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It was a beautifully sunny, albeit windy, Saturday morning when I pulled up to Omar Shahab’s house in the central Auckland suburb.

I was warmly greeted at the gate and asked how I took my coffee before we took out cups in to the garage that plays home to the two impeccable Volkswagen Golf’s that hold a very special place in the heart of the enthisastic, friendly man from Guildford.

We sat and chatted briefly while I set up my computer and mic, teated to some fresh walnut bread and freshly brewed coffee. I soon felt as at home among friends as I have anywhere and, as with all car guys, the conversation quickly turned to garages and engines which is where I quickly hit record to bring you all into the conversation to learn about one mans love for a hot hatch and how it came to follow him across the world to New Zealand and grow into a much loved generational family of Golfs.

OmarwebOmar with his white Mk2 and Black MK3 Golf

 

 

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Brought up in a world of Mini's, road trips, rallying and tinkering it is unsurprising that among my passions, since I can remember, cars have been something very special to me. The way they look, the way they smell and especially the way the sound.This passion has grown over the years from a spectator's seat at Formula 1 and WRC events to active participation in events such as the Cannonball Run NZ and Stance Off Events. My current love affair is with a slightly tuned Mk4 Golf GTI which brings me nothing but joy on the road.This love for driving and cars has led me start a Podcast dedicated to my love of driving called Drive Life NZ where I hope to share my story while exploring the varied stories of other enthusiasts. Dispelling the myths surrounding car people and celebrating our diversity.

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