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Picking up a couple of exotics

Words & Photos by Henry Phull

 

I hadn’t planned on doing much last Saturday, but that all changed rather quickly after I received a call on Friday evening from my friend Nick Sahota (If you frequent the website, you might’ve heard of him. He owns the E30 M3 and E34 540i that we recently featured, along with a large collection of cars). “I’m picking up the Testarossa and Diablo tomorrow, do you want to come with me?”. Well, what would you have done? This did, however, mean a very early start for myself. I left mine at 6:15am, to get to Nicks in Southampton for 7am. The day started, almost catastrophically, with me aquaplaning twice along the A31 because the rain was so bad. Luckily, after doing a maximum of 50mph down the motorway, I made it in one piece to Nicks, where there were two commercial trailers waiting to be hitched up. The tow vehicles of choice were Nick’s X6M (his daily driver) and his friend Dean’s Nissan Navara pickup, with Chris and Steven piloting it. Still dark and pouring with rain, we connected the trailers and hit the road again for a 250-mile drive up to Bradford.

 

 

The weather throughout the drive was still dire, but the X6M made the journey a breeze thanks to the 4wd system, and with every optional extra ticked it was certainly the most comfortable BMW I’ve ever had the pleasure of being a passenger in. It turned out to be an ideal towing vehicle, too… Nick had to keep reminding himself that there was a trailer behind us as it was that unnoticeable. With a breakfast stop and a couple of toilet breaks, we finally made it up north to the luxurious A Kahn Design headquarters, the dealer which Nick purchased the cars from.

 

 

The Bradford branch is one of three Kahn dealerships (the other two in Leeds and London) and the main headquarters, full of some incredibly rare classic supercars including some of Kahn’s personal collection. These are the sort of cars you just don’t see, so walking upstairs into this first-floor showroom took my breath away.

 

 

After half an hour of wandering around and admiring these exotic beauties, we were led downstairs into the workshop, where Nicks new cars were waiting for him. The first car being a 1994 Lamborghini Diablo VT with just 29k on the clock. A Japanese import, the car has some questionable modifications, but fortunately, they’re mostly just badges, LED’s and old-school ICE that will be promptly removed, Nick assures me. The original Lamborghini teledial wheels were sourced too, so these will also be swapped over eventually.

 

 

The second car (because why not buy both, right?) is a Koenig Specials 1989 Ferrari Testarossa, again with a few trinkets (yes, more LEDs) that need removing, but a solid car with just 29k miles on it, like the Lambo. Nick has sourced a set of OZ Futuras to rebuild for the Testarossa which should totally transform it from the BBS wheels currently fitted.

 

 

With the cars checked over, it was time for the fun part… getting them on to the trailers. We were now super-worried that neither of the cars would fit, as they were so much wider than what we’d anticipated, especially the Lamborghini. Typically, Nick hadn’t actually measured anything prior to leaving. This made for an unforgetful experience.

 

Nick eyes-up the trailer

 

The Diablo VT patiently waiting to be loaded up

 

 

The problem we had was that the trailers Nick had brought were far from ideal. One trailer had sides and end poles that could not be removed on site, so it took numerous maneuvers to get the Testarossa onto the trailer properly. None of us really had any idea what we were doing so the whole debacle took some two and a half hours, mostly spent trying to get the Testarossa out of a sticky situation. It had become so late in the day, that we were starting to worry about it getting dark.

 

 

 

Being a Saturday afternoon, 90% of Kahn’s staff had gone home, so we were left with just one very helpful mechanic who went the extra mile to help us out. Getting the Diablo loaded was much easier, considering the other trailer had no protruding sides to get in the way, although it was still a tight fit. We finally managed it, although we’re probably on the internet elsewhere making fools of ourselves… I imagine any videos posted would be titled along the lines of “How not to load a supercar” or similar. In hindsight, it must have looked rather funny to anyone passing by.

 

 

We stopped half a mile down the road in the nearest petrol station to check whether the cars were comfortable on the trailers, and to fuel the tow vehicles for the long road home. All was good, although we took it a lot slower this time. Amazingly, Nick still didn’t even notice he was towing anything, even with a Diablo onboard. If you’re looking for a tow-car, I can’t recommend the X6M enough! By the time we hit the motorway it was already getting dark, which made for an extremely boring, and utterly stressful 5-6 hour drive home. We received plenty of thumbs up and people losing their minds once they spotted the cars though!

 

 

We made it back to Southampton with no issues and stopped to refuel one final time so that the new cars were ready to drive. Unloading the cars back home in near total darkness was also rather interesting, but after the earlier messing around, we were more confident with unloading.

 

 

Being up, close and personal with these cars was an unreal experience. These were the two cars that most of us dreamt of during our childhood. Does anyone else remember driving them on the old Need For Speed games? I never thought I’d be this close to either of them, let alone sit in them. It’s nowhere near the same as experiencing a modern-day supercar, as these two are simply iconic. Congratulations to Nick for finally adding two of his dream cars to the garage. I can’t wait to see him put his touch on them… I’m trying my best to convince him to put one of them on air, so who knows…

 

 

The next day, and with Nick being Nick, the Testarossa got some use straight away!

Kustom Kolors’ Open Day 2016

Date: 9 July 2016

Location: Kustom Kolors HQ, Christchurch, Dorset

 

Words & Photos by Henry Phull

 

If you haven’t heard of Kustom Kolors, well you’re in for a treat… They’re a local bodyshop specialising in everything from crash repairs to full restorations and custom work with plenty resulting in magazine features. Some of the rarest and most exotic cars pass through the workshop, so when Colin (the head honcho) got in touch a few months ago and suggested that I come along with the Slam Sanctuary pop-up store for their 2016 Open Day, I was completely game. In the past, their open days have always been a massive success, bringing numerous local car enthusiasts together. It’s awesome to team up with nearby businesses to show off what our area has to offer. Plus, being neighbours, Jimmy’s Iced Coffee got involved with sponsoring the event and came down in their huge Mercedes-Benz camper truck and were offering free iced coffee all day – perfect on a sunny day, which it was! Oh, did I mention that there was a free BBQ all day, too?

