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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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@jan_eric.cmbr on Instagram






Raceism THE Event 2017

Date: 8/9 July 2017

Location: Stadion Wrocław, Poland


Words & Photos by Henry Phull


Last year there was one event, in particular, that had me drooling all over my iPhone screen… the one and only Raceism Event, which boasted purely high-quality cars at a jaw-dropping venue. To top it off there was insane drifting taking place simultaneously, notably featuring a fully stanced, supercharged widebody E46 M3, going at it all weekend! It looked like my idea of heaven, so much so that I knew I had to get over to Poland for their next event. I initially considered driving over from the UK, but damn, Wrocław is a long way! So I looked into flying and amazingly managed to find flights from Stansted-Wrocław for just £50 return. It was decided, then, I was going to Poland! As the flight was so cheap, I just booked it and decided to worry about everything else later. It actually worked out really well. I split the whole trip with a friend, and we found accommodation for four nights for just £60 each and used UBER (which were also stupidly-cheap) to travel around. Raceism were kind enough to sort us out with some Media passes too, so we could get nice and close to the action. The event itself takes place at Wrocław’s municipal stadium, a huge venue with an ‘upper deck’ area utilised for the static show, and a lower car park which is transformed into a drift circuit for the weekend. We arrived nice and early on the Friday, to watch all the show cars arrive and park up. The quality of cars was just as I imagined… next level. I mean, there were four RWB Porsche’s in attendance. Yeah, four! It’s no surprise that Raceism use the slogan “Go Hard” to promote their show… it sums it up perfectly. I could talk about it all day, but I’ll let the photos speak for themselves. Sit back and enjoy…



911GaragePoland’s Porsche 964 RWB “Yoroi” on WORK Meister S1’s



Hati Kralik’s Porsche 930 RWB on Rotiform 917’s



911GaragePoland’s Porsche 993 RWB “Kabuto” on WORK Meister S1’s



Christian Ammer’s Porsche 964 RWB on AccuAir suspension & Messer ME15-3’s



Jens Mewes’ Volkswagen Mk5 Golf on HP Drivetech / Air Lift suspension & Speedline Mistral’s



Paweł Bednarczyk’s bagged Lexus GS450H widebody on WORK Emotion CR-2P’s

@lewapb / @projekt86official


Ju Scha’s BMW E91 335i Touring on H&Air / AccuAir suspension & Vossen CG209T’s



Alex Bachmann’s BMW E24 635CSI on Air Lift suspension & LX VT’s




Veit Richter’s BMW Z3 on Air Lift suspension & custom LX wheels



Marco Prochaska’s bagged Audi 80 cabriolet on BBS RS’




GR8 Street Performance’s BMW M4 Liberty Walk on AirREX suspension & Rotiform LVS’



Maxi Riepertinger’s Mazda MX5 on BBS RS’



Matt Carter’s Audi A5 on AccuAir suspension & WORK Meister’s



Simon Bauer’s Porsche 964 on H&R Deep suspension & BBS RS’




Michał Erpel’s Peugeout 205



Eric Nitsch’s bagged Volkswagen Mk1 Jetta on Schmidt TH-Line’s



Jens Evensen’s Pandem-kitted Porsche Cayman S on Air Lift suspension & WatercooledIND MD1’s



Jori Kangasvieri’s Mercedes-Benz W212 on Ksport / Air Lift suspension & BBS LM’s



Paweł Gruk’s bagged Opel Omega on custom Steinmetz wheels




Michael Hawlicek’s Audi TTRS on AccuAir suspension & RAD48 VR’s



Rudi Johne’s BMW E31 840ci on AccuAir suspension & 17>19″ Gotti’s



Victor Stefanica’s Porsche 944 on AceofAce suspension & BBS RS’




Lexy Roxx’s Pandem-kitted BMW E36 on H&R suspension & Rotiform LSR’s



Magdalena Hajduś’ BMW E91 on Air Lift suspension & 20″ OZ Futura’s



R3 Wheels’ Maserati Granturismo on HP Drivetech / AccuAir suspension & R3 H7’s




Sebastian Thoss’ Lexus SC430 on Ksport / AccuAir suspension & RAD48 LR 2.0’s



Denis Muratow’s bagged BMW E32 740i/6 on Rondell’s



Cezary Piechowicz’s bagged Mazda RX7 FC on BBS RS’




Alexey Kurdup’s widebody Toyota GT86



Emir Taletovic’s Audi A5 on HPDrivetech / AccuAir suspension & RAD48 BR’s



Marco Pereira’s Audi C7 A6 Avant on AccuAir suspension & OZ Futura’s



Bremi Grabowski’s bagged Audi Mk1 TT on BBS RS’





Rick Findeisen’s Mercedes-Benz GTS AMG on AccuAir suspension & RAD48 VR’s

@rick_rad48 / @gruma_exklusiv


Cikam’s bagged Mercedes-Benz W111 280SE on OZ Futura’s




Fabrice Dotzauer’s static BMW E36 on OZ Futura’s



Łukasz Pająk’s widebody Nissan R35 GTR on D2 air suspension



Mateusz Baranski’s static BMW E28 on BBS RS’


Gabriel Hardwood’s BMW E36 on Air Lift suspension & BBS E50’s



Adam Harych’s 2JZ-swapped / Pandem-kitted BMW E46 M3 on BC Forged LE72’s




Jan-Eric Géugis’ BMW E24 635CSI on Air Lift suspension & BBS RF’s



Mario Mattick’s Porsche Cayman S on HP Drivetech / AccuAir suspension & RAD48 ZR’s




Kamil Rybka’s bagged BMW E34 535i on custom Style2 3pc wheels



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



Morten Birkeland’s S50B32-swapped BMW E30 on Air Lift suspension & BBS RS’




Fabian Lara’s Fiat 126p on PLS splits



Tobias Lampinen’s bagged BMW E38 740i on custom-built Throwing Stars




WagnAir’s Audi B5 A4 on HPDrivetech / AccuAir suspension & 3SDM 0.05’s




Piti Dżi’s BMW E21 on Czeslaw Air Suspension & custom-built 16″ Alpina splits



Kevin Zimmermann’s bagged BMW E28 on BBS RS’



Reinhold Rothkopf’s Audi RS5 on Air Lift suspension & RAD48 MCR5’s



Bonek’s static Lada 2106 on Hayashi Racing Command’s




Marcel Prinz’s Volvo 244 on Air Lift suspension & custom-built Ritmo CL splits




I can’t think of any other event that I’ve attended where the quality of cars has been this high. Raceism have created a truly prestigious car show for the European stance community, with cars from all over the continent in attendance, and judges hailing from the UK to Japan. Plus, the ‘Next Level’ drifting event was worth the trip alone. This wasn’t your typical drift championship – think more ‘homebrew’ and you get the idea. Health and safety was so relaxed that we could get right up and close to the cars on track – check out the Bonus Gallery below to see what I mean! So if you asked me which ONE car show to visit, it’d be Raceism. It’s the perfect opportunity to have a short break away, and if you’re travelling from the UK, you’ll find everything in Poland extremely cheap! Next year’s dates have already been confirmed for 6-8 July 2018 – make sure you get it in your diary. We’ll be back.




