning find in the middle of Bangkok: two early Volkswagen Beetle – both of them very tastefully modified. While cupping my hands and trying to peek inside I noticed a young boy inside, sweeping the floor. A gentle knocked on the window caused him to look up – and run away instantly. Well this didn’t go as planned. Taking pictures into a dimly lit room from a street drenched in bright sunlight doesn’t really help picture quality, or does it?

Volkswagen Beetle in Bangkok | Drive-by Snapshots by Sebastian Motsch (2016)

Remember the quote above? There will be an answer, let it be. So we let it be and turned around to leave, when the boys mom asked something in Thai.
My driver kindly acted as an interpreter and translated my wish to take pictures of the two air-cooled gems. She was excited and super friendly, opened the door and invited us inside.

Volkswagen Beetle in Bangkok | Drive-by Snapshots by Sebastian Motsch (2016)

Upon closer inspection it became evident that these early Beetles have been built to a very high standard and finished perfectly.

Volkswagen Beetle in Bangkok | Drive-by Snapshots by Sebastian Motsch (2016)

I love the style and all the little details. This is almost exactly as I would spec a Volkswagen Käfer if I had one.

Volkswagen Beetle in Bangkok | Drive-by Snapshots by Sebastian Motsch (2016)

But there was more than just looks and style. Judging by exhaust diameters, both cars had engines that seemed to be massaged in some way or another.

Volkswagen Beetle in Bangkok | Drive-by Snapshots by Sebastian Motsch (2016)

One question remains: why are two classic Volkswagen parked in an otherwise empty shop? The friendly lady explained that it’s going to be a shop selling clothes, apparently automotive themed. The owner wants to use his weekend toys as decoration. Now this is something that gets a firm nod of approval and respect. Well done, sir!

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Immediately after leaving this lovely micro-museum and even now in retrospect the whole episode seems rather unreal. Did this really happen? In the middle of a busy city next to a busy street?

Keep your eyes open and one thing always in mind: smiles open doors – not only in the country of smiles. 🙂

 

 

 

Yellow and Blue | Day seven

While digging through my picture archives, I became aware of having many pictures that have one thing in common: matching color schemes. It really is interesting how some color combinations can be found whichever country you go to. This week I’m going to feature a selection of pictures containing the bright colors Yellow & Blue.

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Yellow and Blue | Day four

While digging through my picture archives, I became aware of having many pictures that have one thing in common: matching color schemes. It really is interesting how some color combinations can be found whichever country you go to. This week I’m going to feature a selection of pictures containing the bright colors Yellow & Blue.

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Yellow and Blue | Day three

While digging through my picture archives, I became aware of having many pictures that have one thing in common: matching color schemes. It really is interesting how some color combinations can be found whichever country you go to. This week I’m going to feature a selection of pictures containing the bright colors Yellow & Blue.

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Yellow and Blue | Day two

While digging through my picture archives, I became aware of having many pictures that have one thing in common: matching color schemes. It really is interesting how some color combinations can be found whichever country you go to. This week I’m going to feature a selection of pictures containing the bright colors Yellow & Blue.

To make it more interesting, the pictures are sorted by age, starting off with the oldest and progressing to more recent shots during the week. Three topics are going to be covered every day: matching backgrounds, race cars and other vehicles.

Day two | Matching backgrounds

The Toyota Hilux Bakkie pictured here might have blue lettering on the door, but I choose the photograph because the sky provides a spectacular background to set off the 4×4, descending a steep hill at Kallies Quarry.

dbs Yellow and Blue Toyota Hilux Kallies Quarry ZA | Drive-by Snapshots by Sebastian Motsch (2014)

The nicely weathered locomotive is resting near Hartbeesport Dam.

dbs Yellow and Blue train engine ZA | Drive-by Snapshots by Sebastian Motsch (2014)

Day two | Race cars

Europeans will think they see a SEAT Ibiza with a wrong grille – but this vehicle was indeed branded and sold as a Volkswagen Polo in South Africa! I found it at Zwartkops raceway, just like the Porsche 924 yesterday.

