THE ULTIMATE TEST DRIVE
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!”