Hammond's icons: Mk I Golf GTI
Richard drives VW's legendary hot hatch, likes it very much
Posted: 22 May 2013
The point is, all of these people were not great, they achieved greatness. But they didn't know. And so it must have been with the Golf GTI.
It was pioneered by a young engineer: Alfons Löwenberg. In 1974, he got his workmates together in their spare time at Wolfsburg to work on what they called the ‘Sport Golf'. They had no idea that their creation would go on to become one of the stone-cold, rock-solid, gold-standard, class-A motoring icons. It was just a sporty version of a small car.