Words: Deshni / Pics: MS Photo
Started by their parents, Buxsteel is now one of Durban’s finest steel suppliers. Mr and Mrs. Bux instinctively knew that great companies are built on the principle of doing the right thing each and every day and treating business partners, customers, and employees honestly, fairly and with respect. These values have been passed on to their children Ridwaan and Junaid who now help run the family business.
We took a little time out to get to know the men behind the brand. Besides their love for their jobs they all have another common passion…Volkswagen.
When Ridwaan first got his hands on this car it wasn’t long before the modifications began. He always wanted to own a 2-door vehicle and not wanting to stray to far from the VW route he decided a 1981 MK1 GT would do just fine. His goal was to build a racecar that could ride neck and neck with the hot hatches of today. Being an owner of a G6 Gti as well he knew full well what this would entail.
The car boasts a wide range of modifications such as 2.0 16V 2e bottom end, ABF 16V pistons, ABF 16V head, gas flow head, knife edge crankshaft, skimmed and lightened flywheel, complete motor balanced, FFZ gearbox with close ratios, 17inch monoblock AMG rims and ice white paint work. He still plans to add boost a T61 ball bearing turbocharger! We asked Ridwaan if he had to choose one modification that would be his favourite what would it be…from the extensive list above he finally settled on the sound of the ABF at 7000RPM.
His first car being a 1964 Volkswagen Beetle he says that out of all the places in the world he would love to take his car back home to Germany and enjoy the car in the country of VW heritage. But like most people he has a dream car as well… A 1951 Volkswagen Microbus on air…a fine choice indeed for any Vdub fanatic.
Ridwaan would like to extend his thanks to his wife for the ongoing support throughout the build and to Gas Magazine for the feature opportunity.
2.0 16V 2e bottom end, ABF 16V pistons, ABF 16V head, gas flow head, knife edge crankshaft, skimmed and lightened flywheel, complete motor balanced, FFZ gearbox with close ratios, 17inch monoblock AMG rims and ice white paint work.
The first Golf began production in 1974, although it was marketed in the United States and Canada from 1975 to 1984 as the Volkswagen Rabbit and in Mexico as the Volkswagen Caribe.
Like its predecessor the Volkswagen Beetle, the Mark One (MK1) Golf has proven to be influential. In continuous production since 1974, the Golf was one of the first widely successful front-wheel drive hatchbacks.
In the USA, the Morris Mini, Honda N360 and Fiat 128 saw only limited success, but it was the Rabbit, along with the Honda Civic, that sparked another generation of European-derived front-wheel drive American compacts.
DID YOU KNOW?
Volkswagen had of course started off as one man’s dream. In the Thirties, Adolf Hitler wanted to mobilise the German people, much as Henry Ford had done in America two decades earlier. ‘Nothing’ he said ‘gives a nation greater prestige in the age of the motor-car than leadership in motor-racing’. To complement this vision Hitler promised to reduce the ‘confiscatory car taxes’, ease the stringent traffic laws and make it easier to obtain driving licenses.
This regime was intended to encourage car ownership, the massive road-building scheme he had promised was underway, and Hitler could clearly see the potential propaganda value of a ‘car for the people’. To realise his dream, Hitler approached Ferdinand Porsche, a brilliant Austrian Engineer of already enviable reputation to design his ‘people’s car’, or ‘Volks-Wagen’ as it was later to become known. (mk1vw.info)