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Retro Rides Gathering 2016

Date: 28 August 2016

Location: Shelsley Walsh, Worcester


Words & Photos by Henry Phull


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




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


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




Retropower’s Audi Sport Quattro SWB rep




Joshua Tamwar O’Sullivan’s Mazda MX5




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



Pipey McGraw’s W8-powered Volkswagen K70





Jonathan Briggs’ Renault Extra Van w/GT Turbo conversion



Andy Bower’s Mk1 Ford Capri


Luke Herbert’s Mk2 Volkswagen Polo



Adam Hazlewood’s M52-swapped BMW E30




Tom Barry’s BMW E30 325i



David Whitefield’s Cadillac Brougham Hearse


Richard Woolmer’s Austin A35


Alex Penberthy’s Mk2 Volkswagen Polo



Daniel Lark’s C33 Nissan Laurel



Luke Drinan’s Mk2 Ford Escort



Rob Phillips’ M50-swapped BMW E30



Murray Eversham’s Ford Escort RS Turbo



James Cass’ C32 Nissan Laurel



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






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


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




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



Lily Carton’s Nissan Silvia S14




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



Chris’ bagged Ginetta G15




Joe Scott’s BMW E21 on Compomotive TS501’s



Luke Polyblank’s Toyota AE86



Anthony Steel’s Volvo 240 on Advan SA3R’s



Carl Raine’s Fiat 126



Audi RS2 Avant


BMW E34 Touring


C10 Nissan Skyline



Mark Bullock’s Vauxhall Cavalier Turbo


Conor Elliott’s Volkswagen Mk2 Golf



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



Eden Cayless’ VW Type2 on Gotti’s



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





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





BMW E12 Alpina B7 S Turbo



William Harris’ Austin Mini Clubman





Adam Burton’s Mercedes-Benz W123 on hydraulic suspension



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




Robin Whitfield’s ‘Bosozoku-style’ Nissan Sunny



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






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


More info on Retro Rides Gathering:

Retro Rides Gathering website

Retro Rides Gathering on Facebook 

Retro Rides Gathering on Instagram


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!


Dorset Volksfest 2016

Date: 8/9/10 July 2016

Location: Wareham, Dorset


Words & Photos by Henry Phull


We’ve been supporting Dorset Volksfest (DVF) since their first show back in 2013. Being on our doorstep, DVF brings our local Volkswagen community together over a long weekend (Friday-Sunday). It’s the perfect excuse to have a short break with family and friends and admire some awesome VW’s at the same time. The show has continued to grow, with 2016 no doubt being their biggest and best event yet. It’s even started to attract people from all over the country which is truly amazing to see – it means Richie and the DVF crew are doing something right! If you’re looking for a chilled weekend away with plenty of food & drink, trade stalls and entertainment, then this is the show for you. This year we turned up on the Sunday and set up our pop-up store – thanks to everyone that stopped by and picked up some gear! Of course, whilst juggling the store, we managed to take a look around the Show & Shine area as well as the many cool cars dotted around the show field. Here’s our highlights…



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



Bradley Went’s bagged 1967 Beetle



Nicola Smith’s VW Lupo on Air Lift suspension



Luke Baker’s Audi 50



Ben Lewis’ 1971 Type2 bay window




Hamish Williamson’s bagged 1969 Westfalia



Phoebe Hughes’ bagged 1956 Oval Beetle on Rocket Racing wheels



Adam Hutchings’ Volkswagen Mk1 Jetta on Stern splits



VAS Works’ T5 on 3SDM 0.08’s



VAS Works’ Caddy on Rota Grid’s



Jim Terry’s T5 on 3SDM 0.04’s


Mark Allen’s bagged Mk4 Golf estate on Eta Beta’s



Adam Hodge’s static Audi S3 on H&R suspension & Audi Rotor Arm wheels


(Click here to check out our feature on Adam’s S3)


