Thinking outside the Bawx.

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Polishing a Turd

I always feel bad about writing about my own car, it always feels like some sort of written masterbation, but in this case I don’t care. Starting late 2013. I decided I wanted to finally have a car I could show at shows and possibly win something with and thus bit the bullet and did the unthinkable,

Dropped money on a MK3 VW Golf.

More specifically I put air ride in my CL Golf that replaced the MK2 I loved, but of course that came to a disastrous end when a 17 year old girl texted her way into the rear of my future show car writing it off. Through a stoke of luck however and a friend who has connections all over I was directed towards something better, rarer, more exotic; another MK3 Golf CL, but with a twist! This one was Dusty Mauve (read: Purple) and was from Belgium.


It was all I could have hoped for, a real euro car in a rare colour, it had it all, weird bumpers, no-AC, delete panels all over and it was an obscure euro only edition (New Orleans edition)

The plan was set, fix rust, install air ride, ram full of rare parts. And so I started collecting, period correct Fisher tape holder? Check. Euro hatch Heckblende? Check. Obscure woodgrain steering wheel? Got that too.



Other than loafing on posting here I have also loafted on installing things like my expensive air ride and haven’t found a nice enough day to fix the rust spots but that’s the thing about polishing anything, even a turd like a MK3 Golf, it looks rough until the final buff and then even if it’s just a shiny lump of anything, it’s yours to be proud of and that’s my end goal. Hopefully I can get off my ass long enough to keep updating this as I go.

Thanks for reading, here’s some more pictures at a local pre-season show.






Snow day with Devo


Every neighbourhood has “that guy”, we all know the type, loud cars, louder music, always something going on. For my quiet grown-up suburb, I am that guy, and when friends come to visit? It gets even worse.


We’d gotten somewhat of an ice storm, but friend of the website Devo was still keen to show off his car to me for the first time, and I was more than happy to point my camera at it. We headed up the street to a quiet Elementary school parking lot to hit some angles and get some practice in.

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Gotta say, Devo is pretty crazy for driving this thing year round, fixing what he breaks, putting up with limited grip and minimal ground clearance. It paints a good picture of what we’re all like here at Bawxcars. We haven’t got the money for winter cars or daily drivers, so we beat, break, and fix our project cars.

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Thanks Devocat, I’m now scouring autotrader and craigslist for something rwd to trade my car for. Bugger.


Did I mention it was icy?

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Teaser: Refresher Course







My childhood best friend Brian texted me about this time last year saying “get your passport, I’ve bought a Miata and I need someone to come pick it up in New York with me”, I knew the car wouldn’t stay stock long. Along with warmer days and longer evenings, summer brought along a lip and a factory hard top, along with some added audio touches to turn the car into a nice little twisty road beater, but that wasn’t enough for Brian, as soon as the parking plate went on and the car went into storage at a friend’s warehouse, the decision was made. “Let’s refresh the motor, replace every single gasket, and add a bigger cam.” Suspension has been sourced, the right wheels have been decided on and I’m going to bring you every step of the project. Winter is a tough time in Canada when it comes to shooting content for Car blogs, as most of the really cool stuff has gone into hibernation, I’m here to show you exactly what happens in those months.





I wasn’t able to stay long, but what I did learn was that the team of Brian, Remi, and Frank know their shit, and had the front end of this little car disassembled and engine ready to come out within an hour.


This is, so far, the only rust that’s been found on the entire car. I wish mine looked this clean


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Holiday Wrap; From me to you.

With the year drawing to an end and most if us in a deep freeze I want to take this time to thank everyone that frequents our site and likes the content it contains.

Now with the mushy stuff out of the way, I have quite a lot of material left over from the year including my lackluster coverage of H2O 2013 which I will now give to you and HOPEFULLY (coughJETTcough) posts up his as well in short order.

Words aside, happy holidays from the Bawxcars goons to you lovely people, enjoy




















Hopefully next year I get more than 60 shots haha maybe I should lay off the sauce

Happy Everything!

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mk2sday…. again.

Winter is upon us. A foot of the white stuff arrives tomorrow. There’s a very special feature I’m working on that is now in the work-space and about to go under the knife. The attitude around here has gotten somewhat excited deep down in the inner workings of Bawxcars, and we can’t wait for you to see what we have in store. Until then, another picture of my damn car.


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Well, it’s Tuesday again. Probably the second best day of the week over here at Bawxcars (wagons ALWAYS win), but we’ve been slacking as of late. Speaking of slacking, I think I’ll use this mkII post to introduce my own project that’s been on the back burner the last year, I could go on with excuse after excuse, but you’ve heard them all before. This rusted, dented, neglected hunk of rotting Wolfsburg metal is Charlotte the Harlot, My 1990.5 Big Bumper Jetta. It’s got an ABA swap with shitty wiring, some cheapo coils and a set of Comfortable Recaros to sit in when waiting on the flatbed. aaaaaaaaand I miss it. Make this a promise, to both myself and you the reader, we will post more content in the coming months and I will finally get my shitbox running again. Mark my words, the winter of 2013-14 is going to be a good one.