Nov 8, 2012
Photography By: Ignatius McCarthy
Words By: Mike Meszaros
New beginnings: James Osborn’s 2002 Audi A6 Allroad
Starting over is not something that is easy to do, especially in the car game. You can pour your heart and soul into a vehicle and then in the blink of an eye it can all be gone. For James Osborn his Audi A6 Avant was on it’s to becoming a great car. The Avant sported a full air ride suspension and some other modifications but James was coming to a cross roads. His A6 needed a lot of work, and he really found the unique look of the All Road Avant appealing so a decision had to be made. Instead of spending a lot of time and money converting his current Avant to an All Road he decided to remove the modifications and start the search for his ideal car. James did some searching and stumbled upon a rare 2002 Sprint Blue Audi A6 All Road. It was a done deal, James signed on the dotted line and had the keys in hand, and then the real fun began.
The new blue car was now in Osborn’s grasp and the planning started immediately. The first task though was something James had to do; the thought is the previous owner may have kept a little dog in the car, because the rear of the wagon smelled of dog piss, and this was not going to work for James. The floor was removed and a hard wood bamboo floor was constructed, needless to say the preverbal flood gate was opened. Soon enough the air ride that was removed from the old Avant would find its way to the All Road. The custom Bilstein and UV air bag combo would be used to take the All Road to places the designers never though it would go, low. You see, the All Road was made for off roading, camping, fishing, or any sort of back woodsy activity you choose. James’s on the other hand has to be left in the parking lot because this All Road is dumped and the thought of a simple root being too far out of the dirt makes the oil pan shiver.
The next step for the Audi was a set of rollers. James knew he has to choose something ill, but he had one thing to do first. You see behind every great car modifying, foolish man stands a very understand, awesome women. Being the dashing fellow he is Mr. Osborn purchased his wife a new, well deserved wedding ring. In return a set of Hamann PG1 wheels were sourced and purchased. Rocking an impressive spec of 19×9 et 6 on all four hubs, the Audi achieved an excellent look when bagged out.
The road for the Avant may have ended early, but the All Road has picked up where it left off and James assures Canibeat that there are still modifications to come. Being a Master Tech that works on German cars Osborn plans to do a 6 speed transmission swap, a turbo upgrade, and maybe a new set of wheels (pending the wife’s approval of course).
Editor: cristian loza