2012 Volkswagen Beetle Turbo: 10,000 Miles
November 21, 2012
So I'm headed to Northern California and it's clear that 10,000 miles is going to come up on the odometer pretty soon. As a matter of fact, I'm on Interstate 405 in the middle of the San Fernando Valley when it's apparent that the magic number is about to appear.
So I'm thinking about where to pose the 2012 Volkswagen Beetle Turbo -- someplace that would be interesting. But of course I'm in the middle of the San Fernando Valley, so there is a desperate shortage of interesting places.
But it comes to me that I'm surprisingly close to Ed Pink Racing Engines in glorious Panorama City. And sure enough, I pull off the freeway and onto Sepulveda Boulevard (the longest street in L.A., which runs from one side of the county to the other), and sure enough enough the odometer turned over practically at the front door.
This was the center of the drag racing universe in the 1960s when Ed Pink tuned the Mopar engines for Don Prudhomme and Shirley Muldowney. The big GM plant that built Camaros was about three miles away, while nearby Galpin Ford sold Mustangs to everyone who didn't work for GM.
Ed Pink even has a link to Porsche, as Jim Busby -- a former dragracer turned Porsche 935 driver -- turned to Pink to build his Porsche engines. Later the shop built engines for Porsche 962s as well.
So there's a little something going on with the idea of posing the Beetle Turbo next to this engine shop next to the railroad tracks in an obscure part of Los Angeles. the picture isn't so great, but at least you can't see the strip club that's on the other side of the property.
Michael Jordan, Executive Editor, Edmunds.com @ 10,000 miles