Category Archives: Drag Racing

Fat partner Ron at the Bugorama

Fat partner Ron Fleming made it to the finals in the Super Street class at the Bugorama Racing Series event held in Las Vegas on Oct 19th. The Hunsaker car owned by Mike Hunsaker and Ron was beat in the finals putting them in second place at the end of the season. Not bad for an old fart….his words!

OLDER N’ FASTER // THE CALIFORNIA LOOK

Here’s a great little video narrated by our own Ron Fleming. It goes into the history of the Cal-Look Bug made famous by Greg, Ron and their car club buddies from the 60s. Kudos to Stephen Brooks, the producer.

European Bug-In #4

Nearly 20,000 aircooled VW enthusiasts from around the world attended the fourth European Bug-in in Chimay, Belgium over the weekend of July 1,2 & 3. Nearly 2,100 cars were entered, including many of the original So Cal drag cars, such as the Tar Babe originally owned and driven by Fat owner Greg Aronson. Whether you were there for the drag racing, the show cars or to buy parts this was the place to be for nostalgic VW fans.

Ron Fleming, Fat owner and VW drag racer, traveled to Chimay to meet up with Fat’s many European friends. He would like to thank his friends for their hospitality, the great memories and the opportunity to drive so many amazing cars.

Here’s a great video by photographer David Stevens. You’ll see Ron sitting with author Keith Seume on the famous Empi dragster.

european bug-in from david stevens on Vimeo.

Tar Babe & The Underdog

FAT owners Greg Aronson and Ron Fleming were deeply honored in 2010 by the restoration and re-creation of their early days VW dragsters.  VW enthusiast Russell Ritchie of Scotland tracked down and bought Greg’s original Tar Babe down in Mexico.  He and an amazing crew lovingly restored the Tar Babe down to every little detail.  Unable to purchase Ron’s original Underdog Russell and his crew did a beautiful re-creation of it instead.  Russell brought the cars over to the states for the 45th Der Kleiner Panzers Reunion and the 2010 Bug-in 35.

Paul and Mark Schley hosted the DKP Reunion at Paul’s home and VW museum.  Check out this video of the DKP reunion.