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Stance Fever 2016

Date: 22 May 2016

Location: Rockingham, Northamptonshire

 

Words & Photos by Henry Phull

 

Back in January I had a message from my friend Faz, the co-organiser behind Stance Fever, mentioning that he was putting on a bigger and better show for 2016. The event originally debuted at the Ace Cafe in London, then moved to Essex in 2015, so this year had to be something even bigger. Bigger is definitely the word… This year Stance Fever moved to the famous Rockingham Speedway in Corby, Northamptonshire. With plenty of excitement in the air, we decided to join forces and agree to attend with our pop-up store for this years show. Plus, it was the first outing for our new Audi A6 Avant hauler, even if it did break down on the way home, but I won’t bore you with the details. Take a look at our highlights from the day – the mix of cars was quite something, with a huge variety of marques catered for.

 

Jamie Hitchcock’s static BMW Z4 on WORK Meister S1’s

@bigj_223

 

Our Audi C5 A6 Avant on Air Lift / Bags by OCD / AccuAir suspension & Rotiform IND-T DDT’s

@henry_slamsanctuary

Stephen Goss’ BMW E46 on Air Lift suspension & ACS splits

@sgoss_e46

 

Matthew Wells’ bagged Ford Fiesta ST on Fifteen52 Turbomacs

@m44tx_w

 

Josh Gibbs’ VW Mk5 Jetta on Air Lift suspension & OZ Futura’s

@mk5josh

 

Joe Iwanicki’s Mk6 Ford Fiesta on hydraulics & BBS RS

@joejanny

 

Nick Allen’s bagged Volvo 1800ES

@3dnick

 

Charlie Croker’s bagged 1977 Lotus S1 Elite

@kampfreddie

 

James Wilson’s Nissan 350z on Air Lift suspension and SSR Vienna wheels

 

Nugget Caldicott’s BMW E82 on Air Lift / AccuAir suspension & BBS RF’s

@nug_photo

 

 

 

Adam Rickards’ VW Mk7 Golf R on Air Lift suspension & Lamborghini Aventador wheels

@adam_7r

 

Karl Runeckles’ BMW Z4 on hydraulics & custom-built Style32’s

@juicy_ron

 

 

Sam Baxter’s bagged Mini Cooper S on Corvette Salad Shooters

@supercharged_sam

 

Ben Gill’s VW Mk5 Golf on Air Lift suspension & OZ Futura’s

@ben._.gill

 

Sean Crompton’s static BMW E36 ‘vert on Carline CM6’s

@s_crompton

 

Carlos Gomez’ static BMW E36 on Style19’s

@carlos_g88

 

Ethan Sexton’s BMW E30 318is on Air Lift suspension & Schmidt TH-Line’s

@ethansexton

 

 

Jack Howden’s VW Polo 6R on Air Lift suspension & BBS RF’s

@howd3n

 

Harvey Howe’s BMW E82 on Air Lift suspension & BBS RF’s

@harveyhowe

 

Matt Cooper’s BMW E46 ‘vert on Air Lift suspension & custom-built Style3 splits

@mcooper1991

 

Ash Squires’ 1987 Mk2 Toyota Soarer on Tein coilovers & SSR Mk1’s

@1987soarer

 

Adam Crispin’s bagged Mitsubishi Evo X on WORK Meister S1R’s

@adzevox

 

Nicola Sidney’s Vauxhall Astra GTC on Air Lift suspension & VXR wheels

@nicolasidney

 

Alex Rogers’ Polo GTI on Air Lift suspension & BBS RC041′s

@alexrogers92

 

VW Scirocco on Air Lift suspension & Rotiform TMB DDT’s

 

Auto Finesse’s BBS-kitted VW Mk2 Golf on Air Lift suspension & Ronal centrelocks

@autofinesse

 

Our pop-up store… Catch us next at Eurosunday in Belgium!

