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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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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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The Learning Curve – Ethan Sexton’s 1990 BMW E30 318is

Words & Photos by Henry Phull

 

Looking back on 2017, I think it’s fair to say that the E30 has easily been one of the most fashionable cars in the ‘stance’ scene, which is kind of weird, considering how much prices have soared. That said, buying one now would be a justified investment for the future, as values are only going to continue to rise, so maybe that’s what everyone’s doing? Or could it be down to the fact that the E30 is still one of the most enjoyable, driver-oriented, and beautiful, cars that money can buy? Probably a mixture. Well, with so many examples out in the wild, you do have to filter through them to find the real gems, which brings us to Ethan Sexton’s gorgeous 318is, one E30 that’s been on our radar for a while now. Having owned the car for almost five years, Ethan has put it through several guises during his ownership, but it wasn’t until earlier this year that I felt the car was at its best, so, naturally, I was eager to set up a shoot.

 

 

Ethan’s story is like that of most BMW owners, it was a family affair. His dad happened to own a beaten up 325i Sport for a brief period, but long enough for Ethan to fall in love with BMWs… “I’ll never forget drifting around in it and realising how fun cars could be” he exclaims. The E30 was the car that truly sparked his interest in all things automotive, and when he turned 18, Ethan bought an E46 318ci. Although he loved the car itself, he was disappointed with its lack of power for a new, heavy car. That constant want of an E30 was at the back of his mind, and after seeing lots of modified examples online, he knew he had to have one for himself. The search was on!

 

 

It’s worth mentioning that before buying the E30, Ethan had no experience with modifying cars. It was the BMW that changed everything and allowed him to learn so many new skills. “I’ve had access to a fairly big workshop for the last few winters and I’d spend pretty much every evening there with friends just messing around with each other’s cars”. So the E30 that Ethan ended up buying, was a 1990 318is, which he selected over the normal 318 due to the “is” model being a fair bit quicker and sportier looking. Unfortunately, a straight-six model was out of the question at the time because of high insurance prices. Amazingly, Ethan found his Alpine White example under an hour away from home, owned by a Volkswagen enthusiast who had only owned it for a short period.

 

 

“I literally knew nothing about cars when I bought the car” Ethan explains… “But I had seen a white E30 online, it was slightly lowered and on BBS RS’. At the time, plans to get the car looking anywhere near similar to the one I’d seen online seemed very unrealistic, but things soon spiraled out of control!”. Ethan started out by doing everything cheaply to get the car looking how he had imagined as quickly as possible, but soon came to realise that it was worth investing more money when buying parts, especially considering he never wants to sell the car.

 

 

At first, Ethan fitted some cheap JOM coilovers, but quickly became sold on the idea of air suspension. “It gives you the flexibility to use the car practically, as well as being able to have it looking exactly as you want it when aired out” Ethan explains. Plus, his girlfriend was living in Birmingham at the time, so driving up from Southampton regularly was out of the question for a very low static car, and the 318is M42 sump sits incredibly low, too. “I still find it surprising how many people expect a car on air suspension to handle extremely poorly… to me at least, I think it’s perfect for a road car. And not soft/sloppy as many people expect.”

 

 

Ethan decided to go for an Air Lift Performance setup with AutoPilot V2 management for his air suspension package. At the time, he wasn’t clued up on air ride, and had heard plenty of great reviews of Air Lift products. He opted to visit his local installer, Shakey at Studio Incar who ended up fitting a completely custom setup, as an E30-specific kit hadn’t been released at the time. Shakey had experience with E30’s, having bagged Nick Sahota’s M3 previously, the first bagged E30 M3 in the UK (Click here to check out that feature!). Shakey also created a bespoke hardline boot setup at the same time, although Ethan eventually wanted his spare wheel and boot space back. As a result, he’s reworked the installation and is now running an air tank mounted on the rear parcel shelf which looks super cool.