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More info on Raceism:

Raceism website

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Westside Treffen 2016

Date: 25 September 2016

Location: Chalfont St. Peter Cricket Club, Gerrards Cross


Words & Photos by Henry Phull


Westside Treffen is the hidden gem of modified car shows in the UK. It really does surprise me how many people don’t know of its existence when I mention it. From people that have been, including all the regulars, you’ll constantly hear “Come to Westside. It’s THE most chilled out show.” Well, they ain’t lying! The quality of cars on display is usually top notch too, and that’s partly what makes this show awesome. It could also have something to do with the time of year, being the last outdoor event on the calendar, a lot of people are about to tuck their show cars away for winter. Westside is one final stage for your pride and joy to make a spectacle before the new show season (Unless you’re attending Ultimate Stance this weekend, of course – but the crowd there is slightly different). The ideology for Westside is pretty simple really. Book out a cricket club on the outskirts of West London, bring your friends and their cars (of which 80% happen to be concourse condition classic Volkswagens), get the family to help out with some incredible home-cooked food, 80s/90s music and you’re onto a winner. It’s no surprise that the show has grown year on year but still remains a small, relaxed event.


Julian Loose’s widebody Audi B5 RS4 on Air Lift / AccuAir suspension & RAD48 RSI’s




Shaun Grazette’s BMW E92 on Air Lift suspension & Blitz Technospeed Z1’s



Liam Chapman’s BMW E46 on BC Racing coilovers & Rotiform BLQ’s



Sandeep Gill’s BMW E30 325i cabriolet on Air Lift suspension & Schmidt TH-Line’s




Adam Farrington’s Seat Leon


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




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








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




Will Smith’s Audi D2 A8 on Air Lift suspension & Rotiform CCV DDT’s



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



Gursh Chohan’s BMW E30 cabriolet on Air Lift suspension & BBS RS



Scott Paterson’s BMW E36 Touring on BC Racing coilovers & Throwing Stars



Sam Ratcliffe’s BMW E46 M3 on APEX ARC-8’s



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



Josh Mussell’s static Nissan 350Z on WORK Meister S1′s




Jamie Hitchcock’s static BMW Z4 on WORK Meister S1’s



Kay Singh’s BMW E30 M42-Turbo on Air Lift suspension & Rotiform TMB’s





Car Audio & Security’s Porsche 964 on Rotiform FUC’s



Car Audio & Security’s Dodge Challenger SRT on Air Lift suspension



Car Audio & Security’s BMW M4 & E30 M3



Car Audio & Security’s BMW M4 on Air Lift suspension & Rotiform RSE’s



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



Mark Fisher’s Volkswagen Mk5 Golf GTI Edition30 on Air Lift suspension & BBS RS-GT’s



Car Audio & Security’s Audi RS2 on Rotiform STR’s



Jason Zeigler’s VW Mk7 Golf R on Air Lift suspension & Rotiform KPS’s




PROFUSION Customs’ Porsche 964 RWB on WORK Meister S1′s

@profusioncustoms / @rwbuk


George Assi’s BMW E24 635CSI on Air Lift suspension & BBS RS




Alex Hurd’s BMW E46 330ci M Sport on Air Lift suspension & WORK Meister S1’s



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




Jay Kalsi’s static BMW E30 cab on OZ Futura’s




Jas Singh Bains’ static BMW E38 on OZ Breyton’s



Barry Selwood’s bagged Mk1 Golf Cabriolet on BBS RS’s


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



Bally Hanspal’s BMW E46 M3 cabriolet on Air Lift suspension & ACS Type 2’s




Kelly Holliday’s VW Mk4 Golf R32 on AccuAir suspension & HRE 501′s



David Sanders’ VW Mk5 Golf Edition30 on Air Lift suspension & BBS RS




Anton Elliott’s VW Mk1 Golf


Jeeten Ghedia’s BMW E38 on BC Racing coilovers



Ben Macrae’s bagged VW Mk6 Golf on 3SDM 0.06’s



Tony Saund’s Audi C5 S6 on BC Racing coilovers & Radi8 R8A10’s





Michelle Waters’ widebody Audi B5 S4 on Air Lift suspension & RAD48 VR’s



Stuart Connell’s VW Mk2 Golf GTI on Air Lift suspension & BBS RM’s



Harry Chodha’s bagged Mk1 Golf Cabriolet on BBS RS



Kos Loizou’s BMW E24 635CSI on ACT splits




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



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







Joe P’e’s Volkswagen T25 pickup on hydraulic suspension



Joe Saunders’ VW Mk3 Golf TFSI on OZ Turbo’s



Carl Levy’s VW Mk1 Caddy on BBS RM’s




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




I’m really pleased that Westside has stuck to the same venue. It seems like they could move somewhere bigger every year with ease. Instead, they stick to what they know and what works. Let’s face it, there’s plenty of larger shows you can visit, but this is partly what makes Westside unique. Some worry about getting their car into the show because of the limited space – I say just turn up earlier! I think I said it in my previous article, but 2016 has not been kind to us in regards to rain… Luckily the rain stayed away for this show, but it had been chucking it down the previous night, which meant wet roads on route to the show. This blatantly put a few people off, but it just so happened that people turned up a bit later than usual. The show was heaving. I turned up, caught up with loads of friends, admired some impressive cars, and feasted on some fantastic Jamaican and Indian food. What’s not to love? If you’ve still not been to Westside, you’ve been missing out.

We’ll catch you all very soon with our booth at Ultimate Stance (Telford International Centre) on Sunday 30th October.


More info on Westside Treffen:

Westside website

Westside on Facebook

Westside on Instagram



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Players 10.0

Date: 18 September 2016

Location: North Weald Airfield, Essex


Words & Photos by Henry Phull


There’s one show that, undoubtedly, initiated the birth of several modified car shows in the UK… the one and only Players at North Weald Airfield. Founded by Jamie McToldridge and Carl Taylor, their vision came into fruition by hosting a new type of show that catered for all petrolheads within the clustered automotive world, but most importantly, oozing anything cool. Naturally, Players is known to have a strong presence of cars sporting Air Lift suspension and Rotiform wheels, but that’s to be expected when they are the main sponsors of the event. BUT, it’s balanced out with plenty of diversity. For example, walking into the main show, the first thing that would’ve met your eyes was a jacked up Chevy Impala lowrider. Followed by the UK’s first RWB Porsche. Then a classic Mercedes-Benz to a brand new BMW M4 on air. From a selection of Mk1 Golfs, to a Bagged Austin Healey! And people say that there’s no variation left these days? Well, I’m sorry, but that’s just plain B.S. – Jamie and Carl are two guys with quite the opposite taste in cars – put them together and you’ve got a team of incredible curators, showing us what is cool, and what’s going to ‘wow’ you as soon as you step foot into their show. Players 10.0 proved that they’ve still got it, ten years later.


