The Scirocco 16V was my first affordable performance car
There was the performance car you first fell in love with, and the first one you could actually afford to make your own
At 3 I realized what cars were and had my first crush. An early Saab 900 turbo. At 8 I became aware of Group B rally racing and Formula One. What an awakening. I loved these cars so much the one book in the library that contained images and details of these legends went hidden under my bed so long that we actually had to buy the book from the Library. I still have that book. At 11 or 12 I realized the significance of men like Colin Chapman and Enzo Ferrari and machines like the Lotus Esprit Turbo and Ferrari F40 became the near focus of my life. I had a picture of il Commendatore sat proudly on the stand beside my bed. The passion was real.
At 16 I got my first car. It was a rare car, a very cool car, but with 0-60 in 8.8 seconds and a seriously tall ride height it wasn't a true PERFORMANCE car. 18. 18 years of age was the time. I got my first performance car. A flash silver 60k mile 1987 Scirocco 16v.
The car was serious performance spec as well. Crank windows, sunroof delete (or rather they simply hadn't spaced one but c'mon, let a boy enthuse) and two part leather and velour center seats with a manual gear box and Oettinger breathed on 16v cylinder head. Yes. Straight away I was hunting apexes, cruising down my favourite stop light laden boulevard at 3,800 rpm hoping to catch out that 5.0 mustang, eagerly awaiting the opportunity where I left my friends behind on our favourite curvy roads. Those were some of the best days and nights I would ever have in a car. Yes there was glee unmeasurable when I drove my first Lotus, my first Porsche, my first Ferrari, my first Lamborghini.
To me that car contained the keys to the kingdom. It opened up a new world to me. I took it to autocross events. I modified it late at night with friends. I scrimped and saved to afford the light weight alloys I had dreamed of. It was a dream realized.
In this video I recount the joy this car brought me then, and the joy a car nearly identitcal to that original car brings me today.
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