Letter of the Month
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Greetings From The Sandbox
I thought you might like to see photos of my three babies - my '04 R32, '04 Aprilia RSV1000R and my beautiful wife, Cassie. Both the R32 and RSV are bone stock, save for a K&N for the Veedub. The Aprilia is almost brand new, with only 1,500 miles on it, but I'll begin modifying it in the spring with pipes, a chip and maybe some carbon bits.
I bought the bike in July when I was home on leave from Iraq as sort of a "good job on not getting your ass shot off" present to myself. Of course, none of this would be possible without the love and undying support of my wife, so everything I am I owe to her.
I've been subscribing to your magazine for more than a year now and I love it. The only problem is, I couldn't find any issues in Iraq! I had Cassie redirect my subscription to the desert. Being able to read my favorite mag really helps to keep my spirits up, so I also included a pic of my love-away-from-home, a turret-mounted Browning M2 .50-cal machine gun, affectionately known as "Ma Deuce".
Justin S Burd
St Louis, MO
For the love of god, please stop featuring cars with ridiculous amounts of mods where the owner's occupation is listed as "student". This type of person doesn't embody the majority of your audience. Anybody can go out and spend money like it's going out of style, but let's see more projects from people who've done at least some of the work themselves and have invested their time into their car.Andy Bogdanskiemail
With regard to your featured rides, I frequently see the occupation listed as "student". I know this has been mentioned before, but when you are under 30, drive a car worth $80K or more and list your occupation as a student... well, it's absurd. How about adding another point of information about the car's owner: "Source of Funds". Then all of these students can list: trust fund, daddy, bank loan, etc.
It seems to me that a lot of the Euro enthusiasm comes from guys working in their garage striving to improve their cars. They slowly change piece after piece until they feel the car is personalized enough for them. Then you see students with $80K cars they paid somebody to modify for them all at once. It just doesn't seem to have the same sort of dedication or perseverance.
Vancouver, BC, Canada
As we said in last month's Editorial, cars are chosen on individual merit. We only discover the owner's occupation afterwards. We agree that a self-built car has more credibility and we enjoy featuring them but we're not going to discriminate on any grounds. Inevitably there are people in the world more fortunate than us and we're not going to stop featuring cars that belong to people with wealthy parents or whatever. We seem to have a romantic notion of guys with skinned knuckles working on their projects in cold garages at night, but who wouldn't sacrifice that for the money to do it differently? Some of us have different opportunities but don't doubt either the enthusiasm or dedication of somebody who has the money to pay somebody to do the work. We're all in this together. Euro group hug.
BMW Fightback 1
Yes, I will respond to this (Why BMWs?, Letters, et 2/06). What are you talking about? Yes, I drive a BMW but I'm lucky to read about one, maybe two Bimmers per issue. I've asked in the past why et doesn't feature more BMWs. Instead I continue to read about VWs, Audis, even Volvos but don't get bitter. I'm excited to see these cars and am toying with the idea of purchasing an Audi because of this magazine. So I'm sorry that one BMW in each issue is too much for you to handle, (it's probably because they are "the ultimate") but there's no reason to get jealous about it. For years I've wondered where the Bimmers were. But I've learned to love all the other Euros and appreciate the diversity.
BMW Fightback 2
I'm sick of people saying old skool is the only thing that should be featured in the mag. I'm a Bimmer guy and am sick of people bashing the BMW coverage. The Time Attack M3, for example, dominated the event and deserves to be in the mag (et 3/06). When a man (like myself) busts his ass to afford a car and modify it, whether it's a VW or BMW, it's still a man's hard work. We're all Euro enthusiasts, so instead of separating us we should all be together in the mag as we are now.
Green Springs, OH
BMW Fightback 3
In response to Why BMWs? I'd like to say BMW deserves a spot in the magazine as much as, or more than, any VW, Audi, Benz, etc. The core reasons are that BMWs are fast, sporty, affordable (contrary to belief) and more European than assembled-in-Mexico VWs. eurotuner is a magazine for European cars that have been tuned and upgraded. My BMW, for example, is a European car that's been tuned and upgraded, as are many of my friends' cars. As far as affordability is concerned, I haven't invested more than $7,000 in my car. I always felt eurotuner leans more toward VW and Audis, so I say the more BMWs the better.
