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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



Ben Rye’s ’57 Volkswagen Oval Beetle on Air Lift suspension & custom 3pc smoothies
(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




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



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




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



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



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



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




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



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




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


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


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



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



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



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




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



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



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



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



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



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



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



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



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




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



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



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



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



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



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




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




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



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



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



André Neudert’s Volkswagen Beetle on Air Lift suspension



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



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



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



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




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



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

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




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




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



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


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


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



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



James Munro’s Porsche 356 Speedster on Air Lift suspension



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




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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




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



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)



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

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




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




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




Dan Guirey’s Volkswagen Mk1 Golf



Sam Duckett’s Nissan Pao



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





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



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



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




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


3SDM’s wheel lineup



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



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



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



Chris Phillips’ static Lexus IS200 on WORK Equip’s



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



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



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



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



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




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

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



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



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





Charlie Croker’s bagged 1977 Lotus S1 Elite



Carl Raine’s Fiat 126



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



Beinn Dale Goodchild’s static Volkswagen Polo Coupe



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



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




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




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



Ford Focus ST Mk2 on Air Lift suspension & Jaguar wheels



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



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



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




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



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



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



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




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



Mat Ward’s Eurocco kit car




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.


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FittedUK 2016 – Part 1

Date: 31 July 2016

Location: EventCity, Manchester


Words & Photos by Henry Phull


If you were to step inside FittedUK’s new venue for 2016, you wouldn’t believe that they’re only into their third year of putting on events. Now, I thought their show was big last year, but this time they’ve taken it to the next level and beyond by renting out EventCity in Manchester. That’s 28,000 square metres of indoor space, making it the UK’s biggest indoor car show… Quite a step up from Wetherby Racecourse, leaving a hell of a lot of space to fill with cars, traders and public ticket-holders of course. The FittedUK team have been promoting this year’s event throughout social media and constantly teasing us with photographs and videos showing off the size of the venue – so turning up on the day before the show to set up the Slam Sanctuary trade stand was an incredible chance to see it all come together and watch Alex and the team’s vision come into fruition. To be honest, I wasn’t entirely sure what to expect.. could they deliver on everyone’s high expectations? Well, sure enough Sunday morning arrived, the doors opened to the public, and rest-assured, people started flowing in. It was BUSY – all day long. Normally at shows, people tend to get bored towards the end of the day, but with an event this big – there was always something new to see. So much in fact, that we’ve had to split our photo coverage into two articles! So sit back and enjoy Part 1 below…


Ashley Scutt’s BMW 2002 Tii




Grant Owens’ Audi 100 on Rayvern Hydraulic suspension



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



Aaron Gemmell’s Honda Civic EK on hydraulic suspension & BBS RF’s




Tom Healey’s Mk2 Golf on Air Lift suspension & BBS RS’s



Josh’s Mini Cooper on Airdynamiks & AccuAir suspension


Joe Yip’s Mk6 Golf on Air Lift / AccuAir suspension & stepped-up BBS RS’s by Eighty8 Customs



Yes, they even had Audi R8 GT cars…



Michael Yip’s Mini Cooper S on Air Lift / AccuAir suspension & stepped-up BBS RS’s by Eighty8 Customs



Only Charged Dubs’ bagged Mercedes-Benz W201 190E on custom Barrock splits

(click here to check out our feature on the OCD Merc)



Lewis Barnes’ BMW Z4 on Airdynamiks / AccuAir suspension & WORK Seeker FX’s





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




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



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



Eden Cayless’ VW Type2 on Gotti’s



Douglas Flockhart’s static Mk3 Golf VR6 Turbo BBS LM’s




Justin Appleford’s Audi RS5 on AccuAir suspension & BC Forged HB-R5’s



Gordon Milne’s bagged Mk4 Golf R32 on carbon BBS GT’s



Tom Penny’s Mini on Air Lift suspension & Fifteen52 Formula TR’s



Brandon’s BMW E30 on AccuAir suspension and VIP Modular VXS210 wheels



Amando Frijns’ bagged 1962 Deluxe Beetle on custom 3pc splits





Shaun Lewis’ bagged Volkswagen T5 on Rotiform FUC’s



Jesse Cheung’s Lexus IS250 with Lexon Exclusive Rocket Bunny kit on D2 Air suspension & WORK VS-XX’s




