One For All – Only Charged Dubs’ 2000 Audi C5 A6 Allroad

I think that we may have a slight addiction to wagons, just check out a few of our recent features and all will become clear! Regardless of manufacturer, they just transform so well when introduced to a fancy wheels and lowered suspension. There's also something satisfying about essentially turning a 'boring' family car into something that can turn heads. Estate cars are ultimate practical cars, with plenty of people using them over small vans if they can get away with it, which is exactly what today's feature car is used for. It may not be a show piece, but Only Charged Dubs' Audi Allroad has been subtlety, yet tastefully, modified to handle their daily duties as well as transporting the OCD trade stand around the UK and Europe (just like we do with our own Audi wagon, in fact). Plus, it works hand-in-hand as a demo car for many of the products they offer, too, featuring an Airdynamiks air suspension package with AccuAir e-Level management and more.

Edition38’s Early Edition 2017

Last year, Early Edition's future was not looking promising. With poor attendance and blatant slating happening within the community, something drastic had to be done to prevent the show from fading away - the Edition38 team clearly needed to reassess the whole event. Well, they did just that... Finally, a new venue was announced for 2017 - Sywell Aerodrome, just down the road from their main "Show & Shine" event at Overstone Park (held in September). With the disappointment of 2016's Early Edition, I don't think anyone, including ourselves, knew what to expect with the new venue. However, I'm pleased to report that Edition38 have well and truly bounced back with their latest offering, which was almost on par with their main event. Venue-wise, Sywell Aerodrome provided some well-needed hard ground, an indoor hangar (carpeted and looking rather exclusive), plenty of traders, food/drink, plus a HUGE field-based showground. With plenty of room for expansion too, there's no telling how big this event could now become... You know they've got it right when it actually feels like the Edition38 weekender on arrival - it had the vibe - something which the old venue just didn't ever possess. The weather always makes for a better day, right?

Spring ’17 – 10 Years of The Wheel Specialist Fareham

Back in the Spring of 2015 I was invited to an Open Day at The Wheel Specialist's (TWS) Fareham branch. Not knowing what to expect, it turned out to be one of the biggest Southern event's that I've attended with a surprisingly high standard of cars in attendance. Two years later, TWS got in touch to say they were organising another Open Day event to celebrate 10 years in business, and they wanted Slam Sanctuary to be involved. Naturally, I agreed, with the intention of targeting the sort of cars that we love - of the slammed variation of course. Well, TWS smashed it once again. The event was a huge success, with all sorts of cars taking over the surrounding industrial estate. With a DJ, burger van, a bar, and great coffee from The Splitscreen Barista, the vibe was perfectly chilled, giving us southerners a much-needed chance to catch up with one another as well as getting a chance to chat to TWS about their services and get an insight into what they do. With so many cool cars popping in and out throughout the day, I captured a few of my favourites, check them out...

Stance Fever 2017

After the success of last year's show, we decided to head back up to Rockingham Motor Speedway for 2017's offering of Stance Fever. Starting back in 2014 as a small event at the Ace Cafe in London, Stance Fever is the brainchild of Faz Ahmed (Specialist Tyres) and Nick Rance (Beds-Modified) who wanted to bring two rather different car cultures and styles together. It's no surprise, then, that a wide variation of cars and taste is commonplace at their show. Both well connected within the car community, Nick and Faz packed-out the Ace Cafe for their first event... Year two called for a bigger venue, and a move to Norton Heath Centre in Essex. With the high quality of cars, more and more people had their eyes on Stance Fever, thanks to their 'quality over quantity' vibe, visible from the get-go. In 2016, it was time to open up the show to a wider audience with the introduction of Rockingham Motor Speedway, which provided much more space for cars. Take a look at our highlights from last weekend...

Air Lift, Audio and Rotiform – Car Audio & Security’s Open Weekend 2017

If you're looking for a one-stop shop for all things Air Lift Performance, Rotiform wheels, and in-car entertainment, then Car Audio & Security (CAS) is the place to visit. Being the largest distributors in the UK and Europe, they've been on our radar ever since we started Slam Sanctuary. They're well known for having some of the most notable demo cars in the car industry and car community - you will have no doubt seen a few of them at the big car shows such as Ultimate Dubs and Players. Every year, CAS open their premises to the public to show off their latest cars and what they have to offer. To top things off, they also offer a massive sale on most products for one weekend only, which certainly attracts people from all over the country. This year, the team have expanded their HQ with the addition of yet another warehouse - a great opportunity to pack it full of more show cars. We made the trip down on Sunday, the final day of the Open Weekend, to take a look at their 2017 demo vehicles and everything else that turned up.

