Travis VanAusdal’s “20th”

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It’s uncommon these days for younger car owners to keep a car for very long. Whether it’s just “car ADD” or the urge to try something different, people all too often switch it up before their cars have reached their full potential. Travis VanAusdal (@thetravy) is not one of those people. He has been building this Gti for the better part of a decade, and has been a staple in the PNW Euro scene since before many of us had our licenses. I remember vividly seeing this exact car in a local grocery store parking lot when I was about 15 or 16 and being mesmerized by it.

Photography by Joshua Bloomfield Words by Jordan Miller

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The upside of owning this 20th for so long is that Travis has had a chance to touch nearly every aspect of the car. Everything from the stunning interior, to the tastefully modified exterior exudes sophistication, and it is clear just upon first glance that this car was built by someone familiar with the VW scene. It’s simple and clean, but also bold and aggressive.

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Travis is a super chill dude, we had a good time reminiscing on the good ol’ days while our newest Lowerstandards contributor, Josh Bloomfield (@_joshbloomfield) captured these awesome pictures of the Gti. We were fighting post-storm flooding and early nightfall, but I couldn’t be more stoked on how these turned out, expect huge things from this guy!

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It’s been a dream a long time in the making to shoot this car, and it did not disappoint.

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Interior
Recaro Sportster CS seats
2nd Gen New beetle steering wheel
Chestnut brown retrim on seats, doors,parcel shelf and accessories
Black Suede seatbacks and hatch floor
Gloss black dash and door trim pieces
Exterior
Shaved hatch emblem and handle
Shaved Antenna
Filled hood and bumper emblem notches
Shaved bumper markers
Shaved fender signals
Euro rear bumper
25th Anniversary TDI rear valance
OEM HID Projector headlights
Candy red golf taillights
OEM stubby mirrors
Engine
APR Software
GHL 2.5” Turboback
Polished valve cover, intake manifold, throttle body
Painted/shaved lower engine cover, battery box, s3 coolant cover
Suspension
Airlift Performance series front struts
R32 Spindles and Control Arms
Firestone sleeve rear bags
Bilstein rear shocks
Accuair Switchspeed
Specialty Suspension seamless airtank
Hardlines by Swoops
Neuspeed 25mm front sway bar
Neuspeed 28mm rear sway bar
Wheels/Tires
Front 18×9.5 Rotiform SEA wheels
Rear 18×10.5 Rotiform SEA wheels
Front 205/40/18 Yokohama S.Drive tires
Rear 215/40/18 Yokohama S.Drive tire