Dale Smith’s Mk1 Golf on ATS splits



Callum Maher’s Beetle on banded steels





Ratty Pete’s bagged Type2 panel van




Aaron Campion’s bagged Volkswagen LT28




Morgan Hall’s bagged 1968 Westfalia




James McCafferey’s DKW F12



Coleman Sam’s T25 pickup on Porsche D90’s



Andy Payne’s 1964 Ragtop Beetle






Graham Page’s Type2 Splitscreen panel van




Lee Curtis’ 1962 Beetle ‘Purple Haze’



Sam Axon’s Mk2 Golf GTI



Pipey McGraw’s W8-powered Volkswagen K70



Chris Allen’s rat rod




Ryan Biles’ Mk3 Golf on hydraulic suspension & Schmidt Modern-Line’s



DVF’s T5



It always seems to rain on the Sunday of Dorset Volksfest… Unfortunately this year was no different and we were drenched on arrival for most of the morning. Luckily though, the afternoon cleared up and it turned into one of the warmest days of Summer yet. With a fantastic range of air-cooled Volkswagens as well as a few water-cooled gems on display, the turnout was awesome offering something for every sort of Volkswagen fan. We’d like to say a big thank you to the DVF crew for allowing us to turn up late and set up shop, and for hosting another brilliant show yet again. Not forgetting all of you that made the trip down to Wareham for the whole weekend. Let’s make 2017 even bigger!


More info on Dorset Volksfest:

Dorset Volksfest website

Dorset Volksfest on Facebook

Dorset Volksfest 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!





A Life Sentence – Ryan Powell’s 1997 Volkswagen Mk3 Golf VR6

Words & Photos by Henry Phull


If you’ve been frequenting Slam Sanctuary and the specific portion of the car community we tend to focus on, then you’ll know that the Volkswagen Golf has long been one of the most popular chassis choices for styling and performance modifications. However, choosing which model to go for can be challenging unless you have your heart set on one or the other. Ryan Powell opted to build himself a Mk3 which we are showcasing today. Despite being a huge fan of the Mk1 and Mk2’s, the later Mk3 had some of the newer technology that the older cars lacked – but still not completely reliant on computers. It’s the model that is classed as ‘old but new’ – the last of the classic Golfs before they became completely modernised and overrun by troublesome electronics. In a momentary lapse of reason, Ryan almost found himself buying a Corrado VR6, so clearly the engine played a strong part in Ryan’s decision to go with the Golf, which was to become a huge part of his life.



Passing his driving test at the age of twenty, Ryan’s driving debut started quite late. Think ‘Max Power’, and you’ll get an idea of how his motoring days began… the first car being a Vauxhall Corsa which was rolled within the first three weeks of ownership. It was then swiftly replaced by another Corsa which was also written off from being driven into a wall! So, two Vauxhall’s down the scrap yard in record time… Ryan soon decided it was time to upgrade to something he actually wanted and would take care of. He has always been in love with Volkswagens before he could even drive, drooling over his older cousin’s issues of Performance VW and even going to car shows and meets with him and mates. A look into insurance quotes showed that Golf’s were finally within his threshold… the search was on.



After searching for a few weeks Ryan came across the car you see today, just down the road from him in Portsmouth, although it was completely standard at the time. Unfortunately the Golf was a non Highline model, but it was finished in ‘LO41 Straight Black’ – a desirable colour, in addition to being a rot-free, low mileage VR6. Being right on his doorstep, there was no way Ryan was going to let this one go… A deal was done and his VR6 base was ready for the upcoming years worth of modifications.



Ryan has owned the Mk3 for over four and a half years now, so it’s naturally been through a few different stages and looks. Unsurprisingly he wanted to get the car on the floor as soon as possible, starting on coilovers with a set of KW V1’s then later upgrading to GAZ Custom Ultra Low’s which drove great, but with the height that Ryan ran the car at, plus the amount of travel left on the coilovers, the Golf’s arches were taking a significant beating. With constant bills for sump repairs, sub frames and arch work, a switch to air ride was on the horizon to save money (and the car) in the long run.



