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Edition38 Show & Shine 2017

Date: 1-3 September 2017

Location: Overstone Park, Northampton

 

Words & Photos by Henry Phull

 

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

 

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

@jrsdubgarage

 

 

Stuart Shellard’s Mk1 Golf swallowtail

@swallowtail_mk1

 

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

@kic_stu

 

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

@franky_howdeep_arteon

 

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

@iammatthiasniestroj

 

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

@polo83lambert

 

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

@maxisadogsname

 

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

@tomscirocco

 

 

Eddy Chhlang’s Mk2 Golf GTI on BBS RS’

@eddychhlang

 

Guy Maes’ bagged Mk1 Golf on Rotiform FUC’s

@laylow_plex

 

 

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

@brendandolo

 

Matty Loveridge’s Mk1 Golf swallowtail on Air Lift suspension

@matty_mk1

 

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

@marcel_klok

 

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

@samg77

 

 

Chill Winston’s Mk1 Scirocco on Mad’in wheels

@chillwinstagram

 

 

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

@sole_flavours

 

Syco Graphix’ bagged T5

@sycographix

 

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

@gw.uk

 

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

@grm_northampton

 

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

@christopherrw

 

 

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

@tijsvanbreda

 

 

 

 

This year’s giveaway car!

 

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

 

BONUS GALLERY

 

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Edition38 website

Edition38 on Instagram

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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

@911garagepoland

 

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

@hatikralik

 

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

@911garagepoland

 

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

@mr.ed_911

 

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

@stance_jens

 

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

@julezz_lnm

 

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

@alex.lxfelgen

 

 

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

@veit_richter

 

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

@marco__pro

 

 

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

@gr8ics

 

Maxi Riepertinger’s Mazda MX5 on BBS RS’

@maxi_topstance

 

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

@stancefaktor

 

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

@simon_964

 

 

Michał Erpel’s Peugeout 205

@averniejadek

 

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

@eric2303

 

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

@jens_tbgstance

 

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

@jorijuhanii

 

Paweł Gruk’s bagged Opel Omega on custom Steinmetz wheels

@_fitted

 

 

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

@rs_hawi

 

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

@rudi_xs

 

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

@shtefaniuk

 

 

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

@lexyroxx

 

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

@magda_hajdus

 

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

@r3_wheels

 

 

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

@the_thoss_garage

 

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

 

 

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

@bagged_mazdarx7fc3s

 

 

Alexey Kurdup’s widebody Toyota GT86

@bansky_ck

 

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

@emir_ggrounded

 

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

@mpperformance

 

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

@bremibreakboy

 

 

 

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

@cikamko

 

 

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

@faybriz

 

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

@pajak_carbonerre

 

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

@dr_leo_turbo

 

 

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

@jan_elli.cmbr

 

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

@rad48_mario

 

 

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

@rybol100

 

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

@marcel_klok

 

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

@mbirkk

 

 

Fabian Lara’s Fiat 126p on PLS splits

@kojocinio

 

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

@lampinen_vlnt

 

 

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

@wagnair

 

 

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

@piti_dzi

 

Kevin Zimmermann’s bagged BMW E28 on BBS RS’

@kev.twenty8

 

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

@_rothy_

 

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

@bonek2k

 

 

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

@marcelprinz93

 

 

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.

 

BONUS GALLERY

 

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More info on Raceism:

Raceism website

Raceism on Instagram

Raceism on Facebook

 

VW Days 2017

Date: 10/11 June 2017

Location: Saint-Quentin, France

 

Words & Photos by Henry Phull

 

After attending Club Golf IDF’s VW Days last year for the first time, I knew it wasn’t an event I wanted to miss again, so I made sure to booked my travel and accommodation for the 2017 show well in advance. Held over two days, this show makes the perfect long weekend, or mini holiday if you’re travelling from another country. Whether you decide to camp at the show venue and take advantage of the onsite night-time entertainment, or stay in the nearby hotels and takeover the local town (which is what we did), VW Days is more about spending time with friends – it just so happens to be an incredible car show, too. With high quality cars attending from all over Europe, there was plenty to see – what they’ve achieved is, no doubt, France’s answer to a premier car show. Although I’d say the event is 90% VAG, Ilce and the organisers are partial to the odd BMW, Mercedes-Benz and non-VAG car being allowed in, which makes for a nice change, because although the Europeans build some of the best Volkswagens and Audis that I’ve ever seen, it’s still good to offer some variety – they seemed to get this just right. Just take a look at my highlights below…

 

Victor Korotkov’s Audi C7 A6 Avant on Air Lift / AccuAir suspension & Rotiform HUR’s

@victor_korotkov

 

 

Klaas van Schaijk’s Mk1 Golf on BBS E55’s

 

Marcel Klok’s Porsche 964 on H&R Deep suspension & BBS E28’s

@marcel_klok

 

Many Many’s Mk2 Golf GTI on Air Lift suspension & BBS RF’s

@stancescrap

 

Ben Rye’s ’57 Volkswagen Oval Beetle on Air Lift suspension & custom 3pc smoothies

@oldrag57

(Click here to check out our feature on Ben’s Beetle)

 

HR Autoworks’ ’57 Volkswagen Oval Beetle

@hrautoworks

 

 

G’Rèm Verson’s Mk3 Golf on Air Lift suspension & Gotti/ACT SX’s

@grem.lowest

 

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

@mpperformance

 

 

Romain Moncelet’s Mk5 Golf ED30 on Air Lift suspension & Rotiform LSR’s

@romainmoncelet

 

Yoan Joaquim’s BMW E92 M3 on Air Lift suspension & Rotiform SIX’s

@swb_automotive_yoan

 

 

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

@players_jaymac

 

Julien Jacinto’s Volkswagen Santana on Air Lift suspension & Gotti/ACT SX’s

@julien_jacinto

 

Antonino Trunfio’s Mk1 Golf on Borbet A splits

@antonino_trunfio

 

Abi Clarke’s Polo Coupe on Zender Phase 2 Turbos / fans

@shwwty

 

Rob Kelly’s Audi C7 A6 on Air Lift suspension & Rotiform OZT’s

@rob_fitteduk

 

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

@baeumers

 

 

Stefan Vandenabeele’s Mk1 Golf on KEAN Suspensions & BBS E50’s

@stefan_vda

 

Joshua Bradley’s Skoda Fabia on Air Lift suspension & BBS RF’s

@braderz_in_the_faberz

 

Eloise Saunders’ Audi Mk3 TT on Air Lift suspension & Rotiform RSE‘s

@eloisesaunders

 

Josh Stokes’ BMW E46 M3 on Air Lift suspension & Carline CM6’s

@josh_stokes

 

 

 

Guillame Michaud’s Mk2 Golf on BBS E52’s

@g_mikro

 