 

 

Getting a classic car sitting right isn’t usually just as simple as installing the bags. Ethan has fitted a new shallow sump to allow the car to air out even lower. Plus, the rear subframe was dropped to fit a CAtuned camber kit, designed to remove negative camber which the E30 chassis naturally gains once lowered. Ethan mounted the kit in the opposite way to gain more negative camber. At the same time, he fitted Revshift poly bushes on everything, along with Powerflex front lollypop bushes. The car now sits extremely well. Evidently, it was worth the extra effort!

 

 

Looking into the cockpit, “It’s always been a bit mix and match, due to me always changing my mind about things and cheap seats coming up for sale” Ethan laughs… The E30 actually started off with the standard “is” interior, then to a set of OMP retro/classic bucket seats, and finally to a pair of Recaros removed from a Rover. These grace the car currently, along with a Nardi Deep Corn wood steering wheel and matching gear knob. Ethan then sourced a new carpet to update the original retired example, and dyed it from grey to black, along with the rear bench. Being a bit of an audiophile too, he wanted to update the retro audio system, opting for Hertz component front speakers and a JL Audio subwoofer.

 

 

Believe it or not, the first wheels that Ethan purchased for the car were a set of BBS RS’ reps.. yes, REPLICA wheels. Although we’ll forgive him, as he later saw sense and fitted a set of brand new 17″ Schmidt TH-Lines which he ran for quite a while – they looked great. Now, however, things have been switched up again with a set of 16″ Carline/Dyna CM2’s. “I knew I wanted some new wheels but couldn’t decide what to go for, until my decision was finally influenced by Sean Crompton’s E36 on Carline CM6s, so when I saw that Prakash Thanky was selling his CM2s off of his E21, I just had to go for them” Ethan explains.

 

 

After roughly measuring the car, Ethan let excitement get the better of him and went to pick up the CM2s regardless of not being sure whether they’d fit. Often with second-hand wheels, they don’t. Amazingly, the rears did fit just as he’d imagined, but the front wheels did have to be rebuilt with 3″ lips, changing them from 8J’s to 9J’s, and still required 15mm spacers to get them to fit exactly as he wanted. “Fitting tyres to them was a nightmare, due to the inside design of the barrels, the usual tyre shops were unable to fit the tyre sizes I was after and I ended up driving back to Luton, where I’d bought the wheels from, to see Faz at Specialist Tyres, who had come up with a method of fitting the tyres and got them on with no issues” he recalls. The wheels are now 16×9 up front with 195/40 tyres, and 16×10 rears with 215/40 tyres. As a result of the wheel building and work to get the front end lower and having the arches rolled, Ethan now has that glorious arch-to-lip fitment he desired.

 

 

Bodywise, Ethan has replaced the bonnet and both front wings due to their poor condition. At the same time, he had the “is” bootlid spoiler removed, although he now slightly regrets doing so. Various front lips have been fitted over the years, including a Reiger-style lip, which ended up in two pieces! He’s now settled for a genuine “is” lip and side skirts. Aside from that, you’ll also notice the euro-style yellow lights which compliment the Alpine White bodywork nicely. The M42 engine remains stock (other than the shallow sump, and the addition of a K&N air filter), but he did, however, have a complete custom stainless exhaust fabricated by Powerflow in Totton for a sportier driving experience.

 

 

Having recently bought himself a remapped BMW 123d daily driver, Ethan can now keep the E30 on the driveway and tinker with it as and when he pleases, without having to worry about it every day. With no plans to get rid, I get the feeling it will be a forever ongoing project. With a car like this, there’s always something do to, and Ethan absolutely loves a challenge and admits that the car is constantly changing (there are even talks of an M50/M52 swap in the future). Props to him for keeping at it for so long, his hard work has definitely paid off and he should be proud to have built himself one of the most eye-catching E30’s in the UK. Let’s see what next year brings!

