Vintage! The VW Beetle | drive it

It sounds a bit strange for a popular family car like the Volkswagen Beetle to be outfitted with a roll bar, bucket seats and a racing harness. But the first souped-up VW Bugs hit the roads in Germany as early as 1951.Drive it! got a chance to take a specially-tuned, vintage rallye Beetle out for a spin - and discovered that roll bars, bucket seats and racing seat belts are more than welcome in a Bug that can do 170 km/h.

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Vintage! The VW Beetle | Drive it!
Marcus Diamand turned his old 1200 VW Beetle from the 1967 to 1973 period into a "Sport Bug". Its 1.8-liter engine yields 90 horsepower give it a top speed of 180 kilometers an hour. The other modifications are inconspicuous: slightly wider wheels and a lower chassis. That's all for the fleet sportster in orange. More drive it: http://www.dw.de/program/drive-it/s-9690-9798





euromaxx deluxe - Oslo | euromaxx
Today's euromaxx deluxe takes us to the Norwegian capital Oslo. Mona Hoel is a well-known filmmaker in Scandinavia. She has a three room apartment in the centre of Oslo and owns a large collection of designer furniture and home accessories.





Poland: The People | European Journal
Pope John Paul II's beatification is scheduled for May 1. The occasion is eagerly anticipated across Poland, where the pope was born. Busts of John Paul have been put on display around the country. Now, the scramble has begun for religious relics belonging to the late pontiff.A spokesman for the John Paul II Center in Krakow said a vial of blood drawn from the pope will be installed in a church in the city after the beatification ceremony. Meanwhile, a small church in southern Poland is also hoping to obtain a token of the late pontiff. The parish priest in Lesna has been collecting religious relics from around the world for over 10 years. He has about 100 items, including the hair of Mother Teresa. Now, the cleric wants to add something from John Paul to his collection; after all, the pope laid the cornerstone of the church in Lesna.





The Motor Magazine - 27.04.2011 | drive it
The days when German carmakers sent their excess stock to China to get rid of it at a profit are over. Nowadays, to make a splash at the Shanghai Motor Show, manufacturers need to make cars exclusively for the Chinese market.The three convertibles from BMW, Maserati and Jaguar featured in this week's Drive it! would be just the ticket. And we delve into the auto hall of fame to take a look at Volkswagen's compact but robust rallye-beetle.




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