Monthly Archives: September 2017

Stuttgart Shark – Jan-Eric Géugis’ 1983 BMW E24 635CSI

Words & Photos by Henry Phull

 

Although I have a history and carry an unhealthy obsession with E24’s, I’m not alone in thinking them to be one of BMW’s best ever looking cars. There’s something about the classic shark nose in coupe guise that they just got right back in the 80s. It’s a car that has aged extremely well, too, and you’ll find it’s still appreciated by the vast majority of people – even those who aren’t even interested in cars will admire a 635CSI, stock or modified. Like all shark nose BMW’s, the value of the 6 series is on the rise, which means there’s fewer out there – especially modified ones. To try and preserve these cars, I think the only way to do so is by treating them to air suspension (unless you’re keeping it stock, of course). Jan-Eric owns the beautiful example in the spotlight today… this car has been grabbing everyone’s attention throughout the 2017 car show season, which isn’t surprising – it’s a thing of beauty. I finally met up with Jan-Eric during my stay in Poland for Raceism THE Event back in July, where we spent a Summer’s evening cruising through the city of Wrocław. Eventually we stumbled across the perfect setting, where we may or may not have crashed a couple’s wedding photoshoot 😉 However, when the bride and groom decide to include the car and pose alongside it, you know you’ve done something right.

 

 

A 23-year-old electrician from Stuttgart, Jan-Eric has been fixated by BMW’s since he was a kid, and was lucky enough to own an E46 for his first car. “Back then I had to have something low value with a small engine, but at least it was a BMW” he laughs. “I like sporty street cars, and these cars are the best mix of sportiness and classiness in one package, especially the older BMW’s up until the late 90’s”. Since the first E46, he’s had a few others, including an E36 which he bought and modified purely to get some fun out of the straight six M50. Later he moved on to a more sensible car, an E46 330d Touring, which has taken over his daily driving duties. Naturally, this was treated to coilovers and super-concave BBS RC’s.

 

 

But let’s get down to more important matters, re: the 635CSI… It had always been Jan-Eric’s dream to own an old school BMW, and in Winter 2015 he began searching for one. The hunt actually started out for an E21 or E28, but every car he came across had far too much rust and required excessive restoration – even though he was in Germany, where you’d expect to have much more choice. With the E24 also being rare over there, he didn’t even consider them an option, until one just so happened to pop up for a reasonable price, and in his hometown of Stuttgart. What a result!

 

 

The car was an early example, registered in 1983 and featured the older chrome bumpers. It was in relatively good condition too, only needing a good polish and paint correction, as it was still wearing its original factory paint (Polaris Silver). The car was a no-brainer for Jan-Eric, so the deal was done and he took the big 6 home. He had a plan for his ‘classic bmw’, even before he had found the E24. It had to be slammed on air suspension and shiny wheels. It’s a classic combo for any shark nose BMW… it’s all that’s really required for a jaw-dropping end result.

 

 

The majority of the build was completed by Jan-Eric himself, in his garage, with the occasional hand from friends. His first port of call with the project was to address the air suspension. Air ride can be a little daunting when it comes to classic cars, as most suspension companies don’t cater for them, but luckily he found airRIDE-System.pl who fabricated custom air struts for the front and rear.

 

 

Once these were built, Jan-Eric could bolt them on directly to the car. To control the whole system, he opted for an Air Lift Performance AutoPilot V2 management package. Finally, the 635CSI could sit on the floor, and drive over obstacles with no issues.

 

 

Next, it was time for wheels – the make or break part of any build. Jan-Eric was set on BBS RF’s. After purchasing some basic 8×17’s, he just wasn’t happy with the specs, considering the size of the 6 series, so he started looking into step-up lips to convert the wheels from 17″ up to 18″.

 

 

For this, new 18″ barrels were required along with the specialised ‘step-up lips’. However, rather than traditional step-up lips, which have a certain look to them, he discovered some more appealing ‘bubble-lips’ from Slantlips.com, which intensify the look of a 4,5″ lip even more and look rather unique.

 

 

With the bubble lips and new larger barrels purchased, he eventually rebuilt the RF’s to 10×18 +5 (front) and 11×18 -2 (rear), using gold hardware, polished aluminium hexes, and repainted the centres in a satin “shadow bronze”. The wheels are paired to 225/35 tyres (front), and 245/35’s (rear).

