Form over function
It’s been a trying few weeks with the Scirocco, because I still haven’t got to the bottom of the running issues from which it’s been suffering. While I’ve made progress with the idling and stuttering, it is still using too much fuel. I have to thank the Scirocco Register and particularly its fantastic forum, though, which has been a great help as I make slow diagnostic progress.
It was a pleasant distraction, therefore, when long-time CCW contributor, Richard Gunn, offered to help me to brush up on my photography skills and get some good shots of the Scirocco in the process.
The car’s rough running did make holding a steady speed occasionally difficult (which is key for magazine and newspaper photoshoots), but a couple of hours spent staring at the Scirocco’s origami bodywork did no harm for the VW’s standing in my eyes. It may not be all that nice to drive at the moment, but it remains one of the best-looking cars in the office car park, at least in my opinion!
It isn’t surprising that cars generally look at their very best when moving, which is why I’m particularly pleased with the dynamic shots that Richard, features editor Chris Hope and I managed to get. The VW seems to lean in corners, which while not ideal in handling terms, gives an aggressive stance in photographs. I’ll certainly have no problem finding pictures for a classified advert when I eventually decide to sell the ‘roc.
For my next round of investigation, I’ll be looking at the VW’s timing. The problems I have had followed a large service in which the cambelt was changed among a raft of other jobs that had been needed, and I have had a couple of people recommend that I check it now. It may be that I have allowed the Pierburg carburettor’s dodgy reputation to cloud my diagnosis and focus on nothing else.
Regardless, it’s another weekend spent buried in the engine bay for me, by the looks of things.
Quick photography refresher resulted in this cracking shot.