Pav Gill’s Chevrolet Impala SS lowrider on hydraulics



PROFUSION Customs’ Porsche 964 RWB on Work Meister S1’s

@profusioncustoms / @rwbuk




James Brown’s bagged Mercedes-Benz 190E on Rotiform MBZ’s




Raj Sangha’s Audi RS2 on Rotiform STR’s




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




Kim Cowden’s Mk1 Golf



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



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


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



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




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



Marcel Bäumer’s Mercedes-Benz W108 280SE on Air Lift suspension




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



Will Drayson’s BMW E92 on Air Lift suspension & Rotiform BLQ’s



Raj Sangha’s BMW M4 on Air Lift Suspension & Rotiform RSE’s




JAG’S Bodyshop’s Audi B5 S4 Avant



Max Marshall’s Austin Healey on Air Lift suspension




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




Dan Tuttle’s 1960 Chevrolet Impala on Air Lift suspension




Jamie McToldridge’s Mercedes-Benz W123 230CE on Air Lift suspension & Rotiform LHR’s



Ryan Stewart’s track-spec Porsche Cayman on Rotiform LSR’s




Ash Squires’ 1987 Mk2 Toyota Soarer on Tein coilovers & SSR Mk1′s



Jon Naish’s Nissan President on hydraulic suspension



Jamie McToldridge’s RX8 Rotary-swapped 1966 Datsun 520 on Air Lift suspension





Andy Maguire’s Audi B5 RS4 Avant on Air Lift suspension


Jamie Wootton’s 1966 Volkswagen Beetle on Empi wheels



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





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



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



Andy Ware’s Mk6 Golf on Air Lift suspension & stepped-up BBS RS’s



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



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



Alex Begley’s BMW E92 M3 on Air Lift suspension & Fifteen52 Tarmacs



HR Autoworks’ 1957 Oval & Ben Rye’s 1957 Oval Ragtop

@hrautoworks / @oldrag57


James Ellerker’s static Mk1 Ford Fiesta



Dub-It’s Volkswagen Type2



Matt Bampton’s Mk3 Golf GTI ABT 16v on Air Lift suspension



Lala Miah’s BMW 635CSi on Air Lift suspension & custom-built M-system Throwing Star splits




JAG’S Bodyshop’s Liberty Walk BMW E92 M3



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



Beth Halsey’s Audi A1 on Air Lift suspension & Rotiform BLQ-2’s



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



Joe P’e’s Volkswagen T25 pickup on hydraulic suspension



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




Hunain K’s Mk6 Golf R on Air Lift suspension & OZ Futura’s






Rich Tapp’s Nissan Skyline R32 on OZ Futura’s



Kat Giles’ Audi Q3 on Air Lift suspension & Rotiform KPS’s



Mikel Roe’s Mk6 Jetta on AccuAir suspension & OZ Futura’s



Chris Phillips’ static Lexus IS200 on WORK Equip’s




Alex Hurd’s BMW E46 330ci on Air Lift suspension & WORK Meister S1’s



Billy Hilton’s Audi S8 on KW suspension & Rotiform CCV’s



Sean Crompton’s static BMW E36 ‘vert on Carline CM6′s




Bekir Iskender’s BMW E39 540i on Air Lift suspension & custom 19″ 3pc Alpina Softline’s






So, Players remains on top with variation and unbeatable quality of cars – but, and it’s a big but, is it enough in this fast-moving automotive community? With so many new shows on the horizon, it’s clearly becoming more and more of a chore to keep up with the youngsters and new breed of car enthusiasts. With content from shows popping up on Instagram before you even have a chance to look around in person, there’s an unfortunate sense of impatience in the car scene these days. I get the feeling that the North Weald show is gradually becoming second to its younger sister, Players Classic, which is the event that seems to get bigger and better each year – plus there’s the history and motorsport heritage that comes with the location of Goodwood Motor Circuit. North Weald will always remain a special place to ourselves and others that have been part of the scene for years – but could it be time for a change of format? We’ll be supporting it nonetheless.


More info on Players:

Players website

Players on Facebook

Players on Instagram



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Retro Rides Gathering 2016

Date: 28 August 2016

Location: Shelsley Walsh, Worcester


Words & Photos by Henry Phull


It’s that time of year where we take a break from the usual shenanigans of static ‘stance-orientated’ car shows, and head deep into the British countryside… more specifically, the idyllic Shelsley Walsh in Worcester, to the historic hill climb. It’s here that every year, members of the Retro Rides forums get together for one big event, the ‘Gathering’. Now, this isn’t like any typical car show. Here you’ll find cars that you won’t see anywhere else, in fact, a lot of them only attend this one event on the calendar, and I’m pretty sure a lot of them aren’t even that active on social media. I know right, that sort of messes up our usual style of event coverage, but let’s go with it. Anyway, I’ve been attending the Retro Rides Gathering since 2013, and it just keeps getting better, year on year (regardless of the weather). Over this time I’ve noticed that more and more classic car enthusiasts are finding out about this motorsport-orientated event, bringing a higher calibre of cars each time I visit.




It’s as simple as that. There’s a huge sense of appreciation for all marques at this event – and no whining about what and what isn’t acceptable like in the VAG scene. You’ll see everything from rat-look to fully prepped race cars. And it’s not just the high-performance cars that get a go up the hill climb either, the variety of cars can be hilarious at times – even a hearse went up this year (which you’ll find below)! I’ve done my best to select the images that show off what the Gathering is all about… A broad range of cars, but still focusing on what you guys and gals come to Slam Sanctuary for. But first, let’s take a look at some of the cars that ventured up the hill.


