February 6, 2023

Small cabriolets typically get tarnished with the identical, lame picture; however Brandon Quail’s modified Mk1 Golf Cabrio full with Berg Cup equipment and a 300bhp 1.8T is way out of your common rag high!

Characteristic from Efficiency VW journal. Phrases: Ted Dorset. Images: Tony Watson.

The 12 months is 1988, the film License to Drive (what a movie – Ed) is within the theatres, and the star of the present for us VW heads was not the 2 Coreys, however a white Mk1 Cabriolet.

Right here in the present day, although, is a main instance of an ’88 Cabriolet, however not just like the star of that film… or any others you’ve have seen for that matter. This can be a prime instance of a wolf in sheep’s clothes, who ate Little Crimson and stole her cloak.

Please say hey to Brandon Quail. He’s a 35-year-old Automotive Engineer with a love of automobiles, properly highly effective automobiles. Brandon has had 19 automobiles and fortunately solely 4 of these have been non VAG automobiles! The remainder are a sprinkling of Wolfsburg’s and Ingolstadt’s best from VW and Audi. The beginning of Brandon’s VW timeline was a ’92 Golf extra door in Calypso Inexperienced. The automotive was purchased out of necessity, sight unseen, and didn’t even know what it was earlier than finishing the sale. The automotive was a hack job and “broke each Friday”, however he cherished it! He was very proud, as this was the primary automotive he’d bought on his personal on the age of 18. Brandon’s record continues on with this being his most up-to-date buy in the summertime of 2018.

front wheels on Modified Mk1 Golf Cabrio

One night time his spouse mentioned that she “wouldn’t thoughts one”, when requested a couple of Cabriolet, so the search started and it was discovered on Fb’s market. With Brandon not considering a Cabriolet was that a lot of a person’s automotive and because it was allegedly to be a birthday reward to his spouse, the acquisition was made. The automotive was a cream puff, working, driving, 2.0 ABA swap automotive, with its regular put on and tear lacking elements and dings. It was Twister Crimson and nonetheless is. It ran, however let’s simply say that the automotive wasn’t comfortable. Just a few minutes after leaving the sellers home, it first broke down.

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The roadside mechanic kicked into gear and an alternator was sourced and changed they usually have been on their manner, strike one. Strike two got here the very subsequent week. On their strategy to its first VW present, Cult Basic, the crank sensor determined to kick the bucket. Brandon states that this was the final straw and the drained 8v needed to come out. After doing the wanted analysis and buying all that was wanted the swap was made, from a lowly 97hp 8v to a wholesome 1.8T able to 400-500 HP. Being no stranger to excessive horsepower automobiles from his G60 Swapped Calloway Turbo’d Mk1 Jetta GLI to his 2017 Dodge Challenger 392 Scat Pack, he knew that the 1.8T was a great motor able to dependable horsepower.

As with every construct, this was solely speculated to be a easy swap, Brandon. “A 1.8T, K04 hybrid turbo, nothing loopy.” Everyone knows it simply doesn’t cease there. He wished extra energy each time he drove it. So it began, Part 2.  Brandon took his inspiration from 2 automobiles. The Peach Mk1 20v constructed by Unix Efficiency and the Berg Cup Cabby named “Blackjack” by Tommo Houseago.

1.8T BAM engine in Mk1 Golf

The superior Berg Cup Fender equipment was sourced and put in. As this added a lot extra width new wheels have been an absolute necessity. These got here within the type of Work CR01 3-piece in 15” by 8.5/10” entrance and rear respectively. He’d seen them on a Nissan Skyline and fell sufferer to COVID, ready 7 months for them to be delivered.

To completely place the wheels within the new fenders the suspension went from Airlift 3P air-ride to BC Racing Excessive Low coilovers with Swift springs to compensate for the added weight from the 1.8T and a extra observe impressed efficiency. Each a part of this automotive is the work of Brandon. Weekend warrior model with all of the mechanical work, the fender installations, the paint.

Gearshift in Golf

All the way in which to what he states was the toughest half, welding and putting in the customized roll cage. Yeah a jack of all trades grasp of all… and that was the primary cage he’d performed! The cage, seats and gauges are a part of what Brandon calls, “Part 3”, with extra to come back. The flares and the cage are the favourite elements he’s performed on the automotive, however he battles himself over which takes the highest spot. All this and guess what, that is undoubtedly a driver automotive.

