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JohnRW1621
JohnRW1621 MegaDork
11/2/15 2:19 p.m.

I'll take a little bit of the other side.
Wheels should take it as a little bit of a compliment that people do not believe.
I been there, I've seen, I have had it proven to me. But, this is not the kind of thing that you see at the average car event. These builds are completely unique. This man is completely unique.
Along with that uniqueness comes disbelief.

Those who have seen, know.
An entire magazine stakes it's reputation on the authenticity of these builds.
The amazement comes from the fact that it seems impossible and let me tell you, it is amazing.

alfadriver
alfadriver UltimaDork
11/2/15 2:24 p.m.

In reply to patgizz:

One of the lessons I think is being learned is people are better at asking "why" for various mods.

Quite a few years ago, over on miata.net, I challenged the notion that one needed to spend $20k on a Miata to trophy. Got a LOT of flack over it- including someone "outing" me- as I also challenged what's the point of spending all of that money to get a jacket.

People who have done the challenge, on the other hand, do a really good job of understanding the real needs- understanding what a $2000 shock is vs. ones you can get for a lot cheaper. And knowing if it's really worth it in terms of going fast. Creativity is worth more than just spending money. Going fast on a budget is much more rewarding than just spending money- heck, it's really great to be legally faster than a big buck spender.

But that's how I see it.

nutherjrfan
nutherjrfan HalfDork
11/2/15 7:37 p.m.

ugh. I hope the thread doesn't get shut down. Here is something more positive at a $150 buy it now price plus the $200 you have to pay a broker. http://www.copart.com/us/Lot/28689525?searchId=278874662

SVreX
SVreX MegaDork
11/2/15 9:02 p.m.

In reply to nutherjrfan:

A Super Beetle with chemical/ biohazard damage???

I'm not sure what to say...

admc58
admc58 Reader
11/2/15 10:22 p.m.

So...Back to Mr. Nelson's Beetle...

This year the Nelsons had good tires on all 4 corners of the car and the family put a ton of extra time in getting the front suspension to have a better roll center and alignment with the resulting front grip being astounding. In-fact, it was so good that I had big trouble keeping the rear end behind me and spun twice...Once almost hitting a pole...(I may not have told Andy that..oops)...I had to downshift and apply FULL throttle to get the car to slide past the pole sideways.

That exterior video is the first that I have seen of the Bug and it looks so very composed...On the inside It was a handful as I was balancing HUGE power, a HIGH stall converter, MONSTER front grip, and Rear LADDER bar suspension...The natural balance of the bug on cornering was for the tail to drift out on turn-in and then go further with the application of any significant power.

Andrew Nelson, thank you again for your confidence, trust, and friendship in letting me drive for you. As always you and your family are the class act and standard to which all of us aspire. God Bless.

Alan McCrispin

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