 

Richie Farrington’s Mk1 Golf GTI on BBS RM’s

@richievr

 

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

@lucybarlow1994

 

Lawrence Warner-Green’s BMW E60 on Air Lift suspension & 3SDM 0.08′s

@maverickwg

 

Carlos Gomez’s static BMW E36 on BBS Style19′s

@carlos_g88

 

Chris Phillips’ static BMW E36 saloon on Rota Grid’s

@chrispy_clean

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

A customer’s Porsche 911 Speedster

 

John Meade’s 1983 Ford Escort on banded steels w/Chevrolet hubcaps

@letitgoletitflow

 

 

Harry Hindmarsh’s static Mazda MX5 on WORK Equip’s

@equiped5

 

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

@crescenttyres

 

 

 

Dan Bartlett’s static Mk2 Golf on Extreme Offset Wheels

@dsbvid93

 

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

@doeboyfresh

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

 

 

 

 

A customer’s Shelby Cobra

 

 

A customer’s Lotus Esprit

 

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

@ollieberto

 

 

 

Sinclair Ellis’ narrowed 1949 ex-border patrol Split Beetle on Sprint Stars

 

Tom De Villiers’ static Mazda MX5 on WORK Meister S1’s

@shortbackandslides

 

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

@s_crompton

 

Mark Woodford’s bagged Chevrolet C10

@mwoodford83

 

Steven Doe & Lucy Barlow’s BMW E21’s

 

 

 

With plenty of Kustom Kolors customers in attendance, it was a perfect line up to show the variety of projects KK have the pleasure of working on. Seeing them all together just makes it extra special. Congratulations to everyone that took home an award, and simply for attending and showing support for your local companies – it means a lot to all of us. We even managed to raise some money towards Macmillan Cancer Support – awesome! There are now talks of holding a second event come Winter time, so keep your eyes peeled on the Kustom Kolors social media and don’t miss the next one.

 

More info on Kustom Kolors:

Kustom Kolors website

Kustom Kolors on Facebook

Kustom Kolors on Instagram

 

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Eurosunday 2016

Date: 29 May 2016

Location: Lommel, Belgium

 

Words & Photos by Henry Phull

 

Last year was my first outing to Europe to experience a car show, it was a last minute decision to head over to Lommel in Belgium with my friend Mark in just one day. The show completely blew me away, and I knew that it would be on my list for this year. After speaking with the organiser, Kristof, I decided it would be worthwhile to trade at the event, a perfect opportunity to offer our European fans a chance to pick up some clothing without having to pay the overseas shipping charges. Naturally, in addition to setting up our pop-up store, I wanted to make the event coverage just as special as last year’s. Therefore, this is one our longest articles yet – so a WIFI connection is recommended before you continue, unless you’ve got unlimited data! You’ll notice the best thing about Euro shows is the pure variation. The Europeans don’t seem to limit themselves at all, so you’ll see plenty of newer Mercedes-Benz’s, Jaguars and even new Fords on air ride – it’s pretty incredible to see, really, as well as the classic cars that have received pristine makeovers. Plus everything in between. With so much to capture, this article highlights the cars that made the event so special for us…

 

 

 

Costa Xouras’ 1984 Porsche 911 Carrera 3.2 on stepped-up BBS RS

 

Ivo Kusters’ Volkswagen Mk1 Jetta on Air Lift suspension & BBS RS

@ivokusters

 

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

@kaydibee4

 

 

 

 

 

Only Charged Dubs’ Audi C5 Allroad on Airdynamiks / AccuAir suspension

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

@onlychargeddubs / @henry_slamsanctuary

 

Only Charged Dubs’ Mercedes-Benz W201 190E on Air by OCD suspension & custom Barrock splits

@onlychargeddubs

 

Karel Spijker’s bagged Mercedes-Benz W201 190E on Air by OCD suspension & custom Barrock splits

@karel190e

 

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

@lucybarlow1994

 

 

Davy en Ine Huygen-Cox’s bagged Ford Focus estate on Bentley’s

@davyhuygenphotography

 

Nick de Prins’ bagged Volkswagen Jetta

 

 

 

 

Timmy Hermans’ bagged Volkswagen Mk1 Golf on BBS RM

@den_timmy

 

Danny Swartz’s bagged Beetle

 

 

 

Sam Wookey’s Volkswagen Mk1 Polo

@s_wookey

 

Stephan Calles’ bagged Volkswagen B8 Passat estate on BBS RS2

@stephan_calles

 

 

Fill Thws’ Volkswagen Mk2 Jetta on Gotti’s

 

Nick de Rond’s Volkswagen Mk3 Golf on face-mounted BBS RF

@nickderond

 

Danny Busker’s BMW E60 on Air Lift suspension

@beemer_danny

 

Diego Coppens’ Volkswagen Passat CC on Air Lift suspension

 

Sven Deridder’s Volkswagen Mk7 Golf GTI on Air Lift suspension & OZ Futura’s

@dub_gti

 

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

@tijsvanbreda

 

 

Georgie Marlow’s Volkswagen Mk1 Golf on Air Lift suspension & BBS RM’s

@georgie22

 

Gary Morgan’s Mk1 Ford Escort

@gmbodycraft

 

Alan King’s Volkswagen Mk3 Scirocco on Air Lift suspension & Ispiri wheels

@a20kgy_rollingroyaltyoffical

 

Rene Sauer’s Volkswagen Mk2 Golf GTI on Zero-RS Racing centerlock wheels

 

Langer Patrick’s bagged Volkswagen Passat CC on 19″ Rotiform BLQ’s

 

Pietjo Pruymboom’s Mercedes-Benz C63 AMG on AirREX suspension & Rohana RC7’s

@prestige_auto_couture

 

 

Prestige Auto Couture’s widebody Mercedes-Benz E-class W212 on AccuAir suspension & Ferrada FR3’s

@prestige_auto_couture

 

Jordy Mullens’ bagged Audi A4 on Rotiform BLQ’s

@jordymullens

 

Achten Nicky’s Volkswagen Beetle on Fuch’s

 

Kiran Mistry’s Audi 80 on Air Lift suspension & BBS E50’s

@blackman_k

 

 

 

Connor Hollamby’s bagged Mercedes-Benz W201 190E

@connorhollamby_

 

bagged Audi A5 on 3SDM 0.08’s

 

Quentin Allegretti’s Mazda RX7 on AccuAir suspension

@quentinrx7

 

 

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

@_samcurtis

 

Prakash Thanky’s BMW E21 on Air Lift suspension & Gotti’s

@prakash_thanky

 

Quentin Ghysens’ Audi S3 on Air Lift / AccuAir suspension & Awlest QG.001’s

@ragequitsch

 

Haps Gill’s Mk5 R32 on Air Lift suspension & Rotiform NUE’s

@hapsss

 

