Casey’s 1980 MK I Scirocco

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Interior: Re-trimmed new carpet, headliner, dash mat, false trunk, parcel tray
Exterior: Kamei front spoiler, Kamei rear spoiler, Kamei hood scoop, Frenched headlights, Kamei inspired Pinstripes
Wheels: Staggered 15 inch BBS Rs
Engine: Tuned up 1.6L 8v

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A Volkswagen Colibri Green Metallic 1980 Mk I Scirocco sat dormant for 12 years. Casey Santiago first laid his eyes on it about 4 years ago as he drove past it on his way to visit his dad. Since then he never took his eyes off of it, every time he drove past “There was just something about that car, the design and style of the Scirocco”.  A few month ago Casey’s dream of owning that Scirocco finally came true. Unfortunately, the high of finally having that car he drove past all those countless times was short lived with the unexpected passing of his mother. No one knew eight weeks ago Casey would experience so much joy and so much tragedy in that short period of time in his life.  For the Scirocco it would have to wait a little bit longer for a second chance.

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It was not until a few days later Casey’s father reminded him of that Colibri Green Metallic 1980 Mk I Scirocco still sitting dormant he purchased days earlier. Casey returned to the Scirocco and after a much needed mechanical tune up it started right up “The car helped boost my morale”.  Finally arriving home he was able to start the full rebuild of the Scirocco, the interior was the next step. During the remodeling of the Scirocco’s interior, Casey would hear something that not even he could have prepared himself for.

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See, when Casey was growing up his mother had a fascination for the Bi-Centennial Quarters. “She thought they were the cool quarters” Casey remembers. He would collect them with her and if he ever found one when she wasn’t with him, he was sure to give it to her as a present. As Casey started to tear out the carpet, he heard a light clank of metal on metal. He found himself staring at a 1776 – 1976 United States Bi-Centennial Quarter. “It was a coin… a Bi-Centennial quarter”.  It was at that moment, “she was right there with me and it meant a lot”. Underneath the carpet of a car that sat 12 years dormant, a message to Casey to continue to be himself and smile. That quarter to Casey symbolized a bond with the Scirocco, and a happy memory of his mother he will never forget.

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Casey has been surround by Volkswagens his whole life. At the age of 16 his first car was a vr6 Mk 4 Jetta, “It was just what you thought was a classic sedan”. Ever since then he has purchased nothing but Volkswagens… more than just a few. Since that first Jetta working on it in his gravel driveway to now with the Scirocco on a lift, Casey predicts nothing but Volkswagens for a long time to come. You can find Casey’s big smile behind the counter helping you get the right parts you need for your Volkswagen at Kelly Volkswagen in Scranton, PA. He has come to call Kelly Volkswagen his second home and everyone that works there part of his ever growing family. The Volkswagen community to Casey, has helped him build new friendships with likeminded Volkswagen enthusiast as well as helped him find an outlet to express his creativity and individualism. “Doing VW things, with my VW friends!” Casey is part of the CoolWater VW Audi Club established in 2001 to help bring more Volkswagen and Audi enthusiast together. The club attends shows, and helps each other build and fix their cars.  You can catch up with Casey and the CoolWater Club at Dubs on the Boards Spetember 8th North Wildwood, NJ. (http://www.dubsontheboards.com/)

 

 

 

 

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