It was all the way back in 2013 that we posed a question with an open discussion: when it comes to coilovers versus air suspension, which one is right for you? Better yet, is one objectively better than the other? It’s a fiery debate that has burned for years and years, at times peaking as a community hot topic, and at others, smoldering with intense heat in the background.
In no way is Dirk Deppen’s approach to building cars subtle. The idea of a “sleeper” is lost on him; the importance of aesthetics and the cohesion between style and performance are paramount in his list of build plans. Just one glance at his main project, an E30, gives it all away: a turbo 5.3 LS, enormous fenders, wild wheels, and everything in between make for a wonderfully ostentatious machine. His E28 on the other hand, is admittedly a bit more nuanced.
I distinctly remember the first time I saw one of Paul’s cars while walking the sweltering aisles of Waterfest in Englishtown, New Jersey. He was toying with a mysterious switch box and it left a lasting impression on me that I still remember to this day. While now-a-days it seems that white Volkswagen MK5s must have rolled off the factory lots with air suspension, back in 2007, air suspension was nearly unheard of at euro shows.
It’s an argument that finds its way into discussions in every car show parking lot and enthusiast garage. Spanner wrenches and elbow grease are pitted against control switches and compressors. The debate gets heated as claims that your car isn’t low enough until your subframe hits asphalt are met with remarks that “airride is cheating”.
In the world of Volkswagens, Aaron Ok is known by many and loved by most – he’s a MK4-owning, every-show-going, country-wide-travelling, charismatic in-it-for-all-the-right-reasons kind of guy. Strewn in with the string of hyphenated adjectives is years worth of hard work and dedication to a marque he loves.