Arnout van Brummelen’s Volkswagen Mk2 Scirocco on BBS E50’s

 

Rachid Ait Moumad’s Audi B5 A4 Avant on Air Lift suspension & OZ Ultraleggera’s

@rachidlkk

 

 

Jeremy Onyn’s bagged BMW E28 on Style5’s

@jeremy_onyn

 

Daniel Knight’s Audi S5 on D2 / AccuAir suspension & Rotiform CCV’s

@s5_daniel

 

Mitch’s static Volkswagen Mk3 Golf 20vt on BBS RS

@mitch_mk3

 

 

 

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

@ollieberto

 

RM Concept’s bagged Audi 100 on BBS RS

@rubenmellaerts

 

 

Steve Fraser’s Audi S3 saloon on Air Lift suspension & Rotiform BLQ-2’s

@s30bmx

 

Jordy Vandergeeten’s widebody Audi A4 on Air Lift suspension & Rotiform BWE’s

@jordyvandergeeten

 

 

Guido Schreur’s Volkswagen Mk2 Golf GTI G60 on BBS RS

@g_u_i_d_o__

 

Guy Manilla’s bagged Volkswagen Mk1 Golf on custom built 4×100 17″ Smoothies by 2Polished

@plexuz82

 

 

bagged Jaguar XF

 

Thomas Putman’s Audi B5 A4 on Air Lift suspension & Fifteen52 Turbomac’s

@b5_thomas

 

Roy Reimerink’s Volkswagen Mk3 Vento on Air Lift suspension & BBS RC042’s

@roy_jetta_mk3

 

Matthias Weertz’s Audi B5 RS4 Avant on H&R suspension & Vossen VFS1’s

 

 

 

 

Alessandro Costantino’s static Audi A8

 

Sven Raymaekers’ Audi B8 A4 Avant on Air Lift suspension & Rotiform BLQ’s

@raymaekerssven

 

Gary Lux’s Porsche Panamera 4S on HP Drivetech suspension & OZ wheels

@gary_ggrounded

 

 

Kenaii Vanransbeeck’s Volkswagen R36 Passat on Air Lift suspension & Rotiform OZT’s

@kenaiipsst

 

Mazda 6 on Vossen CVT’s

 

Vanoppen Steve’s Volkswagen Type3 Notchback

@nopke_lupke

 

Volkswagen Scirocco on BBS GT-2’s

 

 

Prestige Auto Couture’s Mercedes-Benz E-class estate

@prestige_auto_couture

 

David Petit’s BMW E30 M3 on PLS splits

@petit_david_

 

 

bagged Audi A4 Avant on Rotiform IND’s

 

Porsche 356 on BRM wheels

 

 

Gregory Granado’s BMW E28

 

BMW E34 540i on OZ Futura’s

 

 

 

 

What a turn out, don’t you think? Especially when the afternoon turned into rain showers, which was rather disappointing, although this didn’t seem to stop the attendees. Considering the poor forecast and dim day, the quality and quantity of cars was still incredible and bigger than a lot of UK shows. We all love Euro shows so much, it wasn’t surprising to see handfuls of British cars making it over for the weekend, too. So, if you’re thinking about heading over to Europe, Eurosunday in Lommel is definitely worth it. There’s plenty of accommodation locally for a nice weekend away which works out super cheap if you’re in a group, alternatively stay in Antwerp the night before like we did. It’s really not that far from the Eurotunnel/ferry. Anyway, thanks to Kristof and the whole Eurosunday team for having us. We’ll be back for the next chapter!

 

 

More info on Eurosunday:

Eurosunday website

Eurosunday on Facebook

Eurosunday on Instagram

 

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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!

 

More info on Eurosunday:
www.eurosunday.be

 

 

The Car Show Collective’s ‘Show of Shows’ 2015

Words & Photos by Henry Phull

 

Jack Williams first introduced himself to me back in September last year at Players Show, I had heard of his project ‘The Car Show Collective’ and what it was about.. his vision was simple – to provide an online calendar for car shows throughout the UK. It’s the place to go to see what’s happening in the means of automotive events, and I’ve always thought it was a great idea and much needed within the community to keep track of things. In less than a year, Jack and his family have gained a pretty big following, so when he messaged me to let me know he was already planning his own show, I was super stoked! Like myself, Jack is usually at a car show every weekend. He knows what works, and what doesn’t work – so I had full trust in him to organise something awesome and welcoming to everyone. Named the ‘Show of Shows’, the idea was to create a car show that allowed other car shows to exhibit their shows in one place, at the same time, along with a show and shine, trade stands and food & drink stalls. With the support from Gumball 3000, FittedUK, Low Collective, SS Autowerks, Fueltopia, Wheel Whores and many more, it was looking to be a great turnout.

 

 

Of course, with a debut show you never know what to expect.. But from a handful of images circulated throughout social media, the venue itself looked incredible. They managed to secure the grounds of Penshurst Place in Tonbridge, nestled in the Kent countryside, so I knew it was going to look idyllic. As soon as I pulled up into the public car park I was instantly blown away by the location, more so than I expected. A quick glance at the cars and it was clear that there was a wide variation of vehicles on display. If you’re into cars, no matter what sort, you would’ve found at least a handful of cars you’d of liked.

 

Anyway, let’s get into it with my highlights from the day, and start off with cars entered into the Show and Shine. Beginning with Laurence Turner’s BMW 1600-02, it was such a gorgeous example of this rare vintage beauty. It even had a rear Louvre which I don’t think I’ve even seen on one of these before.

 

 

 

A couple of cars down, and I stumbled upon a Plymouth Roadrunner in fantastic condition. See what I mean about variation…

 

 

Let’s not forget a bit of Japanese stance, with Fyse’s static Honda Integra DC2 on a set of CCW LM20’s

 

 

I’m glad I finally captured a head-on shot of Joey Hazell’s BMW E36 ‘vert on hydraulics.

 

 

Two bagged BMW’s is always an awesome sight on low-cut grass.. Check out Matt Clifford’s 840ci along with Joshua Hay’s E92.

 

 

Rory Hamilton’s Mercedes-Benz W115 240D has made it into a lot of our write ups recently, but this was the first time I genuinely had a chance to take a proper look around it, and it’s certainly impressive. Those gold centred BBS Mahle’s really pull the car together, and you may notice some newly added twin chrome exhaust pipes.

 

 

 

I still love the Zender Phase 2 Turbos / fans on Abi Clarke’s Polo Coupe, which is is also rocking CBR600 bike carbs.

