AUTObiography Blkmag1c’s 2010 GTI

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Next up is VWvortex reader: Blkmag1c

How long have you owned this car?

8 months.

Is there anything unique about the history of this car?

I popped her cherry!

What drew you to this specific car?

The culture of the car..

What other cars did you consider?


What was your objective with this car?


What tuning style would you describe this car as?

OEM+, Murder..

Who helped you build this car? 

My Buddy Kent..

What makes your car special?

I like my Black CC Interlagos Wheels..Havent seen anyone else rocking them

What is your favorite part/feature/function? 

Love watching movies on the navi screen

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

My Fiance, former R32 owner, current 2011 A4 Avant Titanium owner..

What don’t you like about this car?

No front spoiler on US models stock.. BULL****!!

What was your biggest obstacle in building this car? 

Removing stock shocks from front, when doing coilovers.

How did you overcome the issue?

Beat the piss out of the stock shocks, and broke the driver side axle with a prybar, not on purpose.. HAHA…

What would you change if you could?

Nothing right now, but I am not even close to being finished.

On a scale of 1 to 10, how satisfied are you with the outcome of this project?

8.5 right now.. Everything has worked out to plan so far.. Even getting that axle fixed on warranty.. Mwahhhaaa!!!

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

Bag it, new audio system, big turbo with stage 3 tune, shave the bay, paint matte black.

Who has been your biggest critic of this project? 

My lady.

What do your family and friends say about this car? 

They love it..

What is your most memorable/humorous/embarrassing moment with this car? 

Well to be honest it’s my first Man transmission, so you know..

Has this car competed in any events? 

Yes H2O 2010, 2nd place in class.

What is your favorite place to drive this car? 

Back windy roads around town..

What is your ideal day with this car? 

Sunny 72 degrees, good music and some back windy roads.

Who gets to drive this car? 

Me and the Fiance.

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


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

Well its name is Blackmag1c..

What was your previous project?

None .. First one..

What is your next project?

CC, Mk4 R32, Golf R. Could go many ways..

What one word best describes your car?


Any regrets? Tell us about it.

None so far..

Owner Information:

Name- John Ciuppa

Address- Eagleville, PA

VWvortex Username- Blkmag1c

Occupation- Senior Staff Photographer

Club Affiliations-none.

Vehicle Information:





Color (Include original if applicable)-Black


Engine Modifications- Evoms Intake

Exhaust Modifications-stock

Transmission Modifications-stock

Suspension Modifications-H&R street performance coilovers

Brake Modifications-stock

Wheels and Tires-19×8 Matte Black CC Interlagos, 225/35/19

Exterior/Body Modifications-DeBadged, Black Emblems, Yakima Roof Rack,Color matched side markers, Blacked out tails and reflectors,Nokya Hyper yellow fogs.

Interior Modifications- Red footwell lights, Angry Fast shift knob, Osir suede shift boot,

Audio/Video/I.C.E.- VIM Module for rns510

Thanks/Props-  Marisa, Kent