Monthly Archives: February 2014

Tallis Godfrey’s E36 M3 Evo Cab

Words & Photos by Henry Phull

 

As a lover of the OEM+ style, Tallis Godfrey’s estoril blue BMW E36 M3 Evo cabriolet was one of my stand out cars of last year, having spotted it at a selection of shows. This is yet another example of how simplicity is usually a favourable approach to a build. I never had the chance to meet Tallis at any of the events until recently at the ‘Bacon, Eggs & BMWs’ meet, where we finally arranged to photograph the car. As the weather was so good that day he agreed to let me shoot it then and there, after finding a nice spot within the Fairoaks Airport grounds.

 

 

Okay I’m aware, its a cabriolet.. but we decided to keep the roof on for the majority of the shoot. There’s something about the E36 hard top.. they look exquisite. Possibly nicer than a coupe, but thats just my opinion. Feel free to judge yourself, or let the photographs choose for you.

 

 

 

The M3 sits on a classic choice of wheel, the 17″ ‘Style 5’ / BBS RC090 with polished barrels, complimented by Audi platinum silver centres with custom estoril blue nuts to match the car’s paintwork, a fantastic job by Dips at The Custom Cars. The staggered 8j & 9j set are running 205/40/17 tyres up front and 215/40/17 with additional 5mm spacers on the rear.

 

 

It certainly made a change to see an E36 without the headlights full of condensation! Tallis has installed a full plasma white 5.5k HID kit, with added CCFL angel eyes to accompany brand new OEM lenses. They look mint, and make the car look like new.

 

 

Suspension wise, the M3 features Eibach Pro Street coilovers, fully wound down, and a Stance-Solutions Static+ kit which fits directly to the top of the coilovers – an interesting alternative to a full air ride setup. The rear suspension remains completely static, where as the front is assisted by the Static+ kit, charged with air to raise the ride height up to 50mm if required. Ideal for tackling annoying obstacles.

 

 

Tallis has currently set up the rear camber arms to -3.3, but has had them up to -5.5 in the past.

 

 

This is one of the cleanest E36 M3s you will ever see in the UK. Everything on it has been done to absolute perfection.

 

 

The inside of the car has had just as much love and care spent on it as the outside has. Notice the extended leather dashboard and centre console, all colour coded. Plenty of ICE is also to be found, with an H&K upgraded 11 speaker system, Alpine head unit with DVD, Sat Nav, Freeview and iPod connectivity.

 

 

Being a BMW ‘Individual’ model, the M3 came with colour coded leather sports seats from the factory. Tallis however went the extra mile and custom fitted a pair of Vader headrests, an essential mod for any E36. The OEM steering wheel was retrimmed by Royal Steering Wheels which features extra thick padding, oem grain and perforated leather, blue and red ‘M’ stitching and matching blue inserts to compliment the Individual colour combination.

 

 

Behind the steering wheel there are retrofitted Mercedes AMG paddles customised to fit using a slip ring from an E39, all working to control the factory SMG gearbox.

 

 

The air install includes a twin head pump in the boot which is controlled by a single two way switch, seen on the top left switch surround above the gear selector. Compression fittings rather than a push fit were chosen for a nice sound when raising and lowering, using a 6mm nylon line with a 12 o/c solenoid to dump the air. All of this is discreetly hidden away.

 

 

 

Being the Evo model, it has the later 3.2 S50 straight six engine and is almost entirely untouched, bar a Gruppe M induction kit and an Autologic remap. The bay is finished off with a custom polished strut brace. The exhaust is also completely stock as Tallis loves the look and sound of it as it is.

 

 

 

Every panel, bumper strip and accessory is like new. It just goes to show that by tackling all the minimal parts on a car, it can really bring it back to life and have people wondering what it is that makes this car look better than most other E36 M3s.. because lets face it, this car is mostly OEM. Most non die-hard BMW fans won’t realise how much effort has actually gone in to making it look as stunning as it does, but they will stop in the street and look. Its a real head turner. For Tallis, thats a job well done.

 

 

Of course we had to take the hard top off for a cheeky shot. I wouldn’t mind rolling around in the summer like this, so very stylish.

 

 

Tallis has really stepped up the OEM+ game with his pride and joy. Be sure to check it out at shows this year, where it will probably be rocking a new set of Porsche splits for the new season. I’m looking forward to seeing the new look.