XenonzUK’s widebody Audi A7 on HP Drivetech / AccuAir suspension & LOMA RS1-SL’s



Sam Roden’s bagged Renault Clio 197 on OZ Futura’s



Richard Smith’s Mk3 Toyota Yaris on custom Air Lift suspension by Only Charged Dubs & BBS RF’s



Bagged Ginetta G15



Hoho Chan’s BMW E92 on Air Lift suspension & BBS RS2’s



Jordan Clifton’s VW Beetle on Air Lift suspension & Rotiform CCV’s



Prakash Thanky’s M52-swapped BMW E21 on Air Lift suspension & CCW D110’s



Mark Allen’s bagged Mk4 Golf estate w/Bora front-end on Eta Beta’s






Sole Flavours’ Mk4 Golf on AccuAir suspension & WORK VS-XX wheels



Ruairi Coleman’s bagged BMW E36 on OZ Futura’s




Josh Neville’s static Honda Civic EF sedan on OZ Turbo’s



Richard Colvill’s custom Porsche 911 “Porkchop” on Fuchs’



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




Aneysha Wakelin’s static 1964 Beetle



Robert Cumberbatch’s Hillman Imp on Air Lift suspension & J A Pearce Magna’s



Jake Stanford’s VW Tiguan R on Air Lift suspension & Rotiform TMB’s




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





Jake Clarke’s Vauxhall Astra VXR on Air Lift suspension & WatercooledIND MD1’s



Adam Close’s Nissan 350Z on VIP Modular VX210’s



Jake Hilling’s 1965 Beetle on Air Lift suspension



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




Having spent a few years visiting all the UK’s car events, the FittedUK team have realised what will and won’t work for the automotive calendar – mainly the fact that indoor shows are the future for this country due to such uncertainty with our weather. All their hard work that went into planning this event has well and truly paid off, and we’ve only shown you 50%! So make sure you check back to Slam Sanctuary later in the week to discover the second part of our coverage and the final words on the event. More cars, more halls and more platforms – how cool were those?!




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The Lowtus – Dean Meeson’s 1981 Lotus Esprit S3

Words & Photos by Henry Phull


Thinking outside of the congested box that is today’s car scene is absolutely crucial when choosing a project car.. I mean, why would you want to imitate what everyone else is doing? Usually the more out-of-the-ordinary it is, the more remarkable the build will be (if it’s executed correctly that is). Today’s feature car is as extravagant as they come, a Lotus Esprit S3! This is an 80’s classic rarely seen on the road today, let alone one that has been slammed on air ride, but what a perfect combination it has turned out to be. Along with a set of gorgeous split rims, interior re-trim and an Alfa Romeo V6 engine swap to top things off, this car oozes nostalgia with a modern twist. It’s a car that will no doubt be admired by all sorts of automotive enthusiasts, plus thanks to being recognised as the ‘underwater car’ in the James Bond film ‘The Spy Who Loved Me’, the average joe public. There’s something sensational about slamming a classic car, so simple yet so phenomenal.



Dean Meeson has spent the last eight years of his life building all sorts of cars, from lightly modifying his first ever purchase, a Peugeot 306, followed by a Ford Fiesta turbo, which led to a massive leap to his first major project – a mid-engined Yamaha R1 powered, paddleshift, 4.8 second Mini which took three years to build. After enjoying it for just a year, Dean sold the Mini for a big lifestyle change which saw him move to Sierra Leone to work as an engineer at an iron ore mine.



It wasn’t until 2012 that he made his return to the UK. Naturally, after being away from cars for so long, he knew he had to find something new to start tinkering with. “I wanted something preferably close to my age for a bit of nostalgia” he explains, “A wedge was a car of the 80’s and an obvious choice”. After a few months of searching for something wedge-shaped, two cars popped up that caught his eye, a TVR 350i and a Lotus Esprit. After being disappointed by the 350i due to the amount of chassis work it would’ve needed, he was left with the Esprit.



Dean took a trip to Telford and arrived at a dusty cement factory “with James Bond’s car hiding in the corner” he jokes. After one glance, and a bargain price to help sway him, he knew he had to buy the car even before test driving it. The Esprit required some attention mainly due to several small issues… a dash full of scotch locks and numerous oil leaks. But overall, the Lotus was in good shape, so Dean drove it home the same day after striking a deal. “The missus had no idea until I drove up the drive in a 80’s classic, genius.” he laughs.



