What if we took our GTI to an event not involving lap times?

David S.
Update by David S. Wallens to the Volkswagen Golf GTI project car
May 8, 2024 | GTI, Cars and Coffee, Mk7 GTI

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Our GTI has seen lots of excitement: track days and tire tests, local autocrosses and One Lap of America.

Maybe a quiet event for once? We showed it this past weekend at a local cars and coffee–about 40 minutes away in downtown Sanford, Florida.

The day’s mission: chill with some friends and check out some cars. We saw lots of Miatas–no surprise, right?–but also an early, original Viper RT/10, an Iron Mask Nissan Skyline and a low-mileage 1979 Indy Pace Car Mustang that, oddly, had been painted black by the dealer.

One thing this day did point out: Our Golf GTI still makes an incredible dual-purpose car. It’s quick, comfortable and turns some heads.

Coming up next: an SCCA double-header at the FIRM with an autocross in the morning and a Track Sprint that afternoon.

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David S. Wallens
David S. Wallens Editorial Director
5/8/24 1:15 p.m.

And I do enjoy these events. I go with a friend and we use it as an opportunity to get the cars out of the garage, see some cool cars, and just chat while walking about. 

 

David S. Wallens
David S. Wallens Editorial Director
5/8/24 1:21 p.m.

Also, come join us (and the GTI) at the FIRM on May 18 for an SCCA autocross/Track Sprint.

Coniglio Rampante
Coniglio Rampante Reader
5/8/24 4:06 p.m.

I'm either stupid or in exactly the right place...I suppose two things can be true simultaneously...but as I was admiring the Viper, my mind went to "hmm, that old Ford van in the background could sure come in handy."🤓

David S. Wallens
David S. Wallens Editorial Director
5/8/24 4:07 p.m.

That Ford van was pretty sweet. 

David S. Wallens
David S. Wallens Editorial Director
5/8/24 4:09 p.m.

And, for me, that’s part of the fun–a bit of everything. We saw Mustangs and Miatas, Ferraris and Fits. (See what I did there?)

Next time, I’ll get some photos of the van. 

 

Coniglio Rampante
Coniglio Rampante Reader
5/8/24 4:10 p.m.

Nice pics; I love local informal-ish shows like that.  You never know what may show up.  Thanks for posting.

David S. Wallens
David S. Wallens Editorial Director
5/9/24 9:44 a.m.

In reply to Coniglio Rampante :

No problem and, yes, a fan of the laid-back nature as well. Come and go as you please, check out some cars, maybe make a new friend. Not all of the cars there were my thing, but plenty were. 

David S. Wallens
David S. Wallens Editorial Director
5/9/24 9:47 a.m.

A car from the event that we need to learn more about: RB25-powered 240SX. 

David S. Wallens
David S. Wallens Editorial Director
5/9/24 9:48 a.m.

Didn’t talk to the owner but another one to visit next time: clean notchback is a good color. 

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