HSCC VW Beetle Silverstone (Race) 2012
Ian from the Just Kampers team is campaigning his 1965 1300c Volkswagen
Beetle in the 2012 Historic Touring Car Championship. Round 3 of the series
took place at Silverstone and Ian captured some fantastic footage of his
classic Beetle mixing it up with Ford Mustangs and Mini's.
We caught up with Ian after the race, "Captain cautious for the first lap
what with the squidgy brake pedal and a tacho which had a mind of it's own
(buzzed the motor a few times) Qualified 34th out of 47 cars and things
were going peachy until I hit a line of oil and spun it. As it seems to be
the case with hot race engines, the stalled engine wouldn't re-start so my
race was over just as it was getting interesting...Onwards to Snetterton
for a double header."
Full details on the VW Beetle:
1965 swing axle Beetle, CSP disc brakes all round, 1285cc, 44 Webers, Engle
FK10 cam, reworked stock heads with stock sized valves, cooling by 12 inch
electric fan and ram air pipes, approx 120-125bhp@ 8000rpm. Bears close
ratio gearbox with a Quaife ATB diff, Dunlop historic crossply tyres,
weight around 740kg with driver. Front suspension: Stock beam, springs and
rubber bushes, adjustable Formula Vee anti-roll bar, 2.5" dropped spindles,
Quantum double adjustable motorsport dampers. Rear suspension: Stock
springs and rubber bushes, lowered 2 splines, custom made heavy duty
adjustable Z-bar, Quantum double adjustable motorsport dampers.
The Racing Beetle runs on standard Front Suspension with the parts supplied
by Just Kampers. Learn more about VW Beetle Front Suspension at:
Classic VW Engine Rebuild, By Last Chance Auto Restore.com
We began with a dual port 1600 cc engine from a 1973 Volkswagen Beetle.
The engine ran with a miss and was smoking a bit . After performing a
compression test,(both wet and dry) , we determined the crankshaft and
bearings were fine.
We replaced the pistons, pots & rings. We had the valves redone and made
several upgrades along the way.....