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




Retropower’s Audi Sport Quattro SWB rep




Joshua Tamwar O’Sullivan’s Mazda MX5




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



Pipey McGraw’s W8-powered Volkswagen K70





Jonathan Briggs’ Renault Extra Van w/GT Turbo conversion



Andy Bower’s Mk1 Ford Capri


Luke Herbert’s Mk2 Volkswagen Polo



Adam Hazlewood’s M52-swapped BMW E30




Tom Barry’s BMW E30 325i



David Whitefield’s Cadillac Brougham Hearse


Richard Woolmer’s Austin A35


Alex Penberthy’s Mk2 Volkswagen Polo



Daniel Lark’s C33 Nissan Laurel



Luke Drinan’s Mk2 Ford Escort



Rob Phillips’ M50-swapped BMW E30



Murray Eversham’s Ford Escort RS Turbo



James Cass’ C32 Nissan Laurel



Mark Brown’s BMW E30 M3 on KW suspension & BBS Magnesium split rims






If the burnouts, tyre smoke and the sound of cars going up the hill climb get a bit too much, there’s always a chance to take a stroll through the club field. Now, unlike most static car shows, the display part of the Gathering is made up of club stands – these are pre-booked prior to the event. This works really well, guaranteeing groups of friends the ability to park up together for the day. There’s also a “Retro Parking” area, too, which allows cars that turn up on the day to still be involved.


Benny Rees’ 1976 Toyota Celica GT on WORK Equip Spirit 11’s (front) & SSR Riverside R109’s (rear)




Rich Tapp’s Nissan Skyline R32 on OZ Futura’s



Lily Carton’s Nissan Silvia S14




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



Chris’ bagged Ginetta G15




Joe Scott’s BMW E21 on Compomotive TS501’s



Luke Polyblank’s Toyota AE86



Anthony Steel’s Volvo 240 on Advan SA3R’s



Carl Raine’s Fiat 126



Audi RS2 Avant


BMW E34 Touring


C10 Nissan Skyline



Mark Bullock’s Vauxhall Cavalier Turbo


Conor Elliott’s Volkswagen Mk2 Golf



Si McNally’s VR6-swapped Volkswagen Mk2 Golf on Fifteen52 Formula TR’s



Eden Cayless’ VW Type2 on Gotti’s



Arfan Talib’s Mercedes-Benz W126 “Trasco” 1000SEL on BBS RF’s





Lala Miah’s BMW 635CSi on Air Lift suspension & custom-built M-system Throwing Star splits





BMW E12 Alpina B7 S Turbo



William Harris’ Austin Mini Clubman





Adam Burton’s Mercedes-Benz W123 on hydraulic suspension



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




Robin Whitfield’s ‘Bosozoku-style’ Nissan Sunny



Sean Robbins’ bagged Datsun 240Z with BMW M52 2.8l engine swap on Extreme Offset Wheels






There’s not much more I can say really, other than if you haven’t been to Retro Rides Gathering before, don’t let yourself miss it again – book it in the diary for next year. You’ll be amazed by the unmatchable vibe that it possesses. With wacky, rare and intriguing cars, it’s completely different to any other automotive event on the calendar, something I constantly tell people when they ask about it. We will be back again next year, without a doubt.


More info on Retro Rides Gathering:

Retro Rides Gathering website

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Gravity 2016

Date: 17 July 2016

Location: NAEC, Stoneleigh, Warwickshire


Words & Photos by Henry Phull


Launching a new automotive event in the congested UK show circuit is a daunting task. For people that do what we do, a dedicated show is the ultimate dream and accomplishment, which our friends at Slammed UK have managed to achieve this year with their debut show ‘Gravity’. With more and more shows popping up on the calendar, the venue has become the ‘make or break’ factor. Jordan, the main man behind Slammed UK and Gravity, spent a lot of time getting it right, opting for NAEC at Stoneleigh Park, Warwickshire – just outside of Coventry. An ideal central location, easily accessible for the rest of the country, and with plenty of indoor space – absolutely critical now that the British weather has become as unpredictable as ever. With two halls; a VIP-style room similar to those at Ultimate Dubs, a main hall with barn-like lighting & attributes, plus a large outside area, there was a nice contrast of backdrops which makes for an overall captivating feeling. Slammed UK are known for their variation in the car scene and their show was the perfect example of that. Take a look at our highlights…


Paul Burns’ bagged BMW E28 on Gottis





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



Jack Parson’s Volvo S40 on D2 / Air Lift suspension & BBS SR’s



Daniel Coates’ Mk6 Golf GTI on Air Lift suspension & Rotiform BLQ-T’s



Mat Finch’s Porsche 997 Gen1 CSR on HRE forged wheels



Chris Howes’ VW T5 on Air Lift suspension & Detroit Steel Wheels




Luke Shaw’s Mk3 Golf on Air Lift suspension & BBS RC041’s



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



Auto Finesse’s BBS-kitted VW Mk2 Golf on Air Lift suspension & Ronal centrelocks



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



Lala Miah’s BMW 635CSi on Air Lift suspension & custom-built M-system Throwing Star splits





Danny Webster’s bagged Mk6 Ford Fiesta on BBS RS’s




Abi Clarke’s VW Beetle on Air Lift suspension & 3SDM 0.08’s



Rich Knowles’ Mazda MX5 on hydraulic suspension & WORK Meister S1’s



Joshua Woodward’s Mini Cooper S on Air Lift suspension & BBS RS’s



Shaun Grazette’s BMW E92 on Air Lift suspension & Blitz Technospeed Z1’s




Sam Roden’s bagged Renault Clio 197 on OZ Futura’s



Joe Chatfield’s Mk2 Jetta on Air Lift suspension & Fuchs’



Ben Hughes’ bagged Mini Cooper on Fifteen52 Tarmac’s




Team SPB’s Mercedes-Benz CLS on hydraulic suspension & Vossen CV7’s





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



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



James Cowley’s static wide body Honda S2000 on WORK Meister S1’s



Rob Blackwell’s Honda S2000 on Air Lift suspension & CCW D110’s




Kaz Singh’s BMW E39 on Air Lift suspension & Rotiform LHR’s



Adam Moore’s Mk4 Golf on Air Lift suspension & Rotiform IND-T’s



Tom Grimshaw’s Audi Q3 on AccuAir suspension & Rotiform IND-T’s


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



Sam Dean’s VW Lupo on Air Lift suspension & custom Exip wheels



Zak Starr’s Nissan Skyline GTR R32 on Cosmis Racing XT-005R’s





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




Andy Ware’s Mk6 Golf on Air Lift suspension & stepped-up BBS RS’s




Dan Taylor’s BMW E46 M3 on Air Lift suspension & BBS RS2’s



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



Meguiar’s Ford Crown Victoria on Air Lift suspension





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



Dan Birkinshaw’s bagged Mk5 Jetta on BBS GT004′s



Charlie Evans’ static BMW E28 on AC Schnitzer Type 1’s




George Powell’s static Hillman Imp on Ultralite wheels



Mark Loony’s Honda Civic EK on hydraulic suspension & BBS RS’s




Tom Heap’s bagged Mercedes-Benz C124 on WORK Meister S1’s



Az Riz’s BMW E92 on Air Lift / AccuAir suspension & WORK VS-XX’s





Joe Addison’s static BMW E36 cabriolet on Gotti’s



Beinn Dale Goodchild’s static Polo Coupe



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



Lee Curtis’ Audi C5 A6 Allroad on Air Lift suspension & Rotiform CCV DDT’s





So, did Gravity exceed our expectations? I’d say so. It’s difficult to stand out from other shows, but the choice of venue completely made it for us. We don’t always want to see a perfect looking show hall, and Gravity’s main hall was different to most shows – with more of an air-cooled vibe to it, which actually worked really well with the range of cars on display. Of course, being a debut show, there were a few things that could be improved on, but that’s to be expected – I’m sure Jordan and the team now have plenty to think about and are already planning next year’s show. If you missed it, don’t think twice about attending in 2017 – Gravity is definitely one to watch.


