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Badly Dubbed
It’s a debate that’s been ongoing for years in our office;
is it best to attend the madness that is the official
Volkswagen stand at Wörthersee
offered more than a few surprises
Wörthersee Treffen, or should you follow the cool kids
and hit up the unofficial pre-show event instead? Having
attended both on numerous occasions I think it’s safe
to say they both have their pros and cons. I used to
prefer the unofficial shenanigans (held up to two weeks
beforehand) but these days it’s the experience of the
main event that appeals more. There’s just something
about downtown Reifnitz when the show is in full flow…
you never know what (or who) you’re going to see roll
pass in the traffic. Simply sit on a bench, grab a beer
and watch the world go by! It’s Veedub heaven…
The manufacturer stands (they’re actually more like
small villages) are also something else. It’s great to see
the likes of Volkswagen really embracing the aftermarket.
For so many years it felt like VW frowned upon what we
were doing, and yet these days they not only embrace
our efforts to make our cars individual, they actually
build their own one-off creations as well.
And while you might not find all the best cars rolling
through Reifnitz, you only need to head out of town a
mile or so to find them parked up on the roadside. Read
all about it in our coverage on page 42. Enjoy the mag!
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019 NEWS
057 POSTER
089 BACK SECTION
091 OUR CARS
100 RELOADED
102 THE REWIND
104 TALK THE TALK
106 EVENTS DIARY
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114 NEXT MONTH
4 Performance VW
Features
008 Name game
When great minds work together, great
things happen; this 350bhp, motorsport-
inspired, wide-arched Golf GTI is
testament to that! Words: InSyncMedia  
Photos: Andrew Ritter/InSyncMedia

026 Tempt fate


Everything happens for a reason, right?
Well, read the story about how Harley
Smith’s Lupo came about and you might
genuinely believe that!

034 grand designs


Seven years in the making, Adam
Vandenbos’s meticulously redesigned,
HPA-boosted R32 is bringing a healthy
serving of US-honed Euro tuner culture
back home to New England.

048 In the beginning


It’s hard to believe that a chance visit as
a kid to a small town called Leavenworth
should lead to the bonkers creation you
see on these pages, but that’s exactly
what started Skyler Mogensen on his
insane journey to VW nirvana.

062 Mk2 remastered


NEXT ISSUE ON SALE Not many people get this stuck in their

ON SALE: 29 june
first VeeDub build but Jake Kitching is a
guy who doesn’t do things by halves as
his retro-styled Mk2 proves
download from: 26 JUNE
081 Lets off-road
This year’s VW Golf Challenge featured 25
old VWs driving for

34 8 days over 2000kms and even


encountered the Sahara desert. Forgot
about Show ’n’ Shine, this is the future…

62 events
042 The myth, the legend
The Wörthersee Treffen is split cleanly in
two parts these days, with an unofficial
pre-show gathering starting two weeks
early and then the main event itself. We

42
decided to send our friends from Balls
Deep Crew Finland to check out the warm
up event while we headed over for the
main show.

072 SHOW and go!


The GTI Spring Fest, held at the recently
resurfaced Santa Pod Raceway,

72 really does offer the best of both worlds.


Well, it does when it stays dry…
which thankfully it did this year!

July 2018 5
NAME GAME
When great minds work together, great things happen; this 350bhp, motorsport-inspired,
wide-arched Golf GTI is testament to that! Words & additional photos: InSyncMedia   Photos: Andrew Ritter

8 Performance VW
B
uilding a SEMA car to a golden age of motorsport, to its generous with making other marques go faster, but both
showcase your company’s stance, right through to the engineered fifteen52 and Foust have an extremely rich
talents has become one of performance upgrades… it stands out, and in a VW heritage, so when an opportunity arose to
the best ways to get your good way at that. combine the creativity of all three, good things
name and brand out in to the “It’s amazing sometimes how quickly things were bound to happen.
aftermarket tuning world.  can happen,” mountune’s Global Brand Manager, “We actually had the idea at the SEMA show
The problem is, SEMA is also notorious for Dave Moore says with a grin, as we catch up back in 2016 whilst catching up with Tanner,”
crazy one-off builds, huge horsepower and with the guys behind this build. “One minute Moore recalls. “Thoughts were being floated for
modifications that make 'bonkers' seem normal, you’re discussing a few crazy ideas, the next some future projects and it sort-of snowballed
so it can be difficult to make your efforts stand you’re building a halo car together with some big from there…”
out from the crowd.  VW players for the SEMA show – no pressure!”  Tanner Foust and mountune have plenty of
Not much of a problem in this case though, The car in question was a US-spec Mk7.5 Golf history together, most notably the former using
thanks to three big players in the industry joining GTI and the big players in this three-way affair the latter’s race engine expertise to power him to
forces to put together something rather special.  were none other than LA-based fifteen52, works’ multiple RedBull Global Rallycross driver titles.
Debuting at last years’ show in Las Vegas, VW driver and brand ambassador, Tanner Foust Completing this three-way affair were Brad
this three-way built GTI turned heads for all and UK/USA based tuners, mountune. Beardow and Matt Crooke of fifteen52. Notorious
the right reasons; from its heritage cues from mountune is a name more typically associated in the VW-world and PVW alike with over 25

July 2018 9
10 Performance VW
Dub Details covers to their name dating back to 1997. These It had to have a motorsport-inspired look,
ENGINE: Two-litre TFSI, guys also have a long-standing history with the wider arches (fender flares to our US readers)
mountune semi-enclosed high- UK-originating tuners, having crossed paths and leverage as much of the rich engineering
flow induction kit, high-flow multiple times working together on projects skillset on hand as possible.
silicone induction hose, mountune before, not least when they worked together The 7.5 arrived at mountune USA’s HQ in
turbo entry pipe, mountune on Ken Block’s 400bhp wide-arched Focus ST Carson, LA and soon after, work began in earnest.
turbo muffler delete, mountune together, affectionately known as ‘TrackSTer’. Whilst the US-based team, led by fifteen52,
uprated full-height intercooler, Suffice to say it was a legitimate list of concentrated on nailing the exterior look and feel,
mountune 3” downpipe and metaphorical ingredients, which when combined, the UK team got stuck into the power upgrades. 
single-silencer cat-back with 4.5” couldn’t fail to produce one hell-of-a tasty cake! The intake was deemed to be a restriction and
trims, mountune revised engine As with any car build, whether it’s a last minute certainly an area that would need to be exploited
calibration show car or not, you’re going to experience to achieve the target 350PS power output,
CHASSIS: 9.5x19” fifteen52 problems and setbacks along the way, and this but creating something overly elaborate within
Formula GT wheels with Nexen was no different. The first issue to overcome the timescale available before the show wasn’t
265/35 tyres, ST Suspensions was to be one of the most significant though… going to be an option as mountune engineer
XTA rebound adjustable coilovers, It turned out that at the time the build was Nick Thomas confirms; “The function on all the
Tarox 8-pot front calipers with supposed to start, the facelifted 7.5 Golf GTi performance parts was obviously critical and
360mm rotors and aluminium hadn’t actually been released for sale in North clearly the priority, but making them look good
bells, Tarox grooved rear discs America, and wouldn’t be until just a few days was also very important to us.”
and colour matched calipers, before the show.  CFD (Computational Fluid Dynamics) work
braided lines throughout, Fortunately, Tanner was able to speak to the confirmed that a semi-enclosed two-piece design
mountune quickshift team at VW USA and after a few arm twists - and with integral bell-mouth would achieve the
EXTERIOR: fifteen52 / probably the promise of a passenger ride in his desired performance; the end being deliberately
Voomeran arch extensions, m52 Rallycross Beetle, he was able to secure a car left open to capitalise on a low-pressure area
carbon fibre rear spoiler lip, for the build several weeks before they were above the headlight, but also for some essential
Euro-spec LED rear light clusters, due to hit the streets. Reinforcing one of life’s additional induction noise and aesthetics – it was
custom Group A rally livery and greatest lessons at the same time; it’s not what after all to appeal to the masses at SEMA.
full vehicle wrap you know… but who! A higher-flowing induction hose and hand
INTERIOR: Recaro CS front With the base car secured, the finer details fabricated turbo entry pipe were then added to
seats, OMP two-spoke rally suede were worked on. While some of those changed the mix to ensure the maximum airflow possible
steering wheel with quick-release as the build evolved, the core vision didn’t.  was being presented to the turbo.
boss, TF gearknob
SHOUT: Fred Chang for
demonstrating his repeated
ability to move mountains
throughout the build, Andrew
Ritter, Dreamworks bodyshop,
KW/ST Suspension, Tarox
Brakes, Recaro, Nexen Tires,
Nick, Neil, Lou, and all of the
amazing team involved in the
build at mountune in both the UK
and USA

The intake was deemed a restriction and certainly an


area that would need to be exploited to achieve 350PS

July 2018 11
Joining the induction parts was a full-height original base pallet, while incorporating Tanner not only do fifteen52 design and produce some
custom fabricated intercooler to ensure Foust’s signature ‘TF’ logo.  of the most credible, yet affordable wheels out
consistent improvements in air charge temps Crazy box arches, or wild modern motorsport there, Matt is also a walking encyclopedia of
would be on hand in the hot California sun where touches were definitely out due to time and taste what size, width and offset works the best for a
the car resides. A larger bore downpipe was also constraints, but the trio were still very much whole multitude of cars and arch combos!
manufactured, joined by a matching high-flow focused on getting some extra width under the Enlisting the bodyshop skills of Randy from
cat-back exhaust, complete with some pretty arches and adding a generous helping in the Dreamworks in South El Monte, CA, an off-the-
substantial slash-cut polished trims. stance department at the same time. shelf Voomeran arch kit was used as a basis
With the performance parts progressing well, “Tanner knows exactly what he likes and what before being extensively re-worked, adding some
the exterior work was also gathering pace as he thinks works, which is great when you’re additional width and also extending both ends to
fifteen52’s Brad Beardow recalls; “We worked on working with someone of his stature trying to carry all the way to and fit flush with the sill on
a couple of different concepts for the exterior, get things like this dialled-in… especially with the either side of the wheel arch; “We always had one
but we knew we’d made the right choice when the added time-pressure element”, fifteen52’s Matt eye on creating something really special for this
rest of the team saw the first exterior renders”. Crooke says, “we wanted the OE Mk2 GTI fender halo build, but keeping the other on producing
The exterior takes a lot of its design cues look, but it needed to be wider, whilst also filling something that appeals to our specific aesthetic
from the 1986 Group A Championship winning the entirety of the fender radius.”  that we could eventually offer our customers,
Mk2 Golf GTIs driven by Kenneth Eriksson and Fortunately, making sure the wheels were should the demand be there… it’s fair to say
Peter Diekmann. The modern-day design was going to sit perfectly with a bespoke flare kit we’ve had a lot of people asking about them,”
then further added to with a clever re-work of the was the easiest job on the teams’ build list, as Brad says, with one of his trademark smiles.

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Tanner knows exactly what he likes and what works,
which is great when you’re working with someone of
his stature trying to get things like this dialled-in

July 2018 13
Once the final width of the arch extensions a pretty nice place to be from the factory, this like the carbon fibre rear spoiler extension.
had been confirmed, a set of 9.5x19” Formula particular Golf needed a pinch of motorsport The effort required to pull something like this
GT wheels were agreed on, complete with a big flare to finish it off. off in such a short space of time was nothing
offset that was staggered between each axle Leather Recaro CS seats now sit up short of monumental and despite some of the
for maximum visual impact. It’s always been front; combining an OE look and motorsport team losing a few hairs, by the time everything
said that the choice of wheel can make or break practicality perfectly, whilst a two-spoke suede was finally fitted back in place with the wrap
a car, but getting the offset right is equally as OMP steering wheel ensures the driver feels at applied, it was a case of silly big smiles all-round.
important as proven here! home on the street, track or rally stage. Little With literally a few hours to spare, the Golf
Props also go to ST suspensions, as not only details like the TF-branded gearknob can also made it to the show and was proudly exhibited
does it sit perfectly; thanks to a set of its XTA be found sprinkled throughout this car, this on the Nexen Tires booth for the duration of the
fully adjustable rebound dampers, the handling particular component being linked, quite literally, show, where it rightly received a lot of attention
is also pin sharp, yet perfectly compliant on to a mountune developed quickshift which both by show visitors and on the numerous
the road. The latest range of Golfs are pretty reduces throw by around 20% but maintains a social media channels the images found their
impressive straight out of the box, but throw in factory-like feel in its operation. way on to around the globe.
some carefully chosen suspension components, The overall build culminated literally hours In fact, the response has been so positive that
and make a few geometry adjustments on before the car needed to start its drive from L.A. the guys involved have entered into discussions
Tanner’s recommendation and you can transform over to Las Vegas ahead of the show.  about the possibilities of making it much more
the GTI into a seriously competent bit of track In fact, it’s hard to believe that just 24 hours than just a one-off, with more than a hint that we
day machinery, also helped in this case by before the show opened, it was still largely might see a new range of performance parts for
the huge 8-pot Tarox callipers and lightweight in pieces having the digitally-printed wrap VW models in the near future… A prospect we’re
grooved discs that are on stopping duties. applied from bumper to bumper, before being very much looking forward to becoming a reality.
Whilst the face-lifted GTI interior is actually reassembled together with last-minute additions Watch this space! n

With literally hours to spare the Golf made it to the


show, proudly exhibited on the Nexen Tires booth

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INTRODUCING
APR
A01
When tuning mega-firm APR
turns its hand to creating a piece
of performance hardware or
software they don’t mess around,
and the same attitude applies to the
Alabama-based tuner's new range
of wheels too. This is its first offering,
8.5x18" flow-formed
the appropriately-named A01. These A01 weights just 9.5kg
flow-formed beauties don’t just look good,
at just 9.5kg each, they’re light too. They come
in 8.5x19” ET45 and 5x112 for now, with a
66.4mm centre bore and including a 57.1mm
interlocking hub-centric ring. Of course, they
are fully TUV, DOT, VIA and JWL certified and
APR also carried out Finite Element Analysis
(FEA) to minimize weight yet retain a 700kg load
rating. That’s a lot of acronyms, but basically it
means they are quality bits of kit. They come
in two colours, Hyper Silver and Gunmetal Grey
and have removable centre-caps that fit the VW
and Audi stock items. APR also utilised anti-slip
machining where the tyre meets the wheel to
prevent unwanted rotation. The icing on the
cake? A lifetime warranty against manufacturer
defects and one year on wheel finish.
PRICE: £1648.99
CONTACT: www.goapr.co.uk

A01 is available in
Hyper Silver and
Gunmetal Grey
(seen below)

July 2018 19
What’s New?
MAXED OUT
British Touring Car Championship race
winners Power Maxed Racing have announced
they will be running three cars in this year’s
Milltek Sport Volkswagen Racing Cup. The
Warwickshire-based team will field one Polo,
one Mk7 R and one Mk5 GTI in the series,
one driven by existing driver Russel Joyce and
two by newcomers to the team, 2017 VAG
Trophy Champion Paul Taylor and 2016/17
Runner Up, Tom Witts. “Having two vastly
experienced drivers as part of our VW Cup
campaign is really exciting for us,” says PMR
Team Manager, Martin Broadhurst. “Both are
proven race winners, and with our latest win
in the BTCC, we’re confident that the cars
will be at the sharp end from the get-go.
We’re excited about developing the PMR-built
Polo with Tom, and are looking forward to
some podiums and wins for all three drivers
throughout the season.” We’ll be getting some
exclusive behind the scenes access with the
Power Maxed Racing team throughout this
year’s Milltek Sport Volkswagen Racing Cup
this season here in PVW, so stay tuned!

