Cam Visits Squamish - Photo Epic

Jan 3, 2017 at 13:01
by Pinkbike Staff  
 VWAdventure

When VW met Cam McCaul at the Vancouver International Airport and handed over the keys for their Sportwagen All Track they may not have realized the boundaries that were about to be pushed! "When they first handed me the keys I was thinking, 'they have no idea how sketchy I am in a car. . . this is a bad idea and they don't even realize it, '" jokes Cam.

Adam Billinghurst and Fraser Newton accompanied Cam on his #VWadventure to Squamish, British Columbia where they were treated to some world renowned dirt—and a snowstorm. But improvisations, chainsaws, and the 4Motion all-wheel-drive system won out for a road trip of a lifetime!

bigquotesSquamish is a place I feel like I've never properly experienced even though I've done a few film shoots there and I've driven through it at least once, sometimes twice, a year for the last 14 years. I really enjoy the old school, technical style trails that are hidden in those woods, and I've always wanted an excuse to go ride them.
Cam McCaul

Cam McCaul Visits Squamish - Photo Epic
Cam McCaul Visits Squamish - Photo Epic
Cam McCaul Visits Squamish - Photo Epic
Cam McCaul Visits Squamish - Photo Epic
Cam McCaul Visits Squamish - Photo Epic
Cam McCaul Visits Squamish - Photo Epic
Cam McCaul Visits Squamish - Photo Epic
Cam McCaul Visits Squamish - Photo Epic
Cam McCaul Visits Squamish - Photo Epic
Cam McCaul Visits Squamish - Photo Epic
Cam McCaul Visits Squamish - Photo Epic
Cam McCaul Visits Squamish - Photo Epic
Cam McCaul Visits Squamish - Photo Epic
Cam McCaul Visits Squamish - Photo Epic
Cam McCaul Visits Squamish - Photo Epic

The guys headed up to ride the morning after the first snowfall of the season, there were a lot of trees down but they were equipped with an axe which provided a comfy case of “hot-back” for Adam. Between that and Fraser's pocket saw they had the road cleared in no time. In retrospect they realized that the drive up should have foreshadowed the trail conditions—anyone who is halfway aware may have recognized the connection. No backpacks on a powder day!

bigquotesRiding with these two is a blast. I've worked and filmed with both these lads loads, and I was pumped to join in and put rubber down—on snow! There's a recurring theme of riding frozen terrain with Cam and Adam, and Squamish delivered day one. We even got first tracks on Half Nelson!
Fraser Newton

Cam McCaul Visits Squamish - Photo Epic
Cam McCaul Visits Squamish - Photo Epic
Cam McCaul Visits Squamish - Photo Epic
Cam McCaul Visits Squamish - Photo Epic

bigquotesThe first morning we looked out the window and it was a full on snowstorm. We rode a ton of stuff where you couldn't see the trail at all and it ended up being a blast. You'd lose control every five seconds and have to figure out how to save it.
Cam McCaul

Cam McCaul Visits Squamish - Photo Epic
Cam McCaul Visits Squamish - Photo Epic

The first snow of the season meant fresh tracks on Half Nelson. The rider breaking the trail had the easiest job; everyone coming behind didn't have much line choice, contrary to summer riding where you can learn from the people in front of you.

bigquotesThe snow was actually pretty fun to slide around on—the rain that was falling on it was the bad part.
Adam Billinghurst

Cam McCaul Visits Squamish - Photo Epic
Cam McCaul Visits Squamish - Photo Epic
Cam McCaul Visits Squamish - Photo Epic
Cam McCaul Visits Squamish - Photo Epic
Cam McCaul Visits Squamish - Photo Epic
Cam McCaul Visits Squamish - Photo Epic
Cam McCaul Visits Squamish - Photo Epic
Cam McCaul Visits Squamish - Photo Epic
Cam McCaul Visits Squamish - Photo Epic
Cam McCaul Visits Squamish - Photo Epic
Cam McCaul Visits Squamish - Photo Epic
Cam McCaul Visits Squamish - Photo Epic
Cam McCaul Visits Squamish - Photo Epic