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Slammed UK on Facebook

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Eurosunday 2015

Location: Lommel, Belgium

Date: 7 June 2015


Words & Photos by Henry Phull



Eurosunday is one of those European shows I’ve been wanting to go to ever since I started Slam Sanctuary. It’s the show that everyone always raves to me about. I thought I’d be missing it yet again this year – mainly due to low funds having recently spent too much on my project car. Sounds familiar, right? However, flashback to 8pm on the Saturday night before the show, and I received a message from my friend Mark saying “Eurosunday….?”. After a few minutes of laughing at each other, we checked the Euro Tunnel prices, £60 return. Doable! Belgium and back in one day… it seemed like madness, considering we are all the way in Bournemouth – 170 miles from Folkestone. But thinking about it, what else were we going to do on a Sunday? Alarms set for 3.30am, we set off at 4am and thrashed the Mk4 to the Euro Tunnel, with a McDonald’s breakfast and coffee stop tied in of course. To our dismay and after our stupidly early start, we arrived at the Euro Tunnel terminal only to be told there were delays of up to two hours… we weren’t impressed!



Once we finally boarded the train, a brief 40 minutes later we were in Calais, and set off straight away to the show venue. As we were now running late, we gunned it through the short stretch of France and over the border, making our way past Antwerp and then through the delightful countryside into Lommel. We only stopped once for a toilet break by the side of the road! The venue itself was situated in the nearby industrial estate, completely abandoned from the public, making it an ideal venue to host a car show.


We arrived just after Midday, and I was shocked at the sheer amount of cars in the show, it was definitely bigger than anything I’m used to in the UK. Plus to make things even better, it was super hot. After a quick glance at the cars whilst queuing to get in, we both knew we’d made the right decision to do this crazy last minute trip. Anyway, sit back, and let me take you through my show highlights…


Roberto Polo’s Vento front-ended Mk3 Golf on Air Lift bags and colour coded OZ Futura’s


Misha Strik’s Mk2 Golf on Eta Beta Turbo’s

I learnt that Misha, a good friend of the show organisers, unfortunately passed away recently… His friends and family are still taking his Mk2 to shows and keeping the dream alive, awesome!



Jan-pieter Luca’s Volkswagen K70 bagged on a custom KEAN Suspensions setup






Nato Stark Luis’ Mk4 R32 Golf


Matthias Niestroj’s Mk1 Golf


Danny Swartz’s bagged Beetle on the Streetcustoms.nl stand


Matt Clifford’s bagged BMW 840ci on 19″ Rotiform LHR’s on the Watercooled Society stand


Will Smith’s bagged VW Polo 6n2 on Rotiform TMB’s


Bryan De Bondt’s Audi A3 on OZ Futura’s


Matt Payne’s Mk2 Skoda Fabia running Air Lift suspension and 17″ SSR 3pc wheels on the Only Charged Dubs stand


KEAN Suspensions’ bagged Audi A6 Allroad on 22″ Vossen CVT’s


Ost Wesley’s Audi S3 sedan dumped on AccuAir suspension and Rotiform DAB’s


Anton Harnie’s BMW E82 123d, with custom KEAN Suspensions air ride and VIP Modular VRS15 Concave wheels



Keviin Do’s Mk6 Golf on OZ Futura’s from Luxembourg


James Harper’s Audi S3 on air and 19″ OZ Racing centrelocks


Jeffrey Paulusse’s Mk4 R32 Golf on Air Lift suspension and BBS E88 split rims



Davy Binst’s VW Beetle


John Vinx’s VW Passat on ACT split rims


Bart Liekens’ Mk2 Golf on BBS RF’s


Patrick Kreuz’s bagged Mercedes-Benz 190E W201


Julian Loose’s widebody B5 Audi RS4 on RAD48 LR 2.0 wheels and R8 ceramic front brakes



Georgie Marlow’s Mk1 Golf on ceramic polished BBS RM’s


Indy Virk’s static VW Passat “Stilltaxi” on Audi S8 wheels


Steve Fraser and Kats Giles’ Mk6 and Mk5 Golfs running Felgen Werkes’ ceramic polished Rotiforms


Kats Giles’ wide-arch Mk5 Golf on Air Lift suspension


Pro-Art’s BMW E90 with M3 body kit conversion and KEAN Suspensions air install


Andreas Langen’s bagged Audi Avant


Kiran Mistry’s Mk1 Golf on Air Lift suspension and BBS E50’s


Jamie McToldridge’s static G60-powered Mk1 Golf


Coenen Joery’s Mini GP running Robert Racing Airride (on AP coilovers) and Rotiform VCE’s


Wulteput Dietrich’s TA22 Toyota Celica GT on air ride



Kristof Mombaerts’ Porsche 964 sitting on gold-centred Rotiform LVS’s


Mark Allen’s Mk4 Golf estate “Wilma” with custom air ride, Bora front-end conversion and Eta Beta split rims


Faz Ahmed’s Calypso BMW E30 ‘vert on Air Lift bags and 16″ 7.5j & 8.5j BBS RS’s


Prakash Thanky’s BMW E21 with M50B25 engine conversion, Air Lift custom suspension and Carline CM2 splits with 3″ and 4″ dishes




Wim Ronal’s Mk2 Golf 4-door on OZ Turbo split rims


Mark Van de Watering’s bagged Audi Avant on polished Rotiform BWE’s


Dennis Werweissdasschon’s Mk3 Golf on 3-spokes



Maarten’s Porsche 964 sitting on BBS E88’s and KW V3 HLS suspension


 RM Concept‘s custom bagged Audi 100 on BBS RS’s



Patrick Prüß’s Volkswagen Beetle


Mk1 Golf on BMW BBS Style19’s


Volkswagen Brasilia




Stefaan’s BMW E30 M3 on BBS RS


Kevin Pourtois’s 1976 BMW E3 2.8L on custom air ride and BBS Style5’s



Steven Vleugels’ bagged VW Scirocco on 20″ Jaguar BBS Sepang wheels




Steve Vanoppen’s 1957 Oval on air ride and 17″ Fuchs


Bram Depraitere’s bagged Mk6 GTD wagon sitting on Eta Beta Porsche wheels


Laetitia Empain’s bagged Audi TT on RH splits


Dimii Jacobs’ Luxor beige BMW E30 on a custom Robert Racing Airride setup, custom sport interior and BBS RS wheels



