Wolfsburg Museum Hunting
Capturing the Autostadt and VW Automuseum exhibits
Volkswagen Factory, alongside the AutoStadt.
Wolfsburg is Volkswagen's home base, and thankfully a business trip has allowed me to spend a couple weeks in the town. Volkswagen's presence in the town is near impossible to ignore, with the vast majority of the cars on the roads being some form of Volkswagen group product (mostly VWs, Seats and Skodas).
A typical sighting here, spot something that's not a VW.
Directly translated as "Car City", it features some modern architecture, restaurants, markets and most importantly car exhibits. Now there are individual exhibits for some of the Volkswagen group products, namely VW, Seat, Skoda, Audi, Porsche (which I missed) and Lamborghini (which disappointed), but the building above was undoubtedly the highlight of the tour. The individual VW group exhibits were underwhelming exhibits that felt like a mix of half empty art galleries and small dealerships, clearly created as "subtle" marketing exercises. But back to the building above, this had an awesome mix of Countachs, Diablos, DeLoreans and a host of other icons, enough to make the 15 euro entry worthwhile.
THE MISC. EXHIBITS
Surprisingly tiny in person, yet unsurprisingly beautiful.
Red cars seemed to be something of a common theme in the building, and just like the jaaag, the Countach, paired with the lighting, was dangerously photogenic.
Not nearly as pretty as the Sport Quattro, yet still old school-awesome.
Something of a childhood hero of mine. Nissan 300ZX headlights and riveted wheels aside, this Diablo GT has so much presence and looks utterly mad in the flesh, as every Lambo should.
GOLF 5 GTI W12
The crazy W12 Mk5 GTI, that supposedly took 8 months to create, featuring an interesting mix of VW group supercar parts from the R8, Gallardo and Bentleys.
Here's a clip of Jeremy Clarkson thrashing it around the Top Gear test track a good few years ago:
Now by the name it's safe to assume the exhibits are exclusively Volkswagen products, with the exception of one Lamborghini Diablo prototype.
Given the odd yellows and blues of the museum surrounds, and the vehicles below being 1995 and older, black and white filters suited the photos below best. An interesting collection over and above the cliched Beetles and Type 2 Hippie Vans (which I refused to photograph). I think it's safe to say I love all of these below, from the off-road Golf Mk2 Country to the sleek SP2. I reckon VW need to do a SP2 revival ASAP.
THE GTI PROJECTS
A collection of GTI design projects currently takes centre stage of the automuseum, which I believe is the result of efforts from VW design apprentices. Some stunning examples of decal designs and custom paint work, kind of ricey, yet done so professionally.
Mk3 and Mk1 GTI's.
And lastly I leave you with a pic of two stunning red GTI's. The Mk3 may look a bit dated by today's standards, but I reckon a few years down the line, they'll become seriously collectable, especially the VR6 derivates!