Monthly Archives: June 2016

VW Days 2016

Date: 18/19 June 2016

Location: Seraucourt-le-Grand, France

 

Words & Photos by Henry Phull

 

This year is all about the European car shows here at Slam Sanctuary. I’d heard numerous good things about VW Days, which is organised every year by ‘Club Golf Ile de France’ and held in a quiet town just outside of Saint Quentin. This is nice for us Brits as the venue is less than a two-hour drive from the Calais terminal, and essentially one stress-free smooth toll road. Being a two day event, we set off on the Saturday morning from the Eurotunnel and decided to stay overnight in a hotel just ten minutes away, although for a majority of the show goers, it’s all about the camping experience. This year though, the weather on Saturday was horrendous – so I’m glad I had a hotel room! The rain put a few people off on day one making it a washout, but come Sunday the sun was out and the show transformed into something epic. I even came home with some sunburn! Much like when we were in Belgium, it was a nice change to see what the Europeans are building.  To adhere to the name VW Days, the event is very VAG-orientated, understandably, with a few exceptions that you’ll find throughout the article. All in all, I was blown away by the variety of builds and the sheer size of the show. Here are the cars that stood out from the crowd…

 

 

 

Marcel Klok’s Audi R8 on HP Drivetech/AccuAir suspension & BBS LM’s

@marcel_klok

 

Adam King’s Mercedes-Benz W220 on AccuAir suspension & Rotiform TMB’s

@addms

 

Carl Shakespeare’s supercharged Mk3 Golf VR6 on OZ Ultraleggera’s

@shakey_studioincar

 

George Wilson’s bagged VW Polo 6N2 on Gotti’s

@george_dvsn4

 

Romain Buffaumene’s Renault 5 GT Turbo on OZ Futura’s

@romain_rs_sellerie

 

 

 

Charly Lannoy’s Audi TT on Air Lift suspension & Rotiform BRU’s

@low.motion_fr

 

Lorenzo Magnani’s Mk1 Scirocco on BBS RM’s

@nitrolori

 

Alexis Hue’s custom Beetle

 

Guillaume Michaud’s static Mk1 Golf Swallowtail on BBS E52’s

@g_mikro

 

Nick de Rond’s bagged Mk3 Golf on face-mounted BBS RF’s

@mk3nick

 

Christophe Waterplas’ Audi S5 on Air Lift suspension & Rotiform IND-T’s

@saxoholic

 

 

Romuald Dubreuil’s bagged Mk2 Golf on Ronal Racing wheels

@romu12

 

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

@j44jdx

 

Air Lift Performance’s Mk7 Golf R

@air_lift_performance

 

Stefan Vandenabeele’s Mk1 Golf on KEAN Suspensions & BBS E50’s

@stefan_vda

 

 

Kristof Heyvaert’s Mk2 Golf G60 on Ronal Racing wheels

@mrvagnation

 

BD Clean’s Mk2 Golf VR6 Turbo on BBS RS’

@bd_clean

 

 

Vladimir Uzelac’s Porsche 964 on stepped-up BBS RS’s

@vlad_srb

 

Mercedes-Benz 560SEC

@pixracing

 

Gary Lux’s Porsche Panamera 4S on HP Drivetech suspension & OZ wheels

@gary_ggrounded

 

 

Twan Niemeijer’s static Corrado G60 on Ronal Racing wheels

@twan_niemeijer

 

Dylan Caels’ Mk2 Jetta on Speedline wheels

 

 

 

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)

 

Alex Hurd’s BMW E46 330ci on Air Lift suspension & Fifteen52 Tarmacs

@e46_alex

 

Benoit Couty’s Mk2 Golf on BBS E50’s

 

Matthieu Salomé’s static Porsche 944 on Tramont Cup wheels

@matthieu1301

 

 

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

@wardog701

 

Jamie Mctoldridge’s Mercedes-Benz W123 230CE on Air Lift suspension

@players_jaymac

 

Quentin Ghysens’ Audi S3 on Air Lift / AccuAir suspension & Awlest QG.001′s

@ragequitsch

 

Haiko Hartmann’s Audi C7 A6 Avant on AccuAir suspension & WatercooledIND LP1’s

@_lowjob_

 

 

Marco Pereira’s Mk5 Golf on AccuAir suspension & stepped-up BBS RF’s

@mpperformance

 

 

Matt Carter’s Audi A5 on AccuAir suspension & custom Brabus Monoblock 3’s

@stancefaktor

 

 

Marcel Bäumer’s bagged Mercedes-Benz W108 280SE

@baeumers

 

 

 

Klaas van Schaijk’s Mk1 Golf

 

 

Alex Wright’s G60-swapped Mk1 Golf on BBS E30 magnesium wheels

@taxi_

 

