SO I’d like to start off by apologizing for this feature being posted so late. There were a few technical difficulties but we are back on track and running 100’s again!
We started off this year by getting in contact with Gavin Haywood, world-renown 3D “renderer” and founder of the VAGAS movement which he started here in the Cape. Gavin is not really on the scene much but after myself and Jarred Williams from HoodRide SA contacted him, he agreed to meeting up with us for some photos, with Shaakir joining us with his Beetle and Ramiz with his bagged G5.
I’m sure most of you have seen pictures floating around on Facebook of Gavin’s Mk1, I mean how could you not – it really stands out from the rest. But no one has really seen it in the metal, and this is the first time it is being featured, along with the feature that will be on HoodRide SA in the near future. Gavin decided to go for a different look, combining some retro and rat styles to create something unique.
Gavin is very much a DIY type of person, and most of the work you see done to it was done by himself, even the rusted bonnet he did himself. That’s right – its REAL rust, not vinyl as many people think it is.
He has also fabricated some of his own parts and had things made, such as his door cards and other interior details.
The way the car has been styled tells two different stories, the one half of the car tells the retro side and the other the rat side. The left hand side has the original Audi hubcaps on 14″ steelies, the side GT stripes and half of the roof done in checker. The right hand side sees the front fender sprayed brown, the open 14″ steelies and the yellow fog light, along with the rusted bonnet. All brought together by the green-blue “Chico” paintwork. And boy does it work well.
For the rear, Gavin’s creativity really came into play. He took on a task which no one else has thought of, by cutting the standard “Chico” rear lights and creating a new/old spec type of light. As far as we know this is a world first, and it really does look good! The car sits on TA coilovers front and rear with pretty much no wheelgap. Perfect!
But now I will let the pictures do the talking. Included are some photos of Shaakir’s Beetle. Hope you enjoy!
The man himself – Gavin Haywood!
If you’d like to see what VAGAS is all about, visit https://www.facebook.com/VAGAS.FTW?ref=ts&fref=ts
Photos and words by Jason Clifton.