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Ultimate Dubs 2017

Date: 11/12 March 2017

Location: Telford International Centre, Shropshire

 

Words & Photos by Henry Phull

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

@j2xck

 

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

 

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

@notchjack

 

 

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

@g60golf1980

 

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

@parm_m3

 

 

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

@dwxne__

 

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

@vick_nagi

 

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

@mark_scenemedia

 

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

@s30bmx

 

 

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

@dte46

 

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

@players_jaymac

 

 

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

@7th.seal

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

 

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

@queenb_uk

 

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

@f3jbl

 

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

@63np

 

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

@kagggie

 

 

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

@h1mvx

 

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

@julesloose

 

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

@ben_scenemedia

 

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

@xofsc

 

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

@hoggy_x

 

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

@alex_3b

 

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

@rachidlkk

 

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

@jay_l_w

 

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

@onlychargeddubs

 

 

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

@alexchallinor

 

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

@kleenfreaks_kris

 

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

@davidzzz6

 

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

@blacksheepautomotive

 

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

@rob_fitteduk

 

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

@seannaayyy

 

 

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

@benbraeckman_

 

 

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

@corey.nolan

 

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

@smithjack

 

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

@dimmaman

 

André Neudert’s Volkswagen Beetle on Air Lift suspension

@andrew030bln

 

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

@_samcurtis

 

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

@sweecky

 

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

@brad_mckee

 

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

@autofinesse

 

 

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

@niall_4n

 

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

@coxy914 / @ceautomotive

 

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

@dubfordstyling

 

 

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

@liamhandley1

 

 

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

@milkytts

 

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

@a4lexx

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

 

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

@maaarcmk4

 

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

@onenightinthemuseum

 

James Munro’s Porsche 356 Speedster on Air Lift suspension

@tosh_carrera

 

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

 

BONUS GALLERY

 

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More info on Ultimate Dubs:

Ultimate Dubs website

Ultimate Dubs on Facebook

Ultimate Dubs on Instagram

 

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

 

De-Alpina’ing an Alpina – Ryan Stewart’s 2002 BMW Alpina B10 3.3 Touring

Words & Photos by Henry Phull

 

Recently there’s been one car, in particular, that’s blown up my social media feed. Ryan Stewart’s E39 Touring has had a lot of heads nodding in admiration, and it’s not even his project car (a highly modified track-spec Porsche Cayman), but the daily driver! Plus, this isn’t just any ordinary BMW 5-Series, it’s the incredibly rare Alpina B10 3.3 Touring, which include cams, big valve head, bespoke Alpina inlet manifold, tubular manifold and twin race cats as standard. So, with around nine facelift Tourings left in the UK, bagging it on Air Lift Performance and adding some 20″ Rotiforms was never going to be to the purist’s tastes, but for the rest of us it’s refreshing and damn cool to see someone adding their touch to a rarity like this. Personally, I’ve always felt like Alpina has been targeted at the elderly enthusiast with their choice of styling, but “de-Alpina’ing” it slightly, as Ryan puts it, has brought the car right up to date. I don’t think you could ask for a much cooler daily driver, either.

 

 

So let’s start with a little history… Ryan is somewhat well known throughout the car world, working for SceneMedia, as well as owning Garage Midnight and Performance Powertrain Solutions (a parts distribution company). Working in the automotive field means that he’s had all sorts of project cars over the years, but is the first to admit that he’s not actually a BMW guy. His passion for modified cars comes from Volkswagens. In fact, after owning a ’66 Singer Chamois (his first ever car), he went on to a narrowed ’68 Beetle and numerous Mk2 Golfs.

 

 

From there on, he became thoroughly interested in power. “I’ve had an Astra Mk3 C20LET with a 6-speed box, diff, and loads of Group A bits. An S2000 on aftermarket management, cams, Wilwood brakes, a 580bhp MK5 Golf that I still have, a Nissan S14a… shit loads!” Ryan explains, “My favorite has to be the MK4 golf that I built, crashed, built, blew up then built again. It ended up being matte black and having a 550bhp R32 Turbo engine, we called it the Zombie MK4 because it just would not die!”.

