Kipp Farrin certainly isn't your average Volkswagen enthusiast, but that's just one of the reasons why we like him.
Kipp's somebody you have to meet in person to fully appreciate his personality and style. On the one hand, he's a typical Mainer, with one of the thickest New England accents you'll ever hear.
He was born and raised in Boothbay Harbor; The best known town in the great state of Maine. It's a picture perfect tourist town that exemplifies the state - green, cold, rocky, damp, pleasant.
Modified VWs, however, are perhaps the least popular vehicle in Boothbay. Unfortunately, you just aren't cool unless you drive a truck, but that never bothered the Kippster; he built his car exactly how he wanted it.
At the age of 16, Kipp bought his first car; A bone-stock Golf Sport from a used-car lot. He definitely didn't rush into the creation. Instead, he took his time. Actually, he took a really long time. But that's OK, because the outcome was gorgeous Mk3 Golf Sport.
Kipp's vision drastically changed over the years. One thing, however, has stayed consistent; his passion for aggressive, wide wheels. For many years, the car was equipped with a set of 16x9" Borbet Type T wheels, which looked great but something was still missing. He wanted wheels that screamed 'top this!' and his patience eventually paid off when a set of 17" Fikse FM5 wheels from a 996 Porsche 911 track car were found on a Porsche Forum. The wheels were pretty rough and needed serious love but the price was right.
Kipp's friends at Independent Wheel sourced new polished outer lips and a pair of new inner barrels to get the desired sizing; 17x8.5" front with 2" outers, and 17x9" rears with 2.5" outers.
He decided on Audi Avus silver paint for the FM5 centers to provide more contrast. Kipp understood wheels can make or break a car, and in our opinion, the FM5's definitely make this one.
In order to accommodate such wide wheels, Kipp had to pull and roll the fenders before getting the car re-sprayed. The front-end looks menacing, thanks to an exposed intercooler, tactfully placed in a smoothed fiberglass Euro bumper with molded in Folger lip.
Rieger side skirts (similar to E46 BMW M3 skirts), a shaved rear hatch and a Dietrich rear bumper finished off the exterior. Although, custom mirrors that replicate Projektzwo parts and made by yours truly, would follow later.
Kipp prides himself on doing his own work but is the first to admit the car wouldn't be what it is today without the help of friends; Especially Jake Winslow at Rennen Performance.
Kipp had started with an ATP turbo kit for the factory 2.0L 8v motor. He tested its limits at the local drag strip in New Hampshire a few times, and walked away craving more. So a 1.8T 20v Audi motor was installed with help from Jake at Rennen. And in order to harness the power, Jake also installed a Peloquin LSD, Techtonics lightweight flywheel and Southbend stage 3 clutch and pressure plate.
He built the car for his own enjoyment. So nothing please Kipp more than a Sunday cruise with girlfriend, Elizabeth - who's supported his passion for VW tuning for some time now.
Kipp has the life that every bored finance guy dreams about: He gets paid to play with bulldozers, dirt and large trucks all day. Yet he always seems to have a project to work on; whether it's one of his two '64 Beetles, or '83 GTI, which sits on H&R coilovers and 13" ATS Classics. He's also currently restoring an '82 VW Caddy.
Kipp's living proof that if you love what you do and do what you love, nobody can replace the joy you get driving around in your personal form of expression.
Boothbay Harbor, ME
1995 Volkswagen Golf Sport
1998 AEB 1.8T with ported head, T3/T4 60-trim turbo, Tial wastegate and dump tube, Unitronic software, manual boost controller, 310 injectors, VF mounts, New Beetle intake manifold, custom Rennen charge pipes painted Audi Avus silver, downpipe, high-flow cat, 2.5" Techtonics cat-back stainless steel exhaust, Borla muffler, Yellow Top optima battery
VW 020 transmission, Techtonics lightweight flywheel, Southbend stage 3 clutch and pressure plate, Peloquin LSD
Weitec coilovers, Euro Sport Accessories rear strut brace
drilled and slotted rotors, stainless lines
Wheels & Tires
17x8.5" f, 17x9" r Fikse FM5 Wheels with Audi Avus silver centers, 15mm Motorsport Tech 5x130 adapters, 205/40 R17 f, 215/40 R17 r Falken FK452 tires
Euro front bumper with molded Folger lip, Dietrich smooth rear bumper, pulled and rolled fenders, Rieger side skirts, Projektzwo-replica mirrors, shaved hatch, two-bar badgeless grille, smoked Hella Mk4-look headlights, smoked tail lights
VR6 leather seats, dyed black headliner, Momo shift knob, VR6 leather shift boot, Auto Meter gauges and pod, VR6 white face gauge cluster, Mk4 floor mats
Alpine head unit, Total Mobil Audio amp, 12" JL Audio W3 subwoofer