 

 

With the help of his friend Andy at MegerleMetalworks, the fenders were customised to allow for the wider wheels. This gave Jan-Eric the arch-to-lip fitment that he wanted. We rarely see many ‘fitted’ E24’s, as most bagged examples tend to tuck their wheels. This is one of the defining characters of the build and it certainly makes Jan-Eric’s E24 stand out from the crowd (not that there is much of one!).

 

 

Jan-Eric finished off the car by replacing the tired factory comfort seats with a complete black sport leather interior removed from an early M635CSI. Along with a wooden Nardi steering wheel, these items transformed the E24’s cabin and finally made it a sporty, yet classy place to be. Jan-Eric’s 635CSI may be a simple build, but in reality, suspension and wheels is all you really need to touch with a car like this. So many people get easily carried away and mess with what the car should look like. Jan-Eric has got it right and seems extremely happy with the car in its current state. That being said, he has mentioned that he’d like to see some more power from the M30B35 engine!

 

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More info on Jan-Eric Géugis:

@jan_eric.cmbr on Instagram

 

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The Air Lift Show & Shine BBQ 2017

Date: 27 August 2017

Location: Car Audio & Security, Hayes

 

Words & Photos by Henry Phull

 

We only recently visited Car Audio & Security (CAS) back in April this year to attend their annual Open Weekend, so to hear that they were opening their doors again a few months later was great news. We always look forward to the laid-back vibe that comes with any CAS event… this time around, they were set to host Air Lift Performance’s Show & Shine BBQ, which promised to present some of the highest quality bagged cars in the UK. Tied with valuable show & shine prizes from sponsors including Meguiar’s, Rotiform, Kenwood, GoPro, Alpine, Rockford Fosgate, JL Audio, and ourselves… a BBQ with all the trimmings (completely free of charge – nice touch!), plus, plenty of instore deals as is to be expected from Car Audio & Security, they were on to a winner. It just so happened that the weather was absolutely perfect, too, which meant the turnout was even better than expected. CAS’s premises were completely overrun by modified cars, including the surrounding roads and industrial estate. It was quite a sight! Check out some of our favourite cars from the day below…

 

Raj Sangha’s Porsche 964 on Air Lift suspension & Rotiform STR’s

@rajsangha964

 

 

 

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

@doeboyfresh

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

 

 

HTS Motorsport’s M52-swapped BMW E30 Touring on Air Lift suspension & Schmidt TH-Line’s

@htsmotorsport

 

Amar Flora’s Volkswagen Polo 6n2 on hydraulic suspension & CCW Classic’s

@amarrrrr

 

Richie Payne’s Porsche 964 on KW suspension & Rotiform STR’s

@richie_milestone71

 

Jake Hilling’s Beetle-panned ’78 Volkswagen Brasilia on Air Lift suspension

@littlejakebmx

 

 

Meguiar’s Ford Crown Victoria on Air Lift suspension

@meguiarsuk

 

Raj Sangha’s BMW E30 M3 on Air Lift suspension & Rotiform OZT’s

@rajsangha964

 

Christian Canning’s Porsche Cayman on HP Drivetech / AccuAir suspension & Rotiform RSE’s

@christian.bsln

 

 

Spencer’s Volkswagen Mk1 Golf on H&R suspension & BBS RS’

@sency_mk1

 

Shannon Kiely’s Vauxhall Corsa D on Air Lift suspension & Fifteen52 Turbomac’s

@shannonmkiely

 

Ryan Stewart’s supercharged Alpina B10 3.3 Touring on Air Lift suspension & RAYS TE37’s

@7th.seal

(Click here to check out our feature on Ryan’s B10)

 

James Brown’s Mercedes-Benz 190E on Air Lift suspension & Rotiform MBZ’s

@jamesyesyesbrown

 

Jake Stanford’s Volkswagen Tiguan on Air Lift suspension & Rotiform IND-T’s

@jake_stanford91

 

 

Rob Goodwin’s BMW E28 on Air Lift suspension & BBS RS’

@st4rk3y

 

Haps Gill’s BMW E46 M3 on Air Lift suspension & CCW LM5T’s

@hapsss

 

Steve Fraser’s Audi S3 Saloon on Air Lift suspension & Rotiform LAS-R’s

@s30bmx

 

Ameet Sagoo’s Volkswagen Mk1 Jetta on BBS RS’

@ameetsagoo

 

