UITENHAGE, Eastern Cape – Car enthusiast Jamie Orr, using the hashtag #CitiGolfChallenge, is to take his beloved Citi Golf from South Africa to one of the biggest of Volkswagen fan events, the GTI Treffen in Wörthersee, Germany.
The project started with shipping a Passat 3.6-litre VR6 engine with a Golf 4 VR5 transmission and limited-slip differential, and a light billet flywheel and clutch from America to South Africa.
The parts arrived in South Africa at the end of January 2018 and that was when Jamie started searching for a suitable host Citi Golf.
The VW Citi Golf was produced only in South Africa and never officially sold outside Africa. Orr explained: “The Golf 1 enjoys a strong enthusiasts’ following around the world but a Citi Golf is a rare sight even at VW fan events.
”That’s why I wanted to buy, restore, and share one as much as possible.”
COMPLETE RESPRAY TO ORIGINAL
The team found a 1991 classic-blue two-tone Citi which had only a few dents and minor mechanical issues but then were faced with the challenge of sliding in the imported 225kW VR6 engine, complete with original factory fuel-management and wiring.
The job also required a complete respray back to the original blue and white.
The exterior and cabin were updated with GTI Mk7-inspired seat fabric, new steering components and upgraded brakes. Classic images from Gauteng province were fitted to the stereo system components in the boot.
The build, which took less than a week, culminated in the Citi Golf attending its first show, a VDub Camp Fest in Bela Bela, Limpopo province, in early February 2018. The journey then continued to the VW Uitenhage factory 1000km from Gauteng.
Orr explained: “Production of the Citi Golf stopped nearly 10 years but ago in South Africa but I wanted to visit the Uitenhage factory as symbolic point of this journey.”
Matt Gennrich, VW SA’s communications general manager, added: “We’re proud to have such keen VW enthusiasts and it was a pleasure not only to supply parts for the Citi Golf but also to host Jamie at the AutoPavilion.
”He was taken on a factory tour to see the major investment in the plant since production of the Citi Golf ceased in 2009.”
The car will now be shipped to the Volkswagen Emden factory in Germany, as well as to the headquarters of the Volkswagen Group, the Wolfsburg factory in Germany.
Orr explained: “In Wolfsburg we will apply the finishing touches before another nearly 1000km drive to the GTI Treffen in Wörthersee, Austria. The tour of Europe will include factory and museum visits and a visit to the famous Nurburgring race track.”
When the #CitiGolfChallenge is done the car will have travelled to three continents and its final destination will be America.