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  • Book Review: VW Beetle Custom Handbook

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    Steve reviews a timeless classic which every beetle owner or enthusiast should own.

    This book is probably one of the oldest books that I will get to review, however, the information contained within it is still relevant today and starts off by describing the history of the Volkswagen Beetle. It then goes on to provide a very useful buyers guide which is a must-read for anyone wishing to purchase a Volkswagen Beetle. This book will mainly appeal to those Beetle fans who have or want a Baja Beetle or Wizard roadster, as it provides step by step guides on how to build both. I appreciate that in this day and age enthusiasts would be less inclined to build either due to the price of Volkswagen Beetles but it will surely help those who are trying to restore either a Baja or Wizard Roadster. The VW Beetle Custom Handbook will also appeal to fans of the Cal Look as the author has gone into great detail to explain the Cal Look and the history behind it. Furthermore, this book examines the racing pedigree of the Volkswagen Beetle and the modifications owners can undertake to improve performance, stopping power and drivability of their pride and joys.

    About the author:

    Keith Seume has been on the air-cooled Volkswagen seen for over 30 years and is well known amongst air-cooled fans, partly due to him being an editor of Volksworld Magazine and the former Custom Car Magazine. Furthermore, during the 1980s he participated in drag racing in his 1952 turbocharged ragtop Beetle.

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    Despite this book being over 20 years old, it does not detract from the reading experience and is full of valuable information for Beetle enthusiasts. Not only were the guides useful, but the book is also full of pictures which would be invaluable to an enthusiast wishing to work on their Beetle at home.

    Bibliographic information: 

      Publisher: Bay View Books LTD

    Publication: 1992

    RRP: 12.95

    ISBN: 1-870979-30-3

    Binding: paperback

    Extent: 159

    Illustrations: 250+

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