RAMAIR X MST HAS IT ALL


RamAir are proud to announce a new range of filtration products from up and coming KW has added the RS3
global partners, MST Performance. Designed and manufactured by the country that 8V to the list of cars
makes the chip inside your iPhone, these new high-quality applications have been specially it produces its Height
selected to complement RamAir’s own range of products. Adjustable Spring (or HAS) Kits
This kit for the 1.2 TFSI unit found in the Audi A1, Polo and the like includes a High-Flow for. Two different variants are
Synthetic Nanofiber air filter, which has been designed to offer improved airflow, as well available, one set for cars with
as an increased induction sound. It’s MagneRide and one for cars without,
a direct replacement for the OEM and each is specially fine-tuned to
airbox and includes a CNC-laser cut work in harmony with the car’s stock dampers to not only
heat shield and aluminium coupling, improve ride quality but handling performance too. They’re
finished in a classy crackle black. not just regular lowering springs however, with a special
Just like RamAir products, the MST threaded adjuster allowing for adjustment of between
price includes free shipping and next 15mm and 25mm on the front axle and 5mm and 20mm
working day delivery – bonus! on the rear, so you can choose how you want to sit, be it
PRICE: £216 for performance reasons or simply aesthetic ones.
CONTACT: PRICE: £460.00
www.ramair-filters.co.uk CONTACT: www.kwsuspensions.co.uk

BIG BOIS BAK-STREET BOYS


These are the RV124 and Going to TRAX this year?
RV128 from Riveria wheels. The You should be. The show’s
six-spoked RV124 is available in great and the track is
10x22” 5x120 CB74.1, while always heaving with top-
the multi-spoke RV128 comes notch machinery. This
in 10.5x22” 5x100 to 5x127 year there will be the
fitment, in custom offsets and PVW Paddock, a special
in CB74.1. Both are available in collection of 20 awesome
a range of finishes too. cars we know the PVW-
PRICE: heads will love. The event
£330 per wheel (RV124) is held on Sunday 1st July
£358.80 per wheel (RV128) at Donington Park. If you want to make a
CONTACT: www.tuxauto.com weekend of it, you can camp and hit up Japfest
Donnington the day before, too.
CONTACT: www.traxshows.co.uk

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I.D. R PIKES PEAK


A few months back we showed you the teaser shots VW sent out for its new I.D. R Pikes Peak
CANS? COUPLE CANS?
Own a B9 S4? Want a catch can setup to
racer and now, we get to show you the real thing. And would you just look at it. What. A. Thing! VW prevent your engine from ingesting excess
say it weighs in at less than 2,500lbs (1133.98kg to us lot) and its all-electric drivetrain produces crank case oil vapours and associated carbon
680bhp and 479 lb-ft of torque – enough for a 0-60 time of 2.25 seconds. Like the twin-engined deposits back through the intake? Forge
Mk2 Golf that took to the mountain in ’85 through ’87, the I.D. R Pikes Peak has two motors with Motorsport's oil catch can is a complete 'fit
the energy coming not from a fuel cell but a whole load of lithium-ion batteries. VW say that roughly and forget' solution to these problems, its
20% of the energy required is generated during the drive, so regeneration technology is a big thing. clever design allowing it to effectively reduce
World-class driver and defending Pikes Peak champion, Romain Dumas, will be at the wheel. sludge and carbon deposits, which in turn
The 39-year-old Frenchman has three victories at Pikes Peak and has also won the 24 Hours of Le allows the S4's 3.0 V6 engine to breathe better
Mans twice, so almost definitely knows what he’s doing. Who said electric cars meant motorsport and function more efficiently. It’s 0.4l big,
was going to get boring again? We can't wait to see how Volkswagen get on later this year… and features a drain tap and steel hoses fully
assembled to suit the factory connections.
PRICE: £299.99
CONTACT: www.forgemotorsport.co.uk

CITIGO-GO
The name Darkside Developments has been no
stranger to these pages of late both in terms of
products in these pages right here and full-fat
features further back in the mag. This is the
Barnsley-based diesel tuning firm’s latest demo
car-come-project car. This incredibly awesome
Skoda CitiGo. If the huge cage doesn’t give the
game away then the big intercooler poking out
through the front bumper and the little slider-
windows in the side glass certainly will - this is
no ordinary 60PS city car anymore! It runs the
same 2.0-litre 16v TDI as Darkside’s legendary
Arosa drag car running a GTB2260VK turbo,
albeit currently set to produce just 280bhp while
various testing work is carried out. On full-whack
though it’ll produce 360bhp and over 450ft/lb,
not bad in a car that weighs just 1160kg! All that
oomph is put through all four wheels thanks to
a Haldex setup and inside its a proper race car
from screen to screen. Go and check out the
build, and have a read of the ridiculous spec-
sheet over at www.darksidedevelopments.co.uk

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What’s New?
MQB MOUNTS
Revo’s R&D team are on a bit of a roll at the moment and its latest
offerings are these engine mounts for the 2012 2.0-litre TSI found in
MQB cars. Revo’s mounts use Powerflex bushings – and Powerflex
know a thing or two about developing polyurethane bushings – to
dramatically reduce engine movement without causing too much noise
and vibration. You can buy the three mounts separately if you wish
but the better bet is to get the full set as a complete kit and really
transform the way your car drives and feels.
PRICE: £480.00 (full kit)
CONTACT: www.onlyrevo.com

ADAPT OR DIE MINUS SIGN


Every week it seems the metalwork maestros Want some of the all time classics under your
over at Forge Motorsport cook something new arches but don’t want to remortgage the house
up. This is an Alloy Turbo Inlet Adaptor for the to pay for them? Introducing the Minus from
MQB platform, curing the problem of its weak, new wheel brand Autostar. They’re available in
restrictive plastic turbo inlet. It looks better, it 7.5x15” in 4x100 ET25 and 8x17” in 4x100
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F
ate is one of those words but now and then you hear a story that makes enough. By chance, a fellow fan of German
that gets bandied around you wonder. The tale around Harley Smith’s metal who was passing, let him into his Lupo GTI
a lot. The Oxford English stunning Lupo is one such example, and if it so he could use his phone. It could’ve been the
Dictionary describes it as “the weren’t for a broken down Golf, a less than handsome yet cheeky soul of the Lupo that drew
development of events outside knowledgable police officer and a chance eBay Harley, or just the fact that it still functioned as a
a person's control, regarded as find, you wouldn’t be reading this. car, but either way he was smitten, and quickly
predetermined by a supernatural power.” You It all started seven years ago, when a young found himself making the long trip from home
often hear people saying that “it was meant to Harley was out in his beloved Mk4. As many in Cornwall to Reading to check out what would
be”, or that “fate brought them together.” Most Volkswagens of a certain vintage do, it took become the love of his life.
of the time it’s nothing more than circumstance, umbrage to working, and decided it’d had Raven blue is without a doubt one of the

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TEMPT FATE Everything happens for a reason, right? Well, read
the story about how Harley Smith’s Lupo came
about and you might genuinely believe that!
Words: Si McNally Photos: Mark Rodway

best colours the premiere Lupo was available This satisfied the inner lust for lows for a than you can say “what’s a credit card limit?”,
in, and is consequently incredibly sought after. while, but it was never going to be enough. To a set of Air Lift front struts and Firestone Triple
Harley picked up this stunning example almost get the stance he really craved, Harley treated Bellow bags were winging their way to Cornwall.
standard, wearing just a set of humble D90s himself to a Stance Solutions Static Plus kit It wasn’t all plain sailing though; Harley had to
and lowering springs. “The dream was to have for the front, along with the first tank and make some serious modifications to allow the
a set of Schmidt TH Lines and air ride,” muses compressor. This allowed him to get the front rears to work how he wanted. Using a lathe, he
Harley. “But after pricing it up, I never thought it where he wanted it, but, as we all know, the itch machined his own adaptors to fit the rear beam.
would be achievable. So, after moving out of my still hadn’t quite been scratched. After helping The rear beam which he’d modified considerably
parents’ house because their drive was too steep a friend fit the ubiquitous Air Lift v2 setup to his to allow the fitment he was striving for. But at
I ordered KW V1 coilovers and Rota Zero Pluses.” Audi, Harley knew what he needed to do. Quicker least half of his dream had become reality. With

July 2018 27
the price of TH Lines consistently high, would the These lasted a few weeks before - you’ve see it, and could trip over it.” After pointing out
other half ever come to fruition? Well… guessed it - Harley wanted to make a change. A how unlikely that was on the M5 on a Saturday
Late night eBay perusals are dangerous. set of 3.5” lips were sourced, taking the rears morning, he was, mercifully, let on his way. After
We’ve all been idly flicking through, searching for up to a stonking 9.5”. Serious girth for a Lupo. the same policeman had tried to report Harley
that elusive item we hope one day we’ll find but After a lot of arch work, tyre stretching and, for “stretching a 15” tyre onto a 16” wheel.”
never do. This time though, Harley found them. we’d imagine, swearing, the wheels were on. After his run in with potentially the least
His dream wheels. Schmidt TH Lines, in 8x15” Just in time for Ultimate Dubs, where he was to educated traffic officer in the land, Harley started
flavour, and in a particularly fetching shade of achieve another of his dreams - to be inside one looking at the possibility of running 16s. This
candy red. Harley thought long and hard about of the main halls. Not long after leaving Cornwall would give him the flexibility to tuck the wheels
how the red would work with the blue, creating however, the long arm of the law struck Harley right up in the arches, meaning he could get
photoshops and asking the opinion of friends and and his Telford related dreams down. After VW’s finest city car laying frame. A set of 16”
family. Except that he didn’t, because they were reading him the riot act for excessive camber Schmidt Modernline splits were swiftly ordered,
his dream wheels, and so the Buy-It-Now button and stretch, Harley was informed his massive and, before you can say “leave those wheels
was quickly and very deliberately clicked. poke was illegal because “a blind man may not alone,” were machined to allow face mounting.