 

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

@s30bmx

 

Andrew Carter’s Mk2 Golf on H&R Ultralow suspension & BBS E26’s

@carter_213

 

Nicolas Ogé’s ’62 Deluxe Beetle

@nicolasoge

 

 

Nick de Rond’s Mk3 Golf on Air Lift suspension & BBS RF’s

@mk3nick

 

 

Alexandra Schwing’s Polo Coupe

 

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

@stancefaktor

 

 

Kevin Devert’s Beetle

@lowbugz

 

Alex De Oliveira’s Mk2 Golf GTI on Air Lift suspension & Eta Beta’s

@aleex941

 

 

 

Vincent Plonquet’s Mk7 Golf R on Air Lift suspension & OZ Superturismo’s

@vwins_7r

 

Dimitri Léouna’s Mk3 Golf on Air Lift suspension & Eta Beta’s

@mk3_mk2_

 

Warwick French’s Audi RS3 on Air Lift suspension & Fifteen52 Penta GT’s

@wardog701

 

 

Douglas Degroodt’s Mk1 Golf on Air Lift suspension & BBS RF’s

@douglasmk1

 

VW Days is truly an amazing weekend away. Situated in Northern France, it’s a really easy drive along one toll road from the Euro Tunnel and ferry terminals (approx. 1hr45min). Plus it’s close to neighbouring countries too – which explains the large turnout of foreign cars mostly from Belgium and Germany. Whether you’re into camping, or prefer the luxuries of a hotel, I can’t recommend VW Days enough – it’s probably the next best thing to the Wörthersee experience and a lot more affordable. With so many cars to admire, make sure you check out the Bonus Gallery below to see even more. Big thanks to Ilce and the team for welcoming us – we’ll be back next year. Don’t think about it, do it!

 

BONUS GALLERY

 

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More info on Club Golf IDF / VW Days:

Club Golf IDF website

Club Golf IDF on Instagram

Club Golf IDF on Facebook

 

One For All – Only Charged Dubs’ 2000 Audi C5 A6 Allroad

Words & Photos by Henry Phull

 

I think that we may have a slight addiction to wagons, just check out a few of our recent features and all will become clear! Regardless of manufacturer, they just transform so well when introduced to a fancy wheels and lowered suspension. There’s also something satisfying about essentially turning a ‘boring’ family car into something that can turn heads. Estate cars are ultimate practical cars, with plenty of people using them over small vans if they can get away with it, which is exactly what today’s feature car is used for. It may not be a show piece, but Only Charged Dubs’ Audi Allroad has been subtlety, yet tastefully, modified to handle their daily duties as well as transporting the OCD trade stand around the UK and Europe (just like we do with our own Audi wagon, in fact). Plus, it works hand-in-hand as a demo car for many of the products they offer, too, featuring an Airdynamiks air suspension package with AccuAir e-Level management and more.

 

 

Matt Payne (head honcho at Only Charged Dubs) was using his trusted Skoda Fabia MonteCarlo as their demo car through 2014-2015, which pretty much helped OCD with their journey into the air suspension market. However, as the company grew, the need for a bigger vehicle grew at the same time. “This led to me looking at a range of options, I knew I didn’t want a van as whatever I bought also had be my daily driver and demo vehicle for OCD and our products, so I wanted something that would tick as many boxes as possible.” Matt explains.

 

 

Being a Volkswagen fan at heart, Matt started looking at B5 & B5.5 Passat wagons, which he’d always had a soft spot for. “The American’s seem to get these looking just right, which is where I pull a lot of my style & tastes from when modifying cars” he admits. However, he noticed that most Passats had “been around the world in mileage” and it was difficult to find one with a bigger engine than a 1.9tdi, along with the bodywork never being in good condition. Matt didn’t want to have to pay out for lots of paint and body repairs. So, the search expanded to Audis, such as B5 and B6 A4 wagons, but they were just too small for OCD’s needs.

 

 

With the A4 out of the equation, this left him with the A6, notably the C5 platform, given the budget. “The C5 has always been a bit of an ugly duckling – I’ve never been a fan of the boot lid and plate holder. But after looking around, and then seeing modded Allroad’s, I started to change my mind.” Matt explains, mostly down to James’ at BecauseBags and Jules Loose’s modified examples, to name a few. Matt mentions that the upsides to the A6 platform are that they come very highly spec’d from factory, have good engines, loads of room and plenty of comfort for daily use – ticking most of his boxes!

 

 

With a newly found love for the factory wide arches, Matt began the search for an Allroad. “I spent weeks casing cold trails of sold Allroads, with dealers saying that they never have them in stock for long”. So, when the ideal, 1 lady owner car, popped up near London, Matt quickly made the trip down from Doncaster, and did a deal. Not surprising, considering the Allroad in question had under 90k on the clock, was fitted with the optional Recaro leather interior from factory (also found in the S6/RS6), had good service history, and more importantly to him, “no fake wood trim!”.

 

 

“We wanted the Allroad to grab people’s attention at shows, as well as showing off the products and brands we can supply” Matt explains, so the first port of call was to get the car on to better air suspension. Well, it turns out the Allroad is actually fitted with factory air suspension with three different selectable heights. Unfortunately, being pretty dated, it’s not the best system and a lot tend to fail when they get on a bit, plus the factory air would never give OCD the actual drop that they wanted. Being the sole UK distributors of Airdynamiks, they teamed up to create a brand new C5 air suspension kit with them, bringing a new option to the market.

 

 

With a new strut and bag package all round, an AccuAir e-Level management kit (Rocker switch kit) with height-sensor technology was a no-brainer for Matt for trouble-free usability, especially since the car would be fully loaded up a lot of the time. The air installation was carried out just in time for the  Ultimate Stance show back in 2015… “It went in pretty simple, mounted in the spare wheel well nothing showy, just making it neat & usable.” he explains, utilising dual stealth VIAIR 44c compressors, dual VU2 valve units, iLevel WIFI control, and dual 3-gallon seamless air tanks.

 

 

However, Matt soon worked out that the Allroad is fitted with a slightly different front wishbone and upright setup than most of the models of the same platform. “The Allroad arms are taller, meaning drop is limited, so we sourced RS6 uprights and replaced these. The wishbone arms were also replaced RS6 examples with the addition of SPC camber adjustable top arms, which got attacked with the angle grinder to save us a few more mm’s clearance to the body when air’d out.” To add insult to injury, the OE front brakes didn’t fit either! Essentially, the whole front suspension setup had to be changed, bar the ARB and callipers, for the required drop.