It wasn’t long before Dean was measuring and searching for wheels, because as we all know, wheels can transform a car. After lots of searching, he came across a stunning set through the Wheel Whores forums, Compomotive CXN’s in 16×8 and 16×10, which were then powder-coated in gunmetal grey that compliments the car’s body colour.



The wheels have been spaced 25mm up front and 50mm at the rear with 195/40 and 225/40 tyres for the adequate fitment. The car was going to be low, so getting the fit right was crucial. “The plan was to have it hard-slammed, but I thought my driveway would never allow it to be quite as low as I wanted it” he explains. A bagged set up was on the horizon…



Unsurprisingly with a car of this age and rarity, ready-made air suspension is a thing of dreams. Dean had to custom build everything, starting with RideTech ShockWaves all round, which meant custom fabricated ‘V’ lower control arms were created to allow for the larger shocks. The top control arms were also switched out in favour of rosejointed items. After some measuring and clever thinking, everything came together. Dean opted for digital air management with AccuAir’s e-Level system which makes for a hassle-free experience.



With the all-important stance and fitment nailed, Dean turned his attention to the engine, which had been a little smokey ever since he picked up the car. He had an urge for Electronic Fuel Injection (EFI) in addition to an alternative sound to the Lotus’ stock lump. He considered everything from an Audi 5-cylinder, a V8 or even a Rotary 20B, however as awesome as any of those would’ve been, Dean didn’t want to spend a huge amount of money or modify the chassis to get an engine to fit properly.



One important aspect that Dean had in the back of his mind throughout the build was that he wanted to be able to put the car back to standard at any point. With that, ultimately deciding the engine possibilities.. a V6 seemed a logical solution. Plenty of power, a suitable sound, and a tasty soundtrack, ideal.



Although Alfa Romeo are known to be unreliable, their V6 was “80’s looking but modern, and just looked right” Dean explains. A 3.0 24v from an Alfa Romeo 166 was sourced and rebuilt with the usual new parts ready for insertion. The main battle he had with the swap was with the sump, after two attempts Dean decided the best thing to do was to fabricate a steel one from scratch.



At the same time, Dean fabricated new engine mounts, a modified cooling system, and a custom adaptor plate to fit an original Citroen C35 transaxle which was used. The power steering was also deleted and he had to work out a new route for the ancillary belt. New inlet tubes were fabricated to allow for some gorgeous Triumph 955i throttle bodies and modified ITB fuel rails.



“I love seeing the downdraft trumpets in the rear view, it makes it all worth while” he smiles. And as if the throttle bodies weren’t enough, Dean enlisted the help of Immy at Torqueflow for a custom manifold back exhaust, which sounds mega. The engine is running off an Emerald ECU, with an additional swirl pot, high pressure pump and AN-8 fuel lines.



The interior of the Esprit had seen better days, in fact it was completely shot according to Dean. “I spent time over the winter having a go at retrimming everything myself. It’s a great place to be, but I’ll probably do it again as it was a first ever attempt” he explains. That said, he has done a stunning job, with the grey suede and leather combo working great with the 80’s feel. You’ll also notice a beautiful wooden Nardi steering wheel in there to finish it off.



On something of this age, paintwork is something that will make or break the car.. Dean’s Esprit was originally red in colour. A previous owner resprayed it over ten years ago in something very close to Glacier blue – Dean says it’s been a difficult colour to replicate as he’s unsure of the exact paint code. At that time, the side body trim was also deleted and smoothed which modernises the car nicely. The respray appears to have been done to a high standard as the bodywork looks very good indeed.



Dean’s latest upgrades to the car include uprated 280mm Wilwood brakes along with braided lines, which massively improve the outdated standard Lotus items. Other than that, the car has actually been around for quite a while now, and Dean is thinking about changing up the look slightly, possibly adding a rear window louvre… “for cooling and because they just look so cool” he explains. He’s also working on producing a custom set of Lotus Speedline wheels which will be turned into splits, which sound awesome!




