Monthly Archives: July 2014

The German Show 2014

Words & Photos by Henry Phull


The German Show is one of those events that I really look forward to. From past experience I know it’s going to be a nice relaxed Sunday, and this year was no different. It’s a show where you can expect to see a lot of out-of-the-ordinary cars, including a vast selection of minters owned by the old boys who don’t often show face at the mainstream shows. Generally, it’s a popular show for the ‘OEM’ and ‘OEM+’ cars, which is nice to see every now and then. Hosted in the picturesque grounds of Beaulieu in the New Forest means there is the added luxury of the historic motor museum, Top Gear display and other attractions, if you’re into that sort of thing – even if it’s just to escape the blistering heat like we did!





Tallis has been hitting the shows hard this year, it’s always a pleasure to see his bagged E36 M3, one of the nicest in the UK for sure.




Steve Howson’s 190E Cosworth that we captured at Players Classic earlier this year made it down, what a stunning example.




We are constantly seeing more and more E21s this year!




A couple of nicely executed Mk5’s.



Check this out, a rare sight, an E12 with full kit looking glorious.



Of course we had to take our E24 along…



Alex’s E36 sitting oh so well!



This Mk2 Golf sat nicely on a set of OZ Turbos.



This E28 was one of our cars of the show, running a set of BBS RF splits.







We love to see anything and everything slammed, like this completely standard-looking B5, on the floor.



There was no sign of Nick, but his E30 M3 was there!







The Porsche turnout this year was disappointing, with less than a handful in attendance. This 911 Turbo was a stunner though.





Sharing a date with other shows like Bugjam, Uxbridge and this year’s newcomers FittedUK, meant that unfortunately the show attendance seemed down on last year, and it would appear that most cars were relatively local. That said, it still made for a great, chilled out show, and on a sunny Sunday afternoon in the scenic Beaulieu gardens, there’s no other place we’d rather be. And remember, there’s the added bonus of getting to hoon through the forest roads on the way there and back. Let’s keep this show alive, don’t miss out next year.

Dorset Volksfest 2014

 Words & Photos by Henry Phull


We’re all about supporting our local scene, and Dorset Volksfest happens to be our local show, back this year with their second ever show. This time we stepped things up and camped from Friday night until the Show & Shine on the Sunday. Being on our doorstep, it was highly satisfactory not having to drive for hours and back for a show like we do most weekends. It also meant all our friends came down to camp out and party with us. The venue in Canford Magna was an ideal location with awesome camping facilities and nonstop entertainment throughout the weekend, with live bands, BMX displays, traders and much more.


Being down the road also meant it was relatively easy to transport Pipeys’ Mk1 to the show in its unfinished state. You can read more about this build by clicking here.



This year the show and shine attracted a much wider variety of cars than the previous show. The organisers are certainly doing something right.




Being a local show, a lot of our friends came down to show support and meant we were able to photograph a lot of cool cars including Jack’s static slammed B2 Passat on Teledials.



This Type 3 Notchback caught our attention on Day 2 of Volksfest. Just right.






Chris Harper’s awesome Beetle picked up the Coltech Classics/Muttley Racing choice award and well deserved.




Robbie’s Mk1 Golf sitting nice and low on a set of SSR MK2r’s.




Jeremy did us proud and turned up in the Beetle.



Adam’s show-stopping Mk1 Jetta made an appearance…



In addition to Coltech Classic’s slightly different example.









Now one our favourite Mk1’s of all time, Adam’s Golf is back after a hell of a lot of work.








We were extremely happy to finally see Tom’s Mk1 Polo out at a show for the first time in a while.






Spencer’s slammed splitty is truly an amazing work of art.






The Jetta turnout was surprising, here’s another – Chris’ ex-Coltech Classics Mk1 looking hard as ever.



This was the first show this season that we’ve finally been able to catch James’ Scirocco, going all out with the custom splits as per usual!





It was cool to see some local traders getting involved, including VAS Works who had several of their cars on display including this Mk2 Golf.







We’ll leave you with this final shot of a super cool trophy made by Paul at Coltech Classics.



So, this year’s second year has come to a close for Richie and the rest of the organisers at Dorset Volksfest. Clearly they’ve certainly learnt a lot since their debut last year and it seems they are definitely on their way to success. Increasing attendees including full weekend campers and an impressive show and shine lineup on the final day means the show is going to keep growing. We personally highly recommended the whole weekend event if you’re up for an entertaining and chilled out experience with great people. Don’t miss it next year, even if you just come down for Sunday’s show and shine.

Lido Luxury – Louis Nobbs’ 1988 Volkswagen Mk2 Jetta

Words & Photos by Henry Phull


Louis’ 1988 Mk2 Volkswagen Jetta first won me over back at Edition38 last year when it was sitting on a set of Autostrada Modenas, although I think it must have been the paintwork that truly struck a chord… it’s a thing of utter beauty. Believe it or not, Louis first picked up the car for a mere £200, which – having seen the car now, seems absolutely ridiculous! Looking back at the old photographs though, it’s clear this Jetta has been through a major transformation from the blue banger it once was… to the show-stopping beauty it is today. It just goes to show what an incredible job Louis has done to get it to where it is today.



A painter and panel beater by trade working at Nostalgia Cars in Somerset, Louis had his mind set on a specific colour, and treated the Jetta to a complete respray in luscious Lido Green, something you don’t see every day.



During the build he managed to track down someone breaking an earlier Jetta and made the decision to utilize the doors, trims, LHD windscreen wipers and everything else needed for an early/Typ19 conversion.



