JAGJIVEN DULKU’S

2 0 0 0 V O L K SWA G E N J E T TA G L S

Pasmag (Canada) - - Contents - BY ADAM STEIN­BERG | PHO­TOG­RA­PHY BY SHERE PHO­TOG­RA­PHY

Volk­swa­gen Jetta

Of­ten times when a per­son reaches the fin­ish line, achiev­ing a goal they’ve set out for them­selves years in the past, it be­comes un­doubt­edly clear that the path they’ve taken was not the one orig­i­nally laid out. No ex­am­ple of this les­son can be more clear than with Jagjiven Dulku and his 2000 Volk­swa­gen Jetta GLS.

Win­ning nearly a dozen awards, es­sen­tially land­ing in the top three each time, most peo­ple would con­clude the Jetta was in­tended to be a show car, but as Dulku ex­plains, that wasn’t al­ways the case. It be­gan, sim­ply enough, with a new set of head­lights and some fresh tail­lights, with the real game changer com­ing in 2011, four years after the ini­tial pur­chase.

“That Septem­ber, I left for H2oi in Ocean City, Mary­land, with my 2LO Crew,” Dulku re­calls. “We worked on my car from 10 a.m. un­til about 11 p.m., went home, show­ered and then left for Ocean City. It was the cra­zi­est road trip! No sleep, ex­haus­tion, but we came back with hard­ware. I placed at my first of- fi­cial show [with] sec­ond Place Jetta Mild.”

The 2LO Crew is based in Mon­treal, Canada, and has helped Dulku with his ini­tial build. This sim­ple bond be­tween car en­thu­si­asts liv­ing in neigh­bour­ing prov­inces even­tu­ally formed into the birth of an On­tario Chap­ter — known to­day as Krazy­haus — whose co-founder and co-pres­i­dent is the man you are read­ing about to­day.

“The two big­gest in­flu­ences would def­i­nitely be Kurt from Krazy­haus and Ju­jhar from RedBub­ble De­signs. Kurt has helped me push the bar as to what is pos­si­ble... in­spired me to look beyond the typ­i­cal tuner world and to­ward the guys who have been do­ing this far longer than us, such as the hot rod, mus­cle car and mini truck worlds.”

Much of the build has re­mained OEM at Dulku’s de­sire to pre­serve the tai­lored look and feel of the Jetta. He, of course, has made some ad­di­tional pur­chases for per­for­mance and style, like a Ride Tech E3 Pro air man­age­ment sys­tem and lim­ited edi­tion Carline CM2 wheels.

“The build has al­ways been im­por­tant, but the mo­tor that has kept me go­ing has been the life lessons and friend­ships that I have de­vel­oped along the way,” Dulku con­cludes. “My car clubs have be­come more than just a group of friends hang­ing out on a Fri­day night; they have be­come the fam­ily I chose to have in my life.”

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