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A Mk2 Polo Breadvan Builder’s Finale. For Now…

A Mk2 Polo Breadvan Builder’s Finale. For Now…


2020 was a bizarre yr for all of us. Amidst the pandemic, the considered touring wherever wasn’t actually crossing many individuals’s minds – and even potential – however I had to unfold my wings and fly. I ended up in Poland, the place I attended Ultrace at Spodek Area within the metropolis of Katowice.

That is the place I met Thomas Owczarski from Chemnitz, Germany. Thomas is a former carpenter who studied automotive engineering in Zwickau, and is now a improvement engineer within the rail trade. He’s additionally an knowledgeable on modifying and tuning previous Volkswagen Polo 2Fs, with a number of examples below his belt.


Thomas’s 1992 Polo 2F Breadvan – higher often known as Rocket Polo in its modified state – blew me away. It was in contrast to something I had ever seen earlier than.


A {custom} wide-body equipment impressed by these from the likes of RWB and Liberty Stroll, mixed with meaty tires and a turbo setup ensured the Polo actually stood out amongst all the opposite vehicles within the present, which is saying one thing. Sadly, I solely took a few snaps of it, so maybe it’s a narrative for an additional day.


In 2021, Thomas returned to Ultrace – now at Wrocław Stadium – together with his orange Polo 2F Breadvan. The following yr he introduced out his prized possession – a second white Polo.


I did attend Ultrace 2022, however I can’t for the lifetime of me keep in mind whether or not I noticed the automotive or not. I do know for positive that I didn’t take any pictures of it, however trying on the madness by this one from Vladimir, I actually want I had.


That brings us to Ultrace 2023, the place this 1991 Volkswagen Polo 2F Breadvan pulled me in for a more in-depth look. The large bodywork immediately gave it away; I knew precisely who had constructed the automotive.


Thomas acquired the Polo from a pal who had purchased the automotive for its new suspension. The automotive was a bonus, so he was completely happy to dump it to Thomas, who might then embark on but one other Breadvan venture.


Just like the white Rocket Polo, Thomas’s crimson automotive has obtained the identical {custom} wide-body therapy, which has added a whopping 200mm of width to every facet of the automotive. Together with the fibreglass fenders and facet skirts, {custom} entrance and rear bumpers have been additionally required. A entrance splitter and yellow-tinted headlights end issues off.


Throughout the exterior are solid carbon fibre components. Some are remakes of OEM components, whereas others – just like the facet mirrors – are custom-designed items.


Thomas drives the Polo commonly, however as he plans to make use of it every day, he’s made some modifications to enhance the automotive’s dealing with, whereas additionally setting the journey top. KW coilovers have been fitted, and all rubber bushings have been changed with Powerflex polyurethane equivalents.

For wheels, Thomas has gone for Schmidt Revolution Fashionable-Line 3-piece splits measuring 16×10-inch in any respect 4 corners. The +30 offset fronts characteristic a 4-inch outer dish, whereas the +15mm rears have a strong 6.5-inches of polished barrel.


It’s clear that Thomas spent plenty of time on the outside particulars, however there’s a bunch extra contained in the Polo too.


Grey automotive interiors and seats with splashes of colour remind me of my childhood within the ’90s, so this one took me proper again. What’s additionally ’90s-spec is the banging sound system. So banging the truth is, that the roof has been braced, and for sound high quality the complete inside is layered with between two and 4 layers of alubutyl deadening.


What’s particular concerning the system, is that apart from the trendy Kenwood head unit, it’s largely made up up of old fashioned audio gear. Within the flooring of the entrance passenger footwell are a pair of Helix HXA 400 MkII amplifiers for 4 Hifonics ZX-M3 mid-range audio system and 4 Hifonics ZX-6.2T tweeters. The doorways are internally break up to have separate enclosures for the mids.


Behind the passenger are a pair of Steg QMOS 75.4 amplifiers – for the 4 Phonocar 737 Sequence kick-bass audio system – sandwiched in between two Steg QMOS 220.2 amplifiers that energy the 2 Cerwin Vega V124 12-inch subwoofers within the trunk.


“To construct one thing totally different to the primary Rocket Polo, I made a decision to look again to the place it began within the ’90 with automotive hi-fi,” says Thomas. “During the last three years, I collected NOS [new old stock] amps and audio system from all the great names at on-line marketplaces. The amps have been primarily present in Germany and Italy, the Phonocar audio system I received from Italy, and the woofers have been present in Switzerland.”


These with a eager eye may need noticed the brand above earlier on this publish. It’s not one thing random; it’s been with Thomas for a very long time. Method again to 1998, when graffiti artwork was massive in Germany.

‘DFC’ stands for ‘Driving Fancy Vehicles’, and that is an early sketch of a emblem that Thomas sprayed in his storage. The insignia has adopted him for greater than twenty years, and he all the time finds a spot for it in his builds.


Beneath the hood, the inventory 54hp 1.3L AAV motor has been swapped for a 1.4L DOHC 16V AFH unit from a Volkswagen Polo 6N2. Inside, there’s larger ports and 256-degree cams; outdoors you’ll discover a custom-designed consumption manifold with a Okay&N filter that’s provided cool air from a big duct on the entrance of the automotive, and a {custom} equal-length, tubular chrome steel exhaust manifold.


The header runs right into a {custom} 55mm exhaust system with two silencers to maintain the neighbours completely happy. Thomas says the engine makes a humble 125hp, however it’s good for every day driving. The gearbox is a rebuilt VW G40 merchandise, and the entire powertrain sits in a clear and extremely detailed engine bay.


Talking of particulars, right here’s an actual blast from the previous. A real Speedhunters x TAKATA Racing tow strap that Thomas acquired again within the day.


Thomas says that this newest Polo construct was a wild rollercoaster journey, proper up till he left for Poland and Ultrace together with his pals. They’re a decent group who’ve been with Thomas for years. Lutz takes care of the welding, David comes up with the composites, Mario handles paintwork, and Ferry ensures the vehicles make it to the place they have to be.

This construct, nevertheless, holds a particular place in Thomas’s coronary heart. He met Kai 10 years in the past, they usually rapidly grew to become greatest pals. Sadly although, Kai handed away final yr, so to have a few of his effort and time invested into this construct means the world to Thomas. It’s a automotive he’ll maintain perpetually now.


Will we see one other Polo construct from Thomas at Ultrace? Time will inform, however in all probability not he says. With greater than twenty years spent modifying the mannequin, Thomas thinks it’s time to maneuver on to one thing else. What he brings to Poland’s greatest automotive celebration in years to return, we’ll simply have to attend and see.

That’s it for our Ultrace 2023 protection. Like many, I can’t wait to see what’s in retailer for subsequent yr’s present.

Alen Haseta
Instagram: hazetaa

Further Photos by Vladimir Ljadov
Instagram: wheelsbywovka
as a result of@wheelsbywovka.com



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