These days it’s all too common for kids to get a loan and buy a relatively new car, then throw some more money at it, getting a company to carry out their desired mods.
That’s fine if that’s your thing. Some people don’t know how to do the work themselves, totally understandable.
Warren Matthews is not one of them. He’s worked hard for what he’s got. He’s 18 years old and works as an apprentice at a John Deere dealership.
We met Warren at ‘The Rebellion’, a huge car meet organised by CarCultureUK. There was something for everyone, JDM, VAG, old school, stance, drift and literally everything else you can think of. It was a wild night for sure. It was Warren’s Mk2 Golf that caught our eye. We’re suckers for a bit of old school.
Warren’s Golf came off the production line in 1990 as a 1300 CL 3 door. It’s not now though.
The wheezy 1300 lump did it’s job but has not been replaced with an 1800 8v GTi engine. That’s a big jump.in performance but Warren has also bestowed this little mk2 with a ported and polished head with Piper fast road cam and it’s been chipped.
It breathes in through a K&N filter and out through a full stainless steel custom exhaust system 4-1 manifold. There’s even a chromed rocker cover to make it look pretty. This thing must fly.
Suspension is taken care of by a set of AP coilovers and stopping is taken care of by a Passat B4 brake upgrade.
Front wishbones have been cleaned and resprayed and poly bushed with powerflex bushes.
This bad ass mk2 rolls on the coolest set of flat bronze XXR 002.5 15” wheels with sticky Toyo tyres.
There’s a GTi 16v front splitter and original 1990 small chrome trim bumpers. Very cool
Classic looking side decals were supplied by Voomeran and really suit the Golf.
Warren has done most of the work himself, pretty much all bar the engine swap. He’s paid for it all himself too.
I asked him why he did it. Why has a young lad chosen to go down the retro car path and not just get something modern and easy to own?
His answer was simple and to the point; “Because it’s fucking sick.”
As is the way with projects, it’s never finished and probably never will be.
Warren has a massive to do list of everything from more poly bushing, rear disc conversion, racing seats and harnesses, boot build, some exterior bits like a spoiler, rear camber plates…….you get the idea.
We’re looking forward to seeing this wicked Mk2 Golf at more meets and watching it evolve.