 

 

With the Allroad finally sitting as he had imagined, the next jobs were to sort out a few cosmetic changes, starting with the headlights. “Another bugbear of these vehicles is headlight lenses going yellow – mine had too.” Matt says, which he replaced with a newer set of US-spec examples, sourced directly from the States. These feature amber running lights, instead of sidelights, which most people don’t even notice, but totally bring the silver car together. Interior-wise, a Kenwood double-DIN SATNAV unit was installed, making those long drives to Europe much less daunting. Additionally, Matt swapped out the generic automatic gear shifter in favour of a Black Forest Industries knob, which actually makes the car look like a manual – a nice touch. The original 4-spoke steering wheel was also replaced with an S6 3-spoke wheel to complete the transformation.

 

 

Finally, let’s get down to the wheels – probably the most aggressive part of the car’s appearance. Along with the S6 and RS6 models, the Allroad ideally demands wide wheels to fully make use of the factory arches. The OZ Futura has always been one of Matt’s favourite wheels, so he decided to make a set work on the Allroad. This meant stepping up a much smaller faced wheel into a usable size. “We took a set of 17″ OZ Futura’s and stepped them up to 19” using bubble style lips (which we had to wait seven months for!), plus 7” barrels front & rear, 3” front dishes, 4” rear dishes. Sandwich mounted, with high polished dishes, black powdercoated barrels, silver powdercoated faces, with spoke fronts brushed, then full faces clear coated for protection. SRR black chrome hardware was used to finish them off”. The built wheels land at 19×10.5j (235/35/19 tyres) up front & 19×11.5j (245/40/19 tyres) at the rear, resulting in perfect arch-to-lip fitment all round – “The US look I wanted from day 1!” Matt says joyfully.

 

 

OCD have had the Allroad for 18 months now, with parts still stored away and waiting to fit. It’s fair to say the car still isn’t “done”, but then again, when is anything? A custom RS6 style grille is being put together, plus the S6 steering wheel is going to be retrimmed to match the BFI gear knob. Black headlining and pillars from an S/RS model are also on the cards. But, being a big Audi, there’s always something to be maintained… The team have already replaced the alternator (which requires the complete front end removed for access), sorted various oil leaks, replaced countless tired parts and checked the cams over (as these commonly wear on the V6 engine). Whilst it was apart, they cleaned the bay up, had some parts wrinkle-black coated and put together with new stainless fixings, which just makes it look that little bit extra special. There are plenty of jobs to keep them busy, but most importantly, Matt finally has an all-rounder that delivers on looks, practicality, is a pleasure to drive, and works as the perfect demo vehicle for OCD, too.

 

BONUS GALLERY

 

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More info on Only Charged Dubs:

Only Charged Dubs website

Only Charged Dubs on Instagram

Only Charged Dubs on Facebook

 

Spring ’17 – 10 Years of The Wheel Specialist Fareham

Date: 13 May 2017

Location: The Wheel Specialist Fareham, Hampshire

 

Words & Photos by Henry Phull

 

Back in the Spring of 2015 I was invited to an Open Day at The Wheel Specialist’s (TWS) Fareham branch. Not knowing what to expect, it turned out to be one of the biggest Southern event’s that I’ve attended with a surprisingly high standard of cars in attendance. Two years later, TWS got in touch to say they were organising another Open Day event to celebrate 10 years in business, and they wanted Slam Sanctuary to be involved. Naturally, I agreed, with the intention of targeting the sort of cars that we love – of the slammed variation of course. Well, TWS smashed it once again. The event was a huge success, with all sorts of cars taking over the surrounding industrial estate. With a DJ, burger van, a bar, and great coffee from The Splitscreen Barista, the vibe was perfectly chilled, giving us southerners a much-needed chance to catch up with one another as well as getting a chance to chat to TWS about their services and get an insight into what they do. With so many cool cars popping in and out throughout the day, I captured a few of my favourites, check them out…

 

Ryan Stewart’s supercharged Alpina B10 3.3 Touring on Air Lift suspension & BBS RF’s

@7th.seal

(Click here to check out our feature on Ryan’s B10)

 

 

Tom Hams’ Volkswagen Scirocco on Air Lift suspension & Rotiform TMB‘s

@tomhamsyo

 

Chris Phillips’ BMW E36 on BC Racing coilovers & WORK Equip’s

@chrispy_clean

 

Sebastian Nowogrodzki’s BMW E24 653CSI on Air Lift suspension & Style5’s

@sebastiannowogrodzki

 

Ben Chandler’s BMW F80 M3 on Air Lift suspension & Rotiform KPS

@ben_scenemedia

 

Nathan Pedersen’s Audi D2 A8 on Air Lift suspension & Rotiform CCV‘s

@thinkitsabouttimesomeone

 

Nick Sahota’s Lamborghini Diablo

@nicksinghsahota

 

Joseph Cummins’ bagged BMW E38 on Alpina Dynamics

@666joseph

 

 

Carlos Gomez’ BMW E36 on Air Lift suspension & BBS RS’

@carlos_g88

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

 

 

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)

 

 

Mark Riccioni’s Mazda RX-7 on Rotiform LAS-R’s

@mark_scenemedia

 

Nick Sahota’s Koenig Ferrari Testarossa

@nicksinghsahota

 

The Slam Sanctuary Audi C5 A6 Avant on Air Lift / AccuAir / BAGS by OCD suspension & Rotiform KPS

@henry_slamsanctuary

 

Sean Crompton’s BMW E36 on HSD coilovers & Carline CM6’s

@s_crompton

 

Vernon Kerr’s bagged Grumman LLV postal truck

@thewheelspecialist_fareham

 

Thomas Lenthall’s Mitsubishi Evo 6 on WORK Meister S1’s

@super_triple_l

 

Jake Nest’s Mazda RX-7 on Cosmis Racing XT-206R’s

@nest225

 

 

Carter Harris’ custom Harley Davidson

@tha_carter01

 

Ethan Sexton’s BMW E30 318is on Air Lift suspension & Carline CM2’s

@ethansexton

 

 

 

The Wheel Specialist Fareham are lucky enough to refurbish wheels on all sorts of rare and quirky vehicles, as well as the typical everyday car – this brought a lot of interesting examples to the Open Day. We may love slammed and stanced cars, but it’s always nice to see things that we rarely see – we’re petrolheads after all. Make sure you check out the Bonus Gallery below for more of these gems. As well as TWS giving away an award for ‘Best Wheels’ of the day (won by Sean Crompton and his Carline CM6’s), we also ran our own Instagram-based competition throughout the day – congratulations to David Cooper for winning with his photograph of Ryan’s Alpina B10 (Click here to check out the photo), he took home some Slam Sanctuary merch and a Meguiar’s Mirror Bright detailing kit. Big thanks to everyone that took part. Nicely done, TWS, here’s to another ten years!

