It’s September. While the rest of the country is going through changeable weather, California stuck on broil. Dubfest 2012 was here and no matter how much we wanted to take photos from our air-conditioned car, we managed to endure the heat.
As we walked around the new Dubfest venue – Adams Motorsports Park in Riverside, CA – we were delighted at the sight of highly modified cars that made it easier to forget about the temperature.
VW R32 + BMW X5
The Mk4s remains very popular, so much so it’s becoming nearly impossible to stand out from the crowd. Sure, anyone can slap on an air suspension,some wheels and call it a day, but we know better. The hidden power, iconic looks and respect for a job well done means a well-built Mk4 has a special place in any VW tuner’s heart.
Enter Ryan Spaulding’s 2004 R32. It received a designer’s eye and craftsman touch, sporting 19x9.5” Sport Style #63 wheels from the BMW X5. Ryan then looked to Adaptec for a set of conversion adpaters. They obliged and provided the perfect 15mm front and 25mm rear spacers to push the wheels into the corners, giving the R32 the aggressive look we love.
Making sure the car sits right, Ryan chose to go with the Airlift Digital V2 kit to get the car tucking those mammoth SUV wheels.
Under the hood, Ryan paid attention to the VR6 having sold his Mk4 Jetta turbo to build this car. A Stage 2 VF Engineering Vortech V9 supercharger with GIAC tune and full Magnaflow exhaust system increased the output. A Nitrous Express intercooler spray bar gives the R32 the ability to make power in high temps, while a 42 Draft Designs catch can tops it off.
Ryan installed a VF short shifter and pendulum mount to round out his performance-conscious R.
The interior is modest, with two digital AEM gauges, one for boost, the other for air/fuel above the steering wheel.
Opting for better sound, Ryan outfitted the car with a complete Alpine Type R component system along with a 12” JL Audio W3 sub and 250/1 amp. A Pioneer AVH-3200BT double-DIN touchscreen head unit keeps everything under control.
“The best part about my car is pulling out in front of forced induction Hondas who beg me to leave them in the dust,” Ryan explained as we all shared a laugh over his license plate.
While Dubfest 2012 had changed venue, we were happy to see its fans were as devoted as ever. The show has morphed lately but still brings out some of the nicest cars on the West coast.
Thanks to Dubfest we had a great opportunity to meet the builders behind some of SoCal’s finest cars, and see what’s in development for the remainder of the year.
Adams Motorsports Park hosted karting for all attendees at the show
Image wheels on stunning Mk3 Jetta
Porsche-themed Mk2 GT with Rallye exterior from Mexico
VW brought its Shark Week underwater Beetle
Bombs away on this slick A3
VW JTI on Work Meister wheels with a full cage and Bride seats
One country (yes, country) was well represented at Dubfest, with Mexican enthusiasts making the drive up to Riverside to share the Dub-love. It was definitely encouraging to see their dedication to the lifestyle and Uberwerks, one of Mexico’s largest clubs, brought some great looking cars including a Mk2 we couldn’t take our eyes off.
This 1988 VW Golf GT was completely overhauled over the course of five years to realize Mario Cornejo’s vision. Rare 16x9” Porsche 928 GT wheels finished in black sat nicely under a Rallye body kit. It featured smoked Hella head- and tail lights, rare pop-out side windows and, to completing the Porsche/VW hybrid transformation, Porsche doors handles were fitted.
Inside, a GTI Recaro interior was installed, along with a Votex center console. Its clear why this car took five years to build, hunting down the parts alone could easily have consumed that time.
Under the hood, the car received a ’98 Mk3 Jetta VR6 motor and five-speed transmission. The engine was equipped with Autotech cams and headers plus a full Borla exhaust system. The engine bay had been shaved, including the radiator cross brace.