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Old & New – Reflex Auto Design’s Slantnose Porsche 997

Words & Photos by Henry Phull

 

There are some incredible demo vehicles within the UK modified car industry, but today’s feature car has got to be one of the most eye-catching builds that we’ve seen in a very long time. Sadly, we’re rarely rewarded with such high-calibre cars over here, so on first glance, you’d expect this sort of machine to hail from the USA, Japan, or Europe where folks tend to put a lot more money into their show builds. Reflex Auto Design’s Porsche 997 has been at the forefront of social media since it was unveiled a couple of weeks ago, mainly because this is no normal 997, but one which has been fitted with an ‘Old&New‘ slantnose body kit, a sort of homage to the early flatnose/slantnose “Flachbau” Porsche 930S. Thanks to Reflex’s expertise and bodywork experience, the final results are absolutely phenomenal. Naturally, we had to make a trip to Northamptonshire to take a closer look, nabbing the 997’s first ever feature shoot.

 

 

The Porsche is a joint-venture between Reflex Auto Design (a bodyshop based in Daventry, Northamptonshire) and Matt Clifford, who works with Reflex – dealing with their social media and marketing. The whole idea for the car was to get Reflex back into the modified car community spotlight… well, it looks like they’ve done just that! Matt and Reflex initially considered countless options for a project car… Being a Liberty Walk dealer/fitter already, a car with one of the kits was tempting, but they just couldn’t find anything that hadn’t been done and within budget. Eventually, they considered the Porsche 997 Liberty Walk kit, which then led to the discovery of a Japanese Old&New kit that existed for 996’s and 997’s. After some initial research into the kit, it turned out that their friends at V.A.D Design just so happened to be the UK supplier for Old&New. They got talking, and eventually placed an order.

 

 

With the kit on its way, Reflex had the task of deciding how the car was ultimately going to look. “We all decided to go for a race car theme… Paying homage to the Porsche 962 Le Mans race cars, we had several options such as the Leyton House and Hawaiian Tropic liveries, and we even considered the modern red and black design seen on the newer GT3 911’s” Matt explains. In the end, they came to the realisation that nothing was more iconic than the Rothmans Porsche livery. With the theme set for the 997, they needed to finalise a design and concept to work towards.

 

 

It just so happened that Matt had been in touch with Khyzyl Saleem, a concept artist at EA, for the past year and have become friends. Khyzyl (aka. The Kyza), has become well known for his conceptual automotive imagery, just check out his Instagram on @the_kyza and you will see why. Anyway, back to the Porsche… “I dropped him a message and told him what we were building and that we wanted a Rothmans Livery, I sent a photo of Phazes slant nose in America and a Render he had created of a 964 with a Rothmans livery previously… after a few weeks he sent us over a completed visual, which we all thought looked badass” Matt comments. With the image on everyone’s mind, it was time to set about making the dream a reality.

 

 

Next, Matt had to source a suitable Porsche 997 to use as a base car, eventually settling for a black 2005 Carrera 3.6. He decided not to fork out unnecessarily on a ‘Turbo’ or ‘S’, just to chop it to pieces on their first big build. “Personally I’ve never really been a big fan of Porsches, plus I could never work out all the different 911’s! But now, after driving and owning one, there’s much more to it than their looks, it’s the feeling behind the wheel… they’re so planted on the road.” he tells us.

 

 

The Old&New kit finally turned up in a huge box all the way from Japan, consisting of a front bumper, front wings, air ducts, rear arches, side skirts, rear bumper, tailgate, headlights, DRLs and fuel cap. Having worked with countless fibreglass kits in the past, Reflex knew what was needed to make everything fit correctly, with only minimal work required to get everything lined up as it should. They also decided to alter the rear bumper to house an exposed exhaust set up. “We really wanted our car to the best Old&New Porsche in the world, so nothing but perfect would suffice.” Matt explains. With Reflex being a paint and bodyshop, they also wanted to show off their skills, so rather than simply painting the car white and wrapping the rest, countless hours were spent hand-painting all the colours and stripes you see on the livery, made up of Ford Imperial blue, Rolls Royce gold, Audi Misano red, and Audi Pearl white.