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Have a go with your mates;
what’s the worse that can happen?
Wanting to stick with the red theme he’d become Harley’s sentiments on this part of the project
known for (along with face mounting every are something that resonates with all of us: “I
set of Schmidts he could get his hands on), learned a lot, which is the main part I think about
Harley found himself trawling online forums and modifying cars. Have a go with your mates;
Instagram for inspiration. Not one to do things what’s the worse that can happen?”
by halves, he eventually decided on an SEM Once he was happy with the bay, Harley
Candy Wine Fire, over a black base, with silver shipped the car off to Sprayworks, ready to
metal flake. Try saying that after a bottle of wine. have the car totally transformed. With plans for
The work was tasked to Duncan at Sprayworks, a totally smoothed front end, rear plate delete
who did such an incredible job that Harley tasked and smoothed tailgate, along with a bare metal
him with giving the whole car a makeover. A list respray, Duncan and the team had their work cut
as long as your arm was drawn up, and a date out. But what an unbelievable job they’ve done.
was decided for it to commence. The quality of the workmanship on this humble
But, as we’ve learnt, Harley likes to mix things Lupo has to be seen to be believed.
up a bit. After spotting Shane Biggs’ Polo build Whilst the car was away, Harley took the
on Instagram, he decided that his engine bay opportunity to have the interior completely
needing some love. Cue some very late nights reworked. Darren at Dubshack Interiors had the
on the drive with his mates, copious amount unenviable task of completely re-trimming the
of beer, and many angle grinder discs. The interior to match the pair of Corbeau RXR front
results are, as you’d expect from a perfectionist seats that he’d picked up. That included door
like Harley, spectacular. Considering this cards, rear seats and his custom air ride install,
started as just a quick clean and spruce on the which is simple yet effective - exactly what we
engine (how many times have we heard that like. The finishing touch to the interior, and one
before?), the finished article speaks for itself. of the parts that Harley is most proud of, is the

July 2018 29
pair of Mk5 GTI rear headrests, that Darren
finished trimming just before the car was due Dub Details
to leave for BHP Fuel Fest. In fact, Harley fitted ENGINE: 1.4-litre 16v with
them on the way to the show! KAM Racing 4-2-1 manifold,
It was there that he debuted the car’s new decat and back box, BMC CDA
look, and drew a massive amount of (hardly induction kit, gearbox, engine
surprising) admiring glances from visitors. But cover and rocker cover painted
something still wasn’t quite right for Harley, and to match wheel centres, engine
he couldn’t live without his beloved policeman- raised 20mm with custom
angering-pokey-stance any longer. So, out came raisers
the trusty 15” TH Lines, which were quickly CHASSIS: 8.5x15” and
finished in the same Candy Wine Fire as the 9.5x15” Schmidt TH Lines,
Moderlines, to match the gearbox, rocker cover centres SEM Candy Wine Fire
and other trim bits in the bay. Still not happy over silver metal flake. Rear
with the fitment, Harley was looking for the right beam modified for triple bellow
setup for the front, to allow him to match the airbags, Air Lift front struts,
rear stance. A chance find of a lone 2.5” dish V2 management, PowerFlex
on the ‘Bay one evening meant he could build bushes throughout, notched,
his perfect front pair up. Or so he thought. “I’d G60 brake conversion
picked one lip up no problem, so I was thinking EXTERIOR: Flared and rolled
‘no worries, I’ll just order a brand new one for front wings, smoothed front
the other side,” muses Harley. “Well, that’s what bumper, smoothed and tucked
I thought anyway. No one, and I mean literally engine bay, rear plate delete,
no one had any in stock, and with Ultimate smoothed bumper with custom
Dubs looming I had to find one!” Stories like this canards, smoothed bootlid,
are exactly why we love our little scene: After gloss black roof, custom Stuke
searching high and low, another Raven Blue front splitter, modified Stuke
Lupo owner, in the form of Liam Ward, came Civic side skirts, custom Civic
to the rescue. In one of the greatest stories of duckbill spoiler, 1/4 bonnet to
camaraderie we’ve heard, he actually split one show engine bay
of his wheels down, so that Harley could use his
lip to get himself to UD. “What a hero, and a true
INTERIOR: Piano black interior
plastics to match roof, fully
No one, and I mean literally
testament to how epic the VW scene is; people
will always help you out in your time of need!”
Dynamatted, interior complete
re-trimmed to match Corbeau
no one had any in stock, and
With the car now sat exactly how he wanted,
Harley was finally happy with his creation. We’d
RXR front seats, black carpets, with Ultimate Dubs looming I
boot build with stainless
love to say the above statement was accurate steel hardlines, custom V2 had to find one!
but, as you’ll have guessed by now, it’s entirely management mounts
untrue. With just a few short weeks until the

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season opener at Ultimate Dubs, Harley decided a spot in the hugely coveted foyer area, where think of a better swan song for a car that has
he needed something to make the soft edged it received nothing but praise and admiration. played such a massive part in Harley’s life.
Lupo a little more aggressive. Enter stage The car was finally how he wanted it, and Harley After seven years, it’s more than just a car; it’s
one-off custom duck bill spoiler, custom Stuke intended to enjoy the fruits of his labour. “That become a friend, and we can all appreciate the
designs front splitter and side skirts, along year I went all over the place; to shows in bittersweet moment that this humble feature
with the rear canards that he made himself for Europe, which were an absolute blast with the represents. “It was a dream to get a car into
the rear bumper, all sprayed gloss black, and rest of the shedWERX guys and gals (basically PVW, and what a better way to top off the last
all completely altering the look of the car he’d everyone who works on their cars in my shed). show in the ‘Loop’ than a PVW feature! This car
worked so hard to craft. There was just one thing And, of course, Edition 38, where I picked up has taught me so much, and really has made me
left; “I wanted to show off the bay a bit more at an award. So cool to think a car my mates and the person I am today. I’ve met some awesome
shows, so I sourced a Lupo bonnet and cut it up I built in a shed in Cornwall was winning awards people, made so many friends and had incredible
to make the ¼ show bonnet that you see on it. and getting mag features.” experiences, all because of this car. I even used
Some BoltsBolts spiked hardware for the engine With Ultimate Stance 2017 looming, Harley it as a wedding car when my wonderful wife and
bay, and some 326 Power wheel nuts and stud made the hard decision that it was to be the I got married. This car has been responsible for
conversion, and we were set for UD 2017.” Lupo’s final show. The car appeared on the so much good in my life and I am very proud of
The car looked so ground breaking upon famous Wheel Whores pink carpet, and it was what I’ve achieved with it!” Amen to that n
arrival that the organisers deemed it worthy of there that these pictures were shot. We can’t

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Seven years in the making, Adam Vandenbos’s meticulously
redesigned, HPA-boosted R32 is bringing a healthy serving of
US-honed Euro tuner culture back home to New England.
Words: Alex Grant Photos: Mike Kuhn

H
ave a look back through
any manufacturer’s previous
concept cars, and you might
start to wonder if there’s a
team of frustrated engineers
and designers behind every
showroom model. They’re a glimpse of what
could have been, had the accountants not come
in to put the kibosh on the excesses of style
and technology that generate column inches but
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ideas, condemned to a short shelf life.
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2002 - a car launched years before today’s hot Europe’s biggest shows and inspired by high- You may have noticed already, but this
hatch arms race and seemingly signed off while end supercars, its pop-and-growl exhaust isn’t a European-spec car. Currently based in
most of the bill-payers were on holiday. With note is the soundtrack to more than twice the Boston, Massachusetts, Adam is an architect
six cylinders, four-wheel drive, and show car original power output and the sort of hand- for industrial-scale data centres and spent
presence - even now - Volkswagen outsold its finished craftsmanship that would have given his twenties working on contracts for the
planned volumes three to one. It says a lot when Volkswagen’s bean counters more sleepless Department of Defence, which meant relocating
a car instantly creates a market for replica parts, nights than the phrase ‘emissions scandal’. to Germany for 12 years. It fostered a taste
and owners of the real thing tend not to alter that “I don’t think there’s anything I haven’t replaced for German cars, exposed him to the European
muscular styling too much. on it,” Adam tells us. “This was my original tuner show scene, and most importantly brought in a
Adam Vandenbos isn’t like most owners, car from my twenties, the car I’ve always wanted healthy income with almost no living expenses.
though it’s easy to imagine the original sketches it to be. But I didn’t want to take away the Which, he says, left plenty of cash to spare for
for the R32 probably weren’t far off the swollen original look and feel of the car. I’m an engineer toys, and the ability to move them fairly freely
body lines of this seven-year project. Built for - it’s why I get particular with my cars, and why across the Atlantic.
the Autobahn-storming road trips to Continental this is built the way it is.” Enter the R32. One of the 5000 built for North

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America, this was a part-finished project living
in Florida when Adam found it ten years ago,
already missing its original interior, dropped
over a set of Porsche 997 ‘Lobster Fork’
wheels, and fitted with a top-spec HPA Blackjack
turbo kit. Essentially, the previous owner had
spent good money in the right places but fallen
flat by getting the wrong people to do the work.
It meant the build had run out of steam, with
a slipping clutch, mashed engine mounts and
evidence of some significant oil and coolant
leaks down the side of the block. Problems big
enough to put off a lot of buyers, but not Adam.
“It was pretty basic,” recalls Adam. “The
guy didn’t quite finish it, so I got a decent deal
back when the HPA kits were expensive. That’s
when I first took it to GMP Performance in
Charlotte, North Carolina, to make sure it was
100% right before I moved it to Germany with
me. I knew about them through the grapevine
- their customer service is good, they always
followed through with what they promised, and
they’re very communicative. Which is important,
because I travel a lot.”
Actually, the car wasn’t much more than a
foundation. Cautious about cut corners, GMP
removed the entire drivetrain to find and cure
problems engineered in by previous owners,
and there were plenty. The clutch was shot, the
wiring loom was a mess, and the fluid leaks had
That’s when I first took it to
been caused by using standard studs with the GMP Performance, to make
HPA head separator, which had allowed the head
to lift away from the block. If anything the engine sure it was 100% right before I
was lucky to have survived at all.
The upshot; HPA’s Blackjack setup was moved it to Germany with me
complete, and no less savage 14 years after

The Mk4 R32's wider arches


are enough for most but not
Adam, but then he is trying
to transfer more than double
the original power to the
road, hence the wider track!

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Dub Details
ENGINE: 3.2-litre (BFH) VR6, HPA Blackjack turbo conversion including Garrett GT35 ball bearing hybrid turbo,
cast intake and exhaust manifolds, stainless downpipe, 750ml high-flow injectors and inline pump, HPA 7:1
head spacer, forged conrods with race grade bearings, large MAF sensor, HPA map, Raceware Engineering
head studs, ECS Tuning billet water pipe, VF Engineering dogbone, transmission and side mounts, Quaife
(front) and Peloquin (rear) limited-slip differentials, custom firewall, water-to-air intercooler kit, Turbonetics boost
controller. Labonte Motorsports meth injection kit, custom exhaust, Haldex controller, battery relocated to Taylor
aluminium battery box in the boot, oil catch tank, Meziere high-performance water pump
CHASSIS: 18x9 (front) and 18x11 (rear) ADV5.2TF wheels with 2.5-inch front lips, 3.5-inch rear lips, 245/35
(front) and 295/30 (rear) Michelin Pilot Sport 2 tyres, KW Clubsport coilovers with adjustable billet top mounts,
H&R adjustable anti-roll bars (25mm front and 21mm rear), polyurethane bushes for front control arms,
Grüvenparts adjustable rear sway bar links and heim-jointed rear control arms, Tomas Sport unibrace, Brembo
six-piston front calipers painted Porsche yellow (front), drilled discs (rear), Hawk pads, stainless steel lines
EXTERIOR: Custom wide body kit using E46 M3 arches, extended sills with lengthened Porsche 986 Boxster
side skirts, Euro front bumper, Porsche 930 Turbo White Pearl paint, Euro-spec glass headlights with black
inserts, Euro-spec rear lights, black grille, rear badge and rub strips smoothed, stubby mirrors
INTERIOR: Recaro Sportster CS seats, stock R32 rear bench, full retrim in black suede with yellow diamond
stitching and R logos and door cards to match, suede floor mats, gaiters, steering wheel, headliner, pillars and
boot panels, Dynamat throughout
SHOUTs: Stephen Klitzsch and the team at GMP Performance, my daughter Dominique Vandenbos for always
being supportive of my sports car addiction

launch, so for Adam it was worth the effort meant the project evolved quickly, with GMP
to bring it back to life. It’s an all-in-one bolt-on adding a billet ‘crack pipe’, higher-performance
conversion, complete with forged internals and clutch, new Haldex controller and finally giving
OE-quality cast inlet and exhaust manifolds, plus the Golf front and rear limited-slip differentials to
a bespoke ECU to keep it supplied with all the help put the power down. And, having unlocked
methanol and fuel it needs under load. HPA even the potential available up front, Adam spared
took care of rebuilding the Garrett GT35 turbo no expense bringing the chassis up to spec,
while the engine was out of the car. swapping the old lowering springs for KW Cup
Adam wasn’t taking any chances: “The coilovers with H&R anti-roll bars and Grüvenparts
Blackjack system was one of the more extreme rear arms - all fully adjustable on the car.
kits at the time, and it’s still considered one of Probably just as well, in hindsight. “It evolved,
the more extreme setups today. Within that, and we took it in chunks, which meant I could
my purpose was to make it as reliable as an save the money needed to take care of X, Y or
everyday car that I could take on long road trips.” Z,” he explains. “I can be a little critical about
Filling the gaps needed to make that happen Americans, but we’re all about putting the power

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on, then making it stop later. I’m more German, recalling how a sledgehammer solution would Nothing here is accidental; the respray offered
in a way, in that I wanted to make sure the be the easiest way around a seemingly simple an opportunity to switch to a Euro-spec front
brakes and suspension were right, so it could problem. “So we came up with the idea that we end and delete unwanted clutter like the rubbing
handle the power, before I did anything else. But could wide-body it for the extra traction, then strips and rear badges, while leaving the handles
we put it back together and it couldn’t, it just respray the whole body as well.” and grille untouched to avoid scrubbing away
wasn’t very sticky with the 255 tyres.” He’s picky, and it shows. The R32’s bodywork too much of the OE style. It’s a flawless job down
There’s thorough, and then there’s this. With is a hybrid of German influences beneath its to details you can’t see, like the out-of-sight
the new Haldex controller set to a 60% rear-axle Porsche 930 Turbo three-stage pearl white paint. stepped panel gaps behind the bumpers. And,
bias, Adam worked out that he’d need at least Its arches are based on panels from an E46 M3, most importantly, it freed up space for 11" wide
295mm wide rubber at the back to avoid traction cut in at the same height as the original flares wheels all round, with almost un-stretched tyres.
issues. Almost 50% wider than even the R32’s instead of blending gradually into the bodywork Those are big shoes to fill - easily large
standard rubber, at least some of the standard higher up, which Adam says would have broken enough to require custom wheels, and making a
bodywork would have to make way for that extra the original lines. This was no small undertaking, final decision on what would replace the Lobster
girth, either by tubbing the wheel wells or flaring not only because the bumpers had to be widened Forks took almost as long as the bodywork.
the arches. Adam opted for the latter - aided to match, but because the sills now extend out With offsets so low that no single-piece rims
by a little man maths. “Volkswagens of that age to meet the rear arches. It’s not obvious at a would fit the bill, Adam worked with ADV.1 to
are well known for the clear peeling, and I could glance, and neither are the Porsche Boxster side design staggered-fitment three-piece wheels.
already see it was happening to this car,” he skirts, which had to be extended by a foot before A route not only to the perfect offset, but the
tells us, with that all-too-familiar tone of someone they’d fit the Golf’s bodyshell. right size centres to wrap around the Porsche

