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Setting Trends – Becky Evans’ 1983 BMW E21 316

Words & Photos by Henry Phull

 

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

 

 

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

 

 

However, when the time came for something new, Becky remembered about her mum owning an E21 back when she was her age. “I wanted to recreate this image of her in my mind” she explains. Plus, she had always been fascinated by BMW’s unique style herself. Unsurprisingly, an internet search began… which led her to a Henna Rot example that hadn’t made its reserve price on eBay. “I rang the seller quickly, and asked ‘Is it really as clean as it looks?’ and she said ‘yes, I promise you!’ – so then we grabbed the trailer and made the trip down to deepest darkest Somerset – baring in mind that I lived in Coventry at the time.” Just a two-owner car, the previous (also a woman) owner had only used it around town and to go to the shops. “She was super cool though, and wanted to know that the car was going to a good home. I promised her that I had a plan for it…” Well, I think it’s safe to say that Becky kept that promise.

 

 

The E21 was clean and rust-free, only requiring a small amount of cosmetic work to make it presentable, which made it the ideal original candidate for what Becky was envisioning. “I knew I always wanted to bag it, having gone through the pain having a static car, bags were really the way to go. I always loved the BBS RS wheel, but never had a car that I could put them on. That was the initial vision.” It only took four months to get the car bagged and on wheels, making its first debut at Ultimate Dubs 2013. However, to get it to the level it’s at now took four years. “The overall quality of the build has been lifted over the years, with an amazing paint job, better engineering of the air system and the final finish on the wheels” Becky explains, which we’ll be looking at next…

 

 

In its latest guise, the E21’s air suspension system was completely redesigned by Henry at RIIVA Design, including re-engineered custom air struts (using universal bags front and rear), upgrading to Air Lift Performance 3P management and creating a new tasteful boot build featuring a body-coloured seamless tank and hard lines, trimmed to compliment the rest of the interior. As a result, the car now drives and handles better than it ever did.

 

 

On to Becky’s beloved BBS RS073’s, which were owned previously by several people within a circle of her friends, so she knew they had been looked after. “These ones are pretty special in that they came stepped from the factory, they are 30-bolt centres, as opposed to 34 which traditionally come on the 16s. So these have that smaller centre, stepped lip look that I love but are original from factory like that” she explains. The wheels are spec’d as follows: 16×8 (2″ step) fronts, 16×9 (3″ step) rears with 195/35 and 215/30 tyres.

 

 

The BBS’ were originally purchased at the same time she bought the car, when they had polished lips and powder coated centres with gold hardware – pretty much the go-to spec. More recently, the wheels have undergone complete refinishing by Elie at Voodoo who has ceramic polished everything along with matching hardware and custom quarter height hex nuts. They now compliment the car perfectly.

 

 

It was time to attack the interior. Becky wanted to keep this as original as possible, but just wasn’t a fan of the original SE-style seats, especially considering one of them was damaged. A massive fan of the Ford Escort Recaro fishnet seats, she knew they would look right at home in the E21, if they were trimmed correctly. She finally found a set of Recaro’s from an RS2000, and began hunting for some original BMW material to trim them in, with the intention of matching the original rear bench.

 

 

Becky opted for the services of Dave Goodwin (Dave The Trimmer) to undertake the re-trim. “I wanted it to be perfect, so in the end, the search took us to some guy in Italy who happened to have a roll of the 83 pergament corduroy that we needed.” After a long time waiting, the seats were finally trimmed and now look like they could have been there from the factory. The interior is finished off with a Nardi Torino wooden steering wheel, naturally.

 

 

After running the car in its original cosmetic state for a number of years, Becky finally saved enough money to get a top-level paint job to match the overall picture she had in her head. She enlisted the services of Steve Denton at Stylehaus to carry out a complete bare metal respray in the original Henna Rot red. “The finish on the car is insane, I can’t thank him enough for the job he’s done.” she remarks. Along with the immaculate paint, you’ll notice a few subtle changes, like the rear window louvre, heckblende, and the headlights which have been converted back to a single setup, creating an overall sublime package.