Richard Payne’s Porsche 964 on on KW Suspension and Rotiform STR’s

@richie_milestone71

 

 

Liam Elmore’s Audi TT on Air Lift suspension & Rotiform OZT’s

@elmo_rh

 

Dionisio Silva’s Audi R8 on Rotiform BLQ’s

@denisrs66

 

G’Rèm Verson’s Mk3 Golf on OZ Futura’s

 

Joe Stubbs’ Mercedes-Benz E350 on HP Drivetech/AccuAir suspension & Rotiform YVR’s

@joe.stubbss

 

 

 

Ivan Manevtsov’s Mk3 Vento on Air Lift suspension & KW Turbo’s

@mk3_vladi

 

Ilce Ilievski’s Mercedes-Benz W124 on Air Lift suspension & BBS RS’s

@ilceilievski

 

 

Phillipe Serexhe’s Audi B8 A4 Avant on AccuAir suspension & WORK VS’s

 

Wil LY’s Audi 80 on BBS RS

 

 

Fabien Boiselle’s bagged Mk2 Golf on face-mounted OZ Futura’s

@fabien_euskalanas

 

 

Yoan Joaquim’s VW Mk5 Golf on Air Lift suspension & BBS E28′s

@yoan73

 

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

@henry_slamsanctuary

 

Brieuc Le Gall’s Mk3 Golf GTI on Air Lift suspension & Speedline Mistral’s

@brieu

 

Dani Comd’s Audi Allroad on Air Lift suspension & Rotiform IND-T’s

@dani.comd

 

 

 

Maxime Batibat’s Bora on face-mounted Speedline Mistral’s

@maximebatibat

 

 

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

@s30bmx

 

Rooth Jenkins’ Mk3 Audi TT on Air Lift suspension & Rotiform BLQ’s

@roooth

 

Stephan Calles’ bagged Volkswagen B8 Passat estate on BBS RS2

@stephan_calles

 

Cris Chile’s Mk3 Golf cabriolet on BBS RF’s

 

Matt Clifford’s BMW E31 840ci on Air Lift suspension & BBS Bugatti EB110′s

@matt_wcs

 

Julian Göttschkes’ Audi 100LS on HP Drivetech/AccuAir suspension

@cptnlow

 

Eddy Chhlang’s Mk2 Golf on BBS RS’s

 

Florent Arnaud’s Mk5 Golf

 

Romain Courtant’s Audi A5 on Air Lift suspension & BMW X5 wheels

@k0xx_

 

Steven Foxall’s static BMW M50-turbo’d E30 on Schmidt TH-Line’s

@stevenfoxall

 

 

 

Florian Nicol’s static Mk2 Golf on custom-built BBS RA splits

@flow_mk2

 

Kevin’s bagged B3 Passat

@the.keev

 

Benjamin Dubois’ bagged Mk5 Golf on BBS GT’s

 

Francois Karikari’s Mk1 Golf TDI on BBS RS’s

@betefonce

 

Jo Ritchie’s Mk3 Golf cabriolet on BBS RF’s

@ritchie_jo

 

Juan van Oversteyns’ BMW E28 525i on D2 Racing coilovers & stepped-up BBS RS’s

@juangti86

 

 

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

@bagged_997

 

What a variation, right? The quality of cars was just phenomenal, and it’s hardly surprising that so many people from the UK make the trip over for VW Days. It’s a petrolhead’s dream short break, whether you camp and enjoy the party onsite, or decide to hotel it and experience the local town that becomes completely taken over by modified cars from all over Europe – similar to a mini-Wörthersee in fact. Many thanks to Club Golf IDF for having us, we’ll certainly be back again! Our next European adventure will take us to M.I.V.W. in August. Until then, see you all at the coming UK events.

 

More info on Club Golf IDF & VW Days:

Club Golf IDF website

Club Golf IDF on Facebook

Club Golf IDF 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!

 

 

 

 

Players Classic 2016

Date: 11 June 2016

Location: Goodwood Motor Circuit, Chichester

 

Words & Photos by Henry Phull

 

Players Classic 2016 is a big one for me, it marks the 3 year anniversary of Slam Sanctuary, as this was the show that kickstarted my love of photographing cars. Since then the car scene has come a huge way in terms of quality and builds, just as this show has. Every year the team somehow seem to take over more and more of the Goodwood Motor Circuit grounds to the point where you’ll fail to find a patch of land that isn’t taken up by a show car. Players Classic is the biggest show of the year since Ultimate Dubs back at the start of the season. It’s become so popular that a lot of the show is now largely filled with cars that have made the journey over from Europe. Also, Players is so well-known in the car world that people even fly over from the USA to check out the show and network. It’s become one of the coolest events on the calendar, much down to the venue itself and of course the incredible diversity of cars that are selected and shown throughout Goodwood’s historic paddock. In addition to numerous companies trading in the exclusive ‘Trade Village’ (including us this year!), ‘Classic’ combines a static show with plenty of track action including the pre-booked track day experience and various drifting displays throughout the day – plenty to keep you entertained. Well, on to our photo coverage, it’s another long one, so you might want to grab a cuppa!