I attached a photo of my '84 633CSi and my friend's 525i wagon.
We're glad our BMW readers have responded to Why BMWs? Frankly, it was ridiculous to suggest BMWs don't belong in this mag. The clue is in the title - Eurotuner.
At the age of 18 I went to Alaska and worked on a fishing boat for three months. I made $9,000 to buy my dream car and found a '96 Audi A4 2.8 quattro. I loved the car but lost it because I fell asleep at the wheel after I got off from a ten-hour day. I nodded off on a country road and my foot went heavy, as they say. I was doing 80mph when I hit the tree. If it wasn't for that well-designed car I'd be dead. In fact, I went to the junkyard that bought it and was surprised to see that the front end was smashed onto the roof and the wheels were pointing straight up. I was very lucky.
Anyway, my next dream is to design concepts for Audi. I don't know how to send them my drawing, can you help?
We'll make sure our friends at Audi get to see this.
Worst Golf 1
I started buying eurotuner about two years ago. Wow, some people have serious money and some great ideas. Anyway, I've been a VW fan for about ten years now but in the 2/06 issue you featured Jamel Allen's '99 GTI with the fetus on the hood. That car is the most stupid-looking car you've ever featured. I laughed my ass off when I saw it. Plus it has way too much orange. And what's with the fetus? Is he an OB/GYN or something? It had some cool mods, but if you have an award for "worst car ever featured" please give it to him. That car was a joke. I'm still laughing.David AlstonIselin, NJ
Worst Golf 2
I'm a new subscriber but love reading every word and can't wait for it to arrive in the mail. You guys feature some of the nicest cars but then you also have some of the ugliest. Take, for instance, Jamel Allen's VRT. It had some nice elements but on the whole was very ugly. He puts all this money into the car to promote his audio shop, then ruins it with that hideous artwork. And then he doesn't fill the hood notch!
By the way, what happened to the posters?
I look forward to your magazine every month and have given some wall space to the posters you used to have. However, the last four issues haven't have one. Can I ask for at least two more posters to even out my wall?
Did I read correctly? Is this the same Chester who used to write for other magazines? I'm looking forward to reading his column. Now that you have somebody else to start controversy perhaps you could write about how cool I am.
I was wondering if you ever thought of doing a special edition on the VW/Audi 1.8T engine. It could cover all the performance parts like turbo kits, intercoolers, clutches, accessories, etc as well as the history of the engine. There are lots of fans that would like this and maybe it could inspire other special editions.
We liked the idea and took it to management. They liked it as well and suggested a meeting. We're still waiting.
Rallye Round 1
Hats off for the coverage of this great event (Rallye GTG, et 2/06). I love anything that's a bit out of the norm and these cars are right up there with the Ur quattros. Obviously, you don't see a lot of them but after reading the article it's whetted my appetite sufficiently and I was wondering about importing one. I guess Ed at NGP is the man to talk to. I've already imported a '94 Rover Mini Cooper (don't ask how) and have a brother in Germany at this moment so can't pass up an opportunity to get one. I'm sure you wouldn't mind another Rallye joining the Drive in '06.
Rallye Round 2
I really enjoyed your articles on the Golf Rallyes (et 2/06). Being a huge fan of the Mk2 Golfs, it was great to read the articles. I'm going to be stationed in Germany in April and for lack of storage I recently sold my '89 Golf. I'm already suffering seller's remorse. However, since I'm going to Germany I plan to buy another Golf while I'm there.
You asked for the best roads in America (et 11/05) and I have a nomination; don't know the highway number off the top of my head, but most of the Oregon coastline is a nice route.
To all the complainers out there, get over it! "Not enough BMWs, more Mk2s, etc." There's plenty of everything. The only car I haven't seen covered in depth are '90s Mercedes sedans.
I hope you don't consider me less of a person for driving an '89 Celica. I wanted one of those Mercedes and who knows? Maybe one day.