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Next up is VWvortex member 093slc’s 1993 Corrado SLC VR6:
Q: How long have you owned this car?
A: I bought it October of 2001.
Q: Is there anything unique about the history of this car?
A: I bought it from the first owner and it was in great condition with 82,xxx on the clock.
Q: What was your objective with this car?
At first it was my daily driver, but the more time and mods that I put into it, the more I realized I wanted it away from the daily grind. I’m in the process of some tranny work and piecing together a blower kit. So right now it is more of a show car that will soon be track ready. Overall, I just want it to be something I can be proud of owning.
Q: What tuning style would you describe this car as?
A: I would consider my style OEMplus, taking the stock lines of the body, engine bay, and interior to the best possible state.
Q: Who helped you build this car?
A: My dad has been my biggest supporter on this project. He has always been into the automotive scene but had never worked on a German car. But when we got to working on it, he found it wasn’t as hard as he’d thought. All it usually takes is a phone call to a couple of key friends to get us out of a jam.
Q: What makes your car special?
A: I think it is the overall condition of the car – paint, interior, strong engine, clean bay, etc. Also, it is a late ’93, which means it is up to the specs of a ’94 model.
Q: What is your favorite part/feature/function?
A: I think it would be what any other ‘Rado owner would say (along with the tight handling, strong acceleration, and great brakes): the automatic, fully functional rear spoiler.
Q: Who or what inspired the direction of modifications on this car?
A: I can’t recollect any direct influences, but what I do I know is that I spent a whole lot of hours on VWvortex looking and searching for ideas and testing them via Photoshop. Also, the WaterWagens show of ’02 was really inspiring. If I had to pick a main influence, though, it would have to be VWvortex.com.
Q: What don’t you like about this car?
A: The fact that I always worry about it. When I take it places, I’m really paranoid that someone is going to mess it up in some way. Now that it is not my daily driver, the little things bother me because it is “under the microscope” as my so called “show” car. So the one thing I don’t like about this car is that it’s too damn nice!
Q: What would you change if you could?
A: I dont think I would change anything because if I were really unhappy with something it would already be fixed.
Q: On a scale of 1 to 10, how satisfied are you with the outcome of this project?
A: I would give it about an “8″ because it is still not done. There are a lot of little details I can do to bump it up to “10″ status. As with any project, mine can always be improved.
Q: What would you do to the car if money were no object?
A: I think I would get a 3.1 liter conversion and throw an AMS S/C kit on top of that. I’d buy some rare wheels, most likely Porsche, along with some brakes to match. Also a polished half cage. That would be about it.
Q: Who has been your biggest critic of this project?
A: I think I’d have to say my girlfriend and my good friend Erik, but in a positive way. I can always ask for their opinions and they seem to help push my car in the right direction when I’m in a jam. Also, it is nice to get two opposite opinions – usually one technically-oriented, and the other cosmetically-oriented – and see if they somehow match up.
Q: What do your family and friends say about this car?
A: My family is proud of my car and always has positive things to say about it, especially regarding the trophies in my room. My friends like it, but I always get crap because I don’t drive it enough for their liking.
Q: What is your favorite place to drive this car?
A: Any place with smooth turns and a long straightaway at the end. Any ocean drive, beach-related road would also do the trick.
Q: What is your ideal day with this car?
A: Warm it up, dust it off, and take it down to the road course to run a couple of sessions. Then let it cool down and take a long cruise along the water, then go to some kind of VW-related GTG and chill.
Q: Who gets to drive this car?
A: Just me, myself and I. Occasionally, the girlfriend too.
Q: If you had to name your car, what would you name it?
A: I try not to name my stuff because it’s much better when someone else names it – that way usually ends up being more original.
Q: What was your previous project?
A: This is my first VW project.
Q: What is your next project?
A: Right now I have an ’81 Caddy 1.8 8v that is coming along, and I might also be getting a clean Jetta Coupe, if everything works out.
Q: What one word best describes your car?
Name- Bryce Schoonmaker
Occupation- Student/Video Editor
Club Affiliations- None
Model- Corrado SLC
Original Color- Black
Current Color- Black
Engine- 2.8l Vr6
Engine Modifications- Schrick 268 cams, Turn2 CAI, Turn2 motor mounts, GIAC 268 chip
Exhaust Modifications- TT 2.5” cat-back exhaust
Transmission Modifications- Quaife LSD, lightened flywheel, stock VR6 clutch
Suspension Modifications- H&R coilovers, Neuspeed upper strut bar, Turn2 rear upper strut bar
Brake Modifications- Brembo cross drilled rotors, metal master pads
Wheels and Tires- 17” ADR “OEM” Sokudos w/Pirelli P7000 rubber
Exterior/Body Modifications- Euro spec headlights, Euro chin spoiler, heat-tempered fogs, smoked side markers, all-red tails, window tint
Interior Modifications- Momo shift knob and boot, stock black leather, painted Corrado logo door jams
Audio/Video/I.C.E.- Pioneer/ Premiere head unit
Thanks/Props- Chris@ Fine Tuning and Rob @ Specialty Motors. Also my family, girlfriend, and friends; Erik, Cory (95_Vento), Colby (092slc), Chad and Tyler (16vDubrothers), Joey (Minitallpines), Dave G (Grover), Noli, Tim next door, and Dave L. And anyone I might have forgotten – thanks!
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