Monthly Archives: September 2014

Players 8.0 – Part 2: Hunting For Gems

Words & Photos by Henry Phull

 

Following on from Part 1 of this years Players show at North Weald in which we looked at the main show cars, I’m now going to take you through the rest of the event, highlighting the cars that were tucked away amongst the masses, that stood out to me. Now, this year’s show was enormous… When I arrived I didn’t even know where to start due to the sheer amount of cars in attendance, therefore it was definitely a challenge to get through everything, so I’m sure there’s regrettably a few cars that were missed.

 

Securing a good position at a show is pretty important if you want people to actually see your car right? Every time I see Jas Bains he always manages to sneak into some cool spots, I’m pretty sure I saw his car in several places throughout the day. Fair play because his static E38 on Oz Futura’s is stunning. This is a relatively new car to Jas, an upgrade to his previous silver example that you may have seen in our Bimmer Boys coverage.

 

 

 

 

It was incredible to come across the following two legendary cars, firstly this M635CSI which was in pristine condition, one of the great M cars.

 

 

Alongside it was this extremely rare E34 Alpina B10 BiTurbo, a car based on the 535i, that includes the M30 motor which Alpina completely rebuilt using forged Mahle pistons, two turbochargers, Bosch variable boost control and several other modifications which make this such a desirable car to the enthusiasts that are in the know.

 

 

There were a few Japanese vehicles that caught my eye, including this S14. It’s not often you see Oz Futuras on one of these, a nice marriage.

 

 

 

The Custom Cars stand always has a stunning selection of Bavaria’s finest, like Bhups’ immaculate E30 shown below.

 

 

 

The OEM+ look always works with BMWs, but it’s going that extra mile to make your car stand out that really does it, like Dips’ E36 Touring with gold Style32 rims. That’s one way to bring some attention to what he specialises in, custom paintwork.

 

 

 

This E46 couple sat amazingly well on a set of 2-piece OZ Mito Type 3s, a pretty rare sight.

 

 

 

Centra’s are a difficult wheel to pull off, but they looked super cool and period correct on this Opel.

 

 

There’s something just so perfect about dropping big modern saloon’s on air, like this Jetta. The retro style decals are a nice touch too.

 

 

Craig Mahoney’s Lupo looked amazing as always on a set of steels by Extreme Offset Wheels.

 

 

The amount of E24’s on display was surprising, and still more to come, it’s a shame I didn’t take mine!

 

 

Lovely to see this E30 M3 on ACS rims that we last saw back at Retro Rides Gathering, such a tidy example of a motorsport legend.

 

 

The guys at Studio Incar unveiled a new look for their Liberty Walk E92 M3, from a previous white wrap to something a little more subtle, preferred by the main man Shakey. it certainly looks a lot more menacing now, awesome work.

 

 

So thats a static example, now take a look at Joshua Hay’s E92, recently bagged by Studio Incar and what a fantastic result… this thing is seriously low.

 

 

 

 

When I saw this E28 I wasn’t expecting it to be hiding something special under the bonnet, until owner Jim Mountain came by and let us have a look..

 

 

Yeah, that’s an S38 from an E34 M5, casual. An amazing car and such a rare colour option, too – the gold-centred Style5 alloys work well with it.

 

 

Yet another BM bagged by the Shakey and the guys at Studio Incar, this E24 was looking mean on a set of Kerscher RX splits.

 

 

 

 

3SDM have stepped up the game with their latest 0.08 wheel release, shown off here on Danny Mellor’s bagged B8 A4. Such a good look.

 

 

 

 

 

I absolutely loved the craziness of Jack Smith’s Mazda 3, with the ridiculous rear camber setup, perfected with the WatercooledIND wheels.

 

 

 

 

Ben Walker’s E28 looked brilliant with the aid of a front splitter not often seen on E28’s, a nice touch along with the 16″ OZ Futuras, pulled off with a respectable static ride height.

 

 

 

Good to see Jack Ellis has picked himself up a new project, a cool B3 Passat estate, static of course!

 

 

 

Continuing the overwhelming presence of E24’s.. even these two OEM style cars were in attendance, pure beauty.

 

 

This is one of those cars that most would normally overlook, or pretend not to like, but when do you see a stanced Rover 75? I thought this was really tastefully modified, and loved the awesome set of Work Seeker DX.

 

 

 

 

Jack Waller’s stunning example of an R32 Golf, that also packs a supercharger in addition to a fresh wrap and Image split rims, I couldn’t resist this shot just as the sun was going down.

 

 

That concludes our Players 8.0 coverage, you’ll have to wait until Goodwood next year for your next slice of Players madness, the shows that are getting bigger and bigger every year. It’s getting difficult to keep up with all the cars, but hopefully the extensive coverage has given you an insight into what goes down here in the UK. We love to see people thinking outside the box, and the recent devotion to classic cars, especially from the younger generation. Keep it up guys and see you next year.

