On the internet, the car enthusiast world can seem a bit infinite, with websites, discussion groups, fan pages and specialist Instagram accounts catering to any genre of car imaginable. It’s hard to get noticed in such a crowded environment, and yet you can’t really miss the Gymkhana series known for action packed rally car runs in the most exotic locations. While headlined by professional rally driver Ken Block, the series is also backed by a brand named Hoonigan. Partner to Ken in that venture is Brian Scotto.
Scotto’s name may not be as readily known to the world at large as Block’s, but it’s fair to say Brian is an integral part of the Hoonigan organization, while his esoteric automotive taste, penchant for car building and easygoing style has made him just as respected among those in-the-know as his celebrity business partner.
Previously, as Editor-in-Chief of the former 0-60 Magazine, Brian learned his craft of creating engaging stories with cars at the center. That skill carried over to the Gymkhana series from the very beginning, and it’s evolved to guide the direction of the growing Hoonigan video content channel on YouTube.
Obviously, Scotto’s got a car affliction. Over the years, he’s built everything from the SEMA veteran Chevy “Napalm Nova,” to one of the first two RWB Porsche 911s built in America. This pair is just the start – two of the better known in his growing car collection.
Brian’s first love though is an Audi. During a visit last year to the Hoonigan Donut Garage by the Audi TT clubsport turbo concept on its way to SEMA, Scotto’s passion for the brand came out. While the 5-cylinder TT with electric turbo seemed alien to some of his fellow Hoonigans, Scotto shared his encyclopedic knowledge of the car and the brand that brought it there to his industrial park doorstep. He also pointed to a dust-covered blue coupe in the back of the garage as a reference.
That car is a Lago Blue 1990 Audi Coupe quattro, one of his earliest automotive purchases and the one that’s stuck around in the background for over ten years. For Brian, it all started with that car. He had it back before 0-60, when he was just a kid heading out to car shows and running a startup club for the like-minded known as Autokrieg.
Like Scotto’s Audi passion, the Coupe quattro has had a way of sticking around despite a very busy career and countless automotive distractions. It made the cross country move from his early home in New York to Southern California where it now resides in storage at Hoonigan headquarters.
More recently, perhaps inspired by the visit from the TT clubsport turbo, the Coupe quattro has come out of hiding. Brian’s returned to working on the car, installing long-ago purchased parts and readying it for something yet to be fully revealed. If you care to know where the story of Brian and his Audi leads, it’s worth tuning into the Hoonigan channel and following along.