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So we came up with the idea that
we could wide-body it for the
extra traction, then respray
the whole body as well

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I wanted it to look like it came from the factory,
but with better materials and no plastic on show

yellow Brembo big brake kit. Paired with Michelin except part of the door trims and some of the
Pilot Sport 2 rubber - factory gear for the 911 - smaller pieces - around 85 to 90% of the work.
there’s enough grip for however much the boost We weren’t doing fads - I wanted something that
gets wound up in future. would look polished, and be timeless, and I’m
Any illusion of not touching the interior had lucky as I don’t find myself thinking it looks like
long since been abandoned. With the shell it’s from the 2000s.”
stripped back to its bare bones and the bill Which isn’t easy considering some of the
inflating, there was never any sense digging ideas behind this car are almost a decade old.
around for a stock R32 interior: “The plan was Ironically, with his work taking him elsewhere in
to improve it but not to go over the top, which the meantime, that means it’ll never get its time
is why it still has back seats and the original on the Autobahn as a completed project. Instead,
steering wheel. I wanted it to look like it came once Stephen and the team at GMP iron out the
from the factory, but with better materials and no final ‘ghosts’ in the machine, it’ll make the 800-
plastic on show - everything would be trimmed mile journey up to Boston to join Adam’s 630bhp
or wrapped. Which comes from being around Andial-tuned 993 Turbo and V8 Mustang. Even in
Tuning Treffen cars, they left a strong impression that company, it won’t feel underpowered.
on me.” He isn't kidding! “It makes anywhere between 430bhp to about
As a road car, you’d get few complaints about 550bhp, depending on boost. That’s getting
the stock R32 interior, but this is good enough it on the ground, and I can adjust it on the fly
to cut it with the world’s most expensive luxury - 550bhp is great if I want to peel rubber, but
machinery. The stand-in Anniversary Edition 430bhp is plenty for me to drive around. I enjoy
seats were ditched, replaced with Recaro the driver interaction, which is why I don’t tune
Sportster CS buckets and the correct R32 rear my cars too much. I have craziness in my life, I
bench, and Adam brought in some notable help don’t need it all the time.”
to get it up to spec. Its yellow diamond-stitched And yes, that does mean it’ll get all-season
suede, extended as far as the floor mats, were use, including snow and salt-rich Massachusetts
the handiwork of the Hamann Tuning’s preferred winters. Or at least it will once the bodywork is
trimmer. A safe pair of hands even for budgets protected. Having waited this long to get behind
way higher than the Golf’s, lost unexpectedly the wheel, it seems a shame to stow it in the
when he passed away before the project was garage when the weather turns. This R32 might
finished. “That really held us up, as it took a while never have made it back to its old stomping
to find anyone who could match the quality of ground, but it looks like the result of Adam’s
his work,” admits Adam. “He’d done everything mass of big ideas has a long life ahead of it n

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WÖRTHERSEE
WHERE:
WÖRTHERSEE
AUSTRIA

WÖRTHERSEE PRE-SHOW

THE MYTH,
THE LEGEND.
Wörthersee is split cleanly in two these days, with an unofficial pre-
show gathering held two weeks before and then the main event
itself. We decided to send our friends from Balls Deep Crew to
check out the warm up while we headed over for the main show.
Text: Arto from BDC Photos: Keith Sowden, BDC and Adrian May

A
trip to Wörthersee was crowds. We chose the week before option.
something we had been Thankfully our 911 performed impeccably Official Volkswagen display gets more
thinking about for around 15 during the 2000km trip to Austria and upon intricate each year and is one of the main
years, but finally last fall things arriving in Velden am Wörthersee, it became reasons for attending the official event
started getting serious and obvious that the town and surrounding areas rather than the pre-show gathering
suddenly we had the car trip were absolutely rammed full of cars of all kinds.
arranged, as well as the flights for a couple of We couldn’t imagine how busy it would be during
other crew members. Two of us would drive, the main event itself!
the other two would fly to Munich from where What came as a particular surprise for a
we would meet up and continue the final stretch first-timer was how far around the lake and
together. The weapon of choice was my 2014 surrounding areas the many get-togethers take
911 Carrera 4S. The car was supposed to place. You could drive 35km up to the mountains
be finished well in advance of the trip, but to to Villacher Alpenstraße, 15 minutes in the
nobody’s surprise, during the week before our opposite direction to Reifniz or towards several
departure I was at the garage in the middle of other small towns and still catch tuned VWs,
the night installing new KW coilovers and other Audis, Porsches, Lamborghinis and everything
bits. Nothing new there… in-between along the way. It’s hard to describe
Choosing when to go was not exactly easy how insane this place is…
– many of our friends recommended a week or The most popular places for car spotting
even two before the actual main event to catch are probably the Turbokurven in Arneitz or the
the nicest cars and experience them with less infamous Eni Mischkulnig gas stop and car wash.

Above: BDC's 991 911 with freshly kitted KW coilover's fitted all the way from Finland, RWB 911 outside the Schloss Hotel, reworked VW Arteon from Germany

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Burn outs and revving still happen but apparently rides such as Lamborghini Huracan Performantes
on a much smaller scale than in previous years, and even an RWB Porsche 911.
as the areas are buzzing with police these days One particular thing that boggled my mind was
issuing fines galore. While it’s very sensible to the amount of RS Audis present, at one point we
limit some of the madness, unfortunately the saw five RS3s drive in a row together, followed
policing has gone too far with tickets appearing by a group of TT RSs. I couldn’t even keep
to be issued for the smallest of offences, some track of the RS4s and 6s I saw. If we were to
of which we’re not even sure if they were illegal! pinpoint current trends, they would probably be
Okay, speeding is one thing, but issuing tickets extremely low bagged cars with tucked wheels
for cars being ‘too low’ or having the wrong and loud crackling and banging exhausts, both
wheels and tyres fitted (even if they were legal in on high powered vehicles and more tame ones.
other European countries) seemed a bit harsh! The scenery around the lake and the mountains
Meanwhile in Velden, you can catch everything is breathtaking. It’s safe to say making the trip
from old VWs to new Porsches cruising down to Wörthersee is absolutely worth it and if you
the main street past the casino, restaurants and needed further proof then the fact we were
bars. Towards the lake, in the front yard of the already planning our trip for next year way
Schloss Hotel you could see some more exotic before we even left Austria should suffice. >>

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WÖRTHERSEE main event

While we’ve always loved seeing the high-level of cars at the pre-
Wörthersee gathering it’s the main event that has the biggest draw
for us and 2018, the 37th running, was no exception!
Words: Elliott Roberts Photos: Keith Sowden, Adrian May and BDC

N
othing anybody tells you or a mix of cars and also some debuts, too.
you can read will prepare you One of the launches this year was the world
for the sheer beauty of lake premiere of the new Golf GTI TCR Concept. This
Wörthersee. It sounds like a is effectively a road going version of the TCR Above: Corrados extremely thin on the ground
cliche, but this place is picture racer. Jürgen Stackmaan, the Volkswagen Board
perfect, and that’s before you Member of Sales, unveiled the 290PS car and
throw a few thousand modded VWs into the mix. claimed that although it is just a study (concept)
While the official event lasts less than a week, at this stage VW would like to make this GTI
the unofficial gathering spans well over three vision come true in the future. We’ll have more
weeks. And while the cool kids choose to arrive details and photos in News next issue. For now,
up to two weeks before the main event begins, we watch this space, I guess!
prefer to roll up to the official show. After all, you The were two other premieres by VW in
can check out all pre-show stuff online beforehand Austria, presented by the apprentices that
to get you in the mode, before sampling the main had developed them. First was the Golf GTI
show in realtime a little later on. Next Level (from Wolfsburg), which boasted
The beauty of attending the official event is 411PS and an app control for a video game
not only do you still get to see some of the best monitor, plus the Golf Estate TGI GMOTION
and most eclectic modified VWG cars Europe (from Zwickau), a show car featuring ‘sporting
has to offer, but you also get to check out character, elegance and off-road capabilities'.
Volkswagen’s official display, which always offers Again, you can find out more about all these VW

Above: Offical VW stand was calm and tranquil…

Clockwise from top left: Contributor, Jamie Orr on stage with his Citi Golf talking seized cars and veganism,
mid-engined Golf W12 project above early Mk1 GTI, twin-engined Pikes Peak Mk2 Golf from the mid 80s

Above: German Lupo on face-mounted BBS with red roll-cage was stunning, as was brown Mk2 running big power VR6 turbo in smoothed bay, bone stock Golf Limited

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premieres next month.
As usual, VW’s stand itself was both a thing of
beauty and also absolutely huge. As well as the
aforementioned cars, there were also current
sporting VW production cars and race cars on
display, plus the GTI Freundes Kreis (GTI Circle
of Friends) area, dedicated to a hand-selected
bunch of VW enthusiasts, including none other
than MIVW’s Emiel Koostra’s Mk3 Golf.
Parked next to the famous granite Golf, and
Mk7 build happening live on the VW stand, who says you can't have a sweet VW and enjoy the main event? perhaps with a nod towards this year’s VW Pikes
Peak contender, was the twin-engined Mk2 Golf
that entered the legendary event way back in
the mid-80s. That wasn’t the only rather special
highlight either, as VW had also dug out the mid-
engined W12 Golf Mk5 project from a few years
back and placed that in an exposed shipping
container above an early Series 1 Golf GTI. What
a contrast not to mention quite a spectacle!
Walking the streets of Reifnitz (the town
at the heart of the action come show week),
the scenes were just as bonkers as we’d
remembered them in previous years, with nose-
to-tail traffic jams made up of some of the most
random and eclectic modded VWs you could
ever wish to see.
One observation that we did make (and that

…skid pan, on the hand, was anything but calm. Rear-wheel-drive Cabby was a real crowd pleaser!

Above: They still like to mix things up in Austria with motorsport inspiration, Euro-look and lairy graphics and wraps proving extremely popular, especially at main event!

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WÖRTHERSEE main event

Austrian Mk3 Golf running pulled arches and BBS wheels was about as fat as they come, US-spec Westmoreland Mk2 Golf running one-off custom Sebring wheels

was echoed by a few people we spoke to that Either way, the show and cars themselves
had also been to the pre-show meeting) was didn’t disappoint. I guess with the early, rare cars
that there was a serious drop in the full-blown, becoming more desirable and sought after (plus
nut and bolt builds we’ve seen in the past. costing considerably more to purchase), I guess
Don't get us wrong, there were still a handful of it makes sense that less people are inclined to
extreme cars, but five or ten years ago you’d tear them to pieces and rework them!
have struggled to keep a record of the lairy cars Anyway, we’ve selected some of our
you saw. Perhaps this is a sign of the times. We favourites from the event and added captions
don’t doubt those cars still exist but the old-skool next to a few of them to give you some more
generation tend to keep them at home under details (as we’ve run out of space here). If you’re
lock and key, while the newbies are getting their questioning why you love the VW scene or have
kicks from the quicker, new wave builds that such an addictive (and, at times, expensive)
turn heads and gain internet fame and yet are hobby then a trip to Wörthersee will soon restore
Think of Wörthersee and this springs to mind;
the streets of Reifnitz… gridlocked with Dubs! easily reverted back to stock once the lease your passion, whether you go before or during
agreement has run out! the main event itself! n

Jamie Orr and his other US buddies flew


their cars all the way from America for the Mk2 Jetta was one of our favourites thanks to lush
show with a Euro roadtrip thrown in for fun trim and one of the biggest turbos we've ever seen

It's great to see true performance VWs are as popular than ever with modified Clubsport, reworked Golf Rallye and purposful B5 RS4 just a few examples we saw

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IN THE

It’s hard to believe that a chance visit as a kid to a small town called Leavenworth
should lead to the bonkers creation you see on these pages, but that’s exactly
what started Skyler Mogensen on his insane journey to VW nirvana.
Words: Tony Saggu Photos: Viktor Benyi

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I
just stood there in awe,” recalled part of it,” enthused Skyler. torn up his L plates and got gainful employment