Andy Guyett’s BMW E36 Touring on Air Lift suspension & Racing Dynamics RRS’

@gus247

 

Robin Kellam’s Audi A1 on Air Lift suspension & Rotiform LSR’s

@robmk2

 

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

@crescenttyres

 

 

Johnny Mercy’s bagged Mercedes-Benz SL500 on WORK VS-KF’s

@johnnyvicemercy

 

Patric James’ Volkswagen Corrado on Air Lift suspension & Eta Beta’s

@players_vex

 

Parm Panesar’s BMW F80 M3 on Air Lift suspension & Rotiform LAS-R’s / Raj Sangha’s BMW M4 on Air Lift suspension & Rotiform LSR’s

@parm_m3@rajsangha964

 

 

Air suspension is more popular than ever before, evidently, it’s become an essential element to any build these days. From practicality, performance, and visual transformation, it’s a no-brainer. Air Lift Performance continue to lead the pack here in the UK and it’s great to see them constantly involved with our car community. They even gave away a complete 3P management system to a lucky winner! The Show & Shine BBQ acted as a perfect opportunity to show how stunning any car can look when slammed on air suspension. Hell, it just makes us want to go out and bag everything and anything! It was also rather refreshing to see that they’d allowed a few static and hydro’d cars into the event too. At the end of the day, this is what car culture should be about – acceptance and respect for everyone. After this year’s successful BBQ, we have a feeling that it’ll be making a return, so keep your eyes peeled in 2018 for details. Big thanks to Car Audio & Security for hosting and inviting us down with our Pop-Up Store. Don’t forget to check out even more photos below in the Bonus Gallery.

 

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Car Audio & Security website

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Forever Static – Sean Crompton’s 1999 BMW E36 328i cabriolet

Words & Photos by Henry Phull

 

OK, I admit it… I’ve featured my fair share of E36’s on Slam Sanctuary over the years, but that doesn’t mean I’m going to stop any time soon. Unsurprisingly, the E36 still remains a hugely popular choice in the world of car modification, purely because it’s such a great looking car that handles and drives amazingly, too. Of course, being so common, there are all sorts of examples out in the wild right now… some good, some damn right awful. Sean’s 328i cabriolet is one of the better ones, and I’ve been waiting for the perfect opportunity to get it in front of the lens at a proper location (I’ve photographed the car countless times at events over the past year). What intrigues most people about Sean’s E36 is that it’s static. We’re now living in a time where air suspension is commonplace, with it being more affordable and more advanced than ever. I’m guessing the question that Sean gets asked the most is “Why are you still static?”… I know his answer all too well, “Why not?”. Other than Alex Wright’s 328i coupe that we featured a couple of year’s back, in my opinion this is the only other real candidate for the best “stupidly low” static E36 in the UK. Sean has executed this perfectly.

 

 

Sean, a 25 year old CNC turner from the Southampton area, has always been a car guy, but the E36 has actually been his first experience with the BMW marque. His first car was in fact a Polo 6N2 GTI – and the VAG love followed with a Mk1 Audi TT Quattro which he lowered on coilovers and Porsche Twist alloys, although, unfortunately it later came to light that the car had been previously written off twice, so it was swiftly sold on! This meant that it was time for something new. At the time, his friend Mike had just bought an E36 which Sean had grown fond of, and after some internet searching he stumbled across the convertible. Being the top of the range 328i model with the desired 18-button OBC, dual climate control, and cruise control, Sean was super keen on car. The fact that it was finished in Techno-Violet was the icing on the cake.

 

 

“The car was local to Southampton, without much knowledge of them and looking past the rattle-canned front bumper, bent nose cone, damaged skirts and faded interior, I knew this was for me.” Sean explains… In fact he was so eager to take it home, he did so without even test driving it. “If I had done, it may have put me off as I was used to the tight gearbox of the TT.” he laughs. Sean planned to simply tidy the car up and enjoy it, but, as we all know, these things can quickly get out of hand. Straight away, some cheap coilovers were installed whilst he saved up enough money for premium HSD components.

 

 

Next, an E36 M3 Vader black leather interior popped up for sale locally, which Sean scooped up immediately. He then set about sourcing plain black leather items to replace the back bench, as the rear M3 Vader bench only fits coupes. To follow, he picked up a set of BBS RC 041/042 wheels for just £120 (although they were in a  terrible state) and spent the next few weeks sandblasting the faces, painting them white, and then working through the wet and dry grades until he could eventually polish the lips. By this time Sean had purchased the uprated HSD DualTech coilovers and was gradually getting the car lower, whilst trying different tyre sizes and rolling arches… However, as usual with low static cars, the underside was starting to take a beating.