 

There you have it, everything from bagged Ford Fiestas to classic Toyota Soarers, Stance Fever had it all. As usual, a big thank you to anyone that came down to our pop-up store for a chat or to take home some apparel, it’s always a pleasure. With this event getting bigger every year, I can’t wait to see what the team have in store for us next year. Make sure you pencil it in your diaries for 2017. We’ll be back out this weekend for our first European show of the year, Eurosunday in Belgium on Sunday 29th May.

 

More info on Stance Fever:

Stance Fever on Facebook

Shop Visit: Only Charged Dubs

Words & Photos by Henry Phull

 

The popularity of air ride has grown considerably over the past couple of years. Not only has it become more accessible, but many people have finally realised how practical it really is. With so many options now available, it doesn’t have to break the bank either. The question is, if you want someone else to do the work for you, then where do you go? Whilst there are plenty of shops dotted around the UK, Only Charged Dubs (OCD) have put out some incredible work as of late and are one of the few that go above and beyond to cater for the customer. The key word that comes to mind with these guys is variation. If you read our show reports, you will have seen plenty of their cars (and customers’ cars) pop up. They were kind enough to invite us up to their headquarters in Doncaster, South Yorkshire where we were welcomed with open arms. Spending a few days with these guys was more like hanging out with mates than visiting your typical garage – the whole experience was a pleasure. Although mostly known for their air installs in the ‘slammed/stance’ scene, the business didn’t actually start off by working with suspension. In fact, OCD is a lot more than just an air ride shop. So let’s take an inside look…

 

 

 

 

Catching up with the owner Matt Payne is always a refreshing experience. Unlike so many people in the industry, he’s completely open about his business and the community in general. One thing that has always stuck with me is that he’s always looking to solve problems, however big or small, so it’s really no surprise that his company has achieved so much. But how did OCD get to where they are today? “It all came about from my Mk2 Golf project. I was working as an apprentice for my local VW dealership when I bought my Golf, which I spent 3 years fully rebuilding from a 1.6 Driver to a G60 8v conversion. Fully overhauled, the only thing I couldn’t do myself was the paint work as I was building it on my parents drive.” Matt reminices. This led him onto the path of G-Lader rebuilds (superchargers found on the G40 & G60 Volkswagens – hence the name ‘Only Charged Dubs’), after other enthusiasts saw the work on his Mk2. He even started developing his own parts for the Golf that weren’t available, as you do. Slowly but surely Matt began to build a customer base on the main UK G60 online forum at the time.

 

 

 

“As well as doing more work at home on friends’ cars, word of mouth spread, leading to more and more jobs” Matt explains. At the time his daily driver was a Skoda Fabia, and to make this more practical he started to look into air suspension. Because he was starting to lug more and more parts around, Matt wanted to lower the car in a way that would accept the excess weight. “I managed to get a trade account for air suspension which led on to installing air to a friend’s car shortly before the Elsecar Megameet 2013, which made OCD more well known in the ‘stance’ scene.” he says. Anyone starting up on their own cannot wait until they’re in a position to quit their full time job and concentrate on their true ambition, I can tell you this myself from starting Slam Sanctuary. Well, for Matt this opportunity came soon after that Megameet. He said goodbye to his job at Volkswagen and set up shop in a unit next door to Darkside Developments in Barnsley. With help from their team, together they pushed the OCD brand forward by modernising the website, adding more products and providing the much needed extra space for installations and “crazier work!” Matt laughs.

 

 

 

 

After 12 months in his first ever unit, neighbours Darkside Developments decided to re-locate to a new premises, which meant that Matt could also move the business back to Doncaster, his home. Not only was the new unit on his doorstep, but it was also closer to Carl Atkins, the man behind OCD’s boot installs and custom fabrication, overall making it a worthwhile move. “OCD had reached a point where it could stand on it’s own two feet much better and was needing much more operating space, both for stock and workshop.” Matt reveals. They’ve just finished it off to a state where they are happy with it, with a brand new showroom and waiting room. Having spent a good few days there myself, I can tell you it’s a great place to be and hang out.