" Skyler Mogensen with the perceptible


hint of a wistful smile, “it was like
Fast forward a few years and open mouthed
awe and amazement still surround Skyler,
the tinkering took a more serious turn, “I bought
an old '86 Toyota pickup and went to town on it,”
nothing else I had ever seen before.” although now the twenty something Arizona he laughed, “I rebuilt the motor and threw some
While most of us might struggle to based custom car creator is on the receiving Webers on it… I drove that thing like it was a
recount and relate all the many and end of the jaw dropping disbelief. With the better racecar.” A passing curiosity with VWs eventually
varied experiences, sights and situations that part of half his life given over to 'the hobby', our lead to a healthy fascination… Leavenworth lit
led us here; inescapably bound to a marriage man has finally translated that long remembered the fuse. “I always wanted to build a completely
where grease, gears and gasoline rule our very roadside revelation into finely crafted steel with modified car but never knew what to create,”
existence, Mogensen’s memory can chronicle the a soul, he’s literally poured his memories into he recalled, “that’s when a friend showed me a
exact moment with unforgettable crystal clarity. the metal to revive and relive the rapture. “Yeah Mk1 VW Rabbit and what they could become,
“Growing up in Seattle, Washington I never really it really is that,” nodded Skyler, “It’s that feeling I was hooked.” Tracking down a reasonable
knew much about the Euro car scene,” he told and the passion that came out of it, this is the base car proved to be a lot more difficult than
us. “That all changed in a big way one summer physical representation of all of that.” The Kandy expected; the Pacific North West’s English style
when our family took a roadtrip to a little town coloured car adorning these pages represents weather isn’t particularly kind to early iron, added
called Leavenworth. We stopped for fuel on the over a decade of planning and at least five to which Mogensen’s meagre budget ruled out
side of the road… and it happened; a couple of years of blood, sweat and overdrafts. Skyler most of the survivors. “It took a while,” he told
really cool Euros drove by, then a couple more, admits he’s no professional car builder, he’s a us, “a long while,” Weeks of wading through the
followed by even more… there were hundreds of commercial fisherman in fact, but he’s proud to online classifieds eventually turned up a possible
them. I can still remember the awesome sight, take credit for most of the spanner spinning and contender. “This Rabbit popped up on Craigslist
smell and sound of all these cars flying by.” metal massaging involved in this violet vision. and I immediately called the seller, Graham
Young Skyler’s life changing roadside euphoria “Growing up in a poor family we had to do Shipley, he was a two hour drive away and had
came courtesy of the Pacific North West’s things on our own,” he told us, “we couldn’t told me he had a few guys ahead of me coming
answer to Worthersee, the annual Leavenworth afford to pay shops to fix our cars so everything to look at it. I told him I had a trailer and cash in
Drive, a Eurocentric epic which descends on the was a learning experience. My pops has always hand and would most likely be coming home with
quaint little Washington town, much of which is been mechanically inclined and because of that I it.” The seller told Skyler that he would have to
modelled on a Bavarian village. ”I saw the photos remember we’d always be outside fixing his truck get back to him later in the day. “An hour later
on the web later and just knew I wanted to be a or the family van.” Not surprisingly once he’d I received a call saying he had another guy 30

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minutes away wanting to look at it,” he told us, slammed dirty diesel, something like no other, amusing. “All the metal work was probably the
“but he wanted it to go to a good home because I pondered it over and decided to go all out on hardest part though,” he conceded, “I needed to
he still cared for the car.” Mogensen made an this car.” Unfortunately the classifieds are littered make sure every dimension I was changing would
impassioned case, outlining his plans for the car with good intentions; half finished hulks, semi work with everything else, also make sure all my
which quickly won the seller over, “he said he’d stripped swaps, non running long abandoned parts cleared the body and other moving parts.”
tell the other guy it was sold, so I left with my projects… all started with a glint in the eye and The amount of fabrication and metal massaging
pop’s truck and friend's trailer and we cruised a vision of greatness, normally ending with a is indeed staggering; given the quality of the fit
down there and loaded it up!” dent in the wallet and a turd under a tarp. Skyler and finish it’s difficult to believe the build is the
With the equivalent of about six hundred was realistic about his abilities and his budget, work of a self-confessed amateur.
quid changing hands Skyler reckons he scored he admits both were average at best, but this in “The front end was cut, tubbed and narrowed
a pretty good deal, the '83 Mk1 was a non itself was a main driving force behind the project. so that I could fully tuck the wheels,” continued
running base model diesel with a few dents and “I chose this car because I had a vision of what Skyler, “I used the wheels I had got with my car
a sprinkling of rust in all the usual places, the I wanted it to become, it was a great starting for the mock up as I planned on running the
interior was trashed, the trim was missing and point at a reasonable price,” he explained, “It same dimensions when I eventually bought some
the suspension was shot… but at least it was was something I knew would take some time different wheels.” The rollers that eventually
largely complete. “The first job was to get it for me to complete, but I also knew I’d learn a ended up bolted to the project, as so often
running,” he told us, “It had been sitting for years lot from building this car. Every step of the way happens, steered the build in their own direction.
but the engine still turned by hand.” Blowing out would be something new for me, something “I wanted wheels that no one else had tried on
the fuel lines and connecting up a new battery I’ve never done before.” The lad’s goals were a Mk1 before,” revealed Skyler, “Volk wheels
soon had the hibernating hatchback back up lofty indeed and he reckons he’s surpassed are fairly rare on German cars to begin with but
and running, a little TLC on the transmission even those initial high hopes, as a learning the C1s I was after are pretty well unheard of.
linkage even saw the Rabbit rolling. “My first experience this is home schooling worthy of a I searched for six months during my lunches at
thought was to tear it down and just restore it cap and gown. “I cut the floor out and raised it work before finding a set,” he told us. “When I
with a few mods, but when I got it down to the three inches to lay the sills on the ground,” he got them in the mail I found out the specs were
shell I kept seeing my vision of the car being a explained so matter- of- factly as to be almost different and wouldn’t work with the custom

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My first thought was
just restore it, but
when I got it down to
the shell I kept seeing
my vision of a slammed
dirty diesel something
like no other

strut towers and tubs I had fabbed, I ended


up redoing the whole thing hand forming new
tubs and towers using a stretcher/shrinker to
bend the curve I wanted.” Setting the sills on
the street was the stated goal and Skyler was
prepared to do whatever it took to get that
perfect drop. The front shock towers were
raised as high as possible under the bonnet,
they were also brought in almost three inches
on each side to make room for suspension
shenanigans. “I raised the motor mounts three
inches and the steering rack up three inches
to keep everything clear from the ground,” he
continued. “The original transmission had to go
because it used an older rod and linkage set
up that would hit the ground whenever I drove
the car, to get around this I converted to a Mk4
O2J TDI transmission using the cable shifts to
nicely tuck everything up above the surface. The
front air shocks are a build it yourself kit from
Air Lift,” he confirmed. “I was able to use those
to build what I needed for my front end while
at the rear I took the rear trailing beam and cut
Old-skool diesel installs don't usually
out five inches from the centre and welded it look this tidy but then this isn't just
back together with plates and more support your average TDI motor swap!

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Dub Details
ENGINE: 1.6TD block with 1.9 AAZ
head, Giles Performance injection
pump, built internals, custom intake
and exhaust, Turbonectics T3 turbo,
02J transmission in smooth bay.
Custom exhaust with side exit
CHASSIS: 7x15” Rays Engineering
Volk Racing three-piece C1s in 4x100
bolt pattern. Carbon fibre faces and
reworked caps. Modified floorpan with
raised floor, custom shock towers
and rear tubs, hand rolled wheel wells
and reworked boot floor. Custom rear
beam with relocated mounts, Air
Lift Performance struts, five gallon
tank, dual Viair compressors, manual
management
EXTERIOR: Custom mixed House of
Kolor candy paint, Euro front wings,
slam panel, grille and headlights,
Euro rear panel and taillights, Halo
headlights, shaved rear with custom
lower valance. Smoothed engine bay,
rain tray removed
INTERIOR: Early Rabbit interior,
early dashboard, aftermarket gauge
cluster, Nardi wood rimmed wheel,
custom headliner, bench seat frame
cut and made to fit around rear
tubs. Custom wood trunk base with
aluminium slats
AUDIO: Alpine stereo with Kicker
speakers and two 10” Kicker subs in
custom fiberglass boxes moulded to
fit into the rear quarters behind the
rear wheel tubs
SHOUT: I would like to thank my
father and mother Eric and Angela
Mogensen, my family, Carly Swanson,
Alec and Arron Stenzaa, Jeff Scott,
Michael Holstrom, Jay; Nick and Van
Sarver, Alan Phenis, Kevin Hoglund,
and the crew at AZEuros

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to prevent from breaking.” Custom mounts rectangle headlights. “The rear end was shaved old school 'angry boser' extension treatment,
were cut and welded into place to situate the and I put in another exhaust notch to match the which Skyler reckons gives a particularly
bespoke rear beam setup, the stock boot floor stock one on the drivers-side,” explained Skyler, menacing look when the custom halo headlights
was binned and remade to aid the desired drop. “I planned on building a tow hitch to be able to are flipped on. The finishing touch to the
“I built the rear to act as a swing arm with air haul a small trailer with the car and still be able reworked exterior is a signature paint job that is
bags on a C channel connecting the rear end of to slam the car to the ground, so underneath nothing short of divinely delicious. “It’s actually a
the trailing arms,” he explained, “The shocks are there is mount points to put a custom hitch. custom mixed House of Kolor candy,” revealed
positioned in the rear tubs mounted to a stud The front bumper was removed and I cut some Skyler, “ I was originally planning on doing it
I welded in and then connected to the original centre core support vent to cover the bumper black or another straight factory colour, but my
mounting shock position on the trailing beam. mount holes,” he went on, “Behind the custom friend Alec Stenzaa who painted the car said
The rear spindles are mounted to a custom-built bumper hole covers I welded in Mk4 tow hook if I’d built such a crazy car I’d need to stick to
drop spindle to move the wheel back into its mounts into both sides so I could tow or strap the scheme. He asked what my favorite colour
correct centre point and lower it even more.” down the car when I needed to just by removing was and I told him purple.” Our man was torn
Needless to say the none too popular the covers and screwing in the tow hooks. The between a deep purple shade and a dark cheery
Westmoreland character of the bodywork was car also has a custom-built exhaust tunnel that hue, “Alec suggested we mix both colours so we
reworked to give the build that all important Euro allows me to tuck up the 3.5" straight pipe tried different mix ratios till I decided on the final
flavour. The rear panel was converted to the exhaust and have an exit out the side of the rear shade. I like the fact that at night it looks black
smaller taillights while the front panel and both passenger quarter panel base.” All four arches and under the sun it pops.”
wings lost their marker lights and not so cool received a little tugging while the bonnet got an With a hand formed chassis, custom crafted

Dreams can come true, they just


take time and vision. Skyler's body- The rear end was shaved and I put
dropped Rabbit is a thing of beauty
and totally unique as well… in another exhaust notch so i could
build a tow hitch for a small trailer

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I love watching the look on people’s
faces when they look under the hood

suspension, lashings of body bespokery and the exhaust manifold to create better flow to the charm, the early model Mk1 dash is treated to
a one-off paint job, the powerplant promised Turbonetics T3 Turbo, the intake is made with newer instruments with A pillar playing host to
to be something a little rare and exotic. “I love equal length runners to keep better bottom end a couple more. The centre console may house
watching the look on people’s faces when they torque till it’s under boost.” He explained. “The newfangled pneumatic suspension wizardry,
look under the hood,” laughed Skyler, “when injection pump was heavily modified by Giles at but the '70s style gauges and old world paddle
people come up and look at it they kind of get a Performance Diesel Injection out of Markham, switches maintain the correct period simplicity.
confused look on their face till they figure it out ON. He was able to make a naturally aspirated “The rest of the air-ride stuff is hidden away out
or I tell them it’s a diesel.” Yep, nestled neatly pump have the fuel cure of a turbo injection of view,” revealed Skyler, “The air tank is hidden
in the shaved and smoothed engine room is pump while surpassing its stock performance.” in a custom metal box built into the rear of the
essentially the same stock diesel the car left The naturally aspirated pump was a must as with car under the wood trunk, and the compressors
the factory with some three and half decades the motor being raised due to the sump scraping are stowed behind the inner rear quarter panel
ago. It’s the unconventional almost shocking ride height the turbo pump would not clear under cards.” There’s a kicking stereo install hidden
juxtaposition of mild and wild that adds an extra the bonnet. “So I basically built a heavily modified behind the panels too, with a multitude of mids,
layer of cool to this candy creation, the drivetrain ECO diesel and it still gets great fuel mileage tweeters and subs that supply tunes without
challenges your expectation and shows that a averaging about 50-60 miles per gallon on the clutter… Oh and that wood rimmed tiller… well
cookie cut in a different way to the rest can taste highway if I keep my foot out of it.” that’s just class isn’t it.
surprisingly sweet. “The motor is a different The cabin treatment is also reserved but Mogensen’s magnificent Mk1 makeover
block but is the same stock motor,” Skyler exudes all the class this project demanded, checks all the boxes and creates a few new
explained. “I built a 1.6 bored 40 over, all new albeit classically understated. The architecture ones, this down and dirty diesel is as clean as
upgraded internals and put on a 1.9 AAZ head is largely familiar Wolfsburg factory fare, they come, mixing mild with wild and serving it
to improve air and exhaust flow, while reducing restored and refinished with new age touches up with a slice of attitude. Just when you thought
the compression ratio to run more boost. I built that blend almost seamlessly with the vintage you’d seen it all… n

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to the goings on behind the scenes here long, painful years. Since then, I’ve continued to write up but an absolute stunner of one, too.
at PVW, but it’s been just over a year freelance for the mag, turning out a feature and The car in question belongs to Jake Kitching, a
now since I left my role as deputy editor a couple of other bits and pieces an issue. But 26-year old Sunderland lad who clocks in his nine
on the mag, a position I’d held for close editor Elliott and I have always had something of to five as a smart repair painter at Nissan. You
to a decade. Around about the time I a gentlemen’s agreement. No Mk2s. Just don’t might be looking at Jake’s Mk2 and thinking it’s
had to leave, I also had to sell my own long-term give me a Mk2 to write, it just brings it all back, the work of an experienced Mk2 head but that’s
project car too, my freshly ‘bagged, painted and you know? But no, what does Elliott do this issue? not the case. In fact, this is Jake’s first Veedub,
VR-swapped Mk2. I’m still not sure what I was Just 14 or so months after I handed in my key our man here in fact cutting his modifying teeth
more gutted about losing at the time, the PVW card to PVW towers, and with no regard for our on classic Minis originally.

