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Gravity 2017

Date: 16 July 2017

Location: NAEC Stoneleigh, Warwickshire

 

Words & Photos by Henry Phull

 

When I think of SlammedUK, variation comes to mind. Regardless of their name, the brand is essentially an open book when it comes to their following of modified cars, which is why their show ‘Gravity’ appeals to all sorts of cars in the community. Following the success of last year’s debut event, Gravity returned to Stoneleigh Park for a second year. I was seriously impressed with last year, but I have to say, the latest offering completely blew 2016 away in terms of cars, trade, music, and the sheer amount of public attendees. So, another congratulations is in order for Jordan and his team at SlammedUK! Whether you’re into Volkswagens, BMWs, Lowriders, RWBs, or Jap cars… the list goes on. Gravity had it all within two huge indoor halls, as well a vast outdoor area (apologies – our booth was so busy that I didn’t get a chance to photograph outside this time!). I managed to sneak around the show before it opened to the public to capture a few of our favourite cars. Take a look below…

 

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

@profusioncustoms

 

Mark Loony’s Honda Civic EK on hydraulic suspension & BBS RS’

@looooony

 

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

@e46_alex

 

Haps Gill’s BMW E46 M3 on Air Lift suspension & CCW LM5T’s

@hapsss

 

 

Josh Mussell’s static Nissan 350Z on WORK Meister L1’s

@likehelldesign

 

Lewis Parker’s Volkswagen UP! on Air Lift suspension & OZ Futura’s

@l3wup

 

Jean Colaert’s bagged Audi B5 A4 on WORK Equip 3-spoke’s

@caps_b5 

 

 

Leeroy Makewell’s Volkswagen Mk5 Golf on Air Lift suspension & Bentley’s

@leeroymak

 

Matt Hollands’ bagged BMW E38 on Style297’s

@matt__hollands

 

Tom Grimshaw’s Audi Q5 on AccuAir suspension & Ferrada FR4’s

@tomlg_q5

 

Zoe Langley’s Mazda MX5 on Air Lift suspension & WORK Meister CR01’s

@mx5zoe94

 

 

Corey Nolan’s BMW F32 435i on Air Lift / AccuAir suspension & OZ Futura’s

@corey.nolan

 

Lydia El-Hoss’ static Honda S2000 on Schmidt Revolution Tracer Tech 2’s

@l2k_

 

Reece Parr’s BMW E30 on Air Lift suspension & BBS RF’s

@e30_parr

 

 

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

@lamodz_official

 

Chris Williams’ Porsche 964 on Air Lift suspension & Rotiform LHR’s

@ccwill1975

 

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

@a4lexx

 

 

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

@arfan.retrobling

 

Mikel Roe’s Volkswagen Mk6 Jetta on Air Lift / AccuAir suspension & OZ Futura’s

@mikey_plush

 

Jordan Saunders’ Mazda RX7 on AirREX / Air Lift suspension & SSR Professor’s

@j_airx7

 

Faz Ahmed’s S50-swapped BMW E30 cabriolet on Air Lift suspension & BBS RS’

@fazalicious

 

Immi Hussain’s BMW E46 M3 ‘vert on Air Lift suspension & Carline CM6’s

@immi_001

 

Jamie Warne’s BMW E31 840ci on Air Lift suspension & custom-built 3pc Alpina’s

@bm.sharky

 

 

Jens Evensen’s Pandem-kitted Porsche Cayman S on Air Lift suspension & WatercooledIND MD1’s

@jens_tbgstance

 

Josh Stokes’ BMW E46 M3 on Air Lift suspension & Carline CM6’s

@josh_stokes

 

Elliot Carter’s BMW E92 on Airdynamiks / AccuAir suspension & BBS RF’s

@y2_etc

 

 

Ross Firth’s Ford Fiesta ST on Air Lift suspension & BBS RS’

@rossfirth_

 

Jemima Cox’s Volkswagen Polo 9n3 on Air Lift suspension & Autostrada Modena’s

@jemimacox

 

Matt Honeywill’s Subaru Impreza WRX on Air Lift suspension

@yellowbits

 

Dan Taylor’s BMW E46 M3 on Air Lift suspension & BBS E88 centrelock’s

@dte46 / @wheel_unique

 

 

Steven Doe’s BMW E21 on Air Lift / AccuAir suspension & CCW D110’s

@doeboyfresh

(click here to check out our feature on Steven’s E21)

 

What a selection of cars… (and yes, I’m aware there’s quite a few E46 M3’s in there, but with so many great examples in the scene at the moment, I couldn’t help myself!). I’d just like to say a big thanks to anyone that dropped by the Slam Sanctuary booth and picked up something in our exclusive Summer Sale. We pretty much sold out and we’ve finally said goodbye to our ‘Steering Wheel’, ‘Spark Plug’ and ‘Helmet’ tees – they won’t be printed again, however, we’ll be dropping a brand new capsule collection at FittedUK this weekend in Manchester, so make sure you stop by and check out the new gear. If you liked the previous collection, you’re definitely going to dig what we have coming up.