 

 

To improve the clearance, Sean removed the X-brace and machined up his own engine raisers at work which he installed to avoid smashing the sump. He then relocated the fuel filter to get some piece of mind that it wouldn’t get torn off! Upgraded brakes in the form of E46 330i components were also fitted with new braided & copper lines, and various bushes were upgraded to poly items for a stiffer ride. As time went by, he then upgraded the HSD coilover springs to stiffer 30kg ones and added adjustable rear control arms, which both massively reduced rubbing from the back tyres. With precautions and maintenance taken care of, Sean decided to switch up the wheels again with a set of wider Borbet A’s, but they didn’t last long…

 

 

He soon saw a set of 17″ Carline CM6 3 piece wheels come up for sale on a Facebook classifieds page in decent specs of 9.5j et14 with a 3” lip (fronts) and 11j et7 4” lip (rears). “I hadn’t really seen a set before but I had to have them, so the Borbet’s went straight on ebay and I drove to Leicester to collect the Carlines.” To get them to fit the car correctly, the rears had to be reduced to a 3.5” lip, and later on the front barrel was dropped half an inch to gain some more room for camber. After some trial and error, he married the wheels to 195/40 tyres up front and 225/35 rears. It wasn’t until after the introduction of the Carlines, that Sean’s real love for stance and fitment started.

 

 

“After running the Carlines for a while I got the bug for more camber!” he chuckles, but with his HSD top mounts already maxed out, Sean started to look online for information on how to gain a few more degrees of camber on the front setup. “I found that people were fitting E46 lower arms when drifting so I got a hold of a set and some E90 inner rods…” These were sourced and installed, although it did bring his barrel far too close to the spring (which is why he dropped the front barrel sizes). Sean is currently running a healthy -9 degrees on the front and -8 at the rear, which looks incredible.

 

 

With the exterior looking spot on, it was time to go back to the interior. “One of the things I love about the E36 is all the old orange back-lighting on the clocks, headunit, climate control and OBC. So I really didn’t want to remove the OEM headunit” he explains, so he wired new speakers, subwoofer and AUX cable into the original stereo to keep the OEM+ vibe.

 

 

Sean also spent a while searching for the right steering wheel… Although he originally wanted a Nardi, he couldn’t find the combination he wanted. “I’d have ended up with perforated leather which I’m really not into or red stitching which just wouldn’t work”. Eventually he came across the Renown USA 100 which features genuine leather, white stitching and brushed spokes. He knew it would look perfect and had it shipped over from the States.

 

 

All in all, Sean has built one hell of an E36. Personally, I don’t know how he puts up with driving it this low – I’ve been in it and it scrapes on just about everything, but for Sean, that’s what it’s all about. “Air ride doesn’t seem necessary to me on this sort of car – if something breaks, second hand parts are everywhere. Maybe if I had something older that I wanted to preserve I’d consider air, but certainly not on this, it’s too much fun!”… he laughs… “Figuring out how to get the car lower or to stop the rubbing… Even just getting somewhere with the guys is all part of the experience for me.” You can’t really argue with that. So what’s next for Sean and the E36? Well he’s mentioned the idea of smoothing Felony Form over-fenders into the rear quarters and building the wheels back to 11j’s, so keep an eye out, things are about to be turned up a notch!

 

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@seancrompton_ on Instagram

 

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Retro Rides Gathering 2017

Date: 20 August 2017

Location: Shelsley Walsh, Worcester

 

Words & Photos by Henry Phull

 

Each year I try and get more and more people to go to Retro Rides Gathering (RRG), which I’ve been attending religiously since 2013. Why? It’s unlike any other automotive event on the calendar… You can expect to see some of the rarest cars that were all the rage back in the day – it’s truly amazing to experience so many retro rides in one place. RRG is all about acceptance… Whatever your car is, it’s cool as long as it’s old! You’ll rarely come across any snobbery at the Gathering; people are there to hang out with friends, talk cars, enjoy some motorsport and party (If you’re there for the camping!). What really makes this event special to me is that motorsport element, the Shelsley Walsh hill climb, which is what a lot of static car shows lack. Well, not Retro Rides, if you get bored looking at cars all day, you can experience the smell of gasoline and burning rubber from the paddocks, or way up on the hill. With morning and afternoon sessions, pretty much anyone can take their car up the historic hill if you register early enough. There are some special ‘guest cars’ – mostly hardcore race cars which are thoroughly breathtaking, but the majority tend to be completely random, from classic Datsun 240Z’s to Ford KA’s! Variety is commonplace here, just check out my photo coverage below and see for yourself…