 

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Edition38 Show & Shine 2017

Date: 1-3 September 2017

Location: Overstone Park, Northampton

 

Words & Photos by Henry Phull

 

Edition38 is the go-to weekender for anyone interested in Volkswagens (and all other VAG cars of course). Although the majority of show-goers tend to look forward to the camping and nightlife shenanigans, E38’s Show & Shine brings some of the highest quality cars from all over the UK and Europe (in fact, the Euro turnout seems to grow significantly year on year). Every time I drive into Overstone Park, I’m greeted to that distinctly chilled, summertime vibe which I’ve come to love… 2017’s event was no different. Albeit noticeably quieter than previous years, the showground was still full of some incredible metal which kept me occupied all day. With a live-stage providing music and inviting owners and their cars up to talk about their builds, there’s plenty going on in the background whilst you’re left to check out the cars in the sun. Check out my roundup below…

 

Jon Leonard’s 2.0TSI DSG-swapped Mk1 Golf swallowtail

@jrsdubgarage

 

 

Stuart Shellard’s Mk1 Golf swallowtail

@swallowtail_mk1

 

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

@kic_stu

 

Frank Granduc’s Volkswagen Arteon on Air Lift suspension & Vossen LC-105T’s

@franky_howdeep_arteon

 

Matthias Niestroj’s 16v ABF Mk1 Golf on Ronal Racing wheels

@iammatthiasniestroj

 

Alex Lambert’s Mk2 Polo on Air Lift suspension & Compomotive Turbo’s

@polo83lambert

 

Max Edwards’ ’78 Beetle on Air Lift suspension & BBS RS’

@maxisadogsname

 

Tom Klein Gunnewiek’s static Mk1 Scirocco on Ronal Racing wheels

@tomscirocco

 

 

Eddy Chhlang’s Mk2 Golf GTI on BBS RS’

@eddychhlang

 

Guy Maes’ bagged Mk1 Golf on Rotiform FUC’s

@laylow_plex

 

 

Brendan Dolo’s Mk1 Audi TT on Air Lift suspension & Autostrada Monza’s

@brendandolo

 

Matty Loveridge’s Mk1 Golf swallowtail on Air Lift suspension

@matty_mk1

 

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

@marcel_klok

 

Sam Grant’s Audi TTRS on Air Lift suspension & ADV.1 15’s

@samg77

 

 

Chill Winston’s Mk1 Scirocco on Mad’in wheels

@chillwinstagram

 

 

Sole Flavours’ widebody Mk4 Golf on AccuAir suspension & WORK VS-XX wheels

@sole_flavours

 

Syco Graphix’ bagged T5

@sycographix

 

George Wilson’s Volkswagen Polo 6N2 GTI on Air Lift suspension & BBS RS’

@gw.uk

 

GRM Northampton’s Mk7 Golf R on H&R suspension & mbDESIGN LV1’s

@grm_northampton

 

Chris Wallis’ Mk5 Golf GTI on Air Lift suspension & OZ Futura’s

@christopherrw

 

 

Tijs Van Breda’s Mk1 Derby on BBS E50’s

@tijsvanbreda

 

 

 

 

This year’s giveaway car!

 

If you’re into Volkswagens, then Edition38 still remains a must. As usual, this year’s event showed us an incredible mixture from the VAG back catalog with cars to cater for all modifying tastes… Whether you like squeeky-clean, or rat-look, or anything in between, E38 has it all, along with the camping, nightlife (dance tent), food & drink stalls, and heaps of traders. And guess what, they even raffle off a modified car each year! Still not been? Well, what have you been waiting for? Get it in your calendar for next year.

