Car addiction is boundless and simply has no limits. All ages are submissive to this addiction, whether you are a teenager or a 30 y.o.
Today we gonna tell you about Alik and his Mk3 Cabrio.
In his ordinary life Alik, like all rank-and-files, goes to work and makes all his routine day-to-day duties. For many years this friend of us works as a manager in foodstuffs business.
Alik celebrated his 30-s birthday this year, and he is a family guy. But in the same time his rides are repeatedly awarded in different stance events, and his current Mk3 Cabrio project is not an exception. When it comes to his Cabriolet, we have to mention that formerly this car raised the whole scene of Moldavian stance culture to a totally new level.
Cabrio is the second Alik’s ride, preceded by a mk2 GTi, that in it’s turn resulted in stance addiction. Long time ago, surfing through the web, Alik suddenly came across stylish lowered cars and decided to translate those pictures into reality. He tried and the results turned out great. From that very moment the stance movement in Moldova set in.
As it often comes, most of the greatest achievements are made completely spontaneously.
“I’ve never dreamed about cabrio, but I happened to come across this very car, searching for a good shaped and reasonably priced car. It wasn’t my first time ever to rebuild a car, therefore on the day of purchase I already new what parts are going to be in the first row of modification. The same day the wheels were changed and springs were cut. Later on, as money come, I began to modify me car with much more quality and beauty. I never followed any standards and stereotypes. I just look at the car and realize how exactly it should look”
There are lots of ways to be satisfied, once you have a car. Speed, adrenaline, esthetics, leather interior etc…
Roofless car is the very thing you buy once and get satisfaction every damn time you dive into it. There’s nothing else that screams louder: “I have fun and this fun is only for me and a couple of people next to me. Not for anyone else!”
Some say that stance is nothing but show off, just another way of peacockery.
Others say that stance is similar to love in some way. Love for cars, your personal style and vision formation.
I can only statue that stance is a kind of an outlet for people that try to escape the routine of their daily life rhythms. Everyone feels free to decide why (or what for) he goes to his garage day by day each damn time, why (and what for) he spends his money and what kind of satisfaction he gets as result.
But of course we couldn’t avoid this question, and here come Alik’s thoughts on this point:
“Love for “iron” is so obsessive, that I just can’t leave my car in original shape as it once came from the factory. I’m always itching to make some changes and the desire of car modification doesn’t leave me for a second. First, I do it for myself, but the thought of my work acceptance by other people also remains”.
If you are on friendly terms with stancers, you probably already know that there’s no such concepts as “finished project” and “completely done car” in their community. This guys are in constant search for something new in terms of modifications and hacks and how-tos. They follow “fancy newelty” on the market and last modifications made by like-minded. Alik is not an exception and, like all of them, has already drawn the sketch of his list of future mods. He also raised the curtain a bit and let us know about some of them, that are planned for next season.
“The basic exterior modifications are already done: Vento (Jetta) front end swap, front bumper shaving, new maroon soft top, split BBS wheels and air suspension.
There’s one task in my what to do list, that is my number one concern and that won’t let me sleep during the preparation for the next season – the interior swap. I crave for factory leather interior ‘cause in my view my current cloth is not suitable for a cabrio. With new upholstery it will be way more pleasant to open the roof, especially in front of spectators”.
• 1.9 TDi AFN 110hp + ~30hp ECU remapping.
• 02A manual with cable link
• ABS installed
• Front 256mm rotors changed for 280mm
• Rear drum brakes changed for 239mm disk brakes
• 4 link air suspension
• AIR RIDE front struts and bags
• Dunlop 4 ½ rear bags and custom Audi rear struts
• AIR RIDE compressor
• 20l KamAZ receiver
• 8 3/8 4mm valves
• 8/6 lines
• control unit that allows to control each wheel or front/rear, left/right side
• remote control unit with front/rear pressure control
• BBS RF 5x120 ET+13 8.5x17 wheels
• 4x100 to 5x120 14/16mm adaptor spacers
• Nankang NS-2 185/35 R17 tires:
• -4/-5 degrees F/R camber
• maroon soft top
• Vento (Jetta) front end swap (hood, lights, grille)
• smoked headlights
• shaved front bumper
• GTi front lip
• air conditioning unit installed
• Parrot Asteroid head unit
Photo: Victor Shtefanica
Text: Tatiana Balakina
Translate by Evghenii Kovaliciuk