 

 

 

With the facilities covered, OCD can offer anything from VAG servicing to full-blown engine swaps and classic car restoration. “Of course, G-Lader services, parts and expertise is something we will always offer. It’s where my VW love came from and I still believe there’s nothing quite like a well tuned 8v G60 engine in a classic dub!” Matt points out. One thing I do love about OCD, is that they give their customers a broad range of options to fit most budgets. Unlike a lot of salespeople, Matt and the team won’t just try and sell you the most expensive product. This has been an aim of theirs from the beginning. “Everyone loves an R8 on air with expensive wheels, but in reality only a lucky 1% can own that. So we aim to offer the same parts, service and options to every customer.” Matt explains. The key to Only Charged Dubs? Offering a wide range of products of course. If you’re looking to bag your car, a look on their website shows that there’s several options. From the popular Air Lift Performance, HP Drivetech, AccuAir and VIAIR options, to brands such as Airdynamiks, Air Zenith and several BagRiders products. Plus, they even offer their own “Bags by OCD” branded items – which we’ll look at shortly. If there’s no kit readily available for your car, Matt and the team will come up with a solution.

 

 

 

OCD keep a large variety of stock on their shelves, from air tanks of all sizes, fittings, compressors, and tons of spares which makes them one of the few companies that can offer their people specialist items next day to your door if needed. This is always handy if any of your components fail and you get stuck. With shipments coming in every week from the USA, OCD are now the sole UK distributors for BagRiders (a large air ride distributor in the USA), meaning that you can order most hard-to-get items from OCD without paying those dreaded import charges if you were to order direct from the States. With their online sales ever increasing, Matt says that 2016/17 will show an even bigger expansion with more and more products being added across their range.

 

 

 

Only Charged Dubs recently introduced their ‘Bags by OCD’ range of air bags. The idea initially came up whilst they were working on their demo Mercedes-Benz W201. Of course, being a classic car everything on the Merc had to be custom made… “We found that there is an ‘ok’ range of bags to work with instead of independent springs. But bags that work over dampers are hugely limited, and the ones available are ok on some platforms but offer poor drop or lift on others depending on how they are set up.” Matt explains, “Plus there’s no options of sleeves over dampers too, meaning some cars with tight suspension space either have to lose out with no air option or undergo expensive custom work to the rest of the suspension.” To combat this, they launched ‘Bags by OCD’, a product that is moderately priced alongside most air suspension kits, which work and perform to the same level, but allowing a bigger range of custom bags. Designed to work with BC Racing’s Extreme Low coilovers, they allow customers to mount the bag on to the threaded body, sealing it to the damper giving the maximum drop and lift that the damper gives. Obviously this still allows for BC’s threaded body adjustment, dampening adjustment all round plus camber front top mounts of most applications. Most kits retail at around £1300-£1500 depending on the rear bag mounting. So far they’ve used these kits on a BMW Z4, VW Mk6 GTI and will soon be testing on a Honda S2000 and Lexus IS220. Plus, having universal bags readily available means they can be used on cars with absolutely no air options available, such as our own Slam Sanctuary demo Audi A6 FWD which we’ll be showing you soon!

