Monthly Archives: June 2014

A Rebirth in Progress – Pipey’s Mk1

Words by Pipey McGraw & Photos by Henry Phull.


The ULC is back at its birth ground, Coltech Classics, for the final stages of the imminent rebirth. Towards the end of last year, we took the Mk1 off the road to undergo a bit of engine transplanting, it so happens we got a little carried away. The 1300 twinport was binned in favour of a 1300 bridgeport… lengthy discussions were undertaken weighing up the possibilities on what silly engine could be swapped in. We wanted big power without spending the Earth, and something that would fit in the boot.



As undesirable and unreliable as they are, the noise was definitely the deciding factor on the early 13b rotary engine. Full bridgeported, swapped-out larger rotors for higher compression, carbon tips, Porsche 46 weber, stage 3 clutch etc, built by one of the best rotary builders in the country, punching a mean 250bhp which sings all the way to 11.5k rpm.



The engine is mated to a 4 speed pyramid bus box, in addition to a swapped in 091 diff, to take the power. The gearbox has been raised a good 6″ to take the depth of the rotary sump with Coltech Classics fabricated engine & gearbox mounts. Converting to IRS was not an option due to fitment issues, so a pair of Dave Folts drag driveshafts from California converted the cv joint bus box to a Beetle swing axle outer.



The rotary is slightly longer than the flat four and slightly protrudes the rear panel… hell, rear panels are overrated anyway! As the gearbox has been raised so high, it is now basically a passenger in the back seat, and now with the shifter rod poking through and into the car, Paul shaped and bent a stock shift rod to clear the handbrake and even made a custom tower for the shifter, rather than hiding everything down the the spine.



Aside from the engine swap there are still numerous things to sort, I wish it was as easy as bolting something on and it working right, but we’re not the biggest fan of bolt on built cars.



Space is extremely tight on a build like this, Paul is in the process of fabricating a very tight routed exhaust at the moment, space for silencers is a tedious issue. There are so many small niggly things to overcome and and find solutions for, who’d of thought a Golf bodied Beetle panned Ford ignitioned Mazda rotary powered Morris Minor wheels Triumph Dolomite seat framed car would have any issues going together…



Since a water-cooled engine is bolted in the back, water pipes now have to be run inside, straight to the front of the car. Luckily we left the original Golf inner front panel in so we could mount the radiator in its stock position, so Paul fabricated some folded and bead rolled aluminium ducking to flow through and under the beam. Our friend Adam knocked up some custom tanks for oil and water, in addition customizing the radiator – as Aeroquip fittings are being installed throughout.



Oli has also modified the front beam for the shocks to sit higher up the beam insuring that the car sits firmly on the floor.



The car has seen more progress in the last 3 days at Coltech Classics than it has the last 6 months, they don’t mess around. As always with a massive build like this, its a team effort. From Forsyth’s logistics, Adam’s tremendous tigging, the long hard hours Paul and Oli have put in welding, fabricating and mounting. Not forgetting Staten’s international parcel handling, to the advice, help, favours, patience and parts all my homies have helped with… I’m pretty lucky to have such an incredible bunch of dudes i get to hang out and build cars with. I can’t thank them enough. It’s all coming together now. Stay tuned for a video update next.

Deutsch Connection 2014

Words & Photos by Henry Phull. Additional photos by Benny Rees.


Following on from Players Classic at Goodwood, last weekend also played host to this year’s Deutsch Connection, one of the most popular German car events in the UK. Like us, a lot of people ended up doing the two shows back-to-back, so we did see a lot of the cars we already saw the previous day, in addition to some new gems. The show is normally held at Turweston Aerodrome, an ideal venue, however this year things were different… the venue has moved closer to Silverstone, just opposite at ‘Dadford Fields’. We didn’t know what to expect.. until we were half an hour away and we started getting text messages saying “very muddy field, cars getting stuck..” etc. Dissapointment struck, and on arrival it was clear the venue was literally a campsite. Long grass, uneven surfaces and extremely muddy conditions with no tarmac area whatsoever. Its fair to say that a lot of people were pissed off, the amount of time that had gone into cleaning cars for the show, to have them mucked up immediately.


Anyway that’s enough ranting, the venue may have been a disappointment, but as ever the turnout was very impressive and we had a great day chatting to a lot of you. Kicking off, the first car we noticed was Muhammed’s incredible Mercedes 190E that we first saw back at Ultimate Dubs at the beginning of the year. We love it.




It has become clear that E36’s are everywhere. We haven’t got a problem with that, they’re brilliant cars. Its shows like this that allows us to see the best ones in the country, so if you’re not a fan of these BMW’s, apologies… there’s quite a few throughout the write-up!





We’ve got a lot of time for Mk1 Jettas, Adam’s is a great example.










Never have we seen so many E30 M3’s in one place!



Some cool Westy front ends on these Jettas.





It seems E21’s are also becoming very common this show season, which is not surprising as they’re one of the best shaped BMW’s in our opinion.




