A/b: 1991 GTI 16v Share Comments Want to see your car featured in an AUTObiography? Just click HERE. We can’t promise you that we’ll feature every car that gets submitted, but we encourage you to be creative with your answers, as that’s always a good way to score some brownie points with us. Quality photos won’t hurt your chances any, either, so please include up to five with your submission. Next up, and winner of this week’s NGP Racing $50.00 gift certificate is VWvortex reader: Kingofnod Q: How long have you owned this car? A: I’ve had it about a year now. Q: Is there anything unique about the history of this car? A: This is one of the few original GTI 16vs left that have not been modded into oblivion. I drove over six hours just to look at it, then drove it home in eight hours through the night and rain with no rear brakes and NO radio. Q: Why did you choose this car to purchase? A: The MkII Golf has always been a car that I had loved. When I was a kid I didn’t know what kind of car it was, but I knew I wanted that boxy thing with the four round headlights. Q: What other cars did you consider? A: The MkIII GTI VR6, and (gasp) Honda Civic Hatchback EG. Q: What was your objective with this car? A: Keep it as factory as possible, but still daily drive it, and have fun with it. Q: What tuning style would you describe this car as? A: OEM Plus. Q: Who helped you build this car? A: I’ve done most of the work myself out in my parent’s garage with nothing but a scissor jack and a couple of Craftsman ratchet sets. My father has helped me a lot, as well as my other friends who drive a variety of different cars. Q: What makes your car special? A: “Those wheels are stock?” The reaction it gets due to it being a nearly 100% original GTI 16v 2.0. Q: What is your favorite part/feature/function? A: The factory Recaros are nice. I love the BBS RMs, and the 16v is a fun motor (when it works). Q: Who or what inspired the direction of modifications on this car? A: My own personal tastes and a combination of my favorite cars from the VW community. Q: What don’t you like about this car? A: CIS-E Motronic. Q: What was your biggest obstacle in building this car? A: Hmm….CIS-E Motronic. Q: How did you overcome the issue? A: I ripped it out. Q: What would you change if you could? A: The fact that this car came with CIS-E Motronic from the factory. Q: On a scale of 1 to 10, how satisfied are you with the outcome of this project? A: Well, the “real” project has really just started, so I can’t really rate it yet. Q: What would you do to the car if money were no object? A: 16v Turbo. Q: Who has been your biggest critic of this project? A: My mom, and all of my Honda driving friends (I know you’re reading this). Q: What do your family and friends say about this car? A: My family seems to like that I’m so enthusiastic about the car. My friends think I’m crazy, and want me to get single rounds (it’s not happening). Q: What is your most memorable/humorous/embarrassing moment with this car? A: It wouldn’t start after coming out of a restaurant one night. Literally after beating on the air plate, it finally started. I can also never forget that night where the throttle cable broke, and I had to get under the dash and reconnect the cable to the pedal every ten minutes. Q: Has this car competed in any events? A: Not yet – H20, maybe. Q: What is your favorite place to drive this car? A: Harford Road (MD locals will understand). Q: What is your ideal day with this car? A: Any day that it’s running, and it’s not raining. Q: Who gets to drive this car? A: Me. I get to drive it, too. Myself, occassionally. Q: If your car had a motto, what would it be? A: “It’s the Siiiiiiixteeeen Valve!!” Q: If you had to name your car, what would you name it? A: Beater. Q: What was your previous project? A: It wasn’t really a project, but my first car was a 1995 GTI 2.0l. Q: What is your next project? A: Finding a real girl – this one’s too expensive. Q: What one word best describes your car? A: Oops. Q: Other info you’d like to share? A: The car is currently undergoing a Digifant I engine management swap. Here’s a link to that thread in the Golf/Jetta II Forum: More Information Owner Information: Name- Ryan Ward Address- Baltimore, Maryland E-mail- firstname.lastname@example.org Username- Kingofnod Occupation- Food prep/cook Club Affiliations- 4ten yo. (not a real club yet) Vehicle Information: Year- 1991 Make- Volkswagen Model- GTI Mileage- 144,584 Original Color- Tornado Red (LY3D) Current Color- Tornado Red (LY3D) Engine- 2.0 16v Engine Modifications- Digifant I Swap in progress. Will have fully rebuilt head with Techtonics sport cams Exhaust Modifications- Techtonics 2.25″ Aluminized exhaust with Dynomax muffler Transmission Modifications- Stock Suspension Modifications- Bilstein shocks, H&R 1.5″ lowering springs Brake Modifications- Crossdrilled rotors/stock Wheels and Tires- BBS RM (Restored factory wheels), Bridgestone Potenze S0-3 Pole Position Tires Exterior/Body Modifications- Stock Interior Modifications- Stock Audio/Video/I.C.E.- Pioneer headunit Thanks/Props- Anyone who has ever helped, or given me information about this car For more discussion on this story, click on the link to our discussion forums to the left. For more photos related to this story, click on the link to our gallery at the right.