Over the years, the Cats family – known in the region as garage Cats – has devoted a lot of time and energy to the restoration of old-timers and classics. It was a somewhat out of hand hobby, because of course they also had our business worries in their contemporary and modern garage.
By: Dirk de Jong
The vintage cars are in a nostalgic building in Pingjum with a collection of American cars (Cadillac, Buick) and even tractors and agricultural vehicles. It is a wave of nostalgia in the old-timer shed. For the elderly it is recognition and for the young it is astonishment. It is actually a very special way to paint a picture of the old days.
On our quests for special classics and old-timers, our attention was drawn to this special appearance. A fiery red unique convertible. Because the well-known car manufacturer Ruska had a very clear eye for detail, you can also see it as a tribute to the iconic Bugatti model.
The chassis is from the VW Beetle in combination with the reliable air-cooled engine, with a lightweight polyester body, so a spicy asphalt knight. Attractive for men with a free spirit who love exclusive transport. The experience of freedom, adventure, open driving, and thus direct contact with nature. It's not just any car it's a Ruska Bugatti!
Four years ago, the family visited Cats Classics.nl in Leeuwarden, where Catawiki held an auction of exclusive cars. They were immediately impressed by this special replica, but their bid turned out to be just a little too low to become the new owner. They congratulated the new owner who paid a visit years later. Due to the joint interest and the pleasant conversations, the car was again offered to garage Cats, where the Bugatti got its new address in Witmarsum.
The Cats family can talk entertainingly about all those heirlooms in the past. And we love the silent witnesses from those days. The Ruska VW 'Bugatti' replica is one of them.