About a year ago, Ryan bit the bullet and forked out his hard-earned cash on a full Mk3 AirREX strut kit with Air Lift Performance V2 management, which he fitted himself on the driveway. Once he got his head around everything, he reckons the fitting part was a pretty simple task. Whilst some people would just bolt on the air and be done with it, Ryan told himself that if he was going to be on air ride he wanted the car to properly lay frame – this meant a bit more work and messing around. A few visits to Coltech Classics in Poole for some chassis notching, as well as an engine raise so that the sump sits level with the subframe, and the car now lays frame whilst fully air’d out. A little additional work can go a long way.



The first set of wheels Ryan ran on the Golf were 16″ 8j Mercedes 8-holes which he absolutely adored, but when the chance to own some genuine splits arose (located just 10 minutes from his house) he jumped at the chance… 17×8 & 17×9 BBS LM’s with ET35 all round. Although with a 5×114.3 centre bore, it meant that Ryan had to find somewhere to get some adapters made up, and opted for Adaptec Speedware in the USA – after running a set on his previous Mercedes wheels he already knew that the quality of their work was excellent. With the wheels and adapters mounted, Ryan went through a few different tyres to get to the optimal fitment, resulting in 185/35/17 up front and 195/40 at the rear which allow the car to sit just right.



Body wise, Ryan has added a few special touches to complete the car’s look. Firstly, you’ll no doubt be wondering about the front end.. Hella Quad headlights really make it unique – Ryan admits that the lights get a varied feedback – but the car was built for him and nobody else, so why should other people’s opinions matter, right? He’s managed to pull them off and distinguish his car from the crowd. Along with the headlight swap, the car rocks a Vento front bumper with a smoothed plate recess and GL splitter. At the rear you’ll notice a shortened plate recess and a tasteful Votex spoiler. To tidy up the rest of the exterior, Ryan fitted brand new wings, replaced all the door handles with colour coded items and even changed the window glass rubbers all round.



After running the car with its original paint for a few years, Ryan wanted the shell to be perfect, resulting in a full respray in the original LO41 colour to keep it OEM. Before it hit the paint booth, the wings were completely flattened to allow for maximum clearance all round. Ryan fully prepped the car himself before handing it over to the paint shop, and even had to put everything back together himself afterwards. His good friend Chris Phillips then gave the car a complete detail to make that new paintwork pop like it should.



The attention to detail Ryan has taken with the outside definitely follows throughout the interior, making this Mk3 a lovely place to be. He first swapped out the original interior for a set of leather Highline seats, but found himself sliding all over the place due to his ‘spirited driving’. These were quickly swapped out and replaced with a pair of Recaro’s. To match these, Ryan sourced a Vento rear bench and had it retrimmed in the same material, along with the gear and handbrake gators. The roof lining was then dyed black, the carpet changed to black, and the A, B and C pillars replaced with Highline items.



You wouldn’t even notice if you weren’t a dedicated Golf fanatic, but Ryan even replaced small things like grab handles with B4 examples and sun visors from a Mk3 Cabriolet. Furthermore, he installed a US spec rear centre console with cup holders and a boot switch which has been fully wired up. The rather ugly original Mk3 steering wheel was binned in favour of a Momo Team 280mm wheel – which Ryan says vastly improves the driving experience, but not the parking!



The audio set up in the car is moderately basic, with an Alpine bluetooth headunit and upgraded Hertz HSK 165XL speakers – but when you have the sound of that VR6 engine note to listen to, who needs an expensive audio set up? Of course, the tank and components for the air ride had to be installed into the boot, and after attempting it himself Ryan realised he was no carpenter. He decided the best place to take it to on the South coast was Shakey at Studio Incar, who created a basic tank install with plenty of room leftover for a usable boot.