Like Father, Like Son – Connor Hollamby’s 1991 Mercedes-Benz W201 190E

There's something about 90's Mercedes-Benz models that remains appealing to this day... whether it's the sharp, classic lines or those bold square headlights, I'm not entirely sure, but there's certainly something I love about them, I just can't put my finger on exactly what it is. Therefore, it should come to no surprise that this is the third W201 that we've featured on Slam Sanctuary, and possibly the best yet, but I'll let you be the judge of that. Connor Hollamby's 190E has been around for a while, but he's recently changed things up for the 2017 show season and I completely fell in love with the car again a couple of months ago when he fired over a few sneak-peek photos (whilst he was test-fitting his new wheels). This is one of those cars that will no doubt see a lot of attention throughout the rest of the year, so I made my way up to Connor as soon as possible for my chance to photograph it in the lush Surrey hills.

Elsecar at the Races 2017

Elsecar at the Races is a new one for us at Slam Sanctuary, so let's begin with a little history... What started out as a car meet known as 'Elsecar Mega Meet' / 'Club GTI Mega Meet' a whole 19 years ago, this historical gathering of cars has grown into something much, much bigger. With previous meets taking place at the Elsecar Heritage Centre in Elsecar, Barnsley, they were seeing over 200 show cars and 200 club cars in attendance! With popularity continually growing, 2016 saw the organisers move the event to Doncaster Racecourse, which has the the capacity for 700+ vehicles. This went hand-in-hand with re-naming the show to 'Elsecar at the Races'. Our friends at Only Charged Dubs (and Elsecar show sponsors) had been raving about last year's show, which meant we had to come up this year to see what all the fuss was about. We were met with one of most chilled-out events we'd ever been to. The whole vibe was perfect and everyone was extremely welcoming and friendly to each other. Along with an excellent mix of stanced, classic, air-cooled, and a whole host of club stands on display, Elsecar is a show that any petrolhead can enjoy - catering for all tastes.

Lionel Racey – Carl Shakespeare’s 1996 Volkswagen Mk3 Golf VR6

This isn't the typical kind of car that you'd expect to see gracing our digital pages here on Slam Sanctuary. It's... how do I put it? Less 'stancey' than our usual spotlight features. However, Carl Shakespeare (or Shakey, as he's more commonly known) has created a stunning example of a fast-road hatchback that we just had to showcase. Let me introduce his '96 Mk3 Golf VR6, nicknamed 'Lionel Racey'... It not only looks the part (subtle and understated), it goes and sounds like an absolute rocket, too, with a supercharger under the hood and a recent NOS setup. Considering the car's purpose (driving fast!), it sits just right, too. It's an impressive overall package, and after seeing it go through some significant changes during 2016, I bided my time and waited for the right moment to get this awesome VR6 behind the lens. That time finally arrived one late afternoon in the New Forest...

The VolksWorld Show 2017

Although 'show season' began a couple of weeks ago for us (did you check out our Ultimate Dubs coverage?), the air-cooled enthusiasts had to wait a bit longer for their first UK event - The VolksWorld Show, held at the delightful Sandown Park Racecourse in Esher. Traditionally, this is the the most anticipated show of the year and people travel from all ends of the United Kingdom, and even Europe, to make it to this one. Any projects that have taken place over Winter period usually aim to make their special debut at VolksWorld. Held over a weekend, we always like to go up on Sunday (the last day) to have a mooch around. As usual, we were graced with all sorts of builds from the extensive corners of the air-cooled world.. from showroom-finish restorations, to the patina'd and ratty, there was something for everyone at Sandown Park. The sheer amount of similar Volkswagen models in one place can get overwhelming, but we managed to refine our coverage down to the best slammed examples, check them out below...

Ultimate Dubs 2017

It's been a long, drawn out, winter for us at Slam Sanctuary. So, we were fully stoked to finally arrive at Ultimate Dubs in Telford last weekend for the 'show season' opener. Hosted over a Saturday evening and all day Sunday, it's a great chance for friends to catch-up after being busy with their normal lives... With the majority of people staying overnight, there's plenty of time for social gatherings, whether it's over cars, food, or beers - unless you're too busy setting up and running a stand, like us, unfortunately! That's because we've been sitting on the brand new Spring '17 clothing collection for a couple of months waiting to drop it on you all at Ultimate Dubs. Well, it went down an absolute treat - we can't thank everyone enough for almost clearing out the whole store. In fact, we've already had to restock a lot of items, which should be available through our online store in a few weeks time. We also supported our good friends at Distinct Detail Co. with debuting their new brand of boutique car care products on our booth - they're definitely a company to watch!