 

 

The WatercooledIND MD1’s suit Connor Smith’s bagged B7 Avant so well, something a bit different to the norm.

 

 

What a duo, Michael Ralph’s Mk4 R32 and David Sanders’ Mk5 Edition30 bagged Golfs laid out on the grass.

 

 

This is a car that I shot frequently last year, Tallis Godfrey’s bagged E36 M3 Evo ‘vert. Amazingly, this is the first outing I finally caught him at so far in 2015, and it’s now sitting on a rare set of OZ Executive splits.

 

 

Harpal Choda rocked up in his Mercedes-Benz 190E Limited Edition, running Air Lift suspension with AccuAir management, and a stunning set of AMG split rims which totally transform the car.

 

 

One of my favourite E30 M3’s has to be Tej’s Santorini Blue example on ACS, a classic choice.

 

 

Gold CCW’s are a match made in heaven on Ian Linthwaite’s Jetta, bagged by the guys at Plush Automotive.

 

 

In addition to the Show & Shine, there was a nice mixture of trade stands positioned around the venue. Our friends at Wheel Whores had lots of U.S. muscle on display, plus a rather murdered out Ford GT owned by Lee Fulford. So much want!

 

 

Only Charged Dubs had Joe Yip’s Mk6 Golf on display, showing off one of their stunning boot installs in addition to some beautifully stepped up BBS RS’s.

 

 

 

Opposite, I loved Danny Mellor’s B8 A4 on Vossen VLE1’s. Check out the install on this one, including the air tank fixed to the top of the boot.

 

 

 

Moving on to the FittedUK stand, Jake Hilling’s 1965 Beetle on Air Lift was looking picturesque in this setting.

 

 

Matt Clifford moved his E31 840ci a bit closer so we could get a better look.. Now running 19″ Rotiform LHR’s with gold centres to compliment the velvet blue paintwork, he’s also just had a full stainless steel exhaust fitted by Torqueflow to finally make the most of that 4.4L V8, and it sounds awesome.

 

 

 

The yellow wheels on Lee Patterson’s Mercedes CLS55 AMG tie in nicely with the FittedUK branding, don’t you think?

 

 

I really have a soft spot for a good Mk2 and Chloe Crew’s example looks the business.. running Air Lift bags it now sits perfectly on gold centred (yes, more gold!) Schmidt TH Line’s.

 

 

Right in the middle of the show field there was a bowl full of Lowriders to make the afternoon even more interesting…

 

 

It was awesome to catch up with SS Autowerks, who were out in force with their trade stand and Alex Wrights static E36 on super wide ACS’s and overfenders. We’ll be taking a closer look at this car very soon.

 

 

 

Christian Chapman also had his aero kitted Mk5 Golf on display, this is all amounts of crazy – just what I expect from SS Autowerks!

 

 

 

More show stands included Fueltopia and Shining Monkey UK…

 

 

Plush Automotive’s 700hp RS6, on AccuAir and HP Drivetech suspension and ADV1 wheels is everything you could want from an Audi Avant.

 

 

Matty Loveridge’s Mk1 Swallowtail (that I shot back at Early Edition) looked mezmerising laid out on the Low Collective stand. The new additions of Compomotive Turbo’s and Air Lift suspension put this car at the top of my wishlist.

 

 

Jon Lott’s custom built Porsche 911 GTH was getting a lot of attention, which is no surprise.. just look at all the details on this stunning build.. Those widened arches and Fuchs make this car menacing, along with an eye-catching Aero Green paint job and beautiful yet contrasting purple interior re-trim to finish it off.

 

 

 

 

Sam Wookey’s Polo is certainly one of the nicest Mk1’s out there at the moment. An incredible amount of attention to detail can be seen throughout this build, check out that bay for starters!

 

 

 

Over on the RollHard stand, ‘Bricky’ the Volvo was holding down the fort as per usual!

 

 

Samuel Torr’s bagged VW Polo GTI looked tidy on Alfa Romeo wheels, and shows that splits aren’t always needed!

 

 

 

Thom Williams is currently winning at the fitment game with his bagged BMW E46 on widened BBS RF’s. It looks so mean from the front and rear.

 

 

 

Our friends from LikeHell Design were also parked up with RollHard, Jordan O’Sullivan’s Mini Cooper S on Carline CM6’s.

 

 

And Josh Mussell’s static Nissan 350Z on WORK Meister wheels.

 

 

Chris Phillip’s static Lexus IS still blows me away, I’m still unsure how he drives it anywhere, but it does look incredible on those stepped-up BBS RS’s.

 

 

I love that we are finally seeing more and more Japanese cars in UK ‘stance’ culture, like Martin Picker’s Lexus LS400 running custom bags, Air Lift V2 and Cosmis Racing XT-206R wheels.

 

 

Continuing the Jap trend, here’s Nath Howell’s bagged Subaru Impreza that I snapped recently at Early Edition. He’s certainly been turning a lot of heads recently with this beast, finished off with a set of wide WORK Meister’s.

 

 

Prestige had Simon Wilkinson’s awesome Volksrod on display.

 

 

This little Trabant was cruising about all day and breaking necks, such a cool sight!

 

 

Kristin Grayson’s bagged Astra GTC on 3SDM’s was sat over on the Formula Clean stand – nice to see people modifying cars we’re not used to seeing.

 

 

Towards the end of the day, the Show & Shine winners were driven through the show ground and lined up ready to collect their prizes from the stage.

 

 

 

The Gütenstance guys decided to collect their prize for best Clubstand together!

 

 

 

Whilst most were watching the prize giving, it gave me another chance to photograph some more cars without distractions… Check out Neville D’mello’s clean E30 M3.

 

 

Shaun Grazette’s bagged BMW E92 335i on Blitz Technospeeds.

 

 

I finally had the chance to look over Alex McKenzie’s little Lupo, I’ll try and capture the boot build next time!

 

 

It had been a while since I saw this one, HTS Motorport’s bagged E30 Touring featuring an M52 engine conversion and the recent addition of TH Line splits.

 

 

 

A lot of people I spoke to throughout the day mentioned one of their favourites being West Donovan’s E30 chromie on SSR Formula Mesh’s.

 

 

Finally, Matt Woodgate’s Imola Yellow B7 A4, looking classy as always.

