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The Elegant Touch – Rory Hamilton’s 1974 Mercedes-Benz W115 240D

Words by Henry Phull / Photos by Steph Clarke

 

As of late the classic W114 and W115 Mercedes’ have been making a well-deserved comeback. One of the cars that started up this new found popularity in the UK is Rory Hamilton’s gorgeous W115 240D. I first came in contact with his car at the Ultimate Stance show back in 2014 when it was ‘mid-build’ and in a much more fragile condition. Since then, Rory has completely overhauled the Benz, resulting in a thing of pure beauty that oozes class wherever it goes. Unsurprisingly, Rory gets plenty of requests to use it as a wedding car – it’s certainly much cooler than any of the newer Mercs. An engineer for Rolls-Royce, Rory has always been interested in luxury cars, with Mercedes-Benz always on his radar, particularly the larger diesel cars with stacked headlights. “I have a great love of older engines and respect their simplicity and the quirky features that were applied to older diesel motors” Rory says, and mentions that his has a pull handle to start paired with a glow cherry, and an idle adjuster knob used for starting… “fantastically simple but effective”. Let’s take a look at how the build came about…

 

 

You may think the W115 is a strange choice of car, given Rory’s young age of 22, but I assure you, he has been through plenty of smaller and quicker cars over the years. “I’ve had more throw-away daily drivers than show cars, as I’m a lover of bangernomics” he explains. Starting off with Mk3 Golfs (five to be precise), to a modified Nogaro Blue Audi S3 which was eventually swapped for a street ported Mazda RX8. As fun as it was, the engine rebuild costs started to bankrupt him, leading to a sale and massive loss, but in hindsight it meant he was finally able to pick up the Mercedes-Benz we are showcasing today.

 

 

“I’ve always wanted a classic Mercedes-Benz” Rory exclaims. When he was growing up, there was a similar model just down the road from where he lived, which was literally part of the landscape. “The Benz had a bush growing out of it, smashed windows, and was covered in mould”, even so, he always wanted to own it. “I finally plucked up the courage to go and knock on the door of the house that I thought owned it” and it turned out that the chap had owned it from new when he was a politician, using it from 1975 to 1999 to commute to London from Portishead near Bristol. He simply parked it up because he wanted a newer car but couldn’t let the old one go. “Funnily enough the guy was also the president of the Mercedes-Benz Club of the UK for a few years and the very car in its terrible mimosa yellow colour is on the front page of the club magazines and cards.” he explains. However, he still wouldn’t sell it.

 

 

A year later Rory received a call out of the blue… The owner of the Benz had unfortunately passed away due to ill health and his family were offering the car at a price that he couldn’t refuse. Sadly, the car was in a bad state, and not worth saving, so Rory made the purchase as donor car. The engine, diff/driveshafts, full interior and a few other pieces were saved with parts ending up in Rory’s car, and the rest are kept as spares. If it wasn’t for this tired old example, Rory would have never had the final push to go out and build his own W115. Now he had a donor car, the hunt was on for a usable example and base for the project.

 

 

It was a 1974 W115 240D that caught Rory’s eye, the car was already in a respectable condition as it had been garaged and kept off the road for about six months prior. The paintwork was micro blistered, along with a few rough edges, but most importantly it was a solid car – most unlike his donor vehicle! After a deal was done, the top rad hose blew on the road home, disaster! Rory and an eager bystander ended up pushing the Benz up a motorway slip road, up a hill of course, until they were out of harm’s way. A temporary fix was issued with a piece of metal tube, jubilee clips and gaffer tape, which amazingly saw him the last 100+ miles home (with a constant cloud of white smoke left behind). So, not the greatest buying experience, but Rory cracked on regardless…

 

 

He spent a few months sorting out the motor, but even after changing the head gasket it was still not right and the problems were never-ending. Luckily, he had the donor car and engine. His Christmas was spent switching engines, along with a manual to auto swap which took some work. The engine itself is a stock OM616 4-cylinder 2.4 litre diesel lump, and the only modification made was to replace the old ‘loop’ glow plugs with a set of newer ‘pencil’ plugs. “This is probably the single best modification I’ve done to her as the old plugs (according to the manual) took between 30 seconds to a minute to glow, whereas the pencils take 10-15 and are much more reliable.” Rory explains. As he runs the car on 100% vegetable oil, good glow plugs are essential to get the car started with ease.

