In the weeks prior to StanceWars i can remember asking my friends if they were going to the show, since the show doesn’t have as long of a history as some of the other events in the pacific northwest i could immediately see the doubtful gaze growing in their eyes. I would go on to convince them of the great experience i had last year, describing the layed back atmosphere and all the great cars, the fantastic location, only to end my argument by simply stating, StanceWars was by far my favorite event of the year.
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Photos by: Andrew Cox
Words by: Owner, Justin Short
Having owned 6 mk3’s and a 59 bug I was ready to “upgrade” to something more luxurious. So I searched and searched until I purchased my beloved GLI from Auburn’s Super Mall center display in 2007. The car had 24k miles on it, and was driven by the owner of Auburn VW. I daily drove it until 2008, increasing the mileage to 51k miles. At which point it got a Boser hood and shaved trunk by Artistic Creations in Lakewood Wa, BBS LM reps and Koni coilovers. Read more ›
This past saturday i had a great time, i met a lot of cool people and had to opportunity to shoot some cars that i dont normally have the opportunity to shoot. The day started out at Griot’s Garage in Tacoma, WA for a meet put on by NW-Built, who has a reputation for not being make specific, and that everyone with a good attitude can come out for a good time. Saturday was no different and surprisingly the weather turned out be pretty nice with the regular rain shower here and there in the early after noon but cleared up and tuned into a nice day later on, perfect for taking photos.
After leaving the meet a small group of us rolled down to the tide flats in tacoma for a StanceWars photo shoot. A few of the cars that were featured for the shoot was Mark Bello’s Scion tC, Vernon Lim’s RSX, Connor Surdi’s silver WRX, and Billy Gano’s black Miata. Check out the photos and dont forget to head over Andrew Cox Photography for prints of your favorites.
It’s hard these days to style a car that hasn’t been done before or that’s not played out.
Paulette was in love with the B6 even before she started thinking about any type of modifications. She wanted a full size car that had potential. Like all car enthusiasts it wasn’t long before the “itch” took over. With her roots starting in mini-trucks Paulette was no newcomer to the modification world and it wasn’t long before the Passat started its transformation.
Within 90 days of hitting the road the B6 was lowered with KW Variant 1 coil overs and received cat back exhaust with Borla mufflers. After being lowered the stock rollers came off and on went some RS4 replicas. With a year gone by and show season coming more needed to be done. Not happy with the initial drop from the B6 coils something had to happen so the rears were pulled and replaced with MK5 springs. Now with the car as low as it could go for her taste and it being a daily driver the modification in the appearance to the body was much in need.
To achieve a “lower more aggressive” look Paulette had the badgeless grill, Votex lip, side skirts and rear flush spoiler color matched to the car. To gain the right look she had the doorstops and rear valance sanded smooth and color matched. With a new look to the body the car needed a wheels with a more polished look. Wanting to move away from the standard “spoked” look Paulette test fitted a set of Mercedes-Benz Alphards, in love she fell. It was a perfect match for her! With the body complete next came a few go fast goodies so along came the Revo Stage 1 and Carbonio intake which led to modifying the exhaust one last time with techtonics cat back, and removing one of the Borla mufflers.
EBC cross drilled and slotted rotors front and rear.
Mercedes Benz Alphards 18×8.5 et.35 front 9.5 et.40 rear
Falken 512 225/40 all around.
8mm H&R spacers rear.
Words by Paulette Templin
To see more photos of this car check out Andrew Cox Photography