Kai Kriegbaum - 1982 VW Golf MK1
The car was first driven by an old lady and already had a few kilometers. It is powered by a 1.1L engine with 50PS, so I must say I drive according to the motto “Who drives slowly will be seen longer”.
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My name is Kai Kriegbaum, aged 28 and come from Southern Germany.
Professional, I work as a Private Client Advisor in a large Deutsche Bank.
I have been interested in cars since I was a child and I have always purchased and read many magazines and then got to know the boys and girls from the ‘Unique Car Society Mannheim’. This led onto many great friendships and a gained foothold in the scene. Through these individuals I am now part of the ‘@Low Familia’ and ‘@VW Home’, both are great forums with a very close relationship.
Thanks to Corona, this year almost every car event has been cancelled otherwise, I would love to attend many events to meet good old friends and indeed get to build new friendships within the scene. For me, the best events so far were of course, the ‘Wörthersee’, ‘MIVW’, ‘XS-Carnight’ and ‘Tief Im Wald of Custom Junkies’.
My car history consist of firstly driving a Skoda Fabia Combi and from here, the tuning started! After the Skoda I moved onto a Golf 6 R Static and a Passat CC which was on air ride. Now I drive a VW Golf MK1 from 1982, I purchased it from a friend back in 2019. The car was first driven by an old lady and already had a few kilometres. It is powered by a 1.1L engine with 50PS, so I must say I drive according to the motto “Who drives slowly will be seen longer”.
At the beginning of the year, I completely disassembled the car because it got a completely new paint job in the rare original colour ‘Inari Silver’. After the painting I continued with my much loved rebuild. The Golf currently stands on some DTS Coil Over suspension with UniBall dome bearings from HK-Exclusive. At the axel turn rims from the house BBS with the designation PA514 with 195/45 R15 Nexen tyres. The dimensions they have are 7x15 and stand full in the wheel housing thanks to track plates!
On the body itself, the fenders and side panels have been lightly machined to give the rims enough space and the tailgate has lost its wiper. You know what they say “Kill all Wipers!” The bumpers are now completely black with some chrome strips instead of the original grey. On top of that, the old chrome mirrors were also used.
The interior is completely original from factory with its brown equipment in a good and well-kept condition. So far, only a modern radio in old optics has been installed.
Over the winter the car will get a decent sound system for the trunk which is a must in everyone’s life.
I terms of the work undertaken on the car, all of the work has been done by myself or with the help of friends.
I would like to give a shout out to ‘Low Familia’ which you can find on Instagram at @low_familia.at and ‘VW Home’ who are also on Instagram on @vwhome. The pictures within his article were produced by Sascha J who you can find on @saschis.world.
Thank you for your time reading my article.
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