 

BONUS GALLERY

 

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TWS Fareham on Facebook

 

Stance Fever 2017

Date: 7 May 2017

Location: Rockingham Motor Speedway, Northamptonshire

 

Words & Photos by Henry Phull

 

After the success of last year’s show, we decided to head back up to Rockingham Motor Speedway for 2017’s offering of Stance Fever. Starting back in 2014 as a small event at the Ace Cafe in London, Stance Fever is the brainchild of Faz Ahmed (Specialist Tyres) and Nick Rance (Beds-Modified) who wanted to bring two rather different car cultures and styles together. It’s no surprise, then, that a wide variation of cars and taste is commonplace at their show. Both well connected within the car community, Nick and Faz packed-out the Ace Cafe for their first event… Year two called for a bigger venue, and a move to Norton Heath Centre in Essex. With the high quality of cars, more and more people had their eyes on Stance Fever, thanks to their ‘quality over quantity’ vibe, visible from the get-go. In 2016, it was time to open up the show to a wider audience with the introduction of Rockingham Motor Speedway, which provided much more space for cars. Take a look at our highlights from last weekend…

 

Christian Canning’s Porsche Cayman on HP Drivetech / AccuAir suspension & Rotiform RSE‘s

@callmepicasso

 

 

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

@connorhollamby_

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

 

Evolve Automotive’s BMW M2 GTS on Bilstein suspension & 6Sixty Emblem’s

@evolveautomotive / @starlam2

 

 

Conner Manners’ VW Mk6 Golf on Air Lift suspension & VSP Type2’s

@conner_mk6

 

Harvey Howe’s BMW E82 on Air Lift suspension & OZ Breyton’s

@harveyhowe

 

Ethan Sexton’s BMW E30 318is on Air Lift suspension & Carline CM2’s

@ethansexton

 

 

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

@santorinie36

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

 

Shannon Kiely’s Vauxhall Corsa D on Air Lift suspension & Fifteen52 Turbomac’s

@shannonmkiely

 

Ben Gill’s Mercedes-Benz W204 on Air Lift / HP Drivetech suspension & Rotiform SCN’s

@ben._.gill

 

Nicola Sidney’s Vauxhall Astra GTC on Air Lift suspension & Rotiform RSE‘s

@nicolasidney

 

 

 

Tony Ward’s VW Mk6 Polo R on Air Lift suspension & BBS RS’

@h8rxd

 

Ernesto Colmenar’s VW Touran on Air Lift suspension & Rotiform IDK’s

@ecolmenar

 

Keil Critten’s R32-swapped VW Mk3 Golf on Air Lift Suspension & custom-built VR6 splits

@keil_mk3

 

Natasha Sharpe’s VW CC GT on Air Lift suspension & Radi8 r8b12’s

@tishtash_brokegirl

 

Jimmy Stephens’ BMW E82 on Air Lift suspension & Rotiform TMB‘s

@jimmyboistephens

 

Shaun Grazette’s BMW E92 335i on Air Lift suspension & Blitz Technospeed Z1’s

@sasag01

 

Calvin Buyuk’s Audi A5 on Air Lift / AccuAir suspension & Radi8 r8t12’s

@bagged_a5

 

Chris Porter’s VW Mk6 Golf GTI on Air Lift / AccuAir suspension & Rotiform BLQ‘s

@porter1287

 

Steve Noble’s VW B6 Passat on Air Lift suspension & WatercooledIND MT10’s

@s90_nbl

 

Darren Simon’s static Mercedes-Benz R230 SL55 on Rohana RC10’s

@darren_fitmentjunkies

 

Amar’s Audi A5 on Air Lift suspension & Vossen CV7’s

@amar7128

 

Roval Waithe’s VW Mk7 Golf GTI on Air Lift suspension & Rotiform CCV‘s

@rovalll

 

 

Ben Ancliff’s Porsche Boxster on hydraulic suspension & Eta Beta’s

@ben_smartcleandetailing

 

Calum Lester’s VW Mk5 Golf GTI on Air Lift suspension & OZ Futura’s

@calumlester

 

The Slam Sanctuary Audi C5 A6 Avant on Air Lift / AccuAir / BAGS by OCD suspension & Rotiform KPS

@henry_slamsanctuary

 

Karl Runeckles’ BMW Z4 on hydraulic suspension & BBS RF’s

@ronn_x_

 

 

 

Clearly, the quality of cars in attendance at Stance Fever gets higher and higher each year, and, although not a huge event, this year did see over 600 people through the gates. With two ‘Top 100’ pre-selected areas of show cars along with plenty of club-stands and even space for people to simply turn up and show their car on the day, the event caters for everyone. Plus, with live drifting taking place simultaneously, as well as the usual Rockingham track action, there’s plenty to see if you do happen to get bored of looking at cars. Naturally, Faz and Nick have decided to continue at Rockingham for 2018, with even more updates planned. So, keep an eye on the Stance Fever social media pages for an announcement of the date – you’re going to want to add it to your diary!

 

BONUS GALLERY

 

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Elsecar at the Races 2017

Date: 9 April 2017

Location: Doncaster Racecourse, South Yorkshire

 

Words & Photos by Henry Phull

 

Elsecar at the Races is a new one for us at Slam Sanctuary, so let’s begin with a little history… What started out as a car meet known as ‘Elsecar Mega Meet’ / ‘Club GTI Mega Meet’ a whole 19 years ago, this historical gathering of cars has grown into something much, much bigger. With previous meets taking place at the Elsecar Heritage Centre in Elsecar, Barnsley, they were seeing over 200 show cars and 200 club cars in attendance! With popularity continually growing, 2016 saw the organisers move the event to Doncaster Racecourse, which has the the capacity for 700+ vehicles. This went hand-in-hand with re-naming the show to ‘Elsecar at the Races’. Our friends at Only Charged Dubs (and Elsecar show sponsors) had been raving about last year’s show, which meant we had to come up this year to see what all the fuss was about. We were met with one of most chilled-out events we’d ever been to. The whole vibe was perfect and everyone was extremely welcoming and friendly to each other. Along with an excellent mix of stanced, classic, air-cooled, and a whole host of club stands on display, Elsecar is a show that any petrolhead can enjoy – catering for all tastes. With so much to see, we captured some of our favourites, check them out below.

