It seems for Brent Isaacs, 24, of Pelican Heights, that having his trusty VW with him did the trick.
Brent, like many guys across the Cape, grew up around petrolkoppe, so it was no surprise that with a father who fitted rims, modified and dropped cars, he would witness this passion as a young boy and turn out to be a fan as well.
But, back to that big question. So there’s the scene, Brent has invited his long-time girlfriend Jaclyn Albertyn out for a drive and a photoshoot, and he has been skrikking for days over the fact that he wants to propose marriage to the girl.
He already knows she’s into cars, which ticks a major box for the guy. So there he is, out on Chapman’s Peak, with Lee Heubner from Studiolens behind the lens. Jaclyn has likely picked up that all is not normal, what with Brent nervous and skittering around to make everything perfect. Then he sommer bites the bullet, gets down on one knee in honour of the tradition, and pops the question.
Brent says: “That was the most nervous question in my life so far and she was basically shocked, but she had also realised that I wasn’t 100% that day, there was something on my mind.”
Ladies and gents, with no further ado, Jaclyn said yes. Witnessing it were Lee as well as Brent’s 2011 Polo with air suspension installed by Wadeworx, which he has had for three years now. He has added some touches to the outside with lips and spoilers, emphasising the lines somewhat.
What Brent likes about Golf is this, he says: “I grew up around the Golf brand, the 5s and 6s mainly, and seeing that my dad never had problems with VW, I always said that I would like to drive VW too. I’ve done so for four years and it has never let me down.
“What is extra special about my car is that it is bagged. Engine-wise, I’ve added only a cone filter, and these are the things that most youngsters like me do first.”
He did not arrive at air though, having gone through cut springs to heated springs to coilovers first before settling in the hi-tech air suspension solution.
Brent adds, looking at his BBS rims: “This will also be probably my seventh or eighth set of wheels on the car and there is still some engine work I’d like to get done, as well as a sunroof and a leather interior.”
He describes the cabbie’s strong points as being the fact that it “always makes me smile” and its weak points as being the fact that it is a 1.4 litre powerplant, which does feel somewhat underpowered and “I get a bit frustrated with having to drag gears a bit”.
Brent, though it can be said he is doing quite well with car choice so far considering his young age, has his sights set on owning a Golf 6 GTi DSG someday, soon let’s hope.