 

BONUS GALLERY

 

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More info on Edition38:

Edition38 website

Edition38 on Instagram

Edition38 on Facebook

 

 

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FIRST LOOK – The Slam Sanctuary Winter ’17 Collection

Words & Photos by Henry Phull

 

Lately, you might’ve noticed that we’ve been expanding the clothing side of Slam Sanctuary. 2017 has seen this side of our business dominate the UK modified car community, bringing you distinctive t-shirt offerings that stand out in a sea of new ‘car groups’ that continue to pop up year on year. All our hard work has been building up to this… our Winter ’17 collection, which is OUT NOW! We’ve kept the ideology of bold, in-your-face illustrations, naturally relevant to cars, but at the same time, apparel you’ll be comfortable wearing all the time (and not just with your car friends or at shows!). The new collection boasts six new t-shirts in both men and women’s garments (Yes, this is the first time we have released female-specific tees), women’s raglan, sweatshirt, and a hoodie. We’ve also expanded our range of accessories including a brand new snapback, enamel mug, and even made a move into leather goods (click HERE to check out the accessories). We also restocked our much-loved beanies for Winter, too. Putting together this collection has kept us working non-stop for the past few months – it’s fair to say there have been endless late nights, so we hope you enjoy the latest gear. Thank you so much for your continued support, whether you’ve purchased anything from a single sticker to a hoodie, it keeps us going. Big love.

 

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NEW – Slam Sanctuary leather goods & accessories

Words & Photos by Henry Phull

 

Having been in the works for a long time, we are super stoked to finally present our leather goods. Available along with our Winter ’17 collection, we’ve released three key fobs. Completely handmade in England, using genuine cow hide leather, there are three colourways to choose from; antique tan, brown, and black. We’ve gone above and beyond to track down one of the most skilful leatherworkers in the country and the results are outstanding! Each key fob has had the edges burnished to seal the fibres, and been stamped with a Slam Sanctuary marque (which you might recognise from our recent ‘Car Night’ t-shirt from our previous capsule collection). Lanyards are SO last year. Get yourself a killer key fob, numbers are limited so be quick.

 

For the past couple of years, we’ve been bombarded with the question… “When will you guys be releasing a snapback?” Well, the time has finally come, introducing the ‘Low or Die’ snapback. Black with black underpeak featuring a timeless woven patch, it compliments the rest of the Winter ’17 collection down to a tee! Make sure you add one to your wardrobe.

 

To top things off, and being such coffee lovers, we thought it was about time we created our very own mug. What we’ve come up with is a vintage style enamel mug in black (always black!) with a cool R.I.P. coffin artwork piece. This is perfect to take on camping trips, or just for everyday home use! It’s fully dishwasher safe and completely awesome!

 

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Setting Trends – Becky Evans’ 1983 BMW E21 316

Words & Photos by Henry Phull

 

If you asked me to list some of the most influential classic BMWs of our generation, Becky Evans’ E21 would be right up there. Both she and this little 316 have become icons throughout the global car community (you’ll probably know her as Queen B on Instagram and her recent YouTube channel). Becky’s E21 is the absolute epitome of the classic ‘bagged BMW’ combo, and although the recipe is nothing mind-blowing, the car as a whole has become a complete trendsetter. Simply introducing a classic to the ground and adding the right wheels (notably, a set of BBS RS), effectively blew people’s minds a good four or so years ago. Now, everyone wants their classic BMW to look like hers – that must be quite the compliment. With the car going through several transformations during her ownership, Becky has finally got to a stage where she’s happy with it. Having known her for years, I’ve watched the car progress, and waited a long time to get this gorgeous E21 in front of my lens. Earlier this year that time finally came…

 

 

Prior to the E21, Becky has been interested in cars since her childhood. With both her parents being petrolheads, she spent a lot of time around motorsport and racing. Naturally, she was going to be into cars. When she passed her test, she got a Mk4 Golf 1.4, and the fascination with the modified scene grew. “People really used to go to town on body modifications. Smoothed this, smoothed that. OEM+ parts, adding in later-gen features to older generation cars.” she explains and admits that her Mk4 got a taste of the times, with US-spec bodywork and smoothed tailgate in addition to all the usual mods of the moment.