Ryan, a massive fan of the VR6 in its stock form, opted not to do anything out of the ordinary under the hood. The engine is all about the noise in his opinion, with a dream of supercharging it in the future just to improve the sound even more – power gains seem to do nothing for him. Unfortunately on the night before Players Show and Deutsch Connection a few years ago, the head gasket gave up and the car barely made it to the shows. The engine was inevitably rebuilt, with a set of 263 cams and the addition of a K&N panel filter with a slightly modified air box. With the work done, Ryan has a worry-free and usable VR6.



Unsurprisingly, the best way to increase the VR6’s sound was to upgrade the exhaust system. After becoming fed up of the previously fitted exhaust whistling like a turbo at 4,000 RPM, Ryan had a full custom stainless steel Powerflow system installed, which sounds incredible. The custom system also meant it could be fabricated to sit closer to the floor to allow yet more clearance. Ryan likes to push the Golf to its limits, so stopping power is rather vital. The factory brakes on the VR6 aren’t anything special so Ryan changed them for a set of Skoda Octavia VRS brake callipers and carriers allowing him to run 312mm discs, along with braided Goodrich hoses and dot 5.1 brake fluid.



Ryan’s job sees him working at Southampton docks on car transport ships, so he’s constantly driving all sorts of vehicles including exotics like Aston Martin’s, McLaren’s, Rolls Royce’s, Bentley’s, etc… Yet it is the Golf that puts the biggest smile on his face. Four and a half years is a significantly long time to own a project car in comparison to most of the people we’ve previously featured, but this one has been kept fresh with an ever-evolving appearance. Despite the toned-down approach to building the car (you could say that it’s a sleeper of some sort), it still breaks necks and stops people in their tracks wherever it goes. All those years ago when Ryan was drooling over Volkswagen’s in those magazines – he’s now created something that puts everyone else in awe with his stunning example of a Mk3 that sits just perfectly.

The VolksWorld Show 2015 – Part 2

Words & Photos by Henry Phull


Continuing on from Part 1, I arrived again at Sandown Park in Esher for ‘day two’ of The VolksWorld Show and it was as I had feared, the good weather I experienced back on the Friday evening had completely disappeared. It was back to the standard British dreariness then, oh well… I was still looking forward to seeing the stands all set up and ready to check out more cars that had arrived on the Saturday, which I missed. As a photographer I adore shooting air-cooled cars, because of all the small details and mostly the natural patina which thankfully still look in place during a rainstorm.


I’ll start off with the Rothfink stand, which had a very cool variation of cars on display, take ‘Macy’, Matt Rudd’s ’63 Beetle which always grabs my attention with a 6″ narrowed beam, plus those smoothies and white walls certainly do justice to the black paintwork.




How can I forget the ‘Rothink Razor’, Craig Johnston-White’s ’63 Type 32 Razor Edge, still rocking the original paint, narrowed and lowered to a respectable ride height on a set of Cosmic’s.



If you want to be scared to death, take a ride in Pipey’s Mk1 Golf, which sits on a Beetle pan and is powered by a race-built 13b Rotary engine with 250bhp, oh and it’s still on the standard Beetle drum brakes!




Originally a Norwegian ambulance, Jason Cooper’s 1963 High Top Splitscreen looks nuts, even in these dreary conditions it’s a real head turner for the Rothink brand.




These two are certainly different, with loads of awesome patina, Marc Kyle’s Lowlight Karmann Ghia and Dan Jacobs’ 1963 Ragtop Beetle which is sitting on 17″ Randar wheels.



I’ll continue the out-of-the-ordinary theme with Andy Rudd’s jaw dropping T25 Transporter pick up, to most people’s amazement it’s completely static on Borbet A wheels.



The guys from DTA put on a stunning display as usual, with Si Medlicott’s ’66 Porsche 912 which was recently imported from the US, a beautiful example and colour.



Parked up alongside was John Keymer’s ’63 Beetle in Turkis Green on Gas Burner wheels.




