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Audi A3, GTI, Volvo S40 & More - Reader's Letters

Aug 1, 2006
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M Coupe Concept
Here's another illustration for you. It's my concept tuner kit for the new BMW MZ4. Let me know what you think.
Jon Sibal
Aliso Viejo, CA

Are you kidding? We love it. In fact, it's LotM simply because we want everybody to see it. Hopefully it'll inspire a tuner to actually build something like this. And since it was you who encouraged us to run our photochop challenge this month (see p92), we hope to see your GTI entry soon.

Wrong way
I submitted "Road Nomination #1" in the 2/06 issue when you were asking for the best driving roads in America. Sadly, I neglected to pay attention to the number of curves on US Highway 129 on the Tennessee/North Carolina border. In fact, there are 318 curves, not the 113 that I suggested. But the stretch is still nearly 13 miles long.
Sgt Jim Lawson
Taji, Iraq

So the drive is even better than we first thought. Excellent news. We heard some readers had already headed out there, so they'll be pleased... if a little dizzy.

GTI Photochops
This is something I did a while ago when the new GTI had just arrived. I added a change of color, smoothed lots of stuff and did some remodeling, oh and the drop, of course. I've sent you the original so you can see the difference... There are lots of little changes on both cars to achieve the clean OEM+ look.

I have two '85 Sciroccos. One's a daily driver with 314k on the clock, the other's a project 1.8T/GT30R I'm hoping to finish by H2O this year.
Dave Stein
Severna Park, MD

A couple of beauties. We look forward to seeing what you can do with the image on p92.

Volvo Photochop
I'm so excited that you want to publish readers' artwork. That stuff from Vizualtech (et 5/06) was absolutely amazing. Growing up on cars like the Volvo PV, 122, 142 and 145, I naturally love a good Volvo. I also like to come up with some of my own variations. So I'm sending you my S40 racer in Swedish flag attire. I'm mainly a Dubhead but love all Euros with equal passion. In fact, I've won a number of awards with my '98 Jetta GT and hope to get a photo to you soon. I also collect Hot Wheels and do screenprinting and glass etching at a local trophy store.
Mike G Shofner
Buffalo, NY

We like the cartoon style. Let's see how it works with the GTI on p92.

Terrible Wind
Here are some photos taken on a terribly windy day. This is what happens when the wind comes to Camp Taji, Iraq. Visibility drops to 25 or 30ft. I was driving a truck back from the refueling point in this mess and had to slow to 15mph so I wouldn't miss my exit.
SSG Hector Rayas
Combat Aviation Brigade
Windy, Iraq

What's That?
I'd like to say you guys put out a great mag every month. I'm a dedicated reader and try to read every issue, provided I'm not out to sea with the US Navy. I may as well state that I drive a mild Audi S4 with lowering springs, full exhaust, intake and a chip. The reason I'm writing is that in your 2/06 issue you carried a feature on the Volkspeed 2005 event. There was a photo of a two-door Audi hatch (looked like a shrunk S4) and I was wondering what that car was, and if you have any plans for a feature on any cars like it? The other thing I'd like to see is more B5 chassis in the mag, and maybe some project B5s.
Chris Miller
USS Ohio
Surrounded by water

It's the Audi S3, the porn version of the old Audi A3. With 215/225hp 1.8T, 4WD, great suspension, six-speed, alcantara/leather Recaro interior and heaps of potential, it's a crime they were never sold in the USA. There are a few in the US and some in Mexico, like this one which we believe came across the border to the Volkspeed event.

New Arrival
We'd like to welcome Kate Turner into the world - the newest addition to the Turner Motorsport clan. In another 16 years she'll be necking dates in the back of Daddy's touring cars. It's also hoped she'll take over Will's gerbil breeding project in the future.
Turner Motorsport
Amesbury, MA

We Asked For It
In "Shut Up!" et 6/06, you challenged readers who drive cars like the S40, 9-3 and C230 to send photos of their vehicles to prove there are more than a handful of readers who own these models. As an avid supporter, tuner and enthusiast in the small but active Volvo S40 community, I've decided to do just that, along with a brief summary of its amazing transformation - it's gone from what you described as a "safe, pretentious, baby-on-board, boring and predictable" ride to a high horsepower, 16psi, ultra-tuned and solid USACi World Champion sound quality car.

