Half of More Than More (two-thirds, including Frankie) had never left the confines of the United States and Canada, but Ultimate Dubs was calling all the way from Telford, England...
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If there is one thing anyone close to me knows, it's my love of black and white photography—and if there's another, it's my love of New York City...
There's a certain beauty in those cars that somehow slip under the radar of the masses.
With the way the community has evolved in the past couple years, it's truly hard to believe that there are still cars out there that will catch you off-guard at shows, having never previewed them in the vastness of the internet. There are no endless Facebook updates, Instagram photos, or otherwise incriminating evidence shedding light (or in some cases blinding us) on the progress of a build, all the while ruining the surprise when show time rolls around.
It's interesting too, because it's never those pre-whored cars that really create a buzz. Sure, it's cool to finally see in person what you've been seeing hundreds of photos of online, but the 'wow' factor is missing.
So when it came to Zeb's Corrado, there was a part of me that was hesitant to even photograph it. I mean, it's like finding that new species out in the wild that's otherwise been unknown—there's an odd peace in the thought of leaving something to be—not bringing notice or attention to it. But alas, I gave in and shot it.
Staying close to home, Mike Campbell and I met Zeb in downtown Tacoma on a seldomly-trafficked corridor surrounded by aluminum-sided buildings and concrete parking structures. Campbell had pointed me to the spot while we were scouting before the shoot, and the combination of textures and colors was just unbeatable—almost as if it were meant to be for Zeb's Rado.
While colored wheels aren't by any means a new thing to VW drivers, there's a fine line between begging for attention and skillfully choosing a color that will accent the body color, design, and wheel in an aesthetically pleasing manner.
In Zeb's case, I think the answer is quite obvious. From the very first time I caught a glimpse of the car a couple years back, I knew it just worked. Matched with a location that supplies complementing tones—not to mention those color-coded Porsche calipers—and it's unbeatable.
While it's nothing frivolous or over the top with turbos and shaved everythings, a finely detailed VR is just what the bill needs, despite what G-ladder peanut gallery may have to say.
Zeb's Corrado is such a fantastic ensemble of OEM parts it's overwhelming. Minor adjustments to the body here and there separate it from the crowds, while the addition of 17" Zone splits and color-coded Porsche 4-pot calipers bring the tally over the top.
And once inside, it becomes every Corrado (or Mk2!) owner's dream. Original Recaros in absolutely pristine condition with blue and grey stitching suit the silver body color in an inconceivable way, while a MOMO wheel adds just a bit of motorsport feel.
All in all, when it came time to pick and choose what was used in the 2012 SDOBBINS VW/Audi Calendar, it's safe to say that Zeb's Corrado was a no brainer—and what better time than now to pay tribute to it, while it graces the pages of February 2012!