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Q: How long have you owned this car?
A: Just over two years now.
Q: Is there anything unique about the history of this car?
A: The 1986.5 model was the first year of production for the Scirocco 16V. I’m the fourth owner of this car, and it’s never been in an accident. The car belonged to a very good friend who needed money at the time, and I was on the very short list of people he was willing to sell it to. To top it off, it’s hardtop model which is pretty rare.
Q: What was your objective with this car?
A: To replace my old Scirocco, which was destroyed in an accident. Beyond that, I wanted to make it better than my previous Scirocco in every possible way. Mission accomplished!
Q: What tuning style would you describe this car as?
A: Track/Autocross/Canyon Carver, or what I call “all business.”
Q: Who helped you build this car?
A: My best friend, Ivo, from Renner Motorsport. Ivo did a lot of tuning on the engine, and let me use his shop and tools for the rest of the modifications. A lot of the head work and exhaust was already done by Ivo and the previous owner when I bought the car.
Q: What makes your car special?
A: First off, the paint is original, which is quite amazing for a car that is so old, yet it is still in fantastic shape. Second, it’s a Scirocco! They really are true driver’s cars in the German spirit, and you just don’t see them everyday, let alone a clean example like mine.
Q: What is your favorite part/feature/function?
A: I love my car’s performance, particularly the way the car handles- it sticks to the road like Velcro.
Q: Who or what inspired the direction of modifications on this car?
A: I’ve always been a big fan of rallying, particularly tarmac rallies, and this car seems naturally suited to that kind of driving.
Q: What don’t you like about this car?
A: The stock 4” X 6” speaker size. That’s all I can think of.
Q: What would you change if you could?
A: Maybe I would re-install the A/C. The previous owner removed it to save weight. A black car in Southern California can be a nightmare to drive without A/C.
Q: On a scale of 1 to 10, how satisfied are you with the outcome of this project?
A: I’d say an 8. There are always a few little things that could be added or improved upon.
Q: What would you do to the car if money were no object?
A: I would probably go to a 2.0l ABA block, high compression pistons, Schrick cams, solid lifters, throttle bodies, and a stand-alone engine management. I’d also install some Willwood four piston brakes, add a passenger race seat, and fit a race roll bar. After all that, maybe I would add a premium coil-over package like a KW variant 3, or custom solution from Penske.
Q: Who has been your biggest critic of this project?
A: My father. He thinks I’m nuts for investing so much money into an ’80s VW.
Q: What do your family and friends say about this car?
A: The rest of my family thinks it’s a bit odd, but they know how much I enjoy the car. My friends love it – they think it suits me and my driving style perfectly.
Q: What is your favorite place to drive this car?
A: Track days and autocross events, with the occasional spirited canyon drive thrown in.
Q: What is your ideal day with this car?
A: Any day I’m in any contorolled environment that allows me to push my car to its limits is an ideal day.
Q: Who gets to drive this car?
A: Me, Myself, and I!
Q: If your car had a motto, what would it be?
A: I think the actual definition of Scirocco works: A hot humid south or southeast wind of southern Italy, Sicily, and the Mediterranean islands, originating in the Sahara Desert as a dry dusty wind but becoming moist as it passes over the Mediterranean.
Q: If you had to name your car, what would you name it?
A: I call it the “Tarmac Special” which is also the origin of my Vortex user name.
Q: What was your previous project?
A: My 2001 Suzuki Bandit 1200 Motorcycle.
Q: What is your next project?
A: I don’t have any future projects planned.
Q: What one word best describes your car?
Name- Arik Kadosh
Address- Los Alamitos, CA
Occupation- Human Resources Administrator
Club Affiliations- None
Model- Scirocco 16V
Original Color- Black
Current Color- Black
Engine- 1.8 liter 16V
Engine Modifications- Milled, ported and polished head; Polished intake and throttle body; Autotech 16v sport camshafts; Autotech fuel enrichment; Autotech adjustable cam sprocket; Autotech Shock Therapy spark plug wires; Autotech polyurethane front engine mount; K&N air filter
Exhaust Modifications- Euro Sport ceramic coated race header; 2.5” Ultra Flow muffler
Transmission Modifications- GTi 020 “2H” gearbox; Quaife ATB differential; ARP bolts; Autotech short shift w weighted bar; VW Motorsport transmission mount
Suspension Modifications- Bilstein Sport dampers; Ground Control threaded collars; Eibach Race Springs (300lbs. Front, 200lbs. Rear); Neuspeed 22 mm front sway bar; Neuspeed 28mm rear sway bar; Neuspeed front upper stress bar; Neuspeed rear upper stress bar; Prothane polyurethane suspension bushings
Brake Modifications- ATE Super Blue Racing brake fluid; Autotech braided stainless steel brake lines; EBC Green Stuff brake pads
Wheels and Tires- 15” x 7” Compomotive MO wheels with 205/50/15 Falken Azenis Sport tires
Exterior/Body Modifications- Customized stock grill; European bumpers; European H4 headlights; European front turn signals; European 8v taillights (more bulbs in them); European Scirocco GTX badge; Kamei “Eyebrow” grill spoiler; single wiper conversion
Interior Modifications- Momo Champion steering wheel; Corbeau Forza II race seat; Sparco 2” Clubman harness; dash mat (to prevent glare)
Audio/Video/I.C.E.- Alpine TDM-7582 cassette deck; Alpine MRP-F200 75w X 4 amplifier; (4) Kicker K46 4” x 6” 2-way speakers; Nomad MuVo 128mb MP3 player; Valentine One radar detector
Thanks/Props- Ivo Mitkov and everyone else from Renner Motorsport for all their help and Luiz Gouveia of Renner Performance Group for allowing me the privilege of owning this amazing car
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