Psueda Psuga was handling the drainage well and Adam was cornering like it was a dry and dusty day.

bigquotesA safe, stylish vehicle that can get the kids to school on time is a necessity, but wouldn't it be great if that same vehicle is also right at home with a couple bikes on the roof or drifting a gravel corner?
Cam McCaul

Cam McCaul Visits Squamish - Photo Epic
Cam McCaul Visits Squamish - Photo Epic
Cam McCaul Visits Squamish - Photo Epic
Cam McCaul Visits Squamish - Photo Epic
Cam McCaul Visits Squamish - Photo Epic
Cam McCaul Visits Squamish - Photo Epic
Cam McCaul Visits Squamish - Photo Epic
Cam McCaul Visits Squamish - Photo Epic
Cam McCaul Visits Squamish - Photo Epic
Cam McCaul Visits Squamish - Photo Epic
Cam McCaul Visits Squamish - Photo Epic
Cam McCaul Visits Squamish - Photo Epic
Cam McCaul Visits Squamish - Photo Epic
Cam McCaul Visits Squamish - Photo Epic
Cam McCaul Visits Squamish - Photo Epic

The boys warmed up with some local indian food from Essence of India.

Cam McCaul Visits Squamish - Photo Epic
Cam McCaul Visits Squamish - Photo Epic
Cam McCaul Visits Squamish - Photo Epic
Cam McCaul Visits Squamish - Photo Epic
Cam McCaul Visits Squamish - Photo Epic
Cam McCaul Visits Squamish - Photo Epic

bigquotesThe fit and finish of the Sportswagen was all-time; and the all wheel drive too. Of course it's their top tier model with a touchscreen and leather inside. Having the ability to interact with the car's computer and being able to control the drive mode was great for cutting loose. The stereo was insane too!
Fraser Newton

Cam McCaul Visits Squamish - Photo Epic
Cam McCaul Visits Squamish - Photo Epic
Cam McCaul Visits Squamish - Photo Epic
Cam McCaul Visits Squamish - Photo Epic

bigquotesI realized when I rolled my first car that maybe I should leave the recreational drifting to my bike; but it's been 10 years since I rolled that car and it was time to get back on the horse. The VW made it easy for me to drive above my ability level and before long I was getting into some nice drifts. I started to be able to pick lines on the road with the drift in mind.
Cam McCaul

Cam McCaul Visits Squamish - Photo Epic

"Cause shotgun bullets are bad for your health." ~ Ice Cube

Cam McCaul Visits Squamish - Photo Epic
Cam McCaul Visits Squamish - Photo Epic
Cam McCaul Visits Squamish - Photo Epic
Cam McCaul Visits Squamish - Photo Epic
Cam McCaul Visits Squamish - Photo Epic
Cam McCaul Visits Squamish - Photo Epic
Cam McCaul Visits Squamish - Photo Epic
Cam McCaul Visits Squamish - Photo Epic
Cam McCaul Visits Squamish - Photo Epic

bigquotesFor this project there needed to be a lot of driving shots in the VW so the dirt logging roads in Squamish seemed pretty appealing.
Cam McCaul


Rallying the car was a good time, there were enough bodies for a poor man’s road closure (read: hollering when corners were clear). The whole time Adam was beat-boxing with the multi-pitch proximity sensors with Cam’s harmonic fills.

Cam McCaul Visits Squamish - Photo Epic
Cam McCaul Visits Squamish - Photo Epic
Cam McCaul Visits Squamish - Photo Epic
Cam McCaul Visits Squamish - Photo Epic
Cam McCaul Visits Squamish - Photo Epic

This exchange went like this; “nice horse”, “nice van”. So stoic bro.