 

 

So along with the Cayman, the Mk5, and his Lexus LS400 VIP projects, Ryan needs a daily driver to keep him on the road for the staggering amount of miles he does annually. Naturally, it had to be something cool, but with his last daily driver being a modified Land Rover Discovery 3, he decided it was time for something a bit more car-like this time around. “I wanted something that was auto, had the load capacity but was a little smaller than the Discovery” he explains. Ryan has also owned an E39 M5 in the past, which primarily led him on to look at 540i Tourings, however with the prices of the V8’s soaring, he couldn’t justify the additional expenditure on a daily workhorse.

 

 

“After obsessively finding out every intricate detail about the Alpina B10 model variations, I came across the car on eBay” Ryan explains. The B10 appeared to be in good condition, although it had a rear SLS fault, very common on E39 Tourings, meaning it would sag when left overnight. This made it the perfect candidate for upgrading to Air Lift Performance suspension. “This was one Alpina that wasn’t going to stay true to the original vision” Ryan laughs.

 

 

In fact, he actually started modifying the car before he even bought it… Buying a set of ACS mirrors on the way to picking the car up! “As soon as I got home with the new car, I whipped off the stock square mirrors and popped on the AC Schnitzer counterparts” Then, almost instantly, he had Regal Autosport swap on an AP Racing 6 pot brake kit for some extra stopping power.

 

 

With the E39’s problematic factory air ride, Ryan knew straight away that it would go on aftermarket air, with Air Lift Performance 3H being his ultimate choice. “I’ve installed a few Air Lift Performance kits over the years and the quality is top notch. Having driven on 3H, both on track and on the road, it had to be 3H for this car. I do so many miles and load it up with all sorts of junk, the self-leveling is a God send” he explains. Along with the 3H management, Ryan also went with the E39-specific Air Lift Performance front setup (threaded body with double bellow bags and camber top mounts), and brand new factory rear bags along with uprated Bilstein B8 rear shock absorbers.

 

 

Using the factory rear setup meant that Ryan had to sleeve-down the original air lines from the OEM metric sizes to meet the imperial Air Lift Performance manifold, so it wasn’t a straight up procedure. After building up the install with his friend Doey, ready to be seated in the rear spare wheel well, they took it straight up to Parm at Car Audio & Security who helped out matching up all the remaining fittings for the build.

 

 

With twin VIAIR 44c black compressors, two 2-gallon tanks and the 3H manifold, it’s a tight install, but it all fits snugly under the factory false floor. “It even allows me to retain the pull-out underfloor storage – it’s as though it’s not there, completely hidden.” Ryan says. He also installed an exhaust port muffler and Air Lift compressor isolator kit, which means the whole system is extremely quiet in operation.

 

 

In the eyes of a purist, the worst thing that Ryan could’ve done was getting rid of the original Alpina wheels (although these will stay as ‘winter wheels’). However, in our eyes this was the best possible thing for it. Whilst visiting Car Audio & Security during the air installation, he noticed they’d just received stock of the latest Rotiform cast wheel, the RSE. He knew they’d be right for the car. “The spin-on centre cap is awesome and gives the whole thing a proper 90s feel” Ryan explains.

 

 

He decided to go for 20×8.5 up front so that the car would drive really low. “Usually I would like a wider front wheel but because of the height of the 20 it will now tuck the rim and still drive without scrubbing.” For the rears he opted for much wider 20×10’s. These are paired with 235/30 tyres up front and 255/30 on the rear wheels. “The 20″ wheels make it look mental, when it rolls tucking the lip and I catch it in shop windows it’s awesome.” Ryan states.

 

 

Apart from the addition of Air Lift and Rotiform wheels, the car remains a stock Alpina. “If it’s one thing Alpina know how to do, it’s their interiors.” Ryan tells me, “The unique wood trim with gilded inlays might not be to everyone’s taste but I love it!” Although the leather was extremely tired when he bought the car, a weekend spent cleaning and feeding it with Meguiar’s gear worked wonders. More than content with its overall comfort, he won’t be changing the interior any time soon, bar the odd extended leather part he can pick up here and there if he’s lucky.