 

 

Aesthetically, Becky has revised the E21 to the point of perfection… truth be told, nothing else needs to be done to the outside of the car without the risk of ruining it. Unlike a lot of people, she doesn’t feel the need to go overboard by trying to win over the internet, even though she’s had the car for so long (a lot of people would get bored, right?). To Becky, it’s been about refining her dream BMW with that timeless look. Of course, like all project cars, there’s still work to be done behind the scenes… The original M10 engine remains untouched (apart from much-needed maintenance), so her next port of call is to fit a set of carbs that are currently sat in the garage, and shaving/painting the engine bay over Winter time. Until then, the car is being enjoyed whenever she gets the time!

 

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@queenb_uk on Instagram

Queen B on YouTube

 

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The Air Lift Show & Shine BBQ 2017

Date: 27 August 2017

Location: Car Audio & Security, Hayes

 

Words & Photos by Henry Phull

 

We only recently visited Car Audio & Security (CAS) back in April this year to attend their annual Open Weekend, so to hear that they were opening their doors again a few months later was great news. We always look forward to the laid-back vibe that comes with any CAS event… this time around, they were set to host Air Lift Performance’s Show & Shine BBQ, which promised to present some of the highest quality bagged cars in the UK. Tied with valuable show & shine prizes from sponsors including Meguiar’s, Rotiform, Kenwood, GoPro, Alpine, Rockford Fosgate, JL Audio, and ourselves… a BBQ with all the trimmings (completely free of charge – nice touch!), plus, plenty of instore deals as is to be expected from Car Audio & Security, they were on to a winner. It just so happened that the weather was absolutely perfect, too, which meant the turnout was even better than expected. CAS’s premises were completely overrun by modified cars, including the surrounding roads and industrial estate. It was quite a sight! Check out some of our favourite cars from the day below…

 

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

@rajsangha964

 

 

 

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

@doeboyfresh

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

 

 

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

@htsmotorsport

 

Amar Flora’s Volkswagen Polo 6n2 on hydraulic suspension & CCW Classic’s

@amarrrrr

 

Richie Payne’s Porsche 964 on KW suspension & Rotiform STR’s

@richie_milestone71

 

Jake Hilling’s Beetle-panned ’78 Volkswagen Brasilia on Air Lift suspension

@littlejakebmx

 

 

Meguiar’s Ford Crown Victoria on Air Lift suspension

@meguiarsuk

 

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

@rajsangha964

 

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

@christian.bsln

 

 

Spencer’s Volkswagen Mk1 Golf on H&R suspension & BBS RS’

@sency_mk1

 

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

@shannonmkiely

 

Ryan Stewart’s supercharged Alpina B10 3.3 Touring on Air Lift suspension & RAYS TE37’s

@7th.seal

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

 

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

@jamesyesyesbrown

 

Jake Stanford’s Volkswagen Tiguan on Air Lift suspension & Rotiform IND-T’s

@jake_stanford91

 

 

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

@st4rk3y

 

Haps Gill’s BMW E46 M3 on Air Lift suspension & CCW LM5T’s

@hapsss

 

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

@s30bmx

 

Ameet Sagoo’s Volkswagen Mk1 Jetta on BBS RS’

@ameetsagoo

 

Andy Guyett’s BMW E36 Touring on Air Lift suspension & Racing Dynamics RRS’

@gus247

 

Robin Kellam’s Audi A1 on Air Lift suspension & Rotiform LSR’s

@robmk2

 

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

@crescenttyres

 

 

Johnny Mercy’s bagged Mercedes-Benz SL500 on WORK VS-KF’s

@johnnyvicemercy

 

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

@players_vex

 

Parm Panesar’s BMW F80 M3 on Air Lift suspension & Rotiform LAS-R’s / Raj Sangha’s BMW M4 on Air Lift suspension & Rotiform LSR’s

@parm_m3@rajsangha964

 

