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Having seen photos of VW's R-line version of the Tiguan, I've done a photochop of how it should look!
My image is based on VW's Concept Tiguan and I like my work to be subtle. So I've converted it to a two-door and tinted the windows. In my opinion it didn't need any other modifications, except maybe a 3.6 liter engine
The car looks so much better as a two-door; more sporty, better proportions and the lines are uninterrupted.
Thanks for putting our Mk2 BBQ in the Waterwagens show coverage (et 11/07), it really means a lot to our crew - we built it in about 10 days.
A short time ago, somebody asked when the Hot Wheels GTI diecast model would be available. Well, it finally made it's into the stores. Unlike the SEMA car you featured (et 3/07), it's 1:64 scale and dark blue but it has big wheels and a widebody. You should be able to find it at Target, Walmart, etc.
Matchbox also makes a nice stock version that comes in red, black, gold or white. It should be in the same aisle as the Hot Wheels cars. Both cost a buck and are really cool. And there's always eBay, if you don't mind paying the shipping.
I just wanted to tell you I enjoy reading the mag. It helps me keep up with the Euro scene in the States while I'm stationed in the UK with the Air Force.
I know the Editor is from here but its pretty funny to visit British internet forums to sell my North American-spec bumpers and then see them on friend's cars at Edition 38 and Inters. Meantime, I'm fitting the R-Line kit and grabbing every Euro bumper I can find for sale!
The scene here is very welcoming. I'm proud to be part of it and to add some American flair. It's great to sit down with people at shows and just talk about mods, the differences in car scenes, and pointing out all the things so different about Euro and N/A Mk4 GTIs over a pint of Stella and a box of chips (packet of crisps!).
The Air Force was nice enough to send my car across The Pond for me. And since it's a N/A-spec Silverstone GTI on OE rims you can't get in the UK, it's a rare car over here.
I'll be heading back to the good ol' USA in 8/08 with Euro bumpers, Cupra R lips and R32 stubby mirrors in hand to sell on the 'Tex. But if you're going to be in town for GTI International '08, keep an eye out for the uk-mkiv.net booth. I'll be there celebrating my last show in the UK.
The Pub, England
Letter Of The Month
I've been holding off writing this letter because I don't want it to seem like retaliation to what was said about my Skyline/GTI photochop (et 7/07). In fact, I predicted that somebody would have a problem with the illustration.
As the previous owner of two very special GTIs ('90 and '04), you'd think I'd be offended by the comments made, but I wasn't. I just think people are getting a little too serious with themselves in the Euro scene lately. You honestly don't see this kind of thing on the import side - they don't care as long as it goes fast and they can afford it.
There are other sweet cars out there, and they don't come from Germany. I love VWs because of the build quality and the niche group I run with, but this dispute over who has better street racers is utterly pointless.
The reason I'm writing is to thank you for showing my photochop and to thank Jaffrey for ripping it apart, although I'm glad he didn't attack my photochop skills (my worst fear).
And since he had a few suggestions for me, I thought I might address them.
1. I have a job, I'm a graphic designer.
2. I have a girl, she's the best.
3. I have a cat, still working on getting a dog.
I'm thankful I didn't submit my entry in the Audi TT Photochop Challenge, somebody might have tried to kill me!
Be kind, my niece loves it.
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Just wanted to let you know that after my feature in last month's issue (et 1/08) my car was in an accident last night. Driving home from work, a guy thought it was a good idea to turn into the side of my car, spinning me across four lanes of traffic. Thankfully, I am OK. I'm glad I had a good set of Forgeline wheels on there; they held up. The wheel and tire are still actually holding air!
Cape Cod, MA
After receiving our 10/07 issue, I was in complete disbelief that the Waterfest coverage didn't include one word, photo or mention of the fastest car there. I'm referring to my son, John Mamana's Corrado drag car.
John has a 618hp 3.0 VR6 with a full cage, wheelie bars and parachute. It has a chromoly tubular rear axle with Fiat spindles, Weld wheels, an SQS transmission and ratchet shifter from Czechoslovakia plus a Clutch Net unsprung clutch. The trans, shifter and clutch alone cost over $9000.
Ken's Kustom Chassis did the cage and Bill Schimmel did the engine. John and his brother Chris did all the other work and painting over a period of three years.
John turned 9.75sec at 147.8mph but since he didn't have a 9sec license he couldn't make any additional runs. However, the people at Englishtown were great and let him get the first four of the required six runs the NHRA requires.
I realize that putting together a magazine isn't easy and you can't please everybody but we had hundreds of people congratulate us.
I wonder how many of your readers would be interested to knowing there's a hardcore VW shop out there investing time and money into a very fast VW?
500 lb Gorilla
Regarding your "2.slow tuning guide" (et 8/07), I just wanted to tell you that I'd always been a BMW guy until last year, when an old lady hit my E36 from behind, totaling it. I had only two days to buy a replacement, and on an impulse I picked up a Mk4 GTI 2.0.
Wow. I had no idea that along with the car purchase I'd be riding around with a 500 lb gorilla in the backseat named "Buyer's Remorse."
Needless to say, I learned my lesson about doing better research next time around.
Thankfully, I was able to double my power with no modifications whatsoever. How did I accomplish this feat? I TRADED IT IN! Now I'm rocking a Mk1 Audi TT 225 Coupe and I couldn't be happier.
I know most people who own a 2.0 don't want to hear this, but I think it's a complete waste of time to spend money trying to make this engine competitive. Go the easy route and Sell It.
I know this will anger some people, but seriously, if you don't research the specs you are in for a surprise.
I think the car is good for older folks, teenagers who shouldn't have a fast car, and people who only need "transportation." But if you're any type of enthusiast, you'll be sorely disappointed.
Scott Saint Hilaire
New Brunswick, NJ
We take your point; it's not called 2.slow for nothing. However, tuning is sometimes about making the best of what you have. And for many people, that can be a 2.0.
In the 10/07 issue you put an 11.04sec Mk3 VR6 turbo on the cover. However, I wanted to tell you that Dave Withrow's "Best Mk1" should have been on the cover. It looked so much better then the Mk3.
Other than that, nice job with the mag. Keep up the great work.
The Mk1 owner felt the car wasn't ready and didn't have time to stay around for a shoot, so we arranged to revisit the car at a later date to photograph it properly. However, we still love the Mk3 and think it made a great cover.
I thought I was the only one who "loves VWs but is stuck driving a Scion" until I looked at the screen on my digital camera. Remarkably, I seem to have found another guy in the same predicament who takes this love even further than I do.
While I photochop my apparently blasphemous creations to life, here's an example of a real life conversion - a Scion XB with a wood slat Cal-style roof rack, whitewall tires on VW steel rims and, to top it off, VW logos front and rear. It was even topped off with an Euro license plate for good measure.
While the angry purist in me says, "What the hell is this?" I think I'm going to choose not to be insulted and instead remember that "imitation is the best form of flattery."
I was unable to locate the owner to talk about this faux-Euro but I'll try again when visit a weekly car show in Scottsdale, AZ. I'm curious to discover what drove them to build it.
I thought you might enjoy this as much as we did. Our kitten knows where it's at... He loves et almost as much as we do!
Budd Lake, NJ