 

Ryan also has plans for a new Kenwood audio system with 10″ sub and integrated dashcam headunit with Apple CarPlay, which will bring it up-to-date – the final piece of the puzzle to make this B10 Ryan’s perfect daily driver. However, I can see him playing with the engine soon… After hitting just over 270bhp on the rolling road, the car may still be healthy (with 275-280bhp when new), but knowing Ryan and his history with all things power, I’m sure this will soon be increased!

 

More info on Ryan Stewart / Garage Midnight:

@7th.seal on Instagram

@garagemidnight on Instagram

 

 

Less is More – Carlos Gomez’ 1997 BMW E36 323i

Words & Photos by Henry Phull

 

The E36 3-series market has recently shifted, with resale values shooting upwards (a great thing for owners, but disheartening if you’re still looking to buy one). They’re now becoming more difficult to find, with no “middle ground” cars available. You’ll either encounter the battered drift-spec examples which are far from perfect or the near-mint cars which will be selling for strong money. Hell, I remember when you could pick up a 328i Sport for less than £1500, and that was only a couple of years ago. It seems to be impossible to find a decent one at that money now! These days, it’s all about finding a good shell and building from there. Can’t find a genuine Sport? No problem.. all it takes is bumpers and an interior. Want a 328i lump? The M50 engine can be uprated relatively easily. Stuck with a 318i? Hell, you can still swap the engine cheaply enough. Anyway, finding an E36 that remains OEM+, with the correct stance of course, is a rare thing. Bring on Carlos Gomez’ coupe, the perfect example of how less is definitely more. An original Alpine White car, his E36 is finished with a set of gold-faced BBS… A match made in heaven. Still, Carlos has had to put in a lot of hard work to get the car looking as good as it does today, which is easier said than done when it’s also his daily driver.

 

 

Carlos’ affection for BMWs came to fruition back in 2007, thanks to his friend Dave who owned a couple of E30’s and an E36. Although the E30’s would usually be in the spotlight, it was the E36 that completely mesmerized him, even if it was in a complete state. From then on, Carlos knew that he had to own one. But it didn’t start with BMWs… At 28, he’s owned a few interesting cars over the years since his first car (a Renault Clio 1.9 diesel), including a Mk3 Capri 2.8 Injection, which he recalls as being a “deathtrap”. He then moved up to his first BMW, a stock E36, which of course only stayed that way for a week or so before catching the modifying bug – lowering it, installing a new exhaust and rebuilding the engine. Some time later, he was in the position to upgrade to something a bit more powerful, an E46 M3, but amazingly Carlos left this one stock as he felt the car was “perfect” as it was.

 

 

After owning the M3 for a while, unfortunately, the time came for something that was cheaper to run, so Carlos found himself in a B5 VW Passat – a bit of a downgrade from M-Power! However, this was swiftly handed over to his other half, as he had to get himself back into a BMW as soon as possible. Next on the list was an E46 330ci Clubsport which he owned for just 6 months, as he felt it was nowhere near as good as the M3 was. Eventually, he found someone to swap it with a convertible E36, which in his opinion is more of a drivers car. This was where he took his modifications to the next level and really got stuck in – before the car we’re featuring today of course.

 

 

Carlos originally found out about this E36 as it was owned by a guy named Mike, who he’d actually met years ago through BMX (another of Carlos’ passions). He arranged to go and have a look. It was an Alpine White 323i, and the first time he’d seen a white one in person… It was love at first sight. It didn’t seem to bother him that the car was actually in a right state. Firstly it was an automatic, had tired bodywork, different coloured panels, the incorrect facelift wings and the bonnet wasn’t aligned correctly. Some time passed, and Mike eventually got the car running and basically kick started the project, swapping it to a manual gearbox, adding a welded diff, lightened flywheel with 328i injectors and exhaust system. He also fitted some coilovers and installed an LTW wing along with front and rear Sport bumpers. It then made an appearance at a local Southampton meet, which is where Carlos eventually saw it on the road. Even though he was in his convertible at the time, he still wanted the white coupe more than ever.