 

 

Well, hopefully you enjoyed looking through my show highlights… But I’m sure you are wondering, how was the show itself? Was it successful? In my opinion, for a debut show, Jack and the team absolutely smashed it. Somehow they managed to nail that ‘chilled out’ vibe that everyone craves at a car show. In fact, this was the first big show I’ve been to recently in which I’ve managed to actually talk to people for more than five minutes. Plus, the turnout was pretty damn impressive. Of course it wasn’t completely full, and there were a few empty spaces – but this was to be expected. It’s certainly been a learning process for them but now they know what will and won’t work for next year, but I personally think it’s going to be huge! Congratulations again and thanks for having me down, Slam Sanctuary will be back next year for sure.

 

 

Early Edition 2015

Words & Photos by Henry Phull

 

Edition38’s Show and Shine is quite some time away, but why should we have to wait until then? Luckily the organisers of one of the Summer’s biggest VAG shows seem to share this view, and yet again saved us from our show blues with their newer show, Early Edition, which kicked off as usual at The Saints stadium in Northampton. Early Edition has always been a relatively small show, it is of course mainly a warm up event for the big one later on in the year. But unsurprisingly, it is forever growing. The attendance, like last year, was off the chain. They’ve had to expand the show ground itself to give everyone more space, which means even more show cars. Also I’m not sure if it’s just me, but I much prefer shows that are on tarmac, it’s where cars belong, right? It always beats shooting a car on a grass field.

 

On to the show, and I’ll start things off with Oxford Car Audio’s awesome Audi S5 demo car, sitting on Air Lift bags and Avant Garde F541 SPEC1 wheels.

 

 

Opposite, Joe Caudwell’s supercharged Audi RS5 was equally jaw dropping, bagged by Plush Automotive with AccuAir suspension and also rocking a set of Avant Garde carbon split rims, F431 SPEC2’s. I think the dude on the floor must’ve been eyeing up some brakes.. ha.

 

 

I loved the colour of Jak Johnston’s LHD 1981 Mk1 Golf GL and I’m looking forward to seeing it on a set of BBS E49’s in the very near future!

 

 

I was admiring Dale Buckley’s Mk1 Audi TT back at Ultimate Dubs, but it was nice to finally see that fresh new colour outdoors. It looks even better than I’d previously thought, along with those gorgeous BBS RS’s.

 

 

 

The recent addition of Rotiform LHR’s have done great things for Will Smith’s Polo, which is still one of the cleanest 6N2’s you’ll ever come across.

 

 

It is refreshing to see that more and more air-cooled cars are being accepted into the community, here we have Aneysha Wakelin’s ’64 and Kirsty Greatrex’s ’69 Beetles.

 

 

 

 

For me personally, Matty Loveridge’s Miami Blue Mk1 Golf swallowtail was car of the show. I’ve always had a soft spot for this car back when it was on BBS RS’, but he’s recently added a super cool set of Compomotive Turbo’s and bagged the car on Air Lift suspension. I thought it’d be difficult to top what he already had, but Matty has done it. And to perfection.

 

 

 

You’ve gotta love a bagged Audi Avant, Nick Bulmer’s A4 here on huge 20″ BBS RS2’s and AccuAir suspension.

 

 

Adam Wyatt unveiled the new look for his Vento only very recently at Ultimate Dubs, but it looks like he’s already changed the wheels to a set of Advan 3 spokes which work incredibly well.

 

 

Continuing with the ‘traffic light’ colours, check out Matt Woodgate’s A4 on Air Lift suspension and Rotiform splits finished completely in black.

 

 

 

Finishing up with those colours is Luke Polyblank’s bagged Mk2 Golf on a gorgeous set of Gotti’s. I love the rear heckblende which really pulls the body striping together.

 

 

 

Over on the StillStatic stand, VRS Northampton’s Mk7 Golf R stopped me in my tracks. It must be the lowest static Golf R around, surely? Finished off nicely with big brakes and mbDESIGN wheels.

 

 

The colour combination of Nick Ackroyd’s Scirocco was something else… Viper Green paintwork and gold centred Rotiform CSW’s, what a thing of beauty. Along with an interior and boot build by RIIVA Design and EDGE Automotive, this car everything you could want in a show car.

 

 

 

BBS E50’s have to be one of the all time greatest wheel designs, which go so well on Jason Buckley’s Mk1 Golf. Early Edition was certainly a haven for all kinds of Mk1 goodness.

 

 

I’m starting to see that glorious signature ceramic polished finish on a lot of wheels recently, all hailing from the guys at Felgen Werkes. Here’s Tim Smith’s Mk4 R32 rocking his finished set of WatercooledIND’s.

 

 

And look, another ceramic polish finish on Kats Giles’ widened Mk5 Golf… although this time with a stunning set of Rotiform LHR’s.

 

 

Over on the Players’ stand, I’m glad Kiran Mistry got his Mk1 back on the road after an unfortunate incident prior to Ultimate Dubs a couple of month’s ago. It’s now looking awesome.

 

 

It’s pretty cool to see a bagged Seat Leon, as they’re not a car you see that often. Nicola Sidney’s Mk2 shown here on an eye-catching set of OZ Pegasus splits.

 

 

And believe it or not, more pink wheels… D2 Forged on Mark Lampard’s bagged Audi TTS.

 

 

You thought I was done with the Mk1’s? Too bad.. there’s more to come. Jacob Moore’s example was getting a lot of attention due to its classic BBS combo, absolutely timeless.

 

 

Shaking up the game, however, was Route 32’s immaculate Mk1, which has been around for a while now, and always popular due to that R32 engine conversion and stunning interior. This year they’ve added a set of custom B-Star wheels which look incredible on the car, especially with that contrasting turquoise centre colour.

 

 

 

 

I do enjoy seeing people think outside the box of the ‘usual wheels’, and making different choices. There’s so many wheels out there. The 20″ OZ Superturismo’s work great on this bagged Scirocco.

 

 

More of that Felgen Werkes polished magic on Georgie Marlow’s BBS RM’s complimenting her Mk1.

 

 

 

The second time I’ve seen Auto Finesse’s Air Lift equipped Mk2 demo car, and it looks even better in daylight. That BBS bodykit really makes the car!

 

 

 

So I’ve shown you my highlights of the show, now I’m going to take you outside into the surrounding car parks where there’s more wonderful cars to see, including lots of non-VAG. I’ll start with Olly Snow’s stunning Mulberry Mk3 VR6 on BBS RS.

 

 

Considering what bargains S8’s are nowadays, I’m surprised we’re not seeing more of them. Billy Hilton just slammed his awesome example on KW coilovers and 20″ Rotiform SNA’s.

