GET TO KNOW T44BRIAN
Inducted into Classic Audi World: April 20, 2013
Number of Audis Owned: 12
- 1991 Audi 100 – Tornado/Quartz, 173K (Sold)
- 1990 Audi 100 – Bamboo/Travertine, 221K (Parted)
- 1990 Audi 100 – Lago/Quartz, 154K (Parted)
- 1991 Audi 100 – Pearl/Graphite, 242K (Parted)
- 1990 Audi 100 – Bamboo/Travertine, 530K (Parted)
- 1990 Audi 100 – Alpine/Marine, 68K (Edelweiss, Current Show Car)
- 1991 Audi 100Q – Alpine/Platinum, 191K (Parted)
- 1989 Audi 100E – Alpine/Quartz, 83K (Greta, Current Parts Car)
- 1991 Audi 100 – Titanium/Graphite, 61K (Greis, Current Show Car)
- 1989 Audi 100W – Lago/Platinum, 163K (Parted)
- 1984 Audi 5000S Wagon – Zermatt/Marine, 109K (Zygmunt, Current Daily Driver)
- 1991 Audi 100 – Tornado/Quartz, 93K (Parted)
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 interest in my continued efforts to promote Classic Audis and keep what I have on the road. I get a lot of questions (especially on how this all started) so I have a brief Q&A below that hopefully helps answer the most common ones. If you ever want to get in touch with me I am always available on Instagram, or just send a message on the Contact form located here.
What began as a summer project before college in 2013 has now taken over a huge chunk of my life, which could be good or bad depending on who you ask. I was always a car guy, but it usually either leaned towards big American boat sedans or extremely quirky things like those strange captive imports or 80s French/niche Euro. So I definitely knew what Type 44s were way before dealing with them. One actually sat outside close by to my house and for years when I was a kid and I would always stare intently at it from the backseat of whatever moving car I was in, thinking it was so fascinating. Weirdly, it was the only one I had ever seen in person. Up until I bought my first T44 I had never actually seen one driving/being used as an actual car. Maybe that was a sign that I should have chosen something different.
The problem was, that when I went to go take a look at the first Type 44, I immediately fell in love with it. Well, actually, I fell in love with the interior first and the overall quirkiness first, not so much the fact that it was basically on its last legs and needed a ton of work. But I took it for a test drive, where it ran out of gas and I was luckily able to restart and floor it back to the shop that was selling it. First lesson learned: Never trust anything a T44 tells you, especially how full it thinks the tank is.
Once the first one was home, I went full-throttle on repairs and learned everything I possibly could about the car. I spent hours online looking up resources and forums, studied the Bentley manuals, and allowed myself to make mistakes and try out different repairs so I could get comfortable with these cars, should I buy another (and we all know the answer to that). My master-mechanic dad helped guide me along (and still does today!) and we tackled a lot of items together. So by the end of a couple months, that dying 100 wasn’t doing too bad at all. And the rest is history… Because so much has happened since then that all the cars have just blurred together in my mind!
FWD, Non-Turbo Audis. What’s the deal with that?
In the beginning, I was comfortable sticking with what I knew. And that meant I knew my FWD, non-turbo, and automatic vehicles very well. I’ve also amassed a huge collection of parts that are for these vehicles only as well. Now, because the majority of the fleet gets used seasonally, having quattro would be a waste of a drivetrain. I am also extremely picky nowadays about condition and color combination/options, and to this day, when TQ cars come to market, they usually don’t check all the boxes to justify a purchase. This may be changing in the future as I’m a bit more open to allowing a quattro to join the fleet. But it better check ALL of those aforementioned boxes, quattro or not.
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 that 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?
Simple. 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. I had the luxury of devoting a huge amount of time to the vehicles for a solid year but currently I’m so busy I’m lucky if I even get to open the garage and work on something a once a week. I was ahead of the repair-curve, everything was perfectly waxed, and I had plenty of time to craft replacement pieces with new materials. That’s not the case anymore, so I could fork over a lot of money and have someone do repairs or fabricate trim bits for me, but that’s not what I want. To continue to keep the best examples the “best,” I’m happy to downsize the collection for a little bit while I think of what I should do next.
What’s the endgame for T44Brian? Why do you keep doing what you do?
A couple years ago I would have said all I’m going to do is T44 stuff for eternity. I won’t break that promise completely – there will always be at least one in the household. But I have to realize I’m not 20 anymore, and there’s not infinite time, money, parts, and other resources to do it all. So I’ll always be T44Brian, but maybe we’ll switch things up around here for a little bit in the future. Priorities for future purchases are always T44s or other classic Audis, but something without four rings might sneak in the garage at some point.
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.
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!