 

BONUS GALLERY

 

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Ultimate Stance 2015

Date: 1 November 2015

Location: Telford International Centre, Telford

 

Words by Henry Phull / Photos by Steph Clarke & Henry Phull

 
Flashback to the beginning of the month, the cold weather had returned, and the car community was out in force for the final outing to Ultimate Stance. This year’s show was rather special for us, as we launched our very first pop-up store with a new clothing collection. For the first time ever, we were trading! Luckily our girl Steph was on hand to help out with some awesome photography so we could provide the quality show coverage you’re all used to. As per usual, the Ultimate Stance organisers pulled out all the stops to provide a jam-packed show before the long Winter break. Wheel Whores also took over with their very own mini show and swapmeet, in addition to their super-cool ‘Tikes & Trikes’ display. To top that off, a huge Show & Shine with over 500 cars, club stands and extensive traders! Ultimate Stance is much like sister-company Ultimate Dubs, but targeted at a much wider audience. All sorts of cars were welcome, and even though it was the last show of the year, there were still cars making their debut! Check out our round up below…

 

 

Chris Phillips’ static Lexus IS200 on BBS RS

(Click here to check out our feature on Chris’ Lexus IS)

 

 

Jamie Hitchcock’s static BMW Z4 on WORK Meister S1’s

(Click here to check out our feature on Jamie’s Z4)

 

Tom Lilico’s bagged BMW Z3 on face-mounted Lamborghini Diablo splits

 

Ryan Powell’s bagged Volkswagen Mk3 Golf VR6 on BBS LM

(Click here to check out our feature on Ryan’s Mk3)

 

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

 

Auto Finesse’s BBS-kitted Volkswagen Mk2 Golf on Air Lift suspension

 

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

 

Only Charged Dubs’ Mercedes-Benz W201 190E on custom-built air ride & BBS RS

 

Hayburner Magazine’s Porsche 356

 

Bobby Wilcox’s static Lotus Elite

 

Paige Walton’s BMW E91 Touring on Air Lift suspension & 18″ Speedline 3pc wheels

 

Dan Malley’s Volkswagen Mk2 Golf C on D2 Air suspension & BBS RM

 

Richard Ansari’s BMW E46 M3 on OZ Mito’s

 

Joe Addison’s BMW E92 on Air Lift suspension & BBS RS2

 

Jason Bowes’ Audi A5 on Air Lift suspension & 19″ Rotiform TMB’s

 

Andy Theaker’s BMW E90 on Air Lift suspension & Alpina wheels

 

 

Mitch Stirrat’s BMW E91 Touring on AccuAir suspension & Mercedes-Benz Alphard wheels

 

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

 

Juan van Oversteyns’ BMW E28 on 18″ BBS RS

 

WORK Wheels UK Lamborghini Murciélago LP 640 on WORK Gnosis CV203’s

 

 

Driftworks’ Toyota AE86 LS V8-swapped drift car

 

Scott McClure’s Volkswagen Up! on H&R suspension & Gotti G1001’s

 

Dave Phillipson’s Audi A3 on Air Lift suspension & 19″ Rotiform TMB’s

 

 

Alex Wright’s G60-swapped Volkswagen Mk1 Golf on BBS E30’s

 

 

Oliver Pearson’s chopped 1964 Porsche 356

 

 

Wheel Whores’ display

 

Dan Taylor’s BMW E46 M3 on Air Lift suspension & BBS RS Turbo Fans

 

 

 

Richard Colvill’s custom Porsche 911 “Porkchop”

 

 

 

 

The Wheel Whores’ Tikes and Trikes display

 

 

 

Randell Mario Forte’s Volkswagen Golf Cabriolet on hydraulics & Cromodora CW10′s

 

 

James Wilson’s Nissan 350Z on Air Lift suspension & SSR Vienna wheels

 

Ford KA Sport on hydraulic suspension & BBS RM

 

Tom Wrigley’s E30 325i cabriolet on Air Lift suspension

 

Alex Rogers’ Volkswagen 6R Polo GTI on Air Lift suspension & Fifteen52 Turbomac’s

 

 

Robbie Milton’s bagged Volkswagen Jetta

 

 

Paul Harding’s 1984 Porsche 911 3.2 Carrera

 

 

 

Static Ferrari F355

 

James Williams’ Hillman Imp on Compomotive’s

 

Xenonz UK’s widebody kitted Audi RS7 on 21″ Damnraw Honeycombed concave directional wheels

 

Mark Fandango’s M52-swapped BMW E21

 

James Ibbotson’s 1967 Hillman Imp

 

Charlie Croker’s bagged 1977 Lotus S1 Elite

 

Dean Meeson’s Lotus Esprit & 3DPRINTUK’s 1972 Volvo P1800es

 

Ian Kelly’s Audi SQ5 on StillStatic suspension & Rotiform DUS

 

Shaun Lewis’ bagged Volkswagen T5 on Rotiform FUC’s

 

Dougie Flockhart’s Volkswagen Mk3 Golf VR6 Turbo on BBS LM’s

 

Ross Mullins’ Volkswagen Lupo GTI on Air Lift suspension & BBS RM’s

 

Matt Glassup’s Porsche 964 on Eta Beta’s

 

Joshua Bradley’s Skoda Fabia VRS on Air Lift suspension & 3SDM 0.05’s

 

Bruce Gowans’ BMW M135i w/BTCC kit, AccuAir suspension & Brada wheels

 

Nick Sahota’s S54-swapped E30 M3 on Air Lift suspension and Bugatti 3pc centrelock wheels

 

Gavin Diamond’s 540bhp Ford Sierra RS Cosworth on 17″ Dymag 5 spokes

 

Our first-ever pop-up store / Click here to check out the online store!

