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Next up is VWvortex reader: Roger Moore
How long have you owned this car?
Just over 2 years now.
Is there anything unique about the history of this car?
It was a corporate lease the first 3 years.
What drew you to this specific car?
It’s rare & I always wanted Phaeton.
What other cars did you consider?
Audi A8, S8 and RS6.
What was your objective with this car?
Keep is clean and simple.
What tuning style would you describe this car as?
Who helped you build this car?
This car is a hand built VW, so I have to say Volkswagen did most of the work here. All I did was tweak it up a bit.
What makes your car special?
It’s a fully loaded Phaeton V8 with 20” Bentley Wheels.
What is your favorite part/feature/function?
The air suspension (ride and height control on the fly).
Who or what inspired the direction of modifications on this car?
The Phaeton MY2009 pictures I saw on VW Vortex and a picture of a white Bentley with these 20” wheels.
What don’t you like about this car?
There’s not much I don’t like, probably the lack of tuning parts from the typical European retailers. All my parts have to come from the VAG parts bin.
What was your biggest obstacle in building this car?
How did you overcome the issue?
With a trip to Germany and the Dresden Phaeton Factory.
What would you change if you could?
I would have looked for a White W12 4-seater version.
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?
I would update the front headlight assemblies to the MY2009 (which have the LED day-time driving lights integrated), I would update the rear tail lights to the brand new redesigned MY2011, and add a European only optional wood steering wheel.
Who has been your biggest critic of this project?
Me, of course.
What do your family and friends say about this car?
They love it, they can’t believe it’s a VW; everyone always wants to ride in it, especially in the backseat.
What is your most memorable/humorous/embarrassing moment with this car?
This Hawaiian guy goes, “Is that a Maserati?”
What is your favorite story about this car?
While visiting the Phaeton Factory in Dresden, Germany March 2009, I pre-arranged a tour with the Customer Service Manager, once arrived I was treated like a King and given a private tour of the facility (white coat and all), after which I was treated to a fabulous five course meal at their luxurious restaurant in the lobby, what a meal; best of all it was all complimentary. On my way out, I purchased some items, such as a 2009 Long Wheel Base (LWB) front grill for a Adaptive Cruise Control model (VW emblem is unique) and a few other factory accessories, little did I know, but the factory had one last surprise for me, a special going away gift, a complete set of factory painted lower fog light body pieces, which had the chrome surrounds off the MY2009, basically completing my optical update to my MY2005 Phaeton.
Has this car competed in any events?
Not really, I took her to Waterfest in 2009. You guys took some photos of her and they are in the Vortex Waterfest gallery, but she hasn’t been entered into a show, yet.
What is your favorite place to drive this car?
Cruising Waikiki at night.
What is your ideal day with this car?
I call it a Day at the Spa, where I wash and wax her baby smooth White paint, the paint finish on a Phaeton is unmatched.
Who gets to drive this car?
Only me, my wife says it’s too big, she drives an Audi A4.
If your car had a motto, what would it be?
Bigger is Better
If you had to name your car, what would you name it?
What was your previous project?
BambergVR6, a 2000 Golf IV GTI, which was purchased in Germany while I was stationed there, that car was a contributing factor to the OEM parts tuning effort/ craze; I sold that car in 2009. You can see her in PVW SEP2003.
What is your next project?
Pre-67 Microbus or a 70’s Thing
What one word best describes your car?
Any regrets? Tell us about it.
None whatsoever, it’s been a great trouble-free VW.
Anything else you’d like to share?
You’ve got to ride in a Phaeton, there’s nothing like it, unless you have a Bentley in your stable.
Name- Roger Moore
Address- Kapolei, Hawaii
VWvortex Username- Roger Moore
Occupation- Civil Service/ DOD
Club Affiliations- None
Model- Phaeton V8
Color (Include original if applicable)- R6R6 Campanella White
Engine- 4.2L V8
Engine Modifications- None
Exhaust Modifications- None
Transmission Modifications- None
Suspension Modifications- Ride height has been recalibrated, electronically lowering the car 15mm from the factory setting
Brake Modifications- None
Wheels and Tires- Forged Alloy Bentley Continental Flying Spur optional 20” wheels, on Yokohama 275/35/ZR20
Exterior/Body Modifications- 2009 updated front hood grill, 2009 foglight chrome surrounds
Interior Modifications- LC Sonnen Beige Leather, European only Rubber floor mats, Special order Sand colored Phone base for the dash, Valentine 1 with remote, thick Sheep skin seat covers
Audio/Video/I.C.E.- This car has the optional 270W DSP audio system, I-pod interface module has replaced the 6-disc CD changer in the glovebox
Thanks/Props- My wife Marielle, the Dresden Phaeton Factory and the VW Vortex Phaeton Forums, where much of the knowledge I obtained on this car came from. The Vortex forums are truly a great resource for any VW owner, but its especially true for this rare VW.