Monthly Archives: January 2018

DTA End of Season Meet 2017

Date: 22 October 2017

Location: The Old James Cond Printer Works, Birmingham

 

Words & Photos by Henry Phull

 

The last time I was at the Old James Cond Printer Works in Birmingham city centre was back in 2014 when DTA held the previous End of Season meet. If you were there, I’m sure that day will be imprinted in your memory just like it is mine. It was quite possibly the best car ‘meet’, or ‘gathering’, that I’ve ever attended, and that’s saying something, considering I am an avid BMW fanatic, not air-cooled! But if you’re a regular Slam Sanctuary reader, you’ll know we’re into all sorts here – oh, and the air-cooled scene do ‘slammed’ rather well! The DTA End of Season Meet brings together the best of the UK’s air-cooled scene, as well as a few heroes that made the trip over from Europe. It’s got to be the chilled vibe and incredible choice of venue that makes DTA different to everything else, with the run-down look of the ex-printer works suiting the sheer amount of patina’d cars, whilst equally complimenting those glossy restored ones, too! This also made it one of the most fun events to photograph, so I’ll let the images do the rest of the talking, enjoy…

 

Martin Hobé’s VW SP2

@revsautomotivegarage

 

 

Mark Barrow’s Type2 early bay

@baz1875

 

Bobby Wilcox’s Oval

@bobbymilkandtwo

 

Adam Berry’s Karmann Ghia

@adam_berry90

 

Dave Pennell’s ’66 Beetle

@cowpuccino

 

 

Daniel Mandat’s Audi 100GL

@danielmandat

 

 

Ryan Noon’s ’71 Beetle

@12yan1985

 

’58 Type2 Mango bus

@souldubber

 

Steve Lawrie’s ’68 Beetle ‘vert

@s.loz

 

 

Jon Hancock’s Porsche 356 Outlaw

@jon65deluxe

 

 

 

Andy Finch’s Karmann Ghia

@andythepaint

 

 

Ned Faux’s VW Brasilia

@ned_faux

 

ob1brand’s Karmann Ghia

@ob1brand

 

Sam Trigg’s ’57 Oval

@kenspeed_

 

 

Even though there were still awards to be won, the overall vibe of this meet was different…. Everyone seemed to have a respectful view on the whole shindig, which makes a change from the snobbish few that you can sometimes get at the usual car shows, and those only in it for the trophies. It was clear to me that everyone at DTA was truly obsessed with the cars. With no traders or market stalls (only coffee and food to keep everyone going!), it was like a back-to-basics car meet and a perfect opportunity for friends to catch-up for a few hours. As before, there’s no decision whether the End of Season Meet will come back, but I sure hope it does. Understandably, it takes a hell of a lot of effort, planning, and funding to put on something like this… and to make it free entry. Cheers to Si Medlicott and the rest of DTA, you all smashed it again.

 

BONUS GALLERY

 

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More info on DTA:

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Shop Visit: Ergen Motorsport

Words & Photos by Henry Phull

 

Seeing as our diary is usually rather quiet come January, we were stoked to hear that our friends at Ergen Motorsport were holding an open house event at their newly finished headquarters in Fareham, Hampshire. If you’re interested in BMW’s and M-Power engines, you’ve most likely heard of Ergen. They’re masters of the trade, specializing in M-cars, rebuilding them, converting them, and extracting more power from them. We first became aware of them thanks to their S54 engine conversion in Nick Sahota’s iconic orange E30 M3, which we featured previously. If that build is anything to go by, these guys certainly know what they’re doing. Adem, the head honcho at Ergen, has been wanting to upgrade their unit for the past two years, and finally, towards the end of 2017, the deal was sealed on their awesome new premises. Working flat-out over the Christmas period on refurbishments, they managed to get the majority of it ready in time for a soft opening on the 6th of January.

