By Johannes Hangula
THE Namibian first underground car show excited Windhoek residents, as 100 best cars in the country were displayed at the Khomas Grove Mall on Saturday, with car enthusiasts and car designers from all over Namibia and South Africa attending.
Meet Julius Kohne: Air-Brushing champion
Kohne is a local air-brushing artist, a profession that he embarked nine years ago. He is one of air-brushing artists who were invited and show off their skills at the Midnight Tokyo car show. He says air-brushing is more like graffiti, but it is more refined and with much more detailed images.
Air-brushing is a mixture of using models and free-hand, but still not freer as graffiti, because with air-brushing one works on smaller scale.
Kohne is also optimistic about air-brushing expanding. “For Namibia it is still very young, but it is developing as people want it on their cars, walls and cellphones, laptops and bikes”.
Air-brushing requires a compressor that supplies air and stencils for layout and sharp images.
Kohne who has exhibited on big platforms in South Africa said he gained all of this knowledge from watching online videos on YouTube, and he is also willing to pass on the wisdom to Namibians out there who are eager to learn.
Meet Godwin: the mastermind behind the 1970 VW Beetle fancy look
Godwin decided to go for something unique for the Midnight Tokyo car show.
Godwin said, when bought the car it had been neglected, without an engine but lucky enough the gear box was still in.
The engine: 1600 to 1835cc
According to Godwin, the engine was 1600 before it was upgraded to 1835cc, which include; dual carburettors, 009 distributors. The upgraded engine now has an external electronic fuel pump that provides sufficient fuelling for the two carburettors. The valves are oversized making them not standard anymore for air control.
Bought in Johannesburg eight months ago with grey colour, Godwin got their insides sprayed into black to go with the theme of the car.
The colour choice
Godwin says, before the current look, the beetle was yellow in colour. After careful consideration he decided to go for the metallic gold, which he thinks is very rare as he tries to avoid every day colours.
Interior design and the seats
The interior design is made up of vinyl, which is much cheaper and easy to maintain. Talking about the front interior design, Godwin said: “The car has been lowered for stability on the road and for a fancy look. The windows are tinted to prevent too much heat from the sun and making the temperature much cooler inside the car at all time.”
The Beetle is equipped with the Meldish sound system
Answering to why did he decided to do all this work to an old model car, Godwin said, “ it is all about the visibility, just something nice and being passionate about cars.”
He further concluded that it took him 10 to 11 years to bring the car to its current condition, but he says the work on the Beetle is still not complete.
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