There wasn’t that much in favour of air-cooled.. but this Type 3 blew us away.



And this murdered out Beetle we glimpsed back at Apex Festival.







This BMW 2002tii was outstanding, having completed a full restoration.



The attention to detail is phenomenal, including factory decals in the bay.







Our favourite E36 of the show has to be Gav’s static example sitting on OZ splits.




The rear spoiler ties in the aggressive stance so perfectly.





Sukhi’s M52 swapped E30 looked great on the M-system turbines…




We’ve seen a lot of static Mini’s but not that many on air, this works really nicely.



Shaun’s Mk1 Astra sitting on a set of Gottis.





A handful of Jap cars were on display, we shot some of the highlights.




This bagged C Class was looking very classy, a perfect car for air ride.



Great to see Kat’s Z3 in person, its a mean looking machine.



Thom from FourSeasons has recently installed air ride in his E46 and we like the result!



We had to get an ass shot along with Arun’s static 46.






Great to see some newer 1-series on the scene recently.



Jamie’s bagged E36 is complimented perfectly with a set of Throwing Stars with painted centres. Just awesome.




Breyton’s never get old. A great choice for the E36…



…as well as the classic RS look.



We’ll finish off with a few rolling shots from our journey up to Silverstone…





The new venue may have been a bit of a disaster, but we still managed to enjoy our day out at DC. In the end its the cars and people that make a show what it is! Hopefully the organisers can sort something out for next year, we’ll be there either way.

Players Classic 2014

Words & Photos by Henry Phull


This past weekend marked a very special anniversary for Slam Sanctuary, one whole year has gone by! Players Classic was the first car show we attended in 2013, along with Deutsch Connection the following day. These two shows were the deciding factors for setting up the blog, photographing cars we love and sharing them with the world. If you have been following us from the start, or only just recently heard about us.. thank you all. All your input and support means a lot. So here we are, a year later back at Goodwood for Player’s second show at the historic motor circuit just outside of Chichester on the South coast.



Keeping a close eye on the #playersprep hashtag on Instagram, everyone was ready for the show, cars immaculate, when disaster struck… It was raining. Fine, a bit of rain never hurt anyone right? Well, the amount of rain that fell once everyone parked up in the paddock was absolutely devastating. We were even graced with some thunder and lightning.



Picture the scene, everyone huddling under the paddock roofing muttering “WTF..” and regretting the silly miles some people had travelled to be here. It was pretty disheartening.



However after about thirty minutes the rain surprisingly eased off, leaving the cars covered in raindrops. This was actually kind of nice to see, although it meant everyone had to clean/dry off their cars, again! Annoying if you didn’t get an undercover spot.





So we decided to go ahead and start photographing in the wet, it’s not often you get photos of these cars in this situation, so it’s a bit different.



We came down in our E24, please note this car is unfinished! Its definitely not a show car as of yet, but one day in the near future we hope for it to break some necks 😉 We are currently looking for suspension solutions, get in touch if you can help.



The E21 game in the UK is certainly on fire at the moment, never have we seen so many in two days, and all looking brilliant.



It was cool to see Adam’s Lexus, full VIP spec. You should see the interior in this too – pure luxury.






We’ve seen the Player’s widebody E36’s all over the internet recently, so it was about time we saw one in person. It may only be a 323i underneath, but the package they’ve created is so different to the usual E36’s we come across, so they’ve done well at distinguishing themselves. We were unsure when we first saw the bare kit, but the BMW Art Car wrap brings it together so well along with the airlift suspension setup and Rotiform wheel choice.




It must have been a blast driving this around Wörthersee!



Let’s not forget the Players Datsun, which we saw back at the start of season during our trip to Ultimate Dubs. Balls’d have been back at work on it and it’s looking finished now!






We’ve got a lot of time for Robert’s Hillman Imp that we first saw back at Retro Rides Gathering last year, making an appearance here on the Wheel Whores stand.



…along with Jamie’s tasteful Mk1 Scirocco.




Clearly air ride was on the agenda at Players Classic. It’s becoming more and more desirable, everyone seems to want it including those that just a year ago would be completely against it. So we’re seeing it on different cars, like this E30. Not sure we’ve personally seen a bagged touring until now? Very cool.



We always make time to gaze at Kristof‘s 964, which made the trip over from Belgium yet again.




We can’t forget Studio Incar‘s E92 M3 along with Nick’s controversial E30 M3, rocking an S54 lump and bagged of course!





Slowly but surely, more E28’s are hitting the scene. Check out this gorgeous example sitting on the stepped up BBS RF’s.



Last time we saw these they were on an E46!



There’s not much more you’d need in life other than a bagged Mercedes-Benz W108. Just look at it… no words are needed.






Becky’s E21 has been making the rounds this show season, everyone knows the car, and for good reason… when it comes to a shark nose BMW it doesn’t get better than this. Always a pleasure to see.




Shaun’s Mk1 Astra shows how cool old school can be.



We love the bagged HavAir Boxster, which overtook us on the motorway and sounded awesome!