Cam McCaul Visits Squamish - Photo Epic
Cam McCaul Visits Squamish - Photo Epic
Cam McCaul Visits Squamish - Photo Epic
Cam McCaul Visits Squamish - Photo Epic

bigquotesThe Sportwagen had some feature that were pretty convenient for mountain bikers—like the lever in the trunk that made the back seats go down.
Adam Billinghurst

Cam McCaul Visits Squamish - Photo Epic

This is 20 kilometres up the Squamish Valley; we were exploring.


Cam McCaul Visits Squamish - Photo Epic
Cam McCaul Visits Squamish - Photo Epic
Cam McCaul Visits Squamish - Photo Epic
Cam McCaul Visits Squamish - Photo Epic
Cam McCaul Visits Squamish - Photo Epic
Cam McCaul Visits Squamish - Photo Epic
Cam McCaul Visits Squamish - Photo Epic
Cam McCaul Visits Squamish - Photo Epic

Getting very Canadian while out for dinner at the Copper Coil; lots of meat, brisket, burnt tips, and poutine.


bigquotesKeeping up with Cam's humour is a full time job. He's got some lucky kids.
Fraser Newton

Cam McCaul Visits Squamish - Photo Epic
Cam McCaul Visits Squamish - Photo Epic
Cam McCaul Visits Squamish - Photo Epic

Hanging out with local trail builder, Big Red Ted (aka Tedward Shovelhands) and talking about the portal to Mordor.


Cam McCaul Visits Squamish - Photo Epic
Cam McCaul Visits Squamish - Photo Epic
Cam McCaul Visits Squamish - Photo Epic
Cam McCaul Visits Squamish - Photo Epic

bigquotesMy favourite part of the whole trip was simply getting to hang out with Cam and Fraser!
Adam Billinghust

Cam McCaul Visits Squamish - Photo Epic
Cam McCaul Visits Squamish - Photo Epic
Cam McCaul Visits Squamish - Photo Epic
Cam McCaul Visits Squamish - Photo Epic
Cam McCaul Visits Squamish - Photo Epic
Cam McCaul Visits Squamish - Photo Epic
Cam McCaul Visits Squamish - Photo Epic
Cam McCaul Visits Squamish - Photo Epic
Cam McCaul Visits Squamish - Photo Epic

This lower section of Half Nelson was new this past season from Ted and his crew. These new berms, flow section, and bridges helped to avoid dangerous trail merge. The new berms were rated 'insane.'

Cam McCaul Visits Squamish - Photo Epic
Cam McCaul Visits Squamish - Photo Epic
Cam McCaul Visits Squamish - Photo Epic
Cam McCaul Visits Squamish - Photo Epic
Cam McCaul Visits Squamish - Photo Epic
Cam McCaul Visits Squamish - Photo Epic
Cam McCaul Visits Squamish - Photo Epic
Cam McCaul Visits Squamish - Photo Epic
Cam McCaul Visits Squamish - Photo Epic
Cam McCaul Visits Squamish - Photo Epic
Cam McCaul Visits Squamish - Photo Epic
Cam McCaul Visits Squamish - Photo Epic
Cam McCaul Visits Squamish - Photo Epic
Cam McCaul Visits Squamish - Photo Epic
Cam McCaul Visits Squamish - Photo Epic
Cam McCaul Visits Squamish - Photo Epic

Gouranga trail at the top of the rocks, next to Highway to Hell in the Alice Lake/Slabs of Squamish area.

Cam McCaul Visits Squamish - Photo Epic
Cam McCaul Visits Squamish - Photo Epic
Cam McCaul Visits Squamish - Photo Epic

Warming up around a staple pallet fire for the final night's celebrations after revisiting old haunts and touring Cam around some of the places he recognized from old videos.

