This story would start in the most common way, as to how you found out about a particular build: I had seen it on Instagram. Found in a picture parked next to Sam Wookey’s MK1 Polo. I didn’t manage to track Corbyn Dickason down till Low Collective, unfortunately it began to rain at that show so we caught up with him again at Players 9. So let’s talk to Corbyn to find out more about his simply breathtaking MK1 restoration project.
As you get older you begin to notice, time really does fly by. I’m sure we can all agree that 2015 has flown by similar to the speed of a F-22 Raptor at full after burner. I feel as though Euro Tripper and SoWo just happened, yet already both of those events will be here in a matter of months. Hell Simply Clean 7 felt like it was last weekend, meanwhile in reality its happened over a month ago. But even though time seems to be speeding by like a wormhole, we at least get to hold on to the memories the year has brought us. Today we’ll be going over the highs and lows of 2015, the most memorable moments, and some we may not want to remember. We’ll pay respect to those that we have lost, but will never forget, and look onto the future. Lastly, instead of having someone else give you there thoughts on things, we’re gonna give you our thoughts. We hope you all enjoy the multitude of work produced by our photographers, the faces and cars of those we’ve met along the way, and the products we’ve produced throughout the year.
We don’t know what it is folks, but something about the Caribbean just keeps on pulling us back. Hell the scenery alone is enough to captivate the heart and minds of many across the globe. But we think its something else, another element that simply makes it feel like home. For us there’s one island in particular that coincides with this feeling, Puerto Rico. Where else can you have nice view of crystal blue waters boarded with white sandy beaches and some eye pleasing dubs in the background? Did we mention the food is literally to die for and the women, ah a topic for another time I suppose. But for today’s topic, we’re gonna have a chat with another Puerto Rico local whose MKIV Jetta is equally as stunning as the women. As always we’ll pick and prod to see what goes on in the mind of this fellow enthusiast, to see where the passion began, and what the future may hold. So all aboard on our trip to Puerto Rico to further inspect Vince and his MKIV Jetta.
Seldom do we meet people who can see things on a larger scale than what we can see ourselves. Even more rare to meet people who tell things as they are without a care of how people will perceive them afterwards. We crave those people. Those who have an open mindset and see things as they are. I have met very few people who have this outlook on things outside of the car community. But when its someone who is within the community, someone you share a common bond with, it becomes an interesting friendship. It’s knowing that no matter what questions you have, there’s someone to give you an outside perspective on the way things are. For us, that go to person is none other than Matt Greene (@mattgreenevw). Matt is a U.S. Army Veteran who has served for our country over seas in the middle east. He is also probably one of the most knowledgeable people in the community, bar none. These attributes aside, Matt has seen what our community started out as and what it has become today. Some of you may read this solely to gaze upon the beauty that is Matt’s MKIII Jetta. While others may not agree with what we will discuss. But we aren’t here to please the masses, nor is Matt here for the “scene points.” Without further a due, here is our feature on Matt Greene and his 94′ Volkswagen Jetta.
As you may have noticed with the previous two car features, the European/VW community is alive and well in Puerto Rico. The community is what we aspire ours to be, a family full of characters willing to lend a helping hand no matter the situation. The island is filled with like minded people and enthusiasts. Maybe it’s because its such a small island or maybe its that Caribbean mentality that out of many people, we are one (yes I know that’s Jamaica’s slogan but its so true for the rest of the islands and its people. With that said how about we get into our final installment of our articles originating out of Puerto Rico. This final article will be no different from the other two, praising an enthusiast who has dedicated his time (not to mention money) into rebuilding a MKIII. Everyone, please meet Eric Rojas (@ericmrojas) and his MKIII Cabrio.
As promised, we have a few features coming to you folks from the fine people down in Puerto Rico. As we stated before, these articles will praise those who have poured their hearts and passion into the cars they have built or are in the progress of building. This next article is sure to not disappoint. As you guys have seen we are huge fans of MKIII VW’s. But that doesn’t mean that it’s strictly what we write about or want to feature. We love any and all European makes/models. And with the right personality, any one of these cars can make for a great article. Point in case, Gabriel Gonzalez and his 89′ MKII GTI. This is a guy whose entire back round has been that of VAG cars. He knows truly what it means to care and want to make a difference within the community. In this article we will open your eyes to who he is, and the car that has put a smile on his face since the day it was purchased.
If you haven’t noticed by now, the 3,500 square mile island of Puerto Rico is home to some serious Volkswagens and enthusiasts. From exquisitely built water-cooled late models to pristine early model air-cooled cars. But the one thing about the community in PR, that we aspire to have here stateside, is the brotherhood like bond that exist throughout the island. It doesn’t matter whether or not you have an air-cooled car or water-cooled, you’re considered part of a family. That family like bond does emanate from those who make the jump to the mainland, but it’s nothing compared to the atmosphere of being on the island. And for the course of the next week or two we will be featuring cars and enthusiasts from the island. Without further a due let us introduce our first article on one of the more outgoing faces in the community, Mr. Eric Agosto.