Thursday, November 25, 2010

The most important feature!

It is always an honor for us when somebody somewhere talks or writes about our work, but for me personally a feature in the english VOLKSWORLD magazine is the kicker!
Using Stefan Bau´s unbelievable good pictures, Cathal O´Tool put together a brilliant feature! Thank you Volksworld!

Let´s go!

Haven´t finished my thought we already had a car! Our friend Tom of Wheelerdealer fame found a body!

After a long hunt looking at numerous overpriced cars we got a base car. This 68 sunroof beetle is from the Frankfurt area was the only sunroof / steel dash car for a reasonable price.

Tobias is cutting the florr pan halves out of another 68 but IRS floor pan. After blasting the pan they will be substituted by a pair of high quality Wolfsbürg West repro floors.


Soon after shipping the car to Japan the best was yet to come. There were many more or less serious inquiries for a SCORCHER from Wolfsburg to Qatar. I always said that I would do a maximum number of 3 complete cars and an extra body if there was request. Building a Baja to our quality standards is often underestimated and that is why it is not suprising that the euphoria of the most people inqiring came to a sudden stop when there had been a conversation about the costs of the built!

One day after business hours the phone rang without stop. I finally picked it up and on the other side somebody introcuced himself as: "I´m the biggest RC model car collector in the world!". During the following conversation it became clear, that my counterpart was serious!
He said: "I want to open a RC model car museum and need an eye catcher for the entrance hall! What do you prefer to build? A second Scorcher or a Wild Willy?"

BOTH!!! I already have the Willy and I´m sure to find a base car for a Scorcher in the near future!

Sometimes there must be somebody up there watching us with a big smile on his face...!

Rock´n Roll!


We were honored the most when Mr. S. Tamiya himself asked if the Sand Scorcher could come to JAPAN to be on display in the entrance hall of the TAMIYA headquaters in Shizuoka! Right after the "First of May Show" in Hannover the car went on it´s long trip to the land of the rising sun. Soon after landing in Japan we got news from Mr. Mochizuki that the Scorcher got there safely and in one piece and got on display right after the wheels were mounted back on the car! I still hope to make it down there one day to visit TAMIYA and the Scorcher! I don´t think there is a better place on earth to present "our" Scorcher to the public!

A few weeks later Mr. Mochizuki sent us a self-built model of the Scorcher in exchange! MANY THANKS! We are overwhelmed!


Whenever Stefan Bau shows up at THE BUG BOX some spectacular pictures are in the pipe line!
Even the darkest day turns into a sunny day! Stefan´s pictures can be appreciated in the VOLKSWORLD issue!

Many thanks to the people responsible for the tourist attraction Monte Kaolino in Hirschau for the one off location!

Wednesday, August 18, 2010

Next one: France

The legendary Super VW Magazine from France has the BUG BOX Sand Scorcher on the cover and in the mag this month (#253/September 2010). It is featured on six pages and they used the fantastic action shots of photografer Stefan Bau.

We are really pleased with the result and want to thank Stefan and the Super VW crew! You all did an awesome job!

Wednesday, June 16, 2010

The BUG BOX Sand Scorcher conquers Europe

Our Sand Scorcher graced the pages of several english, german and mexican magazines - know he made it into an italien mag. The current issue of Evo Italy features the big toy beetle on six pages.

France, Japan and the US will follow. And another big german magazine is preparing a feature as well. Stay tuned!

Thursday, May 27, 2010

More press

Today we received an envelop from Paul Etherington, a hard-core Sand Scorcher fan and owner of Zippyracing, with three Racer Magazins from England. That mag is about RC cars but they made a exception for the Bug Box Scorcher. It's the first 1:1 car that graces their pages - and the cover! Thank you guys!

Wednesday, May 19, 2010

Fusca Ativo Magazine from Brazil

We just found out that the Fusca Ativo online magazine did a double page on the Sand Scorcher. Very nice, well done and thank you guys!

Wednesday, May 5, 2010


30th of April and we are heading towards Hannover for the traditional DFL May Cruise Madness and the 1st of May Show - the german season opener. Besides the Scorcher two more cars were allowed to join the fun - Walters 15 window Split Bus and the cool Veep (a Jeep with VW engine, build in the 70s in the USA).

In the morning of the 1st of May a huge crowed surrounded the Sand Scorcher. Questions upon questions were asked by the people and if we didn't answer all of them - grab one of the next issues of the german Motor Klassik magazine and you will get all answers by reading the great feature on the Sand Scorcher.

Helge Ohmes, long time VW treasure hunter and the man who awakened Walters interest in building a real size Sand Scorcher took a seat behind the steering wheel - what a smile!

Walter at the show stage. He answered all the questions presenter Otto Meyer-Spelbrink was asking, who seemed to be impressed by the perfect Baja Bug.

It got a bit quieter in the afternoon and the little Scorcher came out for some suntan.

By the end of the day Walter got another award for the big toy. Posing proud in front of his creation for the last time, as the car is going on a world tour - first to the US, then to Japan.

Wednesday, April 21, 2010

Retro Cars magazine feature

Today the new Retro Cars mag arrived, also a Brit magazine. Looks even better than in Evo - in our opinion.

Evo magazine feature

The first magazine feature of the Scorcher in the british Evo mag. Well done Jonny and Stu!

Package leaflet

We found this nice little letter saturday morning at the Volksworld Show in the Sand Scorcher:

We would love to know the author!

Thursday, April 15, 2010

Smile of a winner

We found this picture at the DAS VW Club blog - thanks guys! Walter and his son Max receiving the awards - one "Top 20" and the "European Bug-In pick". Happy faces!

Thursday, April 1, 2010

Volksworld Show 2010

Finally the Sand Scorcher arrived in Esher at the Volksworld Show. Peter Köhmann from Custom & Speed Parts bought us a nice spot next to his stand - a little sandpit. Every other spot would have been possible without the R/C - but we wanted that with the car of course!

The cans were commissoned by the Volksworld team and made by Stéphane Dendievel from iCans. It is the smallest amount of cans made so far, so it will be more thought after than any other of the EBI cans.

Everybody seems to be crazy about the Scorcher. Nearly everybody wants to have a picture with the Scorcher, with the kid and the Scorcher, with the wife and the Scorcher... Meanwhile Silvia is selling Sand Scorcher-Shirts and hands out stickers as a giveaway.

After the show is over Mike Pye from Volksworld magazine has to remove the traces on the Padla Traks. Talk about tire porn...

The conclusion? Everybody seemed to love the Scorcher, not just the visitors. The judges voted the Scorcher into the Top 20 and the European Bug-In Organizers Choice was also ours! Thank you all for the awards!

And thanks again to the sponsors Custom & Speed Parts, Dieter Schmidt-Lorenz, Wolfsburg West, Repro Net, Berner, Blaschewski,, Edelstahlfritze and Enslein & Schönberger,
without them it wouldn't have been possible to realize that project.