I loved Matty Armstrong’s splitscreen bus, that patina!



But one bus that seemed to get a great deal of attention throughout the weekend was Mark Barrow’s incredible early bay ‘Adventure wagen’ slammed by Evil Ben’s on air and featuring a beautiful retrim by Waboo Automotive. This is one seriously cool bus.





RSVP’s stand really took my breath away, their cars are always on that next level, and this year was no different. Pete’s Oval on BTR Racing wheels being a highlight.




I can’t forget James Murtough’s insane ’49 Standard on Fumagalli’s.




Paul Pace’s ’59 Beetle was also sitting extremely well, narrowed of course and on a set of RDW wheels.



As far as patina goes, David Hall’s splitty has some of the nicest I’ve seen. A set of Sprintstars finishes this split off nicely.




I loved the colour of Matt Dudley’s Notchback, and the Erco’s suit it flawlessly.



Stefan Rossi has quite a collection of cool cars, but this time he had the ‘Vert out, which is now rocking a new heart; a 240hp 2276cc engine with 12.3:1 compression, Superflo heads, Jaycee 51.5 IDA’s, vac pump, Pauter 1.5’s, an Autocraft oil system and even nitrous to top things off!




One of my favourite Karmann Ghia’s, Terry Settle’s 1957 bagged Lowlight featuring BRM wheels which tuck to perfection.






Now this is our sort of BBQ, an awesome concept from the guys at Smoking Beetle!



Further into Sandown Park, I went to check out the German Folks line up. Just like last year, their cars were pretty mind blowing.



Adam Townley’s Rometsch Lawrence is always a show stopper, being a coachbuilt car you’ll be pushed to see anything like this.



Foxy’s 1965 Beetle looked absolutely mint. I’ll let the photos do the talking…





There’s just something original paint! This is Gavin Jones’ ’58 RHD Standard on contrasting Fuchs.




Probably the flagship car for German Folks UK, Dean Bradley’s awesome 1950 split on chromed Fuchs.




Back to shiney paint though, with Vic Polkinghorne’s Bahama Blue ’65 with a 4″ narrowed beam and another set of polished Fuchs.



Heading outside the venue whilst leaving, I loved this splitscreen high top with complimenting smoothies.



…and this early bay single cab with a similar colour scheme.



Naturally at a show like this there are always a few gems to be found in the car park.






That concludes our VolksWorld 2015 show coverage. I love this show, there’s something for everyone in the air-cooled community, from fully restored ‘mint’ cars to slammed ratty examples, from stock height to tarmac-scraping low – plus everything in between of course. The VolksWorld Show has it all. You’re bound to see something you’ll fall in love with, even if you’ve never been into air-cooled Volkswagens before. I can’t wait for more events and meets like this later on in the year… If you want us at your event, leave details in the comments below. Our diverse coverage continues in the next write up, so check back soon for our Wheels Day report.



Pipey McGraw ‘SMT ULC’ Teaser Video

So when everybody went home after Players 8.0 this year, we stuck around whilst Peter Kelly from Speedhunters shot Pipey’s Mk1 and took a few rollers. We just so happened to be in the car too, so here’s a little teaser video of what the 13b Rotary powered Beetle panned Mk1 (nicknamed SMT ULC) looks like on the move! Stay tuned, there are exciting things to come.





Filmed by Rich Weller
Edited by Ed Phull
Music – “Chase” by Cartridge 1987, used for entertainment purposes only

The 1958 DKW 3=6 coupe

Words by Pipey McGraw & Photos by Henry Phull


Bonjour. This derelict patina’d automotive machine is the latest edition to our ever-growing Muttley fleet, a 1958 DKW 3=6 coupe. I’m sure some of you are wondering “what the hell is that?”. Well, DKW is part of the Auto Union automobile manufacturer, widely known for their racing team back in the early 30’s, where they dominated GP car racing. Aside from becoming an important supplier of vehicles to Germany’s armed forces during the Second World War, 1949 onwards saw DKW starting to produce 3 cylinder 2 stroke FWD beauties, straight outta West Germany!




