We have moved into an entirely different year since my last post, and a lot has happened; I've made it into engineering, I've acquired my restricted license, and I've gone and bought myself a car with doors and a roof (and a clutch pedal)! I apologise for the long quiet patch, the move from secondary to University has meant that both the blog and the car itself have had to take a back seat. However, I am confident that the buggy will be on the road legally by next summer. I am slowly going through the 'cert.' list, ticking off each problem and solution one step at a time - 10 down, 11 to go : )
You can expect to see some more posts as I near the completion of the cert. list, including some footage of the car in action!
In the meantime, here are some wicked shots from Marcel Thiele Photography!
Had a couple of old buggies pass through today, awesome to see them out and about on the road (as opposed to the sand where these ones normally hang out).
It was as if we'd gone back in time, with all sorts of old school cars dropping in. It was great to go for a drive in this Alfa Romeo 1300 GT Junior. It was a really tidy car, and was amazingly grounded in the corners.
The latest addition to the beachbuggies.co garage is a 1964 Chevy Van. Maybe the new Kumeu camper?
Went for another driving lesson in the buggy today but unfortunately I left the Gopro mount screw at home, so no footage this week (thank God). Stay tuned for some next time though : )
What an awesome weekend! This year's Kumeu show was possibly the best one yet! There was heaps of interest from the younger crowd, with lots of aspiring petrolheads trying the car on for size ; )
There were many attractions over the weekend, most notably the annual dragster start ups, and the car drops by Tower Cranes NZ.
Saturday night was pretty scary, with a weather bomb sweeping up the country. Amazingly our tent stayed where it was (with us hanging on to it mind you). The cars were not so lucky. Three of the covers had blown off, with the pink buggy's one just catching on its enormous turbo. The expensive cover for the grey one however, stayed firmly wrapped around the wheels like it had never happened. Closer inspection in the morning revealed a collection of bathtubs which required severe bailing.
It was awesome to see heaps of people over the weekend, and great of Areo to be there with his green long wheelbase buggy as well!
All in all it was a great weekend, and I can't wait until next year when I'll be able to drive the car into the showgrounds!
In the run up to the Kumeu car show this weekend, we are putting the final touches on the cars. We'll be back in our old spot, and I'll be on site all weekend, so feel free to come and say hi!
There'll be a huge range of buggies there this year, including a secret build, not yet published, only to be seen at the showgrounds ; )
I have some family from England down here in NZ at the moment, so we thought it would be cool to tow the car down to my grandparents' house in Tauranga to show it off to everyone ; )
My Poppa has a 'toy' of his own, a Cold War era Volvo imported from Sweden. It's a sight to behold with its ridiculous height, yet fairly short wheelbase. It was pretty freaky to get them side by side!
Tauranga didn't disappoint with some rediculous views, a cool limited edition Lancia Delta Integrale Evo, and a really tidy Beetle.
Happy New Year everybody! Remember to come and check out the car at this year's Kumeu classic and hot rod show on the weekend of January 21/22 : )
Build your own!
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