Cam McCaul Visits Squamish - Photo Epic
Cam McCaul Visits Squamish - Photo Epic
Cam McCaul Visits Squamish - Photo Epic
Cam McCaul Visits Squamish - Photo Epic


The snow meant not getting to ride everything they wanted to but getting to hang out for a weekend was well worth the trip!

Squamish mountain biking trails
Images by Reuben Krabbe.



MENTIONS: @ReubenKrabbe



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89 Comments

  • + 98
 They are really milking this one...
  • + 14
 and then some
  • + 12
 Yeah it's getting a little ridiculous.
  • + 5
 @dimetera413: At least this had bike and obligatory nature shots Smile
  • + 24
 Note to VW marketing team. This advertising is just too blatant and staged to be impactful to a consumer. It would be much more powerful if it didn't even mention VW and the viewer notices it as part of the movie and thinks "thats a cool car" instead of shouting "buy a VW because pro mountain bikers like Cam say so".

Says the guy who owns three VW's including two estates.
  • - 1
 @skill7: Agreed. All the shots are gorgeous and I love Squamish and the car, and this promo still made me dislike VW. Pretty amazing you were able to do that.
  • + 9
 I was going to comment on the overly generous amounts of red car shots but then thought, someone has to flip the bill for all these good times and I'm sure Mr.Krabbe is not taking all of these primo shots out of the goodness of his heart (as nice of a guy as he may be). He probably needs to pay bills too. It's not really that hard to look past the car shots and see all the other good stuff.
  • - 2
 must have scrolled down pretty far to write that comment
  • + 1
 Oh, well as per usual I'm late to the party, upside is I don't have to type as much.

Love ya Cam, please get back to stuff we really wanna see & leave the garbage in the garbage can. Thanks.
  • + 94
 Those rolling pics get annoying. Maybe i am old and just like standard size pics. Bring on the down votes
  • - 3
 what do you mean rolling pic?
  • + 13
 definitely ruined it for me. I'm sure there's some awesome pics in there but that format is obnoxious
  • + 8
 Agreed. They can work nicely for backgrounds on websites, but Pinkbike... PLZ get rid of the parallax scrolling when we're trying to look at awesome images Smile
  • + 4
 @Ayyggss: Stitched together, like rolling film stock. I don't like the widescreen crop for every shot either, it's not a video. Sensors are 3:2 for a good reason.
  • - 1
 @dirtdoctor:

gotcha . thank you

and thanks for the down votes for simply asking a question
  • + 3
 Well at least you can click on the pic you like and see the full version unlike the ones where two photos were joined into one smaller pic, that's what I hate.
  • + 1
 I don't mind the layout but it would be nice if they have small gaps.
  • + 51
 They are lovely photos in fairness... Also I think the VW hatred is a bit much to be honest. It's good to see a big company like VW getting involved and supporting mountain biking!
  • - 34
flag torero (Jan 23, 2017 at 5:41) (Below Threshold)
 Fuck VW get out of PB
  • + 5
 I'd rather see a company like VW support mountain biking by not setting a precedent of systematically and intentionally deceiving environmental regulations. One company can't ruin the environment by itself, but their action was so egregious that they deserve social backlash. Also, their marketing department apparently loves these rolling photos - another strike against them.
  • + 5
 @Beazy: I wholly see where you're coming from alright. It's the deception that stings.
  • + 3
 @Beazy: Deisel-Gate?
  • + 1
 @Beazy: i was really liking towards the day that I could afford a TDI Golf, but now I'm sticking with Toyota.
  • + 26
 I like Cam and VW's but, yeah milking it! Can we have a button at the top to go straight to comments? Took me ages to get here!
  • + 5
 So true. And that button does exist.
  • + 5
 @app-uncture so true, I almost gave up half way through ... but I had to see the comments on the third VW promo in a week.
  • + 1
 Double Post...
  • + 2
 @onemind123: just figured out you can hit the end key! jeez what have I been doing all these years!
  • + 5
 @app-uncture: now you don't have to read the articles, just comment away
  • + 1
 That button already exists, we need a "back to top" button.
  • + 27
 Another article, really?
  • + 7
 Next step VW give away "Say you like this articles and you will have chance to win one". Trek will throw one bike too.
  • + 1
 I was going to ask if it was a three for the price of one deal but there are some great photies in there.
  • + 16
 Seriously 3 VW/Cam McCaul ads??? WTF? Give it a rest.
  • + 9
 "The Sportwagen had some feature that were pretty convenient for mountain bikers—like the lever in the trunk that made the back seats go down."
revolutionary lol
  • + 6
 VW and trek have been working together since the mid 90s at least. My father has been a VW mechanic for almost 40 years and I remember him bringing home vw/trek stickers and a calendar for me when I was new to the sport.