 

 

Ben Anson’s BMW E21 on Air Lift suspension & BBS RS

@bm_bean

 

Tom Heap’s bagged Mercedes-Benz C124 on OZ MAE’s

@tommk1

 

 

S6 Wraps’ BMW E92 on Air Lift suspension & Rotiform TMB’s

@s6wraps

 

 

 

Ben Hughes’ Mini Cooper on BC Racing coilovers & OZ Futura’s

@ben_r56

 

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

@bigj_223

 

James Barr’s bagged VW Polo 6N2 GTI on BBS RM’s

@barr_end

 

 

James Munro’s bagged Porsche 356 Speedster

@tosh_carrera

 

 

Robert Cumberbatch’s Hillman Imp on Air Lift suspension & J A Pearce Magna’s

@robertiain

 

Tom Lilico’s bagged BMW Z3 on Lamborghini Diablo splits

@droppokesmokedope

 

James Ibbotson’s static Hillman Imp on Alleycat & Revolution wheels

@jamesandrew_67

 

Dan Malley’s VW Mk2 Golf on D2 Air suspension & BBS RM’s

@dandub95

 

Christopher Purr’s Subaru BRAT

@pneumachris

 

Sam Eaton’s bagged VW Polo 9N3

@_yeknom_

 

Thom Williams’ Honda S2000 on Air Lift suspension & BBS LM’s

@thomwilliams_

 

 

 

Steven Foxall’s static BMW M50-turbo’d E30 on Schmidt TH-Line’s

@stevenfoxall

 

Tijl Matthijs’ VW Mk2 Golf G60 on Air Lift suspension & custom splits

@_tyl_matthijs_

 

Ron Huijzer’s Porsche 964 on stepped-up BBS RS

@ron_964

 

Rory Hamilton’s bagged Mercedes-Benz W115 240D on BBS Mahle’s

@rory_fourtyfour

 

Paul’s Audi B5 S4 Avant on Air Lift suspension & Rotiform DIA’s

@players_jaylos

 

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

@kagggie

 

FYD Apparel’s bagged ’66 Cadillac Coupe Deville

@jamie_fyd

 

RIIVA Design’s Austin Healey on Air Lift suspension

@riivadesign

 

Jaik-Meriden Golloghly’s bagged Mini Cooper S on custom Saab 900 Turbo splits

@jaikgolloghly

 

Kiran Mistry’s Audi 80 on Air Lift suspension & BBS E50′s

@blackman_k

 

Jamie Mctoldridge’s Mercedes-Benz W123 230CE on Air Lift suspension

@players_jaymac

 

 

Ben Fraser’s Nissan 180SX on Rotiform LVS’s

@benfraserbmx

 

Steve Howson’s Mercedes-Benz 190E Cosworth on OZ Futura’s

@ukmercman

 

Still Static’s Audi B8 A4 on H&R suspension & 21″ Vossen LC105-T’s

@stillstatic

 

Ben Rye’s bagged 1957 Volkswagen Oval Beetle ragtop on Ultra’s

@oldrag57

 

HR Autoworks’ 1957 Volkswagen Oval Beetle

@hrautoworks

 

Maarten’s Porsche 964 on KW V3 HLS suspension & Cargraphic Racing wheels

@dimmaman

 

 

 

Mark Gale’s static Ferrari F355

@argentoelemneto

 

Jake Ryan’s M52-swapped BMW E30 on Air Lift suspension & OZ Futura’s

@e30_jr

 

Richard Smith’s Toyota Yaris on custom Air Lift suspension by Only Charged Dubs & BBS RF’s

@r11xws

 

 

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

@owen_r32

 

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

@jordancharles_

 

Jake Stanford’s VW Tiguan R on Air Lift suspension & Rotiform TMB’s

@jake_stanford91

 

Sumil Pancholi’s E39 530i on Air Lift suspension & Hartge splits

@p5uml

 

Matt Clifford’s BMW E31 840ci on Air Lift suspension & BBS Bugatti EB110’s

@matt_wcs

 

Chevrolet C10 on AccuAir suspension

 

Angus Munro’s Porsche 964 on BBS Super-RS’s

@dubfordstyling

 

 