Popular models in the 50’s were the F89, the 3=6 and the 1000S. The 60’s happened and they realised 2 stroke engines weren’t exactly pioneering in automotive technology, therefore started to build more desirable and attractive four stroke engines, until the company evolved into what is now the Volkswagen Audi Group…. So, finding a rare glimpse of one of these motors is simply extraordinary.



Like always with most of our rare finds, although unexpectedly, the DKW shockingly came up on the infamous eBay, so without a second thought we snapped up the chance to purchase the vehicle. Paul at Coltech Classics had recently sold an MGB that was awaiting collection from the customer, who luckily lived a couple of miles away from the owner of the DKW. So with a little organisation we had the car picked up and delivered to us at the same time, everyone’s a winner!



The car had originally been imported from California in 1969 and has been sat up in the UK ever since, as I’m sure you can imagine she’s a little tender. Our friend Tom, being a bit of a wiz on 2 strokes, set the challenge of getting it running. So, on a mild spring Thursday evening we tinkered with it in the hope of getting it to fire up.



Within an hour we cleaned up the and freed the points, addressed the catastrophicly mangled mouldy wiring, home-brewed a Fanta bottle fuel tank, and the old girl fired right up! No air box and no exhaust manifold… she was screaming the 2 stroke dream! We also freed off the clutch and managed to do a small yet satisfying burnout… as you do.




Our incentives are now extremely high to get this old girl on its arse and back on the road! Loads of wonderful and crazy ideas have been floating around in preparation for the daunting task ahead. Discussions have been leaning towards another Beetle panned body dropped platform.



As always with us, it’s go hard or go home! Luckily the DKW is a separate body to chassis car, which will make things slightly easier in removing and fabricating the body onto a Beetle pan.




With the Summer and show season right around the corner, the DKW will be tucked up and tinkered with, whilst no doubt planning and preparing it for another Winter build. We’ve still got tons of work to do on getting the rest of the fleet up together so we can party hard with you lot at the shows this year. We’ll keep the updates and photos flying in as we carry out the build.

Behind The Scenes: A Winter’s Evening

Words & Photos by Henry Phull


Here at Slam Sanctuary we’re not just into shows. Anything involving an engine and four wheels interests us, so I thought it was about time to give everyone a glimpse into everyday life and what we get up to in our spare time. Hereafter I’m hoping to make these posts more of a regular occurrence. Last night was just a typical week night in the workshop, nothing special, but hopefully of interest to some of you. Our friend Paul who runs Coltech Classics in Poole often purchases cars, sometimes for himself but mostly to fix up and sell on. The majority of these vehicles are Mk1 Volkswagens, which means there’s usually something cool to tinker with in his workshop.



A few weeks ago Paul purchased a Mk1 Golf which had pretty much been sitting in a barn and forgotten about. This is the ideal sort of car for him to acquire, eliminate any rust issues, and sell on – essentially saving the car for someone else to enjoy. Who knows though, it will probably be bought by someone in our group of friends – this is what often happens, especially if it’s a Mk1.



Tonight’s excuse for heading down to the workshop was to get the thing running for the first time, ready for an MOT… and so we could all hang out with a few beers of course.



The timing was a little off but the small block eventually spruced into life and all was good. A few other bits like indicators, washer jets, and some wiring to get it roadworthy and that was that.



The Ford Zodiac wagon to the right is a story for another day!




Coltech specialises in welding and works on a fair amount of Porsches, mostly fixing other peoples hiccups, so there is usually a 911 shell or two sitting in the workshop to admire.



Who knew driving on to a ramp could be such a difficult task… for Tom at least.



Local lad Dan also came down with his Mk2 for a chassis notch, which left it sitting nicely.




