Super Street VW Drag Racing: PRA '95, Ocean Street Video
Gary Berg came out of retirement to make an appearance at the Sacramento Bugorama, in the famous Berg Super Street VW Beetle. He ran head on into the ascending star, Andy Costello, and a serious duel ensued. Both drivers pushed each other into new E.T. records, and a final confrontation. Other Sacramento Super Street action included Candy Larsen of JCL Race Cars, nearly beating the odds with a two-day-old engine in the right-hand drive Ghia, that Shin Watanabe used to race. These days you can find Candy running in the Powder Puff series, where the competition can be plenty tough. If you ask her how difficult it was to learn how to shift a right-hand drive race car, against the likes of Rafael Vasquez, Andy Costello, Gary Berg, Chris Tool, etc., she'll probably tell you that it was no big deal. 1995 marked the emergence of Shawn Geers as a serious player in the PRA Pro ranks, and it could have also been the first time that Super Street Dave Perkins ran the class.
VW Drag Racing: Turbo & NOS, Unlimited Street style, Carlsbad 2004
VW drag racing video from Carlsbad. These street legal VW bugs are running turbos and/or Nitrous. One of the white VW beetles may have belonged to Fat Mike. The light green NOS-powered VW bug is driven by owner Phil Brown, who has been a member of the Paradise Motorsports pit crew for many years. Phil is a low-key kinda guy; he would come out to Carlsbad, run deep in the 10's, then go home. He didn't bring the car out to the HotVWs Drag Days, and he didn't run with the Unlimited Street guys. If you race at Atco or Etown, think of Phil as the West Coast version of "Jersey Joe" Koenig; they both run light green VW bugs on NOS, they are both nice guys, and they have both earned heavyweight status at their local drag strips. This footage was shot in 2003 or 2004, some of it at the Carlsbad VW vs. Import events. The now-defunct drag strip had been in a state of disrepair for quite some time; after it rained, the track crew would be out there mopping up water, that was seeping up from between cracks in the asphalt. Despite the dicey conditions, VW drag racers like Scott Fetherolf, Eric Calabrese, and Mike Scott made the trek down from the Simi Valley area. You'll see Scott, in his blue choptop Unlimited Street beetle, matched up against Phil Brown. At that point in time, Scott was still running a factory VW case, but he was a force to be reckoned with. Mike Scott is the owner/driver of the Unlimited Street silver Autocraft oval, which is running alky. Mike had been taking heat online, from bench racers who thought that the immaculate oval window Beetle was all show and no go, but he proved that wrong with a 9.96(9.98?) pass. The Carlsbad races tended to be a TNT type of racing, where people were getting their rides dialed in. Cars would either break, or be all over the track, due in part to the track conditions. At one point, Kris Lauffer in the Devils Hotrod was squared off against John Leso in the blue Manx, in what should have been a heavyweight matchup of the decade. They both ended up running down on their numbers, but as you'll see John went on to run a low 9-second pass, at 149 mph. Classic!
Shawn Geers VW Drag Racing Video- Der Renn Kafer Cup Debut.wmv
Shawn Geers is the shit..your my hero! His 1963 Vw bug all motor running 10s. Also have seen the other bug in a Hot Vws mag.. there both quick cars!