 

 

Eventually Rory pulled the head on the second motor and changed the valve stem seals and head gasket, along with all the manifold gaskets. Plus, every radiator hose with genuine Mercedes-Benz parts, a new oil cooler from Germany with swaged lines, uprated trans cooler also with swaged lines, a new water pump, reset the pump timing, fitted new vacuum hoses, and much more! In simpler terms, the engine was completely restored and made reliable for the many miles Rory now does in the car to various events all over the country. To finish things off, a full stainless twin exit exhaust system was created by Infinity Exhausts near Bath. The last six feet of each exit have been chromed for aesthetic purposes, and for an extra kick Rory added an electronic exhaust bypass valve just after the downpipe which means he can switch the exhaust to be extremely loud when he wants it to be.

 

 

With the engine and reliability issues sorted, it was time to think about the modifications we are really interested in, suspension! The idea from the beginning was to put the W115 on air ride. “I always wanted a bagged car” Rory explains, “I’d seen pictures of bagged Benz’s in the States particularly the ‘Colour of Money’ Benz and the ‘Steampunk’ Benz for those in the know”. Rory and a good friend of his took a few months to bag the car themselves, designing custom brackets and machining them to fit his chosen Slam Specialities RE-5 bags. They experimented with three different designs until they were completely satisfied with the drop and the way they sat on the car. The system was designed to use 1/2″ lines, so Rory ended up purchasing all the SMC 1/2″ valves from the States, along with a 8.5 gallon air tank, twin VIAIR 480c compressors and an Odyssey Red-Top battery.

 

 

“When I first started to drive her the air was so fast that it was uncontrollable, the valve would open electronically but when it went to shut the spring wasn’t powerful enough to to do so properly, so it would ‘latch’ open so to speak and either jump the car in the air or dump it on the ground.” To solve this, Rory fitted large flow controls to all four corners, making the speed a lot more controllable. Furthermore, with the diesel engine being much deeper than a petrol motor, it sits much closer to the ground. Instead of ‘raising’ the motor like most people would opt for, Rory fitted a large plate with a set of ‘skis’ on the bottom of the engine. Now when it airs out, the front of the car sits on the sump and amazingly the front wheels don’t actually touch the floor… “It’s a feature that I’m very happy with!” he chuckles.

 

 

With the suspension all set up, Rory was eager for some new wheels to set it off, ending up with a set of 16×7 BBS Mahle’s restored by a guy in Budapest. He chose these as they were similar to other sets at the time, but was worried about how he’d make them fit properly. The Mahle’s were already Mercedes-Benz fitment, 66.6CB and 5x112PCD. The offset was almost identical to his standard wheels so they’d be perfect for the car. It’s rare to find a set with the correct fitment, so Rory decided it was a no-brainer. Along with stretched 165/40/16 tyres all round, the wheels certainly look the part on the W115. For that extra wow-factor, the Mahle’s are fitted with BBS high centre caps and Titanium Lug Nuts supplied by Fourty Four Wheel Company. They were “a match made in heaven” he explains, as they sit the same height as the centre caps, plus the ends of the nuts look incredibly similar to the BBS caps, resulting in a gorgeous combination.

 

 

To compliment the rest of the car, Rory has made some changes to the interior. The first modification was to swap out the front seats for some with armrests, sourced from a W109 S-Class. Although they look very similar to the original examples, they are in fact wider. Rory had to modify the seat rails to fit, resulting in a lower driving position which he much prefers. “I love the look of diamond stitch in custom interiors, but I am also a great lover of the OEM+ look” he explains, and decided to commission John Brant at Bespoke Leathering Ltd. to carry out  a full re-trim.