 

Bradley Mckee’s bagged ’78 Volkswagen B1 Passat on BBS LM’s

@brad_mckee

 

Jack Smith’s bagged Mk1 Golf on Fifteen52 Tarmac 348′s

@smithjack

 

Dan Birkinshaw’s Audi B8 A4 Avant on Air Lift suspension & OZ Superleggera’s

@birk999

 

Carl Atkins’ Mk2 Golf on Air Lift suspension & BBS RM’s

@carl_onlychargeddubs

 

Jack Butlin’s Ford Mk6 Fiesta on BAGS by OCD suspension & OZ Futura’s

@jackbutlin_

 

Only Charged Dubs’ Audi C5 Allroad on Airdynamiks / AccuAir suspension & OZ Futura’s

@onlychargeddubs

 

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

@hoho15_nmls

 

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

@sole_flavours

 

Matthew Hartle’s bagged Mercedes-Benz W202

@hartle93

 

Vick Nagi’s Mercedes-Benz W126 560SEL on Air Lift suspension & BBS E28’s

@vick_nagi

 

Dan Smith’s Porsche 966 on Eta Beta’s

@dsmithmobile

 

Jemima Cox’s Volkswagen Polo 9n3 on Air Lift suspension & Autostrada Modena’s

@jemimacox

 

Joe Bycroft’s BMW E21 on BBS RS’

@joeey_brokeboys

 

Adam Sheldon’s Mk5 Golf R32 on Air Lift suspension & OZ Superleggera’s

@sheldonr32_nmls

 

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

@jak_lowsocial

 

Ryan Hall’s Mk1 Caddy on Air Lift suspension & PLS Daytona’s

@_ryan_hall_

 

James Hellewell’s Audi RS5 on BC Forged wheels

@_jam45_

 

Jack Betts’ 1968 Beetle

@jackbetts1994

 

Adam Berry’s bagged 1966 Karmann Ghia

@vw_ratbug90

 

Jas Virdee’s Mk4 Golf R32 on Air Lift suspension

@jasr32

 

Cameron Stead’s Lexus IS220 on BAGS by OCD suspension & Rotiform IND-T’s

@clstead_2is

 

Craig Hugill’s Porsche 911 Cabriolet on BBS RS’

@craggle_man

 

Jay Polson’s MK5 Golf GTI on Air Lift suspension & OZ Futura’s

@jaybogti

 

Paul Foster’s Mk1 Golf on BBS RS’

@paulfosterdj01

 

 

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

@maxisadogsname

 

Leo Jackson’s Mk1 Jetta on Tramont’s

@leomk1jetta

 

Dale Grainger’s BMW E38 740i on AirREX / Air Lift suspension

@its___dale

 

Jason Buckley’s Mk1 Golf on H&R suspension & BBS E52’s

@j12buk

 

 

Aksan Cy’s Mk5 Jetta on Air Lift suspension & BBS RF’s

@akki_cy

 

 

Chris Robson’s Audi A1 on Air Lift suspension & OZ Superleggera’s

@chiffyrobson

 

Jamie Fagan’s Mk1 Jetta G60 on Ronal Turbo’s

@jamiefagan

 

Ben Gill’s Mercedes-Benz W204 on Air Lift / HP Drivetech suspension & Rotiform SCN’s

@ben._.gill

 

Vinylimage’s Passat R36 on Air Lift suspension & Vossen VLE-1’s

@vinylimage

 

Kirsty Greatrex’s 1969 Beetle

@kirsty9169

 

So, was it worth the 8-hour round trip? Based down on the South Coast, we don’t often get up to Yorkshire, but 2017 is all about expanding our horizons and we’re so glad to have made the journey. It was totally refreshing to visit to a car show with so many different sorts of vehicles to lust over, and, although it’s predominantly a VAG show, there were still plenty of other marques being shown off – with no hatred (often the case at similar events). Of course, The glorious weather made the day even better, and it was nice to have the indoor part of the show to catch some much needed shade from the sun. No doubt, Elsecar at the Races will be added to our annual diary for the foreseeable future. Thanks to the guys at Only Charged Dubs for letting us tag along for the weekend, too.

 

BONUS GALLERY

 

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Ultimate Dubs 2017

Date: 11/12 March 2017

Location: Telford International Centre, Shropshire

 

Words & Photos by Henry Phull

 

It’s been a long, drawn out, winter for us at Slam Sanctuary. So, we were fully stoked to finally arrive at Ultimate Dubs in Telford last weekend for the ‘show season’ opener. Hosted over a Saturday evening and all day Sunday, it’s a great chance for friends to catch-up after being busy with their normal lives… With the majority of people staying overnight, there’s plenty of time for social gatherings, whether it’s over cars, food, or beers – unless you’re too busy setting up and running a stand, like us, unfortunately! That’s because we’ve been sitting on the brand new Spring ’17 clothing collection for a couple of months waiting to drop it on you all at Ultimate Dubs. Well, it went down an absolute treat – we can’t thank everyone enough for almost clearing out the whole store. In fact, we’ve already had to restock a lot of items, which should be available through our online store in a few weeks time. We also supported our good friends at Distinct Detail Co. with debuting their new brand of boutique car care products on our booth – they’re definitely a company to watch!

 

This year we displayed Ben Rye’s ’57 Beetle (which we recently featured), Jack Royston’s incredible Type 3 Notchback, and of course, (with us being us) we had to have a BMW on the booth… in the form of Jack Williams’ E28, which was finished just a couple of days prior! I’ll let the photographs do the rest, sit back and enjoy…

 

Our Pop-up Store all set up and ready for the day

 

Jack Williams’ M52-swapped BMW E28 on Air Lift suspension & OZ Breyton’s

@j2xck

 

Ben Rye’s ’57 Volkswagen Oval Beetle on Air Lift suspension & custom 3pc smoothies
@oldrag57
(Click here to check out our feature on Ben’s Beetle)

 

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

@notchjack

 

 

Richard Skinner’s ’83 Volkswagen Santana on Air Lift suspension & BBS RF’s

@g60golf1980

 

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

@parm_m3

 

 

Dwane Thompson’s Vauxhall Adam on Air Lift suspension & Rotiform RSE’s

@dwxne__

 

Vick Nagi’s Mercedes-Benz W126 560SEL on Air Lift suspension & BBS E28’s

@vick_nagi

 

Mark Riccioni’s Mazda RX-7 on Rotiform LAS-R’s

@mark_scenemedia

 

Steve Fraser’s Audi S3 Saloon on Air Lift suspension & Rotiform ZRH’s

@s30bmx

 

 

Dan Taylor’s BMW E46 M3 on Air Lift suspension & WORK Meister R’s

@dte46

 

Jay McToldridge’s Datsun 260Z on Rotiform GTB’s

@players_jaymac

 

 

Ryan Stewart’s Alpina B10 3.3 Touring on Air Lift suspension & Rotiform RSE’s

@7th.seal

(Click here to check out our feature on Ryan’s B10)

 

Becky Evans’ BMW E21 on Air Lift suspension & BBS RS’

@queenb_uk

 

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

@f3jbl

 

Nicholas Pritchard’s Ford RS500 Cosworth on Compomotive TH1882’s

@63np

 

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

@kagggie

 

 

Max Lumb’s Porsche 944 S2 on Airdynamiks / Air Lift suspension & OZ Futura’s

@h1mvx

 

