In less than a year, Larry’s Audi S5 has gone from zero to hero. Read the story of the “underdog”…..
We meet so many amazing people from all over the world here at Vossen and in some instances we get to really know someone and their story. Last year around this time Larry Harrison, “@the_undrdg“, and myself started to trade messages through instagram and with an upcoming trip for the EVS Motors/Vossen Meet as well as Wekfest, we got a chance to meet in person since he currently resides in Houston, Texas. Instantly we seemed to click and while obviously cars were the mutual connection, it was for many other reasons the vibe was good; respect for others, love of electronics, passion to be the best and love of food!
At the time his S5 was mildly modded on CV3 wheels, not bad, but no neck breaker and surely not magazine worthy. At the last minute we were able to have his S5 parked with us inside our vendor area at Wekfest and it seemed to spark something inside for Larry to take his car build to the top of the game. The orange S5 above is now the jaw-dropping S5 below!
For the next few months it seemed like every week Larry was changing something to his car. As he states in the Vossen Owners Spotlight video, he was tired of seeing his car not get real respect in the car game so he decided to completely elevate his build.
In just a short time nothing was left untouched from the new Nardo Grey paint, to the new sound system to the air suspension. He also added a bodykit, exhaust and other small modifications.
Larry even jumped from CV3 wheels to our new flow formed VFS-1 wheels but knew he needed that true custom touch to separate his S5 from the rest. Enter our #madeinmiami Vossen Forged : Precision Series. Larry’s heart was set on our revolutionary 15 spoke directional VPS-304. We then discussed various colors and he decided on new matte clear finish which compliments the Nardo Grey exterior perfectly (update he has now gotten them re-finshed in full polish with a diamond cut face). Sized 20×10.5 front and rear to tuck under the air suspension, the results are absolutely magnificent. Larry states the number one modification people ask him about are his wheels.
You are probably wondering why we have pictures of Larry’s car in Miami? Well his squad decided to drive from Houston to Miami for a car show in July. We got to give them a personal tour of the Vossen Forged Factory where his wheels are made and we decided to shoot his car on those beautiful white rocks with Miami in the background. A run to Publix for some sandwiches and drinks kept us from complaining of the 100 degree humid weather as we completed his video and photoshoot. It was great to once again hang with Larry and get to know his squad a bit better.
Its been amazing to not just be a part of his build in regards to our Vossen Forged wheels but to watch his passion and vision develop so quickly. We now consider Larry and his crew family! Larry’s S5 is now winning multiple awards at shows and you can read his story in the November issue of Performance VW! His Instagram account has gone from around 350 followers to over 7,000 as Larry has chronicled his S5 journey and unlike most accounts, he goes into great detail over decisions made. Next up are Wekfest Houston and he plans to come back to Miami with more changes!
Hopefully this story inspires those that feel like they are unappreciated in their car scene and visualize themselves making an impact in the game. Never count out the underdog!!!
Words: Mike Forsythe (@mike_vossen) ///// Photos: Sam Dobbins (@sdobbins_vossen) ///// Video: Anthony De La Paz (@dela_vossen)