At The Wheel: Kenny's Custom VW
My name: Kenny
My age: 42
My profession: Operations Management
City/town: Prescott, Arizona
Relationship status: Single
Gay.com member name: Scenic-AZ
What is the best thing that you like about your ride?
I like the fact that I built the car, when I look at it I can say ‘ that’s me, my personality and my ability’.
Do you like tinkering under the hood, or do you leave repairs and routine maintenance to your mechanic?
I built my fist Vintage VW when I was 15 years since then I’ve completed 23 restorations and builds. I enjoy getting together with the guys and spending time messing about with the cars. I do all my own work, it's something I really enjoy doing.
What special touches have you added to your car that reflect your personality and individuality?
My car is a 100% custom build I wanted to build a car that reflected the vintage race cars of the 40's and 50's, The Hot Rod Flat black body is a 57 VW, the ruby red tripple stage painted chopped roof is from a 64 bug, the frame has been stretched 12 inches and dropped. When it comes to the power plant of the car it’s all new, I started with a fully build 2010, added lots of go fast goodies and some fun stuff as well, like the dual flame throwers, candy red engine tins, custom bent headers, and flow master performance exhaust. The Transaxle is a fully built 92 mex beetle, On the inside there is a set of vintage racing buckets, a white leather diamond tuck headliner, and spider web door panels.
Do you have a great memory of a date that relates to you car? Describe that night (or day).
I have a lot of great memories related to the cars I’ve built, there was one date that I took to the lake in this car. I planned the time so that we would be getting there just as the sun was setting. Sitting on a sleeping bag, with a bottle of wine watching the sunset was a memorable simple date, that lasted well into the night.
Do you find yourself more attracted to people with similar car tastes to your own? Or doesn’t it matter?
I like guys who are passionate about something, if a guy is enthusiastic about some thing in their life it’s easy to be around them. I helps if there is some similar interest, but the main ingredient is passion.
Do you think your car has a personality or soul? What kind of sound or behavior does it have that makes it unmistakably your car?
The car it sort of screams personality, it’s low, it’s loud, and it’s a whole lot of fun. When I fire up the dual flame throwers the sight and sound always makes people stop and look.
Have you upgraded the car stereo? What is your "dream" sound system?
No tunes in this ride, the car creates it’s own thumping rhythm.
Have you ever pushed your car to its performance limit? What was the fastest speed?
I never have pushed the car to its limit, I’ve had it up over 100 mph, but the car is so lightweight that it gets a little flighty. Traveling at 100mph with your butt 10 inches off the ground is an E ticket ride no doubt.
Are you a member of any car clubs or other auto related organizations?
I have a community of vintage VW enthusiasts, we call our selves the Ghostwagens mainly to put a name to our group, but it's sort of like naming a town. I’ve belonged to a few auto/motorcycle clubs over the years, but nothing comes close to the community of the Ghostwagens. It’s not easy being a openly gay male in the hot-rod / car tuning world. When you go to the auto events you don't see topless guys in skimpy shorts, but the idea is cool.
What was the first car you ever had? Do you ever get nostalgic for it?
My first car was a 63 VW Bug, I had so much fun in that car I became infected with the air cooled VW, and built 23 of them since that time.
If you could trade your ride in for any other car, what would it be, regardless of the price?
I wouldn’t trade my car, but I am building another VW. It’s a 1969 VW Bay Window Bus. It’s a rare bench seat, with a full tin top sunroof. I’m turning it into a VW camper so that I can combine my VW enthusiasm with my love of outdoor sports.
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