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“I had a really clean example of a Mini that I’d what I wanted to do to it, too.” sale, but maybe I could twist his arm,” Jake
modified a fair bit,” Jake explained. “I used to go Jake went on to say that one day at work on smiled. “One Saturday morning I went to have
to a lot of Mini shows and meets with the car, break he and a fellow car nut colleague got to a look at it and took it for test drive and I just
but I used to go with my friends to VW shows chatting about what they were looking at one fell in love,” he continued. “So, I said just tell
too and after a while I found myself being drawn eBay, as us car enthusiasts are prone to do, and me a price you would be happy with and let me
towards the older VWs and especially Mk2s,” he Jake revealed he was looking for a Mk2 Golf. know whenever you feel you want to let it go
explained. “Jack Irwin’s Mk2 was a big inspiration As it happens, his work mate knew of someone and we will go from there. Anyway, it wasn't long
for me, as were a few builds from overseas I’d with a really good one that a while back he was before he got back to me, a deal was done and
started following too. Soon I knew I needed a looking to move on. “When I rang my mate’s the car was mine… And I think I’ve been skint
Mk2 of my own and after a while I knew exactly friend about the car he said it wasn’t really for ever since!” he laughed. Yep, old VWs, heck

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any modified VW, tends to have that effect of “Once I started talking to more and more car build it up properly to a level I was happy with.”
doing that to you doesn’t it? Why do we do it to owners at shows the ideas started coming thick “The first thing to do once it was in the garage
ourselves? A great question for another time! and fast,” he remembered. “I knew exactly what I was pull the engine, strip it down, replace
“I didn’t plan on doing anything to it at first, in wanted to do to do the Mk2 and ended up selling everything I could and repaint it all ready to go
fact I’d told my girlfriend when I bought it that it the Mini so I could put the money in to the Golf!” back in,” Jake said. He didn’t just tidy up the
was done and just ready to use,” Jake smiled. The Mk2 was in good condition and drove just KR lump, Jake treated the rebuilt and refreshed
“As you can imagine, that didn’t last very long…” fine, but as is so often the case with older cars, valver to a set of twin 45 Dellortos up front and
Now that definitely sounds familiar, who amongst once Jake started to look behind the surface a custom four-branch leading in to 2.5” exhaust
us hasn’t used that line on an other-half before? he found lots of hidden away areas that needed out back too, the whole thing sitting snugly on
With half a show season under his belt Jake attention, which pretty quickly turned the project Vibra-Technics engine mounts and boasting some
had already taken the car off the road for the from pretty big to get-it-on-the-roll-over-jig big eye candy in the shape of a custom radiator and
winter in 2013 to tidy up some paintwork, for perfectionist Jake. “After the 2015 season cam belt cover fabricated by Fresh Reflections.
change wheels and fit its first set of suspension. I decided it was time to take it off the road and “I think the hardest part of the build was getting

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the engine back in right and running properly is, so I decided that when I rebuilt it I would make
and sorting the wiring with the smoothed bay,” it look like a Golf from the ‘80s, although it’s
Jake remembered. The effort was well worth it really a 1990,” he explained. Jake also wanted
though, as we think you will agree. to give it a US flavour too, so while he was in the
Back to the build and Jake had made the garage stripping, prepping and welding he found
decision to strip the car to a complete shell and the time to track down a full and hard to find
get it on the roll over spit. “The car needed a fair Westmoreland-spec front end for it too.
bit of welding on the floor, the sills and it needed The car was stripped to a bare shell and Jake
some new panels too. I decided if I was going suffered through removing all the OEM sealer
this far with it I would make it look older than it from the underside and engine bay – not a job

The first thing to do was pull the engine, strip it


down, replace everything and repaint it all

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Dub Details
ENGINE: 1.8-litre 16v KR with twin Dellorto 45
carburettors, custom four-branch manifold and
custom 2.5” exhaust system. Custom radiator and
cam belt cover made by Fresh Reflections, short
shift gear selector, Magnecor HT leads, Vibra-
Technics engine mounts, Red Top Facet fuel pump,
engine block and gear box painted in battleship
grey marine paint, custom engine loom, wire tuck
CHASSIS: 8x16” and 9x16” BBS E50 wheels, Air
Lift air ride, Air lift Slam Series suspension with V2
management, polybushed bottom arms, subframes
and rear beam, G60 top mounts, Passat B3 front
callipers, drilled discs and GTI-spec rears. All
subframes, bottom arms and rear beam powder
coated in gloss black, Goodridge braided brake
lines throughout
EXTERIOR: Full respray in OEM LA9V,
Westmoreland front end, smoothed side repeaters
in wings, smoothed doors and rear quarters. Full
chrome window trims, door mirror and bumper
trims. OEM rear screen with no heater elements.
Smoothed engine bay with deleted rain tray.
INTERIOR: Standard seats retrimed in Napa
I had to delete the front towing eye as I wanted
leather and OEM GTI tartan centres with head rest US-spec bumpers which have them integrated
deleted, US-spec spec radio and heater panel,
Type19 centre console and gear gaitor surround, that’s fun in anyone’s book! “I then had the floor up a level instantly. “I had to delete the front
Nardi wooden steering wheel. media blasted and found some shabby areas towing eye from the shell too as I wanted to
SHOUT: I would like to say a big thanks to good so I had to buy replacement panels, drill out all run US-spec bumpers which have the towing
friend Gary Baxter at GBaxterAutoBodies for the the original spot welds and weld the new panels eyes on the bumper irons,” he remembered.
paint. A big thanks to Ryan Tennant and AR Ditta for back in,” he explained nonchalantly, before Jake also removed the side repeaters from
helping me with the wiring side of things, thanks to laughing, “lots and lots of long days and nights in the wings and smoothed the rub strips off the
Auto Finesse for sponsoring me and keeping me the garage basically.” doors and rear quarters too, moves that clean
topped up with products to keep the car immaculate If he hadn’t spent enough time in the up a Mk2 nicely without taking away any of its
and finally a massive thanks to my girlfriend Caitlyn garage Jake then set about the difficult task of quintessential Mk2-ness.
for being understanding when I was working on the smoothing the bay and deleting the rain tray “One of my good friends Ryan Tennant helped
car every day of my life get it finished too, something that’s always a huge amount me with the wiring side of things as I didn't really
of work but a move that certainly takes a car have a clue what I was doing,” he laughed. “And

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my good friend Gary Baxter at GBaxterAuto front callipers and refreshed the rears too.” The
Bodies’ laid the Brilliant Schwartz black paint wheels are, what else, but perfectly period 16”
down on the car for me after I did all the prep BBS E50s measuring 8” and the front and 9”
work on it, but other than that I’ve done it all,” at the rear. A look that, save for the stretched
Jake explained. “I literally worked on the car Nankangs of course, would have looked just as
every single day for about a year and a half, fresh in 1980-something as it does today.
absolutely crazy amount of hours have gone in The interior ties the whole car together. The
to this shell.” seats are OEM, as is pretty much everything bar
To help make the car look older than it really the wooden Nardi wheel, but they’ve been trimmed
is Jake also tracked down new chrome trim for to mix the OEM GTI tartan with lovely Nappa
the doors, a chrome door mirror, polished the leather. The seats have also lost their headrests,
handles and got the all-important chrome trim a look that Jake wanted as it automatically makes
for the US bumpers too, all of which were fitted an interior look a generation older.
back up to the freshly painted shell before Jake “The best part of the car for me has to be
set about flatting and polishing the newly laid the interior, I just love a Mk2 Golf dashboard,
paint. “I also got myself an OEM rear screen too it’s such a nice place to be sitting in the driver’s
without the heater elements, which help makes seat,” Jake smiled. “I very rarely listen to music
the car look older too,” he added. when I’m driving it, I just love listening to the roar
One of the only parts of the car that isn’t of the carburettors.”
period correct is Jake’s choice of suspension Setting up those carbs was one of the few
which is of the bags and buttons variety – jobs our man didn’t do himself, Jake deciding
something that definitely wasn’t a common sight instead to leave it up to the pro's at Bogg
in the mid-‘80s. As you might expect Jake hasn’t Brothers in Malvern, North Yorkshire. “They’ve
just thrown a set of struts on and called it a day, done a proper amazing job, it runs absolutely
like the rest of the car the chassis first benefited perfectly,” he confirmed.
from his no-stone-unturned approach before Our man Jake has not been sitting twiddling
being treated to new bits. “Everything’s been his thumbs since our shoot, he’s been back in
cleaned up and powder-coated, I polybushed the garage working on the car again, the Mk2
everything front to back and fitted Passat B3 bug showing no sign of letting go any time soon.

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“I wouldn’t change anything major on it, I built
it exactly how I wanted, but I think I will always
be changing little bits on it every now and then,”
said Jake. “Since the shoot I’ve fitted ball joint
extenders and a track rod flip kit to get the front
end of the car sitting a lot lower, fitted Porsche
door handles and re-painted the front end of
the car to get rid of some little stone chips it’s
picked up so far,” he added. “I’ve also applied
some decals to the side of the car for a proper
‘80s look and I’ve decided to lose the heaters so
the bay looks smoother too.” A great idea during
summer and the car probably won't see winter!
We’ve got to hand it to Jake, his Mk2 has
come out just brilliantly, and like we said earlier
it’s hard to believe this is his first Volkswagen. If
you see it a show this summer make sure you
check it out and appreciate Jake’s efforts, he’s
definitely earned himself a pat on the back and
a beer or two. “It’s for the buzz, isn't it?” Jake
smiled. “You get an idea in your head and want
to make it happen. I love learning new things
and watching something come together really
excites me,” he smiled, “Anyway, I don't know
what else I would spend my money on if I didn't
have this hobby…” n

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something come together really excites me

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GTI SPRING FEST
WHERE:
SANTA POD
RACEWAY
UK

Santa Pod's famous


1/4-mile strip looked
great after resurfacing

Above, left to right: Sleeper Mk1 hiding intercooler behind front panel, Jon Lawrence's A4 looking cleaner than ever on fresh Rotiforms, immaculate Mk1 Golf GTI

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Paul Jordan's Polo won
Class D with a 10.11sec
quarter at 142mph!

SHOW AND GO!


The GTI Spring Fest, held at the recently resurfaced Santa Pod Raceway,
really does offer the best of both worlds. Well, it does when it stays dry…
which thankfully it did this year! Photos: Simon Letkey (Veedubracing)

O
rganised by the team behind but air-cooled is also welcome. This year we there’s also awards for Best Engineering, Paint,
VW Action, GTI Spring Fest even saw a bunch of supercars descend on Engine and Van, to name but a few, as well as
is one of the first major Santa Pod, probably to check out the all-new Top Twenty covering all models.
shows on the water-cooled drag strip surface that had been laid over the This year, some of the highlights included
VW calendar, and being an winter break and looked fabulous! Darren Bates’ 1989 Mk2 Golf, which took Best
outdoor event, held at Santa Don’t let the single-day event label put you of Show (and Best Engineering), thanks to its
Pod Raceway, weather often off the show either, it just means you get a one-off wheels, custom trim and highly detailed
plays a major factor. Thankfully, the recent condensed helping of Veedubs, rather than engine bay. Jamie Webster’s 1983 Santana
2018 gathering was greeted by lovely weather something that’s diluted and dragged out over a (on custom split rims) is a particular favourite
which saw a great turnout of all manor of VAG whole weekend. Club displays play a major role of ours and it would seem the promoters, too,
machines both on and off the strip. at Spring Fest and this year the R32 UK Owners as it took their Choice award. Another familiar
Following the same format as the original Clubs took best display award. name was Liam Handley, who’s 1991 Polo was
GTI Festival (first held in the late 80s), Spring The GTI Spring Fest Show ’n’ Shine is also featured on our cover last year and went home
Fest opens its doors to all VW Group cars, with extremely popular and as well as trophies with the Best Engine award.
water-cooled being the more popular variant, awarded for Best Audi, Skoda, SEAT and VW, Now we love a bit of Show ’n’ Shine as much

Late Mk1 GTI with wide arches and small bumpers was mixing it up, super-clean Polo Breadvan sitting pretty on period aftermarket twist-style alloy wheels

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Key to a good FWD
launch; chunky slicks
up front, narrow rears
SHOW & SHINE
and a good burn out! Best Of Show
Darren Bates, Kettering - Blue 1989 Golf
Promoter's Choice
Jamie Webster, Kent - Blue 1983 Santana
Best VW
Zach Perez, Braintree - Silver 1979 Scirocco
Best Van
Paul Would, Lincoln - Blue 2005 T5 Kombi
Best Audi
Ryan Goodyear, Woodhall Spa - Blue 2014 Audi RS5
Best SEAT
Richard Lines, Rugby - White 2012 Leon
Best Paint
Richard Lines, Rugby - White 2012 Leon
Best Interior
Rikki Jones, Barnsley - Red 2007 Seat Cupra
Best Engine
Liam Handley, Leicester - Cream 1991 Polo
Best Engineering
Darren Bates, Kettering - Blue 1989 Golf

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Pod, we think of true performance cars, and in the most power but
this case, performance VWs. Competition out boy can they launch!
on the strip was just as intense as in the clean
and shiny camp, but when the dust settled it was
Paul Jordan, who is another familiar face in PVW
(his bonkers Scirocco was featured many moons
ago), that took top honours. Paul’s seriously
modified Polo 6R GTI running a 10.11 quarter
mile time at 142mph (although it has achieved
Drag racing really does
seperates the boys
from the men

Left to right: Show 'n' Shine is very popular with air-ride a plenty. Bagged Mk2 Jetta and T5 looked stunning, while Mk3's missing headlight hinted it was a sleeper

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IDKs had lovely stance

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over 150mph elapse speed previously).