Andy Hatton’s bagged Mk4 Golf estate


Sebastien Quintin’s Mk7 Golf on Air Lift suspension and 20″ Vossen CVT’s


Andy Willems’ 1973 Mercedes-Benz S280 W108 on custom air ride and 18″ Intro Wheels



Jack Frost’s Mk2 Jetta with colour-coded RH split rims


Glenn Op de Beeck’s Porsche 964 on KW Suspension and Eta Beta splits



Raf Jans’ BMW E46 coupe on ACS Type 1’s



Frederik Ceulemans’ Mk1 Scirocco with 16VT, BBS RS, air ride and custom retrimmed Porsche interior


Crabbe Jasper’s static Mk4 Golf on Eta Beta splits




Robert Schor’s Mk2 Golf with 16v G60 motor, US front and bumpers, sitting on BBS Le Mans wheels




Costa Xouras’ 1984 Porsche 911 Carrera 3.2 on 16″ BBS RS’s, stepped up to 17″



Kevve Raekelboom’s old BMW E21 on custom AccuAir suspension by KEAN and BBS Super RS



Nick Oude Nijhuis’ static and caged Mk3 Golf on PLS 3pc splits



Faah Bio’s static B7 Audi A4 on Vossen CV7’s


Nick Sas’ BMW E24 with ACS wheels and bodykit


That sums up my Eurosunday highlights, hopefully you enjoyed my selection! We stuck around for a short while after the show but then remembered that we had another train to catch, so we hit the road again. Just before we got to Antwerp we bumped into Jamie, Kiran and the rest of the Players crew in their two Mk1’s. As they were also heading for the Euro Tunnel, we decided to join their convoy. Let me tell you, following these two beauties at neck breaking speeds through Belgium and France was quite a sight! Naturally I had to grab a few rolling shots…





I’m so pleased that I finally managed to get over to Belgium for the day. Not only was it my first Eurosunday, but my first ever European car show. You know those mates that constantly go on about how much better Euro shows are? We’ve all got them… Well I’m sorry to say, but I think it’s probably true! This has just made me want to do a lot more Euro shows as soon as possible! Don’t get me wrong, I love the UK shows, but it was certainly nice to mix things up a bit and see some cars I’m not used to seeing. On that note, I’d recommend it to anyone. Hopefully Slam Sanctuary will be back next year!


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Bimmers & Burgers 2

Words & Photos by Henry Phull


After the success of last year’s event, the guys at Bimmer Boys and Auto Enhance decided to bring back their ‘Bimmers & Burgers’ event for 2015, held again at Auto Enhance’s very own premises in Essex. Widely known for their wide range of bodystyling, interior and performance accessories, they prepped the surrounding industrial estate once again for a BMW takeover. Hailing from the south coast, this was another rather long journey for me, but as usual it was fully worth the effort, the sun was shining and the BMW’s were out in force making for an awesome day out. Plus, a perfect chance to catch up with friends and meet new ones – something I usually have less time for at a regular car show, which is why I love these smaller chilled out events. Anyway, here are my highlights from the day…



This was the first time I had the chance to check out Joey Hazell’s E36 ‘vert since fitting his recently stepped up BBS RS’s which look incredible. The car is also running hydraulic suspension and a whole list of other mods longer than my arm.




Outside and repping’ for Auto Enhance, Dee Barwick’s E82 123d finished in Austin yellow and sitting well on a set of 3SDM 0.04’s.



Alongside was James Barrett’s gorgeous E46 M3 repsprayed in Lamborghini Grigio Telesto grey and rocking some Quantum 44 S1 monoblock alloys.



In my opinion, Ben Young’s E92 335d is one of the best cars to pull off 3SDM’s 0.06 wheel. As well as looking awesome on air, this thing has been remapped and goes like stink!



Marsel Theodhori’s M535i is one of the most highly modified E28’s I’ve ever seen, but the most impressive thing of all is that it’s packing a M106 with 500hp of turbo madness.




Moving on and back to that stance we all love, check out the PBMW Magazine E39 540i on a full Air Lift set up, featuring a lovely hard line install by Studio Incar. This sits so well on those OZ splits.




I’m excited for Richard Ansari to fit his newly widened OZ Mito’s soon, meanwhile his E46 M3 still looked pretty awesome on the temporary set of AC Schnitzers.



It’s always a joy to photograph Becky Evans’ E21. Bagged on Air Lift and AutoPilot V2, rocking a super rare rear louvre, and currently sitting on a classic set of BBS RS’s, it’s no surprise that this was the car that only last year kicked off the E21 trend in the UK. She has a few changes up her sleeve for the rest of the year which will be revealed soon enough and should surprise a few people.




I’d not seen this out since Westside last year, but Tej Panesar made it down in his bagged E36 ‘vert.



This Sapphire black E60 M5 may be familiar to some, now owned by Phil Robinson, it’s packed with upgrades such as Eventuri intakes, an Evolve E-tronic exhaust and Alcon Super front and rear big brake kit, to name a few.



I’ve always had a soft spot for Kamal Sokhi’s Alpine white E30 Touring, featuring an M52 conversion and a complementing set of OZ Futura’s.



Around the corner I ran into a gang of bagged E92’s, starting with Az Riz’s 330d on 19″ Quantum 44’s.



Joshua Hay’s example has to be the meanest looking of them all, sitting on SSR Professor MS1 wheels and bagged by Studio Incar on Air Lift bags / AccuAir eLevel management with a stunning boot install showing off those dual tanks, hard lines and audio set up.




Wheel wise, I think Shaun Grazette had it down with his 335i on Blitz Technospeed’s, tucking huge 11.5’s at the rear.



My car of the day had to be this E30 M3. Everything about it was just perfect, firstly you’ll notice it has been right hand drive converted – a major mod that you don’t see often, especially on an M3. Furthermore, it was hiding an S54 lump out of an E46 M3 along with a supercharger! A gorgeous interior finished it off along with genuine BBS LM’s giving it that motorsport look.






