GET TO KNOW T44BRIAN
Inducted into the Type 44 World: April 20, 2013
Number of Audis Owned: 12
- 1991 Audi 100 – Tornado/Quartz, 173K,
- 1990 Audi 100 – Bamboo/Travertine, 221K
- 1990 Audi 100 – Lago/Quartz, 154K,
- 1991 Audi 100 – Pearl/Graphite, 242K
- 1990 Audi 100 – Bamboo/Travertine, 530K
- 1990 Audi 100 – Alpine/Marine, 68K
- 1991 Audi 100Q – Alpine/Platinum, 191K
- 1989 Audi 100E – Alpine/Quartz, 83K
- 1991 Audi 100 – Titanium/Graphite, 59K
- 1989 Audi 100W – Lago/Platinum, 163K
- 1984 Audi 5000S Wagon – Zermatt/Marine, 104K
- 1991 Audi 100 – Tornado/Quartz, 93K
Top 3 “Must Haves:”
- 1989 Audi 100E
- Any Type 44 with blue interior
- A 200 Series sedan/avant with Chenille Velour/Leather Sport Seats
Brian Skorski is a Classic Audi Preservationist located in the United States with a main focus on the Type 44 (C3) Audi.
Thank you for visiting T44Brian.com! I appreciate your support and interest in my continued efforts to keep what’s left of Type 44s on the road. I have created a small Q&A below to some of my most common questions so you can learn a bit more about me: but please feel free to get in touch with me anytime by either sending me a message on Instagram, or using the contact form located here.
What began as a summer project before college five years ago has obviously taken over a huge part of my life. I had no prior knowledge of Audis when I started, but when I took a road trip to go see my first 100 and got in for a test drive, I knew that this beat-up 22-year-old car was the one for me! Granted, I’ve always been a car guy, but never paid much attention to older Audis up until that point. I frequently passed by a 100 in someone’s driveway as a kid and always remember wanting to go up to it for a closer look just because it was the only one I’d ever seen before in real life. Who knows what it was that intrigued me, but fascinating or not, the 100 that I purchased as my project car wasn’t running well and definitely saw better days. I immediately jumped into fixing small things that I could handle, and spent hours online looking at resources and forums for advice. It also helped that my dad is a master mechanic, and he guided me along (still does today) as we got the 100 back in running condition together. The rest is history… Or the fact that so much has happened in the past five years that it all blurs together in my mind…
FWD, Non-Turbo Audis. What’s the deal with that?
The short answer – I tend stick with what I know. And now that most of the fleet only gets used seasonally, having a Quattro in the garage is a waste of a drivetrain. I’m also extremely picky about condition and color combinations/options, and when turbo/Quattro cars come to market, they usually don’t check all the boxes. Most of the parts collection I have amassed over the years aren’t for the T/Q cars, either. Why throw a wrench in the works? My cars work for me – just like how your cars work for you. Case closed!
For my summer road trips, all I really need is mildly-cold AC and a radio with working cassette (can’t let those 80s tapes go to waste). I’m not a speed demon by any means, and the extremely-relaxed nature of my 10-valves paired with a 3-speed automatic fits my driving style well. Who’s grandma is going the actual speed limit in that really nice Audi 100 over there? Oh, that’s just T44Brian.
How do you manage to keep multiple Type 44s in such nice shape and running condition at the same time?
I have Super-OCD, and there’s nothing worse than having something not perfect, broken, or close-to-being broken on one of the cars. Lately I’ve had the luxury of devoting a lot of time to my cars and therefore I’ve stayed ahead of the curve on repairs. In terms of condition, I spend many hours making sure the cars look just right. Because many trim bits/interior pieces are no longer available, I’ve recently taken steps to restore pieces rather than waste time waiting for a replacement to show up. It’s really easy to just replace things and fork over money, but I also feel it’s important to craft something with your own two hands and put in some effort. We’ve come up with some very interesting ways to match the factory’s materials and processes, and I enjoy sharing this information because I hope it inspires people to try doing it themselves. Believe me – I’ve made plenty of mistakes and had to do plenty of things over again to get stuff just right – and that’s just part of the process!
What’s the endgame for T44Brian? Why do you keep doing what you do?
Why do any of us do anything, really? I mean, come on. I get asked this a lot because plenty of people think I’m just sitting on my cars hoping one day they’ll be worth the same as a Ur-Quattro. Insanely false. I do this because I want to. Every day I wake up and think how I can make the cars better, or what I can learn today that might help me down the road. My dedication to what I do wouldn’t be nearly as strong if I didn’t face any challenges throughout my years as an Audi guy. I always joke that I’m so far into this that there’s no way out, but that’s because with every car I buy, every headache of a repair or restoration I complete, I willingly and gladly dig myself deeper into the “Classic Audi Abyss.” And, I have a wonderful community of people who have shared their knowledge and experiences with me that I wouldn’t trade for anything. T44Brian is not going away anytime soon!
Now that you know a bit about me, go on and explore the rest of the site! Head to Cars for the current lineup, see what I’m up to on Instagram today, or maybe go through some old Audi brochures which I’ve uploaded for your enjoyment. And make sure you check back frequently as I regularly add new content!