Photography by Kevin Trower
As car guys, many of us owe it to our fathers for passing on their interests, hobbies, and passions. We grow up watching, learning and wrenching with the best; the one who, in our eyes, can build anything. But with experience comes age, an unforgiving enemy. Joe Dale, the man behind the beautiful steampunk Benz, decided it was time to follow through on his own father’s dreams.
In 1963, Porsche unveiled the 911, a distinguished rear-engined sports coupe that would eventually become one of the most popular and successful cars in racing history. To this day, the Porsche 911 is heralded as one of the most iconic cars in motoring, with its distinctive sloping shape changing minimally over the past 50 years.
When we are young, our environments influence the way we act and behave; our surroundings make us figure out what our strengths and weaknesses are. Some people are given what they desire, whilst others have to work to earn everything they own. The term “car enthusiast” is thrown around pretty loosely in the Australian car scene, and has lost its true meaning.
Ten years ago, Tobais Aldirch came across what remained of a MK1 Jetta coupe; it sat nestled in the grass of a yard in rural Vermont — parked next to it was a MK1 Rabbit GTI. The old Jetta sat without an engine or driveline; its interior had been stripped, and many parts had been donated to the GTI it sat with. However, Tobi saw a diamond in the rough.
Air ride, 3 piece wheels, and flawless paintwork: the recipe for a “proper” car. A laundry-list of parts and a serious investment (combined with good taste, of course) typically end up in a noteworthy build, but every so often a car comes around that has somehow broken the mold; built with second hand parts, lucky finds and pure character. Case in point: Alex’s 1984 E28.