In the stance world, 2015 has been the year of the VW Polo’s so far. A car loved by many – especially Jarred Govender. Jarred’s 2012 Polo Vivo stays more in the category of a stance ride so you wouldn’t expect her to be tearing up the streets, but she’s a real beauty nonetheless!
For Jarred there wasn’t much to worry about when it came to choosing a custom colour for the car because the white paint already complimented the car so well when he first got it and he realised that. Jarred opted to focus on other aspects of the car instead and installed a sunroof for those relaxing Sunday afternoon drives on the highway. A crispy clean ride in every aspect and we're loving it!
Jarred’s Vivo originally came with a set of VW long beach wheels which has since been upgraded to all wide 8.5j chrome BBS rims wrapped in 185/35/R17 Nangkangs and Cobra coilovers have been added.
The interior is pretty much stock standard (for now) with rich oxblood seats. She is still equipped with her stock standard sound system but Jarred has no complaints considering the high quality of the Vivo’s original sound system.
This Vivo is still a work in progress but that hasn’t stopped Jarred from entering competitions. If this is a work in progress then we can’t wait to see the final result!
There is no doubt plenty more to come from this ride as time goes by. Exciting times ahead for Jarred and we wish him all the best!
Feature by Stance Kings
Kerwin Chithray’s 1986 Golf 1 is no stranger to Durban Drags. This showstopper first appeared on our page a few months back and we've wanted to do a full feature on her ever since. Today we’re proud to announce her as our first full feature on Durban Drags!
Originally a two-toned Citi Golf (yellow and white) in 2011, Kerwin stripped and rebuilt the car to his liking over the next few years to achieve his dream of owning a daily-driven show car with a Euro twist. By the mid-2013, she was complete and Kerwin started entering automotive competitions at local car shows. Since then, she has taken Kerwin to JHB and back twice for the VW Camp Festival and she doesn’t show signs of stopping anytime soon!
A few more of Kerwin’s achievements include:
· A Sunday Tribune Feature
· Selected To Be On Display At The State Of Stance 2014 Event
· Selected To Be On Display At The Durban Motor Show 2014 Event
Now, for the mods…
Engine: Pretty much a stock standard 1300 4 speed carb with a top mount strut bar
Exterior: Full set of beadings and 3 piece chrome grill as well as an original AA Badge, Roof Racks, Crystal Cross Headlights, Crystal Indicators, Life Semi Smoked Tail Lights, Front And Rear Fogs, Xenon kit, Bent Euro Themed Tail Pipe, VMAXX Coil overs, Lenso BSX 15 Inch rims, 7j front, 8j rears wrapped in Federal 165/50/15s and Nankang 195/45/15s, Slight negative camber at the rear wheels.
Interior: Full Terra Brown leather seats/door pads with a black velocity hood-lining. It has an imported cluster from a GTI with the 3 gauges, water temp, voltage and oil bar pressure. A gear lock, central locking and an auto watch level 2 alarm has been added for security.
Ice: Fully customised boot setup in terra brown leather, Sony MP3 player, Pioneer super tweeters, Four 6 inch Pioneer mids, 2 Pioneer 6x9s, Pioneer 12 inch sub, Two Linertec amplifiers, Targa cross over all running off an optima yellow top battery.
Up next for the car is an engine upgrade to a 2l 8v with 400mm sideys, a full wire tuck and a shaven engine bay. We can’t wait to see how it turns out!
This definitely won’t be your last time seeing this ride! Big ups to Kerwin for proving once again that hard work pays off.
Photos: Ape Automotive Photography; Stance Kings
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