Today we are happy venturing once again, all the way to one of the craziest Volkswagen enthusiast, to check out his another ride that we are pretty sure all of you have seen this rabbit before. This particular 1980s Golf, nicknamed by ‘Rojali’, is owned by Uwi Krisna, who has owned it for several years, and in those years he has definitely finished on applying his own classy style to the goddess Volkswagen Golf Mk1 Cabriolet. This build is completely took countless efforts and time, proportional budget, daily purpose, with friends and family helping along the way, which we thought is just the way it should be. You guys maybe want to relapse your memory about his previous built is available here. Basically, we often heard that the people built on something unique and different makes this hobby so enjoyable. There are all kinds of enthusiasts, from non aesthetic modified cars, OEM+ style, stance and fitment, then a classy classic who happens to own this beautiful rabbit.
Its very common when you meet new friends in this car communities, they are sometimes easily recognized by their cars, not their names. It’s a strange phenomenon by the way, but it comes with the territory. For example, in our address books, usually last names are replaced by car names. The car names seem to serve the memory better though. Once we got called, for example, “Hey buddy, this is popo.”, “Popo?” “Yeah man, Popo with the Mini Enkie.” “Oh, got it!” What we drive identifies who we are. He is known also as “Uwie Golf” to many of his friends in this community. But anyway, we contacted him to arrange a photoshoot and videoshoot because it saw from his instagram account that this Rojali has been finished and looks so pretentious. Uwi received our offers and agreed to came to the decided spot on the next week after.
At first, Uwi thought that restoring the old MK1 engine is so painful in Indonesia, so he swapped his engine from ZC SOHC Honda Engine including its OEM 4 speed auto transmission to make sure that he can fully enjoy the driving experience with his rabbit without any business on his left feet. To be honest, we dont have much time to learn more about his engine built, because we got spelled from what we look on this car. A very precision build and in a right way as well. If we see today, it’s been 35 years since VW’s Golf GTI was introduced and in that time, it’s accumulated one of the most fiercely loyal followings of any model, won countless international awards and racked up to millions sales worldwide. Once we discussed about this first generation of Golf, by driving this old rabbit simply makes you feel good for sure. The reasons are easy to understand. After years spent in the modern cars, the 360-degree greenhouse, tremendous natural lighting, and an old school interior offer salvation for the enthusiast soul. “It’s involving, and brilliant, and tremendous fun to drive.” Uwi said.
Being a self proclaimed of wheel, this rabbit wheels immediately caught our eyes. Personally I’m a sucker for full faced or dished wheels and these of course snagged my curiosity. “The first ever set produced of Schmidt TH Line Cup in 4×100 in Asia,” Uwi said. Its coming in at 15×7 inch at front and 15×8″ at rear, respectively. Its wrapped also with Achiles ATR 165/50/15 tires at all wheels. Uwi left its original high polished color in this classy wheels to support his rabbit’s appearance. What a perfect combination.
In purpose to repair his original soft top, Uwi replaced it with Haartz soft top with nice vintage squared red as its lining. The overall styling of this golf mk1 is totally period-correct, with a strong influence from the vintage cars of the era. An OEM VW Cabby third brake lamp, body lists, and front grill, Golf Gti side mirrors, Gti badge, Kamei front spoiler and air scoop are fitted perfectly with the nice and fresh red paint on whole exterior. Nothing is aesthetically out of place and Uwi has done a great job of preserving the essence of the car.
Uwi Krisna has built an eye catching, attention grabbing classic Volkswagen Golf MK1 for his second time, and he can take pride in the fact that he loved all his rabbits for no one but himself, with his own style and attitude fused into it. A car is meant to be driven and enjoyed, and the fact that this Golf MK1 was built up by friends and family support makes it that much more enjoyable. When it’s all said and done, the philosophy that someone chooses when building a car is of little importance. We’ve always found that the best project cars were built by an owner who was more concerned with his own expectations rather than the expectations of others. It’s a “can’t-miss” strategy that people from both sides can appreciate. You can say what you want about Uwi’s rabbit, but it can never be argued that he did it his way and style. Please see his car in motion video made by our brother from @properinch.