In our June/July 2002 issue, we showed you how we turned Melissa Speiring’s stock black 2000 Volkswagen Golf GLS from 935WickedDraggers in San Diego, California, into a custom street cruiser with ground effects from Street Weapon, APR GT rear wing, Hella HID Euro headlights, H&R dropped springs, 19-inch Toyo Proxes tires and Velox VX5 alloy rims. As we mentioned last issue, Melissa is the first female member and the first “Euro-style” car in the club, but has earned the respect of the other “race-oriented” members. “I have to express my love for this group of people, I couldn’t ask for a better group of friends, thanks again for letting me into your family,” she says.

Melissa’s hard work on “Project Nympho” as she calls the V-Dub, has paid off already; she’s picked up several trophies at California shows including Second Place Mild Performance Euro at Lowrider Magazine’s show in San Bernardino (her first show), and both Best Female and Best Vinyl Graphics at the Pomona AutoFest 2002 (featured in this issue).

And speaking of vinyl graphics, that brings us to the subject of this article. In this issue we’ll show you how Modern Image SignWorks (in Huntington Beach, California) created the cool color-shifting vinyl graphics, from Melissa’s original artwork, and turned the basic black exterior of the Golf into a graphic statement, complete with the Lowrider Euro logo.

Modern Image (MI) creator Robert Wilson entered the business marketplace more than a decade ago after realizing the benefits of high quality vinyl. “I was looking for an alternative to expensive painted automotive graphic designs,” says Robert. As a custom car enthusiast, Robert wanted to make a visual statement that was not only affordable, but replaceable, thus the creation of Modern Image SignWorks. Now 11 years later, MI enjoys a working relationship with automotive manufacturers such as Honda, Acura, Mazda, Audi, Toyota, Nissan and General Motors.

Modern Image (MI) uses state-of-the-art computer software, scanners and digital plotters (cutters) to create custom vinyl designs from virtually any artwork. MI’s work has appeared on numerous sport and custom compact magazine covers, countless race vehicles, and is featured on vehicles in last summer’s mega-hit movie The Fast and the Furious.

MI also offers by mail complete do-it-yourself body graphics kits in dozens of patterns and an endless array of colors that can be pre-cut for any make or model of vehicle. In addition, they can create race or club logos, signs, visor decals, sponsor decals and banners. Check out their full online catalog. (Dealer and business opportunities are available.)

For now, follow the photos and you’ll see just how easy it is to make a graphic statement with your Euro using the tools and techniques provided my Modern Image (and hot new color-shift vinyl).