BAD TEMPER II Flash back has been found & Re-built, A lone 80`s survivor with a pedigree on the track & on the streets! A 13 Month Restoration.
In Latino neighborhoods of Los Angeles in the early to mid 1980’s at a time when every teenager owned or dreamed to own a Volkswagen there was a trend among the cruisers,street racers & Cal-style Volkswagens of having brightly colored VW’s that were themed with detailed logos and scripts. Los Angeles & Hollywood are the media capital of the world and it was only fitting that we would be influenced by the movie studios cartoon & movie characters by having detailed script and images painted on the sides & deck lids of VW’s built during this period, that we like to call the 80’s LA Logo era. The first VW that I remember seeing in LA with writing on the side and not on a full drag strip VW was a street racer called Lil Dreamer soon after there were logo’d VW’s called Baboom, Ragberry, Pink Panther, Bad Temper, Bad Temper II, Radical Rag, Suicide Solution, Red Alert, Mini Smurf, Double Trouble, Gumby themed, The Blockheads themed, Marvin the Martian, a Ratfink Rat themed, and a Casper the ghost themed were just a few of the Logo’d VW’s I remember cruising and racing in the streets everywhere in LA during this period. The Logo’d cars usually would have the name of the LA neighborhood they were from lettered somewhere usually on the rear fenders. As the popularity of the Logo’d VW’s became widespread throughout the Latino neighborhoods of LA they took on a mystic and aura of legendary proportions as girls and guys would be on the lookout for the latest themed logo’d VW at the cruise spots. These VW’s were referred to by their theme or logos. One such Logo’d VW from that era was Bad Temper II. Bad Temper II was legendary in LA back during this era of logo’d VW’s for having been featured in a major magazine. For a lot of us growing up in LA during that era it validated that there was some innovative and beautiful VW’s coming out of our neighborhoods and not just Orange County. Step back in time for a bit and appreciate 80s LA Calstyle VW's and Logo'd VW's and how Calstyle and logo’d VW’s were a major part of the VW scene in 80’s Los Angeles.
Robert "VWKidd" Velis
Alex Arredondo @Carlos, Thanks for contacting me. The story of "Bad Temper II". I bought the 62' VW from a friend in the early 80's. I built a 1776cc with 48 Webbers then removed the 48's and placed a FB40 turbo. Later I bought a 2110cc engine with a FB6...0 turbo from Ray "Lil Dreamer" and raced the streets of Los Angeles! The car ran a 10.38 at 138 MPH in Bakersfield, CA. In 1990, I sold the engine for a VW style dragster. The VW was sold to someone in Los Angeles. In 2003, a friend told me that he saw the car parked in front of a yard near LA/USC County Medical Center. I was lucky to locate the vehicle and attempted to buy it back. I was told the owner was in Mexico and they would call me back. In 2009, I went back to the address and the car was gone. I have photos of Bad Temper I and II and will provided them to Carlos!
OLD SCHOOL DISCO, KROQ-THE ROCK OF THE EIGHTIES & NINETIES , DEPECHE MODE, MORRISSEY,B-52s , OLD SCHOOL FUNK, HOUSE PARTIES WITH PLENTY OF AQUA NET HAS RETURNED AND MAY BLAST DOWN A STREET NEAR YOU. With today`s technology and know hows Bad Temper 2 has been reborn as it was in 1986 with a two stage color scheme in the correct Grabber Blue sporting a 2276CC built by the Butcher shop and is fed by a pair of 48IDA`s From DRD Racing and with help from Koch`s VW is ready to brawl at any red light.
From the Cal-Look forum: Whoever restored the car deserves props. They did a great job. More importantly they were faithful to the car's details like its unconventional stance. So many people would've taken liberties with things like that.
Anonymous email: I love your bug. Nice job!! I noticed you didn't narrow the beam. Right? I like how your front wheels sit nice on the edge of the fender. I am not a big fan of narrowed beams.
Anonymous email: The Bad temper is a gorgeous machine. Really looks Badaaaas!!!
From the Cal-Look forum: It's cool if you dont dig it, but imo, big sign writing on the sides of cars has been and still is "in style" and has been around for alot longer than six months.
From the Cal-Look forum: from what i understand, bad temper II is now in the hands of a member of the GFK and will be restored correctly to it's former glory. and while it isnt one of my favourite early-ish drag cars...it is nice to see another one saved!
From the speedwell55.skynetblogs: The bad temper II was built in the 80's and who knew what happened to this one, some years ago the car reappeared in a bad shape and now an enthusiast redid the car as nice as it was back in time. Good works guys it's nice to see more survivors still alive and kicking.
Johnny Jimenez AKA Barn Door Mafia: Bad Temper ll is a bad ass bug! It brings back tons of memories. I was telling Alex at the last P-Town that I remember driving my bus, 59 deluxe 23 Window, in Highland Park on Figueroa when I saw him and a red vert with a black top on alloys racing! I told him I would never forget that. Bad Temper ll is a part of the VW cult history. Especially for the Latinos. Some of the younger crowd gets it, the others don`t.
Annette Chavez Aleman NICELY SAID.. I'M SO IMPRESSED BY ALL OF YOUR HARD WORK.. ALL OF YOU WITH VOLKSWAGONS.. I BELIEVE ITS A WAY OF LIFE. CONGRATULATIONS!! YOUR STYLE IS WORLD WIDE!! NOT BAD FOR LATINOS COMING OUT OF LA!!!!