Paul Mclean’s BMW E34 on BC Racing suspension & stepped-up BBS RS’s

@paulmclean92

 

 

 

Matt Glassup’s Porsche 964 on Eta Beta’s

@mglassup

 

Joe Saunder’s TFSI Volkswagen Mk3 Golf on OZ Turbo’s

@g3_oem

 

George Wilson’s bagged VW Polo 6N2 on Gotti’s

@george_dvsn4

 

 

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

@juicy_ron

 

Lucy Barlow’s bagged BMW E21 on BBS RM’s

@lucybarlow1994

 

Dean Meeson’s Lotus Esprit on AccuAir suspension & custom Lotus splits

@dean_esprit

 

 

Dave Mcdiarmid’s BMW E46 on Air Lift suspension & stepped-up BBS RF’s

@dmcd_46

 

Joey Hazell’s BMW E36 ‘vert on hydraulic suspension & stepped-up BBS RS’s

@j3ey

 

Vladi’s Volkswagen Mk3 Vento on Air Lift suspension & KW Turbo’s

@mk3_vladi

 

Adam King’s Mercedes-Benz W220 on AccuAir suspension & Rotiform TMB’s

@addms

 

 

Lee Curtis’ Audi C5 Allroad on Air Lift suspension & Rotiform CCV’s / Jack Ellis’ Audi C5 Allroad on BC Racing suspension

@curtisg40 / @staticjack

 

Ben Walker’s BMW E28 on Broadway Static suspension & OZ Breyton’s

@bnjmnwlkr

 

 

 

Sukhi Kang’s Porsche 964 on stepped-up BBS RS’s

@classic_stance

 

Adam Hodge’s Audi S3 on H&R suspension & Audi Rotor’s

@hodge_s3

 

Jamie Mctoldridge’s Volkswagen Mk1 Golf G60 on H&R suspension & Rotiform YVR’s

@players_jaymac

 

 

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

@bagged_997

 

Steven Doe & Becky Evans’ BMW E21’s on Air Lift suspension

@doeboyfresh / @queenb_uk

 

Matty Loveridge’s Audi TT on H&R suspension & BBS GT’s

@matty_mk1

 

Kenneth de Bock’s BMW E92 335i on AccuAir suspension & OZ Futura’s

@kaydibee4

 

Brian Henderson’s Audi RS2 on Rotiform STR’s

@rotiform_brian

 

 

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

@robg60

 

Craig Sims’ BMW E28 on BC Racing suspension & 16″ BBS RS’s

@_craigsims

 

Car Audio & Security’s BMW E30 M3 on Air Lift suspension & Rotiform OZT’s

@caraudiosecurity

 

Tom Penny’s Mini on Air Lift suspension & Fifteen52 Formula TR’s

@tompenny_

 

 

 

Joe Burman’s body-dropped Volkswagen Mk1 Golf

@mk1burman

 

Joe Stubbs’ Mercedes-Benz E350 on HP Drivetech/AccuAir suspension & Rotiform YVR’s

@joe.stubbss

 

 

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

@crescenttyres

 

Ashley Morell’s BMW Z4 on AirREX suspension & Borbet/MK Motorsport wheels

@p22oke

 

Kelvin Clifford’s Volkswagen Mk5 Golf on Air Lift suspension & Verein Sport Club One’s

@kelv_rollinlow

 

’42 Ford pickup

 

Paul Harding’s ’84 Porsche 911 3.2 Carrera

@s1oww

 

Josh’s wide-body BMW 2002 on 7Twenty Style44’s

@76build

 

Carl Raine’s Fiat 126

@93carlraine

 

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

@harveyhowe

 

Carl Shakespeare’s supercharged Volkswagen Mk3 Golf VR6 on Momo R3’s

@shakey_studioincar

 

 

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

@chrispy_clean

 

 

Edward Johnston’s wide-body BMW E36 Touring w/S50 M3 conversion, Air Lift suspension & custom BMW splits

@edward_e36

 

 

 

Carl Deakin’s bagged Volkswagen Mk2 Jetta on Schmidt TH-Line’s

@some_lad_called_carl

 

 

Adam Wyatt’s Nissan PS13 & Lee Johns’ Toyota Supra SZ-R on WORK Meister’s

@iamwhisk / @jza80_lj

 

Meguiar’s Ford Crown Victoria on Air Lift suspension

@meguiarsuk

 

 

Reece Chapman’s Audi TT on Air Lift suspension & BBS RS

@chapmanmx

 

Yoan Joaquim’s VW Mk5 Golf on Air Lift suspension & BBS E28’s

@yoan73

 

Jordan Clifton’s VW Beetle on Air Lift suspension & Rotiform CCV’s

@jordanclifo

 

That just about sums up our highlights of 2016’s show. Jamie, Carl and the rest of the Players team absolutely smashed it again. They’ve got that ‘chilled’ show vibe perfected, which makes it a pleasure to attend year on year. I must’ve bumped in to 90% of the people I know through cars and the automotive industry which just goes to show that people really do love this event. Catering for all motoring fans (even those who prefer two wheels), there’s something for everyone. If you missed it, then don’t worry… Players is back with their main show later this year at North Weald, Essex on the 18th of September 2016. Keep your eyes peeled on the Players social media and website to make sure you get the chance to enter your car into the Show & Shine. We’ll see you there!