 

 

“We knew the car wanted air, it had to for the look and audience we have” Matt tells us… so given their previous experience working with Air Lift Performance kits, they opted for Air Lift universal bags/struts tied to a 3P management setup (which all sits nicely in the trunk under the bonnet). After considerable measuring and fabrication, the new bag set up was installed in-house and made to sit perfectly with the front bumper touching the ground once fully aired-out. It really is a nice modern twist on a traditional race car. And, let’s face it, with the way this body kit sits, there’s no way it would survive the dreadful UK roads on a low coilover setup.

 

 

Inside the cockpit, you’ll notice the racer theme continues with the addition of Recaro Pole Position seats, and a half cage painted in white to match the main body colour. Capital Seating in Leicester supplied these, and re-trimmed the dash, centre console, and door cards in black alcantara with red stitching to conform to the seats and exterior stripes. Reflex also painted the interior plastics in a gloss piano black which really helps to bring the interior together. Furthermore, the Air Lift 3P controller has been tastefully moulded into the centre console and a Kenwood double-din headunit added for some refinement and entertainment on long journeys.

 

 

Getting the wheels right was hugely important for this build. Having run several 3-piece Rotiform wheels in the past, Matt and Reflex opted to stick with them, describing them as the “show wheel kings”. To pull off the Rothmans Porsche livery, they selected Rotiform LVS design with hidden hardware, a cool modern twist on the traditional magnesium gold BBS wheels you would have seen on the original race cars. Rotiform sized these to 19×10 and 19×13 to fill the huge arches, fitted with 265/30 and 305/30 tyres. There are also plans to create some turbo fans for the front wheels in the future to complete their initial vision/concept!

 

 

Whilst the stock 3.6 motor has been left alone, the 997 still needed a big noise to go with the big bodykit, so Reflex enlisted the services of Dave at EMP Performance to create a custom exhaust, which is completely exposed at the rear of the car to showcase his welding porn. We can 100% confirm that this system sounds awesome, and is ridiculously loud! The stock brakes weren’t going to cut it either, so a Forge Big Brake kit was installed up front along with new EBC rear discs and pads. All these elements really help this race-car inspired build to come into fruition.

 

 

 

Whether you’re a Porsche fan or not, you can’t disagree that this build is completely nuts! There’s no doubt it will be dropping jaws throughout the year when it hits all the major car events – if you don’t see it coming (you’d have to be visually challenged, mind…), you’ll definitely hear it. The 997’s first stop will be Wörthersee at the end of the month. We’re humbled to have been given the first opportunity to photograph it, making it an incredible first feature car for us to kick off 2018. We’ll also be in Wörthersee from 6-10 May and looking for more quality cars to shoot, so don’t hesitate to get in touch via Instagram or email if you have something mind-blowing.

 

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Ultimate Dubs 2018

Date: 11 March 2018

Location: Telford International Centre, Shropshire

 

Words & Photos by Henry Phull

 

Show season truly kicks off for us in early March, when we make the trip up to the Telford International Centre, this time playing host to Ultimate Dubs (UD). There’s always a ton of anticipation regarding what has become the season opener. Although it’s predominately a Volkswagen/Audi-group based show, you’ll find all sorts of custom car fans at the event, there to check out what’s current in the car world, and catching up with old friends. Now our fifth year attending UD, it’s clearly become more of trade event than a typical car show, but, that’s no bad thing… We see it as the perfect opportunity to check out what’s new in the car industry, including new demo/project cars that the host of traders are showing off. It could be described as a mini-SEMA Show for the modified scene in the UK, in fact. With plenty of non-VAG cars on trade booths, a large selection of pre-approved show-cars dotted about throughout the halls, as well as outdoor space with car clubs and more pre-selected cars (don’t forget to check out our Bonus Gallery), we’ve done our best to capture our top-rated slices of metal, enjoy…