 

 

This included a complete new carpet in beige with underlay and mats, including sound deadening to the bulk head. Plus a custom headlining in cream, reworked and recoloured seats, door cards and A/B pillars in a stunning caramel (similar to the original colour). The dash and centre console were also coated in leather in the same caramel colour. To counteract the caramel, the top of the dash and some of the lower dash, and parcel shelf have been covered in a single stitch pleated diamond arrangement. The result is absolutely stunning, and works so perfectly against the white body colour.

 

 

As I mentioned earlier, I first saw Rory’s W115 a couple of years ago, before it had any fresh paint. It was seriously tired so the whole body was taken back to the metal and stripped by himself and a few friends between October 2014 and March 2015. The sunroof was filled in and then the car was fully resprayed in Sikkens Two-Pack DB737 (Classic White). Rory had all the brightwork re-polished, re-chromed and re-finished by Doug Taylor Metal Finishings in Banwell. Unfortunately some of these parts were well past repair so Rory ended up purchasing some new parts from Mercedes-Benz, along with new rubbers and window seals. These are small touches that a lot of people wouldn’t bother with, but it’s safe to say they bring the whole look together brilliantly.

 

 

 

Building one of these Mercedes-Benz’s is much easier said than done, they’ve always been one of the classiest vehicles around and sticking to that ideal is key. Getting the right balance is extremely important.. stay elegant but making sure you don’t go too crazy. Rory has certainly outdone himself with his W115, not only restoring it to a like-new condition, but adding simple yet effective touches to make it extra special. Although not a daily driver, he’s driven this thing all over the country over the past year with minimal issues, which you just wouldn’t expect from such a classic car, but it’s humbling to see that Rory is putting it to use. At the end of the day, it is a car – it’s meant to be driven! Unsurprisingly he doesn’t have much more planned for the car at the moment, as it’s been done so well to this point. The only things on his mind are a boot build to show off the air and there’s a possibility of another engine swap in favour of a rarer diesel motor “for the real OEM+ look” he explains.

 

 

Queen Square Bristol Breakfast Club – June 2015

Location: Queen Square, Bristol

Date: 14 June 2015

 

Words & Photos by Steph Clarke

 
 

Another month and another early start which can only mean another outing to Queen Square, hosted by the Avenue Drivers Club. Setting off from a bit further afield this time, so a little earlier than usual, and in convoy with Lee Johns in his Honda CRX, we made our way into Bristol for another Sunday morning of cars.

 

 

Lee’s CRX has been off the road getting an overhaul including a full re-spray in its original Frost White and this weekend was its first big venture to both Players Classic (click here to check out our coverage!) and Queen Square.

 

 

Ferrari Testarossa, these wheels haven’t aged a bit, splits and polished dish. Who’d have thought that would ever become popular..

 

 

It’s not just about exteriors, sometimes it’s worth having a quick look inside and you never know what quirky interior is hiding.

 

 

911’s will always be my favourite at any show/meet, no exception here with this ’89 911 Turbo and subtle addition of clear indicator lenses.

 

 

Some people regard the 928 as the ‘uglier’ Porsche but this one, the S2, produces over 300BHP from it’s V8 engine. That’s not bad straight out of the factory in the mid 80’s!

 

 

Tom Harris and Laura Hunt from The Motorworks in Gloucester bought their MK2 Golf with its freshly built 2.0L 16v engine on Yamaha R1 carbs, custom inlet, Omex management and a one off radiator from the guys at Forge Motorsport.

 

 

 

These crazy wheels immediately drew me towards this Ford Model A.

 

 

I’m still yet to see anything that looks out of place in the square, this Ford Consul fits right in.

 

 

Who needs a bonnet? This hot rod Ford Model T with a 5.3 V12 Jaguar engine sure does not!

 

 

 

Don’t think I’ve seen a Jaguar XK R-S in person before, it’s big but looks purposeful.

