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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

 

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

 

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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Elsecar at the Races website

Elsecar at the Races on Instagram

Elsecar at the Races on Facebook

 

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!

 

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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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BAGS by OCD on Instagram

Only Charged Dubs website

 

Air Lift Performance:

Air Lift on Instagram

Air Lift website

 

AccuAir:

AccuAir on Instagram

AccuAir website

 

Rotiform:

Rotiform on Instagram

Rotiform website

 

Herts Insurance (HIC):

HIC on Instagram

HIC website

 

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Ultimate Stance 2016

Date: 30 October 2016

Location: Telford International Centre, Shropshire

 

Words & Photos by Henry Phull

Additional Photos by Matthew Dear

 

Slam Sanctuary has just hit another milestone! One year has passed since debuting our booth, clothing range and pop-up store back at Ultimate Stance 2015. That’s one whole year of taking our brand and products around the UK and Europe, and I have to say, the reception has been phenomenal and better than I could’ve imagined. You are all making my dream come true, so thank you – every single one of you who continues to read the blog, purchase our products and visit us when we are out at events. I’m seeing more and more people wearing our clothing at shows – it means so much that so many of you want to spend your hard earned cash on supporting the brand. With that said, the return of Ultimate Stance this year meant that we had to top our previous efforts. Naturally, we returned to our favourite spot, the VIP carpeted hall in the Telford International Centre, with four of the UK’s best BMWs… representing the two worlds of suspension that we now offer, with Bekir’s E39 & Az’s E92 both on air, and Nick’s E34 & Alex’s E36 showing what can still be achieved on static coilovers. As well as having our new Autumn/Winter clothing collection available, we also brought down our sofa and TV with Xbox One S and Forza Horizon 3 for people to play during the day, it turned out to be a great hangover cure for those not wanting to do much after a heavy night of partying. Ultimate Stance is always the perfect end-of-season event – there’s always a huge variety of cars on display, and I’d say it’s a show completely different people and cars from the automotive world finally come together for one final blowout. Take a look at the highlights…

 

 

Xbox One and Forza Horizon 3 set up on our booth

 

AIR vs STATIC

 

Bekir Iskender’s BMW E39 540i on Air Lift suspension & stepped-up BBS RS’s

@beck34ist

 

Nick Sahota’s BMW E34 540i on BC Racing coilovers & custom-built 3pc Throwing Stars

(Click here to check out our feature on Nick’s 540i)

@nicksinghsahota

 

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

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

@a4lexx

 

 

Az Riz’s BMW E92 330d on Air Lift / AccuAir suspension & WORK VS-XX’s

@azriz

 

 

Prakash Thanky’s M52-swapped BMW E21 on Air Lift suspension & CCW wheels

@prakash_thanky

 

 

Dan Guirey’s Volkswagen Mk1 Golf

@wrigleysmk1golf

 

Sam Duckett’s Nissan Pao

@the_static_bearded_bellend

 

Adam Jones’ Rocket Bunny Toyota GT86 (Stage 3 AVO Turbo) on WORK Meister M1’s

@rocketraccoongt86

 

 

 

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

@rob_blackwell

 

Nath Howell’s static Subaru WRX on WORK Emotion CR’s

@original_bath_towel

 

Nicholas Pritchard’s Supercharged BMW E91 M3 Touring on Breyton wheels

@63np

 

 

Barry Smith’s BMW E36 328i Sport on AccuAir suspension & 3SDM 3.19’s

 

3SDM’s wheel lineup

@3sdm_wheels

 

Danny Mellor’s Mk2 Audi TT on Airdynamiks / Air Lift suspension & 3SDM 3.25’s

@danny_onlychargeddubs

 

Sam Muccinni’s Vauxhall Astra VXR on Air Lift suspension & Rotiform TMB’s

@sammuccini

 

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

@bm_bean

 

Chris Phillips’ static Lexus IS200 on WORK Equip’s

@chrispy_clean

 

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

@smithjack

 

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

@e46_alex

 

Jack Smith’s Lexus GS300 on D2 / Air Lift suspension & Weds Kranze LXZ’s

@smithjack

 

Josh Parker’s wide-body BMW 2002 on 7Twenty Style44′s

@76build

 

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

@lamodz_official

 