Julian Loose’s Audi B7 RS4 Avant on Air Lift / AccuAir suspension & Ispiri FFR7/FFR8’s

@julesloose

 

Ben Chandler’s Mercedes-Benz C63 AMG on Rotiform SLC’s

@ben_scenemedia

 

Faye Collins’ Audi RS3 on HP Drivetech / AccuAir suspension & Rotiform YVR’s

@xofsc

 

Jack Hogg’s Audi A7 on HP Drivetech / AccuAir suspension & AG AGL24 SPEC3’s

@hoggy_x

 

Alex Begley’s BMW F80 M3 on Air Lift suspension & Fifteen52 Formula GT’s

@alex_3b

 

Rachid Ait Moumad’s Audi B5 S4 Avant on Air Lift suspension & RAD48 VR’s

@rachidlkk

 

Jordan Warren’s Rocket Bunny Mazda RX-7 on AirREX / Air Lift suspension & WORK Meister R’s

@jay_l_w

 

Only Charged Dubs’ Audi C5 Allroad on Airdynamiks / AccuAir suspension & stepped-up OZ Futura’s

@onlychargeddubs

 

 

Alex Challinor’s Mk2 Audi TT on Air Lift suspension & BBS CH-R’s

@alexchallinor

 

Kristof Mombaerts’ Porsche 964 on KW suspension & Rotiform STR’s

@kleenfreaks_kris

 

David Paiva’s Audi B5 A4 on Air Lift suspension & BBS RS’

@davidzzz6

 

Black Sheep Belgium’s Porsche 964 on Air Lift suspension & Rotiform LHR’s

@blacksheepautomotive

 

Rob Kelly’s Audi C7 A6 on Air Lift suspension & Rotiform OZT’s

@rob_fitteduk

 

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

@seannaayyy

 

 

Ben Braeckman’s Volkswagen Passat CC on Air Lift suspension & RAD48 LR 2.0’s

@benbraeckman_

 

 

Corey Nolan’s BMW F32 435i on Air Lift / AccuAir suspension & Rotiform RSE’s

@corey.nolan

 

Jack Smith’s bagged Mk1 Golf on Fifteen52 Tarmac 348′s

@smithjack

 

Maarten’s Porsche 964 on KW V3 HLS suspension & Cargraphic Racing wheels

@dimmaman

 

André Neudert’s Volkswagen Beetle on Air Lift suspension

@andrew030bln

 

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

@_samcurtis

 

Glenn Sweeck’s Audi Allroad on Air Lift / Accuair suspension & BBS RS2’s

@sweecky

 

Bradley Mckee’s bagged ’78 Volkswagen B1 Passat on BBS LM’s

@brad_mckee

 

Auto Finesse’s BMW F80 M3 on HP Drivetech / AccuAir suspension & ADV.1 wheels

@autofinesse

 

 

Niall Fearon’s Volkswagen Mk3 Scirocco on Air Lift suspension & Rotiform OZT’s

@niall_4n

 

Alistair Cox’s Porsche 996 GT3 on Airdynamiks / AccuAir suspension & BBS LM’s

@coxy914 / @ceautomotive

 

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

@dubfordstyling

 

 

Liam Handley’s Volkswagen Mk2 Polo Coupe GT on BBS RS’

@liamhandley1

 

 

Toby Wilkinson’s Mk2 Audi TTS on StillStatic / H&R suspension & MB LV1’s

@milkytts

 

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

@a4lexx

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

 

Marc’s Volkswagen Mk4 Golf on Air Lift suspension & BBS RC300’s

@maaarcmk4

 

Ian Kelly’s Audi SQ5 on Air Lift suspension & Rotiform wheels

@onenightinthemuseum

 

James Munro’s Porsche 356 Speedster on Air Lift suspension

@tosh_carrera

 

Yeah, yeah, I know… It didn’t seem like much of a ‘Dubs’ show, but let’s face it, that argument is getting old now. Times are changing, and there just aren’t as many people building Volkswagens anymore, or at least there aren’t many stand-out builds. Ultimate Dubs is much more of a trade exhibition these days, and if companies are building BMWs, Mercs, and Jap cars, then that’s what you’re going to see. We still did our best to showcase some of our favourite VAG examples, though – but we’re always going to photograph what captures our attention and what we feel is ‘cool’. We hope you all had a fantastic weekend if you attended, and you’ll be glad to hear that our next event will be entirely Volkswagen based, as we’re heading to The Volksworld Show on the 25/26th March!

 

BONUS GALLERY

 

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Santorini Blues – Barry Smith’s 1998 BMW E36 328i

Words & Photos by Henry Phull

 

Having featured a selection of stunning examples already, the BMW E36 is undoubtedly one of our favourite cars here at Slam Sanctuary. However, you could argue that they’ve somewhat over-populated the modified car scene as of late, but we’re continuing to sift through them and still finding notable builds that we feel are worth highlighting – if they’re done right, they are still one of the best looking BMWs, ever. Today, the spotlight is on Barry Smith’s E36, which has been re-built from the ground up. Thinking about it, it’d be hard to find a cleaner example in the UK that looks like it’s just been delivered from the factory – well, at least one that features a few improvements over OEM. Notably, a healthy drop on Air Lift Performance bags and a set of 18″ 3SDM forged wheels. But don’t worry, this isn’t just another “air and wheels” build… Barry’s car has undergone some extensive refreshing, including a full respray in the gorgeous BMW ‘Santorini Blue’.

 

 

Aged 45, Barry has had his fair share of projects over the years. “I’ve always had a massive interest in cars, mainly subtly modified cars, and I particularly enjoyed attending GTI international – especially when it was based at Crowthorne” he explains. As we’ve seen with a lot of newcomers to the BMW marque, Barry has only recently made the switch from Volkswagen, having owned 2 Mk2 Jetta GTI’s, 2 Mk3 Golf GTI’s, a Mk4 Golf V5, a Mk1 Golf with G40 swap, and a Mk2 Golf with an Audi S3 engine swap! He’s even owned a Porsche 964 which he now regrets letting go, big time, as their values have shot up in recent years.

 

 

With a BMW E90 as his daily driver, Barry became more interested in BMWs and the way they drove. In March 2016 he fancied a new project car… “I was originally looking for an older model… an E28 or E21, but I got frustrated waiting to source a good one” he explains. Around the same time that he was on the hunt for a car, an E36 popped up for sale which had been kept by the same previous owner for the past 18 years – a solid car which hadn’t been messed around with. For a project car, this is exactly the right sort of base to start with.

