Posts tagged with ‘vw’

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The Volkswagen Beetle was born from necessity, and has established itself as one of the most influential cars in the world. In its wake, it has brought forth a variety of variants and successors; and while many have earned their own accolades and acclaim, few have captured the particular spirit and endearment of Volkswagen’s Karmann Ghia.

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“I hate standing still, and I usually only sleep for three to four hours each night, but I don’t mind it at all.” Brent Favreau began his story with quite the claim, followed by a sense of skepticism on my behalf; my inner voice thinking “Yeah, right.” However, as the story continued, it unraveled into perhaps one of the best I’ve heard to date.

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I distinctly remember the first time I saw one of Paul’s cars while walking the sweltering aisles of Waterfest in Englishtown, New Jersey. He was toying with a mysterious switch box and it left a lasting impression on me that I still remember to this day. While now-a-days it seems that white Volkswagen MK5s must have rolled off the factory lots with air suspension, back in 2007, air suspension was nearly unheard of at euro shows.

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Photography by Bryan Cheney
“What year is that thing?” – If you’ve ever owned a classic car, you know the question well. Chances are it’s the first thing a curious stranger will ask you when you pull up at a gas station. Older cars just seem friendly and inviting. You’ll end up deep in conversation with passers-by as they reminisce about how they had a friend or relative who once had some similar car when they were a kid.

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It was in a small wooden two-car garage nestled in a quiet Californian neighborhood that I found a revitalized excitement. Mike and I recently drove out to visit Jason and see the progress that he has been making on his 1980 MK1 VW Scirocco. I hadn’t seen the car since its days sitting in the Rotiform warehouse, awaiting much deserved attention, but the build is reaching a point now where you can begin to imagine it sitting in the paddocks waiting for its turn on the course.

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