 

 

Dan Prior’s Nissan PS13

@daggers_laboratory

 

Marcin Kobylanski’s BMW E28 on BC Racing coilovers & ACS Type 1’s

@marcinkobylanski

 

Triple B Engineering attempt to get Pipey’s ’20B 3-rotor’ E-Type started…

 

Olly Green’s Datsun 240Z on Hayashi Racing Type CR’s

@olly_justkeepingitreal_green

 

 

James Ibbotson’s Hillman Imp Super

@jamesandrew_67

 

 

 

Alex Brown’s BMW E36 on Brock B1’s

@alexbrown9703

 

William Harris’ Austin Mini Clubman

@hegnirst

 

Carbon Collective’s Porsche 964 on BBS LM’s

@carboncollective

 

James Wade’s bagged Audi 80 B2 on BBS RF’s

@jimrs6

 

 

George & Jack Heath’s BMW 1602 on hydraulic suspension & BBS RS’

@georgeheath_ / @jack_heath

 

Rob Palmer’s Mk3 Golf VR6 on Air Lift suspension & BBS RS’

@robg60

 

Dave Walbrin’s Datsun 610 (w/SR20DET)

@davewalbrin

 

Monster Reading’s Mercedes-Benz W114 (w/OM606) on Air Lift suspension

@monstercrawlers

 

 

Luke Underwood’s Toyota Hilux

 

Lily Carton’s Honda Civic EF sedan on Autostar Kanji’s

@lilyfive

 

Wayne Greatrix’s BMW E30 M3 (w/LS swap) on OZ Racing wheels

@wgreatrix

 

 

Ben Daniel’s Vauxhall Firenza

 

Triple B Engineering continue to work on the E-Type…

 

Andy Ludlow’s Datsun 240Z

@ludlowandy

 

 

 

Shane Fala’s BMW E28 (w/M50)

@bigpermcustoms

 

Liam Doran’s Group B Pikes Peak Ford RS200

@liamdoran

 

Ben Rees’ Toyota Celica GT on WORK Equip Spirit 11’s (front) & SSR Riverside R109’s (rear)

@shootall

 

 

 

Jeda Motorsport’s Peugeout 205GTI

@darren_jedamotorsport

 

David Munt’s Vauxhall Cavalier Mk2 (w/3.0 V6)

 

 

Gavin Jewkes’ MG BGT (w/Sebring V8 3.9 Efi)

@gavinjewkes

 

Jack Hopkins’ Hillman Imp

@hopkinsj_92

 

Pipey McGraw’s Jaguar E-Type (w/Mazda 20B triple-rotor)

@pipey_mcgraw

 

 

 

 

This year’s Retro Rides Gathering was an extra special one for us, as our good friend Pipey debuted his long awaited “3type” project, which you’ve just seen above. What is it you ask? Well, Pipey and Coltech Classics took a Luego Viento kit car chassis and a Jaguar Series 2, 2+2 shell and merged the two together, along with Porsche 930 arches. But Pipey being Pipey, didn’t want to go for the usual V8, and swapped this out for an NA bridge-port Mazda 20B built by Triple B Engineering in Northampton. Although the car wasn’t entirely finished, they got it to Shelsley Walsh and the guys at Triple B completed the engine wiring on site! It took them almost the entire weekend to get the motor running, but they finally succeeded. Although limited to just 3,000rpm and in desperate need of a map, Pipey managed to get one run up the hill, completely untested. I think this made a lot of people’s day, including mine! We’ll be taking a closer look at this once it is completed, so stay tuned. This car is the absolute definition of Retro Rides Gathering and the perfect example of why you need to get it on your calendar. I also hear they have a second show coming up next year at Goodwood Motor Circuit, keep your eyes peeled!

 

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More info on Retro Rides Gathering:

Retro Rides Gathering website

Retro Rides Gathering on Instagram

Retro Rides Gathering on Facebook

 

 

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