When the new Jetta hit the headlines, we took one look and decided the blubbery sedan needed some help. So we turned to you for inspiration, to see what you’d do to rescue the car from tuning obscurity.
The good news is, it appears that with the right set of wheels, proper suspension and some body additions, the Mk6 isn’t a lost cause. Your entries have proved that beyond doubt.
The concept behind the challenge is that we provide a photograph and you get busy with Photoshop or other manipulation software. You’re free to add spoilers, different wheel, stickers, new backgrounds, etc – whatever you feel will best improve the new Jetta. Obviously, it’s just for fun but we do reward our favorite entry with a pair of very cool FIA-approved Pro Spec 1.0 driving shoes from DC Shoes courtesy of Ken Block.
So back in eurotuner magazine issue 9/10 Volkswagen of America kindly provided this photo. You then had several months to work on your masterpiece. As in previous Challenges, the kids from Quartz Hill High School in Lancaster, CA participated. However, teacher Mike Mitsch also persuaded his colleagues from Knight High School and Lancaster High School to also take part, with a T-shirt awarded to the best school entry as means of encouragement for their studies. You can see the entries here at www.eurotuner.com With around 130 submitted, it wasn’t possible to print them all in the 3/11 issue of the magazine, so we placed the entire gallery on the website. As for our top entry, we selected Joshua Cloud’s bronze Jetta for its perfect execution and incredible sense of reality despite some significant changes.
Josh is the lead designer with the Gurnade Design Firm. He lives in Columbus, OH where he teaches photography at the Ohio State University. His vehicle was painted in a custom Vibrant Copper Metallic available on the new Volvo S60. He also added a molded, custom lip kit and side skirts, graphics package, Forgestar F14 wheels and Recaro seats. It’s been lowered on coilovers and Josh explained his goal was to create a daily driver, suitable for both track and road driving. We must also give a special commendation to regular entrant Austin Beebe from Redmond, WA. His Jetta coupe with pulled fenders on air-ride with VIP-style wheels was so good we sent him a T-shirt in recognition of excellence.
Our favorite High School entry was by Luis Ascencio from Quartz Hill, although we also liked the clever Cars movie interpretation by O Gonzalez from Lancaster. Jonathan Hawken and Spencer Williams from Knight as well as Devon Mendez from Quartz Hill were also popular choices.
As we said, you can see every entry (including those we didn’t have space to print) here at www.eurotuner.com
To everybody who entered (and those who wish they did), look out for the Photochop Challenge 11 in the next issue of eurotuner magazine (4/11).