Kevin’s E30 tourer had an ideal spot under some trees.










We love Porsches.. I mean, who doesn’t. Unfortunately at most shows we don’t see many. Last year at Players Classic they were everywhere, and this year is no exception. Many 911’s graced the paddock, including the Milestone 71 964.






We can’t help but photograph these guys at every show. FourSeasons are killing it this year.



Josh has lowered the E36 even more! AND wants it lower.



Steven’s S4 is now kitted out with some race seats.





Steve’s Mk6 Golf was looking mean as ever with a new set of rims.




Without doubt, our car of the show was this incredible Mercedes 190E Cosworth, which we actually saw last year at The German Show.



This year it is rocking a new set of splits that work really nicely.



Look at that bay, perfection.



Z3’s appear to be a popular choice this year with several great examples on show including this one, looking menacing in the shadows.





The Design4Automotive Benz has had a new wrap and some funky wheel colours.



Finally we were able to see RollHard’s latest creation, ‘Bricky’ the bagged Volvo.



The RF’s work surprisingly well with the shape of the car, which looks amazing on the floor.



Welcome back to Ben’s E21 which we haven’t seen for a while. He’s made a great on the new respray, 100% improvement over the previous matte red wrap.



In addition to the main show, we wandered over to the ‘Showcase’ section to see what we could find…





Rotiform are proving themselves to be a great all-round wheel company. We’re starting to see a bigger variation of styles that are suiting more and more cars. A few years ago you wouldn’t have dreamt of putting a set on an E46 M3, but check this out.. what a stunning combination.







We love E34s. We don’t see enough of them at shows. This one was sitting really well on some M-Parallels.




To conclude, a slow start to the day with the horrible weather situation but thankfully it quickly turned and the sun was out for the rest of the day, it was a scorcher. We were slightly disappointed with the lack of track events for spectators.. last year there was drifting to watch which helped break up the day. Hopefully they’ll come up with something again for 2015 as it would make the show so much better. However with the picturesque venue, Players Classic still remains one of the show calendar’s highlights and is not to be missed.

VW Expo at Stonor Park 2014

Words & Photos by Henry Phull


So we’re getting well into show season already… this weekend we made our way up to the picturesque Stonor Park near Henley-on-Thames for this year’s VW Expo hosted by the Association of British VW Clubs, an independent owners club that caters for all Volkswagens, air and water-cooled. 2014 marked the 30th meeting at Stonor Park and what a turn out it was. The good weather was back on our side after our bad luck a few weeks ago at Apex Festival. I think we may have to produce some white t-shirts soon, all this sunny weather is not ideal when wearing a black Slam Sanctuary shirt all day!



I’ll start off with this stunning narrowed Beetle from the guys at RSVP, which we saw earlier this year at Volksworld.




This yellow Mk1 Golf was really tastefully done, completely stripped for the track.




Our friend Jack recently added a set of Teledials to his B2 Passat and I have to say they suit the car beautifully.



Another car spotted back at Volksworld, the amazing coachbuilt Rometsch coupe.



It was difficult to get a clear shot of this thing with the amount of people crowded around it, that patina was certainly grabbing everyone’s attention!



It was a pleasant surprise to see three different Mk1 Polo’s parked up together…






Lately we’ve seen a lot of air-cooled vehicles so it was welcoming to see things mixed up a bit at Stonor Park.



You’ll either love or hate the eye-catching “Miss Piggy”, a B5 S4 Avant on air ride. There’s no denying it is one mean machine.




This Mk1 Golf was rocking a winning colour combination.





We’re huge fans of Type 3s, lowered, messed about with or completely standard, they are hugely inspirational vehicles. This Notchback was mint, and even towing a camper van. Camping in style!






Personally I’ve never been a fan of 3SDM 0.05s. You may have noticed we don’t often publish photos of said wheels, it’s been a while since anything has really pulled them off… but in this fitment, on this Passat, I give in. They suit the car surprisingly well!



A real tidy example of a Mk2 Golf in one of the best colours…




Another of our favourite B5 Avants…





Carl’s Mk1 Caddy has been tucked up in the garage for a long time getting some much needed love, so it was awesome to see it back out at a show.





This Mk2 was sitting extremely well, the smaller wheels suit it so nicely at this ride height.



Finally, our car of the show.. many of you will have seen pictures of this car already on the internet, so it was an absolute joy to see this Audi 100 in person.



This car oozes retro, cool and class. I love the fact that its still on the original wheels, just sitting on the floor with the assistance of air ride. It’s all a classic like this needs.



With a mint interior to match. Hopefully we’ll see more of this car later on in the year.



To conclude I’ll throw in a few photos from our convoy up to Stonor… starting with the Coltech Classics Dyane.



Along with their Mk1 Jetta…



and Pod’s Wilma Wagon (a Mk4 Golf estate with Bora front end).



So that’s it for VW based shows for a while. Thanks everyone at ABVWC for having us for a great day out. Now we’re ready to hit Players Classic and Deutsch Connection this weekend! Check back soon.