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4T : AUTObiography

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5 February 2007


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Next… Greig Fahnlander’s super rare Sprint Blue olympic allroad.

How long have you owned this car?

2 years, and 10 months

Is there anything unique about the history of this car?

It is a 1 out of 10 cars brought to the 2002 Salt Lake Olympic games for the German Ski Federation. It was painted a unique color that was not available for the allroad, “Sprint Blue” After the German ski team used it during the olympics the US Ski Team used it for the 2003 season

Why did you choose this car to purchase?

I love the allroad and had to have this color. I fell in love with it when I saw it.

What other cars did you consider?

None

What was your objective with this car?

To use it for skiing and mountain biking but also tune it a little to make it faster and look a little sportier.

What tuning style would you describe this car as? (ex. Euro, Bling, OEMplus, street racer, auto crosser).

OEM plus

Who helped you build this car?

Friends, neighbors, and just a lot of research on the web

What makes your car special?

Mainly the history and the color. It is a 1 out of 10 cars brought to the 2002 Salt Lake Olympic games for the German Ski Federation.

What is your favorite part/feature/function?

the quattro, adjustable suspension, the color, APR chip.

Who or what inspired the direction of modifications on this car?

Mostly it was getting ideas from looking at websites and seeing what others were doing. I also had a vision of where I wanted to go as well.

What don’t you like about this car?

The tiptronic tranny, wished it were a 6-speed.

What was your biggest obstacle in building this car?

Besides never having enough money 😉 buying it sight unseen from a dealer in Minnesota and having it trucked out here to Washington State. I almost gave myself a heart attack because I’m pretty particular about how the car was going to drive and look in person.

How did you overcome the issue?

I had the dealer take about 50 pictures of the car and write a clause in the purchase agreement that the car was exactly how they were describing it.

What would you change if you could?

The transmission to a 6-speed.

On a scale of 1 to 10, how satisfied are you with the outcome of this project?

So far a 9, I’ll always want something more…….I guess that’s just the name of the mod game.

What would you do to the car if money were no object?

Bigger and better brakes, (cross drilled and slotted ceramic brakes,) and an upgraded exhaust system

Who has been your biggest critic of this project?

Mostly co-workers and friends, still can’t believe I drive a wagon

What do your family and friends say about this car?

They really like it, especially my 5-year-old daughter. She likes it when we drive fast, or take it up to the mountains.

What is your most memorable/humorous/embarrassing moment with this car?

Dusting a GT convertible mustang off the line for an upcoming merge, and then watching the guys girlfriend laugh at him (it was raining though).

Has this car competed in any events?

No, just a little track time.

What is your favorite place to drive this car?

Windy mountain roads. Dirt or pavement.

What is your ideal day with this car?

Heading up skiing or mountain biking with it. There are usually a lot of winding roads and no one around.

Who gets to drive this car?

My wife and I

If your car had a motto, what would it be?

Live every day to it’s fullest and have fun along the way.

If you had to name your car, what would you name it?

My daughter likes to call it : The Cookie Monster” because she like the color. I personally do not have a name for it.

What was your previous project?

2003 Toyota Tundra

What is your next project?

Hopefully the upcoming next generation allroad.

What one word best describes your car?

allroads

Other info you’d like to share?

My wife and I just recently took delivery of a new Q7 at the Audi Forum in Ingolstadt, Germany through Audi’s European Delivery Program. We did this same type of program a few years back through Volvo’s European Delivery. After traveling through Sweden, Denmark, and Austria we finished our trip in Germany where we were able to visit the Audi Forum in Ingolstadt Factory. We arrived the morning of our tour and as we were pulling into the main square there must have been 30 – 40 audi’s all painted in a color similar to mine and all the different cars had decals on them showing them as German Ski Federation ski team cars for that year. It turns out the German ski team was picking up there cars for the winter season and were having a party and photo shoot with their new cars.

Owner Information:

Greig Fahnlander
Graham, WA
Username: K2audi
Occupation: Advertising/Sales
Club Affiliations: Audi Club of North America, and Audi Club Northwest

Vehicle Information:
2002 Audi allroad
Mileage: 72,000 miles
Original Color: Sprint Blue
Current Color: Sprint Blue
Engine: 2.7T
Engine Modifications: APR chip w/ stock, 91, 93, and 100 octane programs. Upgraded 710 dv’s
Exhaust Modifications: none
Transmission Modifications: none
Suspension Modifications: lowered the front by 15mm and the rear by 12mm through the 402 mod, h-sports sway bars set hard
Brake Modifications: none
Wheels and Tires: (Summer)19 in MASItaly Sagittas w/ Good Year Eagle F1 GS-D3 255/40/19’s. (Winter) Stock allroad double spokes with Nokian Hakkapalitas 225/55/17’s
Exterior/Body Modifications: 20 % rear windows and 35% front, Fog light mod (allows the fogs to run independent of the headlights…….I use this mod as my drl’s for low light or rainy days (saves the xenons). Thule rack system w/ Thule V2 bike racks and an Evolution 1200 cargo box
Interior Modifications: Wooden shift knob.
Audio/Video/I.C.E.: RNS-E unit, Dension ice>Link ipod integration



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