Stay tuned for more behind the scenes in the near future. We’ve been contemplating taking an ‘inside look’ into other businesses and manufacturers, so if there’s anything or anyone in particular you’d like to see, let us know in the comments and we might be able to make it happen.



Event Coverage: Retro Rides Gathering 2013

Words & Photos by Henry Phull


The Retro Rides Gathering has to be one of our all time favourite shows, simply because of the diverse range of clubs and cars in attendance. The Gathering was born thanks to the creators and members of the Retro Rides forum and has now grown into something much bigger, being well known throughout the UK and even overseas. This isn’t just any show, this is a hillclimb too, hosted at the famous Prescott Hill Gotherington in Gloucestershire. All you need is £30 and you can take your car up the hill in either the morning or afternoon session. It’s great fun to watch and makes the day truly exciting.


The first car I was drawn to as I entered the venue was a BMW E34 being driven off a trailer. I thought it must have been a 540 as it looked completely drift-ready, but to my surprise the bonnet was removed and I noticed an E39 M5 V8 engine in the bay. What a machine!





Also along with the E34 on the Huxley Motorsport stand was this Volvo 240 estate with a BMW V8 transplant.



I literally stood at this stand for ages drooling over these cars.. anyway, time to explore the rest of the show…



See what I mean by variation…






Possibly one of the loudest cars of the day, Jeffry Sol’s High Octane 1005bhp SWB Audi Quattro. Yes you read correctly.. 1005 bhp! Do yourself a favour and youtube this car going up the hill… words cannot describe it.



Forge Motorsport were out in force with their own stand and noticeably the highly tuned Mk1 Golf, one of the coolest cars in the UK right now.





What makes this show great is that everyone can wonder around the paddock area where the cars are waiting for their turn to go up the hill. This gives the chance to admire the cars closely and chat to the owners.




…and of course there’s all sorts of mad stuff going up.





You can watch the hillclimb from the start line…



…or walk up the hill to get a closer look, a great place was the hair pin where I was able to get a few nice shots, including one of this Corolla AE86.



and Mk2 Golf GTI.



Forge’s Mk1 looked uber cool on one of it’s many guest sessions up the hill.



Even some real boats, in this case a manual E32, thrashed it.



This Mk1 was packing a V8 under the hood!




And another somewhat different Mk1 Golf, that we’ve pictured before on Slam Sanctuary, Pipey’s static Mk1 on a Beetle floor pan. He took home the “Dare To Be Different” award which is not surprising!



Check out the old school swamp cooler on the drivers window.




There was even a lowrider club, with some quite entertaining hydraulics.



It’s nice to see something different that has been properly lowered. This Hillman Imp was stunning.






A cleaner than clean E21…



Or how about a BMW that looks the complete opposite, but still rocking it hard.







James McCafferey’s Mk1 Polo was sporting two sets of wheels and looking immaculate as always.



…continuing the ‘immaculate’ theme, i must not forget Carl Levy’s caddy.



This MX5 was looking pretty sitting on a set of OZ Turbos.



A lovely original Quattro.




One of the few 911’s of the show which also could be seen gunning up the hill.



These old Toyota Celica’s sum up Retro Rides.



A Honda Civic saloon nicely dropped.



I always have time for VW Caddy’s, this one is sitting on a tasty set of banded steels.



Our friends over at Coltech Classics came down in this Citroën Dyane which, like Pipey’s Mk1 Golf, also sits on a Beetle pan.



This E30 caught my attention, it is sitting so nicely, the stance is spot on. Three photos were needed, you can thank me later.






I was pleased to see a couple of 2002’s including this well modified orange example.



Well, there you have it. If you’ve never been to the Gathering before then it is the place to be if you want to see a huge variation of classics. There was so much to see that we’ll be continuing the Retro Rides coverage with a second part – a look into the “Retro Parking” and the general car park areas as there were some real gems there too. Check back to the site soon to see Part 2 of the show.