 

 

In December 2015, Carlos’ convertible was devastatingly written off, but perhaps for the better, as Mike knew how badly he wanted the coupe and finally caved in, selling it to Carlos. Although the car had no history whatsoever and was still pretty rough around the edges, he knew it was worth building on what Mike had started. All he had to do was tidy it up, but you know how these things often get out of hand…

 

 

The first port of call was to remove the “stupid welded diff” as Carlos called it. This was certainly not going to be a drift car – it was Carlos’ only car so it would need to be driven to and from work every day in whatever sort of comfort available. He firstly went for the cheaper option of a medium case diff… but cheaper is not always the best as he consequently discovered, snapping three diff bolts in just a month. Another £90 later it was poly-bushed and worry-free.

 

 

With Mike having done most of the engine upgrades, it was already pushing a bit more power than a normal 323i (Carlos still has an M50 manifold to fit to it also). However, he couldn’t put up with the stock exhaust for long, so a custom 3″ shotgun was fabricated, which didn’t last long either due to it making the car far too antisocial. The perfect Scorpion exhaust system then finally came up online, so he made a trip to Essex to pick it up. At last, Carlos was happy with the sound and so were his neighbours!

 

 

He then turned his attention to tidying up the bodywork, firstly by fitting another set of pre-facelift front wings and even replacing the rear arches (which were then rolled, too). Along with the LTW rear wing and Sport side skirts, Carlos ended up having a lot of the car resprayed including both front doors, as the car was “more like fifty shades of Alpine White” at the time, he laughs. He’s also fitted a front BMW number plate delete plate and fog blanks, as one of the original fogs was destroyed in an encounter with a deer.

 

 

“The interior was easy” Carlos explains… “BMW know what’s up”. Another reason he fell in love with the car is due to the fact that it had a super-clean set of M3 Vaders already fitted. He did have to spend some time sorting out the speaker, clock and horn wiring, and secure the notorious E36 interior panels, though. He also found some leather door cards and a new roof lining and pillars locally, to complete the M3 Evo-inspired interior. Carlos has also installed a wooden Nardi steering wheel and gear knob which works as a nice contrast to the Alpine White paintwork, and hints that the car is just that little bit different to a regular E36.

 

 

Carlos still had a set of wheels from his previous convertible E36, a set of BBS RTs. These are an OEM 2-piece BMW wheel option, although they have been taken a step further by splitting and rebuilding them using RC090 (BMW Style 5) barrels, which are much wider than the original RT ones. “That changed the look of them completely in my opinion” he explains. The RT faces were powder-coated in ‘Arizona Sun’ (a BMW colour) and the barrels fully polished, resulting in the perfect combination for any white car. Finally, they’ve been wrapped in 195/40 tyres up front and 205/40 on the rears, allowing for that much needed extra clearance when driving low.

 

 

“Having a decent suspension setup is the key to running the car this low, and taking my time setting it up has been crucial” Carlos explains. That said, both of his chassis rails are split and have large flat edges, but this is the downside to running a static low car every day, and thanks to the notorious Southampton roads. “I’ve spent a lot of time adjusting heights, dampening, playing with different tyre sizes and adjusting the camber all round” he continues. The car sits on HSD Dual Tech coilovers, with uprated 6″ 18k front and 4″ 22k rear springs, as the original 8/9k setup was far too soft. Overall, and after constant trial and error, it took him about six months to get the car sitting how he wanted, as you see it today.

 

 

With so many people turning to air ride these days, Carlos has mixed feelings about driving his car this low on coilovers. “Looks, excitement, stress… I actually enjoy the challenge of getting from A to B (when things go to plan), and the fact that I have a valid excuse when it comes down to giving people lifts!” he laughs. “To me being static makes driving that little more exciting”, although he admits it can be a headache too, and he’s become rather fed up of doing damage to his arches and chassis rails. Could air be on the cards soon?