I think at one point you could buy a jetta and get a bike with it.

Just remember dudes, if you hate advertising on a free site with great content that advertising is what is keeping this site funded, staffed, and full of free content. That advertising goes away and your beloved movies for your monday and one bike quiver reviews go with it.
  • + 6
 On a side note, the majority of "candid" shots look really artificial with the guys smiling in almost all of them. Did the photographers carry some "cheese" generator? Or were the riders "cheese" inclined in some way?
  • + 3
 I feel like it would be hard not to smile when you're hanging out with Cam haha
  • + 4
 Great Photography and I really don't mind the car advertising because it actually captures my buy a car for my bike obsession. I have no idea why Jeep isn't blowing up the MTB scene??? Imagine a lifted jeep Rubicon with bikes in the back, roof and crawling up some Utah trail to a dope riding spot? Yea' that would make me think "I need this vehicle in my life now!"
  • + 4
 Nobody likes rebuilding their rear diff every 7000 miles.
  • + 1
 @DiveH: Buy a solid gear ratio for all types of driving and don't go over 35's or a 4 inch lift. It's not a monster truck but it ain't a street sweeper either.
  • + 3
 They do a pretty good job of plastering themselves all over Red Bull Hardline....
  • + 1
 @tomlynchwatson: Agreed, but thats in Wales and the event is distinguished and small. The US has a monster Jeep Wrangler and Wrangler Unlimited cult following everywhere. Although I do give VW props for giving us MTB heads a little spotlight.
  • + 8
 Nice job VW, finally getting involved. Now I want a Golf GTI.
  • + 4
 You won't regret it.
  • + 5
 wow that car is so red!
Wha. Is it again? Oh a car!
Sweet!
Ummmmmm nice car!
Wait bikes are involved?
Yes they are being driven by that sweet car!
  • + 6
 Woah this marketing ploy is shameless
  • + 2
 As a former VW tech, I can honestly say that these are 30,000 mile cars. They more or less expect them to be traded in before the warranty is up. Meanwhile, I keep my FWD Focus SVT running and it carries bikes and rallies just fine. Not much room for kids, but don't have 'em, so don't care.
  • - 1
 There it is...vw's are crap
  • + 5
 erybody bikin like its a commercial, actin like life is a big commercial..
  • + 2
 And now I'd like to introduce...