 

 

It’s a car we all saw a lot of last year, and a relief to finally see back out again… Becky Evans’ beautiful BMW E21 bagged on BBS RS.

 

 

The VIP Modular VX210 wheels on Mark Gunning’s Audi A5 are monstrous, check out the size of those lips! Bagged by Only Charged Dubs, this car sits extremely well too.

 

 

 

Some more handiwork from Only Charged Dubs, with Josh Hall’s Mk6 on Autostrada Modena’s.

 

 

These BBS GT004’s looked glorious on Myles Collins’ R32.

 

 

 

It’s been a while since I’ve shot James Aveil’s Mercedes W114, I love this thing.

 

 

Of course there’s Rory Hamilton’s W115, too. These two looked fantastic together and it’s cool to see more of these big Mercs already this year.

 

 

I really dig Alex Herman’s E46 M Sport, it really suits those 2-piece OZ Mito Type 3’s.

 

 

Here’s a double whammy of white centred BBS RF’s, firstly on a pre-facelift E36 ‘vert…

 

 

And another set working equally well on Alex Hurd’s bagged E46 M Sport.

 

 

 

Steven Doe made the trip from down South in his stunning BMW E21, bagged on CCW wheels. I’ve shot the car a lot already this year, but it’s still a clear favourite.

 

 

Parked alongside was Chris Phillips static Lexus IS300, looking incredible on stepped-up BBS RS. Chris has recently fitted some Vertex skirts which makes it hard to believe this car is static.. tough as hell!

 

 

 

Being a BMW enthusiast myself, something like this will always make my heart melt. I loved Jake Ryan’s 318is, bagged and on OZ Futura’s. A strong look.

 

 

 

I’ll finish up with some LikeHell Design repping, starting off with Jamie Hitchcock’s static BMW Z4 that we recently featured (click here to check out the feature).

 

 

And more WORK wheels on Josh Mussell’s (the man behind LikeHell) static Nissan 350Z.

 

 

This was the first time I’d come across this, but that white centred WORK Meister look seems to work on a lot of platforms. Check out Nath Howell’s bagged Subaru Impreza. Cool or what!?

 

 

Finally, Jordan O’Sullivan’s R53 Mini Cooper S on Carline CM6’s remains to be one of the nicest Mini’s out there.

 

 

That’s it for our Early Edition coverage. As usual, the event was huge… just imagine how big Edition38 is going to be later on in the year. Unlike Ultimate Dubs, the organisers here didn’t allow ANY non-VAG into the main show this time, even on trade stands. How do you feel about this? We want to know, leave your thoughts in the comments. However we’re still glad that there was such a large turnout even in the car park, it shows you’re all interested nonetheless. Thanks to Edition38 for having us, we’ll see you again at the main Show and Shine on 4/5/6 September. Next up on our agenda is The Car Show Collective’s ‘Show of Shows’ in Kent on the 17th May. Don’t miss it!

 

 

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.

 

 

Spring ’15 Open Day at The Wheel Specialist Fareham

Words & Photos by Henry Phull

 

I do quite a bit of work with The Wheel Specialist in Bournemouth, seeing as they’re local and always do some incredible wheel refinishing, but today’s blog post takes us a bit further down the road to the Fareham branch, whom I’ve heard equally good things. The guys at Studio Incar mentioned to me that Olly and the rest of the crew were putting on an Open Day, and the turnout was expected to be rather good. Being just an hour away, I decided to head on down the M27 on a surprisingly pleasant Saturday morning. It seems that Summer is finally on the horizon.

 

 

I only arrived about an hour later than the event was scheduled to begin, and the whole industrial estate surrounding TWS was already taken over by modified cars. It was clearly going to be worth the trip! The first car that caught my attention had to be Olly Snow’s Mulberry Mk3 VR6 on some mint BBS RS and rocking a Vento front end.

 

 

Over the road, I spotted Ben Fisher’s awesome Golf Rallye van on a set of fully white BBS RS with gold hardware and centre caps, making them somewhat different from the norm, but suiting the car to no end.

 

 

 

A look inside the TWS headquarters, and Mike Allen’s gorgeous Chevy truck was on display along with Roy Allen’s Mk3 pickup on Image 3pc splits.

 

 

 

Sadly Mark Harbour’s Beetle decided to not start later in the day, but it was nice to get the chance to shoot his beautiful air-cooled example again.

 

 

 

Jack Ashley recently added a lovely set of OZ Fittipaldi splits to his Mercedes C Class wagon, it’s great to see this project coming together.

 

 

 

Josh Hawker’s Mk4 R32 Golf was looking super mean on a set of 18″ 8.5j/10j XXRs.

 

 

The award for ‘Best Wheels’ had to go to Chris Phillips and his incredible Lexus IS 300 on stepped up BBS RS. BBS aren’t always easy to pull off on a Jap car, but this works incredibly well. This thing is static and sits crazy low, big respect!

 

 

 

BBS Mahles suited this Mk2 Golf GTI really nicely, it shows you don’t always need to spend big bucks on a set of splits for a car to come together.

 

 

 

It’s always a pleasure to catch up with Carl Levy and his super clean Mk1 Caddy, which I hadn’t seen since the Westside show last year when he was running black centres. This year the BBS RMs have been refinished in a clay brown which matches his chopper in the back, very cool.

 

 

 

 

Steven Doe debuted the car a couple of weeks ago at Ultimate Dubs, but I was so happy to finally see his BMW E21 outdoors to check it out properly. A lot of fabrication has gone into getting this sitting perfectly on the AccuAir suspension and CCW wheels. It’s already fast becoming my favourite car of the year.

 

 

 

Our friend Nick Sahota turned up in not one, but three cars.. including his Ford RS Cosworth!

 

 

Plus, his breathtaking “318” Chromie, which features an M60 manual engine swap which sounds and drives like an absolute beast. I also love all the rare parts on this car like the rear louvre and heckblende, which sets it apart from other E30s, along with a set of polished Schmidt TH-Lines.

 

 

 

 

Of course, the car everyone knows, Nick’s E30 M3 was there alongside the Chromie. If you’re still not aware, the M3 is hiding an E46 M3 “S54” lump under the bonnet, and he’s just installed a centre lock conversion in order to fit a set of BBS Motorsport Bugatti wheels.

 

 

 

Richard Wint had a bit of an unfortunate incident when leaving the event in his E36… luckily I managed to get a shot in before the aftermath.

