May 31, 2013

The Beetle Sphere

Created by Ichwan Noor an artist from Jakarta, Indonesia. A graduate of the Indonesian Art Institute, Yogyakarta.




The sculpture is made from real parts from a 1953 VW beetle, along with aluminum and polyester molded in a sphere. Currently the beetle sphere is on display at the Mondecor Gallery in Jakarta, Indonesia. 




 

Possibly inspired by the Bus Ball. Created by ZZ Tops' Billy Gibbons.

What is it about Volkswagens that so many artists seem to gravitate towards?

What are your favorite VW inspired art works?


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January 26, 2011

The One I Let Get Away

As you may know from reading Our History, I exported American collector cars and parts to Europe for many years. During the 1980’s, most of the exports were to Sweden. I worked with an importer in Goteborg and often visited Sweden.

Memories fade a bit, but during a visit sometime in the mid 1980‘s, I was looking through computer print-outs from the Swedish car file. These print-outs show year, make, serial number and registered owner. I was looking at the MOPAR listings searching for “J” and “R” codes to see how many Hemi cars had made it into Sweden. Surprisingly there were quite a few and among them was JS27R0B171715, registration number JCN 378. The print-out gave the owners name, address and a phone number. The address was listed as Falkenberg, a small town south of Goteborg. I called the young lady who was pleased to tell me about the Challenger, but sadly she had recently sold it. The new owner lived in Nybro, another small town south east of Goteborg, on the east coast of Sweden.  I was given the new owners name and phone number. A phone call, a pleasant conversation and a meeting was set to visit the Hemi Challenger and the new owner. Sorry I can’t remember the young fellow’s name, but I vividly remember the four hour trip across Sweden. It was a beautiful, sunny day.

1970 Dodge Hemi Challenger

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May 02, 2010

Spring Carlisle 2010 Event Report

Spring Carlisle 2010 was fun and the weather was nice until late Saturday afternoon when it clouded up and began to rain lightly. Sunday dawned cold and wet, which pretty much ended any action at the flea market.
The crowd at Spring Carlisle 2010 appeared to be the biggest in at least a couple of [...]

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March 06, 2010

Miniature Cars and Scale Modeling

Sometimes collecting vintage and collectible cars can get out of hand, sometimes it is addicting. Over the years I have bought a lot of interesting cars and still have many of them. Fortunately, I have managed to find places to keep them. Occasionally I wish my collection was more manageable and required less space. One way to manage a large collection with limited space is with scale models.

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February 17, 2010

“Does Chrysler have a future?” Thanks for your many comments!

Since I wrote my article on the future of Chrysler, we have received dozens of interesting comments. Some were harsh, some were funny, others were insightful. One such comment was from the President of the Chrysler Owners Club in Queensland Australia. Graham had some interesting observations.

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November 16, 2009

Does Chrysler have a future?

The Chrysler Corporation has a wonderful and interesting history. It started with Walter P. Chrysler and the Maxwell Motors re-organization in 1925. Through the years Chrysler has offered many engineering and design features that were leading the auto industry. The first Chrysler automobile had both oil and air filters plus a pressurized lubrication system. Later models introduced four wheel hydraulic brakes and rubber engine mounts. In the mid-1930’s Chrysler built the Airflow, the first auto maker to consider aerodynamics and an all steel unibody type construction. The 1950’s brought us the first Hemi engine and the Virgil Exner “Forward Look”. We also could buy the first “Muscle Car”, the 1955 Chrysler 300. The 1960’s found Chrysler experimenting with Turbine power and building High Performance cars with 426 Hemi engines. The 1970’s brought us the Challenger and ‘Cuda. The 80’s had Shelby Daytona’s and GLHS’s, the 90’s introduced a V-10 Viper. So many exciting “American Dream Cars”, but what will the future bring?

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November 02, 2009

AACA Fall Hershey Meet

The AACA Fall Meet in Hershey Pennsylvania was, as always, a very pleasant experience. Every time I attend this meet, I am amazed at the number of fabulous, beautifully restored vintage cars. We have prepared a photo collection that I took on Saturday, October 10th when AACA members bring their cars for judging and display. Follow the link to the gallery. Enjoy and please comment.

Click here to see the AACA Fall Hershey gallery.

AACA Fall Meet

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November 01, 2009

2009 AACA Fall Hershey Meet

The weather was good for most of the 2009 AACA Fall Meet at Hershey, PA and I enjoyed seeing many historic and interesting cars.  Hotel rooms were available but harder to find and more expensive close to the show.  I personally think it is worth paying more to stay close to the meet because you [...]

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October 22, 2009

The GM Futurliner at Fall Carlisle

If you have been following these blog posts, you have read that American Dream Cars attended and have vendor spaces at Carlisle. Our neighbor, this year, was the very impressive GM Futurliner #10.

Owned by the National Automotive and Truck Museum of the United States, #10 has visited several collector cars shows accompanied by several of the volunteers who helped restore this magnificent piece of industrial and automotive history.

The Futurliner is basically a bus with large clamshell type doors on each side. When opened, #10 becomes a stage where displays are set up. The volunteers have created an interesting display showing the Futurliner’s history. There was always a large numbers of visitors surrounding #10 and each visitor was given the opportunity to ascend stairway to the drivers seat.

Click here to view our photos and article.

GM-Futurliner

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