1995 VW Golf Sport – Kipp Farrin


Kipp Farrin certainly isn’t your average Volkswagen enthusiast.

Kipp’s somebody you have to meet in person to completely appreciate his style and personality. On one side, he’s an average Mainer, using one of the thickest New England accents you’ll ever hear.

He was raised and born in Boothbay Harbor; The ideal known town in the great state of Maine. It’s a picture perfect tourist town that exemplifies the state – rocky, cold, green and dampthe very least popular vehicle in Boothbay. That never bothered the Kippster; he built his car exactly how he wanted it, although unfortunately, you merely aren’t cool unless you drive a truck.

At age 16, Kipp bought his first car; A bone-stock Golf Sport from a used-car lot. He definitely didn’t rush into the creation. Instead, he took his time. Actually, he took an incredibly long time. But that’s OK, because the outcome was gorgeous Mk3 Golf Sport.

Kipp’s vision drastically changed over the years. One thing, however, has stayed consistent; his passion for aggressive, wide wheels. For many years, the automobile was built with a set of 16×9 Borbet Type T wheels, which looked great but something was still missing. He wanted wheels that screamed ‘top this! ‘ and his patience eventually paid off when a set of 17 Fikse FM5 wheels from your 996 Porsche 911 track car were found on a Porsche Forum. The wheels were pretty rough and needed serious love but the price was right.

Kipp’s friends at Independent Wheel sourced new polished outer lips and a pair of new inner barrels to find the desired sizing; 17×8.5 front with 2 outers, and 17×9 rears with 2.5 outers.

He decided on Audi Avus silver paint for the FM5 centers to provide more contrast. Kipp understood wheels can make or break a car, and also in our opinion, the FM5’s definitely turn this into one.

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In order to accommodate such wide wheels, Kipp had to pull and roll the fenders before getting the car re-sprayed. The front-end looks menacing, thanks to an exposed intercooler, tactfully placed in a smoothed fiberglass Euro bumper with molded in Folger lip.

Rieger side skirts (similar to E46 BMW M3 skirts), a shaved rear hatch plus a Dietrich rear bumper finished off the exterior. Although, custom mirrors that replicate Projektzwo parts and made by yours truly, would follow later.

Kipp prides himself on doing his work but is the first to admit the carwith an ATP turbo kit for the factory 2.0L 8v motor. He tested its limits on the local drag strip in New Hampshire a few times, and walked away craving more. So, a 1.8T 20v Audi motor was installed with help from Jake at Rennen. To be able to harness the power, Jake also installed a Peloquin LSD, Techtonics lightweight Southbend and flywheel stage 3 clutch and pressure plate, and.

He built the car for his own enjoyment. So, nothing please Kipp more than a Sunday cruise with girlfriend, Elizabeth – who’s supported his passion for VW tuning for some time now.

Kipp offers the life that every bored finance guy dreams about: He gets paid to play with large, dirt and bulldozers trucks all day long. Yet he always seems to have a project to be effective on; whether it’s one of his two ’64 Beetles, or ’83 GTI, which sits on H&R 13 and coilovers ATS Classics. He’s also currently restoring an ’82 VW Caddy.

Kipp’s living proof that if you love what you do and do everything you love, nobody can replace the joy you will get driving around in your personal form of expression.