Players 8.0 – Part 1: Show Car Heaven

Words & Photos by Henry Phull

 

Players, the show most of us have been waiting all year for, seems to have grown to be the biggest event on the scene, with people flocking from all over the country and now even from overseas. It’s the place to be if you want to show off your car alongside some of the absolutely best modified vehicles in the world. Plus, it’s the sort of show that you know everyone you know in the car world will be at, so it was great to catch up with everyone and finally put some faces to names. I’ve met so many good people through photographing cars, which is another reason I love doing what I do. Now I’m not going to lie, this show was a challenge to cover because of the sheer size it has become. It’s been difficult to include every car considering I shot over 1,000 photographs, so this year our Players coverage will be split into two parts, with the second following shortly.

 

I’ll kick things off with a few of the Players guy’s cars, starting with their new Mk1 Golf, a project built in ten days and ready just in time for the show with a stunning paint job and a set of super special forged 2-piece Rotiform SCR 7x17s. 17s on a Mk1 are not easy to pull off, but they’ve succeeded here with the car sitting just right on its larger-than-usual shoes.

 

 

The Rocket Bunny kitted E36 we saw back at Players Classic saw its last show as a Players-owned car as it has just been sold.

 

 

Carl switched things up for its final goodbye with a super wide set of white Rotiforms, and as a result looks it even better than it did before!

 

 

One thing I like about Players is that I know there’s always going to be at least a couple of 964s, which I adore. Shown here are Greg Howell and Richard Payne’s stunning examples.

 

 

 

Matt Clifford’s (of Watercooled Society) BMW E31 840ci is the ultimate example of showing how a retro cruiser can be modernised simply with the aid of air suspension and new Rotiform split wheels, which mirror the effect of the original Throwing Star alloys that were on the car as standard. Perfectly executed.

 

 

 

 

If you don’t know these two cars, then where have you been? Kats’ Mk5 (on the left) has just been upgraded with a set of 3-piece Rotiform LHRs, after some arch modification the Golf is looking a major improvement.

 

 

A lot of people still think of Players as a scene-only show. As ‘scene’ as you may think it is (and yeah, we’ve seen a lot of Rotiform and Airlift already), it really isn’t. It’s actually an event that welcomes all sorts of modification styles which we definitely saw throughout the day. Take this for example, Lee Crouch’s decked Renault 4 towing his “slammacaravanna”, essentially a pikey caravan on hydraulics. These two were welcomed in and pitched up right in the middle of the show.

 

 

Alongside him was our man Pipey in the Mk1 Golf body dropped on to a Beetle pan, this year with an RX7 Rotary motor installed, which had everyone breaking necks. Read more about this build at Coltech Classics by clicking here.

 

 

 

 

These WatercooledIND MD1s were a perfect match on this bagged B8 A4.

 

 

Zac Miles of Forge Motorsport displayed his freshly finished Mk1 Golf, on Rotiform VCEs and air, in an appropriate colour to match the Forge brand. A stunning example, recently completed by our friends over at Studio Incar.

 

 

 

From what we’ve heard, this could’ve been the last time seeing Becky’s E21 at a show for a while, so of course I had to snap a photo of this perfect 3er.

 

 

It seems some kids do have good taste these days… this Mercedes W114 is owned by 20-year-old James Aveil and I absolutely love it. Props to him for driving around in such an old boat of a car, it’s a stunner. Great to see the younger generation appreciating the classics.

 

 

 

Regrettably this was the first time I’ve had the chance to have a proper look around the Likehell Design Nissan 350z, and what a car it is.. matched perfectly with those Work Meisters along with some precise fitment, spot on.

 

 

Let’s not forget the other half of Likehell, Jordan and her Mini on Carline CM6 splits, such a cool little car.

 

 

 

Double trouble, two nicely executed Mercedes 190Es, both static and sitting really nicely.

 

 

Another of the Players Mk1, why not…

 

 

Forge always deliver on the motorsport front, check out their insane Ford Mk2 Escort.

 

 

 

The show season is coming to an end and Nick Sahota’s E30 M3 is still causing a stir! For those of you that don’t know, there’s an E46 M3 S54 engine hiding in the bay. Plus, it’s on air! Another project built and finessed by Studio Incar.

 

 

Think you’ve seen a big car? Think again.. This bagged ’66 Cadillac Coupe Deville was seriously long.

 

 

It’s the interior that really got me, totally love these cars when kept original like this.

 

 

I have a soft spot for Rotiform‘s OZT wheels, looking awesome here on Elmo’s bagged Audi TTRS. Doing the RollHard guys proud I’m sure.

 

 

So many things shout out to you on this RS3, including the custom wide arches and not forgetting the crazy centre locks. Everything’s just right, such a well executed car.