 

Rory Hamilton’s bagged Mercedes-Benz W115 240D on BBS Mahle’s

(Click here to check out our feature on Rory’s Mercedes)

@rory_fourtyfour

 

Ben Fraser’s Nissan 180SX on Rotiform LVS’s

@benfraserbmx

 

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

@s30bmx

 

 

 

Charlie Croker’s bagged 1977 Lotus S1 Elite

@kampfreddie

 

Carl Raine’s Fiat 126

@93carlraine

 

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

@seannaayyy

 

Beinn Dale Goodchild’s static Volkswagen Polo Coupe

@beinndg

 

Retro arcade gaming consoles set up in the ‘Retro Display’ hall

 

Oxford Car Audio’s Audi S5 on Air Lift / AccuAir suspension & Avant Garde F541’s

@oxfordcaraudio

 

Adam Rhys Burford’s Volkswagen Mk2 Jetta coupe on BBS RF’s

@adz_infamous

 

 

Kenny Germeau’s BMW E32 730iL on BC Racing coilovers

@kenny_germeau

 

 

Juan van Oversteyns’ BMW E28 525i on D2 Racing coilovers & stepped-up BBS RS’s

@juangti86

 

Ford Focus ST Mk2 on Air Lift suspension & Jaguar wheels

@focairs

 

Kiran Halsey’s Rocket Bunny Toyota GT86 on Air Lift suspension & BC Forged HB29’s

@mrkhalsey

 

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

@dips346

 

Zak Hobbs’ VW Lupo on “Sudani-style” Compomotive CX501’s

@zak_hobbs

 

 

Conor Christy’s Volkswagen Mk4 Golf R32 on Air Lift suspension & Fifteen52 TurboMac’s

@conormk4

 

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

@arfan.retrobling

 

Ben Rye’s bagged 1957 Volkswagen Oval Beetle ragtop on custom 3pc smoothies

@oldrag57

 

Plush Automotive’s Audi RS6 on AccuAir suspension & Rotiform SFO’s

@plushautomotive

 

 

Christian Pack’s bagged Seat Leon on VSP Type2’s

@chris_dvsn4

 

Mat Ward’s Eurocco kit car

@drummer_mat

 

 

Pete Blackhurst’s El Camino lowrider

 

Steve Townley’s Cadillac Fleetwood lowrider

 

 

’65 Chevrolet Impala ‘vert lowrider

 

Ultimate Stance really is a great way to end the car show season. Turning into an overnight event for those displaying cars and trading, it’s a bit more chilled, allowing more time to be spent with friends that probably won’t be reunited again until next year when the season starts again with Ultimate Dubs at the same venue. With some cool touches, like the Wheel Whores display, a Retro Hall packed with classic cars and retro gaming consoles free to play, and even a gathering of Lowriders outdoors… there was plenty going on to keep everyone occupied for the day. We’ve thoroughly enjoyed this season of events in the UK, plus the few we were lucky enough to head over to mainland Europe for. Our next show will indeed be Ultimate Dubs in March 2017 – keep an eye social media and save the date when it’s announced. In the meantime, we have plenty of content coming up to keep you entertained during the winter months, so check back to slamsanctuary.com soon.

 

More info on Ultimate Stance:

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Ultimate Stance on Instagram

 

 

Seen your car above? If we haven’t named you, drop us message a through our Facebook page or email info@slamsanctuary.com and let us know if you’d like your name added to the article! Also be sure to let us know if we made any errors regarding your cars modifications. Sometimes we make mistakes, albeit rarely, but we like to make things right!

Westside Treffen 2016

Date: 25 September 2016

Location: Chalfont St. Peter Cricket Club, Gerrards Cross

 

Words & Photos by Henry Phull

 

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

 

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

@julesloose

 

 

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

@sasag01

 

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

@liam_e46_

 

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

@sgill78

 

 

Adam Farrington’s Seat Leon

 

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

@shakey_studioincar

 

 

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

@bm_bean

 

 

 

 

 

 

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

@p5uml

 

 

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

@renegadewill

 

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

@markvw89

 

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

@gursh_cc

 

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

@scottpatersonphoto

 

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

@samratcliffe_

 

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

@htsmotorsport

 

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

@likehelldesign

 