 

 

 

Being the main UK distributor of Airdynamiks, this was the first time I had the chance to check out their products in person. I have to say that the build quality and attention to detail is second-to-none. After noticing them testing various car kits around 18 months ago, they got in touch and began working on a kit for their Audi C5 A6 Allroad demo car, a customers Audi A1 (and Polo platform) and their Audi Mk2 TT Quattro demo car. Based in Canada, the turnaround time on these products means a slightly longer wait, but it is definitely worth it. Sister company to Scale Suspension, who primarily build top end racing suspension for track, time attack and drifting, Airdynamiks use the same dampers which they convert into air suspension. “Their twist is using a range of air bag sizes to suit certain models of car. Giving a smaller air bag if space is tight but also giving a much better spring rating. A smaller bag allows for a high bag pressure at ride height, whilst using less air tank volume. So less compressor time!” Matt says. These kits come with threaded body dampers, dampening adjustment and optional camber top plates for most applications. “As well as anodized components, stainless hardware and powdercoated mountings these kits don’t just work well, they look the part too as well as lasting for years!”. I was so impressed with the quality of these products that we decided to make them available through the Slam Sanctuary online store, too.

 

 

 

“Our air suspension work is something we have grown slowly and worked hard to get to the point we’re now at. We feel we aim our work to an ‘OCD’ level of fit and finesse, being able to carry out almost any modification to a customers car. From simple suspension swaps, crazy show installs & wheel/tyre fitting and fitment.” -Matt Payne

 

 

 

I asked Matt the all-important question, what he thinks OCD are best known for?… “I’d like to think our friendliness and social side” he replied, and I completely agree. In fact, I often come across his comments throughout social media which are always trying to assist people, not just selling a product 24/7. That’s absolute gold right there and a rare thing. “OCD has always been something more than just a specialist shop. Friends and customers are always welcome to our shop to just chill out. We feel this is something that has quickly dropped from the scene and made things more of a competition than an enthusiasm.” he continued. The idea of bringing back this enthusiasm for the cars and seeing customers projects go from standard to magazine featured is what it’s all about for Only Charged Dubs. Plus, that VAG group technician training really gives them the upper hand when it comes to find their way around most Volkswagens, Audis, Seats and Skodas. That background has built Matt’s vision of keeping to a certain quality of work which he strives to keep to a factory level. “I’d always like to think should our work be seen at another garage their technicians wouldn’t notice what we’d installed against the factory components of the car.” he adds.

 

 

(left-right) Carl, Joe & Matt

 

With four main members of staff; Matt the owner and technician, Carl who carries out the boot install work, Joe who runs front of house – answering customers calls, emails and handling orders including packing day in, day out, as well as Danny who runs the graphic design side of things behind the scenes, Only Charged Dubs are some of the friendliest and approachable bunch of guys in the industry. Not forgetting, professional, full of knowledge and brilliant at what they do – so there’s no stopping them! With plans to completely overhaul their online presence this year by adding an even bigger range of air suspension kits, expanding on their coilover range in addition to a much-needed FAQ section and an overall easier shopping experience, it’s worth keeping your eyes peeled to their social media and website. In the meantime, you’ll find them at most of the UK car shows, so hit them up with those tricky questions for your build! Also, make sure you check back to Slam Sanctuary soon to find out how they got on with bagging our Audi A6 Avant demo car that we let them loose on for a few days.

 

More info on Only Charged Dubs:

OCD website

OCD on Instagram

OCD on Facebook

 

Near Doncaster, South Yorkshire?
Check out the OCD Open Day this Sunday 22nd May 2016!

 

Early Edition 2016

Date: 24 April 2016

Location: The Saints, Franklin’s Gardens, Northampton

 

Words & Photos by Henry Phull

 

When April comes around, the talk and excitement building up to Early Edition echoes throughout social media. It’s not surprising, as ‘EE’ is the next biggest event to follow Ultimate Dubs back in March. If you missed that, then EE is the show to debut your car at, and let’s face it, it’s still early on in the show calendar. Held at The Saints stadium in Northampton, the Edition38 crew take over the venue every year to host the pre-show to their established Edition38 ‘Show & Shine’ later on in the year. However, Early Edition has grown considerably over the past couple of years, making it nearly as big. Well, usually that is… This year was a little different, but more on that later! As per usual, we were surrounded by an outstanding selection of cars, traders, food and drink (including the all-important bar), plus glorious weather. We tried to capture as much as we could from the main show itself, in addition to the surrounding car parks with anything that took our fancy.

