Sunday, June 30, 2013

In The Garage - Project Update


Despite having constant rain over the past few weeks, I haven't been building an ark but instead working on my various crapcan autos and other side projects in the mud and relative safety of my nearly completed garage.

The first project has been the '81 VW Rabbit Caddy, mentioned a few stories back. Per my normal operating procedure, the amount of work and money that I have put into this little tan pile has skyrocketed far past initial projections. I really only expected to throw on some brake pads, do a timing belt and some scrubbing but instead have done rear brake lines, master cylinder, front pads, rotors, calipers, rear drums, shoes, hardware, wheel bearings, starter, timing belt and tensioner, injection pump timing, and probably a whole bunch of shit that I intentionally blocked from my memory. Still on my list are some front body panels to correct some deer damage and finishing up the rear brake hardware installs. Then it's off to Maaco some some paint and pinstriping in a Subaru Brumby kinda way.

Monday, June 17, 2013

Motorsports Club Stuttgart / ADAC Racing at Hockenheim

Saturday afternoon, I dropped by Hockenheim to catch some German grassroots motorsports. The MCS and ADAC (kind of like AAA in the US, but still sanctions motorsports) put on the event, their third at Hockenheim this year.  For 10 euros entry fee, one can wander the stands, pits, and paddock all day. Lots of pictures after the jump.

Sunday, June 16, 2013

Beat on the French Street: Renault 19 Cabriolet

Admittedly, I'm no expert on French automobiles so I'm using my time in Europe to educate myself on French motoring. This (I've learned) is a 1992 model and actually rather rare as the first year for the cabrio was the last year before a re-fresh that changed the front and rear styling. For a car styled by Giugiaro with a Karmann drop-top, the looks are a bit underwhelming but not objectionable.

Saturday, June 15, 2013

BeaterBlog Recommended Attraction: Musée national de l’automobile, Collection Schlumpf

Growing up in Detroit exposed me to almost zero French cars. By the time I was ten none were available new and I went years without seeing one on the road. They were like Russian cars that existed only in books. Since then, I've rode in and even driven a few but my understanding of French motoring was lacking. The Musée national de l’automobile (French National Automobile Museum) has opened my eyes.