THE UL­TI­MATE TEST DRIVE

Fast Car - - Hot Ride Mk2 Golf -

When you’ve just put a car to­gether and got it all work­ing, le­gal and cer­ti­fied, you’ll nat­u­rally want to take it for a test drive. So what do you do – cou­ple of times round the block? Up and down the dual-car­riage­way a bit? Well, if you’re Si­mon, you’ll throw in a flask of cof­fee and a spare pair of pants and head over to Wörthersee. “That was its first real out­ing, and a proper test,” he grins.

“It all went smoothly un­til about an hour away from Wörthersee the rear bear­ing melted to the stub axle, and I was forced to aban­don the car in a layby un­til the fol­low­ing morn­ing. I man­aged to find some­one with a trailer, filled his tank up and we went to col­lect it. I had it dropped off near a breaker’s yard which hap­pened to have the parts I needed in stock, and to make sure it was all done tight and proper Matt Wal­doc came to res­cue. Half an hour later, Project Swamp Rat was ready to take over Wörthersee with the Auto Fi­nesse Crew!

“I think be­cause it’s such a weird-look­ing car and it’s slammed on those 17s peo­ple just seem to love it. I haven’t heard any­one diss­ing it just yet… maybe the colour of the bay, which I un­der­stand, but what­ever. Or­di­nary peo­ple seem to like it too, and ask me a load of ques­tions about it. Usu­ally it starts like: ‘I used to have a Mk2 Golf, but it didn’t look like this.’ No shit Sher­lock. No Mk2 looks like that, it’s mine!”

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