Casey’s 1980 MK I Scirocco


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


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.



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.



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.


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. (





NAB 2017

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With day one in the books the 2017 NAB Show in Las Vegas, Nevada did not disappoint. Major players in the film making industry came out swinging with new product announcements. Atomos, Dji, Freefly, SmallHD, and Zeiss just to name a few, all with new products which will be available later this year.

Linked below is each company’s very own article discussing their new products, first impressions, and much more. There was just too much to cover in just one article. Click a company below to get started.

Dji      FreeFly Systems     SmallHD      Zeiss      Panasonic

New Product Report: Rhino Arc


[Rhino Arc]

Rhino Camera Gear just released for pre order their new Rhino Arc. Set to ship out early spring of 2016, the Rhino Arc is an add on to the motion control system that can easily be attached to your V1 slider or the new Evo Carbon Slider. The Arc will make getting those creative panning shots a whole lot easier especially for the one man band.


[Rhino Arc]

The Rhino Arc is not the full Motion Control system, which is a completely different product that can be found HERE. The Rhino Arc however is an additional accessory that will help improve the motion control system one step further and make it easier to set up and control your shots.

It can easily be screwed onto your slider base plate and then controlled by the Motion Control system with an additional wire. By using the dial built on the Motion Control system you will be able to set up the endpoints, length, and speed of the panning shot.

“Rhino Arc uses an internal motor and rechargeable battery to pan your camera a full 360 degrees. A beautiful OLED screen lets you know the status of Arc and if it’s paired to motion. The platform supports camera setups as heavy as 15lbs and only weighs 1lb 1oz.” – RhinoCameraGear


[Rhino Arc]

As of right now the price is set at $400 US, which includes just the Arc itself, the cable, and paperwork. But if you order now you can save $50 by pre-ordering it. For a fully decked out motion slider rig by Rhino Camera Gear, (include: the Slider, Motion Control, and the Arc) will probably set you back anywhere from $1,400 and up depending on the length of the slider you choose.

It will be interesting to see how the Arc stacks up against similar systems like the SYRP Genie Mini. Though the price of the Mini is $249 it only holds up a Panning Load of 8.8lb/Tilting Load – centered 6.6 lb., when the Rhino Arc can hold heavier rig setups at 15lbs.

To check out more about the Rhino Arc and watch a video that demonstrates it’s capabilities *click here*

To check out the new Evo Carbon Fiber Slider *click here*