Modified VW Caddy
Bernard Lennon’s modified VW Caddy
Fore! Look Out! Bernard Lennon may not be the best golfer in the world, but he has one hell of a drive. In fact, his audio-packed killer Caddy is a true Euro contender. Not only does it have slick styling but comes fully loaded with more ICE than winter. “This is my second attempt on a Caddy,” Bernard told us. “I had wheels and all kinds of dreams for the first one, but it ended up in the rough after hitting a Passat.”
He was soon back on course though with a new van in 2007 and this time he holed it in style! As a lover of smooth bodywork and deep throbbing bass, Bernard sought out the best players in the game to help him create a real tournament winner.
Bernard’s mate Buster is a bit of a bodywork genius so he had the task of giving the Caddy a smooth Euro flavour. He teed off by combining the original bumper with a Touran one to form a custom front. The rear bumper is original but extended by 100mm and the Mk.5 Golf side skirts are deepened to include chrome bars. More cool additions are the Passat mirrors and the spoiler moulded into the top of the rear doors. Side strips, indicators, rear door locks, rear wiper and front reg plate were all removed and flushed.
The legend that is John Peden completed the killer look. He fitted a custom rear axle with a Rayvern airbag kit and slammed it down onto the gorgeous 19-inch BBS rims, and the body received a two-tone coat of Jet black and BMW M3 grey to leave it looking as ruthless as Tiger Woods at a Playboy party.
While Audio Advice were trusted to create this masterpiece, Bernard did have some strict demands: “Give me heavy bass and clear vocals.” So that’s what they did, and then some! The van is simply loaded with the best of MTX gear. The deep bass comes via eight 12-inch square subs all powered by a pair of TH400D Monoblocks. Adding further kick are the four 6.5-inch mid bass speakers in the doors, while four 5-inch co-axials and four tweeters accompany them up front to provide the clear vocals. A pair of four-channel amps drive this lot as well as the 8-inch Tri-axial rear door speakers.
Visually, Bernard can watch any one of six Pioneer screens with four in the cockpit, one on the DVD head unit and of course, the massive 42-inch TV in the rear. A PS3 and Wii provide
the ultimate entertainment allowing Bernard to practise his golf swing when he’s not on the course. When cranked up the system is mindblowing, with more impact than a 3-wood to the skull.
“I contacted Phillip at Audio Advice looking for three subs and an amp, and I ended up with this,” laughs Bernard. “I just couldn’t resist going large after seeing their wicked demo cars.” In fact, Bernard was so blown away, he gave Phil a free role with the Caddy and was rewarded with a sublime install.
The dash has been cleverly remodelled in a symmetrical fashion with the speedo pod relocated to the centre, above the new DVD head-unit. On either side, 7-inch screens and co-axials have been set in place and surrounded with luscious black leather and sexy silver fiberglass. Each door hosts three speakers and a screen as well as the same trim. A pair of custom coated black leather Mk.5 GTi perches also blend in with neat blue stitching that matches the LED lighting.
Tucked behind the seats is a huge leather trimmed enclosure that encases the remainder of the Caddy’s cabin. From the cockpit, you can see into an LED-lit tunnel lined with subs. Opening the side and rear doors reveals two massive MTX Monoblocks and an LCD monitor. The finish is first class and just what Bernard was aiming for