 

Air suspension is more popular than ever before, evidently, it’s become an essential element to any build these days. From practicality, performance, and visual transformation, it’s a no-brainer. Air Lift Performance continue to lead the pack here in the UK and it’s great to see them constantly involved with our car community. They even gave away a complete 3P management system to a lucky winner! The Show & Shine BBQ acted as a perfect opportunity to show how stunning any car can look when slammed on air suspension. Hell, it just makes us want to go out and bag everything and anything! It was also rather refreshing to see that they’d allowed a few static and hydro’d cars into the event too. At the end of the day, this is what car culture should be about – acceptance and respect for everyone. After this year’s successful BBQ, we have a feeling that it’ll be making a return, so keep your eyes peeled in 2018 for details. Big thanks to Car Audio & Security for hosting and inviting us down with our Pop-Up Store. Don’t forget to check out even more photos below in the Bonus Gallery.

 

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Car Audio & Security website

Car Audio & Security on Instagram

Car Audio & Security on Facebook

 

 

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Gravity 2017

Date: 16 July 2017

Location: NAEC Stoneleigh, Warwickshire

 

Words & Photos by Henry Phull

 

When I think of SlammedUK, variation comes to mind. Regardless of their name, the brand is essentially an open book when it comes to their following of modified cars, which is why their show ‘Gravity’ appeals to all sorts of cars in the community. Following the success of last year’s debut event, Gravity returned to Stoneleigh Park for a second year. I was seriously impressed with last year, but I have to say, the latest offering completely blew 2016 away in terms of cars, trade, music, and the sheer amount of public attendees. So, another congratulations is in order for Jordan and his team at SlammedUK! Whether you’re into Volkswagens, BMWs, Lowriders, RWBs, or Jap cars… the list goes on. Gravity had it all within two huge indoor halls, as well a vast outdoor area (apologies – our booth was so busy that I didn’t get a chance to photograph outside this time!). I managed to sneak around the show before it opened to the public to capture a few of our favourite cars. Take a look below…

 

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

@profusioncustoms

 

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

@looooony

 

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

@e46_alex

 

Haps Gill’s BMW E46 M3 on Air Lift suspension & CCW LM5T’s

@hapsss

 

 

Josh Mussell’s static Nissan 350Z on WORK Meister L1’s

@likehelldesign

 

Lewis Parker’s Volkswagen UP! on Air Lift suspension & OZ Futura’s

@l3wup

 

Jean Colaert’s bagged Audi B5 A4 on WORK Equip 3-spoke’s

@caps_b5 

 

 

Leeroy Makewell’s Volkswagen Mk5 Golf on Air Lift suspension & Bentley’s

@leeroymak

 

Matt Hollands’ bagged BMW E38 on Style297’s

@matt__hollands

 

Tom Grimshaw’s Audi Q5 on AccuAir suspension & Ferrada FR4’s

@tomlg_q5

 

Zoe Langley’s Mazda MX5 on Air Lift suspension & WORK Meister CR01’s

@mx5zoe94

 

 

Corey Nolan’s BMW F32 435i on Air Lift / AccuAir suspension & OZ Futura’s

@corey.nolan

 

Lydia El-Hoss’ static Honda S2000 on Schmidt Revolution Tracer Tech 2’s

@l2k_

 

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

@e30_parr

 

 

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

@lamodz_official

 

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

@ccwill1975

 

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

@a4lexx

 

 

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

@arfan.retrobling

 

Mikel Roe’s Volkswagen Mk6 Jetta on Air Lift / AccuAir suspension & OZ Futura’s

@mikey_plush

 

Jordan Saunders’ Mazda RX7 on AirREX / Air Lift suspension & SSR Professor’s

@j_airx7

 

Faz Ahmed’s S50-swapped BMW E30 cabriolet on Air Lift suspension & BBS RS’

@fazalicious

 

Immi Hussain’s BMW E46 M3 ‘vert on Air Lift suspension & Carline CM6’s

@immi_001

 

