A/b: Rabbit GTI

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Next up, and winner of this week’s NGP Racing $50.00 gift certificate is VWvortex reader: Quiz

Q: How long have you owned this car?

A: Since the end of 2000.

Q: Is there anything unique about the history of this car?

A: It comes up with four insurance incidents on Carfax.


Q: What was your objective with this car?

A: Drive it till it’s dead, fix it and drive it more.

Q: What tuning style would you describe this car as?

A: Street/Drag car

Q: Who helped you build this car?

A: Well let’s see – it’s a long list. Me, ah, me, and oh yeah, me. No, I did have a few friends lend a hand here and there. Thanks to them, BTW.

Q: What makes your car special?

A: Nothing really – it’s a normal 1984 box of crap that I just happened to toss some hard-earned cash at.

Q: What is your favorite part/feature/function?

A: The fact that everything I fabricated on the car actually works and still does, knock on wood.

Q: Who or what inspired the direction of modifications on this car?

A: At first it was some friends and their cars. Later, you can thank muscle cars and all the guys putting down fast times in their econoboxes.

Q: What don’t you like about this car?

A: The fact that it’s illegal to run slicks on the street.

Q: What would you change if you could?

A: I’d make all vegetables taste like nachos.

Q: What would you do to the car if money were no object?

A: Would’ve installed a quezanard! (Huh? – ed.)

Q: Who has been your biggest critic of this project?

A: I’m the saltiest critic there is, ask anyone. I have the shirt to prove it – it clearly states “I’m Salty.”

Q: What do your family and friends say about this car?

A: In the words of my uncle, “Holy sh!t!” (worth every penny!), after a ride to 130mph in a few seconds. Mostly I just get lots of funny grins.

Q: What is your favorite place to drive this car?

A: Anywhere you can get the pedal to the floor in fourth brings to me a smile. See below…

Q: What is your ideal day with this car?

A: A little hand cream and oops, ah, see answer above…

Q: Who gets to drive this car?

A: Myself and a few others. It’s not the easiest car to drive.

Q: If your car had a motto, what would it be?

A: Mottos are for Sprite commercials.

Q: If you had to name your car, what would you name it?

A: The Blue Bandit! And I’d drive around with a cape.

Q: What was your previous project?

A: Keeping my daily driver running.

Q: What is your next project?

A: I’d like to build a car for modified street class Drag. But that will be a while, as money has yet to grow on trees.

Q: What one word best describes your car?

A: Boxwithwheelsandmotorgofast!

Owner Information:

Name- Drew Schaeffer

Address- MD

E-mail- SchaeffA@aol.com

Occupation- Telemarketer (just kidding – finish your dinner in peace!)

Club Affiliations- Price Club

Vehicle Information:

Year- 1984

Make- Rabbit

Model- GTI

Mileage- original 120k now 160k

Original Color- black

Current Color- Ocean Blue Pearl

Engine- 20v 1.8 with a Big T

Engine Modifications- Everything is modified/fabricated

Exhaust Modifications- Custom

Transmission Modifications- 02A w/ diff; replaced 1st, 2nd, and synchros

Suspension Modifications- Yes, adjustable.

Brake Modifications- G60 master cylinder; 10.1″ front discs; rear discs added

Wheels and Tires- 195/50-15; 15″ SSRs; slicks at times

Exterior/Body Modifications- Look at the pics

Interior Modifications- A2 dash and everything else – again, look at the pics

Audio/Video/I.C.E. – Radio; no TVs; no extra crap to weigh it down.

Thanks/Props – Thanks!

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