 

 

 

 

I loved Joe Saunder’s TFSI-converted Mk3 Golf on OZ Turbo splits which was also sitting spot on.

 

 

Although still on his winter wheels, Stevie How also turned up in his Mk3. I’m looking forward to seeing what he has up his sleeve for the Summer.

 

 

 

The cool thing about smaller events like this is the variety of cars that turn up. It’s always worth a few rounds up and down the surrounding estate until you come across some gems…

 

 

Looking super shiny, Carl Shakespeare’s E39 M5. These are cars you really don’t need to touch in the cosmetic department. Along with renewing the suspension components, a subtle drop and refurbing the wheels, he’s ended up with the perfect do-it-all vehicle.

 

 

Latham’s wrapped RS4 Avant pulls off these BBS LMs and meaty tyres so well, resulting in a proper aggressive machine.

 

 

What a perfect way to spend a Saturday, catching up with mates, awesome cars and even a raffle to top things off. The Wheel Specialist Fareham certainly have a great bunch of supporters, which is no surprise seeing the quality of their work demonstrated on all their customer’s cars. These guys know how to put on an event, and I hear there may be some sort of Summer BBQ on the cards, so keep an eye on the TWS Facebook page and stay up to date. Until next time!

 

See more on The Wheel Specialist Fareham:

TWS Website
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TWS on Instagram

 

Ultimate Dubs 2015 – Part 3

Words & Photos by Henry Phull

 

Welcome back, to the final part of our Ultimate Dubs 2015 coverage. What a fantastic weekend it was for everyone, catching up with friends and checking out people’s new builds. We’ve already taken you through the outside areas and two main exhibition halls, which leaves us with two remaining indoor areas, which are mostly occupied by the traders. The quality of cars keeps on getting better and better, with ridiculously high standards in every class. We’re still amazed how much money is being thrown into new builds every year. Anyway, let’s check them out… Grab a cuppa, get comfy, and enjoy…

 

We’ll start in the exclusive carpeted hall, always dimly lit – annoying for photographers, but the cars do look incredible under the light. The first car that grabbed our attention was Matt Glassup’s Porsche 911 (964) sitting on a mint set of widened Eta Betas with Rotiform finished centres.

 

 

 

Over on the ‘I Love Bass’ stand, Niall O’Dowd’s Porsche Cayman S took things to the next level, with a hydraulic suspension install and Rotiforms!

 

 

The VRS Northampton Mk7 Golf R on the StillStatic stand was looking mean, with a big brake upgrade, StillStatic coilovers and mbDESIGN wheels.

 

 

Alongside was this brutal Audi B7 A4 on a gorgeous set of 20″ Vossens.

 

 

We loved this Audi S3 on custom BBS Super RS’. Is it just us, or is there a bit of a gold wheel vibe going on this year?

 

 

Check out Clark Thurman’s bagged Mk1 Caddy on Keskin KT1s, which we first papped at last year’s Show & Glow event.

 

 

 

We were pretty stoked to see this, Kevve Raekelboom’s AccuAir equiped BMW E30 on the Wheel Whores stand, although the car is still a work-in-progress, it’s already looking to be an incredible build. The brown VIP Modular VXS210 wheels certainly make it stand out from the crowded E30 scene.

 

 

In Part 2, we mentioned that there are some cars that you keep seeing throughout their build process, whether it’s through Instagram or Facebook… Steven Doe’s E21 is another of these cars, so it was awesome to finally see it finished and on display. Bagged, but switching things up from the norm and opting for CCW wheels, it is one beautifully executed project.

 

 

 

Continuing along the Wheel Whores stand, we bumped into Adrian May’s US spec Mk3 Golf, we loved the paintwork on this along with the Corvette salad shooter wheels.

 

 

Dan Taylor’s E46 M3 was the centre of attention sitting super low on Broadway Static coilovers and a lovely set of OZ Futura splits.

 

 

 

Check out the new in-your-face Fatlace wrap by JD Wraps on the Players Show S14, along with a colour switch up on the awesome Rotiform TMBs.

 

 

Jamie McToldridge’s Mk1 Golf was equally eye-catching sitting alongside it…

 

 

Over on the Meguairs stand, Greg Howell’s Porsche 911 was sparkling due to his impressive paint, on KW V3 Ultra Lows + HLS 4 (Hydraulic Lift System) and 19″ BBS E88s splits.

 

 

We actually captured this last year at Ultimate Stance when the car was in a completely different state, but still cool nonetheless. Rory Hamilton has put his Mercedes W115 240D through a complete transformation over the winter, including a full respray and a beautiful set of BBS Mahle wheels which add to the car to no end.

 

 

We see it a lot, but Richie Payne’s ‘Milestone71’ Porsche 911 is one 964 we never tire of seeing. This is as close to Porsche perfection as you can get.

 

 

 

Never have we seen so many 964’s at one show.. We also loved this black beauty on Voodoo’s stand, demonstrating some of Elie’s split rim handiwork.

 

 

Heading over to the Radioworld stand, their Nissan GTR was certainly unique, being on D2 air suspension and a set of 20″ D2 Racing Forged OS02 wheels.

 

 

Not forgetting the E38 740i, also on D2 air suspension. We shot this back at Ultimate Stance, and it’s now rocking an Alpina splitter, amber corners and D2 Racing TS-05 wheels. One badass car.

 

 

Check out this incredible BMW M4 on the BC Forged Wheels UK / Swissvax UK stand, on H&R suspension and BC HB09 wheels in custom gloss black and BMW Sakhir Orange to match the car.

 

 

 

Kay Singh was along in a black E30 M3, parked up next to the M4, on a classic set of BBS RS with yes, you guessed it, gold centres! A flawless example of a truly heroic motorsport icon.

 

 

Props to the guys at Plush Automotive, for going all out on Ollie Manuello’s Audi R8. Who’d have thought AccuAir suspension and BBS magnesium E28s would look this good on a supercar.

 

 

 

The standard continues with this 700hp Audi RS6, again on AccuAir and HP Drivetech suspension and ADV1 wheels.

 

 

We also loved Justin Appleford’s bagged Audi RS5, which was tucking huge 21″ BC Forged HB-R5s!

 

 

 

This Mk6 Golf wagon on the Dub Fiction stand caught us by surprise, sitting very nicely on air and Cast13 RB2 wheels.

