AUTObiography kvpracing’s 1988 GTI

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Next up is VWvortex reader: Kvpracing

How long have you owned this car?

Since Jan 2010.

Is there anything unique about the history of this car?

Yes, I am the second owner when I bought it it had 38k on it never seen snow or rain. I have paper work showing that the prev owner was the first.

What drew you to this specific car?

When I saw it in [the previous owner’s] garage buying another car off his son.

What other cars did you consider?

Any Volkswagens.

What was your objective with this car?

Stock/ slightly modified.

What tuning style would you describe this car as?

Clean/Slightly modded.

Who helped you build this car?

New York State tax refund check! haha

What makes your car special?

Ultra-low miles and it’s a two-owner car.

What is your favorite part/feature/function?


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

Seeing other cool VWs I wanted mine to get attention like my other VWs didn’t.

What don’t you like about this car?

That I can’t drive it all the time.

What was your biggest obstacle in building this car?

The orginal condition.

How did you overcome the issue?

By keeping all the old original parts so I can put it back to stock.

What would you change if you could?

Turbo it with all the parts I have for a 16vT set up; go lower.

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


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

Put it completely back to stock and buy another decent shape one and go at it.

Who has been your biggest critic of this project?

Friends and fellow forum members.

What do your family and friends say about this car?

They think I take too much care of it they say I need to find another hobby. Haha yea right!

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

Getting 3rd place at Waterfest 16?

What is your favorite story about this car?

When I take it to car shows people going wow this is one clean mk2 then you tell them the miles and they don’t know what to say.

Has this car competed in any events?

Waterfest 16 (3rd) and Wolfsgart (2nd place)

What is your favorite place to drive this car?

All over.

What is your ideal day with this car? 

Nice sunny 70’s day.

Who gets to drive this car?

Me and my best buddy.

What was your previous project?

1970 VW Beetle.

What is your next project?

1970 Volkswagen Beetle.

What one word best describes your car?


Any regrets? Tell us about it.

Can’t talk about them.

Anything else you’d like to share? it still has original brakes, belts besides t-belt, radio, speakers, dealer installed zender wing

Owner Information:

Name- Kris Van Patten

Address- Glenville NY

VWvortex Username- Kvpracing

Occupation- toyota tech

Club Affiliations- Roflwagens

Vehicle Information:



Model-gti 16v


Color (Include original if applicable)- tornado red

Engine-1.8 16v

Engine Modifications- new timing belt and solid motor mount

Exhaust Modifications- tt stainless borla cat back

Transmission Modifications- 97 020 5th gear

Suspension Modifications- hr ulra lows

Brake Modifications- original

Wheels and Tires-esm borbet type a reps durun 195/45r15 slight strech

Exterior/Body Modifications- buffed paint 2 stickers ha

Interior Modifications- stock cleaned

Audio/Video/I.C.E.-  kenwood deck

Thanks/Props- None.