 

 

Pipey’s Mk1 and That PVW Cover

Words & Photos by Henry Phull

 

Flashback to the summer, and you’ll most likely know of this car. Pipey McGraw’s Volkswagen Mk1 Golf has had enormous coverage throughout the social media sites, which is no surprise – it’s one of the most ridiculous vehicles around, and for this reason we love it. In essence this is a VW Beetle chassis with a Mk1 Golf body, but I’ll go in to details later this year. The car is currently undergoing major changes so we’ll check back once it’s finished. You’ve probably seen the Performance VW issue with this car on the cover, shot by my friend Keith Bridle. I tagged along on the day of the shoot to capture it from my point of view. A few have been shared on Facebook and Instagram but not yet on the blog, so here they are…

 

 

Take one quiet morning in a Poole industrial estate, one stupidly low Golf, and throw in Mark from Highway Hire and his 1985 Ford Crown Victoria police car, and this is the result.

 

 

Hanging out the tailgate of a 3 series tourer isn’t that comfortable, but the end results are quite entertaining. In hindsight I wish we had filmed everything.

 

 

 

Check out Keith inside the Golf nailing a shot which features on the contents page of the PVW issue.

 

 

The real police actually turned up whilst we were shooting this, luckily they found it hilarious and just laughed.

 

 

Mark had all the gear, including handcuffs. Bad times for you Pipey.

 

 

Later on we swung by Royal Kustoms where Jim let us park up inside the workshop. Sorry about the scraping!

 

 

Heres Keith in his element, and the iconic cover shot.

 

 

All in all for us this was just a bit of fun, and amazingly PVW were cool enough to run with Keith’s photo for the cover. We love doing stuff like this, its not about being serious all the time!

Bacon, Eggs & BMWs

Words & Photos by Henry Phull

 

It’s been a long time since I had a car day, the last event was Show & Glow, so I was thrilled to hear of a BMW meet up on Sunday. The event ‘Bacon, Eggs & BMWs’ was organised by Bimmer Boys UK and held at Fairoaks Airport in Woking mainly as they had a big car park and a great cafe for a full English. I’d never been to any of these guys events so I didn’t know what to expect. Surprisingly the weather was ideal, so I set off from the South coast nice and early with a few other local friends. Fry up and BMWs, sounds like a perfect Sunday…

 

 

Matt has recently acquired this E34 540i, and I’m not going to hide the fact that I am extremely jealous, as this is what I am after for my next project. Expect a lot of photos…

 

 

A few rollers of our cruise through the New Forest and M3.

 

 

 

We made a short pit stop at Fleet services to meet up with a few others before the final convoy to Fairoaks.

 

 

The turnout was pretty impressive, with a large variety of bimmers and something for everyone to enjoy.

 

 

 

Impressive ride height on the rear of this compact…

 

 

 

 

Tallis’ M3 cab was looking stunning with its new suspension set up, we’ll be seeing more of this very soon.

 

 

 

 

 

 

The twins!

 

 

 

 

 

Of course I had to seize the opportunity for an impromptu shoot with Rich’s E39 and Matt’s E34.

 

 

A nice surprise to the end of the morning was when Kav turned up in his stunning M5 and stole the show. The noise this makes is out of this world, incredible.

 

 

I thoroughly enjoyed the morning and it was great to meet some new faces. It was a shame we couldn’t get on to the airport runway but it was still a nice relaxed venue to hold the meet. Thanks for inviting us and hopefully we’ll be at the next Bimmer Boys meet next month at Ace Cafe London.

Behind The Scenes: A Winter’s Evening

Words & Photos by Henry Phull

 

Here at Slam Sanctuary we’re not just into shows. Anything involving an engine and four wheels interests us, so I thought it was about time to give everyone a glimpse into everyday life and what we get up to in our spare time. Hereafter I’m hoping to make these posts more of a regular occurrence. Last night was just a typical week night in the workshop, nothing special, but hopefully of interest to some of you. Our friend Paul who runs Coltech Classics in Poole often purchases cars, sometimes for himself but mostly to fix up and sell on. The majority of these vehicles are Mk1 Volkswagens, which means there’s usually something cool to tinker with in his workshop.

 

 

A few weeks ago Paul purchased a Mk1 Golf which had pretty much been sitting in a barn and forgotten about. This is the ideal sort of car for him to acquire, eliminate any rust issues, and sell on – essentially saving the car for someone else to enjoy. Who knows though, it will probably be bought by someone in our group of friends – this is what often happens, especially if it’s a Mk1.

 

 

Tonight’s excuse for heading down to the workshop was to get the thing running for the first time, ready for an MOT… and so we could all hang out with a few beers of course.