 

More info on Players Show/Classic:

Players Show website

Players Show on Facebook

Players Show 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!

 

 

 

 

OEM+ – Nick Sahota’s 1994 BMW E34 540i

Words & Photos by Henry Phull

 

If you’re an avid BMW fan, you’ve most probably heard of Nick Sahota, the owner of the bright orange E30 M3 on air that we recently featured. Sure, the M3 is an incredible car, but it’s just one of the many stunning vehicles in his garage, which also includes a brand new X6 M, supercharged Kahn Range Rover, Aston Martin V8 Vantage – plus the recently acquired Ferrari Testarossa and Lamborghini Diablo. So yeah, there’s no hiding that Nick likes to splash the cash on his toys, but he still stays true to his motoring roots, a marque which he can never seem to get away from, BMW. He grew up with these cars, and is still a true enthusiast at heart. He also owns several E30’s to go along with the M3, in addition to an E34 M5 and E34 Alpina B10, which brings us on nicely to today’s feature car, the E34 540i. Unsurprisingly, he actually owned a 540i/6 a few years ago, which became an engine donor for his E30 V8 project car, alas the rest of the car was broken and sold on for parts. In hindsight, I’m sure he somewhat regrets it now. The 540i, and especially manual examples, have become more and more popular over the last couple of years. They used to be sold for peanuts, whereas they’ve now become recognised as one of BMW’s best classic V8 examples. With a manual box, they are now fetching upwards of 5k+, and that usually gets you a dog of a car. With so few left in the UK, Nick had to look further afield when he had his heart set on finding another manual car.

 

 

I actually remember when Nick started the hunt for a 540, as I helped him in the search of the UK for a decent example, alas, they all seemed to be autos and had ridiculous price tags attached to them. So, he started looking on some European websites and came across a few examples with much better spec, condition and prices than the ones in the UK at the time. One particular example in Poland caught his eye. After that, everything happened unbelievably quickly. He tracked down a friend that spoke Polish, who sorted out the sale for him, and even flew over and drove the car back to the UK – now that’s dedication!

 

 

You’ve got to really want a car to buy it blindly, let alone from another country! I saw the car a few days after it arrived back in the UK… His gamble had paid off. It was in better condition than most 540i’s I’d ever seen in the UK. Evidently, the previous owner in Poland had spent quite a lot of money on the car. It was sat on 18″ RH split rims, had a complete interior re-trim in black leather, including dashboard, extended leather options and black rooflining. If that wasn’t enough, the car came with some incredibly rare Recaro front seats from the E34 M5 ‘Winkelhock’ edition, with just 51 produced. Most importantly, it had a manual box.

 

 

However, the more Nick drove the car, he realised that the previous owner cared more about the looks than the way the car drove. An inspection underneath revealed that a lot of maintenance had been forgotten about over the years. Body wise, the car was solid and the paint was in great shape. The bushes, suspension and other steering components would need a complete overhaul, though, which isn’t cheap on these cars.

 

 

When you drive faster modern cars every day, you don’t want to get into your classic car and have it feel like a bag of crap. Sure, it will never be the same driving experience as something newer, but when set up correctly the E34 can be a proper drivers car. But first Nick wanted to amplify the sound of the M60B40 V8 engine, which meant a trip to Hard Knocks Speed Shop where Chris ‘Badger’ Bourton built a complete custom stainless system which sounds insane. From my experience with V8’s, a loud exhaust is almost always a necessity – if you’re paying the fuel bills, you might as well have the pleasure of hearing the roar of the engine.

 

 

The next port of call was to address the suspension. The car had already been lowered on some home-brew coilovers, which were completely maxed out and drove dreadfully. After seeing how well my own E24 635CSI drove on BC Racing coilovers, Nick made the decision to order a set of ‘Extra Low’ BR Series coilovers for the 540i. With the help of Alex Wright and Nick Hart at SS Autowerks, they supplied and installed the new suspension for him and sorted out a complete 4-wheel alignment. As a result, the car now sits even lower and drives as it should. For the money, it’s hard to find a rival to the BC coilovers, so after experiencing them on my own car and seeing how well Nick’s rides, we now stock them ourselves. (Visit our online store for more info).