 

Matty Loveridge’s Mk1 Golf Swallowtail on Air Lift suspension & BBS E76’s

@matty_mk1

 

 

 

RIIVA Design’s Mk6 Golf wagon on Air Lift suspension & Rotiform VCE’s

@riivadesign

 

 

 

Warwick French’s Audi RS3 on Air Lift suspension & 19″ Fifteen52 Tarmac 348’s

@wardog701

 

 

Olly Barwell’s Audi S3 on Air Lift suspension & BBS LM’s

@ollybarwell

 

Amar’s Audi A5 on Air Lift suspension & Vossen CV7’s

@amar7128

 

Alex Rogers’ Polo GTI on Air Lift suspension & BBS RC041′s

@alexrogers92

 

Jack Dinsdale’s Audi TT on Air Lift suspension & Fifteen52 Tarmac’s

@j44jdx

 

Still Static’s Audi B8 on H&R suspension & 21″ Vossen LC105-T’s

@stillstatic

 

Georgie Marlow’s Mk1 Golf on Air Lift suspension & BBS RM’s

@georgie22

 

Alex Collins’ Audi A1 on HP Drivetech suspension & Vossen VFS-1’s

@alex_collins98

 

Steve Fraser’s Audi S3 saloon on Air Lift suspension & Rotiform OZT’s

@s30bmx

 

 

Jack Irwin’s Mk2 Golf on Air Lift suspension & Votex wheels

@thatvotexmk2

 

 

 

Joe Stackman’s Polo Coupe S on hydraulic suspension & PLS Hockenheim’s

@joestackman

 

 

Reece Ward’s 6n2 Polo GTI on Air Lift suspension & Extreme Offset wheels

@reeceward_brokeboysuk

 

GRMnorthampton’s Mk7 Golf on Airrex suspension & Cast13 wheels

@grm_northampton

 

Adam Hodge’s Audi S3 on H&R suspension, Lamborghini BBK & 20″ Audi Rotor’s

@hodge_s3

 

Ryan Castleman’s bagged Mk5 Jetta wagon on custom built Audi A8 Winter wheels

@ryancastleman93

 

Adam Baggott’s TFSI-swapped Mk1 Golf Cabriolet on Airdynamiks suspension & BBS RM’s

@baggie131183

 

 

Sole Flavours’ Mk4 Golf on WORK VSXX wheels

@sole_flavours

 

James Munro’s bagged Porsche 356 Speedster

@tosh_carrera

 

 

 

Stuart Gray’s Mk5 Golf R32 on Air Lift suspension & BBS Super RS’s

@kic_stu

 

Matt Wright’s Mk3 Golf VR6 on Air Lift suspension & Rotiform CCV’s

@mk3matt

 

Eddie Edwards’ Audi A1 on HP Drivetech suspension

@eddedwards

 

Sam Curtis’ Mk2 Golf GTI on Air Lift suspension & custom-built BBS RA splits

@_samcurtis

 

 

Stan Jalhay’s Mk2 Golf GTI on OZ 35th Anniversary wheels

@stanjalhay

 

Owen Burnell’s Mk4 Golf R32 on Air Lift suspension & OZ Super Leggera III’s

@owen_r32

 

Matt Woodgate’s Porsche 997 on HP Drivetech/Air Lift suspension & Rotiform LHR’s

@bagged_997

 

 

 

Gordon Milne’s bagged Mk4 Golf R32 on carbon BBS GT’s

@g_lowcollective

 

Andy Rowell’s Mk5 Golf on Air Lift suspension & stepped-up BBS RS’s

@x18ndy

 

Rob Palmer’s bagged Mk3 Golf VR6 on ceramic polished BBS RS

@robg60

 

Tariq Alam’s static Audi A1 on Verein Club One’s

@mrg40

 

