Chris Weyer’s Ruined R32

As we  get ready to make our trip to H20 International next weekend in Ocean City, Maryland, we are trying to get our cameras ready for the Euro style.  The VW scene is a whole new world for me personally, but it has always fascinated me.  They have managed to stay ahead of everyone else and continue to reinvent the style of modification.  Today we bring you Chris’s R32 from Atlanta.  He calls the R32 ruined because of how much heat he gets from purists about doing such thing to a “racecar”.

We all know that one guy that insists on making it known that a car is only meant to be left alone and be built for function only.  But where’s the fun in that?  We all are not about that life and that’s what makes this so fun.  Since the beginning the automobile has always been an extension of our personality.  Whether you are a purist or not, there is never a right or wrong way to modify a vehicle.



The R32 is a special vehicle, it is limited production and a performance minded vehicle from the factory.  Truth of the matter is, most Volkswagen’s are automatically associated with a form over function type build.  

I think we often spend too much time on questioning one’s actions on why they do the things they do because in all reality it does not matter.  Regardless of how well a person explains themselves, you will never truly understand them.  

Why bag a 250hp AWD car and ruin all the potential the car has?  There is no right or wrong answer from our standpoint.  That reason alone is what makes this thing we do so interesting–being able to get a car with so much to offer and we still look at it as a blank canvas where we can paint the picture any way we please.  

Obviously Chris took the aesthetic route with his R32.  When we do these shoots, I can get a pretty good idea of the personality of the owner without asking too many questions.  One thing that was obvious is that Chris truly loves his car in its natural form.  I heard him say to himself many times “man I just love that angle of the car”.  Small moments like that give me gestures that a person really has a true connection with the car. 

The standard of any German build is a set of BBS RS with a Prima Donna scheme.  Something that is often imitated but never duplicated is that VW fitment.  VW owners make it look too easy with the fender sitting just right in that little space in between the lip and the tire.  

I am not sure how these BBS RS end up in the hands of so many VW owners, but I would not be surprised if they have a secret stash of RS hidden somewhere.

What so ironic about the whole purist situation is that Chris himself is a VW purist.  Because his purist tendencies lie in sticking to the script of what has been done for so many years in the VW community and upholding a quality standard.

Moral of the story: always show love because we are all on the same team. Thanks for reading!


Joseph Dale SF Owner/Editor Born in Houston, Texas Lives in Atlanta, GA Mazda Lover