 

 

Other than the wheels and coilovers, the car is relatively standard, which is the best way to keep an E36 in my opinion, unless you’re going balls-out low (like Alex Wright’s E36 we featured last year). Carlos’ coupe works for him as a slammed daily driver… it’s a thing of beauty, perfected with a Bolts Bolts USDM sidelight kit, and most recently a Fancy Wide rear diffuser to make the rear end more aggressive. Along with the LTW rear wing, the car has an appropriate number of subtle mods, without taking it too far and looking silly. Nobody likes a try-hard, right?

 

 

Thanks to his E36, the car community has started to play a much bigger part in Carlos’ life than he had ever imagined it would. “I feel lucky to have met so many genuine people in these last couple of years. The car community has made me feel at home.” Originally, and still very much, a BMX guy, Carlos started to find the BMX scene that he once loved, become dull over recent years. “The car scene took me in. I don’t know if that’s down to luck or if that’s the way it has been but I’m grateful either way.” Working as a stevedore at Southampton docks, with 50-70 hour weeks, days and nights and with a family at home, Carlos doesn’t get much time to do what he loves, but when the gets any free time, he still tries to get out on his BMX or work on the car with his friends. “My car wouldn’t be where it’s at without the help of my friends. Thanks boys!” I’m looking forward to seeing where he takes the car next, but it’s always refreshing to see such a clean example being driven daily. Keep it up, Carlos!

 

More info:

@carlos_g88 on Instagram

 

 

Picking up a couple of exotics

Words & Photos by Henry Phull

 

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

 

 

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

 

 

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

 

 

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

 

 

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

 

 

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

 

Nick eyes-up the trailer

 

The Diablo VT patiently waiting to be loaded up

 

 

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

 

 

 

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

 

 

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

 

 

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

 

 

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

 

 

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

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:

Ultimate Stance website

Ultimate Stance on Facebook

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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Players 10.0

Date: 18 September 2016

Location: North Weald Airfield, Essex

 

Words & Photos by Henry Phull

 

There’s one show that, undoubtedly, initiated the birth of several modified car shows in the UK… the one and only Players at North Weald Airfield. Founded by Jamie McToldridge and Carl Taylor, their vision came into fruition by hosting a new type of show that catered for all petrolheads within the clustered automotive world, but most importantly, oozing anything cool. Naturally, Players is known to have a strong presence of cars sporting Air Lift suspension and Rotiform wheels, but that’s to be expected when they are the main sponsors of the event. BUT, it’s balanced out with plenty of diversity. For example, walking into the main show, the first thing that would’ve met your eyes was a jacked up Chevy Impala lowrider. Followed by the UK’s first RWB Porsche. Then a classic Mercedes-Benz to a brand new BMW M4 on air. From a selection of Mk1 Golfs, to a Bagged Austin Healey! And people say that there’s no variation left these days? Well, I’m sorry, but that’s just plain B.S. – Jamie and Carl are two guys with quite the opposite taste in cars – put them together and you’ve got a team of incredible curators, showing us what is cool, and what’s going to ‘wow’ you as soon as you step foot into their show. Players 10.0 proved that they’ve still got it, ten years later.

 

Pav Gill’s Chevrolet Impala SS lowrider on hydraulics

@psychopav

 

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

@profusioncustoms / @rwbuk

 

 

 

James Brown’s bagged Mercedes-Benz 190E on Rotiform MBZ’s

@jamesyesyesbrown

 

 

Raj Sangha’s Audi RS2 on Rotiform STR’s

@rajsangha964

 

 

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

@p5uml

 

 

Kim Cowden’s Mk1 Golf

@kim57t

 

Julian Göttschkes’ Audi 100LS on HP Drivetech/AccuAir suspension

@cptnlow

 

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)

 

 

Jamie McToldridge’s Volkswagen Mk1 Golf G60 on H&R suspension & Rotiform YVR’s

@players_jaymac

 

 

Liam Elmore’s Audi TT on Air Lift suspension & Rotiform OZT’s

@elmo_rh

 

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

@baeumers

 

 

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

@caraudiosecurity

 

Will Drayson’s BMW E92 on Air Lift suspension & Rotiform BLQ’s

@will_dra

 