Jamie Warne’s BMW E31 840ci on Air Lift suspension & custom-built 3pc Alpina’s

@bm.sharky

 

 

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

@jens_tbgstance

 

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

@josh_stokes

 

Elliot Carter’s BMW E92 on Airdynamiks / AccuAir suspension & BBS RF’s

@y2_etc

 

 

Ross Firth’s Ford Fiesta ST on Air Lift suspension & BBS RS’

@rossfirth_

 

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

@jemimacox

 

Matt Honeywill’s Subaru Impreza WRX on Air Lift suspension

@yellowbits

 

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

@dte46 / @wheel_unique

 

 

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)

 

What a selection of cars… (and yes, I’m aware there’s quite a few E46 M3’s in there, but with so many great examples in the scene at the moment, I couldn’t help myself!). I’d just like to say a big thanks to anyone that dropped by the Slam Sanctuary booth and picked up something in our exclusive Summer Sale. We pretty much sold out and we’ve finally said goodbye to our ‘Steering Wheel’, ‘Spark Plug’ and ‘Helmet’ tees – they won’t be printed again, however, we’ll be dropping a brand new capsule collection at FittedUK this weekend in Manchester, so make sure you stop by and check out the new gear. If you liked the previous collection, you’re definitely going to dig what we have coming up.

 

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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.

 

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More info on Raceism:

Raceism website

Raceism on Instagram

Raceism 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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More info on The Wheel Specialist Fareham:

TWS Fareham website

TWS Fareham on Instagram

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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More info on Stance Fever:

Stance Fever website

Stance Fever on Instagram

Stance Fever on Facebook

 

Air Lift, Audio and Rotiform – Car Audio & Security’s Open Weekend 2017

Date: 29/30 April 2017

Location: Car Audio & Security, Hayes, West London

 

Words & Photos by Henry Phull

 

If you’re looking for a one-stop shop for all things Air Lift Performance, Rotiform wheels, and in-car entertainment, then Car Audio & Security (CAS) is the place to visit. Being the largest distributors in the UK and Europe, they’ve been on our radar ever since we started Slam Sanctuary. They’re well known for having some of the most notable demo cars in the car industry and car community – you will have no doubt seen a few of them at the big car shows such as Ultimate Dubs and Players. Every year, CAS open their premises to the public to show off their latest cars and what they have to offer. To top things off, they also offer a massive sale on most products for one weekend only, which certainly attracts people from all over the country. This year, the team have expanded their HQ with the addition of yet another warehouse – a great opportunity to pack it full of more show cars. We made the trip down on Sunday, the final day of the Open Weekend, to take a look at their 2017 demo vehicles and everything else that turned up. Check out our highlights below.

 

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

@rajsangha964@caraudiosecurity

 

 

 

Car Audio & Security’s Ford Mustang on Air Lift suspension & Rotiform SPF’s

@f2jbl

 

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

@rajsangha964@caraudiosecurity

 

 

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

@parm_m3

 

 

Jake Stanford’s Volkswagen Tiguan on Air Lift suspension & Rotiform IND-T’s

@jake_stanford91

 

 

Car Audio & Security’s Honda S2000 on Air Lift suspension & CCW D110’s

@s2000ky

 

Sam Frazer’s Volkswagen Mk4 Golf on Air Lift suspension & BBS RS’

@samfrazerr

 

Ashley Booth’s Volkswagen Scirocco on Air Lift suspension & Radi8 r8cm9’s

@ash_gzuk

 

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

@s30bmx

 

Dips Amin’s BMW E46 M3 ‘vert on Air Lift suspension

@dips346

 

Meguiar’s Ford Crown Victoria on Air Lift suspension

@meguiarsuk

 

 

Car Audio & Security’s Volkswagen Caddy on Air Lift suspension & Rotiform BLQ-2’s

@caraudiosecurity

 

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

@mark_five_golf

 

 

 

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

@players_jaymac

 

 