 

 

With the stance nailed, Nick had to decide what to do about the wheels. As pleasing as the car previously looked on the RH splits, keeping them on the car didn’t seem appropriate, as he wanted to put his own stamp on it. Most wheels have been done on E34’s, so improving on the RH’s was not an easy task. Go for another aftermarket design, or stick to a BMW OEM wheel? Or… build your own?

 

 

Coincidently a custom set of M-system Throwing Stars and Turbines were doing the rounds throughout social media at the time. Rimal Chand over in the USA had created his own custom split version of BMW’s M-system wheel, originally found on the E34 M5 and E31 8-series. This involves a custom face which can be used with lips and barrels, turning it into a split rim. For BMW enthusiasts worldwide, this was a god-like achievement. Nick knew he had to have a set on the 540i, as they’d look right at home on an E34.

 

 

After a few messages back and forward between Nick and Rimal, a deal was done for him to get the custom faces built and shipped over to the UK. Again, the services of Alex and Nick at SS Autowerks were sought after to get the custom wheels built and fitted on the car. This involved lots of measuring and precision to ensure everything would fit so that they could order the correct barrels and lips.

 

 

Luckily Nick already had a genuine set of Throwing Star covers in his parts collection, so these were donated to the project straight away. Unfortunately, some information was lost in translation the first time round, which is easily done when you are dealing with multiple people around the world! At first the wrong barrels and lips were ordered, so it was immediately back to the drawing board with lots of waiting around and customs holding on to shipments.

 

 

The new deadline was to have the car ready for our Slam Sanctuary stand at Ultimate Dubs 2016 back in March. They delivered just in time – with the wheels and tyres being fitted only a few hours before the show opened. The wheels were finally built to 18×9.5 fronts and 18×11 rears which fit perfectly inside the E34’s arches with 225/35 and 245/35 tyres. The final result is breathtaking, if I do say so myself.

 

 

I don’t know if it’s just me, but I think this is how they should have left the factory at BMW. It has completely revitalised an old wheel design, which are rare themselves nowadays. This has made them even more unique, and they really do look right at home on Nick’s car. Just like the original M-system wheels, the faces can be easily unbolted so that the ‘Turbine’ covers can also be used with ease, but he decided to stick to the Throwing Star covers as they suit the car much better.

 

 

Finished off with genuine smoked Hella headlights and rear lights, plus an E34-specific heckblende surrounding the hilarious private plate (U AS5), Nick’s vision has come to life. Having already dominated the E30 scene, he’s now doing it with the E34 equivalent, albeit on a much more moderate scale. The 540i isn’t over the top – it’s just right. With subtle styling and wheels that only die-hard BMW fans will notice, it’s a definite example of OEM+ done tastefully. Given that custom exhaust system, it looks and sounds the part, and breaks plenty of necks. With most E34 fans actually preferring the 540 over the M5 because of the V8 powerhouse, this is the ultimate dream car. I can’t wait to see what project Nick has up his sleeve next.

 

 

More info on Nick Sahota:

@nicksinghsahota on Instagram

Eurosunday 2016

Date: 29 May 2016

Location: Lommel, Belgium

 

Words & Photos by Henry Phull

 

Last year was my first outing to Europe to experience a car show, it was a last minute decision to head over to Lommel in Belgium with my friend Mark in just one day. The show completely blew me away, and I knew that it would be on my list for this year. After speaking with the organiser, Kristof, I decided it would be worthwhile to trade at the event, a perfect opportunity to offer our European fans a chance to pick up some clothing without having to pay the overseas shipping charges. Naturally, in addition to setting up our pop-up store, I wanted to make the event coverage just as special as last year’s. Therefore, this is one our longest articles yet – so a WIFI connection is recommended before you continue, unless you’ve got unlimited data! You’ll notice the best thing about Euro shows is the pure variation. The Europeans don’t seem to limit themselves at all, so you’ll see plenty of newer Mercedes-Benz’s, Jaguars and even new Fords on air ride – it’s pretty incredible to see, really, as well as the classic cars that have received pristine makeovers. Plus everything in between. With so much to capture, this article highlights the cars that made the event so special for us…

 

 

 

Costa Xouras’ 1984 Porsche 911 Carrera 3.2 on stepped-up BBS RS

 

Ivo Kusters’ Volkswagen Mk1 Jetta on Air Lift suspension & BBS RS

@ivokusters

 

Kenneth de Bock’s BMW E92 335i on AccuAir suspension & OZ Futura’s

@kaydibee4

 

 

 

 

 

Only Charged Dubs’ Audi C5 Allroad on Airdynamiks / AccuAir suspension

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

@onlychargeddubs / @henry_slamsanctuary

 