There’s plenty of other activities going on
throughout the day including numerous of trade
stands, plus the Dizzy Rascal’s Handling Course,
which proved popular. The quickest time around
the course this year was 44.46secs achieved by
Jason Greatorex in a Mk4 R32.
For news of next year’s event and the other
shows run by VW Action head on over to www.
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Stock-looking B7 RS4
seemed to squat and
go extremely well…

SPRINT RESULTS
Class A - Will.I.Am - 14.55/94mph
Class B - Bobby Bola - 14.50/94mph
Class C - Carl Goldsmith - 11.04/121mph
Class D - Paul Jordan - 10.11/142mph
Class E - Danny Pike - 10.75/126mph
Quickest VW - Paul Jordan - 10.11/142mph
Quickest Van - Steve Gibbons - 11.63/115mph
Quickest Audi - Okan Karkoyan - 11.88/113mph
Quickest Skoda - Sam Levett - 12.63/104mph
Quickest SEAT - Helder Pierera - 11.02/129mph
Quickest Diesel - Ben Smith - 11.01/125mph
Wildest Ride/Quickest Lady - Natalie Wood - 13.23/101mph

Left to right: we would have taken stunning Beetle home with us, up! was simple but effective on Modern Line wheels, Richard Brook's rapid Mk1 Golf 20vT

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LET’S OFF-ROAD W
e’ve nothing against your
regular Show ’n’ Shine
events, but what if you
fancy something a bit more
challenging than how clean
you can get your car?
What if you fancy something that won’t cost the
This year’s VW Golf Challenge featured 25 old VWs driving for earth, isn’t as competitive and actually involves
8 days over 2000kms and even encountered the Sahara desert. teamwork and everybody helping one another
out? Well, if that’s the case, it sounds like the VW
Forgot about Show ’n’ Shine, this is the future of modded Dubbin'… Golf Challenge (VWGC) could be for you!
Words: Elliott Roberts Photos: Various Started back in 2012, the VWGC was the
brainchild of two friends, both called Dani.
Dani Blasco and Dani de Quadras had both
participated in crazy car rallies previously and
figured it would be a good idea to organise their
own: “I said to Dani [de Quadras], if two idiots
could drive from Barcelona in Spain to Nordkapp
in Norway, then why couldn’t we start up our own
event?” And the rest, as they say, is history!
The great thing about the VWGC is that every
year the route is different, with only one part
remains the same: "The only stages that never
change are the ones in the Sahara desert, they
are a must,” said Blasco. Dani told us the main

Event co-organiser, Dani Blasco


doesn't just work out the rally
logistics, he takes part, too!

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What have you got the hump about? Sorry, couldn't
resist! Sahara stage is one of the most gruelling
parts of the event but one that is always included
each year, even if other parts of the route change

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reason for changing the route each year is that it’s just 845 Euros per person and 295 Euro done it, it’s very hard not to come back for more.
so many teams return each year that it’s more of per car (with a maximum of three people per This year’s event kicked off on the 7th of
a challenge for them if it’s different! car), which includes all hotel accommodation. April, beginning in Algeciras (in southern Spain)
In terms of rules, it’s really quite simple; “Everybody is welcome, we have friends, work where people joined the ferry over to Morocco
you have to enter with either a Mk1, 2, 3 or 4 colleagues, brothers, fathers and couples. It’s and began the 2000kms trek, which would see
Golf, which has to be fitted with a sump guard, not a competition, just an amazing adventure them travel through the Atlas Mountains and on
protected fuel pump, two spare wheels, an everybody should experience at least once," to Zagora, followed by Merzouga in the Sahara
extinguisher and a first aid kit. Other than that, Blasco told us. He also said that once you’re desert. The next stage included Midelt, Nador

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With off-road tyres, these
front-wheel-drive VW Golfs
are surprising handy… even
in the sand!

Challenge rules states teams must take


with them school material, clothes or
kids toys, which are delivered to the
poorest areas of Morocco on route

Best part of the Challenge is the fun had by all taking


part and the friendships made during the event. All 25
cars that entered in 2018 finished the rally, too!

and then another ferry across to Almeria.


Of the 25 cars that entered this year we were
itching to discover how many actually finished
the gruelling event. Amazingly, Dani was pleased
to tell us that all 25 made it to the finish: “The
good thing about the VWGC is that we all help
each other, especially during breakdowns. And
the good thing about Morocco is that there are

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Above: Of course, it wasn't all five-star accommodation once the Challenge entered the desert and things got serious! Above: Punctures were pretty common sight

still a lot of old Golfs on the road, too, so it’s not


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school material, clothes or kids toys, which are
delivered to the poorest areas of Morocco on
route. What a great idea!
This year, Dani Blasco claims was the craziest
running in terms of the weather: “We had really
hot days in the desert, then wind, rain and
even snow at one stage,” he told us. He was
also proud to say in all the years the event has
run they have never left a Golf in Morocco and
always managed to get them all back to Europe!
During the six previous events the organisers
have seen entries from Spain, France, the UK,
Luxembourg, Switzerland, Belgium, Norway
and Romania. Speaking of Romanian, next year
hosts the first VW Golf Challenge Romania,
running from the 19th to the 26th of August.
Fancy getting involved? Then head over to www.
vwgolfchallenge.com for more details on how to
enter. It should be a blast! n
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IN THE REAR
Contents
091 OUR CARS
100 RELOADED
102 THE REWIND
104 TALK THE TALK
106 EVENTS
108 SPECIALIST
112 CLASSIFIEDS
114 NEXT MONTH

AND THERE’S MORE…

092 100 106


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Elliott Nick Martin Paul Si James Jamie Alex


Roberts Williams Jenkinson Cowland McNally Wallace Orr Grant

Elliott Roberts – Editor Elliott Roberts – Editor Alex Grant – Contributor


PROJECT: GREY PRIDE 90_Golf Rallye PROJECT: SOCCER MOM 09_Audi Q5 3.0 TDI PROJECT: NEVER READY 91_Polo
Started: Oct 10, 2007 Started: Apr 10, 2007 GT-G40 Started: Mar 10, 2000
Comments: By the time you read this it Comments: Well, summer is officially here. Time Comments: With G40s thin on the ground not
should be at The Phirm ready for the engine fit to rubber up those 22s and get them on the Q5 many people tehnd to track them. Alex does!

Nick Williams – Photographer Paul Cowland – Contributor Si McNally – Contributor


PROJECT: ROXY 11_VW T5.1 Kombi DSG PROJECT: SHAKE ‘N’ BAKE 90_Mk2 Golf PROJECT: THE B*STARD _VW Golf 1.6
Started: Jul 31, 2015 Started: June 10, 2011 Driver Auto Started: Apr 15, 2015
Comments: Nick’s project is quickly evolving. Comments: It seems that TV celebrity lifestyle Comments: One Mk2 that is making waves is
This month we look at the front-end facelift has taken its toll on Paul… and his Mk2 project! Si’s project. New wheels, brakes, paint, cage…

James Wallace – Contributor Jamie Orr – Contributor Martin Jenkinson – Sales Executive
PROJECT: GONDA 83_GOLF DRIVER PROJECT: SUPER JAMIE PROJECT: THE JOKER 04_Skoda Fabia VRS
Started: Oct 15, 2003 Started: Jun 10, 2014 Started: Aug 4, 2017
Comments: We talked you through stage one Comments: Swanning around Worthersee like Comments: He promised an update this
of Jim’s Honda swap last month. More soon… he owns the place, Jamie’s far too busy for us month but Martin’s been too busy enjoy the car

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COMBE RAIDER
Want to find out where you’ve made mistakes with your project? Point it at one of the fastest circuits in the UK…
Photos: Alex Grant Track photo: Jeff Bloxham/GOMW

“Q
uarry is one of the most section of the track, straight after a crest which would you be queueing up alongside a Ford
difficult corners in the country,” makes your front end go light just as you need Model A, an 80s Bentley Turbo R, and Pink Floyd
the instructor told us cheerily to brake. Run out of talent here, and what’s left drummer Nick Mason in a Ferrari F12tdf?
at the safety briefing. “Around of your car afterwards probably won’t be able to For me, it was a shakedown test. I’ve spent
25% of all track day crashes in limp home. Even if home is only an hour away. the last few years fine-tuning the spec of the
the UK happen on that corner.” Gulp! I was in good company. Assembled in the G40, and this would be an ideal opportunity to
Castle Combe is about an hour from home, briefing room were around 30 other journalists see what it was made of. Rough Welsh roads
but it’s not a circuit I’m familiar with. And you and authors, who had brought their own projects had taught me I was better off with slightly
don’t have to watch many in-car videos on out for the Guild of Motoring Writers’ annual softer front springs - not just for comfort, but
YouTube before Quarry makes an appearance. track day. Which means the car park had for grip as well - and I’d found the oil cooler was
It’s a right-hander at the end of the fastest probably never been more eclectic. Where else unnecessary even with a thermostat. There’s no

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Previous owner removed the boost return hoses and rotated the crankcase breather pod towards a catch
can on the left side of the engine bay, which proved a disaster on a clockwise circuit like Castle Combe. I’d
cornered hard enough to half-fill it with sump oil. Alex fixed it by building a factory-looking breather setup,
using a new correctly-angled oil breather pod and non-return valve from VW Heritage

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Polo was in eclectic


company at Combe. Model
A Hot Rod was radical!

point having a dashboard full of gauges if you’re 150bhp meant it wasn’t running out of steam on to half-fill it with sump oil. It’s almost like VW had
not going to take any notice of them. So, on the faster sections. If you’ve never done a track thought of this when they angled it upwards…
top of the risk of running out of talent on Castle day before, my advice is try it. You’ll discover So, for the first time since the engine
Combe’s widowmaker corner, I had the looming more about your car’s limits in a few hours than conversion back in 2005, there’s a complete
worry that I’d either boil my oil or discover that you could possibly discover on the road. set of pipework back under the bonnet. Mike at
the Polo takes corners with all the stability of a Plain sailing then? Well… not quite. I didn’t Autotuning and Alarms near Pontypridd (01433
Citroen 2CV. And, did I mention it was raining? break or bend anything, but I did find a flaw. 493123) built a factory-looking breather setup
Actually, I shouldn’t have worried. This is a The engine’s previous owner had removed the routed via the catch can, using a new correctly-
belter of a track which the G40, and its new boost return hoses and rotated the crankcase angled oil breather pod and non-return valve from
suspension setup, felt really well suited to. I got breather pod towards a catch can on the left VW Heritage’s excellent classic parts service
my learning laps done in the wet, winding up side of the engine bay. Not a bad idea on the (vwheritage.com/classic). It’ll be a while before
the pace once the dry lines started appearing; road, but a disaster on a clockwise circuit like it goes on track again, but at least I won’t be
830kg kept it light through the corners, and Castle Combe, where I’d cornered hard enough wasting oil next time. AG

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on track, with chassis and
power gains being more
than up to the job

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FACE OFF
Although Nick loved the GP-spec of his T5 he
felt the front-end could do with a subtle facelift.
Here we find out how he achieved that, plus
which exhaust system he opted for.

S
o, initially the first thing on my mind was going to fit this myself, which was brave but and for good reason, which you will see in the
with the exterior of Project Roxy there was plenty of info online should I need it. coming issues (Oh you big tease – Ed).
was that it needed a slight freshen Thankfully the kit arrived with a great set Once the battery was all connected back up
up. Now, it’s no ugly duckling, being of instructions and more than enough wire to I carried out a quick light test and they where
a GP-spec van meant it came with probably run from the front to the back of the working as they should and really did look smart,
colour-coded bumpers as standard, but the front van. Having studied the diagrams I knew my too. I was really pleased, especially as it only
was just lacking a little something and looked handy Dremel would be called into action at took a couple of hours to do the job myself.
somewhat dated. One of the things I had spotted some stage, so once I had popped out the front The next job on the list was to head back to
when previously looking at T5’s was the newer bumper inserts, which was easy enough to do, Tweaked Performance UK where it was time
models featured the DRL (daytime running light) I marked out what needed to be cut away to for the van to expel its gases a little easier and
panels on the front bumper. I really liked this ensure the new light housing panel (which is a having been a fan of the Milltek brand for many
subtle update to the styling as it breaks up the slightly different shape) would fit in place. I then years (having used their products on previous
smoothed front and gives it a bit more character. disconnected the battery and set to the wiring. projects) I knew what had to be done. The
Having spoken to Gerald at Tweaked Again, this was pretty simple, running the wiring original system is a fairly okay size bore, but
Performance UK (www.tweaked-performance. from both headlights to the little controller box it has a couple of boxes (one too many) and
com) he had said he was able to get the genuine which lives near the back of the passenger was also looking its age. I decided to go for a
kit from TPS (the VW parts supplier), so that was headlight and battery. Now you may notice that DPF-back system, which just has one box and
what was decided upon. I also decided that I I didn’t have the new panels painted at the stage a slightly bigger bore so it proved the perfect

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Left: once Nick removed the front


blanking panel he could then
determine how much needed to
be cut away, then allowing the
new light unit to be mounted in
place. A good excuse to break out
the Dremel, right Nick?
Right: wiring was relatively
straight forward

Thankfully the kit arrived


with a great set of
instructions and more
than enough wire to
probably run from
the front to
the back
of the van

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Above: original exhaust looked tired and featured one too many boxes. New Milltek DPF-back single-box system with black
tailpipes was the perfect solution. Left and below: Range Rover wheels slotted on a treat with 10mm spacers

solution. As I’m going for a sporty, yet stealthy look, I so I could get the wheels on asap. So, as soon as
opted for the black tips and they really do look smart. I had everything I needed, I popped up to the guys
The system has a cheeky sort of grunty sound which is at Eurospec to get the wheels fitted. I won’t lie, they
cool for a van in my opinion. And best of all, if you have looked pretty awesome even before I had refurbished
access to a ramp it takes what seems like seconds to them. However, they were lacking a little something
fit, so again a highly recommended mod for any T5. and just seemed to tuck a bit. This could mean only
Having done this there was another thing to get one thing, longer bolts and some spacers. Knowing
sorted. Right from the start I had a set of wheels in that I was going to be fitting coilovers and reducing the
mind. In fact, before I even purchased Project Roxy arch gap soon, I only needed 10mm spacers just to
I managed to get a good deal on a set of Range push the wheels out without going too far. Having run
Rover Stormer wheels. They had a decent set of stretched tyres in the past, I knew they wouldn’t be an
tyres on in the sizing I was looking for, although the option for the T5 so I decided to stick with the OE spec
wheels themselves were looking a little tired. Now Range Rover dimensions for now and the ride itself is
my friend Tim who supplied them is no stranger to great. With coilovers just around the corner, though,
playing with T5’s and he was awesome in helping me hopefully handling will be inproved without jeopardising
source the right wheel nuts and VW-style centre caps, the ride quality. Only time will tell… NW

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RELOADED

YEAR: 2006
ISSUE: May
Owner: 1552’s Project X
FEATURE BY: Brad Beardow
PHOTOS BY: Anna Taylor
100 Performance VW
What are these Reloaded pages all about
then? We launched this monthly regular feature
back around the time we celebrated PVW’s
20th birthday. We were feeling nostalgic at
the time, and judging by how popular the
90sVWShowScene group on Facebook and the
@90svwdubscene account on Instagram are
these days, we know we’re not the only ones
who enjoy a good look back in to modded VW
history. Which is what Reloaded is all about. Each
month we pick a car from back in the day, no
rules, and take a look at what made it so special.

