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    Tuned 3.2-litre engined 255bhp Volkswagen Golf Commercial Mk2

    Posted in Cars on Friday, 12 April 2019

    When Gordon Higgins got chatting with William Skelton of Dubnutz about creating something trick for his Volkswagen Golf Mk2 project the two ended up hatching quite the plan! Words: Si McNally. Photos: Ade Brannen.

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    Si McNally

    Tuned R32-powered 256bhp VW Golf II

    Posted in Cars on Friday, 12 April 2019

    William Skelton built both the R32-powered Mk2s on this month’s cover, but while this more-door masterpiece is about as subtle as they come the same can’t be said for his lairy van featured later on in the issue. Words: Si McNally. Photos: Ade Brannen.

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    650WHP R32T 3.2-litre VR6-engined Turbocharged Volkswagen Golf Mk2

    Posted in Cars on Friday, 11 January 2019

    Built to an uncompromising wishlist at Kraftwerx in Nova Scotia, this 650whp wide-arched track car might have its roots in Canada, but it’s a true product of the global Volkswagen scene. Words: Alex Grant. Photos: ECS Tuning.

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    240bhp 1.8T 20vT-engined Volkswagen Golf Mk2

    Posted in Cars on Thursday, 15 November 2018

    Chris Keeton bagged Best Mk2 at Edition 38 earlier in the year, so we decided it was about time we put his car in the studio and took a closer look for ourselves. Enjoy! Words: Tony Saggu. Photos: Si Gray.

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    US-spec marvel - 2.8-litre VR6-engined Volkswagen Golf Mk2

    Posted in Cars on Tuesday, 23 October 2018

    Hungary as a country doesn’t produce a whole load of feature car material, but when they do pop up they’re usually pretty special… like Gábor Végh’s US-spec marvel! Words: Elliott Roberts Photos: Viktor Benyi.

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    Volkswagen Jetta Mk2 1.8-litre 8v Corrado G60 engined

    Posted in Cars on Tuesday, 31 July 2018

    Generation game. Pick a little old-school influence, mix in a touch of the new way of doing things and finish off with some fresh thinking, that’s Muhab ‘Mo’ Shokat’s Mk2 Jetta. Words: David Kennedy Photos: Ade Brannan.

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    Volkswagen Golf GTI 16v (Mk2) From wondering what he’d just bought to its transformation into trackday perfection, Aston Parrott’s Mk2 GTI has been a car he’ll never forget.

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    End of term Fast Fleet

    After six brilliant years of ownership, the time had arrived to say goodbye to my Mk2 Volkswagen Golf GTI 16v.

    I can still remember the day my dad and I drove to view the car in Somerset. The plan was to purchase it and then for me to drive on to south Wales where I was studying at university. Luckily for us the GTI was as described and the deal was done.

    Driving over the Severn Bridge I went to move the knob that adjusts the side mirror and it fell off in my hand. I instantly started laughing and thought to myself: what have I just spent my student loan on? The GTI was replacing an Audi A3 Sport as my everyday car…

    The simple interior design was new to me, but I instantly fell in love with the Golf’s character and the sound from its 139bhp 1.8-litre 16-valve engine. My girlfriend was waiting in the university halls to see what monstrosity I had just bought, and I was expecting a negative response to the older, no-luxuries GTI, but to my surprise she loved the boxy design just as much as I did.

    Over the next three years the GTI was used nearly every day, in all weathers and for any occasion, from tackling heavy snow to long weekends away with a boot full of camping equipment. It became part of the family and was the perfect car, demonstrating why hot hatches are so popular. Nevertheless, being an older car – and one that I would take to over 180,000 miles – life wasn’t always easy and many parts had to be replaced along the way, including the gearbox. There was also the odd bit of welding. But somehow I could always forgive its troubles because I just worshipped the way it drove.

    After graduating I got my dream job as staff photographer at Drive-My and the GTI was no longer needed as my daily driver. So as the car made its debut in Fast Fleet in mid-2015, I began turning it into my perfect GTI. Without the need for it to be so practical, I slowly transformed it into a more driver-focused Mk2, stripping the interior and adding a carbonfibre bonnet and tailgate, uprated suspension and Recaro SPG bucket seats. My Golf was also the first car I had driven on track for any decent amount of time. I remember one lovely summer’s evening – my birthday, in fact – at Rockingham and thinking it was just perfection. Despite its modest power, the car’s light weight and general set-up ensured it was quick enough not to embarrass itself.

    Driving a Mk1 Golf GTI to the Wolfsburg factory with Drive-My staff writer Antony Ingram really enlightened me as to just how good the Mk2 was. It had better brakes than its predecessor, was faster and had power steering and more headroom. We made the return trip in the then new Mk7 Golf GTI Clubsport Editon 40. This and the further honed Clubsport S are two of my favourite modern hot hatches, so much so that I stole the S’s idea of replacing the rear seats with a boot net for my own car.

    So why have I sold my Mk2? Mainly down to a lack of parking space and because I simply wasn’t driving it as much as I used to – my 993 Carrera being partly to blame for both of these. So I advertised the GTI online one evening, and the very next morning I got a call from avid Drive-My reader Simon Murray, who explained that he had been following my Fast Fleet reports and had to own the car.

    A few more messages and another phone call later and he had secured the car with a deposit, booked a one-way ticket from Scotland and was ready to collect ‘my’ GTI. It all happened very quickly, but I was very happy it was going to a good home.

    I collected Simon from the airport on a Saturday morning and we chatted about our passion for cars. After a drive in the Golf, resulting in a big smile on Simon’s face, the paperwork was signed, a quick photo was taken of the handover, and the car was gone. But it’s left me with so many good memories.

    Aston Parrott

    Date acquired April 2012
    Duration of test 6 years Total test mileage 11,000
    Overall mpg 29.5 Costs £6089 since Drive-MY (July 2015), including carbonfibre bonnet and tailgate, paint, seats, suspension, tyres and MOTs Purchase price £3500
    Value today £8500

    ‘The GTI was used nearly every day, in all weathers and for any occasion’
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    That eighties show 400bhp VW Golf II

    Posted in Cars on Tuesday, 17 October 2017

    That eighties show. Auto Finesse goes ubër 80s with this 400bhp throwback Mk2 bursting with rare period parts! Part touring car, part Eighties throwback, and packing a 380bhp turbocharged 20-valve, Auto Finesse steps back into the spotlight with proof positive that you still haven’t seen every way to crack a show-stopping Mk2. Words: Alex Grant. Photos: Aron Vickers.

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