Of course later in the day a few non-BMW’s managed to sneak in under the radar. Check out Jag Singh’s (Jag’s Bodyshop) Rocket Bunny kitted V8 Mercedes CLK…




I wasn’t sure whether to include this, but thinking about it, I’m hoping it will raise some awareness. Unfortunately an E24 635CSI was rear ended by a Mk5 Golf on the road outside the event, I’m not sure on the full details but the driver of the BMW was taken away in an ambulance – hopefully he’s okay! Anyway, it goes to show that accidents do happen, so be careful out there or your pride and joy could end up like this. A sad sight, especially considering I’m a 635CSI owner myself.



I’m always confident that the turnout will be in the high numbers whenever Bimmer Boys organise an event, and Bimmers & Burgers was no different. A nice variation of BMWs, an ideal venue at Auto Enhance, good people and tasty burgers. I’m sure it’ll be back next year, so keep an eye out in 2016 and if you’re driving a BMW, make sure you head on down.

Queen Square Bristol Breakfast Club – April 2015

Words & Photos by Steph Clarke


Bristol is only a short half hour drive from me yet I have never been to one of these monthly early morning meets before but after this one, it won’t be my last! As the name suggests, it’s a breakfast meet held by the Avenue Drivers Club, so I started my morning off by meeting a couple of friends in a local petrol station at 7:15am! We arrived in Bristol at around 8am and already the turnout was looking pretty good. Held in a cobbled square near the centre of Bristol everything is fairly contained and being a one way system you pretty much get to see everything with an almost constant flow of cars doing laps.


911’s are probably my favourite car of all time (as you might notice..) and although I never got to see this little gem parked up it looked so good driving round the square.



Next up was this gorgeous 911 Carrera Super Sport. Black with matching Fuchs with a polished dish is a timeless look I will never get tired of.



Another top favourite car for me is the E30 M3 and this was a very tidy example.




If you missed this in the Ultimate Dubs coverage, then this is Rory Hamilton’s bagged Mercedes W115 240D looking classy as always on a set of BBS Mahle wheels.



Fellow classic Merc owner Ian ‘Woody’ Woodridge parked up alongside in his bagged E46 M Sport whilst his Mercedes is still with the lads at Studio Incar for some Air Lift action.



This pair immediately caught my eye; both had such a strong presence. I don’t think they hung around for too long so I’m glad I got the chance to take a look as you don’t see these all that often! First up a very special E23 Alpina B10 (735i) and nestled behind that was an equally special E24 M635CSi.




I was really feeling this little Saab 99 Turbo.



Tucked down a side road out of sight from the main square was this Toyota AE86



For me this meet was also about seeing a lot of cars which I have no shame in saying I had no idea what they were. This was no exception but I do now know this is called a K1 Attack and it’s a kit car sold by a company called B Racing.  It certainly looked interesting!



Parked next to the red M3 pictured at the beginning was another superb example of a M3. This is by far my favourite M3 colour and these two always had my attention when walking past.




Jamie’s caged Porsche 911 3.2 Carrera looking great on some Cup 1 wheels.



Another car that was new to me, a Toyota Mk2 JZX110 with Weds Kranze ERM wheels.




Something else unexpected was this crazy E10 with a few added extras, including an M60 V8 swap!




A good mix of Ferraris, Lamborghinis, Aston Martins and other exotics also made it along.



Check out this track ready E36 honouring a little throw back to the DTM cars.




I have a sneaky suspicion this E30 wasn’t quite the 316 it says to be, it sounded incredible!



Paul Batten’s Mk3 Golf was doing the Venoms some justice, a top 90’s wheel choice.



Another iconic Porsche, the 930 Turbo. This was parked in a pretty awkward spot for me so so made sure I got a snap of it making its way out.



Chris Jones’ MX5 with Extreme Offset Wheels. I was in front of this on the drive up but the drive back was a different story, ears and bleeding springs to mind!



Lewis Webb two toned EF Civic Sedan on Rota Mesh wheels.



More Porsche, this looked pretty RUF to me..




Guy Higg’s E30 was certainly drawing in the crowds with its S50 engine out of the E36 M3 with a cheeky addition of ITB’s. I don’t think I’ve ever said an engine is good looking but this is a good looking bay! I’ve seen this at a couple local shows/meets and I unfortunately keep missing out on hearing it!




Lastly, Dick Lovett made an appearance with a couple of their new electric cars, the i3 and this, the i8. The i8 seems to divide opinion on looks but I’m starting to think it looks kinda cool.



I really enjoyed the morning, it had all bases covered and nothing was off limits, from giant American trucks to Reliant Robins, it was there! This meet was a lot busier than I ever thought it would be, yet the atmosphere still remained chilled with everyone taking in both the sun (makes a change!) and the vehicles. You could walk round the square once, sit down for 2 minutes, walk round again and see a completely new row of parked cars. It was like an ever evolving show! I will 100% be aiming to go to the next one which has already been announced for Sunday 10th May, so check it out if you can.



Ultimate Stance 2014 – Part 3

Words & Photos by Henry Phull


Better late than never! We’re back with the final part of our Ultimate Stance coverage. In the first two parts we saw some incredible cars and this section gets even better, focusing on the final two halls of the show. First up, Wheel Whores were out in full force with an exclusive ‘Wheel Whores Show’, making its debut at Ultimate Stance. We were super excited for the swap meet they set up which allowed anyone to buy, sell or trade rare wheels right there at the show. Considering it was timed at the end of show season, this was the perfect opportunity for enthusiasts to buy and browse possible rims for winter projects. Plus they had the gorgeous Wheel Whores promo girls skating around the hall taking ‘Instagram selfies’ with show-goers. Adding live wheel building and refurbishing, tyre fitting tips and live pin striping, it was certainly the place to be.




Continuing along the infamous Wheel Whores pink carpet, we were taken in by Matt Glassup’s incredible Porsche 964 on a beautiful set of BBS RS wheels. This is an absolute dream 911.





Up at the front and representing the Wheel Whores show was Jayne Kay’s Pink Lady Racing fuel altered Model T drag car, along with Richie of Milestone71’s stunning Porsche 964.



We loved this cool addition to the show, the ‘Tikes and Trikes’ display and competition, some really outstanding kids toys that have been modified like nothing you’ve ever seen before!



Over on the Rothink stand was Andy Rudd’s insane T25 Transporter Pick Up, which completely blew us away – considering this is static with no air ride or hydraulics. Impressive!




Having snapped this a while back at Retro Rides Gathering, it was nice to see Shaun Mint’s Mk1 Nova saloon in attendance. It’s such a clean car after a long restoration and respray, and looks perfect on the G60 banded steels. No doubt, one of our favourite Vauxhalls of all time.



Huxley Motorsport were showing off their intense RA28 Celica drift car running an SR20 with around 300bhp and hoping for over 400 next season, definitely something to watch out for.



