Sunday, December 27, 2009

Cooling Fins

For all those among us with Split's who would like to upgrade their brakes, but stay period correct, our friends over at Karmann Konnection have a solution.

A superb accurate copy of the original brake cooling rings ready to fit to VW or Porsche drums. Sold as a set of 4.
A exclusive product made by KK.

Thursday, December 24, 2009

Happy Holidays

The OOC would like to wish all our friends & viewers Happy Holidays
Hopefully S.C. will deliver all your Oldspeed wishes.
Also we wish you happy Oldspeed parts hunting for 2010.

Tuesday, December 22, 2009

Thursday, December 17, 2009


If you are in Hamburg you must go to see the PROTOTYP museum
here is a sneak preview

Tuesday, December 15, 2009

Giant Killer

On June 10, 1956, the company now known as Dr. Ing. h.c. F. Porsche AG, Stuttgart, celebrated one of its biggest and most important racing victories. Italian racecar driver Umberto Maglioli was the surprise overall winner in a Porsche 550 A Spyder at what was then the world's longest-standing and most difficult road race, the Targo Florio. The young company Porsche gained worldwide recognition with this victory, as it was the first time that a driver in a smaller racing class vehicle of up to two liters cylinder displacement managed to beat vehicles with a higher cylinder displacement. With an average speed of 90.9 m/h and a lead of nearly 15 minutes on the second place vehicle, Maglioli not only out-classed the competition but also assured the first overall victory for Porsche in the Brand World Championships.

This victory was made all the more surprising because of the fact that the Porsche 550 A Spyder only debuted eleven days before the Targa Florio at a 1,000-kilometer race on the Nürburgring. Spurred on by the victory in this class, Porsche's Head of Racing, Huschke von Hanstein, traveled to Sicily with driver Maglioli and two mechanics to test the open-top Spyder's competitiveness once again. In contrast to other road races of the time, routes were not closed during training, so the drivers always had to be prepared for traffic and obstacles. Furthermore, for the Stuttgart sports car manufacturer, it was the first time they took part in this legendary race as, at the time, the Targo Florio was seen as the territory of large Italian racing stables. Maglioli completed the 720-kilometer route without changing drivers in a time of 7:54.52 hours – and thanks to the reliability of his Porsche, only pulled in to the pit stop to refuel.

Tuesday, December 8, 2009

OOCRASA manifolds

Today we worked a little more on our OOCRASA heads.
We made some intake flanges and port matched them to the heads, in preparation for making the manifolds.

We have received a few emails about these heads, yes they were 30 hp single port heads to start with before we modified them, look back at the post on the heads and check the part number :-)

To elaborate a little more, 35.5mm and 32mm stainless intake & exhaust, 6mm stems, high rev springs and 12mm spark plugs.
12mm spark plugs are nothing new, we believe CB were the first to do this on their heads..........

Sunday, December 6, 2009

Party treats

It's that time of year again, when everyone gets out their VW decorations for the xmas tree.
Here are our split window beetle decorations, made in the former DDR in the early '50's

In all our years of part hunting and collecting we have only ever found these five.

Although I don't think we will be hanging these on the tree, as they are not too child or pet friendly :-)

Wednesday, December 2, 2009

Xmas came early

After a top tip from our Norwegian friends, we had a 'Special delivery' today.
Now we too have some excellent reading for over the holiday period.
Filled with lots of early VW and Porsche stuff it's well worth a place on our bookshelf.
The only problem is, who gets to read it first........

Tuesday, December 1, 2009

More Cool Norwegian Blogs

While surfing the net we came across a couple more very cool Norwegian Blogs, be sure to check them out if you haven't already

Norwegian Hammerworks

These are the guy's responsible for 'Der Wiger Coupe' as seen at H.O and in the latest Volksworld magazine, nice work guy's ;-)

The Sechs Volt Garage

Another very cool Norwegian Blog showing what these guy's get up to in their garage with their splits, just what we like :-)

Monday, November 30, 2009

Master of Metal

Longtime friend of the OOC Seppe "Master of Metal" has been working his magic again.......

Saturday, November 28, 2009


Here at the OOC we have been working on one of our Top Secret Projects for a while now and at last it is finished.
Take single port 30ps heads weld them and then machine them and 'voila' a set of dual port OOCRASA heads, although we did scrap a few heads on the way to achieving our goal.
We will run these on our L-R-L car to see how they perform :-)

Tuesday, November 24, 2009


Due to another day of bad rainy weather, we had some time for more work on the new motor project for our L-R-L car.
now the case accepts an S90 cam nicely.......

Monday, November 23, 2009

Vintage Speed & Classic Racing Spirit

Nice French Blog, Vintage Speed and Classic Racing Spirit, lots of nice photo's of classic race cars, 906, 908, 910's as well as VW's..........

Friday, November 20, 2009


Over at the Old Speed shack they have been posting some very nice Okrasa period literature, so we thought we would carry that on with some more Okrasa info......

