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Next up, and winner of this week’s NGP Racing $50.00 gift certificate is VWvortex reader: arc9
Q: How long have you owned this car?
A: I bought the car in 2002, so I’ve had it for a few years
Q: Is there anything unique about the history of this car?
A: Not much since I bought it new. I crashed the car a bit in the winter (2002) but it suffered quite little and at the time I hadn’t modded it much, I only scratched the front lip and some stuff underneath. The weirdest thing was that I cracked a front wheel, which I’ve never seen before – the face of the wheel came apart from the part that faces the tire.
Q: What was your objective with this car?
A: My original objective was to modify the car very slightly, lowering it was something I was sure of and I was also thinking of getting a small spoiler and some bigger wheels. Lowering springs came right after I got it and surprisingly I still have the same ones! The plans have obviously changed since those days, every time the car was finished I got new ideas and went further. I guess at some point I realized that I’ll just modify it as much as I feel like as long as I can drive to work everyday. So the car has been and will be a daily driver, but that doesn’t mean I can’t modify it rather heavily! My goal hasn’t been to make the car look as modified as possible, but rather to make it look as complete as I can.
Q: What tuning style would you describe this car as?
A: I think it has some Euro flavor, the chrome details and other stuff gives a little bling factor and I guess the current wheels do too. I’ve grown interested in some OEM stuff too, with the Navi unit and interior details. I guess the overall look would probably qualify as Euro even though that term is a bit controversial. I’m a big fan of old-school style cars so I’ve also tried to incorporate that in the style.
Q: Who helped you build this car?
A: Almost all of the work was done by myself with the help of friends who drank beer in the garage and made the process last twice as long as it would’ve taken me alone – not that I mind, though! Only the heavier mods – the hood and the shaved hatch – were done at a bodyshop. Prior to getting this car I had zero experience in any kind of modding or styling, so I’ve learned everything along the way. Since then I’ve helped friends with their cars, done installs at our store and worked on custom audio enclosures and such. Our company is one of the biggest tuning importers in the country, so that (unsurprisingly) helps when sourcing parts.
Q: What makes your car special?
A: I’m pretty happy that I have planned and done most of the work on the car step by step myself. I guess it has a pretty unique look to it along with some custom details.
Q: What is your favorite part/feature/function?
A: Gotta love the 4motion in the winter! Parts-wise, I like how the exhaust turned out.
Q: Who or what inspired the direction of modifications on this car?
A: I got most of my inspirations from cars that I see on the street, in shows or in magazines, and also online. The Vortex has had a big influence and has helped a lot – there are some sick cars here! Mr.Golf, Du-du, dj_dub, tivs31, Buttero J-lo, BoserVRJet, Paik, Ron Burgundy, nunz aka billcosbyluvsvr6s, awwsheeet3 and leftcoastvw are among the many names worth mentioning from the ‘tex. So I really don’t have a single car that inspired me too much – I just gather ideas, make up stuff and use them to build the car in my head. I try to do things my way and be original.
Q: What don’t you like about this car?
A: I’m trying to find out where all my money goes… Seriously though, I’ve had very little problems with it, so to be honest I can’t really complain about anything so far.
Q: What would you change if you could?
A: I’d put the R32 V6 engine instead of the 200 hp V6. Hey, that wouldn’t be a bad idea…
Q: On a scale of 1 to 10, how satisfied are you with the outcome of this project?
A: I guess I could say 10, since I got the car looking pretty much the way I wanted it, but since the car never seems to be complete, I have to go with 9.
Q: What would you do to the car if money were no object?
A: If money and local laws were no object I’d probably get the Abt supercharger for the V6. The price is pretty insane and it would be very hard to make the car legal here. And exactly the same goes for air suspension – hard to make them legal here and its pretty expensive.
Q: Who has been your biggest critic of this project?
A: When it comes to spending money on it, probably my girlfriend, which is quite understandable. Apart from spending, the VWvortex MkIV Forum is always the biggest critic (wink).
Q: What do your family and friends say about this car?
A: They’ve all been very supportive towards my enthusiasm, though I’ve been asked numerous times why VW doesn’t sell complete cars. They’ve also encouraged me to build a new Golf out of the spare parts I have in my garage.
Q: What is your favorite place to drive this car?
A: In the city on a warm summer day, windows open and music blasting from the speakers. I also like to drive fast on big roads. In the summer I drove a few longer trips, I loved it when the sun shined all the way and the road was quite empty with a high speed limit – a few hours felt like 15 minutes! Friends and good music are essential things to have when you really want to enjoy driving around.
Q: Who gets to drive this car?
A: My girlfriend drives it quite often when her Mk2 is either broken or illegal to drive due to a failed inspection, but I’m usually in the car with her (with my hand on the e-brake). I don’t mind letting a couple of friends borrow it.
Q: If your car had a motto, what would it be?
A: “Balling outta control!”
Q: Is it true that the Finnish word for giant elk with large rack is Tivadar?
Q: If you had to name your car, what would you name it?
A: My friends call it “Alf”, which is short for Arto’s Golf and doesn’t have anything to do with that guy on TV. I didn’t choose it!
Q: What was your previous project?
A: This is actually the first car I’ve had as a project.
Q: What is your next project?
A: I’m still on a roll with this car! My current other project is my girlfriend’s 16V MkII, which I’ve already worked on for a while. Some of you might have seen it on the web.
Q: What one word best describes your car?
Screen Name- arc9
Address- Finland, Europe
Occupation- Parts import
Club Affiliations- Westcoast Design, Balls Deep Squad!
Model- Golf IV
Mileage- 25k kilometers
Color- Blue Anthracite
Engine- 2.8 V6 4motion
Engine Modifications- Carbonio CAI
Exhaust Modifications- Custom exhaust
Transmission Modifications- Stock 6-speed w/short shift kit
Suspension Modifications- KW Variante 2 coils
Brake Modifications- Stock discs with painted calipers
Wheels and Tires- 8.5 and 9.5×18” Kercher KCS; BFGoodrich tires
Exterior/Body Modifications- Custom made front bumper (molded Bora lip, shaved rubstrip recess, shaved emblem recess, etc.); Hofele-Design sides; Bonrath grille; shaved boser hood; R32 rear spoiler; customized Votex rear spoiler; shaved hatch with Hofele lower blend piece; Japanese-spec stubby driver side mirror; blue-tinted mirrors; Chrome window strips and chrome door handles; Hella V-look headlights; NA-spec rear lights; in.pro. clear LED side repeaters
Interior Modifications- Stock Recaro seas; R32 pedals; TT deadpedal; W8 console; Momo handbrake handle; ICT illuminated gear knob; shortened shifter rod; OEM aluminum kit on center console; old and custom aluminum parts here and there; R32 door handles; painted gauge-faces; Kamei door sills
Audio/Video/I.C.E.- VW MFD Navi unit; PS2 and CD changer fitted in the glovebox; custom trunk setup with two 10″ SPL subwoofers and an amplifier mounted inside the spare wheel
Thanks/Props- Thanks to my girlfriend for being patient and understanding!; big up to all my friends who helped with the project; the good and helpful people at the VWvortex; Extremaxx Racing in Germany; my US connection and pimp of all pimps – Jason aka Nunz aka billcosbywhatever; and the biggest shout out to Kenny at KCS!
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