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Next up, and winner of this week’s NGP Racing $50.00 gift certificate is VWvortex reader: robeuro
Q: How long have you owned this car?
A: I bought it about two years ago. It was hard to get, as every one that was made was already sold. I wanted the MV with the Weekender package and these are very hard to find. I found it on VW.com and the local dealer had a person cancel his order three days before I called VW.
Q: Is there anything unique about the history of this car?
A: It was the last Black Magic colored Eurovan MV/Weekender sold in the States, as per VW. In total, the black color is the rarest with the Weekender, also according to VW.
Q: What was your objective with this car?
A: We do a lot of camping, boating, skiing, etc. I wanted to still own a VW, and be able to modify it to my liking. I also didn’t want to drive a “minivan”. I get thumbs up all day from others on the road.
Q: What tuning style would you describe this car as?
A: I would call it OEM+ with some traditional modifying. My son is always asking me to add gull wing doors, neon, etc., so I have to add some of these items as we work on the car together – just like my dad and I did when I had my old VW Buses.
Q: Who helped you build this car?
A: Myself and my son, Max (12). Max is VW-crazy and so are his friends. He loves when I drop him off at school with his music playing in our lowered van. His friends thinks he has the coolest dad!. I like that part as well, I have to admit.
Q: What makes your car special?
A: It is my mobile office and daily driver. I am the CEO of a consulting firm and all my clients like to go to lunch in it just because most of them have never seen a new Eurovan that sleeps four and acts as mobile office. In fact I had it on Park Avenue last year in front of JPMChase and opened the pop tent and it stopped traffic. People all asked “What is that? How can I get one? Look at the video and audio system!” VW did not market this thing very well. It combines comfort, sporting driving and overall economic sense. It also has a great aftermarket sound/nav system and two 17/15 inch flat panels. The looks we get are crazy and the VW crowd support is awesome. Max and I keep coming up with new ways to mod the van and still keep it safe and reliable.
Q: What is your favorite part/feature/function?
A: There are several: The VF-Engineering supercharger, Pioneer AVIC-N1, video systems, how it turns on a dime, and its over all uniqueness.
Q: Who or what inspired the direction of modifications on this car?
A: I have always liked the VW van, owning several Microbuses – 1962, 65, 67. I really liked the shape and I wanted to add some slight mods to the body. As an avid car show nut and magazine reader, I started to look at the current OEM+ look and started to Photoshop all sorts of VW parts onto the van. It really worked and I have added several to date. I am working on a new front end (intercooler), side skirts, etc. – all based on original VW parts.
Q: What don’t you like about this car?
A: That it did not come in 4MOTION and that the original nose is a little too long – this is from my past experiences with owning early buses.
Q: What would you change if you could?
A: I’d add 4MOTION.
Q: On a scale of 1 to 10, how satisfied are you with the outcome of this project?
A: I’d give it a 12. It is developing into the vehicle I wanted many years ago, but couldn’t afford at the time. With a few more mods it will be a great van to hand over to my son in a few years.
Q: Who has been your biggest critic of this project?
A: My son! Max is always thinking up new ideas to add – carbon fiber hood with WRX scoop, ground neon, dual exhaust,etc.
Q: What do your family and friends say about this car?
A: They love it and they think it represents my style of cool and unusual. My family knows that I am a mod freak and can never leave a car alone. When I dropped it and put some nice rims on it they all thought I was crazy. When we came home with first place trophies two years running at Waterfest, they quieted down.
Q: What is your favorite place to drive this car?
A: I495 or I95 in Boston. I also like to take it to New Hampshire and Maine in the summer for camping and hiking. The on-ramps and off-ramps are a blast, due to the supercharger. I also like to go to car shows because everyone loves to see something completely different. I also like to surprise the local kids who pulls up next to me on the road.
Q: What is your ideal day with this car?
A: 76 degrees and sunny, with my son, Max, in the passenger seat on the way to Waterfest.
Q: Who gets to drive this car?
Q: If your car had a motto, what would it be?
A: “It is great to be a family man and a cool dad!”
Q: If you had to name your car, what would you name it?
A: It was named on VWVortex – Darth Vader.
Q: What was your previous project?
A: An Audi TT.
Q: What is your next project?
A: Twin-turbo R32 or next generation VW Microbus.
Q: What one word best describes your car?
Name- Robert Corace
Address- Acton, MA
VWvortex Screen Name- robeuro
Club Affiliations- Looking to join one in the North East
Model- Eurovan MV/weekender
Original Color- Black Magic
Engine- 24 valve VR6
Engine Modifications- VF-Engineering supercharger, Extrude Honed intake manifold, modified intake, K&N air filter, Polished piping
Exhaust Modifications- After-cat exhaust
Transmission Modifications- None
Suspension Modifications- Lowered on custom H&R springs with Bilstein shocks
Brake Modifications- Painted calipers
Wheels and Tires- 18×8 Flik Wasp
Exterior/Body Modifications- Golf 3 VR6 front chin spoiler, custom roof spoiler, custom lower valance body moldings
Interior Modifications- Complete Pioneer AVIC-N1 DVD/Nav, Kicker sub, amps, Wetokole seat covers, custom dash overlay, 17″ and 15″ flat panel monitors with another 6′ monitor in the dash, engine monitoring systems built into system, Deist Belts
Thanks/Props- Thanks to wife Traci, son Max, and daughter Emily
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