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The first I met Matt Crooke . co-owner of . was on a cold night in Upland, We were at a locally-famous restaurant The Hat . which is known for their pastrami sandwiches. However, I there for the beef. I was there for the gathering of Volkswagens that out in droves just to hang out and about the trials and tribulations of and modding a Volkswagen. We quickly I soon found out what really meant.

Brad and Matt Crooke are the faces of – if you’re in the Volkswagen scene, almost no doubt you’ve of that name.  However, two guys didn’t start overnight. It took several before each of them their calling.

Since their move to Newport California (not long they have managed to something from nothing. may very well be the first of a Fifteen52 Volkwagen build their original claim to – the printed feature of their Volkswagen Jetta two-door appeared in Eurotuner magazine.

I asked how they would Fifteen52 and how they approach as a company, Matt’s vibrant was overwhelming. I could tell was far more than just a for him as he took a moment to quickly me on their overall statement and they hope to achieve in the

“Fifteen52 is better defined by our rather than any specific of products or services. Simply our number one goal is to offer our whatever is necessary to make them they own truly unique everything we do from an enthusiast perspective, we are a but dedicated operation that take each job and each on a case-by-case basis. Customer service is our one priority and our true measure of success is how we manage to foster a customer’s affair with his or her vehicle.” His – and I could tell that he meant every one of them.

had a lot to say about every aspect of the “My favorite thing on the car is by far the Tarmac After going through the process and staring at them a times from every I’m still not bored with

“I guess there’s two things I change if I were keeping the I would drop a 24v VR6 engine the car with some go-fast and probably change the color of the I’ve always wanted Nephrite Green leather in a car, but I got a killer deal on the I have now, so I opted for the I’ve got an Alpine White Mk2 GTI 16v I’m working on next though, so the leather idea won’t be an idea for much longer.”

In the process of creating a glorious Matt was diligent in choosing his for the Jetta wagon. He decided to the stock Mk4 Jetta seats for the seats found on the sportier GLI of the Jetta. He then sent out the to JJ Custom Interior in Tacoma, to be re-trimmed in crime blood-red leather.

The Jetta stock trim was replaced the GLI brushed aluminum trim for extra shiny touch. For people that would get a car, the last thing notice (if they notice) is the However, guys like leave nothing to chance, so he JJ Custom Interior once to put their touch on the black headliner and pillars, finishing off the points with custom floormats by JustMatz in the UK.

Keeping it with a Rieger illuminated knob/boot,  Momo Club II steering wheel,  Audi TT (plus dead pedal) to things off.

These leather gloves from Gentlemen  are the perfect to the interior of Matt’s Jetta. bear the racing number 67 when turned upside the 67 becomes the LG of the Lowly Gentlemen logo – brought to you by our friends at Clever, eh?  I’ve meaning to get my hands on some, or I say in some…

The old Group B Rally and BTCC wheels of yesteryear were the for the design of the Fifteen52 Tarmac . They wanted to bring that type of design a modern flair; intentionally us away from the typical concave and big lipped wheels we see so now to do something different, simple and Matt and Brad came up the stark and timeless five-spoke with a completely flat deep drop center and no

You may have seen this on another car that has gained internet stardom – the Fifteen52 HFHV Ford Fiesta and driven by DC Shoes founder-turned driver – Ken Block .

On this you’ll find 18×8.5 filling up all four corners. wanted to take the white red to the outside of the car and opted to paint the Porsche Guards Red wrapping up with Falken FK452 in 215/35/R18 size.

For those who too keen on reading and who are thinking, impossible, how does he drive that?!” Settle down – the car is on air suspension. With two  Air Slam XL front struts Lift rear bags Suspension Techniques rear shocks. The system that all this is an Air Lift Auto Digital Management System allows the user to have control of the air ride system. tank, with one 380cc compressor all kept nice in the spare tire well. A basic setup that can install in a weekend – times may depending on how much beer you your buddies.

This isn’t just a queen either, rubber on the rear fender show you car is driven… and driven low.

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asked what the future for Fifteen52, Matt quickly

“As we move closer and closer to Fifteen52 is as a manufacturer, we are more on our two designated lines. We have the RSL which is inspired by many and modern motorsport designs and the RML which is inspired by many OE wheel designs.”

“These two will not only feature but various functional interior and accessories to achieve that RML or RSL look. We plan on offering bolt-on motorsport fender DTM cup mirrors and other accessories for a range of specific European and vehicles in the near future.”

Rallye anyone? In 1989, the Rallye Golf appeared as a “homologation special.” One recognizable is its distinguishable box-flared wheel (similar to the   BMW E30 M3 and Lancia Delta ) and rectangular projector headlamps. model featured a Syncro drive with a G-lader of the fuel injected eight-valve G60 1.8 engine.

However, the likelihood of getting hands on a mint Golf are slim to none, with 5,000 cars built at facility in Belgium. The Golf reigned over the European – none were officially in the United States. Two were over officially for testing and the of them storming our beaches when the Volkswagen of America official who had the power to make it was killed in the Pan-Am Lockerbie bombing. A tragedy both and international!

In this case, the that was converted with parts from all over just to keep it period if not strictly authentic. We can all dream, I

You might be asking yourself, does the wagon have two set of wheels in the picture?” I was just to answer that. As you may know, up a photoshoot can be a job all on its own. With our schedules, lining up a location and a (in this case, Oliver ) can be a bit arduous. Over the course of weeks, the Jetta Wagon was in a two-part photoshoot. The first was taken at their shop in Beach, CA – Part Deux was in Tokyo in downtown Los Angeles, CA.

the course of these two shoots, was in the process of releasing their wheels and, as a special for our MotorMavens readers, Matt to debut the car with two of their on the car. For those who might be about the wheels pictured those are from the RML line, by many of the retro OE wheel a vintage take on a classic wheel referred to as the Snowflake . was a stock VW wheel that on the Mk1 Rabbit and GTI.

For those who have read entire post wondering Fifteen52 means, we have arrived . Fifteen52 is a VW code for a piece of diagnostic equipment by Volkswagen in the late 90s. If a VW guy at heart like I am, you’re thinking that’s a pretty name.

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