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  • MODIFIED VW GOLF MK1: RARE OF THE YEAR

    Matt Bell on 30th November 2021

    How do you top an immaculate, Florida blue modified VW Golf Mk1? For Richard Stringer, the answer lay in this uber-rare, 1975 Lofoten Green swallowtail. 

  • MODIFIED MK7 GOLF R: RATED RS

    Matt Bell on 23rd November 2021

    Andy Russell’s 700hp, 200mph, flame-belching family-hauler is a hypercar-hassling modified hot hatch born out of the one thing a Mk7 Golf R lacked – an extra cylinder.

  • TUNED MK6 GOLF R: LOW AND NOT SLOW

    Matt Bell on 9th November 2021

    Massive power, all the style, a dash of stance and more bespoke touches than you can shake a stick at… Matt Thornton’s tuned Mk6 Golf R really does morph show and go smoothly. 

  • TUNED VW BORA: IT’S ONLY A BORA, MATE

    Matt Bell on 26th October 2021

    Banging flames bouncing off a two-step isn’t something the average four-door family saloon is probably accustomed to. Patrick Marshall and his tuned VW Bora on the other hand…

  • MK7 GOLF DRIFT CAR: CHALLENGE ACCEPTED

    Matt Bell on 19th October 2021

    A mild-spec Mk7 Golf wouldn’t be most people’s first choice for a drift car, but most of them don’t have a 4.0-litre V8 putting power to the back wheels. 

  • TUNED MK1 GOLF: INTO THE RABBIT

    Matt Bell on 31st August 2021

    New-age technology in a thoroughly retro ‘shell, Paul Lovegrove’s tuned Mk1 Golf could be the perfect incarnation of chainsaw-ripping, induction-howling valver nirvana.

  • MODIFIED GOLF GTI TCR: UNFINISHED BUSINESS

    Matt Bell on 17th August 2021

    With a Nürburgring trip looming, Martyn Pugh set about turning his modified Golf GTI TCR, which is already a motorsport-derived car, into a 500hp successor to the lap record-setting Clubsport S.

  • MODIFIED MK1 GOLF CABRIO: FAMILY FIRST

    Matt Bell on 10th August 2021

    For most of us our love of cars comes from the introduction from a family member at a younger age. For Greg Zorn, though, that connection was just the start of the family affair as we check out his modified Mk1 Golf Cabrio.

  • TUNED AUDI TT RS: SIXTH SENSE

    Matt Bell on 3rd August 2021

    After five Performance VW features, John Williams set out to find a daily driver he wouldn’t be tempted to modify. Luckily for us, even a top-spec TT RS couldn’t meet the brief.

  • MODIFIED VW CORRADO: DEDICATION

    Matt Bell on 27th July 2021

    The term ‘labour of love’ gets bandied about a lot, but if you’re looking for a genuine example then Jonathan Leyh’s 22-year modified VW Corrado build isn’t a bad place to start! 

  • BAGGED VW GOLF MK4: MUM’S THE WORD

    Matt Bell on 13th July 2021

    When life dealt Harley Kitt a cruel blow he sought therapy through the dark times in creating this ground-breaking bagged VW Golf Mk4 in loving memory of his late mother.

  • MODIFIED MK1 SCIROCCO: THE GREATEST SHOWMAN

    Matt Bell on 8th June 2021

    Evoking the spirit of show cars of the turn of the century, Sebastian Berndt’s modified Mk1 Scirocco takes that retro vibe and reworks it for a modern audience…

  • MK1 GOLF TRACK CAR: ‘RING KING

    Matt Bell on 1st June 2021

    The Golf that went Dutch, got re-registered and TÜV approved in Germany, and is now a forty-year-old tax-free ‘Ring legend. Here is Marco’s Mk1 Golf track car.

  • MODIFIED AUDI 100 COUPE: OLD’S COOL

    Matt Bell on 25th May 2021

    While newbies seem obsessed with their new-wave cars on air and wheels and their 15 minutes of fame, we’re grateful for the small number of diehards more interested in the bigger picture and the long game. Enter Andi Riley and his stunning modified Audi 100 Coupe.