Form over func­tion

Classic Car Weekly (UK) - - Living With Classics - CHAR­LIE CALDER­WOOD

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.

Newspapers in English

Newspapers from UK

© PressReader. All rights reserved.