 

 

We last saw this BMW E10 equipped with a M60 V8 back in April’s coverage although you might not recognise it as it’s gone from primer grey with flames down one side to this rather fetching orange. It certainly catches your eye now!

 

 

 

One that hasn’t changed since we last saw it in last month’s coverage is Justin Appleford’s bagged Audi RS5, still looking great as ever.

 

 

Okay, so maybe the XK R-S wasn’t that big after all.. This Ford F350 Super Duty made everything else look like a toy!

 

 

Looking straight out of the 80’s was this Ford Escort RS 1600.

 

 

One of my favourite Lotus’, the Esprit. Love the side profile on this thing.

 

 

More orange on show on this Reliant Scimitar GTE.

 

 

Jamie Ray’s Mercedes W124 on hydraulics made its debut outing after being off the road for five years.

 

 

Pretty cool way to advertise a business on the side of this 1952 Chevrolet Pick-up. The brown against the white wall tyres looked awesome.

 

 

A Noble M12 GTO looking raring to go.

 

 

I have a slight emotional attachment to this car as this very Honda CRX, now owned by Adam Galt, used to be mine and was probably my favourite car I’ve owned to date! It looks quite a bit different now but it was good to see it again since I sold it well over a year ago.

 

 

As we’ve learned from our previous visits to Queen Square, it always brings out the rare and cool BMW’s. This month was this gorgeous Alpina E12 B7S Turbo. It was a little rough around the edges but car of the morning for me.

 

 

 

This gunmetal grey Nissan Skyline R32 was literally perched on the curb on a popular wheel of choice, Rota Grids.

 

 

By no means is the Mk2 Golf GTI a particularly rare and expensive classic but there’s still something about a clean and unmolested one that does it for me.

 

 

Sometimes you need that wind in your hair to wake you up on a Sunday morning!

 

 

We had a nice chat with the owner of this E30 M3 and he kindly let me know where I could get my original rear window dealer sticker for my E30 re-made which was very helpful. He’s such a perfectionist but so worth it. This was immaculate and he drives it too as he’s a bit nervous about it getting damaged being loaded on to a trailer and to be honest, I think I would be as well!

 

 

 

Finally, a tidy little BMW E28 making it’s way towards the exit of the way one system around the square.

 

 

I don’t mean to repeat myself every month but I’m still amazed at the variation the Queen Square meet brings each month. I learn something new every time! This month’s was probably the quietest I’ve been to so far, but there was still a great deal to look at and with it being the weekend of Le Mans I suspect a majority of regulars headed off early to go and catch the finish, it was definitely on in my house when I got home! Let’s wait and see what next month’s will bring.. In the meantime you can still go and check out April and May’s coverage for some more of the Queen Square’s diverse following.

 

 

Queen Square Bristol Breakfast Club – May 2015

Words & Photos by Steph Clarke

 

So the past month has flown by and it was time for another early start and short trip into Bristol for the Avenue Drivers Club’s Breakfast Club Meet held at Queen Square. If you haven’t yet had a chance to check out last month’s meet coverage then you can do by clicking HERE. Arriving just before 8am we parked up and went for the first on-foot lap around the square taking a few minutes here and there to stand still and watch the others roll in, either on their own or in small convoys like these Porsches.

 

 

Before you had time to even realise, the square quickly stated to fill up with a huge variety of vehicles, which is what impressed me most at my first meet here last month, it’s so diverse! Among those coming in was this beautiful Nissan Skyline R32, I remember seeing this inside at Ultimate Stance and it looks even better out on the streets and now rocking a set of OZ Futura’s. Insert Fast and Furious quote here!

 

 

This Jaguar X-Type was super underrated, looking almost OEM when it drove in but aired out up on the pavement it looked so badass. We had a quick chat with the owner but I can’t remember what set up he was running apart from it was auto leveling..

 

 

Up on the pavement seems to be a popular spot for those rocking air ride, Justin Appleford’s Audi RS5 on Accuair and BC Forged HBR05 wheels was no exception. Gorgeous car and a pretty sweet number plate to match!

