The circuit commentator and presenter Tom Schwede grew up in a very automotive environment. It was the perfect background for the work he now does writing and talking about cars. For example, his first test drive with the new Polo GTI in Mallorca, which Tom sums up below. He publishes additional texts and pictures since 2007 on his website, 1300ccm.de, a "car-blog for car-natives".
Sporty compact cars from Volkswagen play a great role in my automotive background. When I was in primary school I used to admire my neighbour's VW Golf GTI2. And even after almost 40 years I still remember the chequered seats and of course the cool gear knob. As a young driver my dream car was the Polo G40. But "thanks" to my height – I'm six foot six – the Polo was not an option for me 30 years ago. In those days I didn't fit into the compact car. So I bought myself a second-generation Golf GTI.
That was almost 30 years ago. In the meantime almost every model of car has got a lot bigger. The latest Polo is a little over 12 feet or four metres long.