 

 

The timing was a little off but the small block eventually spruced into life and all was good. A few other bits like indicators, washer jets, and some wiring to get it roadworthy and that was that.

 

 

The Ford Zodiac wagon to the right is a story for another day!

 

 

 

Coltech specialises in welding and works on a fair amount of Porsches, mostly fixing other peoples hiccups, so there is usually a 911 shell or two sitting in the workshop to admire.

 

 

Who knew driving on to a ramp could be such a difficult task… for Tom at least.

 

 

Local lad Dan also came down with his Mk2 for a chassis notch, which left it sitting nicely.

 

 

 

Stay tuned for more behind the scenes in the near future. We’ve been contemplating taking an ‘inside look’ into other businesses and manufacturers, so if there’s anything or anyone in particular you’d like to see, let us know in the comments and we might be able to make it happen.

 

 

Rich Weller’s E39 525i: Pure Class

Words & Photos by Henry Phull

 

I cannot explain my passion for BMWs, I think it is somehow wired into me. My dad had several bimmers (E28s, E24s, E36s, etc) throughout my childhood, so they are in my blood… So much so that other marques rarely do it for me – although I can always admire something special! I first spotted Rich’s E39 M Sport on my daily commute and started seeing it quite often, clearly he shared part of my route to his place of work. This may puzzle you, but this was when the car was completely standard, on 17″ M Sport rims and standard ride height. Why did I care? Well, it goes back to what I was saying – I have a serious problem with BMWs. If they happen to be lowered, well that’s just a bonus.

 

I got to know Rich initially through Facebook. He saw a photo of my E46 coupe that I was driving at the time and we got talking. Turns out he had seen my car on the commute too. Well you know how is is with us car guys, we started discussing his plans for the 5 and that was that. Rich has always been a VW guy at heart, having owned several over the years including Mk1s, Mk2s a few Audi’s, only in more recent years has he made the move to BMW with a couple of E36s which naturally progressed to the bigger 5 series. Rich has still got time for his love of Volkswagen’s though, as his second car is a fully track prepped Mk2 Golf.

 

 

We hit a few shows together last year and ever since I’ve wanted to shoot his E39. As most of you know, the British weather hasn’t been kind to us recently. After many failed plans to go on a shoot (thanks, rain!), last weekend we got lucky and the sun was out all day long! Rich suggested a location – Chewton Glen in Hampshire, so off we went. The E39 looks right at home at this luxurious location.

 

 

Rich’s E39 is the baby 525i straight six. He hunted long and hard to find a manual M Sport E39 and this is what he ended up with. Unfortunately manual V8s are like hens teeth so he settled for this, although I know for certain he still wants a V8 of some sort next!

 

 

This isn’t a car with a mod list that extends past the length of my arm like most feature cars, quite the opposite. Rich’s 525i shows that simplicity is key, especially when it comes to BMWs. You don’t always need to break the bank to create something that will turn heads. The only modifications on this car are the suspension, wheels, black kidneys and amber corners. The result, a vehicle that is the pure definition of class.

 

 

As you can see, we sneaked onto the driveway of the Chewton Glen hotel (ok maybe not… we did ask permission first!). Of course this was followed by a drive around the lush surrounding grounds.

 

It’s such a shame that by law we have to run front plates in the UK. Look how good that M Sport bumper looks without it.

 

 

The 525i is sitting on a set of BMW 18″ Style 32 alloys, but these aren’t the popular 32’s you may be used to seeing. These ones are a concave design, originally made for the E60 5 series. Rich is the first person I’ve seen to run these on an E39 and I think they compliment the car perfectly. They wear 215/35 up front and 245/35 tyres on the rear.

 

 

Suspension wise, Rich is running JOM coilovers with modified bump stops, which actually ride surprisingly well. He’s planning to get it lower in the near future with some additional modification!

 

 

In addition to the all important manual shifter, this car is coupled with an alcantara interior rather than the usual leather, which makes a pleasant change.

 

 

 

After our little tour of the hotel grounds we took a drive into town. This car breaks necks. Lots of necks.

 

 

I thought I’d include these two shots just to put the car into perspective in the real world. Hopefully you’ll agree that it just looks plain awesome. The front end stance is menacing sight.

 

 

Rich’s car is an exceptional example of ‘OEM+’. It goes to show that you don’t always need a set of splits, a wrap, or excessive engine modifications to create something special. It all depends what route you want to go down as the car owner, and this is what he wanted. So what’s next in the pipeline for Rich? I have a feeling he’s going to scratch that V8 itch, but not of the BMW variety!