The selection of the Volvo S40 seemed an odd choice for a diehard... (there now followed a 700-word ramble that we'll save you from - Ed) ... being an audiophile I purchased MB Quart speakers and subs and put together a "nice" sound system. The following spring I entered a USACi car audio event and won a trophy. Over the next six months my little S40 went through four complete audio systems, installed by me. Each system was more elaborate and by the end of the season my S40 had the reputation as the car to beat. People started seeking my advice on how to tune their audio systems. It won seven events that year, including NOPI's Sport Compact and Mini-Truck nationals and earned a place at the World Championships in Kansas City.

The trip to Kansas proved to be a fun and exciting experience. After two days of competition my '01 Volvo won the World Championship. Throughout the season there had been over 1000 competitors in my class but the design of my S40 and the right equipment tuned the right way won the day.

I then joined a small group of S40 enthusiasts on s40concepts.net who helped me complete "the total package" by tuning my S40 to dominate the street. Over the next year I installed everything from new wheels and suspension to ported and polished manifolds, a larger Mitsubishi 14T turbocharger at 16psi, ECU, intake and exhaust, etc.

With upgrades in both sound and performance, I feel I have a well-rounded Euro that's evolved over several years into what it is today. My S40 has made amazing strides and any tuner would be proud. The S40 community is small but strong, and we've learned together how to unleash the potential of the Swedish compact that almost everybody ignores.
Tracy Richard Atkins
Sutton, WV

Well, I suppose we asked for it. We only have ourselves to blame!

Next Generation
I'm writing in response to all letters you get. I think you guys do an awesome job and your coverage is by far the best I've read. I haven't broke down and got a subscription yet because I enjoy going to the store to pick it up. But people need to realize you can't feature every car. I'm a huge VW fan and read about them first but love reading about the other cars, too.

We're all in this together. European car fans are few and far between compared to the Japanese or American scenes, so we shouldn't be attacking ourselves. I'll be the first to admit I tilt my nose at any Japanese car, and most of the American ones. But I have as much love for cars as the next person and respect that some kid is pouring his heart into his car, just like I did with my Mk3 Jetta VR6.

As I said, I've loved VWs as far back I can remember. In fact, my first love was Herbie (what can I say?). I've now passed this on to the next generation - my 3 year-old son, Taylor, who loves European cars and can pick out a Euro a mile away. When I take him to pick up toy cars (Matchbox and Hot Wheels, etc) he goes straight for the Euros. Funny thing is, his mother drives a Honda and he's always telling her he doesn't like the car but prefers mine!

Anyway, I just finished reading "Why BMWs" (Letters, et 2/06) and it sadden me to see fellow Euro enthusiasts pissed because certain cars are making it in more than others. Look at the general population of the Euro tuners over here. You'll probably find three out of five of them have a VW, or have owned one. VW is the starting point for many people. I say suck it up and quit whining. You should be happy these guys care enough to put out this great mag. You're not gonna find anything else like this, unless you like reading about Hondas...

Also people were complaining about other peoples' rides - you know who you are. Just stop. Who cares if you don't like their car? As long as they do, that's what matters!

I'm just very happy and thankful there's a eurotuner, because without it I'd only get to look at Euros online. I loved your RS4 review. You have no idea how long I'd been looking forward to that! If only I could've been there with you guys "testing" it. You would've had to use the jaws of life to get me out of it.

The photo I sent is Taylor and I. I'm teaching him how to drive the Jetta. I put him on my lap and coast down the driveway. Scary thing is, he knows you have to press down and go into first to get reverse. In years to come I imagine my car's gonna go "missing" at night... but I'm already looking to buy him a Mk3 Jetta in the next couple years - we can start rebuilding it for him. There's also a photo of him with his "Future Volkswagen Driver" shirt he loves wearing (We didn't have space - Ed). It's his favorite and he wears it when we go to shows. I love it!
Joseph Fryer
Crestview, FL

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