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Eurosunday 2016

Date: 29 May 2016

Location: Lommel, Belgium

 

Words & Photos by Henry Phull

 

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

 

 

 

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

 

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

@ivokusters

 

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

@kaydibee4

 

 

 

 

 

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

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

@onlychargeddubs / @henry_slamsanctuary

 

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

@onlychargeddubs

 

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

@karel190e

 

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

@lucybarlow1994

 

 

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

@davyhuygenphotography

 

Nick de Prins’ bagged Volkswagen Jetta

 

 

 

 

Timmy Hermans’ bagged Volkswagen Mk1 Golf on BBS RM

@den_timmy

 

Danny Swartz’s bagged Beetle

 

 

 

Sam Wookey’s Volkswagen Mk1 Polo

@s_wookey

 

Stephan Calles’ bagged Volkswagen B8 Passat estate on BBS RS2

@stephan_calles

 

 

Fill Thws’ Volkswagen Mk2 Jetta on Gotti’s

 

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

@nickderond

 

Danny Busker’s BMW E60 on Air Lift suspension

@beemer_danny

 

Diego Coppens’ Volkswagen Passat CC on Air Lift suspension

 

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

@dub_gti

 

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

@tijsvanbreda

 

 

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

@georgie22

 

Gary Morgan’s Mk1 Ford Escort

@gmbodycraft

 

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

@a20kgy_rollingroyaltyoffical

 

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

 

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

 

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

@prestige_auto_couture

 

 

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

@prestige_auto_couture

 

Jordy Mullens’ bagged Audi A4 on Rotiform BLQ’s

@jordymullens

 

Achten Nicky’s Volkswagen Beetle on Fuch’s

 

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

@blackman_k

 

 

 

Connor Hollamby’s bagged Mercedes-Benz W201 190E

@connorhollamby_

 

bagged Audi A5 on 3SDM 0.08’s

 

Quentin Allegretti’s Mazda RX7 on AccuAir suspension

@quentinrx7

 

 

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

@_samcurtis

 

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

@prakash_thanky

 

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

@ragequitsch

 

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

@hapsss

 

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

 

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

@rachidlkk

 

 

Jeremy Onyn’s bagged BMW E28 on Style5’s

@jeremy_onyn

 

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

@s5_daniel

 

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

@mitch_mk3

 

 

 

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

@ollieberto

 

RM Concept’s bagged Audi 100 on BBS RS

@rubenmellaerts

 

 

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

@s30bmx

 

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

@jordyvandergeeten

 

 

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

@g_u_i_d_o__

 

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

@plexuz82

 

 

bagged Jaguar XF

 

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

@b5_thomas

 

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

@roy_jetta_mk3

 

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

 

 

 

 

Alessandro Costantino’s static Audi A8

 

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

@raymaekerssven

 

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

@gary_ggrounded

 

 

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

@kenaiipsst

 

Mazda 6 on Vossen CVT’s

 

Vanoppen Steve’s Volkswagen Type3 Notchback

@nopke_lupke

 

Volkswagen Scirocco on BBS GT-2’s

 

 

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

@prestige_auto_couture

 

David Petit’s BMW E30 M3 on PLS splits

@petit_david_

 

 

bagged Audi A4 Avant on Rotiform IND’s

 

Porsche 356 on BRM wheels

 

 

Gregory Granado’s BMW E28

 

BMW E34 540i on OZ Futura’s

 

 

 

 

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

 

 

More info on Eurosunday:

Eurosunday website

Eurosunday on Facebook

Eurosunday on Instagram

 

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Eurosunday 2015

Location: Lommel, Belgium

Date: 7 June 2015

 

Words & Photos by Henry Phull

 

 

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

 

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

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

 

 

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

 

 

 

 

 

Nato Stark Luis’ Mk4 R32 Golf

 

Matthias Niestroj’s Mk1 Golf

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

 

Davy Binst’s VW Beetle

 

John Vinx’s VW Passat on ACT split rims

 

Bart Liekens’ Mk2 Golf on BBS RF’s

 

Patrick Kreuz’s bagged Mercedes-Benz 190E W201

 

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

 

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

Andreas Langen’s bagged Audi Avant

 

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

 

Jamie McToldridge’s static G60-powered Mk1 Golf

 

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

 

Wulteput Dietrich’s TA22 Toyota Celica GT on air ride

 

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

 

 

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

 

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

 

Dennis Werweissdasschon’s Mk3 Golf on 3-spokes

 

 

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

 

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

 

 

Patrick Prüß’s Volkswagen Beetle

 

Mk1 Golf on BMW BBS Style19’s

 

Volkswagen Brasilia

 

 

 

Stefaan’s BMW E30 M3 on BBS RS

 

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

 

 

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

 

 

 

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

 

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

 

Laetitia Empain’s bagged Audi TT on RH splits

 

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

 

 

Andy Hatton’s bagged Mk4 Golf estate

 

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

 

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

 

 

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

 

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

 

 

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

 

 

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

 

