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    Thread: AUTObiography: Mike Chaplin's 2000 VW Golf Sonic

    1. 12-08-2007 04:33 PM #1

      Want your car featured in a VWvortex AUTObiography? Tell us what it means to be a Volkswagen enthusiast, and show us how you and your car demonstrate those ideals! Send the completed form with pictures to cherise@vortexmediagroup.com.

      Next up is VWvortex reader: Mike Chaplin

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      12-24-2007 12:24 AM #2
      God I wish we could buy these in the states...
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      12-24-2007 12:27 AM #3
      Why is it a 2000 model? Is that the year vw motorsport built and registered it?
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    4. 12-24-2007 12:45 AM #4
      No, that's the year it was manufactured. I have a 2006 and a 1995 in the driveway.

      There's a new range coming up soon in 2008 over here. VW SA's idea of a new range = model rebadging.


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      12-24-2007 12:57 AM #5
      If my car was done (almost is, only taken 3 years) I would fill out a form. The 2000 Golf is not a MKI in my opinion, ask any of the guys in this forum that have blood, sweat and tears into building a car from the 70's and early 80's and they would probably agree. Cool that it looks like a MKI, yes.But is it a MKI?


      Modified by Shawn B at 1:59 AM 12-24-2007

    6. 12-24-2007 01:35 AM #6
      i find it ironic that administration that will delete any thread even promoting or talking about street racing chooses this car/owner

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      12-24-2007 02:05 AM #7
      Quote, originally posted by grnmtnvw »
      i find it ironic that administration that will delete any thread even promoting or talking about street racing chooses this car/owner

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      What tuning style best describes this car (ex. Euro, Bling, OEMplus, street racer, auto crosser)? It’s a street racer with awesome power-to-weight and minimal body mods with NO bling!

      What is your most memorable/humorous/embarrassing moment with this car? Without a doubt the time I spanked a MKV GTI through a fast, twisty section… in front of the whole club on a breakfast run! Yeeeehaaaa!



    8. 12-24-2007 03:03 AM #8
      Quote, originally posted by Shawn B »
      If my car was done (almost is, only taken 3 years) I would fill out a form. The 2000 Golf is not a MKI in my opinion, ask any of the guys in this forum that have blood, sweat and tears into building a car from the 70's and early 80's and they would probably agree. Cool that it looks like a MKI, yes.But is it a MKI?


      Modified by Shawn B at 1:59 AM 12-24-2007

      Eh? How about a 1995 then? I've got enough blood, sweat and tears into that little bucket of bolts and that was just trying to keep it running. I guess that makes it a mk1. Just because it is a later year of manufacturer doesn't mean it has become any better than what they had in the 70s.


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      12-24-2007 04:50 AM #9
      Whether it's a true mk1 or not, it looks totally sweet. Great color, great mods. Way to champion an 8 valve engine...someone's got to.

      Anyway, what's the big deal if it isn't a true mk1 from the 70s? It's not like he copped out or anything...that's what VW built in South Africa so what option did he have? Isn't the underbody and things essentially the same, just newer components with some tweaks and updates? What's wrong with that? I mean, it still has no AC and no power steering after all. So as far as any of the rest of the car goes, wouldn't you guys refit an old US mk1 to look like that above where you could?


      Modified by gravitymachine at 12:18 PM 12-24-2007


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      12-24-2007 04:59 AM #10
      Forget refitting, I'd buy a "new" one if I could. New manufacture, but old tech sounds like the best combo to work on.
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    11. 12-24-2007 05:06 AM #11
      Quote, originally posted by gravitymachine »
      South America

      South Africa.

      Only wish I have for our mk1 is that VW had kept the old front end. They look so much sweeter with the swept forward front-end compared to the swept back they have now.


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      12-24-2007 09:34 AM #12
      whats the 200+ club??? whats the significance of "200"?

    13. 12-24-2007 12:52 PM #13
      Quote, originally posted by Shawn B »
      If my car was done (almost is, only taken 3 years) I would fill out a form. The 2000 Golf is not a MKI in my opinion, ask any of the guys in this forum that have blood, sweat and tears into building a car from the 70's and early 80's and they would probably agree. Cool that it looks like a MKI, yes.But is it a MKI?

      Uh.... yes. It is a Mk1 chassis and Mk1 technology. Just because it has a later build year does not make it less of a Mk1.

      Curious about the fuel injection system..... MP9? Is this some kind of standalone? Or is it related to Digifant? MAF with a flapper door or MAP sensor?


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      12-24-2007 01:13 PM #14
      i'd love to buy a 2008 MKIII with an OBDI VR6.. that would be nice!

    15. 12-24-2007 02:52 PM #15
      Oh no, sorry, they only decided to keep building real Golfs. Try your local hospital for overweight granny go-karts.

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      12-24-2007 04:13 PM #16
      So what were the dyno numbers? Did I miss that?