Alongside was Bryn Musselwhite’s Volvo 245 which recently had a new set of Volk Racing / Rays TE37 wheels, resulting in a hard as nails look.





Dan Taylor’s E46 M3 looked the business on Broadway Static custom coilovers and OZ Breyton splits.




Our friends from LikeHell were breaking necks as per usual with Jordan O’Sullivan’s Mini on Carline CM6 splits…



…And Josh Mussell’s static Nissan 350z on Work Meisters.



The last time we got up and close to this beauty was actually at Edition38 2013. Finally, we got to see it fully exposed thanks to Wheel Whores. Alex Wright’s Mk1 Golf has to be one of the countries best examples. Sitting on 8.5×15 BBS E30 splits, this Helios blue GTI is packing a 16v G60 motor and is not one to be missed.





Unsurprisingly, one of the most popular Mk2 Golf’s of the year is Simon Delahaye’s immaculate example on custom Pirelli P-Slot splits. Overall a car built to perfection.



Mixing things up quite a bit was Bobby from Milkandtwo with his DKW Schnellaster/F89, a super rare sight.



We adored Jack Hale’s Mercedes 280CE drag car running a small block Chevy V8. There’s something about building a drag car out of a luxury barge, so wrong, yet SO right. Clearly an incredible amount of work has taken place for this build and the result is outstanding.





The variation of vehicles has already been pretty awesome, and it continued with Ade Brannan’s Chrysler Horizon. A perfect example of bringing a retro car back to life with lows and wheels. It’s clean, too!



The same goes for Shaun Morris’ Mk1 Astra on polished Gotti splits, a credit to him in every way.



One vehicle that debuted at the start of show season was Jamie McToldridge’s Players’ Datsun pick up built by Balls’d. It’s crazy to think it’s done a whole season already, and we’re excited to see what’s in store for it next year.




The Kleen Freaks lineup is always on point and this show was no different, starting with Kats Gile’s bagged Mk5 on a gorgeous set of 3-piece Rotiform LHRs.



Not forgetting Rob and Harry’s Candy red Lupo GTI on CCW D11L 3-piece wheels along with Steve’s bagged Mk6 Golf.



With their amazing 0% Finance deals, Car Audio & Security always have a busy trade stand, in fact it was hard to take a shot due to the sheer amount of constant people gathering around the booth. Make sure you hit them up for your winter project needs.



BBS LM’s are not a wheel we often see anymore, but Neil Hargraves’ bagged Audi TT pulled them off really well with the gold centres and red caps to match the body colour.



CCW’s are always a stunning combination on Civics, especially like the polished examples shown below on Aaron Gemmell’s awesome EK.




Moving over to the Players & Dubkorps stand, we checked out Jay’s other car, a stunning Mk1 Golf which we’ve seen plenty of back from Players at North Weald a few months ago. Here it was sitting on a new set of wheels, some spectacular BBS E50 which really bring the car together.



We can’t forget the Players S14 either, built to be driven hard, on Air Lift Performance bags and Rotiform TMB’s.



Across the way, a lot of people including ourselves were talking about this R32 Skyline. If you think back to the old school Gran Turismo days, this is what you’ll remember. The car was absolutely immaculate, and looked like it had just driven out the showroom, all thanks to a squeaky clean colour change/respray. A show favourite, for sure.




Moving through the hallways we took a look at the PBMW and PVW magazine stands with some nice cars on display as usual.




…And into the final show hall, the more intimate carpeted room of them all, kicking off with Seb de Latour’s (editor of PBMW) E39 540i recently bagged by the guys at Studio Incar which sits very nicely especially at the rear, holy tuck!





Continuing with the theme of diversity.. what a pleasant surprise it was to see Retro Rides in attendance with their own stand. Retro Rides Gathering is one of our all time favourite shows so we loved that they had their own selection of cars at Ultimate Stance. Naturally, everything on display was something else! First up, Dean Meeson’s show-stopping Lotus Esprit, packing a 24v Alfa Romeo V6 engine, air ride and Compomotive CXN wheels. A sensational combination. What a car!




Another retro car with another engine swap… Dave Colledge’s Ford 2.3 Duratec powered Lada on banded steels, beautifully executed.



Aaron Harrison’s Volvo C30 was looking flawless on hydraulic suspension and finished off nicely with a set of RH ZW1 splits.



Tornado Red will always be one of the best colours on a Mk2, this example was simply stunning. A solid representation of how a classic Golf should look. Sitting low using Air Lift V2 suspension and 16″ BBS RS splits, this is one clean car. We loved the rear louvre too.



Going back even further in time was this mint Mk1 on Maserati/Campagnolo wheels, air ride and an AFH in the bay. Mk1 perfection?



On the other side of the hall Studio Incar had set up shop with a huge display, nice job Shakey! On show were some of the best car’s they’ve built over the past year.



Of course, Nick Sahota’s bagged E30 M3 with the S54 engine swap that debuted at the start of the season in the very same room at Ultimate Dubs. Nick and Studio Incar have done a tremendous job building a car with the intention of it going viral, and it certainly has. It’s probably one of the most talked about cars of 2014. Even the purists have grown to love it.



Their demo car, the Liberty Walk E92 M3 was recently given a fresh new style with a toned down wrap and black painted Rotiform TMB’s. It will be sad to see this car go soon.



Sam Beach’s murdered out E24 635CSI was looking menacing on a full Air Lift V2 custom suspension and Kerscher RX splits. Certainly an inspiration for our own 635 project!



Alongside was Joshua Hay’s E92, bagged with Air Lift bags/struts and controlled with AccuAir eLevel management. This thing sits SO well, check out the rear tuckage.



As if one wasn’t enough, let’s finish up back on the Retro Rides stand with another Lotus on air, Charlie Croker’s 1977 S1 Elite. Having read his build thread over at Retro Rides, it’s evident that Charlie has undertaken a massive project. Seeing what the car looked like when he picked it up and how gleaming it looks now is incredible.




And there we have it, our final show write up until next year. It has to be said, the organisers did extremely well with the first ever ‘Ultimate Stance’. We previously heard lots of people worrying about what the turnout would be like, given it being so late in the year with the Winter weather approaching and so on… Well, it was one of the best show’s we’ve attended, and it all comes down to the variation of cars, especially with these last two halls. Sure, we love Ultimate Dubs, but Ultimate Stance displayed cars from all walks of life in the car world, not just the usual specific show cars we have all become accustomed to (Of course, they still play a massive role in what we do). This time around, show goers were presented with vehicles which some would found difficult to work out what they even were. We feel a lot of eyes have been well and truly opened to what is possible if you look outside the box, this is a great thing and the right direction for the scene. Here’s to seeing more diversity next year… Thanks to the organisers for having us and see you all at Ultimate Dubs in 2015 for the season opener.