Crabbe Jasper’s static Mk4 Golf on Eta Beta splits

 

 

 

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

 

 

 

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

 

 

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

 

 

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

 

 

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

 

Nick Sas’ BMW E24 with ACS wheels and bodykit

 

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

 

 

 

 

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

 

More info on Eurosunday:
www.eurosunday.be

 

 

Ultimate Dubs 2014 Part 2: Indoors

Words & Photos by Henry Phull

 

Following Part 1 of our Ultimate Dubs coverage, we’re finally indoors (slightly hungover from the previous nights antics) and ready to take a look at what’s on offer at the show season starter. Get ready for some stunning vehicles and a surprising variation from within. Luckily we were able to shoot most of the show on the Saturday afternoon, just as well, because show day on Sunday was absolutely packed with people. It was difficult to even move around at times, a tremendous turn out for the organisers.

 

 

 

This E63 AMG V8 biturbo Mercedes was pretty impressive with Rotiform splits and painted in a controversial taxi-esque yellow, on the Design4Automotive/AccuAir stand.

 

 

Yes, there are going to be a lot of Rotiform wheels…

 

 

 

I remember this car from Edition38 last year, a really well executed Mk2 Golf on Ronals that made the journey over from France.

 

 

And another from Europe, this Type 2 came over from Belgium and was a major head turner.

 

 

Unfortunately I heard these guys had some bad luck on the way home and the engine caught fire. Hope you guys manage to sort it out!

 

 

 

There’s a big question being asked throughout social media at the moment – isn’t UD supposed be a VAG only event? Well, there was certainly quite a large selection of non-VAG around. Personally I don’t have a problem with this, but I am biased being a BMW guy and everything… I know some people seemed to be a bit upset about it, but it’s all about variation in my opinion, so I fully support it, and it was nice to see some great motors like this bagged E21.

 

 

 

Amazing bit of tuck on this air ride S3, with a set of stunning Vossen rims.

 

 

 

 

It was great to see Kristof’s 911 from Belgium again, one of my personal favourite Porsche’s, now sitting on Rotiform FUCs.

 

 

 

 

Danni’s new colour definitely helping her Scirocco stand out from the crowd.

 

 

 

More Mercedes wheels on this cool Mk6 Golf on the Lowsocial stand.

 

 

 

Famous James returned with the Polo on a set of 16″ Teddys, helping him take away Wheel Whores Best Wheels and Best Polo of show.

 

 

Mark’s “Bolf” estate now rocking new paint.

 

 

 

 

The guys at RollHard had their own stand this year with some impressive cars including this Mk2 Golf.

 

 

Dan’s E46 was a favourite for many at the show, not surprising with such great fitment and a super sexy set of Breytons.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

As per usual, our friends at Forge Motorsport had some awesome race cars on display!

 

 

 

The Milestone 71 Porsche was rocking a brave new colour for 2014. You can’t get much more eye catching than this.

 

 

 

Brian from Rotiform brought along this Mk2 on the Players stand. I love the aggressiveness of this car thanks to the huge dish and flares.

 

 

..and the Players Datsun we spotted on the way into the show in Part 1. Balls’d have done a fantastic job with this, looking forward to seeing it completely finished.

 

 

The Auto Finesse shop caddy was drawing in crowds throughout the day, nicely done guys.

 

 

 

After seeing them on the road, rolling, on the way up to the show (see Part 1), I was intrigued to see Car Audio Security‘s cars close up.

 

 

Personally I wouldn’t bag an E46 M3, but there is no denying it looks incredible, a definite OEM+ car, with a square setup of the standard 19″ wheels.

 

 

 

Their E92 was sitting on a super cool set of Rotiforms, with just the right amount of dish.

 

 

 

It’s always a relief to find some classics, like these nice examples over on the Euro Sunday stand.

 

 

The Autostrada Monza’s are a nice addition to this Jetta.

 

 

 

The colour coding and Porsche twists on this TT really work well.

 

 

 

 

I’m not usually the biggest fan of the newer Golfs, but this Mk7 GTI was fresh. The BBS’ and those lips set it off extremely nicely.

 

 

 

There’s always time for a B5 Avant.

 

 

 

Nick Sahota’s E30 M3 built by Studio Incar is going to divide opinions. Its on air ride. I’ll let you make your own judgement, but I think it looks stunning, and they made a great choice on the colour. Fair play for taking on the project, it’s certainly different!

 

 

 

 

This SWB Quattro was an absolute beast of a machine.

 

 

 

Rocking that classic Mk1 look…

 

 

Studio Incar‘s E92 was looking a bit different to when we all saw it last year!

 

 

As common as BBS LMs have become, I still think they’re awesome wheels. Especially when they are genuine like the ones on this B5 RS4. It just works.

 

 

 

So, a stunning selection of cars on display. Ultimate Dubs have really set the standard high for the first show of the season, especially with the acceptance of a few non-VAG cars this year. This meant there really was something for everyone to enjoy. And that’s not it, there were just as many cars outside as there were inside the halls, so check back soon for Part 3 of our coverage.