Notice the 7-slat front grill, another nice touch and homage to the earlier Mk2s.



At the rear you’ll find an added heckblende, always a welcoming modification in the Volkswagen world, and here helps to further show off the stunning paintwork.



Wheel wise, Louis has opted for a set of face mounted BBS RC041’s with polished lips, a classy affair, along with 185/35/17 tyres all round. The Mk2 sits at an ideal ride height thanks to a set of Jom coilovers. You don’t always need to spend big to get the car looking right!



The transformation continues inside the cabin, where the original dark interior has been binned in favour of early brown sears and door cards, all looking immaculate.



And of course a Nardi wooden steering wheel to finish it off…




The Jetta started life as a TX 1.6 carb, but Louis wanted to change that for something a bit more reliable and economical, so it was promptly swapped out in favour of a 1.6 turbo diesel lump from a GTD. Naturally, working in a paint shop, the rocker cover and servo were treated to fresh gloss black paint to complete the bay. Noise quality is equally important, consequently Louis went for a custom stainless steel exhaust.





Clearly this is by far one very special Jetta. Most of the time we see Mk1’s take all the credit, so it’s nice on this occasion to see such a beauty of a Mk2. He has pretty much built the car entirely by himself, and for someone so young with such impeccable taste, that’s just plain awesome to witness. Take a look at his build thread and see for yourself. There’s not many young’uns out there that can say they built and painted a car themselves to such perfection, so props to you, Louis.

When stance isn’t enough – Jamie Carter’s 1988 Nissan Laurel C32

Words & Photos by Henry Phull


Standing out in the car scene is a challenging prospect these days, especially if you don’t want to follow the the typical trend of ‘Air Ride and Rotiforms’ that so many seem to opt for. First glance at Jamie Carter’s 1988 Nissan Laurel 2.4SGX and it’s clear that he is not one to follow trends… You won’t find his car at any mainstream shows, as he simply does not care what others think. Let’s get things straight, there’s nothing glamorous to see here. Rough around the edges with surface rust and scuff marks scattered around the bodywork, this Laurel is definitely no show queen. There’s much more to it than looking pretty. Jamie built the car for himself to enjoy, and that’s what matters. It’s just a bonus that it happens to look so badass.



Jamie first picked up the C32 Laurel as a completely standard example. Naturally, the first job was to chop the springs and get it on the floor as quickly as possible. Consequently the car looked amazing, although soon after, Jamie realised it was time to take the car to the next level and do it properly.



To improve the handling, Jamie installed S13 hubs which allowed him to fit HSD adjustable coilovers for a healthy drop, which ride surprisingly well for such a heavy saloon car.



Wheels are always a difficult choice for a rare, retro vehicle. Jamie didn’t want to spend a silly amount of money, and as a result opted for 16×10 Diamond Racing steels, refurbed in a gunmetal grey – which go extremely well with the Laurel’s two-tone colour scheme. These are paired to slightly stretched 225/40 tyres all round.



It’s not until you notice the custom 2.5″ stainless exhaust and hear it start up, that you realise there is something more to this car. That’s because for Jamie, stance isn’t enough.




The idea was to keep the original retro looks… but turn it into a complete animal.



After much pondering and peer pressure, an engine swap was on the cards. Jamie set himself a budget, and the search was on… A few weeks later he ended up purchasing a complete written-off Skyline R33 GTST, which, if you are a Jap fan, you’ll know these carry the RB25DET motor. A prime candidate for Jamie’s build.



It was no simple task, with the swap taking a good few months to complete. Being a mechanic by trade, Jamie luckily had access to a workshop and took on the build himself with a couple of like-minded mates whenever there was a free evening or weekend, bar a couple of issues such as the critical wiring which required special expertise from engineer and friend Giles.



Modifications to allow for the swap include a modified subframe from the Skyline donor car, custom driveshafts and prop, in addition to the RB manual gearbox. A new front mounted intercooler was installed along with a new inlet to get the most out of the RB25 lump.



Although it’s not yet seen a rolling road, Jamie estimates the Laurel is now putting out around 300bhp. This extra power means the original Laurel brakes would not cut it, so they were scrapped accordingly in place for uprated 300ZX front brakes.




As with most mechanic’s cars, the Laurel will always be an ongoing project. With so much time spent working on other people’s cars, there’ll always be something that needs finishing on his own pride and joy.



As a result, the interior is dirty, and there are missing panels all over the place, but really, who cares? In my opinion he should keep the car like this. It’s the rawness that makes it what it is. The car was built to be abused – there’s no point in hiding it. You’ll notice Jamie did however opt for a Nardi steering wheel, always a tasteful upgrade whatever the car.



There’s something truly special about 80s Japanese cars, character.. which is what modern cars unfortunately seem to be missing most of the time.




The attention the Laurel gets whilst crawling through traffic just proves what looker it really is. While most people tend to ask what the hell it is, they are always affectionate over it. It truly is a thing of beauty.



There is no doubt in my mind that Jamie built this car as a big “f**k you” to the current Volkswagen scene. Opting for 80s Jap (something we don’t see enough of in the UK!), along with big power, and absolutely no worry or care about the condition of the car or what trouble it might land him in. Burnouts aplenty and sessions at his local drifting track – the car sees plenty of action. It’s the definition of ‘retro cool’, fun, and intimidating, mixed into one. It’s a pleasure to see it out on the road, not giving a shit.