dbs Yellow and Blue VW Polo ZA-spec | Drive-by Snapshots by Sebastian Motsch (2014)

This FIAT Panda 4×4 lives in the Auto & Technik Museum in Sinsheim / Germany. The little gem easily won it’s class at the 1983 Rallye in Algeria and competed in the Paris Dakar Rallye. If you are interested in the background story, check out what the builder and driver has to say.

dbs Yellow and Blue FIAT Panda 4x4 Rallye | Drive-by Snapshots by Sebastian Motsch (2014)

Day two | Other vehicles

For some reason or another, many Italians like to wear mirrored sunglasses. Well, this Italian living in South Africa is no exception – and the blue sky almost make the window tint look blue…

dbs Yellow and Blue FIAT Uno Mk2 | Drive-by Snapshots by Sebastian Motsch (2014)

Arriving in Durban later that day, we found a matching Toyota Hiace Siyaya Taxi. The window wasn’t tinted, though, but rather wrapped in clear kitchen foil.

dbs Yellow and Blue Toyota Hiace Siyaya Taxi Durban | Drive-by Snapshots by Sebastian Motsch (2014)

And last but not least, how about a Citroën 2CV which looked like it was specifically painted in these particular colors, only to be featured here at Drive-by Snapshots Yellow and Blue Color Week…

dbs Yellow and Blue Citroen 2CV Lit-et-Mixe | Drive-by Snapshots by Sebastian Motsch (2014)

Volkswagen Type 3 TL 1600 Norway 2014 | Drive-by Snapshots by Sebastian Motsch (2014)

Volkswagen 1600 TL | Damn it or slam it!

Flag NorwayOn 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.

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Volkswagen Käfer Cabrio | Drive-by Snapshots by Sebastian Motsch (2014)

Volkswagen Käfer Cabrio | Fasten your seat belts!

Flag GermanyMy friend Gerd and his wife Claudia started the drop-top season rather late this year. After collecting the Volkswagen Beetle convertible from storage and giving it a good wash, we decided to quickly snap a few pictures before officially starting the season.

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Volkswagen T2b Emotions | Drive-by Snapshots by Sebastian Motsch (2012)

Volkswagen T2b | Emotions

Flag GermanyThe title says it all. This post is about emotions. The Volkswagen T2b pictured here sparks many of them, quite literally. These vehicles are just so positively sympathetic, you couldn’t force the smile off your face – even if you wanted to. Not smiling isn’t an option due to friendly feelings, friendly people and friendly encounters. Slowly (as they are) but surely, the classic  VW campers creep into your heart. You just want to pet them, as the sign in the opening pictures suggests 🙂

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Volkswagen T3 Syncro Westfalia | Drive-by Snapshots by Sebastian Motsch (2009)

Volkswagen T3 Syncro | The perfect travel companion

Flag FranceThe perfect travel companion? Should be able to go anywhere while carrying all the things you might need there. Oh… and providing ample sleeping space and a fridge to keep the drinks cool wouldn’t hurt either. This immaculate Volkswagen T3 Syncro Westfalia camper ticks all the right boxes and comes quite close to being the perfect travel companion, doesn’t it?

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Volkswagen Beetle Pick-up | Drive-by Snapshots by Sebastian Motsch (2011)

Volkswagen Käfer Pickup

Flag GermanyWhile hunting for a project car, I found this excellently crafted Volkswagen Beetle Pickup. The vehicle belongs to the Hagenauer body & paint shop in Würzburg. The split rear windows are a nice touch, but the rear bumper and lights leave something to be desired. They could have created something that suits the overall appearance of the Beetle Pick-up better. But that’s complaining at a high level 😉

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Volkswagen T1 & T2 | Ring Road Smileys