I'll pass the bike to Cam and his "vee double u"
  • + 2
 @gp99 check your head! One million up votes! Nice!
  • + 2
 I like to see this - would rather see pros getting paid to live the lifestyle than not get paid to hurt themselves in competition. It is good to see some blatant marketing dollars from outside the sport.
  • + 1
 Shouldn't there be a legal disclaimer letting people know that this is sponsored content paid for by VW? I mean I know it's obvious but I'm pretty sure there are disclosure laws. But yeah, the optics of this are pretty mediocre overall.
  • + 4
 Another VW story? It's almost like they want us to forget about the last big story about their company...
  • + 1
 more photos of fraz than cam. this article is nothing more than an extended ad for vw. plus some of the photos are out of focus. there were plenty of other pics so dont see why they were put in.
  • + 3
 thank you Pinkbike comment section for making me laugh daily. You guys are awesome
  • + 5
 this is gross.
  • + 2
 I am legitimately curious how much of this platform was derived from the A3 Sportback chassis, certainly some superficial similarities...??
  • + 1
 Both cars are on the same MQB platform.
  • + 0
 A3s and TT's are 99% VW.
  • + 2
 Bikes on top babe in the back. Just don't put those heels through my roof lining love. It'll cost me a fortune for VW to replace it.
  • + 3
 The article title needs to say "56K beware!" haha
  • + 4
 sell out to eat out eh!
  • + 1
 There are some cool photos in this piece, but I personally enjoyed his Mitsubishi Outlander commercial more: www.youtube.com/watch?v=0GGj2jdE36k
  • + 3
 So... How many more car ads will we see?
  • + 1
 Well... It seems soooo fake to me. All these smiling pictures, all these smiling people, making money.
  • + 2
 I'm a massive career long fan of cam but I just don't care for this.
  • - 2
 We bought our Sportwagen when they first came out last July, We where a 2 car house-hold and the wife sold her practical cheap reliable car in favor of taking the TTC to work and I kept my big expensive to run and repair Cadillac that could barely fit one bike in the trunk and would not take a roof rack with out drill holes. Also, turns out the wife hated driving the CTS too, so we needed something.So I knew I wanted a Wagon so we started looking at more Caddilac wagons, BMW's Audi's even Volvo's. Before long we ended up at the Local VW dealership (I've never owned one or even set foot in a VW dealer in my life) we drove some used Jetta's wagons saw one that was pretty ok, but the old 2.5 slow motor and a Used asking price of above $22K CND make it a tricky choice. Then Sales guy ask if we wanna to check out a New wagon. Well the Mrk-VII blew us away in the test drive, Turbo 1.8 gas motor had no problem getting the car to speed, the ride and build was very once again surprising. It felt the same as an Audi's and BMW's we drove.. Then the price.. they would sell us a Brand new base model wagon for the same price as 3 year old Jetta wagon we just drove..

So we jumped in... happy with pee's in a pod with our new car. Then the Scam broke, every one lost there shit from the way the media handled it.. Do some research if you are outraged by VW there was a long line of other companies that made the right "donations" and got away with even worse of what VW did (H-D I'm looking at you) , but the wife and I still love our car.

We bought bike racks for it so we can now take both bikes with ease to all these great trail heads around the GTA, We loaded up the car with camping gear and bikes and when off to Mount St. Anne for UCI this year. Something we would of never be able to do before owning sedans. That car has opened my wife up to biking and our lives up to do more things out in the wild far from home. Now sure there are many cars that could do that job, but for someone that would rather be lit on fire than drive a cross-over that little wagon is not that bad. Its never had a problem, and our gas motor is not mixed up in this Diesel B.S.

Many-mnay companies build station wagons out of mid-ized cars in different markets, Ford will sell you a Fusion wagon, even a Focus wagon in Europe, but here in Canada if you want anything like that you have a buy a Escape (for about 10 grand more than what the same trim Focus will cost or you can leave. GM does this too, as well as countless other manufacturers that just couldn't be bothered to bring a sport wagon over for weird people like me in favor of jsut selling them a CR-V knock off.. And that's why I broke the "never buy new"moto for a Brand-new VW. Good for them to have the balls to even sell a wagon here that doesn't suck and isn't over $50K to buy.

We look forward to keeping ours form many years.. Will I buy another VW product.. I doubt it.

But, I've been surprised before..
  • + 11
 Good Grief dude--you and the wife never heard of Subaru?!
  • - 4
flag Allmost (Jan 23, 2017 at 10:23) (Below Threshold)
 @farmerjohnscuz:

Subaru.....?

