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Cool Runnings – VW Bug Shoot

3 October 2012 One Comment
For some reason you can’t call a VW Bug a student car anymore. Why? Because down here in Cape Town they customize anything that is roadworthy approved or that can drive and spin. Look at Dirkie Binneman’s 1972 VW Beetle. This bug affair dated back into the early 2000’s when he laid his hands on his first “Kewer”. His dream was actually to become a BMX rider but faded after an accident he had at one of the competitions. All thanks Westcliff High school for gaining all his knowledge on customizing and funny enough, he and Donovan Le Roux went to the same school. I remember meeting him in his white and blue custom Beetle and later on he transformed that particular one into an award winner. Sadly in early 2011 he had a mishap with this beloved machine but that didn’t stop his dreams of building one of Cape Town’s neatest looking bugs. Almost immediately he started off building what are splashed in front of you and already on his first day out to a Show and Shine competition he has won “Best Colour”, “Best Wheels”, Overall class winner and “Best Of Show”.
So, the first thing you notice on this bugger must most definitely be the whale fin. It’s a replica of the ’92 Porsche 911 Carrera’s tail. The hood is customized with air vents for cooling purposes as the radiator was relocated to the front. There’s also a pair of crystal Golf Mk 1 lights in each corner up front. The car is covered in a custom mix of paint with a mixture of custom flakes. It does not stop here as I’ve paid close attention to the detail. The under carriage of the car is also colour coded and all rubbers, bushes and boots have been replaced with performance ones. The bug rest low on a set of custom narrow and wide 17 inch wheels, all thanks to the custom suspension setup.
On the inside, Dirkie left nothing untouched. The front seats were donated by DAF trucking and were recovered in black leather along with the rear bum huggers. Also fitted is a custom mold that houses the gauges under the dash. I’ve also noticed the custom center console with an EMPI gear lever and custom made gators. Chrome bits and pieces are splashed all over inside of this little cabin. Fitted in the dash is a 7 inch PureAudio screen that is linked to the PureAudio DVD player that was custom fitted in the cubbyhole. Another screen can be found under the hood along with a 1FARAD Starsound cap. Behind the rear seat is a custom enclosure that is the home to one Starsound 12 inch woofer that is powered by a 3200w Starsound monoblock. On the rear parcel shelf is a custom backboard that house another Starsound amp and a pair of Pioneer 6 X 9’s.
Now to the juicy looking engine bay. Nothing was left standard, not even the paint. The beetle is fitted with a Nissan 1400 engine that was treated to Golf 5 Valves and valve seats that were done by Headmaster. Also fitted are 65thou pistons and a 288 cam. Regulating the juice are some 40 Weber side drafts. The whole engine bay including the gearbox was colour coded with a mixture of red and yellow paint. All mods owners claim.
Well ladies and gents, Dirkie’s Bug can be seen at any given show happening in and around Cape Town. The car was fully prepared and built by the man himself in a period of almost 18 months. I would like to thank him for sharing his Bug Tale with AM and the man promised us that there are more mods to come.
Until then, God Bless,,,

One Comment »

  • vicky said:

    very nice work man. I am a vw beetle fan and i also build beetles. Gr8 work. You showed a passion for your work. how can i get hold of you if i need assistance?


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