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Opinion – Rearview Mirror: Are You A Lifer, Or Is This Just A Phase?

posted by on 8 August 2005 in Columns

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I’ve been a Volkswagen enthusiast as long as I’ve had a driver’s license. It started 18 years ago with a humble ‘81 Rabbit. Since then I’ve owned a total of seven VWs, all of them Rabbits or Golfs, three of which were GTIs. I’ve modified them, restored them, raced them, and sat broken down on […] More…

Opinion – Der Ölmesser: How Dirty Are Your Hands?

posted by on 26 July 2005 in Columns

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A few weeks ago I stumbled across a thread in the Mk3 Forum where the original poster wondered if it is legitimate to have big respect for the owners of cars who have not actually built them themselves. His point was that many of the cars somewhat famous within the ‘pages’ of VWvortex have been […] More…

First In: Worlds Collide – Waterfest, Road Tours, VW Executives and more…

posted by on 14 July 2005 in Columns

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It’s not exactly every day that I get a phone call from Executive Vice President of Volkswagen of America Len Hunt telling me he wants to respond to a topic in our discussion forums. I vaguely remember asking if he was serious or kidding, to which I got a laugh and an assurance that he […] More…

Guest Opinion: Rabbit Run!

posted by on 27 June 2005 in Columns

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As a kid, nothing got me out of the house and into the car faster than the prospect of going Healey-ing. This could be as simple as a ride to school or as elaborate as a family drive on a Sunday afternoon in hill country with a picnic and a stop at the drive-in ice […] More…

Opinion – Rearview Mirror: The Art Of Driving Old Cars

posted by on 20 June 2005 in Columns

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There are times when I feel really blessed to be a car enthusiast at this point in history. The market is full of great cars, from 500-hp BMW M5 sedans to fully moddable 1.8T-powered VWs. Hell, the Corvette is finally a real sports car! Our present is nothing like the bleak future all the automotive […] More…

Vanity Plate: Welcome To VW

posted by on 6 June 2005 in Columns

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I’m so proud. After enduring years of my incessant and mostly incoherent car chatter, my best friend, Carolyn, has taken the plunge and bought herself a Volkswagen. Sure, it’s a 2002 Golf 2.0 – nothing that would be likely to impress a seasoned enthusiast. I’m still slightly confused by the fact that my influence prompted […] More…