 

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

@bigj_223

 

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

@kaysinghh

 

 

 

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

@caraudiosecurity

 

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

@f2jbl

 

Car Audio & Security’s BMW M4 & E30 M3

@caraudiosecurity

 

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

@caraudiosecurity

 

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

@caraudiosecurity

 

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

@mark_five_golf

 

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

@caraudiosecurity

 

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

@f3jbl

 

 

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

@profusioncustoms / @rwbuk

 

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

@georgeassi

 

 

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

@e46_alex

 

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

@ollieberto

 

 

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

@yung_kromez

 

 

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

@jaswiththeseven

 

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

 

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

@classic_stance

 

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

@bally_hanspal

 

 

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

@hrekel32

 

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

@dav_sanders

 

 

Anton Elliott’s VW Mk1 Golf

 

Jeeten Ghedia’s BMW E38 on BC Racing coilovers

@j33ten

 

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

@ben_macrae

 

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

@dfinitiv

 

 

 

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

@chelle_df

 

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

@audi_stu

 

Harry Chodha’s bagged Mk1 Golf Cabriolet on BBS RS

@harry_chodha

 

Kos Loizou’s BMW E24 635CSI on ACT splits

@bubblebmw

 

 

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

@lucybarlow1994

 

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

@dubfordstyling

 

 

 

 

 

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

@joe_t25

 

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

@g3_oem

 

Carl Levy’s VW Mk1 Caddy on BBS RM’s

@cars_cats_ink

 

 

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

@rs4rad

 

 

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

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

 

More info on Westside Treffen:

Westside website

Westside on Facebook

Westside on Instagram

 

 

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Auto Grüppe’s Summer Run 2016

Date: 29 August 2016

Location: Southsea seafront, Hampshire

 

Words & Photos by Henry Phull

 

Auto Grüppe organised an event back in 2014… the congregation of some incredible cars at Beaconsfield services on the M40, followed by a leisurely drive to the rendezvous point at Southsea seafront in Hampshire, for a chilled evening with friends and cars. To this day, it remains one of the coolest gatherings that I’ve attended in the UK. I’ve been patiently waiting for the guys to plan the next one – This year they finally got their act together and set a date for the second event. The idea was exactly the same as before (why change something that worked so well, right?), another cruise from Beaconsfield down to Southsea. I decided to skip the convoy and meet up with everyone in Southsea along with a few other Southerners, seeing as we live around the area, anyway. When I arrived, there were already plenty of modified cars trying to take over the Avenue where the meet was being held – unfortunately it was a bank holiday Monday after a big music festival held at the same location, so there were a few vans and tractors moving about and clearing up the rubbish from the weekend, but we made the most of it and it didn’t seem to spoil the vibe. To top it off, the weather was glorious.

 

Steve Howson’s Mercedes-Benz 190E Cosworth on OZ Futura’s

@ukmercman

 

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

@1987soarer

 

Matthew Dear’s BMW E91 on Fifteen52 Tarmac’s

@mattdearphoto

 

 

Georgia Barker-Wright’s static VW Lupo on WORK Meister CR01′s

@gkbw

 

 

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

@shakey_studioincar

 

 

Billy Callow’s BMW E21

@billlage

 

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

@carlos_g88

 

 

Ryan Bosh’s Nissan SR13 on Extreme Offset Wheels

@boshs13

 

Sam Eaton’s Volkswagen Polo 6R on Air Lift suspension & Fifteen52 Tarmac’s

@ea10_sam

 

 

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

@markvw89

 

Adam Burton’s Mercedes-Benz W123 on hydraulic suspension

@hardslamadam

 

 

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

@s30bmx

 

Curtis Hughes’ bagged Volkswagen Polo 6R

@po10_s_vw

 

 

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

@gtrzak

 

Jamie Salmon’s static wide-arch turbo’d Mercedes-Benz C250 on banded steels

@chunkychap

 

Ryan Powell’s bagged Mk3 Golf VR6 on BBS LM’s

@powey

(click here to check out our feature on Ryan’s Mk3)

 

 

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)

 

 

Bobby Valentino’s wide-body Honda Integra DC5 Type R on AccuAir suspension & BBS RS’s

@bobby.stancedaily

 

 

