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Scott Beattie’s VW Polo

Scott’s little Polo defines clean. We would go as far to say that it is probably the cleanest car kicking around Scotland just now.

Building the car himself on his time off work, Scott strived to find the perfect balance between personality and simplicity. In his own words “ I tried to keep the car subtle and clean, but finding the right wheels was a nightmare”. We all know wheels can make or break a car, especially when trying to keep a simple clean look. Scott, to our delight, ended up opting for a set of ETA Beta Cup’s which he picked up on German Ebay. They didn’t end up on until a year later, as he spent 7 months fighting a claim with DHL over the wheels arriving with all the lips totally knackered. In the end, with no payout from them, he bit the bullet and ordered new lips – his brother ordered the wrong size, but that’s a whole different story. Now on the car and finished in Porsche grey, he can finally stand back and smile.

I’m sure it’s obvious from the photos, or if you have seen the car already this year – Scott is addicted to clean paintwork. The front end has been painted more times than he can remember, and it’s had two full re-sprays in the 5 years he has owned it. It’s pretty much flawless.

From the outset you don’t really appreciate the detail that has gone into making this car. From the pedals and gear knob from mk7, which both have custom machine parts to allow them to fit, to the super clean interior (of course trimmed by Del at Optimus ) to the original Porsche center cap, again machined down to fit. This car is just full of little touches that make it special. The spec list is just massive.

For Scott, it has been a massive learning curve doing all the work himself, and he is the first to admit it didn’t always go to plan. But now the car is done, he couldn’t be happier. The cherry on top was the car picking up Best of Show at Dubshed last month. He isn’t shy in taking it anywhere; it’s made the trip to Wörthersee and to many shows all over the UK. I’m sure you’ll see it around at some point this year – it will be gleaming in our hangar at cleanfest anyway.

Engine:
1.8 20V Turbo
Turbo back miltek
Forge front mount
Forge recirc
Forge tip
Ram air filter in homemade heat shield
Various valve deletes
Polished inlet
Phenolic gasket
Atp turbo manifold
Engine cover colour coded with wheels
Strut brace
Apr stage 2 map

Suspension:
Airlift V2 management
Airlift slam series front struts
Firestone slim rear bags
Front arb removed
Fully poly bushed.

Wheels:
17×8/9″ ETA Beta Cup 2’s 3 piece splits
Barrels and faces sprayed in Porsche grey
Polished lips/bolts
Genuine Porsche center caps modified to fit
H&R 20mm adapters front
18mm adapters rear sprayed satin black to match disc bells
All wrapped in Hankook Ventus

Exterior:
Recent full respray
Smoothed front number plate recess
Blue motion splitter
Honeycomb grills
Smoothed ariel
Smoothed boot badge and de-locked handle
Gti cup edition side skirts
Blue motion rear splitter with black inlay
6r style rear lights
Satin black scuttle panel and slam panel

Interior:
Corsa Vxr Recaro CS’s
Polo sport rear bench
Retrimmed in Mk7 Gti tartan and leather with red detail stitch
Mk7 Gti steering wheel and pedals
Mk5 Gti gearknob trimmed in leather with tartan inlays
Custom made gear pattern
Center arm rest and gear gaitor trimmed in leather
Door card inlays trimmed leather with red detail stitch
Home made v2 controller mount
Turbo smart boost gauge in air vent pod
Home made boot build with 12″ sub and polished tank trimmed in tartan and matching black material Pioneer avh double din head unit

Photos : Michael Scott
Car Owner : Scott Beattie
Words : Greg Robins
Location : Perth, Scotland