Raj Sangha’s BMW M4 on Air Lift Suspension & Rotiform RSE’s

@rajsangha964

 

 

JAG’S Bodyshop’s Audi B5 S4 Avant

@jagsbodyshop

 

Max Marshall’s Austin Healey on Air Lift suspension

@madmaxmarshall

 

 

Paul’s Audi B5 S4 Avant on Air Lift suspension & Rotiform DIA’s

@players_jaylos

 

 

Dan Tuttle’s 1960 Chevrolet Impala on Air Lift suspension

@dantuttle

 

 

Jamie McToldridge’s Mercedes-Benz W123 230CE on Air Lift suspension & Rotiform LHR’s

@players_jaymac

 

Ryan Stewart’s track-spec Porsche Cayman on Rotiform LSR’s

@7th.seal

 

 

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

@1987soarer

 

Jon Naish’s Nissan President on hydraulic suspension

@johnnynaish

 

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

@players_jaymac

 

 

 

Andy Maguire’s Audi B5 RS4 Avant on Air Lift suspension

 

Jamie Wootton’s 1966 Volkswagen Beetle on Empi wheels

@motojamie7

 

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

@stevenfoxall

 

 

 

Still Static’s Audi B8 on H&R suspension & Vossen LC105-T’s

@stillstatic

 

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

@bm_bean

 

Andy Ware’s Mk6 Golf on Air Lift suspension & stepped-up BBS RS’s

@aajware

 

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

@players_vex

 

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

@classic_stance

 

Alex Begley’s BMW E92 M3 on Air Lift suspension & Fifteen52 Tarmacs

@alex_3b

 

HR Autoworks’ 1957 Oval & Ben Rye’s 1957 Oval Ragtop

@hrautoworks / @oldrag57

 

James Ellerker’s static Mk1 Ford Fiesta

@bone__idle

 

Dub-It’s Volkswagen Type2

@dub_it

 

Matt Bampton’s Mk3 Golf GTI ABT 16v on Air Lift suspension

@mjbampt_rbauto

 

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

@lamodz_official

 

 

JAG’S Bodyshop’s Liberty Walk BMW E92 M3

@jagsbodyshop

 

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

@s30bmx

 

Beth Halsey’s Audi A1 on Air Lift suspension & Rotiform BLQ-2’s

@hxlsey

 

Edward Johnston’s wide-body BMW E36 Touring w/S50 M3 conversion, Air Lift suspension & custom BMW splits

@edward_e36

 

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

@joe_t25

 

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

@christopherrw

 

 

Hunain K’s Mk6 Golf R on Air Lift suspension & OZ Futura’s

@nain_r20

 

 

 

 

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

@flatliner32

 

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

@kagggie

 

Mikel Roe’s Mk6 Jetta on AccuAir suspension & OZ Futura’s

@mikey_plush

 

Chris Phillips’ static Lexus IS200 on WORK Equip’s

@chrispy_clean

 

 

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

@e46_alex

 

Billy Hilton’s Audi S8 on KW suspension & Rotiform CCV’s

@bigdollarbilll

 

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

@s_crompton

 

 

Bekir Iskender’s BMW E39 540i on Air Lift suspension & custom 19″ 3pc Alpina Softline’s

@beck34ist

 

 

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So, Players remains on top with variation and unbeatable quality of cars – but, and it’s a big but, is it enough in this fast-moving automotive community? With so many new shows on the horizon, it’s clearly becoming more and more of a chore to keep up with the youngsters and new breed of car enthusiasts. With content from shows popping up on Instagram before you even have a chance to look around in person, there’s an unfortunate sense of impatience in the car scene these days. I get the feeling that the North Weald show is gradually becoming second to its younger sister, Players Classic, which is the event that seems to get bigger and better each year – plus there’s the history and motorsport heritage that comes with the location of Goodwood Motor Circuit. North Weald will always remain a special place to ourselves and others that have been part of the scene for years – but could it be time for a change of format? We’ll be supporting it nonetheless.

 

More info on Players:

Players website

Players on Facebook

Players 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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