 

 

If you know me, you’ll know I’m a big E24 fan, now owning one myself. There’s a few others on the scene currently, but none seem to match the level of George Assi’s legendary 635csi. Having done everything possible with one of these, he’s truly the Godfather of E24s and full of knowledge.

 

 

 

 

A major highlight for me was Elmar Den Exter’s bagged E28, which made the trip over from the Netherlands to be there. The execution of the air ride is pretty incredible, and in my opinion is levels above a lot of the E28s in this country, great work.

 

 

 

 

 

I’m not normally a fan of Rotas, but I make an exception when fitted to E46 M3s with meaty tyres, such an awesome look.

 

 

The guys at Auto Finesse recently fitted a set of stunning BBS E51s to their project Caddy, and I have to say it really compliments it. Definitely the right choice.

 

 

 

 

Popping over to the RollHard stand, and I was greeted by Joey Hazell’s stunning E36 convertible on hydros.

 

 

For Players he sourced a set of BBS RF’s to go alongside the previous wheels which he actually kept on one side of the car! Sorry Joey, I couldn’t be bothered to walk around the car 😉 Forgive me…

 

 

 

Faz Ahmed’s Calypso E30 vert sits beautifully on a set of Image wheels.

 

 

I’ve said before in previous write ups, the BMW E21 has become the BMW of choice this year. They’re everywhere. Standing out is now becoming difficult, but Prakash Thanky has done it. Adding a set of rare Hartge splits in favour of the previous BBS’, the car is completely transformed.

 

 

That rear louvre suits the car incredibly well.

 

 

It’s a pleasure to see a Beetle like this at Players, as it’s normally the sort of car you’d see at the mainly air-cooled events we visited previously this year, and possibly first seen at Apex Festival.

 

 

BMW never produced an E91 M3 Touring, so Nicholas Pritchard decided to build his own, and what a car it is, now sitting on a new set of 2-piece 20″ 6Sixty wheels.

 

 

 

 

E39’s have certainly become more popular this year, but its rare to see such a nice example as this, with bagged fitment looking spot on and sitting well. Overall a crazy clean car, we like.

 

 

 

 

 

Another car we were glad to see at the forefront of the show, Sid Crowfoot’s Trabant, such a unique little vehicle which you can spend hours looking over and you’ll always keep spotting something cool.

 

 

Finally, I’ll finish with this bagged Porsche 964, owned by Manel Rabasa of DSLC Performance. The guys made the super long drive over from Spain where they’re based, saludos! Their 911 is an absolute thing of beauty, with those Rotiform FUCs complimenting the white paintwork oh so well. One of my favourites for sure.

 

 

 

That brings us to the end of Part 1 of our Players 2014 coverage. Check back soon within the next few days for the final part, in which we’ll be looking at some hidden gems hidden throughout the show. Stay tuned!

NSRA Hot Rod Drags 2014

Words & Photos by Henry Phull

 

One of our goals at Slam Sanctuary is to provide coverage for all sorts of automotive events, including ones our typical readers wouldn’t normally hear about. We don’t want anyone missing out, and we like to think we can raise your awareness of cool shows to go to next year! So we heard a few of our friends were heading up to a hot rod show for the weekend, therefore took the opportunity to tag along, and boy are we glad we did. We took the 2 and a half hour trip up to Shakespeare County Raceway in Stratford-upon-Avon for this years Hot Rod Drags, hosted by the National Street Rod Association (NSRA).

 

The NSRA date all the way back to 1972, and are considered one of the the UK’s biggest hot rod clubs with this show being one of the largest events of the year. Think ‘Wheels Day‘ and thats the sort of vehicle you’ll expect to see. Fender removal, roof chops, louvres, and of course V8s aplenty. The very best in American style modifications and styling was on display. Here are our photo highlights from the day…

 

 

The layout of the event focuses on the pits, which means you can wander around and take in the true spirit of drag racing. Constant burbling and revving of V8 engine noises throughout the day is a truly amazing experience.

 

 

 

Not to mention the chance to see teams, and even individuals working on their cars, prepping for their go up the quarter mile.

 

 

 

 

 

The cars on display were of such another level than what we are used to. It makes it hard to not want to own an American classic.

 

 

 

 

Car of the show for us was this Mk10 Jaguar… This isn’t any Jag, it’s a hot rod! Keeping that classic shape and adding a twin supercharged big block, in addition to running NOS. Apparently it has been dyno’d at 900bhp, absolutely insane!

 

 

 

It’s the little things that do it for us, like keeping the original leather interior. Simply beautiful.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The majority of the attendees flock to Shakespeare County Raceway for the drag racing. It’s all about seeing people taking their cars out in an attempt to get the best time up the quarter mile stretch, whether it be a team car, casual or daily driver. Thanks to “Run What Ya Brung”, as long as your car passes the scrutineering, it’s allowed out.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

It would appear that some drag cars are a lot lower than others..