Ryan Stewart’s Porsche Cayman on Bilstein suspension & Rotiform LSR’s

@7th.seal

 

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

@v8fag

 

Ahmed Mohamed’s BMW E87 on Air Lift suspension & custom Compomotive splits

@sonic1506

 

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)

 

Pav Gill’s Chevrolet Impala SS lowrider on hydraulics

@psychopav

 

So, yet another incredible turnout for Car Audio & Security throughout their two-day event, with customers turning up from all over the UK to pick up a bargain. The quality of the CAS demo cars gets better and better each year, which just shows how far Rotiform wheels and Air Lift suspension have come in the last few years, now catering for some of the most high performance new vehicles (in addition to everything else) on the market. It’s never been easier to turn your run-of-the-mill car into something unique and above the rest. Car Audio & Security can make it happen for you. If you missed the event, head over to their website (caraudiosecurity.com), and see what they have to offer. Check out our Bonus Gallery below for even more cars from the day, too. We’ll be back next year!

 

BONUS GALLERY

 

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More info on Car Audio & Security:

Car Audio & Security website

Car Audio & Security on Instagram

Car Audio & Security on Facebook

 

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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More info on Elsecar at the Races:

Elsecar at the Races website

Elsecar at the Races on Instagram

Elsecar at the Races on Facebook

 

Tradition. Recrafted. – A day with Meguiar’s Mirror Bright range

Words & Photos by Henry Phull

 

If you’re a car enthusiast, it’s highly likely that you endeavor to keep your pride and joy squeaky clean. However, with so many different cleaning products on the market, it’s hard to decide which products to start with. Luckily, Meguiar’s have released a new kit with all the essentials for keeping your car clean. Founded all the way back in 1901, there’s no doubt that you’ve heard of the brand… And with so many years experience in the car care industry, you know you can feel safe using their products. In fact, we already use their gear on our cars, so when we heard that they’d had just released a new range, we were eager to try it! The Mirror Bright collection sees the company revisit their roots, mimicking their old school glass bottles and metal screw tops with a modern-day plastic interpretation, for a vintage feel. With classic branding in black and white, the kit is designed to fit right in with classic cars. The Mirror Bright products are made up of completely new formulas too, for a premium performance and user experience – Meguiar’s tell us that these are truly high-quality items. Of course, with such a cool looking product range, we had to get our hands on it to try out on some classic cars. Our friends at Meguiar’s UK kindly sent over some gear, so we called up a few friends and decided to make a day of it and use the products on the cars.

 

The classic style Mirror Bright kit bag looks right at home in Doey’s classic interior

 

The Mirror Bright range consists of all the cleaning essentials: Polishing Wax, Detailing Spray, Automobile Shampoo, Wheel Cleaner and Leather Lotion

 

Naturally, we needed some Meguiar’s essentials to fully test the new range; microfibre wash mitts and towels, Water Magnet drying towels and a few Applicator pads (not pictured)

 

AUTOMOBILE SHAMPOO

 

First up, we got to grips with the Mirror Bright Automobile Shampoo. With a hefty 1.4 litre bottle, you’re getting a lot for your money (RRP £18.00). It’s formulated for all automobile finishes, and Meguiar’s states that it’s been refined by over 110 years of experience and R&D. The texture of the shampoo itself is equally awesome – a carnuaba milk formula that cleans AND waxes while washing. It’s also designed specifically to work hand-in-hand with the Mirror Bright Polishing Wax, which we’ll look at later.

 

 

The Meguiar’s Microfibre wash mitt makes it easy to apply the shampoo

 

 

Chris showing that the Shampoo works just as well on his vinyl-wrapped Lexus IS200

 

Doey rinses the shampoo off of his BMW E21

 

The Meguiar’s Water Magnet drying towel worked wonders, soaking up any remaining water

 

 

WHEEL CLEANER

 

Next up, we tried out the Mirror Bright Wheel Cleaner (650ml bottle priced at RRP £13.00). All of our friends run polished wheels and they often have trouble finding a wheel cleaner that is actually safe to use on their valuable wheels. Luckily the Mirror Bright Wheel Cleaner is gentle enough that it’s safe on all types including painted, aluminium, chromed and polished wheels.