 

Kiran Mistry’s S2-converted Audi 80 on Air Lift suspension & Rotiform SIX’s

@blackman_k

 

Car Audio & Security’s Nissan GT-R on Air Lift suspension & Rotiform SFO’s

@caraudiosecurity

 

RIIVA Design’s VW Arteon on Air Lift suspension & Rotiform ROC’s

@riivadesign

 

 

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

@rajsangha964

 

Alex Wright’s static BMW E36 328i Sport on ACS Type 1’s

@a4lexx

 

Russ Whitefield’s VW Mk2 Jetta on BBS RS’

@russ_droppedndriven

 

Aaron McMahon’s Audi RS5 on ABP/AccuAir suspension & Rotiform LAS-R’s

@aron_rr

 

Faye Collins’ Audi RS3 on ABP/AccuAir suspension & Rotiform BUC’s

@xofsc

 

 

Plush Automotive’s VW Caddy on ABP/AccuAir suspension & Rotiform HUR-T’s

@plushautomotive

 

Plush Automotive’s VW T6 on ABP/AccuAir suspension & Rotiform HUR-T’s

@plushautomotive

 

GepfeffertUK’s VW Mk1 Golf on Gepfeffert V3 suspension & Eta Beta’s

@gepfeffertuk

 

 

Ryan Stewart’s BMW E92 M3 ‘Frozen Edition’ on Bilstein suspension & BBS E88’s

@7.nth

 

Justdents’ VW Mk1 Caddy R32 on Air Lift suspension & BBS E50’s

@justdents

 

 

MMR Performance’s BMW M4 GTS on Air Lift suspension & Ispiri FFR6’s

@mmrperformance

 

Jordan Forbes’ Mini R50 on Bags by OCD/KNTRL suspension & BBS RC041’s

@jordan_onlychargeddubs

 

 

Peter Kornelis’ Audi S4 Avant on KNTRL suspension & RAD48 LR 2.0’s

@kntrl_system

 

Only Charged Dubs’ Audi C5 A6 Allroad on Airdynamiks/AccuAir suspension & 3SDM 0.09’s

@onlychargeddubs

 

Carl Atkins’ VW Mk2 Golf on Bags by OCD/Air Lift suspension & BBS RM’s

@carl_onlychargeddubs

 

Jak Johnston’s VW Mk1 Golf G40 on StillStatic/H&R suspension & BBS E76’s

@jak_lowsocial

 

 

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

@rajsangha964

 

Nathaniel Warth’s bagged BMW E28 on BBS RS’

@oldbeginningsengland

 

 

Jamie Webster’s ’83 VW Santana on Air Lift suspension & custom-built P-Slot’s

@santana__jamie

 

Ben Kmita’s supercharged Mk3 Golf VR6 on Air Lift suspension & ACT’s

@benthecarpainter

 

Tom Raybone’s Audi RS3 on H&R CCK/Air Lift suspension & MBDesign LV1’s

@tommyblue82

 

Neil Chapman’s VW Mk7 Golf GTI Clubsport on H&R suspension & BBS GT’s

@neil220182

 

Rebecca Sweetland’s VW Mk7 Golf GTD on H&R suspension & MBDesign KX1’s

@stillstaticbecks

 

Faahbio Faah’s Audi B7 RS4 Avant on Air Lift suspension & Damnraw Lobomotive’s

@faahbiio

 

 

Beth Halsey’s Audi S1 on Air Lift suspension & Fifteen52 Formula GT’s

@hxlsey

 

Sonny Frost’s Audi A3 on H&R suspension & BBS RS861’s

@sonnyfa3

 

Tom Waller’s static ’59 VW Beetle

@toms59vw

 

 

Jack Royston’s ’71 VW Type 3 Notchback on Air Lift suspension & BBS E30’s

@notchjack

 

The UK car scene is distinctly alive and well… it wasn’t difficult to find cars that we’ve never seen or photographed before, although we typically had to throw in a few of our all-time favourites that just keep getting better and better every time they go on display. But for all those that we missed, fear not… show season has only just kicked off! We can’t wait to get stuck in with more events throughout the year – 2018 is going to be a big one for us. Catch our Pop-Up Store and new demo car soon!