Dean has absolutely smashed this build.. period correct but with modern suspension enabling him to slam it on the floor, which is extraordinary seeing as the Esprit is such a short car anyway. “Owning this car since 2012 has had its ups and downs, but I’m glad it’s out there rather than being another locked away classic” Dean tells me, which is very true. I can imagine that any other Esprit’s in the country are garaged and barely driven – Dean’s is quite the opposite, which is why I love it. It’s no surprise that the car is praised wherever he takes it. I can’t wait to see the changes that are coming in the near future, be sure to keep your eyes out for the lowtus.

Early Edition 2015

Words & Photos by Henry Phull


Edition38’s Show and Shine is quite some time away, but why should we have to wait until then? Luckily the organisers of one of the Summer’s biggest VAG shows seem to share this view, and yet again saved us from our show blues with their newer show, Early Edition, which kicked off as usual at The Saints stadium in Northampton. Early Edition has always been a relatively small show, it is of course mainly a warm up event for the big one later on in the year. But unsurprisingly, it is forever growing. The attendance, like last year, was off the chain. They’ve had to expand the show ground itself to give everyone more space, which means even more show cars. Also I’m not sure if it’s just me, but I much prefer shows that are on tarmac, it’s where cars belong, right? It always beats shooting a car on a grass field.


On to the show, and I’ll start things off with Oxford Car Audio’s awesome Audi S5 demo car, sitting on Air Lift bags and Avant Garde F541 SPEC1 wheels.



Opposite, Joe Caudwell’s supercharged Audi RS5 was equally jaw dropping, bagged by Plush Automotive with AccuAir suspension and also rocking a set of Avant Garde carbon split rims, F431 SPEC2’s. I think the dude on the floor must’ve been eyeing up some brakes.. ha.



I loved the colour of Jak Johnston’s LHD 1981 Mk1 Golf GL and I’m looking forward to seeing it on a set of BBS E49’s in the very near future!



I was admiring Dale Buckley’s Mk1 Audi TT back at Ultimate Dubs, but it was nice to finally see that fresh new colour outdoors. It looks even better than I’d previously thought, along with those gorgeous BBS RS’s.




The recent addition of Rotiform LHR’s have done great things for Will Smith’s Polo, which is still one of the cleanest 6N2’s you’ll ever come across.



It is refreshing to see that more and more air-cooled cars are being accepted into the community, here we have Aneysha Wakelin’s ’64 and Kirsty Greatrex’s ’69 Beetles.





For me personally, Matty Loveridge’s Miami Blue Mk1 Golf swallowtail was car of the show. I’ve always had a soft spot for this car back when it was on BBS RS’, but he’s recently added a super cool set of Compomotive Turbo’s and bagged the car on Air Lift suspension. I thought it’d be difficult to top what he already had, but Matty has done it. And to perfection.




You’ve gotta love a bagged Audi Avant, Nick Bulmer’s A4 here on huge 20″ BBS RS2’s and AccuAir suspension.



Adam Wyatt unveiled the new look for his Vento only very recently at Ultimate Dubs, but it looks like he’s already changed the wheels to a set of Advan 3 spokes which work incredibly well.



Continuing with the ‘traffic light’ colours, check out Matt Woodgate’s A4 on Air Lift suspension and Rotiform splits finished completely in black.




Finishing up with those colours is Luke Polyblank’s bagged Mk2 Golf on a gorgeous set of Gotti’s. I love the rear heckblende which really pulls the body striping together.




Over on the StillStatic stand, VRS Northampton’s Mk7 Golf R stopped me in my tracks. It must be the lowest static Golf R around, surely? Finished off nicely with big brakes and mbDESIGN wheels.



The colour combination of Nick Ackroyd’s Scirocco was something else… Viper Green paintwork and gold centred Rotiform CSW’s, what a thing of beauty. Along with an interior and boot build by RIIVA Design and EDGE Automotive, this car everything you could want in a show car.




BBS E50’s have to be one of the all time greatest wheel designs, which go so well on Jason Buckley’s Mk1 Golf. Early Edition was certainly a haven for all kinds of Mk1 goodness.



I’m starting to see that glorious signature ceramic polished finish on a lot of wheels recently, all hailing from the guys at Felgen Werkes. Here’s Tim Smith’s Mk4 R32 rocking his finished set of WatercooledIND’s.



And look, another ceramic polish finish on Kats Giles’ widened Mk5 Golf… although this time with a stunning set of Rotiform LHR’s.



