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Home-built and laced with PhD-level problems to solve, Jake Belfield’s slammed and carb’d Mk2 Polo shows anything is possible if you’re determined enough.

It’s become a bit of an obsession,” Jake Belfield says. “No one had got an old Polo this low before so we had to figure out the answers for ourselves.” And we’re talking answers to questions tougher than the working life of a Volkswagen Group diesel emissions engineer. A combination of tiny wheel wells, underbody protrusions and archaic 1970s suspension make this sort of sill-worrying almost impossible on a pre-1994 Polo, even with air-ride. With each millimetre it got closer to the floor, the Polo fought back even harder. Jake’s patience and do-it-yourself attitude is impressive…


“I’ve suffered a ball joint lockout, destroyed CV joints, smashed sumps and because the gearbox sits low on Polos I’ve also ruined one of those… on a cat’s eye,” he laughs. “Most of the issues have been solved now, but I spent a lot of time jacking the car up and testing different things out to get it this way. But it sits the way I want it and it’s setup to drive okay at that height, too.”

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Welcome to the Cool Britannia issue. The UK scene continues to push boundaries, bring out ideas and develop trends and put simply, blow our collective minds. So we thought it was about time we put together a special issue packed full of some of the UK’s finest cars to drop over the last year. With the flawless execution of Martin Barker’s restomod’d two-door Audi 80 to Jim Offord’s impeccable Mk2 G60 and Carl Levy’s homegrown Mk1 Caddy we’ve got the old school covered. And with Shaun Lewis’ ever-evolving T5 and Craig Levens’ incredible Mk5 we’ve got the new school wrapped up too. We haven’t forgotten the smaller Dubs either, Jamie Jackson’s 400bhp Lupo is a real giant-slayer and Jake Belfied’s carbed Mk2 Polo Coupe proves you don’t have to build a Golf to take the showfield by storm. Like the cars themselves, PVW magazine continues to grow, push boundaries and hopefully, inspire people as it goes. We’re in this together, and it’s a great place to be, Enjoy the issue.