 

 

The car in question was a 1998 328i auto, finished in Montreal Blue and generally in great shape. Plus, it had Sport bumpers and sideskirts spec’d from the factory, which made it an even more attractive purchase. Naturally a deal was done on the E36 and Barry took delivery. His first port of call was to spruce up the mechanical side of things, which meant a trip to his friend Colin at Kustom Kolors, where the team added an M50 inlet manifold (the easiest way to get more power from a 328i lump). Plus, an uprated throttle body, Active Autowerke Cold Air induction system and an Eisenmann race-diameter 70mm exhaust & de-cat were installed for a fruitier sound. The dated OEM brakes were also upgraded to Stoptech units for extra stopping power.

 

 

Barry knew that he wanted the car to sit as low as possible from the get-go, but still needed the car to maintain drivability. After years of running static cars, he opted to go for air suspension, allowing him the best of both worlds. Luckily Kustom Kolors were willing to take control of the air installation, too. With so much happening to the car already, Colin persuaded Barry to go even further with it and get the whole car resprayed in the eye-catching Santorini Blue, a rare BMW Individual colour – whilst replacing every single window rubber and body moulding at the same time. During the car’s time at Kustom Kolors, they also had a chance to roll the front and rear arches to fit a set of 18″ wheels that Barry had planned for it.

 

 

Kustom Kolors also had the rear quarter seams welded to the rear panel and got on with smoothing a lot of the bodywork – including welding up the boot and bonnet badges, removing the boot lock and original M-tech spoiler. They even remade the rear number plate plinth, so it has no visible lock and removed the side repeaters too. They then installed a carbon fibre splitter to make the front end a bit meaner, along with black kidney grills and a US number plate plinth/delete. You’ll also notice the distinctive pair of AC Schnitzer aftermarket wing mirrors.

 

 

With the bodywork sorted and new paint applied, it was time to decide on wheels. Barry opted for a set of brand new 3SDM Forged 3.19 FR Series, 18×8.5 up front and 18×9 rears, which he thought were unusual and different to what is out there on other E36’s – they really do set the car off from other examples. The wheels were paired with 215/35 front and 225/35 rear tyres, for some subtle stretch.

 

 

Next, and most importantly, it was time to get the E36 closer to the ground. Air Lift Performance bags/struts were used all round, along with AccuAir SwitchSpeed management to control everything. A large colour-coded 5 litre air tank is situated in the boot, along with two VIAIR 444c Black Edition compressors. The rest of the management system is hidden away out of view. Colin also fabricated some custom air lines which run through the sills and front chassis legs, with custom braided leader hoses to the bags. Barry decided it would be a good chance to upgrade the factory audio whilst the air install took place, so it was replaced with an Alpine head unit, MB Quart components and a Pioneer hidden sub.

 

 

With the outside of the car now looking incredible, Barry wanted to go that extra mile and finish off the car with a full interior re-trim, as well as installing a set of M3 Vader front seats – probably the best OEM+ option for the E36. The contrasting nappa grey leather works wonderfully with the Santorini Blue paint. Finally, Barry added a Momo Jet steering wheel for an improved driving feel.

 

In September 2016, after around four months build time, the car was finally “finished”. That being the tail-end of show season, Barry has only been able to take it to a couple of events (Westside Treffen and Ultimate Stance – where it won in the Top 20), so he can’t wait for this year’s show circuit to kick off. But as we all know, a car is never fully “complete” – there are still plans to upgrade the AccuAir SwitchSpeed to the auto-levelling E-Level management, and smooth the engine bay. This is definitely an E36 to keep your eye on – not that it’s hard to miss!

 

BONUS GALLERY

 

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More info on Barry Smith:

@santorinie36 on Instagram

 

More info on Kustom Kolors:

@kustom_kolors on Instagram

Kustom Kolors website

 

Bagging Our Wagon – The Slam Sanctuary Audi C5 A6 Avant

Words & Photos by Henry Phull

 

2016 presented a new chapter for Slam Sanctuary. With the introduction of our Pop-Up Store, I had the task of transporting it around the UK and Europe to multiple automotive events. This meant that I needed a suitable vehicle to haul a lot of gear around, although I still wanted the car to look cool. I knew that whatever I chose, it was by no means going to be a show car, but more of an appealing daily beater that could demonstrate some of the products we sell. A true BMW fan at heart, I first thought about an E46 Touring (having owned one previously, I knew what great cars they are). Unfortunately, they just weren’t big enough, so I then considered E39 530d Touring’s, but the price of these were still ambitious. Then there was the option of buying something newer, like an E60 530d, however then there would’ve been no spare funds to “slam” it.

 

I started looking at Audi’s with the 1.9tdi engine. Although having never owned one myself, I’d heard nothing but good things about the economy of these engines (essential for my needs) and how cheap they are to maintain. With a C5 S6 Avant in my household already, I knew that the C5 platform was capable of fitting all of the Slam Sanctuary gear inside, as I’d used it to transport everything to Ultimate Stance in 2015. Plus, they were extremely comfortable on long journeys – ideal! So, the hunt was on for a C5 A6 Avant. After wasting my time viewing several poor examples, a clean 2004 1.9tdi finally popped up at a local car dealer, overpriced and finished in an obscure colour (hearing-aid beige, which it is jokingly known as amongst friends), it was much tidier than anything I’d seen previously. A deal was done, and it was time to transform it into a wagon worthy of the Slam Sanctuary name.

 

Our Pop-Up Store, all this had to fit in the A6!

 

A TRIP TO ONLY CHARGED DUBS

 

Naturally, the A6 had to be lowered as much as possible… But coilovers or air? That was the question. I’ve had people ask me why I didn’t just fit coilovers if I was on a tight budget. Well, the car was going to be fully loaded and weigh a lot. Coilovers just didn’t seem like the right way to go. In fact, I knew from the start that it was going to have to go on air, as I wanted to be able to load the car up whilst simultaneously having it stay at the exact height I wanted, so that it wouldn’t even look like it was under load. Also, with lots of driving planned to new places, including Europe, I didn’t want the hassle of driving a static low car. I’ve done it in the past and as much as I respect those that have the patience for it, the whole goal for this wagon was for it to be a hassle-free daily driver. The less worrying, the better.

 

 

Prior to picking up the A6, I had been talking to our friends at Only Charged Dubs (OCD) about their own A6 Allroad, which shares the same C5 platform. They’d just bagged it too, so I knew that they would have first-hand experience with the platform and would be able to recommend which method would work best on my car. Matt at OCD was enthusiastic from the get-go and was always keen on discussing ideas to present me with the most affordable custom solution. I was completely sold on taking the car to OCD and letting him work his magic. The toughest choice, however, was deciding what air management to run. I was on a budget, yes, but a manual setup was out of the question. This was going to be a daily driver, so ease of use was essential. I also knew that the more affordable pressure-based digital systems were not as reliable as they claim to be, so it was really Air Lift 3H vs AccuAir e-Level, the two readily available height-sensor based systems. It seemed better to spend more money in the first place and do things right. In the end, seeing as I was going with Air Lift bags, I went with the tried-and-tested AccuAir e-Level management system, so we could demonstrate as many products that we offer as possible.

