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« on: September 14, 2006, 15:10:18 pm »

Ok, I've tried the "search" button, but no luck, so if anyone can help me out here. I need all the info I can get on the Thunderbug, possibly the wildest VW ever built. I'm talking the Thunderbug, Bill Mitchell kind.

Photos of under hood, inside, under etc will all be wildly appreciated. Also, stories, memories and so on.
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« Reply #1 on: September 14, 2006, 15:17:03 pm »

Check out Speedwells blog, he has pictures from the building of that car.
http://speedwell55.skynetblogs.be/
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« Reply #2 on: September 14, 2006, 15:48:02 pm »

Thanks man. Lot's of nice stuff there, after some serious scrolling.
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« Reply #3 on: September 14, 2006, 16:07:03 pm »

if you want , i send you the pictures with the text for more information about the car  Wink
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« Reply #4 on: September 14, 2006, 16:27:49 pm »

That would be exellent man!

mailto: streetwise.professor@gmail.com

Thanks in advance. If i could do anything in return, please let me know!
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« Reply #5 on: September 14, 2006, 19:38:27 pm »

I do not have information, but one very cool photo!
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« Reply #6 on: September 14, 2006, 21:36:19 pm »

Aah, that one's a beauty, haha. Love it. I remember that sticker from when i was a kid. My old man had shitloads of VW-mags, books, stickers and stuff, and that one was amongst them i think. Thanks! Keep 'em coming guys!
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« Reply #9 on: January 02, 2011, 05:08:37 am »

I grew up 5 miles from Motion MiniCar and remember seeing the car in the shop.

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« Reply #10 on: January 02, 2011, 15:12:03 pm »

here's what i've collected about the thunderbug

question to deano : the yellow chop top  was the purple deano dyno saors gassers??? for me it's NO  because the rear windows wasn't a n oval model

and what happens to the dds car after the sales Huh did mitchell drove it like it was , or he seperate it and take the best parts to build and put on the thunderbug Huh

i never know that there was 2 car ,the one on the right had a different top chop
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« Reply #11 on: January 02, 2011, 15:15:20 pm »

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« Reply #12 on: January 02, 2011, 15:15:58 pm »

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« Reply #13 on: January 02, 2011, 15:16:50 pm »

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« Reply #14 on: January 02, 2011, 15:18:22 pm »

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« Reply #15 on: January 02, 2011, 15:19:21 pm »

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« Reply #16 on: January 02, 2011, 15:21:08 pm »

 i've never read the name of deano dyno soars in any report
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« Reply #17 on: January 02, 2011, 15:23:53 pm »

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« Reply #18 on: January 02, 2011, 15:25:04 pm »

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« Reply #19 on: January 02, 2011, 15:25:52 pm »

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« Reply #20 on: January 02, 2011, 15:26:43 pm »

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« Reply #21 on: January 02, 2011, 15:27:50 pm »

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« Reply #22 on: January 02, 2011, 15:29:46 pm »

that's  all i've about the car
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« Reply #23 on: January 02, 2011, 15:31:14 pm »

There were 2 versions of this car or it's the same that's been modified later ? On your pics Fabs the car is top-chopped but on the pic below it's channeled. Also there are 2 Thunderbug bodies on one of your pic, but they are not channeled.




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« Reply #24 on: January 02, 2011, 15:39:04 pm »

yes that's what i said in reply  with the 2 cars on the same pict , for me the channeled one isn't the same car , it's different car

here's a pict i've from the first thunderbug , but it look that they have modifying the curve of the chop top , i know that there was something illegal with the chop top of the TH and the rules of the NHRA
may be that  why they modifying the car after
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« Reply #25 on: January 02, 2011, 16:28:39 pm »

And here are other gassers similar or influenced by the 2nd thunderbug and all came from florida (east coast) and motion minicar was based on the east coast ,
ii remember on one pictures of buzzin bee with the name of motion minicar on it , may be that's why the buzzin bee  was looking the thunderbug

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« Reply #26 on: January 02, 2011, 16:30:39 pm »

the other one was the TEA TIME owned & driven by chuck De Lisi from pompano beach florida the pict was taken at winternationals 77 chuck won the K/G class
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« Reply #27 on: January 02, 2011, 16:38:33 pm »

Awesome collection of Billy Mitchell stories.... But you are missing the one that actually shows the old DDS car months after he purchased the car from the Schleys. All they did was repaint the car to cover up any DDS logos or proof of its true origin.... before all the radical chop top stuff happened.... My guess is that Billy crashed the real DDS #2 car, and stripped it out and build one of those radical chop tops with another body (square window). It appears that one of those cars above does have the correct DDS axle on it, and the 741 Porsche transaxle as well. From there on, he went nuts with modifications. I'm sure that even Billy Mitchell doesn't have copies of all those above....
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« Reply #28 on: January 02, 2011, 16:44:43 pm »

thx for the clarification dean  Wink
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« Reply #29 on: January 02, 2011, 16:47:21 pm »

yes that's what i said in reply  with the 2 cars on the same pict , for me the channeled one isn't the same car , it's different car



Thanks for the papers Fabs !
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