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posted on April 10th, 2006 at 08:26 AM
Whereabouts of 1976 beetle known as FIRE BUG


Does any one remember the Citrus Red '76 beetle of Greame and Heath Giles that was around in the early '90s ?

It was a '76 Cal Look car built by Jeff Unwin and Paul Chrisitie when they had Rogwin Motors together in Caringbah. The attention to detail on this car was astounding.

This car did the shows for a number of years, and then seemed to dissapear. Anyone know where it is ? or its condition ?
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posted on April 10th, 2006 at 08:38 AM



I think Greame still owns the car

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posted on April 10th, 2006 at 11:32 PM



Hi

I saw it a few years ago, looking sad, sitting under car cover under a carport.

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posted on April 11th, 2006 at 09:52 AM



Quite a shame really, I worked for Jeff and Paul while at school. I watched this car come together, and even helped a bit too. Everything was like new, it set the standard for that era.


I dont suppose any one has some photos ?
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posted on July 7th, 2006 at 08:55 PM



Hi

Update, drove past the home of Firebug, its still sitting in a carport under a tarp.

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posted on January 13th, 2012 at 07:03 PM



Hi

Sorry to drag up an old post but I just found these photos of Firebug in a cupboard.

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posted on January 13th, 2012 at 07:10 PM



Wonder if it has been sitting under the tarp for another 5 and a half years??



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posted on January 14th, 2012 at 07:34 AM



yeah I wonder what 5.5 yrs under a tarpatina would look like :crazy:



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posted on January 14th, 2012 at 09:52 AM



I've got a bunch of pics I took of it at Valla in 95 somewhere, the detail in that car is (was) unbelieveable.

It's got me stuffed how someone can pour so much $$ into a car then let it rot away.
Maybe it will become next years rat.
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posted on January 14th, 2012 at 09:55 AM



I remember this car for the mags way back when and also wondered what happened to it. Looks like I know now.
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posted on January 14th, 2012 at 10:20 AM



I remember it well too. It did the show's for years, winning many, many trophy's and best of's. Built with the 'best of'everything available, to top quality. Started with the '76 beetle......also 'best of'.



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posted on January 14th, 2012 at 10:49 AM



Looks like somone needs to pay the owners a visit with some cash. I remember seeing this bug in a mag back in the day.



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posted on January 14th, 2012 at 10:59 AM



Why does it have a CROSSPLY spare?? nice looking car tho.



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posted on January 14th, 2012 at 11:26 AM



so it will fit in the spare wheel hole



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posted on January 14th, 2012 at 11:44 AM



so radial tyres dont fit in that carrier? anyone know what happens when you mix crossply and radial tyres on the same axle?



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posted on January 14th, 2012 at 12:25 PM



I like how the car is held up only by the factory jack to show the underside. Probably wouldn't be aloud to do this these days with OH&S bullshit :lol: :lol::lol::lol: The stand could slip out and hit some poor onlooker :fakesniff::fakesniff::fakesniff::fakesniff:

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posted on January 14th, 2012 at 06:38 PM



It was always a controversial car because it was (usually) entered as a daily driver and what the definition of daily driver is. I remember the debates extremely well. they were seldom friendly.



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posted on January 16th, 2012 at 08:31 PM



I too remember watching the car being built and seeing the dollars sunk into it. As a young fella i had a beetle which jeff from rogwins often helped me out with. It keep blowing fuel lines and catching fire. The car for years sported on the engine lid the words "fire bug", and was known by all friends and family as Fire Bug. One day while at rogwins graham seeing the inscription on the engine lid, and states that he was a great name im going to call my beetle the fire bug I suggested he should be a little more oringinal. So unoriginal and stolen name. But nice car and big $$$ for the time.



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posted on January 17th, 2012 at 09:23 AM



That must be the '90's version or the original "Emergency Spare" and speed limited of course!
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posted on January 17th, 2012 at 02:23 PM



The 90's saw a lot of "daily drivers" bought to shows on trailers lol. I still to this day cannot believe judges of that era couldn't spot the difference between a trailer queen/ driven once a month around the block type car to a car that is actually driven daily/ every second day!!!!

One car in particular in Qld kept winning and beating car I thought very worthy so I took a odometer reading at one show then checked it at the next. It had done a whopping 9 odd kms in 5 months lol




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posted on January 17th, 2012 at 08:42 PM



The problem is the definition of daily driver. There's probably nobody that drives their car every single day. There's heaps of cars out there that everyone would be happy to call a "daily driver" that dont even get driven every weekend. I'm happy to call a car a daily driver if its regularly driven to club meetings and events and the odd sunday drive. Others maybe not. But then there are others who think daily driver means "has oil in sump and can be started".



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posted on January 17th, 2012 at 08:43 PM



maybe there should be a minimum number of stone chips to make you eligible for daily driver.



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posted on January 18th, 2012 at 08:31 AM



So true.

Now instead of every nut and bolt shining like a new pin there are folks intentionally making there cars look derelict.

Imagine 20 years ago if someone asked how to I make my shiny paint look old and shitty :lol:

Nothing at all against the rat crew, I just find it comical how times have changed from one extreme to the other.
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^ don't worry there are still the OCD clean freaks about :lol:



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posted on January 18th, 2012 at 12:00 PM



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The problem is the definition of daily driver. There's probably nobody that drives their car every single day. There's heaps of cars out there that everyone would be happy to call a "daily driver" that dont even get driven every weekend. I'm happy to call a car a daily driver if its regularly driven to club meetings and events and the odd sunday drive. Others maybe not. But then there are others who think daily driver means "has oil in sump and can be started".


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posted on January 18th, 2012 at 05:05 PM



My daily driver averages 20'000ks + a year. I have the miles on the pink slips to prove it. I drive the kids to school, race it on weekends & take it to the shops. I can fit my 2 mountain bikes & my road bike in it, I've carted countless bags of cement in it, moved house in it, carried a washing machine where the front seat goes whilst a matress was tied to the roof! Taken things to the tip etc etc.

I had entered my car in the nationals in the daily driver class for I think 15 years straight. Never got a look in.

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posted on January 18th, 2012 at 11:24 PM



wow nice bug. until today, the only firebug i know was a mozilla firefox addon for web development
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posted on January 19th, 2012 at 11:41 AM



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posted on January 19th, 2012 at 03:25 PM



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So true.

Now instead of every nut and bolt shining like a new pin there are folks intentionally making there cars look derelict.

Imagine 20 years ago if someone asked how to I make my shiny paint look old and shitty :lol:

Nothing at all against the rat crew, I just find it comical how times have changed from one extreme to the other.



I didn't get if for a while. I thought thse people just didn't know how to fix or look after a car.

Took me a while to get used to it. Me, personally don't like the rat look. Make me feel dirty driving with worn down paint.

Yes my shitadore has crap paint as they all do these days but I try my best to keep it clean and wax what remaining paint is stilll waxable to keep it looking respectable and clean looking.

You want the ultimate modern rat looker, should see my step dad's EL falcon :lol: it would beat all you rat lookers hands down.

How bout hose clamps, house paint and sticky tape for external accesories :crazy::lol: and nothing like panel beating with a ball peen hamer :lol:




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