 

Doey rinses down his wheels first before applying the product

 

The pH balanced soaps and special ingredients easily dissolve brake dust remnants, with the liquid turning purple after a few minutes

 

Another essential rinse was required to wash away the remaining product once it had done its job

 

The results were brilliant, with no harm done to Doey’s polished CCWs

 

POLISHING WAX

 

For the best clean, polishing is absolutely essential for a proper shine and overall paint protection. The Mirror Bright Polishing Wax is sold in a 414ml bottle, with an RRP of £22.50. Meguiar’s use unique natural and synthetic ingredients to gently polish all painted finishes, revealing a maximum gloss, depth of colour and “Mirror Bright” reflections. Once again, this product is safe for all glossy paint types including lacquers, enamels and clear coats.

 

The screw-top bottle makes it ideal to pour onto the Meguiar’s Applicator pad

 

Sean applies the product to his BMW E36 using the Applicator pad, and buffs with a Microfibre towel

 

The result is a true mirror-like reflection!

 

DETAILING SPRAY

 

Detailing spray, or “quick detailer” as it’s known to most people, is probably the most essential item for any car-show goer. It’s the perfect finishing touch to get that show-shine finish super quickly on arrival to an event, or simply in between washes. The Mirror Bright Detailing Spray (650ml bottle for RRP £13.00) cleans both exterior AND interior surfaces. It’s made up of a non-scratch formula and safe for all paint types. Seeing as we already cleaned the cars properly, we decided to try the Detailing Spray on an interior.

 

Carlos sprays the product directly onto a Microfibre towel before applying to the interior of his BMW E36

 

It worked a treat and left a great shine on the whole interior, including the doorcards, dashboard, centre console, instruments and even the front and rear screens

 

LEATHER LOTION

 

Finally, we ended with the Mirror Bright Leather Lotion (available in a 414ml bottle for RRP £12.00). This is an impressive product to clean, condition and protect your leather interior with. It’s made up of gentle cleaners that help to remove dirt and grime that has attached itself to your leather over time. It’s even packed with UV Sunscreens that help prevent sun rays from fading your seats.

 

 

Carlos pours the Leather Lotion onto a Meguiar’s Applicator pad, before applying to his BMW Vader leather seats. As you can see, the pad picked up plenty of dirt.

 

After application, a Microfibre towel was used to buff off the excess product, instantly leaving a revitalised, natural looking interior – no slipperiness or fake-looking shine here!

 

Cleaning done, everyone stands back to admire their work

 

The two bagged BMWs looking super shiny

 

Carlos’ ceramic polished OZ Futuras looking like new after a dose of Mirror Bright Wheel Cleaner

 

 

The static boys, looking “Mirror-bright”!

 

Sean’s Carline CM6s also came up amazingly

 

You don’t often see a wrapped car looking this shiny

 

 

 

After spending a whole day with the Mirror Bright range, we can safely say that these kits will be in our boots for the rest of the show season. Everyone loved the products, from an application point of view (perfect sized triggers on spray bottles, and quick release screw top lids on the others making for easy pouring), and of course from the actual results. The cars were actually left with a true “Mirror Bright” shine. Plus, the products themselves look damn cool, too – The vintage branding goes hand-in-hand with our favourite sorts of cars, classics! All the products tested are available now individually, or as a complete package. Check out the Meguiar’s UK website below and join the revolution of car care products.

 

More info on Meguiar’s UK:

Meguiar’s UK website & online store

Meguiar’s UK on Instagram

Meguiar’s UK on Facebook

 

The cars:

BMW E21 – Steven Doe – @doeboyfresh

BMW E36 coupe – Carlos Gomez – @carlos_g88

BMW E36 ‘vert – Sean Crompton – @s_crompton

Lexus IS200 – Chris Phillips – @chrispy_clean

 

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