The story of Brazilian economics, Velocity 1600 and the captured story of the forgotten 1972 VW Beetle household.
The yr 1985 is a terrible day for Brazil. conceivable inflation, about 250% every year
The worth of every product and service rose day by day. In a desperate try and get some purpose for this madness, the Brazilian individuals unofficially launched the American greenback as an alternative choice to figuring out the true worth of the products and providers. keep away from because interest rates have been within the stratosphere. For example, with a view to buy a brand new automotive, it was necessary to pay in cash, in front of the individuals who have been really rich
On common, Joe had no selection but to keep (or his previous maintenance, so take a look at the automotive from the attitude of some segments of the financial system, such because the automotive business, restore outlets and used automobiles)
All this introduction is important, an understanding of how arduous the monetary state of affairs was in Brazil in the mid-1980s, now I can start talking about the actual matter of this submit that’s competing.
, Automotive races weren’t precisely the priority in such a state of affairs: solely the automobiles that have been supported by the automotive makers had survived, such as the Brazilian Inventory Trade, supported by Common Motors.
However the necessity is an creative mom and a brand new wish for common competition was born.
just isn’t easier: v you may deliver your VW Beetles back to the race monitor in any case within the mid-80s they have been nonetheless rich, reasonably priced and we might discover elements in all places, even new ones, as a result of Beetle was still in production (last yr to be 1986) and VW Kombi would get a loyal flat of four more power 2 many years.
Final time we saw the beetles competing officially, it was then reverse "Division 3", a class reserved for highly modified automobiles. There the groups acquired the newest power drop from the air-cooled engine, which increased the displacement to 2.3 liters and feeds it via big Weber carbohydrates. Their nickname was "Atomic Potty"
These automobiles cost a fortune to construct, but a well-balanced "Potty" skilled driver's hand would have a pain within the neck to make the stronger Opal
Atomic Pottys was a bunch of pleasant, everyone beloved to see small beetles huge automobiles, however they have been also unpredictable on the monitor, mechanically unreliable and very costly
The new class must be exactly the other to make it reasonably priced.
In 1985 it was referred to as "Speed 1600" and had very restricted guidelines:
* Automobiles should hold all unique panels in metal and minimize off the physique. apart from the area within the again shell, permit room for the exhaust system and the opposite on the front to make room for the additional oil cooler.
* Only aspect windows might be changed with plexiglass  * The wheel must be 14 "wider than 6". Secondary market mixes have been allowed. Tires only in "street use" radiation that isn’t wider than 195, and the profile shouldn’t be less than 60.
* Entrance suspension: a warehouse with cupboards to decrease it. Rear suspension: in inventory with free tilt adjustment. Attacks also needs to be OEM merchandise.
* Engine: inventory (alcohol) 1600 cm3. Just a little "grinding" on the top was allowed. Two unique "Solex" carbohydrates with little inner sprucing. Free selection of plane. Free selection of exhaust gases, free compression ratio
* Transmission: in stock with free OEM gearbox.
* Brakes: Storage Entrance Plates and Rear Drums
As far as I keep in mind it was 
Velocity 1600 began as a regional event in the city of São Paulo, and it was a momentary success.
The class not only brought veteran drivers and mechanics again to the monitor, but in addition opened the door for an entire new era. Collectively they made Velocity 1600 the preferred competition in São Paulo.
In June 1988, the nation's most prestigious automated magazine "4 Rodas" revealed a 5-page article on competition choruses and now
The southern cities of Brazil, which have practical racetracks, instantly started to arrange comparable Tournaments and since they tried to copy the same guidelines as in São Paulo, which facilitated the organization of cross-country tournaments sooner or later
In 1989, Velocity 1600 broke the country's largest grid, 63 automobiles.
My household is back on the race monitor
My household all the time tried to keep up with the competitors as much because the finances is allowed. My grandfather was a mechanic at the end of the 50's, not much money, however principally enjoyable. My father started his career in local rally tournaments and his brother. The picture above was taken in 1975 and exhibits his father's every day driver on the 1972 Beetle.
After an extended break, they saw Velocity 1600 as the right opportunity to return. Dad found the appropriate candidate for his subsequent racing automotive, his brother's regulation bought the spotless 1976 Beetle, who was already striped on the monitor, and he purchased it on the spot. The automotive was born at a velocity of 1300 cm3 and the engine was shortly replaced with 1,600 cm3 of VW Combi.
After a month, 44 have been ready to compete.
Principally 1600 drivers have been crew leaders, mechanics and drivers. Novice sport at its greatest
At the finish of 1989, the father had only a chance to drive a few races
The official race monitor of the town was refurbishment and
Next on our monitor was prepared for rock and pop ran across in the course of the provincial interval and even after he was deserted for 2 races (as a result of the suction sets have been taken out of the decree), he determined in the third place of the season
If the father's beetle was a strong competitor, my uncle (# 12) was merely not. The automotive broke down in the first two races of the 1990s and did not cease both.
He turned very annoyed and decided to convey Beetle again to his garage and he by no means touched it once more. In 1993, my father bought his automotive and the new proprietor retained the same shade and number. I keep in mind seeing it in action a couple of occasions, but then we lost the track “44”.
But my uncle's automotive was sitting in sleep for 28 years.
Unfortunately my uncle died in 2017, it was
He left a small set of strange automobiles with my cousin, his only son, and apparently “12” was a part of it.
For some cause I still don’t perceive my cousin determined to not hold the previous beetles. Gross sales can be difficult as a result of the paperwork have been slightly confused and the automotive was poorly rusted. As an alternative, it bought the automotive to peanuts, he provided it to his dad at no cost.
My father was blown away from this present, he and his brothers had been partners in enterprise and hobbies because the early 60s and his competitors for Beetle can be more than an honor.
Father retired in 2015 and has been in search of something that may take his time. He immediately took over the duty of returning “12”.
These footage show the day when the automotive was moved from the town of Curitiba to my father's house on the shore of Barra Velha, 200 miles away
In April 2019, 4 years after dwelling in Winnipeg, my spouse and I finally spent a few weeks and went to go to family and associates with Brazil.
Of course I was lifeless to see the previous Beetle close by.
I even purchased him a small present, a VDO tachometer, fairly close to what was originally outfitted with Super Fusco.
The father returns the automotive to a very tight price range and he works mostly on his personal. He’s 70 years previous and will in all probability take his sweet time to get it.
Once we obtained there, physique work was completed, and even flooring was changed.
He lowered a enough compression ratio to allow the engine to fuel and exchange the double carbon system into one. He says, "I want peace of mind, I'm not going to compete for it any more."
He loves taking a platform for brief check runs; I'm positive I acquired some fun while driving once I visited him. With out physique weight, the physique may be quite fast.
Last time I referred to as her, she stated the body was back on the body and now "12" wants little details calling it "to do".  He might even make a statutory statement as a result of the documents are all proper once more. It might make it easier to transport automobiles to a few of the Air-cooled VW meetings in southern Brazil.
Some say that a vintage automotive will never be utterly carried out, so I feel the previous Beetle will maintain my father fortunately busy
However extra necessary than being a pleasant interest, restored "12" turned a lovely tribute to his brother, a mild pal who all the time lives within the hearts of household and associates
Once I saw a newly painted shell straight in front of me, I touched my roof with my hand and immediately I felt numerous reminiscences
tears, as I’ve now, when writing these final strains.