 

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Ultimate Stance 2017

Date: 5 November 2017

Location: Telford International Centre, Shropshire

 

Words & Photos by Henry Phull

 

The Telford International Centre has become something of a second home for us. Starting the show season off with Ultimate Dubs in March, and finishing it in November with Ultimate Stance, both shows are certainly a must if you’re interested in custom cars – the perfect opportunity to see what’s new in the car scene. If you’re not an avid Volkswagen/VAG fan, Ultimate Stance might be the preferred show for you, however. Being open to all marques, there’s plenty of interesting stanced cars on display to take your fancy, whereas the display cars at Ultimate Dubs are strictly ‘VAG’. Being the final event of the year, we’ve typically seen most of these cars throughout the year, nonetheless, there were still a handful of gems that seemed to have appeared from nowhere, as well as a few European cars that made the long journey over. Overall, there was plenty to look at, including a UK Lowrider display keeping everyone entertained outdoors (check out the Bonus Gallery), and the carpeted hall which we were based in also hosted a retro car display and retro arcade and pinball zone. Here’s a few of our highlights…

 

Dan Taylor’s BMW E46 M3 on Air Lift suspension & BBS E88 centrelock’s

@dte46 / @wheel_unique

 

Jorge Lupton’s Honda EG Civic on Air Lift suspension & BBS RM’s

@jxrgey_

 

 

 

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)

 

Hoho Chan’s BMW E92 330d on Air Lift suspension & BBS RS2’s

@hoho15_nmls

 

Parm Panesar’s BMW F80 M3 on Air Lift suspension & Rotiform LAS-R’s

@parm_m3

 

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

@v8fag

 

 

Kenny Germeau’s Jaguar XJ40 on Epsilon Southern Way’s

@kenny_germeau

 

Karel Spijker’s Mercedes-Benz W201 190E on Air by OCD / Air Lift suspension & OZ Futura’s

@karel190e

 

 

Mark Allen’s Volkswagen Mk4 Golf estate on Air Lift suspension & Eta Beta’s

@markvw89

 

Jack Royston’s ’71 Volkswagen Type 3 Notchback on Air Lift suspension & BBS E30’s

@notchjack

 

Monique Chadwick’s Audi A3 on Air Lift suspension & OZ Futura’s

@moniqueadele_

 

 

Tom Lilico’s BMW Z3 on Air Lift / AccuAir suspension & BBS RS’

@droppokesmokedope

 

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

@elmo_rs_

 

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

@_kaydibee_

 

Matt Hollands’ bagged BMW E38 on WatercooledIND JB1’s

@matt__hollands

 

 

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

@bnjmnwlkr

 

Kiran Halsey’s BMW F80 M3 on Intermotiv suspension & OZ Futura’s

@lord_halsey

 

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

@jamesyesyesbrown

 

Leroy Goddard-Fletcher’s bagged Mercedes-Benz W126 on custom Mercedes Intra splits

@the_royal_w126

 

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

@rajsangha964

 

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

@e10low

 

Reece Parr’s BMW E30 on Air Lift suspension & BBS RF’s

@e30_parr

 

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

@lucybarlow1994

 

 

Alex Wright’s static BMW E36 328i Sport on ACS Type 1’s

@a4lexx

 

 

Nick Sahota’s BMW E30 M3 on Air Lift suspension & BBS Bugatti EB110’s

@nicksinghsahota

 

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

@carlos_g88

 

 

 

As always, Ultimate Stance had an incredibly high standard of cars to drool over… the show never disappoints. It also marked the launch of our Winter clothing collection which went down an absolute storm – big thanks to everyone that popped by our store and picked up something, whether it was anything from a sticker to a hoodie… we couldn’t do what we do without you guys and girls. We’ll be back in the same location for Ultimate Dubs on March 11 with our new Spring collection – you’re not going to want to miss it! Get those cars finished and we’ll see you soon!