E
ver picked up an old copy of PVW
and seen an old car and been taken
right back in time to the moment you
first saw it? That’s what happened
when we were flicking through the
May 2006 issue of PVW looking for a suitable
car to put in these Reloaded pages right here.
We came across the infamous Project X, also
known as fifteen52design’s (as they were called
back then) Mk4 Jetta coupe build. Instantly it
was the early two-thousands and we were sitting
in the old-old PVW towers scrolling through the
VWVortex.com thread that was following the
build. We remember that exact moment, some
16 or so years ago, clear as day yet can’t
remember what we had for dinner last night.
Funny how that works. Anyway… You see,
VWVortex got themselves an exclusive on the
build back in the day and this mad build was
updated in real time on the site right in front of
our eyes – a pretty novel idea at the time. While
we’re on the subject, remember forum build
threads? Yeah, we miss those, too.
The story goes fifteen52design were looking
for its next project-come-demo car and, after
a chat with one of the Vortex originators and
editors, Jamie Vondruska, decided to build
what nobody else had attempted before, a Mk4
Jetta (aka, Bora) coupe! Inspired by VW’s own
CJ Concept from early 1998, fifteen52design
set about chopping up a Mk4 GTI and grafting of glass! Finally, after a lot (and we mean a lot!) of headaches,
the panels on to the Jetta before painting the Project X debuted not-quite-finished at Waterfest. The car was
whole lot the most 2000s of colours, Nimbus wrapped up over the following months and supercharged with a
grey. In the end it wasn’t the bodywork that was VF-Engineering kit before being wheeled back out on the show
the hardest part of the build, getting the rear scene including a starring role on the OZ Racing stand at SEMA
side windows custom made and to the right OE in 2002. Job done, and with fifteen52design’s name firmly in the
regulations was an absolute nightmare with the VeeDub history books for pulling off such a build, the car was
cheapest quote being over £4000 – for two bits sold on. Where is it now? Well, that’s in the box below…

+ POINTS
It’s a two-door Jetta, do we need to say
anything else. It’s awesome.
where is it now?
Well, this question seems to be almost as legendary as the car itself. A search around
Facebook revealed the car is still in Ohio, but nobody seems to be able to pin-point exactly

-POINTS
Erm, access to the rear seats was
where it is. It’s still around though, and a photo that popped up recently shows it sitting on
a set of what-look-like BBS LMs with a Mk4 front-end swap, too. Other than that, it still looks
pretty much the same, although we can’t commit to what it looks like inside or under the hood.
reduced? We don’t know what to say. We’d love to know what it looks like now so if you’ve got it get in touch!

These views are ours and ours only, it’s all for a bit of fun etc
July 2018 101
REWIND we may not have always been so finely POLISHED,
but we’ve always been at the forefront of the
modded dub scene. ah the good ol’ days…

1 year ago
JULY 2017
Liam Handley’s Euro-look Polo took the cover slot last year,
while inside we had a timeless Mk2 GTI from New Zealand, an
old-skool Brazilian Passat, supercharged VR6 Vento from across
the pond, plus a Mk1 Golf running a TFSI DSG swap and Mk1
Scirocco and Golf pairing from David Milligan. We wrapped with
a TFSI tuning guide and Early Edition coverage.

5 years ago
JULY 2013
Wow, it’s five years since Dobbin’s flew over to Norway to bag
Erik Kluge’s semi space-framed, mid-engined Mk2. Inside we
featured a pair of APR Mk6s from down under, a bagged Audi
100, a stanced VW Fox wagon, a Mk1 Caddy TDI, a Mk3 VR6
estate, plus we took Revo’s new Scirocco for a romantic trip
to Paris and a check out a pair of bagged Mk6s from Belgium.
We also had an exclusive interview with Tom Onslow-Cole and
coverage from Early Edition.

10 years ago
JULY 2008
A decade ago Ollie Woodier’s Mk1 TT stole cover, while inside
we took a closer look at Joe Walsh’s Mk1 Caddy, hopped the
pond to feature a pair of sibling’s tuned Golfs, came back to
East London for a Mk4 Golf and Passat B5.5 pairing, shot
a bunch of 11 white cars at Worthersee, snagged a trio of
bagged Dubs in Florida, checked out Regal’s big turbo Mk5
GTI and had show coverage from GTI Spring Festival and the
Worthersee Treffen.

15 years ago
JULY 2003
It’s fifteen years since Premier’s Rhubarb & Custard Mk2 broke
cover; bench seat, gold plating, the car was bonkers. Inside we
debuted Kalpesh Patel’s Mk1 Cabby, a pair of stateside Mk3s,
a wide body Belgian A4 Avant, a German Euro-look Polo G40
and road tested the New Beetle Cabrio and latest Touareg. We
wrapped the issue with coverage from GTI International.

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TALK THE TALK
SA M ROACH
192
AGE: 46
occupation: MD, racingline &
volkswagen racing uk
LOCATION: blakelands, milton keynes
Sam may be Managing Director at
UK,
RacingLine and Volkswagen Racing
a dieh ard VW enth usia st
but he’s also
outside of work. He’s pretty handy
behind the wheel, too…

oled cars.
ent scene? especially the late 80s to 90s air-co
What are your views on the curr Had a few before kids came along.
Although
Favourite issue of PVW? When it comes to the lates t-gen cars that I’d actually
I can’t single out any one. They're all
good! the scene seeing prices these days, don’t think
RacingLine develops products for, be able to afford to get into one any
more….
right now.
is about scoring big power numbers
Favourite PVW feature car? abilit ies of these TSI MQB cars to achieve ?
Again, wouldn’t single any individual
car out. The
unthinkable Favourite VAG model of all time
wagen, power levels that would have been That is a hard one. Being a motorspo
rt man at
I’ll appreciate anyone’s modded Volks 15 years ago has move d thing s to a far more
body rally Golf IV Kit
pony or to be the wide
whether brand new or air-cooled, show perfo rman ce-orientated place than ever before.
heart, it’s got
er with that still get
track weapon, fast or slow. kit for the Cars that I started my care
For example, RacingLine’s Stage 3 me going ever y time . Altho ugh the new Golf GTI
near enou gh 500b hp and
seen? 2.0 TSI G7R/S3 gives TCR racer that RacingLine is supplying
is a bang
Worst modded VW you’ve ever a 0-60 in 3 seco nds – all for a few thousand
I’m not going to knock anyone’s pers
onal style. buy for well up to date favourite of mine.
all the better pounds of mods. On a car you can
Our small world of modded cars is £20k ! It’s no exag geration to call that true will see in
for individuals doing their own thing
– and it unde r What new trends do you think we
like their supercar performance. few year s
doesn’t matter whether I happen to These modern cars remind me a bit
of the the next
horsepower
taste or not. But… as I’m getting old,
I do
ent, wher e it’s more about There’s going to be no end to these
world at the mom to be
personally struggle with some of the
undriveable GTR
ter-miles wars for a while. What’s the limit going
e from, cars huge dyno numbers and 10-sec quar built, huge -turb o Golf R? Don’ t know,
stanced cars out there. Where I com and less abou t the more traditional themes of from a fully-
hps now and we
are there to be driven. To each their
own… but we’re deep into the 600b
VWG modifying. have n’t peak ed yet.
with ?
Favourite car you’ve been involved How long have you been into the
scene?
Bit of a personal one here. I was one
of a three
e when we took over Favourite show/meet? 
Well I started Raci ngLin few shows
man team that took the ‘Cape to Cape
’ world
UK from Wolfsburg back in I’ve been lucky enough to get to a
wage n Raci ng ything is on
record in a Volkswagen Touareg back
in 2015 . Volks
the best over in the US, where of course ever
southern tip 2001, so it’s been 17 years of doing loude r, wilde r scale . The SEM A show
We drove the 18,000kms from the job in the world ! But I was busy with my own a bigg er,
e, it’s som ethin g that
ay non-s top in in Vegas is in anot her leagu
of South Africa to the top of Norw racing and rallying in a variety of Volks
wagens .
just over nine days. It was a pretty
serious car
yes, it has been a few every petrolhead needs to see once
Recaros, way before that. So,
for a serious trip – fully caged, three year s now.
1000-litre fuel tanks and all the off-ro
ading Favourite alcoholic tipple?
endent
hardware you need to hit Africa at
speed. Not a would I’m a bit of a fan of the small, indep
to drive fully If you didn’t drive a VAG, what car breweries that are popp ing up all over. I’ll take an
particularly fast car, not that nice you drive ? ing.
laden, and certainly not a looker,
but it’ll always , IPA from one of them if you’re offer
me. I’ve got such a soft spot for older 911s
be the most special Volkswagen to
d by the magazine
These views are not necessarily share

104 Performance VW
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6-8th Schlitz Brewery,
RACEISM CAMPER MARMALADE VW FESTIVAL
Poland Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA Harewood House, Leeds
Batley Farm, Pollenate www.lowerstandardsmke.com
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8th WATERFEST
VAG AT THE MANOR DUB FICTION RETRO RIDES GATHERING
Denton Pastures Country Park Atco Dragway, Atco, Shelley Walsh, Worcester
The Bull l’ th’ Thorn Inn, NJ, USA
Reading Hurdlow www.retroridesgatering.com
www.vagatthemanor.co.uk www.waterfest.net
www.dubfiction.co.ul
19th
30th JUNE - 1st JULY 22nd LONDON CARTEL
12-15th GOT THE DROP
DUB IT TUNING FESTIVAL GOODWOOD INTERNATIONAL AUTO SHOW
Poland Holdenby House, Northampton South of England Show Ground
FESTIVAL OF SPEED www.gotthedrop.co.uk
www.dubit.pl Goodwood House, www.londoncartelshow.com
Chichester 29th
1st www.goodwood.com 24-27th
VAGABONDS UNITE FITTED UK CORNWALL JAMBOREE
The British Motor Museum Event City, Manchester Stithians Showground
Gaydon, Warwickshire www.fiiteduk.com Cornwall. TR3 7DP
www.vag-abond.com www.cornwalljamboree.co.uk

1st
TRAX DONINGTON
Donington Park Circuit
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Overstone Park, Northampton Silverstone Circuit Telford International Centre
25-26th www.edition38.com www.traxshows.co.uk www.ultimate-stance.co.uk
EUROBUILT
Vermont State Fairgrounds 31st AUG-2nd SEPT 13th 30th OCT-2nd NOV
VT, USA VW ACTION 2018 AUDI DRIVER SEMA SHOW (TRADE ONLY)
www.eurobuiltvt.com Santa Pod Raceway INTERNATIONAL Las Vegas Convention Center, USA
Wellingborough Castle Combe, Wiltshire www.semashow.com
25-26th Northants NN29 7XA www.audidriverinternational.co.uk
EUROBUILT www.vwaction.com 24th
Vermont State Fairgrounds, 14th STRAIGHT OUTTA KEMPTON
Rutland, VT, USA 9th GTI FESTIVAL END OF SEASONSHOW N SHINE
www.eurobuiltvt.com LOW COLLECTIVE Santa Pod Raceway, Kempton Park Racecourse
Stonham Barns Wellingborough, NN29 7XA Staines Road East,
Stonham Aspal, IP14 6AT www.vwaction.com Sunbury on Thames
www.lowcollective.com www.straightouttakepton.co.uk

23rd
WESTSIDE SHOW & SHINE
Chalfont Park
www.westsidevw.co.uk

30th
OH SO RETRO
The Rec, Palm Bay Avenue, Margate
www.ohsoretro.co.uk

30th
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150 Highline in Starlight blue 2014, 77,596 Miles,
Caddy wrapped in matt Grey/ £19,995+VAT. Full leather
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1997, 36,000 Miles, £1,150.


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2016, 31,000 Miles, £13,995. £22,995 +VAT. Air owned car from 1997 to 2017.
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Includes centre armrest, locking, cruise control, electric from new, has a small area of
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genuine Scirocco wheels mirrors, traction control, rear 2017, 5,000 Miles, £65,000.
parking sensors, bluetooth, arch, and a cracked lower
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6 seats. Full black leather, 20” light lens, otherwise in lovely
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Vw raceline shocks. HandR 100 Miles, £43,995+VAT.
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Beige with huge spec including electric heated door mirrors,
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MoT March 2019. Excellent
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Condition. Please call 077615
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