Monday, November 16, 2009

Solex 40's

We've been looking for a set of 40PBIC's for a while now, for the new motor project for our L-R-L car and as I'm sure you know they are not that easy to find, at a reasonable price anyway.
We spotted these a little while ago and 'The Bachelor' worked out a deal so that we could obtain them at a fair price, complete with the correct air-filters.
Nice one 'B' ;-)
They are in real good condition, just very dusty from years of being stood on a shelf somewhere.
A new OG gasket kit and maybe change the standard 117.5 main jet to a 135 and they are ready to go :-)

Saturday, November 14, 2009

R & R

After some quality R & R time our batteries are fully charged, ready to begin again on some of our projects.

Monday, October 19, 2009

We like tractors

John Deere or Lanz Bulldog..

Or was that Denzel

Thursday, October 15, 2009


We didn't really go part hunting, more to collect our seats and some socialising, but we did find a few things.

Couple of PreA cams, super 90 cam, some Marchal fog light bulbs and a set of 30hp 1st over (case) main bearings

Tuesday, October 13, 2009

One of our Favourites

'Der Thundersodder Spezialer' is one of our favorite race cars and belongs to one of our Norwegian Screwdriver friends.

Based on a Nov '52 Zwitter

Built in Norway in 1964 for rally and hillclimb racing. It was raced until 1974, when it broke the crankshaft in two and was put in a barn.

The drivers seat is made of bakelite and comes from a 1951 vampire fighter jet. Porsche 356B brakes all round, Lemmertz 356 15x4.5 wheels, Porsche PreA gearbox, fully syncronized.

The car originally used a 1500 motor with a TDE dual carb kit, but the engine was missing when the car was found in 1997. It was very rusty, crashed front and rear and has been 'repaired' NOT restored. The complete interior/dash is untouched as built in 1964.

The present motor was built turn key by Sauer & Sohn Germany in 1967 and delivered to the customer in Denmark, who raced a '56 Oval in dirt track racing. He went on to win the Danish championship with this motor in 1970 and 1971.
It has S&S hemi-pistons, S&S heads and intakes manifolds, dual Solex 40's, SPG roller bearing crank, insane S&S cam and a dry sump system.
The original blue print says 127hp, not bad for a 1600 motor!

The motor was found in the basement of the original owner, in Denmark, the flywheel had been torn from the crank and was in need to a total rebuild.
So it was rebuilt and put in the Norwegian car, nice combo? You betya :-)

Monday, October 12, 2009

Oldspeed lounge

Well it's been a long few days with more than 10 hours of driving.
We went to Veterama Mannheim not only for parts hunting but also to collect our seats, for some of the projects we are working on.

After waiting for a couple of months for our seats to be made, they are finally ready. Yipee......
Taking a good look at our new seats we couldn't decide what to do, should we use them in our projects or better still maybe for the new seating in our Oldspeed lounge....

Tuesday, October 6, 2009

Just like Buses

When ever you want one there are never any around, and then when you're not looking two at once appear.
We had to go to the local rubbish dump on saturday and saw a guy throwing away some oval rear lights.
Hey there, do you have anymore VW parts, we asked?
They came from my fathers garage,there's just a load of old Opel parts in there.
May we come and look, we asked.
Yeah sure
So we went around tonight and after sorting through all the boxes we couldn't believe what we found, two Okrasa oil temperature gauges.
We gave little money and left with our Opel gauges and big smiles.
I guess sometimes dreams do come true

Saturday, October 3, 2009

Were Back!

We've been working on one of our Top Secret projects here for a little while, so there's been no activity on our blog.
But after many hours in the workshop we have made a break through, so only a small amount of work remains before we will reveal all.
Then we can begin with our favourite pastime of R&D :-)

'54 sunroof welding pt5

Welding and fabrication continues..........

Saturday, September 19, 2009

Period Photo's

Carrying on with the 356SL and Le Mans here is a couple of period photo's.
The 356SL can be seen in action at the 1951 24Hours Le Mans.
In the second photo, Ferry Porsche in the Porsche pits with two 550A's before the start of 1956 24 Hours Le Mans.

Wednesday, September 16, 2009

Original Oldspeed Racer

The 356SL or 'Sport Leicht' is the original Oldspeed race car.
Porsche produced only 7 of these super light race cars, based on the aluminum Bodied Gmünd cars. They used a heavily modified VW motor and the displacement was lowered to 1086cc (73.5 bore x 64 stroke) so they were eligible for the popular and highly competitive 1.1 litre racing class. Equipped with high compression heads and twin Carburetors, the Porsche power-plant produced 40bhp,a full 15 bhp more than the Volkswagen spec.
The first 3 SL cars were built in 1950 when Porsche moved back to the Stuttgart suburb of Zuffenhausen.Two were entered for the 1951 24 Hours Le Mans. However, an accident during one of the practice session decimated the Porsche entry to just one. The other one (pictured above) completed the race 20th overall and more importantly 1st in class in the hands of French drivers Auguste Veuillet and Edmond Mouche. The two drivers repeated that class victory in the next race. It was the start of a love affair between Porsche and the legendary 24 Hours Le Mans.

Monday, September 14, 2009

Oldspeed Motors

Here's a few of our favourite motor's.
1950 PreA, Denzel and Denzel top end kit.
Thanks to P.R & C.G for allowing us open their deck lids and R.C for the photo.

Friday, September 11, 2009

Special Delivery

We had a special delivery today, a set of NOS K&S 82.5mm pitons & cylinders for one of our motor projects.

Monday, September 7, 2009

'54 sunroof welding pt4

The welding at the front is just about finished........