Volkswagen: “the people’s car,” it says, if you were to translate the name to English. What began as both a name and a mantra 83 years ago still rings true today… It’s undeniable that somehow, it’s the Volkswagen community that seems the tightest, and the most group-oriented, inexplicably bonded together by machines that began life as nothing more than economic forms of transportation.
In 1956, Renault introduced the world to the Dauphine, a rear-engined economy car that succeeded the pint-sized successful post-war 4CV. With its remarkably small size, beautiful aesthetics, and fantastic practicality, it was an immediate success, having sold more than two million units by the time production ended 11 years later. Despite building so many, however, chances are that you’ve never even seen one until now. At least, what remains of it.
Cars that you own early on in your life typically have a special place in your heart, even a decade after you have sold the vehicle. Plans to modify it in ways your budget would not allow still remain fresh in your memory; some modifications still in line with your current tastes, others not so much. Clay’s first Volkswagen was a 1987 Alpine White Jetta GLI, owned over 10 years ago when he was just 18 years old.
If there is anything we’ve been pushing as a website in 2011, it has been that this scene is as much about the people that make it up as it is about the cars. Sometimes we share the stories of new faces, bringing to light the fresh ideas and builds they are contributing to the scene. However, sometimes we share the stories of those who have helped build the scene we know and love.