 

 

Of course, Air Lift Performance was the first choice for bags/struts. However, my A6 is a FWD model and unfortunately Air Lift only offered a complete bolt-on kit for 4WD/Quattro models (standard over in the USA, where Air Lift are based) so we had to go with a front-only Air Lift kit. This meant that a custom setup would need to be fabricated for the rear end… Another reason why I took the car to the very capable OCD.

 

 

Luckily, Only Charged Dubs were just about to release their new line of universal bags (BAGS by OCD) so Matt reassured me that there would be no issues with creating a custom rear air setup specifically for my car using their BAGS. Using custom CNC’d mounting cups, the BAGS would fit perfectly in the rear suspension setup of the FWD A6 with very minimal modification.

 

 

As the A6 was going to be used more like a van than a car, part of my requirements were to keep all the boot space available, in addition to my spare wheel. As I was going to do a lot of long trips in this car, I wanted the piece-of-mind of having a spare wheel should I ever need it. After some test-fitting, Matt and I agreed that the most effective way to go about it was to mount the AccuAir VU4 manifold and ECU underneath the car. Besides, they’re completely weatherproof! With limited spare space in the boot, there was actually one side compartment that was unused. A small Air Lift 2.5-gallon tank and a single VIAIR 400c compressor were selected to mount in this limiting compartment, whilst everything else would be bolted underneath the car.

 

INSTALLATION

 

 

Matt’s first task was to run and connect the AccuAir wiring harness from the rear to the front of the vehicle to ensure we had power for the ECU and VU4 underneath the car.

 

 

Next, he completely stripped the boot, which was actually a lot more time consuming than you would imagine. Audi certainly know how to engineer their interiors! This left the fitting area completely exposed and ready for installation of the air tank and compressor.

 

 

In what limited space we had, the compressor was mounted above the rear wheel arch for a very snug fit. Followed by some minor trimming, the 2.5-gallon tank was secured in the remaining enclosure, preventing it from any unnecessary movement.

 

 

Once the boot was reassembled, the result was a completely hidden air install, easily accessible using the factory compartment cover. This was exactly what I wanted, with my spare wheel area completely untouched.

 

 

The next step was to get the car onto the ramp and into the air to start fitting the suspension components.

 

 

 

The Air Lift Performance struts were a direct fit and designed specifically for the C5 chassis, so installation was straightforward – replacing the existing shocks for the new units, much like fitting coilovers, with the added connection of the air lines.

 

 

The front level sensors were fitted next. The AccuAir e-Level system is based on height, which is determined by specialised sensors on each corner of the suspension. They’re extremely accurate and the system will maintain the vehicle height when loading or unloading passengers or when road conditions change… This is also regardless of load, which is perfect for when I completely load the car up with gear. The location of these is absolutely essential to give an accurate reading. Luckily Matt has installed hundreds of these kits, even on his own C5 Allroad, so he knew exactly where to place them for the best result.

 

 

He then moved on to bolting the AccuAir VU4 4-way manifold and ECU underneath the car. It was mounted to the driest area, close to the rear bumper, keeping it out of the elements as much as possible. Although, being completely weatherproof, it’s really nothing to worry about anyway.

 

 

The 3/8″ air line was then run to all four suspension corners and also into the boot along to the tank and compressor through one of the factory grommets, keeping the install as OEM looking as possible.

 

 

Moving on, it was time for the custom part of the install… the rear setup. The original springs were removed, ready to be replaced with the universal BAGS by OCD.

 

 

These stunning custom bag cups were CNC’d to place in between the bags and the car’s chassis.

 

 

Matt fully pressure-tested the BAGS prior to installation to check for any leaks to ensure no faults during use.

 

 

The only modification needed to install the new bags was to drill a hole into the spring locator so that the bag cup could be bolted in for a tight fit and to avoid the bags coming detached from the vehicle.

 

 

The OEM rear shocks were kept during installation, but I later upgraded these to shorter TA-Technix sport shocks, as the original ones were worn out.

 

 

Finally, the remaining two level sensors were fitted close to the rear beam, to complete the management part of the install.

 

 

Once the auto-calibration was set on the e-Level touchpad, it was finally time to air out the A6!

 

 

 

There you have it. Matt and the team at Only Charged Dubs did an incredible job getting the car on the floor. The first part of the puzzle was complete.

 

THE FINAL TRANSFORMATION

 

Obviously, I couldn’t rock the ‘broken suspension’ look for long, so a few final elements were needed to complete the A6’s transformation. Firstly I just had to put some nicer wheels on the car, so I opted for a set of 19×8.5 Rotiform IND-T’s, which were then powder coated in matte anthracite by our partners at The Wheel Specialist Bournemouth and fitted to a set of Nankang NS20 215/35/19 tyres resulting in some subtle stretch. 15mm spacers were also added up front. To match the finish of the wheels, I called on the services of Jack & Luke at JCT Developments in Ringwood to apply some Slam Sanctuary branding using 3M wrap film across both front doors, resulting in a perfect match with the anthracite wheels.

 

I next visited our friends at Xclusive Customs in Poole to get the rear windows tinted – although I wouldn’t usually go for a complete ‘limo spec’ tint, it was important to hide what I was carrying from view, especially when leaving the car in random places overnight. Lastly, the car was finished off with a Seat Cupra R front splitter which makes the rounded front-end slightly more aggressive. Other than that, the car remains standard. I then got on the phone to our insurers, Herts Insurance Consultants (HIC), to declare the new modifications and agreed on a specialised policy. Don’t forget to do this when bagging your car or your insurance could be invalid… it isn’t always more expensive to do so.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Nine months of testing and abuse later, I finally took the A6 to the New Forest one evening to capture these photographs. To conclude, this car has been the perfect daily workhorse and it does exactly what I need it to do without costing the earth to maintain. I’ve driven it thousands of miles all over the UK and Europe and had no issues with the air ride whatsoever. I can jump in it and drive anywhere without worrying. If you want a hassle-free way to lower your car, I can’t recommend bagging your car enough. Do not fear if there isn’t a bolt-on kit readily available for your car, hopefully I’ve shown that there’s usually a way around it by using universal bags and some basic fabrication which doesn’t have to bankrupt you. Only Charged Dubs even offer a bag upgrade for BC Racing coilovers now, so there really are endless options out there. Don’t be put off, make it a life on air.

 

Only Charged Dubs / BAGS by OCD:

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Air Lift Performance:

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Air Lift website

 

AccuAir:

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AccuAir website

 

Rotiform:

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Rotiform website

 

Herts Insurance (HIC):

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HIC website

 

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