 

 

So how does one go about setting up a business like Ergen? “In 2013 I was working as a sales manager and got messed about by my boss. I gave him an ultimatum, he tried to call my bluff, so I ended up quitting. I had always played with cars, especially E30’s from the age of 18 – when I had a dolphin grey 318. Pile of shit, but I loved it. Started tinkering, and it quickly became my new obsession.” Adem tells us… However, the progression into engine swaps and power gains truly began when he sourced himself a 50k mile bronze USA LHD E30 car to tinker with.

 

 

“It was originally a 325e, with the 2.7 engine. Completely rust free and concourse! I quickly got fed up with the lack of power and started looking into engine swaps. From there, I did a few engine swaps, including the M50, M52, and then the S54. Eventually, I started developing a plug n play loom for the swap to work directly with the E30. A few people I knew then saw this and asked me to come and do theirs for them, so I did. From there it has just grown into what it is today. I quit my job, decided that a single garage and gravel driveway were adequate to start a business, and cracked on!”

 

 

You only have to take a look at what they already have in the workshop, to realise that these guys mean business. Straight away we were drawn to a gorgeous white E30 M3 on ACS Type 1’s, owned by their customer AK Iconic Classics. Not only is it a fully restored, concourse exampe, it’s currently being converted with an S62 V8 engine from an E39 M5.

 

 

Ergen have fitted an all-new bottom end, oil pump, BBB drivetrain lightweight flywheel and Helix clutch, Bosch 044 high-pressure fuel pump, MK60 ABS (with Ergen’s in-car miniature servo kit for LHD cars), Awron vent gauge, Nitron R1 suspension, Superpro bushes throughout, and H&R antiroll bars. Oh, and a custom Ergen exhaust system with stainless V8 E30 headers. It’s the perfect car to demonstrate their skillset.

 

 

 

As well as the E30 M3, there are plenty more interesting cars also in for treatment, including an E46 M3 (getting an S85 V10 E60 M5 engine), and a Porsche 996 (receiving an LSX 454 cubic inch forged motor, which should be making over 750hp) – so it’s not always BMW orientated!

 

 

Ergen are committed to offering all sorts of bespoke services to cater for each vehicle that comes into the workshop. Adem designs and develops a wide variety of products, too, which are mostly plug n play. Be it a wiring loom for a V8, a remote servo kit, or a set of manifolds, he can do it. Along with their engine rebuilds, swaps, wiring services, ECU coding and mapping, the new unit also means an expansion into MOT’s, servicing, alignment and race car set up. It really is a one-stop shop for all things motorsport.

 

 

 

Along with the new workshop area, Ergen’s premises includes a retail shop dedicated to all aspects of motoring, which acts as the hub of the business… “It will be somewhere for us to help customers with their cars, demonstrate our own products and our chosen partners products” Adem explains…. “Brands like  Superpro, Nitron, Millers oils, Bosch, Arai, Sparco and any other decent motorsport brand you care to mention. We can get a hold of it, fit it and set it up for you.” Oh, and they’re even stocking the latest Slam Sanctuary clothing – if that isn’t one valid reason to go and visit, I don’t know what is…

 

 

In addition to daily duties, Ergen host their very own track days across the UK. “They’re usually very small and low key, but have steadily grown over the years. Our BHP Breakfast Club has gone from strength to strength, and our Track Day events are evolving too” Adem tells us… If you want to get involved in one of their track days, a normal day will set you back about £175 with just 30 cars on track, in addition to their VIP days which can have just 8 cars on track! “Track days are quite a specialist market, but that’s what we like; a personal service to making sure our customers have a great experience with us!” Ergen’s next event is being held alongside Raw Motorsport on the 9th March at Castle Combe – check out ergen.co.uk for more info.

 

 

However, if you fancy something that involves slightly less effort, Ergen have also dipped their toes into the world of race car simulators, which you can try out in their shop. It’s a lot of fun! Although there’s still some work to do, the new headquarters gives Ergen a much-needed environment to grow the business. We’ll be keeping a close eye on their happenings and definitely be paying them a visit with our new project car, to be announced soon, so keep your eyes peeled on our social media pages.

