When I worked at the Buick dealership back in the 80s we had one of those FBI cars come in.We had heard about the special chip so we pulled the chip out of this car and took a look at the code numbers on it.Guess what? it was the stock production chip.
Many shows have floor rights that,for extra money,allow the payer earlier access that the rest of the attendees.Usually that earlier time coincides with the set-up time for the vendors.We do it at the two D.A.A.M. shows here in metro Detroit.
I worked as a porter at a VW dealer back in the mid 70s and got to sample a few of the Type 4s.They were stone slow and would develop a fluctuating idle problem.I don't remember the fix for it.The engine was the same type as the concurrent Type 2(Bus).And they even sold a few manual trans equipped cars here-those were all 2 door fastbacks and they were almost peppy.Any other version had an automatic trans.
It was my first time attending and I was absolutely amazed at the number and quality of models on display.If this was a judged contest I don't know how long it would take to pick out class winners(or if it could be done). I was pleasantly surprised when both magazines wanted to photograph one of the models I brought. I'll attend again-maybe not next year but I will be back!
Hmmmm-a complete new tool for a model of a car for which at least 50% of the tooling already exists.This is sort of thinking that gave us three separate chassis pans for the '67 & '69 Camaros and the '68 Firebird(essentially the same car underneath).To my inexperienced in tooling brain this would seem to be a needless duplication of effort.
One of the model clubs I belong to bought up a former club president's collection of over 800 car and truck kits,built ups and promos. So yesterday we split a good chunk of the haul.I picked up 26 kits(including 8 Jo-Han mid 80s re-issues,3 still sealed and enough pieces to build a '66 Caddy ambulance plus spares),some wheel sets,and a nicely foiled '59 Dodge Jo-Han(X-EL) promo. Earlier in the weekend I got 3 Heller Citroen rally car kits,the new Moebius Ventura and the Round 2 re-issue of the 1960 Corvette and then my nearest hobby shop put some kits on clearance and I picked up the 1979 version of the Tamiya Lotus 79 F1 car( been waiting 2 years for that to go on sale) and the Wurth liveried Group 5 Capri. I can now walk faster since my wallet is so much lighter.