Nope never head of them, are they shit?
  • + 3
 I don't understand the last part. You are very satisfied in your product but you doubt to buy VW again. Why?
  • + 2
 The most likely answer if you want a reasonable and reliable wagon in Canada for gravel roads is Subaru Outback. Much more reliable than VW over the long term, but it has the practical car-like low roofline and the high ground clearance that make it so awesome. However, if you are used to looking at Cadillacs, Audis, and VWs you may not be entirely impressed with the practicality-focused interior compared to those more premium options. If you looked at it and weren't happy that's totally cool. It's just surprising that you seem to be looking for exactly a Subaru Outback, but failed to acknowledge the elephant in the room.
  • - 1
 @Allmost: Nope but your VW is.
  • + 1
 @farmerjohnscuz: my wife and I test drive an outback...wicked car. The finish wasn't great so she went for a RAV4. It's a great car.
  • + 2
 Cool, I like my 20yo minivan that holds two bikes internally + gear and still has enough room to sleep in.
  • + 0
 @ThatDan:

The Outback is a Full sized car platform, The cost in buying, owning and insuring an Outback are reflected in this.The Golf is a midsized car, Its about 10 grand cheaper to buy gets much better MPGee's and is a lot cheaper to ensure. And the Golf has a real transmission not a CVT. Now a bunch a bikers that think spending 4 times as much on a bike than a car, this is something there brains can't simply compute. I being a bit of an automotive nut simply could not stand the slow,lazy, power robbing behavior of this problem laden box. And a manual is out, the wife can't be bothered to learn how to use one and I like having a DD" after too many suds.



Sorry people. You all enjoy Gucci grade bike parts to get you down a hill a 10th of a second faster than the next guy? Well I prefer not to waste my money on a sub-standard grade of car that's only party trick is an outdated AWD system and a motor that has known oil consumption issues and blow head gaskets like they are not even important.
  • + 0
 @ultima-forsan:
I only bought the VW to get the Wagon, It happened to be an excellent car that is cheap to run and offers tech that all other markers simply can't touch at the price point of the Golf.

We will be hanging on the to wagon as long as possible, I will get back into an ATS or something for my self and the wife will keep the wagon for a family hauler when that time comes. My guess is that she will want to stick with VW to replace that wagon, I simply don't care, I buy cars on how they make me feel as a driver, not what they say on the hood. Something most people can't get past.
  • + 1
 @Allmost: I guess I read into your original post something that wasn't there... I assumed you cared about higher ground clearance and AWD in your wagon. I actually didn't even notice that you were specifically talking about the Golf Sportwagen, I thought VW was still offering a Passat wagon, which I guess they aren't. It looks like you probably don't care about the higher ground clearance and AWD, in order to get those you would need to buy the Alltrack version or at least the 4-Motion, which would cost almost the same as an Outback (for the base model with 4-Motion), or in the case of the Alltrack costs as much or more as a comparable Outback.

Anyway, I'm not trying to tell you that you made the wrong choice or anything, the Sportwagen looks like a cool little car! Also, I share your sentiment that it's really too bad more manufacturers don't build wagons... they are very practical and it would be great to have more options.
  • + 1
 Very nice photos, all of them ! Also that VW reminds me of my toyota matrix
  • + 2
 Cue the Volkswagen hatred.
  • + 9
 I don't think it's VW hatred, but a well-deserved skepticism for statements like

"A safe, stylish vehicle that can get the kids to school on time is a necessity, but wouldn't it be great if that same vehicle is also right at home with a couple bikes on the roof or drifting a gravel corner?"

'Cause if my wife found out I was rally-racing in the family minivan, no, it wouldn't be great.
  • + 3
 So much cheese.
  • + 2
 "How to make money" by Cam Mc Caul
  • + 2
 I'll not buy a VW anyway... haha...
  • + 0
 OTT on the VW advertising perhaps, but I loved the Horse shot and caption, brilliant lol.
  • + 1
 VW advert much?
  • + 0
 Title should have been:
"VW visits Squamish - VW Photo Epic"

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