Only Charged Dubs’ Mercedes-Benz W201 190E on Air by OCD suspension & custom Barrock splits

@onlychargeddubs

 

Karel Spijker’s bagged Mercedes-Benz W201 190E on Air by OCD suspension & custom Barrock splits

@karel190e

 

Lucy Barlow’s bagged BMW E21 on BBS RM’s

@lucybarlow1994

 

 

Davy en Ine Huygen-Cox’s bagged Ford Focus estate on Bentley’s

@davyhuygenphotography

 

Nick de Prins’ bagged Volkswagen Jetta

 

 

 

 

Timmy Hermans’ bagged Volkswagen Mk1 Golf on BBS RM

@den_timmy

 

Danny Swartz’s bagged Beetle

 

 

 

Sam Wookey’s Volkswagen Mk1 Polo

@s_wookey

 

Stephan Calles’ bagged Volkswagen B8 Passat estate on BBS RS2

@stephan_calles

 

 

Fill Thws’ Volkswagen Mk2 Jetta on Gotti’s

 

Nick de Rond’s Volkswagen Mk3 Golf on face-mounted BBS RF

@nickderond

 

Danny Busker’s BMW E60 on Air Lift suspension

@beemer_danny

 

Diego Coppens’ Volkswagen Passat CC on Air Lift suspension

 

Sven Deridder’s Volkswagen Mk7 Golf GTI on Air Lift suspension & OZ Futura’s

@dub_gti

 

Tijs Van Breda’s Volkswagen Derby on BBS E50’s

@tijsvanbreda

 

 

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

@georgie22

 

Gary Morgan’s Mk1 Ford Escort

@gmbodycraft

 

Alan King’s Volkswagen Mk3 Scirocco on Air Lift suspension & Ispiri wheels

@a20kgy_rollingroyaltyoffical

 

Rene Sauer’s Volkswagen Mk2 Golf GTI on Zero-RS Racing centerlock wheels

 

Langer Patrick’s bagged Volkswagen Passat CC on 19″ Rotiform BLQ’s

 

Pietjo Pruymboom’s Mercedes-Benz C63 AMG on AirREX suspension & Rohana RC7’s

@prestige_auto_couture

 

 

Prestige Auto Couture’s widebody Mercedes-Benz E-class W212 on AccuAir suspension & Ferrada FR3’s

@prestige_auto_couture

 

Jordy Mullens’ bagged Audi A4 on Rotiform BLQ’s

@jordymullens

 

Achten Nicky’s Volkswagen Beetle on Fuch’s

 

Kiran Mistry’s Audi 80 on Air Lift suspension & BBS E50’s

@blackman_k

 

 

 

Connor Hollamby’s bagged Mercedes-Benz W201 190E

@connorhollamby_

 

bagged Audi A5 on 3SDM 0.08’s

 

Quentin Allegretti’s Mazda RX7 on AccuAir suspension

@quentinrx7

 

 

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

@_samcurtis

 

Prakash Thanky’s BMW E21 on Air Lift suspension & Gotti’s

@prakash_thanky

 

Quentin Ghysens’ Audi S3 on Air Lift / AccuAir suspension & Awlest QG.001’s

@ragequitsch

 

Haps Gill’s Mk5 R32 on Air Lift suspension & Rotiform NUE’s

@hapsss

 

Arnout van Brummelen’s Volkswagen Mk2 Scirocco on BBS E50’s

 

Rachid Ait Moumad’s Audi B5 A4 Avant on Air Lift suspension & OZ Ultraleggera’s

@rachidlkk

 

 

Jeremy Onyn’s bagged BMW E28 on Style5’s

@jeremy_onyn

 

Daniel Knight’s Audi S5 on D2 / AccuAir suspension & Rotiform CCV’s

@s5_daniel

 

Mitch’s static Volkswagen Mk3 Golf 20vt on BBS RS

@mitch_mk3

 

 

 

Ollie Roberts’ Audi B5 RS4 Avant on Air Lift suspension & RAD48 PR’s

@ollieberto

 

RM Concept’s bagged Audi 100 on BBS RS

@rubenmellaerts

 

 

Steve Fraser’s Audi S3 saloon on Air Lift suspension & Rotiform BLQ-2’s

@s30bmx

 

Jordy Vandergeeten’s widebody Audi A4 on Air Lift suspension & Rotiform BWE’s

@jordyvandergeeten

 

 

Guido Schreur’s Volkswagen Mk2 Golf GTI G60 on BBS RS

@g_u_i_d_o__

 

Guy Manilla’s bagged Volkswagen Mk1 Golf on custom built 4×100 17″ Smoothies by 2Polished

