Red Stripe

29 05 2010

When was the last time you saw a Mk3 Golf GTi looking this good? In recent times the GTi has become over-looked in favour of the beefier VR6 and the easy power of the Mk4 1.8T and TDi’s. Hell, even low spec Mk3’s seem to be in higher demand than the GTi. So it’s always nice to see someone still flying the flag for the classic GTi badge. This one, owned by Edition38 member Jas started out as a very clean 8v with a very nice spec, including factory Leather Interior, Morette headlights and a set of very rare optional extra 5-spoke Alloys. However, not one to be content with owning such a minter Jas soon had the car sitting closer to the tarmac thanks to a set of compulsory AP Coilovers. After a seemingly endless stream of wheels, including a set of genuine BBS LM’s and a set of Borbet T’s  Jas finally settled on the timeless choice of BBS RS’s with matching black centres. Is there any car these wheels don’t work on? However, it isn’t the wheels, the stance or even how immaculate this car is that does it for me. No, for me and this is a strange one, it’s all about those Red Trim stripes. They hark back to the GTi’s golden days of the Mk1 and 2 when the Golf GTi was the Hot-Hatch to own, in fact, if you look at the likes of the Peugeot 205 GTi or the Fiesta XR2, most Hot Hatches had red trim. It’s a retro feature that is both subtle and but also full of impact. I love this car and simply wouldn’t change a thing.





One For the Purists

25 05 2010

Certain cars just get a certain kind of dedicated following that other cars just don’t get. The kind of following that like their cars to be ‘just so’. You know the type, the MG owner who spends every waking hour polishing his car for it to only do 20 miles a year. Or the Sierra Cosworth owner who knows every single part number on his car. Well the Peugeot 205 GTi is another car that could be heading in that kind of direction. It is kind of understandable though, I mean, out of the box, the 205 was considered by many to be ‘the’ Hot-Hatch and with that kind of status comes the mentality that they should be left untouched. I guess it’s the kind of ‘if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it’ mantra. However, thankfully, some people have to tinker, okay not always to good effect, but sometimes people get it just oh so right. This is one of those occasions. The owner of this Belgian 205 has managed to completely transform the car with very little work. In fact, to my eye, other than the obvious drop and those stunning split-rims the only other modifications I can see are the fog-lights, exhaust and slightly extended arches. If I’ve said it once, I’ve said it a thousand times, less is more.





Regression

23 04 2010

I swear I’m regressing. All I can think about at the moment is 90’s Hot Hatches with wideboy bodykits and lairy split rims. It’s like I’m living in 1997 all over again.