In the world of Volkswagens, Aaron Ok is known by many and loved by most – he’s a MK4-owning, every-show-going, country-wide-travelling, charismatic in-it-for-all-the-right-reasons kind of guy. Strewn in with the string of hyphenated adjectives is years worth of hard work and dedication to a marque he loves.
Photography by Anthony Sundell
I was recently asked a series of questions that, in short, asked “what does it take for a car to make it to the homepage of StanceWorks?” It was a tough question to answer; I responded with what I felt was rather simple: “We choose cars that inspire; cars with a story worth sharing.” The interview grew more difficult with the followup: “What makes a car inspirational? What makes a car snare your interest?” With that, I struggled.
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.
Many car purchases are fueled by impulse, which is often followed by buyer’s remorse. In the classic water-cooled VW world, impulse buys can literally destroy your bank account and wreak havoc with wives and girlfriends. Fraught with hidden rust and hidden running issues, buying an old VW on a whim is trouble. There isn’t a truer car to adhere to the old adage: The best things come to those who wait.
Photography by Kevin Trower
Almost every day, we pop open our browsers, hop on our favorite forum or Craigslist, and pour through
pages of classifieds to pass the time or maybe to just wind down for the night. As we make our way
through the pages, we come across cars just begging to be saved or put out of their misery. They have
been subject to rough daily commutes, learning tools for a novice, or just owned by someone clueless on
how to maintain their car.