Here’s kicking off the new year with an old favourite.
The Mk1 Golf is famed in the Cape petrolkop community for being a cabbie that lends itself quite readily to makeovers.
As Lorenzo Lawrence, the owner of this silver 2008 Citi Rox says: “The golf is iconic in South Africa. Most important thing is that it’s very cheap to maintain and parts are easily available. The golf is very easy to modify as well, whether you are going stance or race.”
Lorenzo, a 25-year-old educator from Kraaifontein, has paid most of his attention to the look and feel of his golf, with some unique finishings on the interior.
This, he says, it what helps his car to stand out from the crowd.
Lorenzo says: “The interior was done by Justin Faroa of 021 customs. His work is impeccable. The seats, panels, dash and boot display were designed and installed by Justin as well as the sound system. How everything comes together is just perfect.”
Bobby Nitro had to ask Lorenzo how his golfie went down at his school.
He replies: “I work at a Primary school in Delft. Sometimes I do go to school with the car. And you know the young ones. It’s always awesome to see the excitement on their faces waiting on me to air out.”
The car is named Jane Doe, which gets people’s attention. Apparently the inspiration came from the series Street Outlaws, where one of the presenters cars was named John Doe.
With air suspension done by Wadeworx, other exterior mods include and R-line wing fitted and universal lip, jeep headlights, and 15-inch CLI- reps chromed bought at Autostyling Klerksdorp.
The tires are 165/40/15s bought at Shaba Mags. Under the bonnet the plant has remained standard 1.4i just with an exhaust done by Brandon of Pro-Fit.
For audio pleasure, Lorenzo has a Sony double din, four Targa mids and tweeters in the front doors. Two 6 by 9s in the rear console, and one 12-inch Energy Audio sub. Two amplifiers power this set up, with the monoblock behind the seats and the four-channel in front by the dash.
Lorenzo says he would love to get a sunroof installed one day, that it’s definitely on the cards, but first he “needs to get the silver shining again”.
He says: “The strong point about owning a golf of this sort is that it is light on fuel and “sounds lovely”, while the reactions he gets from “young and old are a blessing”.
Lorenzo belongs to a club called Familia, known across the car scene as SlamFam, which he says “is not really a crew but more a group of guys who meet up and go to events together”.