Over on the Players’ stand, I’m glad Kiran Mistry got his Mk1 back on the road after an unfortunate incident prior to Ultimate Dubs a couple of month’s ago. It’s now looking awesome.



It’s pretty cool to see a bagged Seat Leon, as they’re not a car you see that often. Nicola Sidney’s Mk2 shown here on an eye-catching set of OZ Pegasus splits.



And believe it or not, more pink wheels… D2 Forged on Mark Lampard’s bagged Audi TTS.



You thought I was done with the Mk1’s? Too bad.. there’s more to come. Jacob Moore’s example was getting a lot of attention due to its classic BBS combo, absolutely timeless.



Shaking up the game, however, was Route 32’s immaculate Mk1, which has been around for a while now, and always popular due to that R32 engine conversion and stunning interior. This year they’ve added a set of custom B-Star wheels which look incredible on the car, especially with that contrasting turquoise centre colour.





I do enjoy seeing people think outside the box of the ‘usual wheels’, and making different choices. There’s so many wheels out there. The 20″ OZ Superturismo’s work great on this bagged Scirocco.



More of that Felgen Werkes polished magic on Georgie Marlow’s BBS RM’s complimenting her Mk1.




The second time I’ve seen Auto Finesse’s Air Lift equipped Mk2 demo car, and it looks even better in daylight. That BBS bodykit really makes the car!




So I’ve shown you my highlights of the show, now I’m going to take you outside into the surrounding car parks where there’s more wonderful cars to see, including lots of non-VAG. I’ll start with Olly Snow’s stunning Mulberry Mk3 VR6 on BBS RS.



Considering what bargains S8’s are nowadays, I’m surprised we’re not seeing more of them. Billy Hilton just slammed his awesome example on KW coilovers and 20″ Rotiform SNA’s.



It’s a car we all saw a lot of last year, and a relief to finally see back out again… Becky Evans’ beautiful BMW E21 bagged on BBS RS.



The VIP Modular VX210 wheels on Mark Gunning’s Audi A5 are monstrous, check out the size of those lips! Bagged by Only Charged Dubs, this car sits extremely well too.




Some more handiwork from Only Charged Dubs, with Josh Hall’s Mk6 on Autostrada Modena’s.



These BBS GT004’s looked glorious on Myles Collins’ R32.




It’s been a while since I’ve shot James Aveil’s Mercedes W114, I love this thing.



Of course there’s Rory Hamilton’s W115, too. These two looked fantastic together and it’s cool to see more of these big Mercs already this year.



I really dig Alex Herman’s E46 M Sport, it really suits those 2-piece OZ Mito Type 3’s.



Here’s a double whammy of white centred BBS RF’s, firstly on a pre-facelift E36 ‘vert…



And another set working equally well on Alex Hurd’s bagged E46 M Sport.




Steven Doe made the trip from down South in his stunning BMW E21, bagged on CCW wheels. I’ve shot the car a lot already this year, but it’s still a clear favourite.



Parked alongside was Chris Phillips static Lexus IS300, looking incredible on stepped-up BBS RS. Chris has recently fitted some Vertex skirts which makes it hard to believe this car is static.. tough as hell!




Being a BMW enthusiast myself, something like this will always make my heart melt. I loved Jake Ryan’s 318is, bagged and on OZ Futura’s. A strong look.




I’ll finish up with some LikeHell Design repping, starting off with Jamie Hitchcock’s static BMW Z4 that we recently featured (click here to check out the feature).



And more WORK wheels on Josh Mussell’s (the man behind LikeHell) static Nissan 350Z.



This was the first time I’d come across this, but that white centred WORK Meister look seems to work on a lot of platforms. Check out Nath Howell’s bagged Subaru Impreza. Cool or what!?



Finally, Jordan O’Sullivan’s R53 Mini Cooper S on Carline CM6’s remains to be one of the nicest Mini’s out there.



That’s it for our Early Edition coverage. As usual, the event was huge… just imagine how big Edition38 is going to be later on in the year. Unlike Ultimate Dubs, the organisers here didn’t allow ANY non-VAG into the main show this time, even on trade stands. How do you feel about this? We want to know, leave your thoughts in the comments. However we’re still glad that there was such a large turnout even in the car park, it shows you’re all interested nonetheless. Thanks to Edition38 for having us, we’ll see you again at the main Show and Shine on 4/5/6 September. Next up on our agenda is The Car Show Collective’s ‘Show of Shows’ in Kent on the 17th May. Don’t miss it!



