A good 5 years ago now, well-known Volkswagen man Jamie Orr undertook an awesome project here in SA. Having been a judge at the annual VW Camp Fest evens, he wanted to spice things up a bit and managed to arrange a build on a Mk1 Citi Golf with the intention of taking the completed car back to the States. Mk1 Golfs are rare on that side, and almost unheard of with a 3.2 litre VR6 lump under the hood. The build was done in a short time as a lead-up to the Camp Fest event where the car would be presented as a completed project on stage. It all worked out, not after many long nights and typical car build issues, but it happened. As a result, the blue and white Citi went viral in VW circles. Now all these years later, Jamie has once again assembled a team of amazing people and companies to help with a new project. He sourced a rare Mk1 R-Line edition that hasn’t had the best life, and the plan is to give the car the attention it deserves so it can be properly shown off, but at the same time, he’ll be taking the car around SA, visiting all 9 provinces in just 10 days. Ambitious? Sure thing! Possible? With people like our mate Wikus from Delarey Racing Developments on board, most definitely! Take a look at Jamie’s plans…
“This Mk1 Citi Golf R-Line has sat under a tree for years, and it’s the car I’ve bought to try and drive a 5,000km lap of South Africa to the SA Campfest in Limpopo - in only 10 days - while visiting all 9 South African provinces 😅🥰. Produced in 2007, the Citi R-Line is the only mk1 Golf to ever have a factory VW R badge. The bodykit is fully factory-fitted. While this one is mostly original, the R-Line cars were never sold in this green colour, most commonly seen on the earlier Chico model, and the wheels have definitely been changed also. This car was originally painted black from the factory, and was resprayed by the previous owner before being parked under this tree for at least a couple of years, maybe more… The Citi R-Line all came with a modern Bosch fuel injection system, fueling the 4-cylinder 1.8L engine - which got a 272-deg cam and upgraded exhaust system at the factory to match. I originally thought the car was a 1.4L / 1.6L car with the bodykit put on later, but when Victor Pardal went to check it out for me, and I put the chassis number into the database, it popped up immediately as an R-Line with the correct engine code, and all the correct specs. I still can’t quite believe it. Vic will be joining me for the whole 5,000 km in 10 10-day trip - with what we expect to be an excellent comparison support car - a 2023 VW Polo GTI 2.0T EA888. Both are Made in South Africa, although the Polo GTI is exported to be sold new in Europe, whereas the Citi Golf wasn’t.
The journey starts in Jo’burg / Pretoria on the weekend of January 20th. We’ll then head to Durban, then Bloemfontein, then Gqeberha/Kariega, then Cape Town, then north to Springbok, Pofadder, Uppington, and then Vryburg, Polokwane, and then Bela Bela for the show. 10 days, 5,000 km to CampFest. Oh, but that’s not all. There will be dirt, gravel, highways and cities, GTGs, and also to really get the scenery going - I want to drive the Swartburg Pass, a few mountain passes, and we hear there are a couple of special roads/tracks along the way too. We’ll be live-streaming our location and making posts also of course!
Take a look at the YouTube video from a while back when our man Vic Pardal chatted to and drove with Jamie in the famous Mk1 3.2 in Las Vegas - hopefully this limited edition Mk1 being sorted out on this trip will also do things as epic as this: Vic Pardal with Jamie Orr -VW Citi Golf 3.6 VR6 Engine Swop in Las Vagas [Pt.1] | Hamilton On Cars
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