 

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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.

 

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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.

 

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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.

 

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Players 11.0

Date: 17 September 2017

Location: North Weald Airfield, Essex

 

Words & Photos by Henry Phull

 

If you’re into modified cars, you’ve more than likely heard of Players. It’s one of the most well-known car shows in the UK, taking place every September at North Weald Airfield in Essex, where the venue is overridden by hundreds of show cars from all over the country, and even Europe. It’s a rather unique location, given the fact that the show takes place alongside a live airfield, also making use of two gigantic hangars… One displaying an Air Lift Performance showcase, and the other holding ‘VIP’ show cars, hand-picked by the event organisers Jay McToldridge and Carl Taylor. Aside from the chosen cars, the rest of the show remains open to ANY modified vehicle, so if you turn up on time, you’re pretty much guaranteed to be in the show – unlike their sister event, Players Classic, which is entirely pre-approved. Unsurprisingly, this leaves us with a highly varied showground packed with all sorts of cars, and all tastes. Although, that’s not a bad thing. It’s a great way to bring the community together, regardless. Check out our highlights from Players’ eleventh show below…

 

Parm Panesar’s BMW F80 M3 on Air Lift suspension & Rotiform LAS-R’s

@parm_m3

 

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

@st4rk3y

 

 

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)

 

Chris Williams’ Porsche 964 on Air Lift suspension & Rotiform LHR’s

@ccwill964

 

Vasco Matos’ Volkswagen Mk7 Golf on HPDrivetech / Air Lift suspension & Rotiform LSR’s

@vasco_sbx

 

Kamal Sokhi’s BMW E30 Touring on Air Lift suspension & OZ Futura’s

@kamice1

 

James Sharp’s Volvo 244

@sharp.james

 

Nathan Atkinson’s BMW E46 M3 ‘vert on Air Lift suspension & custom-built Style 32’s

@nayf_46

 

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

@jamesyesyesbrown

 

Jay McToldridge’s Volkswagen Mk1 Golf G60 on H&R suspension & Rotiform YVR’s

@players_jaymac

 

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

@players_vex

 

 

BMW E30 Sport on Air Lift suspension & OZ Futura’s

@friedporkchope30

 

Edward Johnston’s wide-body BMW E36 Touring w/S50 M3 conversion, Air Lift suspension & custom-built Style 32’s

@edward_e36

 

 

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

@crescenttyres

 

Leroy Goddard-Fletcher’s bagged Mercedes-Benz W126 on custom Mercedes Intra splits

@the_royal_w126

 

EPS Motorsport’s Audi S1 Quattro on Rotiform LSR’s

@eps_motorsport

 

 

 

It would seem that Players are sticking to a recipe that has worked for them for eleven years now. Their North Weald show provides the ideal opportunity for anyone with a modified car to get involved and show their pride and joy to the rest of the community, with no worries of pre-approval – which is happening more and more with car shows these days. Players is one of the few shows left that anyone can take part in, so if you want to experience UK car culture in full, it’s the place to be. Oh, and don’t miss Players Classic at Goodwood Motor Circuit on the 23rd and 24th of June 2018 for their next installment, you’re in for a treat.

 

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BLACK FRIDAY / CYBER MONDAY 2017

It’s holiday season, and Black Friday weekend is finally upon us. This means HUGE discounts for all of you, so if you’ve been waiting to cop some new items from our Winter ’17 line, then now is the time to do it! We’re offering a massive 40% OFF all clothing and accessories until end of Monday 27th November. Remember, you won’t get a deal like this again until this time next year, so don’t put it off! Simply apply the code ‘BFCM‘ at checkout to receive your 40% discount. There’s also FREE UK delivery on all orders over £30 as usual. Thanks for all your support throughout 2017, have a great holiday and Happy Thanksgiving to all our American friends and followers.

 

 

 

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