 

 

 

There’s never a shortage of American pick-ups with this Ford F50 and Chevrolet C10.

 

 

Over the other side of the square was this Chevrolet B350.

 

 

The old Fords always seem to make it out in force but this ridiculously clean Escort RS Turbo caught my eye, refreshing to see something other than your usual white/red/black RS’s.

 

 

From old to brand new, a Porsche 911 Carrera GTS. I prefer the older 911’s but this wasn’t so bad in person.

 

 

Another making it’s way round the square was David Mcdiarmid’s bagged BMW E46 with some meaty fitment. Even at it’s more practical driving height I think it looks pretty cool!

 

 

Now I don’t know if it’s because I want one that was making me notice them more, but there was definitely a decent Mercedes turnout this month. This W202 was one of them.

 

 

As always the BMW’s that attend these meets make me incredibly jealous. Some more Alpina goodness with this rare B9 / E28 535i.

 

 

 

This original M-Tech 2 E30 was also looking good.

 

 

It sounds bad, but with such a wide mix of stuff here you almost tend to ignore the exotics like this Ferrari 348.

 

 

There were a handful of race livery cladded cars this time, and who doesn’t like a big wing? This Dodge Viper GTSR doesn’t.

 

 

Yet again, I hold my hands up and say I didn’t know what this was, apart from being something very small. A little research and it’s a Trojan 200. Originally made in Germany under the name of Heinkel Kabine until a plant in Croydon took over production and renamed the little three wheeler.

 

 

Another BMW E28 and after a cheeky look at the for sale sign in the window this is hiding a fully rebuilt engine from a B10!

 

 

I imagine a good majority of you have seen this already, if not this is Bruce Holder’s Series 1 Landrover. Not only is it collectively about the height of your average Landrover wheel alone, it’s equipped with a V8!

 

 

More American metal and I can’t even explain the size of this Chrysler Newport Station Wagon, it was more like a stretch Limo!

 

 

I loved these style headlights on this Ford Escort RS2000 Custom.

 

 

Not too sure on the particulars of this apart from being a Ford Model A hot rod of some type. Bet it’s a giggle to drive!

 

 

This Porsche 911 was a little rough round the edges with its slantnose-esque type body kit.

 

 

Yep, I definitely want a Merc! Loved this immaculate Mercedes 190E 2.5-16.

 

 

It’s not very often that you get to see a Notchback Volkswagen, let alone one this clean.

 

 

I also have a not so secret love for 80’s/early 90’s Renaults, so without doubt this Ragnotti replica’d Renault 5 Turbo 2 was my favourite of the day.

 

 

 

Carrying on the race theme was this rather bright Ginetta.

 

 

Really liked the colour of this factory fresh Mercedes W109 300SEL.

 

 

And last but not least, we got to see Rory Hamiltons bagged W115 240D again, never a bad thing!

 

 

Once again it was a great morning with an awesome selection of vehicles! I’m not sure it was as busy as last month’s meet, but by no means was it quiet or boring – quite the opposite. This time a food festival was setting up in the middle of the square which possibly made people want to leave earlier before the rest of Bristol had woken up and made their way over for lunch. Even so, I don’t think we left until about 11.30am. I think this is going to become a regular meet to attend in my calendar and if you want to join, they’re held every second Sunday of the month which by my workings out will be on the 14th June, starting at around 8:30am. See you there!

 

 

Queen Square Bristol Breakfast Club – April 2015

Words & Photos by Steph Clarke

 

Bristol is only a short half hour drive from me yet I have never been to one of these monthly early morning meets before but after this one, it won’t be my last! As the name suggests, it’s a breakfast meet held by the Avenue Drivers Club, so I started my morning off by meeting a couple of friends in a local petrol station at 7:15am! We arrived in Bristol at around 8am and already the turnout was looking pretty good. Held in a cobbled square near the centre of Bristol everything is fairly contained and being a one way system you pretty much get to see everything with an almost constant flow of cars doing laps.

