You might know me as "nappent" on VWVortex.com? or just Todd. I'm a VW? enthusiast and any German cars. (BMW? and Audi?) I will happily spend most of my time dreaming about what I would like to do to1997 Mk3 VW Jetta VR6 GLX. Some call it a curse I call it a blessing.

I've I've always had a fascination with VW's since I was little. As long as I can remember I've always been riding in VW's. My mom had a brown late 70's Rabbit and my Dad had a Red 1980 1.6L Jetta Coupe which he later passed down to me when I was in High School.

My 1980 Jetta was my first car and it was my pride and joy when I turned 16. I had that car for several years until maintenance cost were just too much for me. So I upgraded and got my current 1997 Jetta VR6. I truly wish that I kept my old Jetta and did a VR6 swap but oh well. Right now I am enjoying what I have. I've been ponding the idea of trading my car to get a MK2 Jetta VR6 or MK2 GTi VR6. I have always love the mk2 look plus a VR6 in a lighter car would be fun and less $$$ at the gas station. It's a idea but we will see what happens. In 2007 decided it was time to upgrade once more a traded in the Jetta VR6 for a 2001 Audi S4 Biturbo 2.7t. Again I wish I had kept my Jetta VR6 just so I could have a second car but money was tight. I am simply in love with the Biturbo. I will forever miss the VR6 sound. I can only hope I get a sound somewhere similar to my VR6 with my S4.

What kind of Driver and Modder am I?

I'm really not those type of car guys that has to redo their car every year to have a new look. I try to be happy with what I got and never let that get in the way. I'm not saying I don't want something to change, but I'm not dying over those hot items. The stock euro plus look is what I love and I'm trying to head that way if possible.

If I were to be asked what I would love to do if I had the $$$ is either to do a bunch of auto crossing events or get my car up and running for rallying. I love to slide sideways or as some call it drifting. I know I have a FWD front wheel drive car but I still have a ebrake to play with. Its the feeling of out of control-"ness" but still very in control if you know what you are doing. The only time I get to practice in on very wet days or in the snow. Snow feels more like you are off road and whenever I see some I try my best to get sideways if the traffic is clear. I now with my S4 playing the snow is just awesome.

Every now and then I get my race urges out of me by going to Traxx Indoor Raceway. It is the best go karting place I've ever been too. You can get up to 25 MPH on the straigh away and then take that into sharp turns it is a good work out after a 10 min race. The also have dual engine karts which go crazy and you will be drifting most of the way around the track....

Todd gokarting at Traxx Indoor Raceway


What make me different from other drivers I guess is my style. Yes I love to go fast, but I love to not get tickets. I guess I am a Aggressive defensive driver. I take pride in knowing that I've been driving and have not been involved in any car accident. Many would just say I'm lucky, but I really thing it is because of 3 factors. First common sense, knowing were I am going prevents my chances of having to make a quick change in direction which we all know causes many crashes. It's hard to explain, but I can visually see where I am going in high speed in my head. It's like I'm flying over the road just above traffic going over the route I need to take. Another item is that I pretty good at predicting what other drivers are going to do. If a car comes flying off a on ramp there are likely going to want to merge in a hurry so I give people space or better yet get out of the merging lane. Also I don't talk on my cell phone during highway driving. We all know how distracting it can be just talking to someone in the car now add holding a item and trying to keep it by your head. Just plan stupid and I take little part in that.

The second factor is feeling your car. I truly believe better drivers are drivers that have a car with a manual transmission. If you think about it you are more aware of you car and what gear you are in, and speed. You have more control of your car to take whatever movement that is necessary. People driving a auto and need to speed up quickly have to wait for the tranny to downshift and begin going. By then what was though as a perfectly safe lane change was actually cutting someone off because the car could not accelerator as you planned.

97 VW Jetta VR6
(Mk3 VW Jetta VR6 GLX)

Last factor is a mixture of both but awareness. Many people just scan what's 30 feet in front of them. Why!?!? I will scan as far as I can in front of me to know exactly what's a head. I'll have my passenger sitting on the right of the car give me info so I process whats coming. I'll memorizing what cars around me so I know my situation. This way I don't change lanes right in front of a semi and then slam my brake because I did not give enough space between my car and the one in front of me. We all know that I'll be a pancake after the semi is done. Also, if there is a crazy diver out there I'll to let them pass. I rather see them crash in front of me then from behind into me. Knowing my weather situation so I stay under control at all times. I know my car and or any other street modded cars are going to handle harsh weather differently then stock car. The best thing you can do is just give a lots of space in any weather situation. I've avoid 2-3 crash because I gave enough space to be able to stop in time. We are not nascar drivers racing on the highway... there is no need to be bumper to bumper.

Well that's me! I hope you enjoy all of the pictures located in my site.
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Picture from Evolution Sports Drive in Kirkland, WA Summer 2006

 

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