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Q: How long have you owned this car?
A: I’ve had it for 15 years and 150K miles.
Q: Is there anything unique about the history of this car?
A: I am the second owner. The original owner is good friend of many years – I was the first person to ride in the car when it was originally purchased and I “influenced” many upgrades before taking ownership myself.
Q: What was your objective with this car?
A: Dailydriver reliability with track ability and drop-top A1 utility.
Q: What tuning style would you describe this car as?
A: I Love The 80s.
Q: Who helped you build this car?
A: Scott at Marin Motorsports.
Q: What makes your car special?
A: The entire package – it’s not the fastest; not the cleanest; not the meanest… but enough of each to put a smile on my face every day.
Q: What is your favorite part/feature/function?
A: It’s a toss up between the 6-speed with the Quaife and the custom cage and chassis bracing.
Q: Who or what inspired the direction of modifications on this car?
A: A black Oettinger 16S. (16V Golf 1 sold through French VW dealers. Built by Oettinger and predated VW’s 16V engines by several years – Ed.)
Q: What don’t you like about this car?
A: It rattles – but hey, what 20+ year-old Convertible doesn’t rattle?
Q: What would you change if you could?
A: The chrome door seals and door handle trim – I’ve always wanted to upgrade to the 90-up all-black style.
Q: On a scale of 1 to 10, how satisfied are you with the outcome of this project?
Q: What would you do to the car if money were no object?
A: I’d remove the top frame, gut and seam weld the rest of the chassis. To the engine I’d add ITBs and EFI (to get 170+ whp while remaining a daily driver) and make it a lighter, stronger and faster hill climber than it is now.
Q: Who has been your biggest critic of this project?
A: Every “sane” person I know.
Q: What do your family and friends say about this car?
A: My wife supports me to a point – of course she doesn’t know every dollar that I have spent. It’s a part of the family.
Q: What is your favorite place to drive this car?
A: Any tight, twisty mountain road. I grew up driving the coastal roads around Marin County and that is where the car is setup to excel. It gets flogged weekly on Mount Tamalpais in Marin County, CA.
Q: What is your ideal day with this car?
A: Meet and greet with some local A1 folks, followed by a challenging 2-hour drive over Mount Tam out to Fairfax. Burgers for lunch then… maybe drive the mountain again!
Q: Who gets to drive this car?
A: I do., and that’s pretty much it. People seem to be afraid to drive it…
Q: If your car had a motto, what would it be?
A: “With the top down and the engine snarling, who needs ICE?”
Q: If you had to name your car, what would you name it?
Q: What was your previous project?
A: A ’77 Rabbit C owned from 1982 – 1992.
Q: What is your next project?
A: A ’78 Rabbit 1.8L 16V track day car.
Q: What one word best describes your car?
Name- Eric Borsky
Address- Mill Valley, CA
Occupation- HP-UX Systems Integrator
Club Affiliations- SFBAVW Gruppe, SF BART, Rabbit Club of America, DCI
Model- Wolfsburg Rabbit Convertible
Original Color- Montego Black
Current Color- Montego Black
Engine- 2L 16V
Engine Modifications- 2L ‘Bubble Block'; 10:1 Compression; Norman Racing Group Custom Ported 1.8L 16V Head; Schrick 260-deg Intake/276-deg Exhaust Cams; Techtonics Adjustable Cam Gear Sprocket; Garrett CIS-Motronic Race EPROM; Nology HotWires w/Beru Silverstone Plugs; New Dimensions Thermostatic Oil Cooler Kit; Canton Racing Oil Filter System; Scirocco 16V Airbox w/Custom Air Intake; Custom 2-Strapped + Bolt Kitted 16V Pressure Plate
Exhaust Modifications- Techtonics Street Header with Borla Resonator; Techtonics 2.25″ Race Exhaust with MagnaFlo Muffler
Transmission Modifications- VL Enterprises 6-Speed (3.45 1st, 2.12 2nd, 1.44 3rd, 1.13 4th, 0.91 5th, 0.71 6th); Quaife Limited-Slip Differential Bolted to 4.25 Ring & Pinion; Marin Motorsports Lightened Flywheel; Clutch Net Organic 2.0L Clutch
Suspension Modifications- Koni Sport Adjustable Struts/Shocks; Ground Control Custom Coil Over Kit with Eibach ERS Race Springs 325#/250#; Suspension Techniques 24mm Rear Anti-Roll Bar (no front bar!); Neuspeed Upper Strut Tie Bar; Marin Motorsports Custom 6-point Front Lower Chassis Brace; Marin Motorsports Custom Welded-In Lower Chassis X Brace; Marin Motorsports Cutom 6-point Roll Hoop; Shine Racing Rear Camber Plates
Brake Modifications- ATE Power Disc 239mm Slotted Rotors; Goodridge SS Lines; Mintex 1144 (C-Tech) Pads
Wheels and Tires- Dry – Black Compomotive ‘ML’ (MiniLite) 13X7 ET25 8-Spoke Alloys; Custom 7mm Front Wheel Spacers; Toyo RA-1 205/60-13 DOT Racing Radials; Intermediate – Yokohama AVS-i 205/60-13; Wet – Polished ATS Type-1 (Cup) 15X7 ET28; Eagle F1 GS-D3 195/50-15
Exterior/Body Modifications- European Bumpers; Rabbit GTI Front Spoiler; Cabriolet 4-Round Grill Kit w/55/100w H4, 100w H1 Hella Driving Lights w/100w; Shaved Marker Lights and Trim; Resprayed with factory Montego Black Metallic Paint
Interior Modifications- Black Electric Recaro seats (from ’87 GLi); MOMO Monte Carlo Steering Wheel (with Wolfsburg horn button); TT 6-Speed Shift Knob; Neuspeed Adjustable Short Shift Kit; Crow Enterprises 5-Point Belts, Simpson Pads
Audio/Video/I.C.E.- Techtonics Street Header with Borla Resonator; Techtonics 2.25″ Race Exhaust with MagnaFlo Muffler
Thanks/Props- Scott Lee and Marc Kirberg of Marin Motorsports
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