James McCafferey’s Mk1 Polo: Au Revoir

Words & Photos by Henry Phull


Whether you are a fan of Volkswagens or a regular UK or European show goer, there’s no doubt you will know of James McCafferey’s Mk1 Polo. He has hit the show scene hard this year, attending a staggering 28 shows in total. I’m yet to meet anyone that has such devotion to their car and the lifestyle that comes with it. The Polo has had a great run, and James has now decided to tuck it away in favour of a new project for next year. Obligatory then, that we go out and capture it before the treacherous British winter hits.




Some of you may think this car is just a show queen. Let me assure you… when it does get driven, it is driven hard. Sure, it’s not a daily, but it is a car that James likes to enjoy. We took a drive out one Sunday afternoon down the road towards Wimborne in Dorset and found the perfect little spot. The sun even graced us with it’s appearance.



It’s crazy to think this is a 1979 car, thanks to a full restoration and respray in Polar White which looks glorious in the sunlight.




James is an avid wheel collector, with the Polo having worn many sets of shoes throughout its lifetime. Here you can see it sitting on 13×7″ & 13×7.5″ three-piece Compomotive CX’s, painted and polished by The Wheel Specialist Bournemouth and M&M Polishing, along with stretched tyres to suit.



The modifications on the Polo are minimalistic, which is what makes it so appealing. It’s so easy to ruin classic cars by going overboard on styling. James has got it just right. Take a look at the NOS chrome bumpers. Simple yet effective.



The ride height is set by some custom FK coilovers and G40 Cup camber adjustable top mounts.



See what I mean by a lot of shows…




Under the hood in the immaculate bay, we find the 1.4 16v lump and twin Dellorto 40 carbs. All you need for such a small shell.



Inside the cabin is rocking a spotless custom re-trim including hessian carpets, tastefully created to coincide with the car’s age. The wooden Mountney wheel is the icing on the cake. Retro goodness.



On the way home we took a wrong turn down a country lane which resulted in a spot of plowering. No f*cks given.



Next year the Polo will be used as a wedding car, so if you’re tying the knot soon and fancy some retro transportation for your big day, get in touch with James. You’ll find him on Facebook and all the other social networks. I look forward to seeing what he has up his sleeve for the next show season. Rest assured, it will be another Mk1 of some sort.



Event Coverage: Show & Glow

Words & Photos by Henry Phull


There has been considerable hype building up to the launch of Show & Glow, firstly as the show is making its debut and secondly it is the final UK show of the season. Expectations were high – the atmosphere queuing up to get in was that of excitement. Held at Bluewater shopping centre in Kent, this was the last place you’d imagine going to a car show, but it actually worked surprisingly well.




I thought I’d start off by highlighting this fine example of an S8, this sums up the quality of vehicles on display.



The Players wrapped Mk1 looking as good as ever.



How about a bit of supercharged goodness with this R32.



‘that 635’ that we all know and love. Yes, it was essentially a VAG show, but I don’t think anyone will complain about seeing this inside.



…along with this E30



James’ Mk1 Polo rocking some new shoes this time.




I don’t think I will ever tire of seeing this Audi 80.








This white Rallye was such a tidy example.




One of my favourites back from the Westside Show.



To most this will be considered Mk1 perfection. What do you think?



What a treat it was to see a Porsche Speedster!



In addition to two indoor floors, Show & Glow also had the top level of the outdoor car park for even more cars – let’s take a look…


This was awesome – a bagged VW Tiguan on Ferrari wheels. It’s nice to see something different and this really works!




Ben Anson’s newly wrapped E21 is always a stunner.





Another car spotted back at Westside VW, this E30 now on a fresh set of wheels.





I shot this Mini back at Edition38, it’s nice to see the Brock’s rocking a new colour. The fitment on this is just right!






Staggered Z3 wheels looking good on this E46.





Well there you have it folks. Show season is over! Congratulations to the Show & Glow team for such a successful debut, there’s no doubt in my mind that this is going to continue to grow and probably become one of the bigger shows of the year.



Now we have some downtime from shows we’re looking for cars to feature on the website. Think your car has got that wow factor? Have we shot your car at a show before? Get in touch with us via the contact page or message us on Facebook to be considered.