 

911’s are probably my favourite car of all time (as you might notice..) and although I never got to see this little gem parked up it looked so good driving round the square.

 

 

Next up was this gorgeous 911 Carrera Super Sport. Black with matching Fuchs with a polished dish is a timeless look I will never get tired of.

 

 

Another top favourite car for me is the E30 M3 and this was a very tidy example.

 

 

 

If you missed this in the Ultimate Dubs coverage, then this is Rory Hamilton’s bagged Mercedes W115 240D looking classy as always on a set of BBS Mahle wheels.

 

 

Fellow classic Merc owner Ian ‘Woody’ Woodridge parked up alongside in his bagged E46 M Sport whilst his Mercedes is still with the lads at Studio Incar for some Air Lift action.

 

 

This pair immediately caught my eye; both had such a strong presence. I don’t think they hung around for too long so I’m glad I got the chance to take a look as you don’t see these all that often! First up a very special E23 Alpina B10 (735i) and nestled behind that was an equally special E24 M635CSi.

 

 

 

I was really feeling this little Saab 99 Turbo.

 

 

Tucked down a side road out of sight from the main square was this Toyota AE86

 

 

For me this meet was also about seeing a lot of cars which I have no shame in saying I had no idea what they were. This was no exception but I do now know this is called a K1 Attack and it’s a kit car sold by a company called B Racing.  It certainly looked interesting!

 

 

Parked next to the red M3 pictured at the beginning was another superb example of a M3. This is by far my favourite M3 colour and these two always had my attention when walking past.

 

 

 

Jamie’s caged Porsche 911 3.2 Carrera looking great on some Cup 1 wheels.

 

 

Another car that was new to me, a Toyota Mk2 JZX110 with Weds Kranze ERM wheels.

 

 

 

Something else unexpected was this crazy E10 with a few added extras, including an M60 V8 swap!

 

 

 

A good mix of Ferraris, Lamborghinis, Aston Martins and other exotics also made it along.

 

 

Check out this track ready E36 honouring a little throw back to the DTM cars.

 

 

 

I have a sneaky suspicion this E30 wasn’t quite the 316 it says to be, it sounded incredible!

 

 

Paul Batten’s Mk3 Golf was doing the Venoms some justice, a top 90’s wheel choice.

 

 

Another iconic Porsche, the 930 Turbo. This was parked in a pretty awkward spot for me so so made sure I got a snap of it making its way out.

 

 

Chris Jones’ MX5 with Extreme Offset Wheels. I was in front of this on the drive up but the drive back was a different story, ears and bleeding springs to mind!

 

 

Lewis Webb two toned EF Civic Sedan on Rota Mesh wheels.

 

 

More Porsche, this looked pretty RUF to me..

 

 

 

Guy Higg’s E30 was certainly drawing in the crowds with its S50 engine out of the E36 M3 with a cheeky addition of ITB’s. I don’t think I’ve ever said an engine is good looking but this is a good looking bay! I’ve seen this at a couple local shows/meets and I unfortunately keep missing out on hearing it!

 

 

 

Lastly, Dick Lovett made an appearance with a couple of their new electric cars, the i3 and this, the i8. The i8 seems to divide opinion on looks but I’m starting to think it looks kinda cool.

 

 

I really enjoyed the morning, it had all bases covered and nothing was off limits, from giant American trucks to Reliant Robins, it was there! This meet was a lot busier than I ever thought it would be, yet the atmosphere still remained chilled with everyone taking in both the sun (makes a change!) and the vehicles. You could walk round the square once, sit down for 2 minutes, walk round again and see a completely new row of parked cars. It was like an ever evolving show! I will 100% be aiming to go to the next one which has already been announced for Sunday 10th May, so check it out if you can.

