Finally its here my good mate Matt's 1999 1600i Mexican import (mexibug) Volkswagen Beetle, this isn't just any sort of shoot or blog its more…
Dare I say it……….. this is the car that really sparked my interest in cars/VW's and Motorsport photography.
Like most people they have a definitive point in their life where they get the bug (pardon the pun), it was originally owned by a good friend of mines father who bought it from www.beetleuk.co.uk in 99 as a fresh import in dragon green, a colour more commonly seen on later dubs like mk3 golfs and polos but just works really well with the lines of the car.
The original owner sadly passed away a few years ago and then Bella was then left to (his son) my mate who in good taste modified it slightly german look opposed to the more traditional route of the "cal look" VW's, by putting the timeless porsche fuchs wheels on and having the beam narrowed by 4" to accommodate the 7x15's all round and a few other touches like lowering it and having a custom stainless exhaust made, pretty sure his father would have approved as he had a porsche engined bay window before this!!!
Due to having a baby and family life taking over the bug fell by the wayside slightly, the project was then taken over by my friend Matt who has had a few beetles over the years..
The gold and polished wheels on the green bug measure 16x8 rears and 16x7 fronts porsche fitment fondmetal lattice style wheels and the berber tweed seats were destined for a porsche 924s "but thats a whole nother story!"..
As with all projects they are never really finished but this one is well on its way, its been a result having my mate Matt 2mins down the road from me. Once I have scoped out a spot to shoot the bug its to his house to fuel up on coffee.. Downside is every time I turn up I get roped in to cleaning it as its his daily drive!! Then on to the locations to get some pictures.
In this case it was Fish and Chips..
Piecing all this together has been a bit of a fun project, its taken a while to piece it all together but on a plus its enabled me to try out some of my new equipment,mainly my new Manfrotto suction rig :-)
One bonus of living on the south coast is the locations that are right on my doorstep! This was taken at Ramsgate Royal Harbour and the rest are at a few locations I have found across kent (about the only bonus to my day job is pounding the miles down b roads all over kent... Perfect job for photoshoot location spotting)
Just to recap its been pretty fun shooting this beetle and its a bit different to my usual BDC write-ups as you might have already noticed, be prepared for some more dub/vag and jap blogs coming to fueltopia soon……
Thanks for reading and I hope you have enjoyed it as much as I have..
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