Since forever...

 

Long before I got my driver's license many moons ago I’ve always been in love with Euro cars, but especially VW/Audi.

I’ll never forget seeing my first MKII 16 valve GTI. Those round headlights staring back at me was love at first sight. 

I grew up in a small town and would see the gentleman driving the car pretty much every day. I’d always give him the thumbs up and he’d smile back and wave. I never got to own one but I did buy an MKII Jetta as my second car when I was about 18. From the way, it drove to the way it sounded simply closing the door and hearing that solid thud. I was hooked!!

Unfortunately, a guy ran a red light, t-boned me in the driver's door and totalled it. I walked away with only a wicked charlie horse and a heavy heart.

After that, I purchased another MKII Jetta that I drove for years. I laid her to rest just short of 400,000 km. So many memories remain to this day. 

Fast forward a few years and my next Vdub was an MKIV Jetta 1.8t black on black, dressed up to look like a GLI. She was a real beauty. Though this love affair was short-lived, she was stolen, never to be seen again. I still miss her to this day. 

I went a few years before purchasing a D2 VR6 Passat. It was slammed, on some sweet BBS mags and I can still remember that beautiful exhaust note. It was like music to my ears. 

Then it happened, my friends boss bought a B7 S4 Avant in 2008. He called me up and said, you have to try this car, it is unreal. 

I’ll never forget hearing the sound of that glorious V8 pulling up in front of my house. He got out of the car, held the driver's door open and motioned me to drive. Who could resist, I sat on those gorgeous Recaro’s and gripped the steering wheel with both hands. This car had my name written all over it.

After going for a spirited drive, I looked at my friend and told him,  one day I will own one.

It’s ironic that I’m writing my blog today August 24, 2019. Because today is the 5 year anniversary of me purchasing my B7 S4 saloon. 

I’ve put a lot of time and money into her over the years, but I wouldn’t have it any other way. I still turn around and look at her as I walk away every day. She may not be the fastest or break many necks when I drive-by but the feeling I get every time I turn the key and hear that rumble is what makes me the happiest. 

Joining the Audi Club of North America and being able to share this passion with others has been an amazing experience. So many rides and meets with awesome people makes for some great memories. I cherish being part of this four-ring family. 

Some may say it’s only a car! 

To this I reply

No, it’s a way of life

Willian McClauchlan

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