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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…

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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 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.

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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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Porsche 911 SC Targa | Drive-by Snapshots by Sebastian Motsch (2014)

Porsche 911 Targa | Found on the way home

Flag GermanyOn the way home yesterday, I drove past an industrial estate near Würzburg and found a beautifully restored Porsche 911 SC Targa with the roof open. Outside. Mind you, it was just barely over 0° Celsius and cloudy…

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