 

 

…see what we mean? I think you know which we prefer.

 

 

 

 

 

Did someone say Vanishing Point…

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

You’ve all seen the videos of this (if not, click here), so it was a nice surprise to see the World’s fastest Postman Pat van!

 

 

 

 

 

 

To conclude, this is an event not to be missed. Even if you have never been to a hot rod show before, or have a limited knowledge about these cars.. as long as you’re a car fan, you will enjoy this. Hell, we don’t really know much about American cars – but from now on we’re going to be getting more involved with the hot rod scene. We love it.

Retro Rides Gathering 2014

 Words & Photos by Henry Phull

 

I had been looking forward to this one for some time. It’s no secret that Retro Rides Gathering is my favourite show on the season calendar, thanks to the sheer variation of cars that you just don’t see anywhere else.. anything and everything is accepted, and to top things off, the day is mixed up nicely with an adrenaline pumping hill climb allowing general show-goers a chance to hoon it up the hill in their own pride and joy. Plus everyone has a chance to walk around the paddock and experience the essence of motorsport right up close. It’s a pretty awesome set up that you don’t usually get at other shows.

 

This year welcomed a venue change to Shelsley Walsh in Worcestershire, the historic hill climb venue. As good as Prescott Hill has previously been for the gathering, it seems to have been outgrown. Shelsley Walsh happens to be a much bigger venue, and the attendance was still phenomenal.

 

 

Just chilling out around the paddock and you’ll encounter a continuous line up of cool machinery waiting for their turn up the hill.

 

 

 

This year the trade stands seemed a little on the thin side compared to previous years, but there were still some gems like this Audi Quattro. A seriously mean bit of kit.

 

 

I’ve never seen so many E21’s all together in my life, there was a whole row of them.. it was a lot to take in. Here are two of my favourites.

 

 

 

 

I’m a sucker for a nice 190E. This one was super clean and ready for the track.

 

 

 

Another thing about Retro Rides I like is the amount of Jap classics that turn up, very rare cars over here in the UK.

 

 

 

Two of the most breathtaking cars from the show have got to be the following Lotus Esprits which were sensational. The first one we saw a couple years back at Prescott, but we hadn’t seen the white one before. These are a rare sight, let alone modified examples. Very cool indeed.

 

 

 

 

This Triumph was really well executed, such an awesome little car.

 

 

The banded wheels really add something extra to the car and make it stand out.

 

 

 

 

 

Of course Retro Rides always graces us with a few AE86s..

 

 

 

 

 

The E30s were plentiful, each with a variety of modifications and styles.

 

 

 

It was nice to see these two M3’s together again. What a colour combo.

 

 

 

One of the best bits of the day is being up close and personal at the start of the hill climb. Noise, petrol and burning rubber gracing the air, pure heaven for us petrolheads.

 

 

 

 

A major highlight for me was this track spec E30, rocking an S50B32 motor in the bay with some tasteful velocity stacks fitted. Pure porn. The best bit? It was actually being thrashed up the hill all day!

 

 

 

 

 

Let’s revisit what I said at the start.. Retro Rides is the most varied show there is. There are no rules or scene you need to stick to, to ‘fit in’. Check out this Hillman Imp for example…

 

 

Now check out this Hillman Imp. Two very different cars, unique in their own ways!

 

 

 

The cars on the RollHard stand were looking stunning as usual. Good work guys.

 

 

 

 

 

Slowly but surely we are starting to see a few more E34s at shows. This one was sitting well on banded steels.

 

 

This must still be one of the lowest static E30s around.

 

 

Nice to see a set of real G60 steels on this Mk1, colour coded too and looking classy.

 

 

 

An E34 M5, it doesn’t get much better than this, one of the last hand built M cars.

 

 

 

I see a lot of Mk1 Golfs on my travels, and this has to be one of the cleanest I’ve seen. A credit to the owner.

 

 

As common as the MK2 + BBS look is, it does work and looks awesome.

 

 

 

This Hot rod was a pretty insane vehicle. Definitely cool. I’d sort out that rear tyre though, blimey.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I was a big fan of this Mk1 sitting on a set of Work Equips.

 

 

There must be some sort of record for the amount of banded steels in one place!

 

 

 

 

 

It’s pretty gutting to think we’ll have to wait another whole year before we get our next Retro Rides fix. Cannot wait! Props to all the organisers for doing so well with everything, being their first time at the new venue they still managed to keep it all running smoothly. And luckily for us, the new campsite was good too. We were there all weekend, and it’s definitely recommended, but make sure you book early, we know a few friends that missed out on tickets. Don’t be one of those people – see you next year.