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      12-24-2007 05:47 PM #17
      car looks great. but how fast could that 1.9 be? i'd like to know dyno numbers as well

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      12-24-2007 07:19 PM #18
      It is a real MK1 in every sense of the word much more of one in fact then the poorly constructed mess we got here in the states during the early 80's and even those are still 100% MK1.

      I have been scheming how to get my hands on a Citi Golf for ages. However the one thing that keeps stopping me is that there isn't a 2 door. If there was. My God I'd be rockin' one now.

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      12-24-2007 09:38 PM #19
      OK, I'm still confused a bit. The car was built in 2000 by VW Motorsport for racing?
      From a marketing standpoint as well as racing regulations, I'm surprised they did this.
      Whar series would these cars have competed in, and why would the factory do this versus running Mk4s at that time? Perhaps they built these as customer cars?

      Any way you slice it, though...
      the cars are way cool and do qualify as a true Mk1 in my book.

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    20. 12-25-2007 02:19 AM #20
      I'd be all over a 2-door if they made them here. I mean, it's a couple of panels (B-pillar, rear quarters) and that's about it. But VW SA have no clue about market requirements. We don't even get a Mk5 2dr thanks to them thinking there's no market for such a thing in South Africa. Meanwhile, tons of other manufacturers are making a killing with their 2-door offerings.

      I can't remember what series they run these in again. There are different race classes in some of the sponsored series. Plenty people even still rally these little machines over here.

      Right now I'm busy stripping out my 1995 mk1 to get it cleaned up. I have rusted out A-pillar and plenty dents and rubbish paint. At this point I'm thinking of just dumping it and spending the $1,000 for a brand new shell with rollcage from VW Motorsport. But it won't be legal on the streets and that'll cost another $1000 to register (or a bottle of whiskey and dodgey police contact ). I need to get the wife to sort me out an MSA (Motorsport South Africa) licence so I can purchase a new shell.


    21. 12-25-2007 02:22 AM #21
      Ah, before I forget. VW Motorsport built 2 custom "concept" Mk1s here a few years back. Factory kitted 1.8T engines. That was killed off by marketing, but the 2 were sold on to the public. One is down here in Cape Town I believe. Imagine a 20v 1.8 turbo option from the factory in a mk1.

    22. 12-25-2007 03:17 AM #22
      Quote, originally posted by 2226 »
      Ah, before I forget. VW Motorsport built 2 custom "concept" Mk1s here a few years back. Factory kitted 1.8T engines. That was killed off by marketing, but the 2 were sold on to the public. One is down here in Cape Town I believe. Imagine a 20v 1.8 turbo option from the factory in a mk1.

      even better 2.0t in mk1, oh yea.


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      12-25-2007 12:12 PM #23
      Quote, originally posted by 2226 »
      Oh no, sorry, they only decided to keep building real Golfs. Try your local hospital for overweight granny go-karts.

      Cool feature car,its good to know theres other vw's out there and people are using them for what they are meant for

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      I would buy one if I could!

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    27. 12-28-2007 12:01 AM #27
      Quote, originally posted by Mr Black »

      Uh.... yes. It is a Mk1 chassis and Mk1 technology. Just because it has a later build year does not make it less of a Mk1.

      Curious about the fuel injection system..... MP9? Is this some kind of standalone? Or is it related to Digifant? MAF with a flapper door or MAP sensor?


    28. 12-28-2007 07:17 PM #28
      Quote, originally posted by Mr Black »

      Uh.... yes. It is a Mk1 chassis and Mk1 technology. Just because it has a later build year does not make it less of a Mk1.

      Curious about the fuel injection system..... MP9? Is this some kind of standalone? Or is it related to Digifant? MAF with a flapper door or MAP sensor?

      So...what mk1s came with efi ?


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      12-28-2007 09:30 PM #29
      Quote, originally posted by 2226 »
      Oh no, sorry, they only decided to keep building real Golfs. Try your local hospital for overweight granny go-karts.


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      12-29-2007 02:32 AM #30
      Quote, originally posted by !monkey »
      whats the 200+ club??? whats the significance of "200"?

      Maybe it's 200 kmh plus, as in his car can go over 200 kmh.
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    31. 12-31-2007 11:08 AM #31
      i want to see a pic of this mod.

      "vinyl covered roof"


    32. 01-08-2008 01:58 PM #32
      then click on pictures....

      Black vinyl on the roof instead of a repaint i guess


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      01-08-2008 05:06 PM #33
      Quote, originally posted by Teets »
      i'd love to buy a 2008 MKIII with an OBDI VR6.. that would be nice!

      I'd be all over that!


    34. 01-08-2008 05:32 PM #34
      Quote, originally posted by drdrew »
      then click on pictures....

      Black vinyl on the roof instead of a repaint i guess

      Eh?


    35. 01-08-2008 05:34 PM #35
      Quote, originally posted by Teets »
      i'd love to buy a 2008 MKIII with an OBDI VR6.. that would be nice!

      I think maybe China or Brazil is your best bet there. Our only surviving dinosaur here is the mk1.


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