Today I received a very cool book called 'Karambolage' by Arnold Odermatt. It is full with pics of cars involved in accidents. After taking a look you can imagine how many desireable cars were lost in the 60ies and 70ies. For more info about Arnold Odermatt read the text below the pics.
For 50 years, Arnold Odermatt documented traffic accidents on the roads of the Swiss canton of Niwalden. The former first lieutenant was a police photographer and his pictures served as evidence. He considered skilled precision as the absolute basis of his profession: “A good photo is in focus, you have to be able to see everything that you want,” was Odermatt’s creed. His technical equipment consisted of a Rolleiflex camera, a tripod and a magnesium cartridge to illuminate scenes of accidents at night as brightly as if it were day, for a full 13 seconds. In the mid 1990s, when Arnold Odermatt was already a pensioner, the photos he had taken in his professional capacity were discovered by the international art world. Wrecked cars, asphalt and chalk lines: although Arnold Odermatt’s photographs were exclusively intended for official use, they are a far cry from mere descriptions of facts as befits a police photographer. Some of the crashed cars lie like giant beetles helplessly on their backs, others stare at the camera with one eye, gnashing their radiator teeth or have submitted to their fate and try to claim our pity for their state. Odermatt’s gaze does not stop at the damaged vehicles, his shots also catch the ostensibly unimportant surroundings of the scene: a threatening sky, a mountain panorama shrouded in mist, a crowd of onlookers at the scene of an accident. Strange perhaps, or maybe not, that for all the innate destructive element in these crashes, the pictures have nothing spectacular about them: the small dramas which we witness here could at best threaten the idyll of small Swiss towns, but could not undermine them. Odermatt’s world is well kept, orderly and peacefully dented.
Today I was at an Airfield Race here in Vienna. Luckily there were a lot of aircooled cars. Take a short look:
Kaimann Formula Vee from the middle of the seventies type IV engine with 40 Webers and chromed exhaust system This one is older (I think late sixties) with Hegglin valvecovers another old school racer more to come...
Lucky people are living in Vienna. We have a Towing-Service with style here in town. Take a look at Ernstl's new blog by clicking the headline. And call him if you have any problems with your car when you are in Vienna.
….and yes, it was a kit car build with VW chassis and engine. Sometimes kits copy, but just as often they are the innovators. I was asked to provide a little more information on the exceedingly rare Laser 49er. Now, please keep in mind that this car predates the big car companies mini-vans by quite some time as you read this (this is part of the original brochure for the vehicle) by Elite Enterprises.
Elite works with design and engineering experts, in many phases of product planning, development, and final production. The illustrations in this brochure of the Laser 49er, as well as those of other Elite models on our stationary and envelopes, are the work of Harry Bradley, the noted California artist and automotive design instructor.
THE DIFFERENCE What makes the Laser 49er so different from other vans, automobiles, or kit cars? It isn’t just a question of size. The Laser 49er was designed to accommodate the multi-purpose requirements of today’s driver. Most automobiles offer one advantage, to the detriment of others: spaciousness versus economy, efficiency versus luxury, practicality versus styling. But the Laser 49er is the vehicle that aims at versatility. It allows you more diverse users, more overall advantages — with fewer comprimizes. The Laser 49er gives you a little more of everything, and that makes a big difference in your driving.
LUXURY INTERIOR When you’re in the driver’s seat of a Laser 49er — surrounded by deep-padded adjustable seats, arm rests, padded dash, and full instrumentation — you’ll think you’re inside a luxury car. You are.
SPACIOUSNESS The Laser 49er only looks little from the outside. Inside, there’s room for comforable seating (five full-sized adults!), and for plenty of storage as well.
MANEUVERABILITY The Laser 49er’s smaller size and efficient design provide better cornering, less wind resistance, and easier handling than any conventional van. Gets you into tight spaces, without putting you inside of one.
STYLING The exceptional design of the Laser 49er features gull-wing doors, rear hatch back, and strong clean lines that combine practicality with great looks. All excecuted in tough reinforced fiberglass — so it will keep looking great without rust or corrosion. The Laser 49er is pre-gelcoated, ready to paint your favorite color. We don’t think all vans should look alike — especially this one.
ENGINE All VW engines. Also Porsche, Corvair, Mazda and many others. (Adaptors required for all except VW.)
CHASSIS Any stock VW 2-door sedan. 1966 through present VW, no alterations required. Super Beetle adaptor available from Elite.
SEATING CAPACITY 5 adults.
LUGGAGE SPACE 12 cu. ft. inside rear hatch.
ASSEMBLY With our complete assembly manual and your know-how, you’ll have the Laser 49er road-ready in about 120 hours. Only home tools are required, and the body comes complete with the doors pre-hung and glass installed at our factory. Most Laser 49er owners have almost as much fun building as they do driving.
THE DIMENSIONS You can see by the size of the Laser 49er, and by the specifications listed at the left, that the physical dimensions of the mini van are quite different from those of a conventional van. What figures can’t describe, are the new “dimensions” of driving that are open to you as a Laser 49er owner. Because every person who drives one, has a different idea of what the Laser 49er is: The perfect commuter car… A convenient automobile for picking up the kids, shopping, running errands, and all the other faily driving around town… A great vehicle for family trips… A weekend camper… A business van… The list is as diverse as your driving needs.
GAS MILEAGE If you thought the VW Beetle was a miser with fuel, wait till you exchange the old body for the Laser 49er! The aerodynamic design will improve your original engine’s exonomy noticeably. And fuel efficienct is a number-one consideration today.
THE KIT It’s all there: Everything you need to transform from an old VW into a shining new Laser 49er! Seats, lighting, glass, hardware, gauges, even nuts and bolts. We make it easy! All you need to add is your choice of upholstery and carpet.
I just have found this by surfing the net. Always remenber: Doublecheck everything that has to do with fuel and fuellines! Luckily nobody was injured. Good Luck to Dave for building up his Type34 again.
Dave needs some parts for his car. I hope the VW community can help him. (For more info click on headline.)