Jordan Hill’s static Mk2 Golf on OZ Fittipaldi’s

@jordancharles_

 

Dan Birkinshaw’s bagged Mk5 Jetta on BBS GT004’s

@birk999

 

Kats Giles’ Audi Q3 on Air Lift suspension & Rotiform CCV’s

@kagggie

 

 

VRS Northampton’s Mk2 Golf VR6 on Compomotive’s

@vrsnorthampton

 

Daniel Wasilewski’s bagged Phaeton on Bentley’s

@airridesystem.uk

 

Lee Curtis’ Audi A6 Allroad on Air Lift suspension & 20×10 Rotiform CCV DDT’s

@curtisg40

 

Charlie Dunn’s B7 Audi RS4 on Air Lift suspension & 20″ Rotiform SPF’s

@charliedunnn

 

Matt Sullivan’s Mk4 Golf R32 on Air Lift suspension & Rota MC3’s

@mattsullivans

 

Dave Clee’s static UP! on Porsche D90’s

@that_white_up

 

 

 

Jason Bowes’ Audi A5 on Air Lift suspension & Vossen VFS-2’s

@lordbowes

 

Michael Ralph’s Mk4 Golf R32 on Air Lift suspension & Rotiform IND’s

@ralphyroots

 

Julian Loose & Michelle Waters’ Audi B5’s

@julesloose / @chelle_df

 

James Manners’ Audi B5 RS4 Avant on Air Lift suspension & Rotiform LVS’s

@crescenttyres

 

Marc Jarvis’ Mk6 Golf on Air Lift / AccuAir suspension & 19″ VIP Modular VS220’s

@tukcustoms

 

Al Langford’s Audi B8 A4 Avant on Air Lift suspension & 3pc Rotiform IND’s

@al_langford

 

Volkswagen Santana

 

Steven Doe’s BMW E21 on Air Lift / AccuAir suspension & CCW D110’s

@doeboyfresh

(click here to check out our feature on Steven’s E21)

 

Mitch Davis’ BMW E36 on Air Lift / AccuAir suspension & Team Dynamics centrelock wheels

@mitch_plush

 

Adam Willstead’s BMW E46 on Air Lift suspension & OZ Futura’s

@chicking_mayo

 

Marcin Kobylański’s BMW E28 525i on ACS Type1’s

@marcinkobylanski

 

Chris Phillips’ static Lexus IS200 on Enkei NT03+M’s

@chrispy_clean

(click here to check out our feature on Chris’ Lexus)

 

Harrison Conner’s static EOS on XXR 968’s

@harrisonconner_

 

Sean Crompton’s static BMW E36 cab on Carline CM6′s

@s_crompton

 

Craig Sims’ static BMW E28 on Rial wheels

@_craigsims

 

If you are reading this but didn’t actually attend the show, it may look like it was rather busy from the photographs. In reality, the turnout at this year’s Early Edition was unfortunately about half of what it has been in the past. Who knows what could have actually caused this, but we think it might have had something to do with a lot of the usual suspects heading to Wörthersee in Austria earlier than usual. We also heard that the Show & Shine had changed to a pre-booked method – maybe most people didn’t know about this? With most of the public car parks full of perfectly worthy cars, the show venue itself had plenty of empty spots that could have easily accommodated them. All in all, it was rather disappointing and there was a definite feeling of this in the air from most people we spoke with. But what can you do…? Shit happens as we all know. No doubt the Edition38 team will learn from this and come back bigger than ever next year. We will still be there and you should be too!

 

 

More info on Edition38 / Early Edition:

Edition38 website

Edition38 on Facebook

Edition38 on Instagram

 

Seen your car above? If we haven’t named you, drop us message a through our Facebook page or email info@slamsanctuary.com and let us know if you’d like your name added to the article! Also be sure to let us know if we made any errors regarding your cars modifications. Sometimes we make mistakes, albeit rarely, but we like to make things right!