@plexuz82

 

 

bagged Jaguar XF

 

Thomas Putman’s Audi B5 A4 on Air Lift suspension & Fifteen52 Turbomac’s

@b5_thomas

 

Roy Reimerink’s Volkswagen Mk3 Vento on Air Lift suspension & BBS RC042’s

@roy_jetta_mk3

 

Matthias Weertz’s Audi B5 RS4 Avant on H&R suspension & Vossen VFS1’s

 

 

 

 

Alessandro Costantino’s static Audi A8

 

Sven Raymaekers’ Audi B8 A4 Avant on Air Lift suspension & Rotiform BLQ’s

@raymaekerssven

 

Gary Lux’s Porsche Panamera 4S on HP Drivetech suspension & OZ wheels

@gary_ggrounded

 

 

Kenaii Vanransbeeck’s Volkswagen R36 Passat on Air Lift suspension & Rotiform OZT’s

@kenaiipsst

 

Mazda 6 on Vossen CVT’s

 

Vanoppen Steve’s Volkswagen Type3 Notchback

@nopke_lupke

 

Volkswagen Scirocco on BBS GT-2’s

 

 

Prestige Auto Couture’s Mercedes-Benz E-class estate

@prestige_auto_couture

 

David Petit’s BMW E30 M3 on PLS splits

@petit_david_

 

 

bagged Audi A4 Avant on Rotiform IND’s

 

Porsche 356 on BRM wheels

 

 

Gregory Granado’s BMW E28

 

BMW E34 540i on OZ Futura’s

 

 

 

 

What a turn out, don’t you think? Especially when the afternoon turned into rain showers, which was rather disappointing, although this didn’t seem to stop the attendees. Considering the poor forecast and dim day, the quality and quantity of cars was still incredible and bigger than a lot of UK shows. We all love Euro shows so much, it wasn’t surprising to see handfuls of British cars making it over for the weekend, too. So, if you’re thinking about heading over to Europe, Eurosunday in Lommel is definitely worth it. There’s plenty of accommodation locally for a nice weekend away which works out super cheap if you’re in a group, alternatively stay in Antwerp the night before like we did. It’s really not that far from the Eurotunnel/ferry. Anyway, thanks to Kristof and the whole Eurosunday team for having us. We’ll be back for the next chapter!

 

 

More info on Eurosunday:

Eurosunday website

Eurosunday on Facebook

Eurosunday 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!

Slam Sanctuary Clothing – June ’16 Update

Words & Photos by Henry Phull

 

We first launched our clothing range in November 2015, debuting our physical pop-up store at the Ultimate Stance event which was an incredible success. As the months have gone by, we’ve been steadily shipping out our clothes to all of you – It’s been amazing to see so many of you wearing them at car shows. Well, the time has come to introduce some new items to the line… First up, the ‘Motors’ tee, a classic styled design which is proving a hit with all motoring fans. Second, we decided to print our ‘Logo Hex’ design onto super soft, heather charcoal t-shirts to work alongside the ‘Logo Hex’ sweatshirt which was really popular (in fact, we’ve now restocked them in all sizes). Next up, we opted for a simple breast print design for the ‘Essential Hex’ t-shirts, available in either black or white – as a lot of people have asked us for them, so here you are! Finally, we have introduced some new colours for our ‘Label’ beanies; antique mustard and moss green, as well as restocking the classic antique grey and burgundy hats. It may almost be Summer, but this is the UK… it still gets cold in the evenings! And guess what… we reduced the price of all our older t-shirts (Daily Driven, C-Spanner Warrior, Fitment Junkies, Stance Enthusiasts and Bagged) to just £10 + postage, while stocks last. Take a look at our current lookbook shots below…

 

Troy in the ‘Motors’ t-shirt

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Sophie in the ‘Motors’ t-shirt

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Troy & Sophie wearing the ‘Logo Hex’ charcoal t-shirt

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Sophie in the ‘Logo Hex’ charcoal t-shirt

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Troy wearing the ‘Essential Hex’ t-shirt in white

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Troy in the black ‘Essential Hex’ t-shirt

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The current t-shirt line-up

 

Troy in the ‘Logo Hex’ sweatshirt – now fully restocked!

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‘Label’ beanie in antique mustard (left) and antique moss green (right)

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We’d like to say a massive thank you to anyone that has purchased our clothing in the past, it is what keeps Slam Sanctuary going, well and truly. If it wasn’t for you, we wouldn’t be able to do what we do – keeping you up to date with the latest shows and incredible cars. You can catch us at most of this year’s UK car shows with our pop-up store where all our clobber will be available – so pop down and save yourself postage fees. It’s always nice to meet you all, too.

  

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