 

 

Gepfeffert UK had an incredible Audi S3 on their stand which some of you may remember seeing last year with a different guise. It’s now slammed on Gepfeffert’s very own HLS 140 slam kit.

 

 

 

We caught up with Car Audio & Security a few weeks ago back at their ‘Caffeine & Cars’ event, but we had to of course take a couple of snaps of their rides again. Check out their Air Lift bagged Mk5 Golf on the new Rotiform SPF wheels – they go together so well.

 

 

Parm switched up the wheels on his stunning new RS4 Avant with a set of double dark tint IND-Ts. Click here to check out our coverage from the ‘Caffeine & Cars’ event for more on this car and boot install.

 

 

The copper plated Rotiform SPFs on this B7 RS4 were definitely out of this world and super cool!

 

 

So that just about finalises our round up of the year’s show starter. We had a fantastic weekend overall. Ultimate Dubs is always the busiest show and the buzz it creates is just amazing. From the quality of cars debuting here, the car community is certainly on the way to a very exciting year ahead. Follow us on Instagram and Facebook to stay up to date on our latest car show visits. Next up is VolksWorld for a check up on the air-cooled community. Stay tuned!

 

 

Ultimate Dubs 2015 – Part 1

Words & Photos by Henry Phull

 

It’s been a long old wait, but this year’s show season has finally begun, kicking off with Ultimate Dubs at the Telford International Centre. This has always been one of the biggest car shows on the calendar, and being the first show of the year means people are attending with new projects and updates that have been worked on throughout the winter. Plus, like us and a lot of people in the show, there’s the option of staying overnight in a hotel, a good chance to catch up with friends in the bar until the early hours. To some people that’s part of the fun of Ultimate Dubs. Turning up the day before also means there’s usually some interesting cars scattered around the venue and the onsite hotel car parks, so it’s always worth a wander around. In Part 1 we’ll primarily be taking you around the outside areas of the show.

 

Every time we’re at the International Centre we bump into this beautiful 911, which is always worth a quick snap.

 

 

Opposite the Porsche, Alex Hurd’s bagged BMW E46 was parked up, check out the white-centred BBS RFs with gold hardware which work nicely against the silver paint and amber corners.

 

 

Over the road we caught Max Wilde’s gorgeous M4 and Shakey’s E39 M5 parked up whilst they spent a lot of the weekend in the adjacent hotel bar.

 

 

We thought we’d put this up to show that not everything runs smoothly at car shows. Our friend Kiran Mistry had some issues with his Mk1, involving a wheel falling off on route on the motorway at high speed. Luckily he’s OK, unfortunately the same can’t be said for his poor Golf.

 

 

It’s always fun to see the show car’s getting a clean outside before they queue up to their indoor spots. Here Aneysha (of FittedUK) giving her stunning ’64 Beetle a wash…

 

 

 

Out of the many Lupo’s in attendance, this was a clear favourite of ours, a bagged GTI sitting perfectly on Rota Zeros, it’s just a shame they’re not the genuine Work Equips, but other than that a great looking car.

 

 

 

We were also feeling James Cousins’ bagged Audi A5, there’s a definite chance that white cars are going to big this year.

 

 

Fifteen52 Tarmac’s on Mk4 Golfs are always a match made in heaven. Sean Lamb’s bagged R32 is pulling off this look flawlessly.

 

 

 

 

These two Jetta’s stood out, what’s not to like about a Mk1.. Jamie Lockyer’s example above, and  Travis Price’s bagged Jetta below.

 

 

Abi Clarke has upped her game with the addition of Zender Phase 2 Turbos and fans on her Polo, incredible wheels.

 

 

Vossen CVTs look spectacular on most modern cars, shown here on Kiran Attwal’s bagged Audi TT wrapped by S6 Wraps in an eye catching yellow.

 

 

 

We’re fans of static and bagged cars, but Scirocco’s always seem to look their best on air. Check out this silver stunner on black Rotiform INDs, spaced out for some awesome fitment.

 

 

Although Ultimate Dubs is primarily a VAG show, there’s always going to be a turnout of other marques like we’ve already seen. Let’s move on to some more BMWs… like David Mcdiarmid’s newly bagged E46. With rare factory white paint, M3 front bumper and amber corners, but more importantly those insanely wide OZ Breytons!

 

 

But the winner of perfectly executed fitment goes to our Thom William’s and his bagged E46 saloon on newly lipped BBS RFs. Absolutely killer.

 

 

 

Alex Gray’s EOS was turning heads, not surprising as it’s bagged on 18″ Artec Turbo splits which bring the car together brilliantly. We loved the decals, too.

 

 

Moving along to a couple of the Taunton boys, Adam Wyatt has unleashed his Vento with a super bright new colour, now fitted with Air Lift suspension and a set of Rays Nismo wheels, making this something really different!

 

 

Facing it, Aggs Gaines’ awesome new Polo 6R GTI, also on Air Lift suspension. The gold OZ Ultraleggera’s compliment this car so well.

 

 

 

We see a lot of cars throughout the year, but Porsche 968’s unfortunately don’t pop up that much. What a nice surprise it was to come across Giles Ramsden’s impeccable example.

 

 

The 3 piece Teledials were a nice touch to Tom Michael’s bagged Mini Cooper S which was also rocking a rather impressive boot build.

 

 

 

We don’t see too many bagged Mercedes CLS55’s, so it was cool to come across Lee Patterson’s AMG on Airrex bags. This thing sounded ridiculous, but that’s to be expected with a supercharged V8.

 

 

Wagons are a popular choice in this day and age, but how often do you see a Polo estate? Joe Stackman’s static example really looks the part.

 

 

 

Thankfully we did come across some air cooled goodness, including Khol Parker’s ’66 Beetle.

 

 

 

Our mate Jack Ellis made the journey up from down South in his static B3 Passat. That front heckblende still makes the car for us!

 

 

Mk5 Golfs, tough cars to crack as they are so popular within the show scene, but Lee Johns’ new look is ticking all the right boxes – a lovely example.

 

 

As we get closer to the heart of Ultimate Dubs, we spotted Nick Sahota queuing up to take his place indoors. Here’s a little teaser of one of our favourite BMW’s new look for 2015. Two words, Bugatti Centrelocks.

 

 

Or how about an M4 convertible….

 

 

That’s it for our outside portion of Ultimate Dubs. We’ve shown you a variation of car’s that stood out – we’ll continue into the halls in Part 2, so check back soon to see what all the trader’s have been working on during those winter months. The quality of cars will continue to improve – we were not disappointed.