Ethan Sexton’s BMW E30 318is on Air Lift suspension & Schmidt TH-Line’s

@ethansexton

 

 

Mark Webb’s Nissan 200SX

@thewebbieshow

 

Jack Hill’s Seat Leon Cupra

@j44kck

 

 

This was the sort of evening that sticks with you.. even more so than the typical car show, and don’t worry, not your average car park meet. It was definitely refreshing to see a turnout of quality vehicles take over a picturesque Avenue – particularly when you get such a beautiful sunset in the background. I think the photos speak for themselves, so props to Auto Grüppe for hosting yet another successful ‘Summer Run’. So this has got me thinking, we already have ‘Homegrown’ in West London and ‘Dub Club’ in the Midlands… perhaps we need something like this more frequently down on the south coast. What do you guys think? Leave your thoughts in the comments.

 

More info on Auto Grüppe:

Auto Grüppe website

Auto Grüppe on Facebook

Auto Grüppe on Instagram

 

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Retro Rides Gathering 2016

Date: 28 August 2016

Location: Shelsley Walsh, Worcester

 

Words & Photos by Henry Phull

 

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

 

IF IT’S RETRO, IT’S COOL…

 

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

 

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

@stevenfoxall

 

 

Retropower’s Audi Sport Quattro SWB rep

@retropower_marc

 

 

Joshua Tamwar O’Sullivan’s Mazda MX5

@joshuatamwar

 

 

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

@jamesandrew_67

 

Pipey McGraw’s W8-powered Volkswagen K70

@pipey_mcgraw

 

 

 

Jonathan Briggs’ Renault Extra Van w/GT Turbo conversion

@brigsygtt

 

Andy Bower’s Mk1 Ford Capri

 

Luke Herbert’s Mk2 Volkswagen Polo

@lukeherbss

 

Adam Hazlewood’s M52-swapped BMW E30

 

 

 

Tom Barry’s BMW E30 325i

@tom.barry

 

David Whitefield’s Cadillac Brougham Hearse

 

Richard Woolmer’s Austin A35

 

Alex Penberthy’s Mk2 Volkswagen Polo

@alex_86c

 

Daniel Lark’s C33 Nissan Laurel

@sundance_lark

 

Luke Drinan’s Mk2 Ford Escort

@lukedrinan

 

Rob Phillips’ M50-swapped BMW E30

@rob_phillips

 

Murray Eversham’s Ford Escort RS Turbo

@murray_eversham

 

James Cass’ C32 Nissan Laurel

@jamesblackletter

 

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

@mark_e21

 

 

ON TO THE CLUB FIELD…

 

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

 

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

@shootall

 

 

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

@flatliner32

 

Lily Carton’s Nissan Silvia S14

@lilyfive

 

 

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

@dean_esprit

 

Chris’ bagged Ginetta G15

@cjimp

 

 

Joe Scott’s BMW E21 on Compomotive TS501’s

@joe_e21

 

Luke Polyblank’s Toyota AE86

@lukas_ae86

 

Anthony Steel’s Volvo 240 on Advan SA3R’s

@letpigsfly1

 

Carl Raine’s Fiat 126

@93carlraine

 

Audi RS2 Avant

 

BMW E34 Touring

 

C10 Nissan Skyline

 

 

Mark Bullock’s Vauxhall Cavalier Turbo

 

Conor Elliott’s Volkswagen Mk2 Golf

@thatconorkiddy

 

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

@si_wcs

 

Eden Cayless’ VW Type2 on Gotti’s

@eden__rh

 

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

@arfan.retrobling

 

 

 

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

@lamodz_official

 

 

 

BMW E12 Alpina B7 S Turbo

 

 

William Harris’ Austin Mini Clubman

@hegnirst

 

 

 

Adam Burton’s Mercedes-Benz W123 on hydraulic suspension

@hardslamadam

 

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

@jamesandrew_67

 

 

Robin Whitfield’s ‘Bosozoku-style’ Nissan Sunny

@epic_specialz

 

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

@seannaayyy

 

LET’S END WITH A BURNOUT…

 

 

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

 

More info on Retro Rides Gathering:

Retro Rides Gathering website

Retro Rides Gathering on Facebook 

Retro Rides Gathering on Instagram

 

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