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Sparco bucket seats in golf

Some would suppose this modified Mk1 Golf Cabrio strikes round in a bubble wrap field! NOPE! This automotive has by no means been on a trailer. It will get pushed all over the place it goes, even took the 8 hour and 500 mile journey to Montreal for Eurocracy in Montreal. That’s 16 hours and 1000 miles spherical journey, plus driving in Canada! He’s fully assured within the automotive and loves driving it. He proclaims that he won’t ever cease. Brandon has commented {that a} full respray could also be within the works and it’ll not be T-Crimson! Within the interim, after the automotive was photographed for us, he’s wrapped the automotive in full LiquiMoly livery, BY HIMSELF.

Full on race automotive look, with sponsor stickers and all! This modified Mk1 Golf Cabrio is the entire package deal. After we requested the compulsory would you do it once more, he responded with a convincing, “Completely! I might construct this automotive once more in a heartbeat. I’ve met a few of my closest mates, due to this automotive. Most of them unfold out throughout the USA!” That’s absolutely the great thing about the VW/Audi group. Brandon goals of the following mission being a Mk1 “Tin High” GTI with (sure you guessed it…) a Berg Cup equipment to match the Cabby, however with a Mk7 2.0T DSG swap.

Centre console in Modified Mk1 Golf Cabrio

Along with his love of the Berg Cup equipment, is without doubt one of the pioneers of the hashtag #bergcupcabby! Brandon boasts that he won’t ever cease with this modified Mk1 Golf Cabrio. “Its my ardour and a type of artwork for me. Its how I categorical myself creatively and proceed to be taught new issues!” Now that’s love! Love for the automotive and the interest! It’s a work in continuous progress. He retains on modifying, constructing and creating new iterations of it and though it was allegedly a birthday reward to his spouse, she nonetheless hasn’t pushed it! Carry on keepin’ on Brandon! Can’t cease, received’t cease.

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Rear 3/4 shot of Modified Mk1 Golf Cabrio

Tech Spec: Modified Mk1 Golf Cabrio


2003 1.8 20v AWP engine with 1.8 02J 5-speed transmission, S&P 1.8t engine swap motor mounts brackets, Black Forest Industries (BFI) motor mount inserts, S&P modified engine administration harness, Supertech chrome steel consumption valves, exhaust valves, springs and shims, Brian Crower stage 2+ camshafts, Built-in Engineering connecting rods, Calico race coated bearings, 650cc injectors, retrofitted DeutschWerks dw65c gas pump in tank and 2003 GTI gas filter, exterior gas pump deleted, customized consumption manifold, 034 motorsports gas rail and gas strain regulator, air to water intercooler, Diesel Geek Sigma 5 brief shifter (transmission facet), ARP head bolts, hybrid oil pan, exterior oil cooler, eBay solid t3 turbo manifold, Pulsar gtx3076r twin ball bearing with t51r mod, Raxle axles, customized 3″ to 2.5″ downpipe, Techtonics Tuning 2.5 cat again exhaust, Vibrant Efficiency resonator, ECS tuning stage 1 clutch, lightened G60 flywheel, Eurodyne software program tuned by Mabotech tuning, customized intercooler piping, Pulsar 38mm wastegate, 50mm blow of valve


BC Racing Excessive Low coilovers, ST Suspension rear sway bar, entrance sway bar delete, customized decrease management arm tie bar, Tech-53 Twin rear caliper equipment and 10.1” Wilwood Huge entrance brake equipment, R1 Ideas drilled and slotted rotors, Wilwood proportional valves, Black Forest Industries decrease management arms, Prothane management arm and rear beam bushings, Hawk brake pads, Brembo parking brake pads


Berg Cup fender flares, GTI entrance valance, GTI entrance grille, FK tuning tinted cross-hair headlights, customized splitter


Sparco pro2000 seats, Speedhut gauges, AEM air gas ratio gauge, Innovate ethanal content material gauge, Speedhut enhance gauge, customized rear seat delete, S&W race automobiles customized roll cage, painless efficiency wiring harness, Black Forest Industries (BFI) shift knob, Momo steering wheel, NRG steering wheel fast launch, 2003 VW GTI gasoline pedal, air to water intercooler ice tank within the trunk, customized trunk flooring, flocked sprint, 5 level racing harness seat belts, Wilwood hydraulic clutch conversion, Cooler Worx motorsports shifter