 

 

Coffee, Doughnuts & Dubs – The Rothfink x Krispy Kreme Meet

Words & Photos by Henry Phull

 

Firstly, please excuse me for using the word ‘dub’, but I feel it’s acceptable for the title of our latest event coverage. When I heard the guys over at Rothfink were organising a meet, I knew it would be worth checking out. They offer some of the coolest apparel in the automotive industry and I’ve been keeping an eye out on their photoshoots and videos of air-cooled Volkswagens for a while now… we’re big fans of the brand over here at Slam Sanctuary. Although the show season has pretty much come to an end, the rain decided to stay away with the sun thankfully making an appearance a few weeks ago. What else was I going to do on a Sunday evening? So I hopped in the car with a couple of mates and we made the mammoth trip from Bournemouth to Bristol. Is it wrong to say we were equally excited to visit the Krispy Kreme shop and stuff our faces with doughnuts?

 

 

For me, a photographer, the sunlight turned into an absolute dream. I was so happy to be able to shoot Matt’s stunning Beetle in this light – my car of the meet by far.

 

 

There were plenty of Rothfink decals out on display, great to see people repping Jason and the  guys from Rothfink.

 

 

Matthew Veal’s Mk4 was certainly drawing in the crowds, on air ride and BBS RF splits. One of the nicest Mk4’s I’ve come across in a while.

 

 

Having seen a few photos of this online, it was awesome to finally see it for real, the Datsun Sunny estate on Reyvern hydraulics, sitting absolutely perfectly. This should bring back a few memories for some!

 

 

 

I got my sugar fix by in the form of far too many doughnuts, it was totally worth it though – even if I did want to throw up afterwards.

 

 

Spotted: the Fast Car Magazine A6 Avant on Airlift Performance bags and a gorgeous set of matte silver machined Vossen CV1s, an ideal daily.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Owen Burnell’s bagged Mk3 Golf wagon was looking lovely with its Vento front end/Phase 1 grill, on a set of BBS RS splits.

 

 

Andy Ward’s Mk5 GTI was gorgeous, with its contrasting cream leather interior. Sitting on StillStatic coilover suspension and 20″ Audi rotor wheels, I think you’ll agree it looks fantastic especially in this light.

 

 

Of course a few additional shots of Matt’s Beetle were necessary…

 

 

 

See what I mean about dreamy conditions.. check out this bagged MK5 Golf on some incredible Powertech Disc wheels, I’ve not seen a set of these before but loved the look.

 

 

 

 

Another smart Avant, this time Ryan Flyng-Jones’ static A4 on 3SDM 0.06s.

 

 

You can’t beat Corvette Sawblades, they work so well on Dan Bills’ Vento.

 

 

 

James Wheatley’s murdered out E36 was looking mean, on blacked out Style 32’s and a healthy static drop.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

It’s always a pleasure to see Adam Wyatt and his VIP Lexus GS430, especially when he decides to rev up that V8 under the bridge… (click here to check out his recent feature)

 

 

Personally I thought this slammed Fiat 500 looked amazing, even on the steels. It’d be nice to see every other car lowered like this.

 

 

Being a Rothfink meet, there were of course a fair share of air-cooled buses in attendance.

 

 

 

I was happy to see Matt Woodgate made it down in his bagged B7, so I could photograph his car in the sunset… he just so happened to pick the best parking spot EVER.

 

 

 

 

Matt Clifford made the journey down from Coventry in his stunning E31 840ci – look out for the feature coming soon to Slam Sanctuary.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I loved this diplomatic style Mercedes W108, what a beauty. A ride full of class.

 

 

 

Bruce Holder was certainly causing a stir in his jaw dropping and super low Land Rover 4L V8, crazy!

 

 

So, with a large amount of many people tucking up their cars for Winter already, the turnout was still impressive… with a nice mixture of air-cooled and non-VAG cars in attendance, giving everyone something cool to appreciate whilst they feasted on some of Krispy Kreme’s finest. I was also glad to say I’ve finally visited the venue, now becoming famous for the meets held there. Hopefully Slam Sanctuary will be back sometime in the near future, and I look forward to Rothfink organising another event next year. In the meantime, make sure you check out their latest line of apparel now available on their store. Cheers guys!

 

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