 

BONUS GALLERY

 

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More info on Ergen Motorsport:

Ergen website

Ergen on Instagram

Ergen on Facebook

 

282 West Street, Fareham, Hampshire, PO16 0HT

 

 

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Westside Treffen 2017

Date: 24 September 2017

Location: Chalfont St. Peter Cricket Club, Gerrards Cross

 

Words & Photos by Henry Phull

 

For the perfect outdoor end-of-year show, Westside is the one. It’s the final event on our calendar that makes use of whatever sunshine the British weather has left before the Winter period begins, and it’s always one to look forward to. Held in the picturesque grounds of the Chalfont St. Peter cricket club, just west of London, the show gets busier year on year, and remains a solid favourite amongst many. This is more than likely down to the amazing, chilled vibe, great old-school music, delicious traditional Indian and Jamaican food, and of course awesome cars to drool over all day. This is the show for those select friends you meet over the years (okay, perhaps the older generation?), who have given up going to car shows, but still find themselves here. It’s the “If I only do one show this year…” event. So much so, we always bump into old friends at Westside, which makes it even more worthwhile. 2017’s show marked the 10th anniversary – that’s quite an achievement! And, the fifth year of us covering it… So, sit back, and take a look at our highlights…

 

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

@rajsangha964

 

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

@s30bmx

 

 

 

Lucy Barlow’s BMW E21 on Air Lift suspension & BBS RM’s

@lucybarlow1994

 

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

@johnnyvicemercy

 

Tej Bajwa’s static BMW E30 M3 on AC Schnitzer Type 1’s

@c9tej

 

Rad Khalil’s Audi B7 RS4 on Air Lift suspension & BBS E28’s

@rs4rad

 

Micheal Evans’ Lexus LS on Air Lift suspension & WORK Durandal DD5.2’s

@v8fag

 

Jason Buckley’s Mk1 Golf on H&R suspension & BBS E50’s

@j12buk

 

Pav Gill’s Chevrolet Impala SS lowrider on hydraulics

@psychopav

 

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

@rajsangha964

 

 

Angus Munro’s Porsche 964 on Air Lift suspension & BBS Super-RS’

@dubfordstyling

 

Scott Paterson’s static BMW E36 Touring on Throwing Stars

@scottpatersonphoto

 

Erdal Pinar’s BMW E30 cab on Air Lift suspension & BBS RS’

@e30_ep

 

Barry Smith’s BMW E36 328i on Air Lift suspension & 3SDM 3.19’s

@santorinie36

(Click here to check out our feature on Barry’s E36)

 

Connor Hollamby’s Mercedes-Benz W201 190E on Air Lift suspension & BBS RF’s

@connorhollamby_

(Click here to check out our feature on Connor’s 190E)

 

Blade ICE’s BMW X5 on AirREX / Air Lift suspension & Rotiform KPS’

@bladeice

 

Daryl Ingram’s BMW E30 M3 on AC Schnitzer Type 2’s

@ingram_daryl

 

Kos Loizou’s BMW E24 635CSI on ACT splits

@bubble.kos

 

Carlos Gomez’ BMW E36 on Air Lift suspension & OZ Futura’s

@carlos_g88

 

See what we mean by awesome cars? Don’t forget the Bonus Gallery below for even more, too. So, what started out as a purely Volkswagen orientated show, Westside have rightfully moved with the times and opened up to much more than just VAG cars. Every year we see even more BMW’s, Mercedes, and even Jap cars wanting to be involved with this ‘gathering-style’ event. There’s not another show like it in the UK, and for that reason, Westside will always have a place on our calendar. 2018’s date is provisionally set for Sunday 23rd September… What are you waiting for? Get it in your diary.

 

BONUS GALLERY

 

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Westside website

Westside on Instagram

Westside on Facebook

 

 

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