Car of the Month
Car of the Month October 2006 belongs to Bart Bakke Clerens from Belgium.
... I know most of you aren't very keen on tuning, but I'll give it a try ...My 480 story starts in early 1987. My dad worked as a technical engineer at Volvo Cars Belgium and had to test drive a lot of cars. One day he came home with a red 480 ES. Being only 6 years old, I already knew one day I had to own a car like that. Goldlocks is the second 480 I bought (in a current total of five 480's). Like Rome she wasn't build in a day. It took me 5 years to get her in her current condition, but I'm proud to say : ”I did it all my f*ckin' self !”. From designing and manufacturing to the paintjob. When I bought her she was a complete wreck, but I managed to get her back on the streets.
At first I didn't intend to tune her. But as I opened a tuning shop together with friends and our tuning skills began to grow, I couldn't resist to make my own car my masterpiece. Most people have prejudices about tuners, and I do understand them. The main reason why we have such a bad name is because of all the Nova, Ibiza and Golf drivers with bodykits in basepaint, hard booming sounds and who don't give a f*ck about the road code. You must know that even among the real tuning community they aren't welcome because they give us also a bad name. We don't even consider them tuners but wannabees ...
From the start of the tuning project I had a few guidelines for myself, and I wasn't going to make any concessions. At first every change had to stay within the design lines of an original 480. Furthermore I only wanted to use original Volvo parts, I wasn't going to make any cheap solutions. And finally I wanted to do it all myself (with some help of friends. You know who you'all are. Thx!). And so I did.
So what has changed?
I've documented most of the changes I did on my personal photoserver. They can be seen at: http://volvo480teambelgium.no-ip.com/ProjectreVOLVOlution/
More pictures of the photoshoot at: http://volvo480teambelgium.no-ip.com/ProjectreVOLVOlution/Photoshoot/Goudlokje.html
For those who are interested in putting the pics as desktop background : I also have them in very high quality (1600*1024), just give me a shoot if you would like em.
... and for the future
The future starts this winter when I’m redoing some small cosmetic retouches and than she goes on a diet. All the mods made her to heavy, so I’ll be recreating a lot of stuff (hood, bumpers, etc) in lightweight carbon fiber in the hope it'll all be finished by next spring.
Goldlocks at the moment of writing!
Bart Bakke Clerens, member 0566