Flag BelgiumLate Sunday afternoon. We are driving home from a pleasant weekend we spent near Oostende. Passing a couple of vintage air-cooled Volkswagen on the ring road around Brussels brightens up the slow and rather dull traffic. For some reason they always make you smile 🙂

I missed most of them, due to the camera bag being hidden under some stuff on the back seat. However, I did manage to take a few snapshots before the sun set. Please excuse the bad quality of the images. The ride on most new cars is not suitable for taking pictures in low light conditions…

Air-cooled Volkswagen | Drive-by Snapshots by Sebastian Motsch (2014)

Air-cooled Volkswagen | Drive-by Snapshots by Sebastian Motsch (2014)

Air-cooled Volkswagen | Drive-by Snapshots by Sebastian Motsch (2014)

Air-cooled Volkswagen | Drive-by Snapshots by Sebastian Motsch (2014)

Air-cooled Volkswagen | Drive-by Snapshots by Sebastian Motsch (2014)

Air-cooled Volkswagen | Drive-by Snapshots by Sebastian Motsch (2014)

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Volkswagen T3 Nürburgring | Drive-by Snapshots by Sebastian Motsch (2011)

Porsche powered VW T3 | Triple the fun

Flag GermanyPutting up a tent in the paddock at the Nürburgring at a VLN racing weekend isn’t really an option. Instead, you might want to have something more solid. Rain is a common weather occurrence at the ‘ring, after all. And while driving in the Eifel mountains isn’t really much fun in an asthmatic vehicle, you might as well bolt a few extra ponies into the engine bay – just as this gentlemen did. Having fun on the way to the track, enjoy the weekend there and have fun on the run home. That’s not only double the fun, but triple. Volkswagen T3 + Porsche 911 engine + proper brakes and suspension = 🙂

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Volkswagen 412 Variant | Drive-by Snapshots by Sebastian Motsch (2010)

Volkswagen 412 Variant | The Ugly Duckling

Flag GermanyHans Christian Andersen wrote a fairy tale called ‘The Ugly Duckling’. The story revolves around a little bird that suffers abuse from the other birds, until eventually maturing into a beautiful swan. Looking at the Volkswagen 412 Variant I found in Karlsruhe a couple of years ago, you can see a similar story. A vehicle that was considered ugly by most people and received a lot of bad comments right from the start.

However, the end of the story differs dramatically from the fairy tale version. In real life the story doesn’t have a happy end. Even now, almost 40 years later, nobody would ever confuse it with a beautiful swan. But hey… it does have a brightly colored 76 sticker. 😉

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Volkswagen T2b Biarritz | Drive-by Snapshots by Sebastian Motsch (2009)

Volkswagen T2b | This is not an abandoned vehicle

Flag FranceThis was one of those ‘by chance’ finds. While trying to find a good vantage point to take a few pictures of Biarritz, I turned into one of those dead-end alleys you often find near the beach. Out of curiosity I followed the tiny road around a bend – and found this Fuchs equipped Volkswagen T2 hiding there. Quite clever actually: park where it’s free of charge, grab your surfboard and head for one of the famous surfing spots. I really like the sticker on the windscreen, because it somehow fits the overall theme of the van.

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Volkswagen Caddy Mk1 Tobermory | Drive-by Snapshots by Sebastian Motsch (2013)

Volkswagen | Tobermory Caddy

Flag ScotlandWe visited the Isle of Mull on a rather wet day in October 2013. Because most cats don’t enjoy rain, we unfortunately didn’t see the famous Tobermory Cat while visiting the beautiful town. However, we did find the not yet famous Tobermory Caddy.

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Volkswagen T3 Camper Colorful Scotland | Drive-by Snapshots by Sebastian Motsch (2013)

Volkswagen T3 Camper | Colorful Scotland

Flag ScotlandEarly October 2013, on our way from Glasgow to Kilchrenan. We stopped briefly at Loch Lomond to take a quick look around.
The day was cold and grey, but the Volkswagen T3 Camper we found in the parking lot was beautifully painted with bright colors.

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