Photography by Evano Gucciardo
There are a select few over-arcing “breeds” in the automotive world, each known for their nuances, good and bad. There’s the Japanese, known for their iconic turbocharged engines alongside their oddball kei-car economachines. There’s us Americans, known for an abundance of displacement paired with truly awful interiors, and often design. There are the Italians, famed for their twelve-cylinder offerings, yet plagued with costs old and new.
Photography by Lorenzo Hamers
Steven Garreyn is no stranger to low cars: through our attempts to communicate with a translator and broken english, I gather he’s owned more cars than he can even begin to recall. The one thing he does know, however, is that he’s lowered each car as much as possible.
Photography by Jeroen Plancke
It was all the way back in 1990, when Rick Tolboom’s parents bought him a racetrack toy set for his second birthday, that Rick’s love for cars was ignited. ”My dad always had a passion for fast cars,” he said. Throughout Rick’s childhood, his father participated in Dutch rally championships, as well as some road racing here and there. Rick grew up on the sidelines, watching his father do what he does best.
The Volkswagen Type 1, more commonly and affectionately known as the VW “Beetle,” was born three quarters of a century ago in 1938, rendering it the longest-running and most-manufactured car of a single platform in automotive history when its production came to an end in 2003. Its unique styling and huge influence in pop culture have lead it to become one of the most iconic cars in history – fitting for a brand who’s name directly translates to the “people’s car.
When someone has built a truly impressive Volkswagen, one that has graced the pages of PVW, you expect them to be of a very particular breed of Volkswagen fanatics. Better yet, when they’ve owned the car since new, it takes it one step further. When I asked Michael Houck if he’s always been a Volkswagen guy, I was expecting something that iterated the idea of ”of course.