 

 

Now available online – click here to visit our online store!

 

 

As you can see, the turnout was tastefully varied. Embracing communities like Retro Rides, Hayburner and Driftworks to name a few, really proves that when those from different automotive backgrounds come together, the result can be epic. Unlike most shows, Ultimate Stance is one of the most open events for all sorts of car enthusiasts, despite its name! Our pop-up store was a great success, and we can’t thank our friends at Studio Incar enough for teaming up with us for the joint stand in the exclusive carpeted hall and displaying some insane builds. We’ll be trading at a lot more shows next year, so now you know what our stand looks like – come and say hi! If you missed us at this time, all our new gear is now available online from store.slamsanctuary.com, so have a browse. For more event coverage, we’ll be back next year in March with Ultimate Dubs at the same location. Until then, we’ll be keeping the blog updated with new features and behind-the-scenes shop visits. Check back soon.

 

 

More info on Ultimate Stance:

Ultimate Stance website

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Ultimate Stance on Instagram

 

Seen your car above? If we haven’t named you, drop us message a through our Facebook page or email info@slamsanctuary.com and let us know if you’d like your name added to the article! Also be sure to let us know if we made any errors regarding your cars modifications. Sometimes we make mistakes, albeit rarely, but we like to make things right!

 

Static Passion – Jamie Hitchcock’s 2003 BMW E85 Z4

Words & Photos by Henry Phull

 

The modified BMW scene in the UK seems to have been overrun with E36’s and E46’s lately… Don’t get me wrong, I love them both having owned a few myself, but I’m always on the look out for those more unusual models that the marque has to offer. It’s easy to go and build a car that has been done multiple times – parts are available, you know what wheels will and won’t work, and the suspension options are endless and can be done on a small budget. Plus, there are knowledgeable owners out there willing to help others out with said modifications – one of the many reasons why I love the car community. But I have the most respect for those building rarer cars. Our feature today focuses on Jamie Hitchcock, who got bored of seeing the same thing and made the big decision to purchase a BMW Z4 and introduce it to the floor.

 

 

Jamie has only recently become a car fanatic. Five years ago he hated the idea of cars and modifying them, whilst his major interest was with music. It wasn’t until a home move to Oxford that he started to build a connection with the machines we love. Alone in a new city, Jamie knew nobody and started spending his time washing his car, and it seemed to grow from there. 99% of his friends now have come through a shared passion for cars, now his major interest.

 

 

Jamie isn’t ashamed to admit that he started off in a Saxo which was ‘all boyed up’. Luckily he then upgraded to a Polo on ATS Cup’s, following this up with an Audi A4 on Rotiform NUE’s. Eventually he became bored with VAG ownership and made the switch to BMWs, and he’s never looked back. Unfortunately his E46 M Sport 325i was crashed into and written off, but this led him to an E36 with air ride, Vader seats and Throwing Star alloys for an OEM+ look.

 

 

However, this brings me back to what I was saying earlier… Jamie eventually grew tired with the E36. It was evident that numerous examples were popping up, and that they were becoming far too common for his liking. Jamie is one of the most chilled out and humble guys I’ve met, but I feel he likes to stand out through his cars.

 

 

It took a while for Jamie to make the jump.. whilst toying with the ideas of an E39 or even an E36 Touring (as these were still less common), and worrying about the Z4 being seen as a ‘hairdressers’ car. But deep down, after seeing pictures of Z4 DTM cars, and other Z4’s with impressive fitment over in the States, he knew he wanted one. With his girlfriend Molly constantly telling him he wouldn’t be happy until he just bought the car he really wanted, he went and found himself a 2003 Z4 2.5l manual in grey with a gorgeous and contrasting red leather interior.

 

 

Not much had been done to the car by the previous owner, apart from adding a set of cheap AP coilovers and some nasty carbon fibre vinyl. Jamie’s plan for the Z4 was to get it as low as he possibly could, whilst staying static. Even though he’s owned a car on air, he just has a passion for static cars. Seeing a car scraping along the road, no f**k’s given, is what it’s all about to Jamie. Fair play to him, it certainly takes guts to drive a car this low especially in a county with some of the worst roads.

 

 

The first job was to get rid of the AP’s and replace them with a new set of D2 Racing SL (super low) coilovers to give him the drop, and whatever possible drivability, that he required. Unfortunately, adjusting coilovers to their lowest setting is hardly ever the only thing needed when you’re lowering a car this much, naturally Jamie ran into some complications.

 

 

 

Firstly with the secondary cats on the exhaust system – these had to be removed because they were catching on absolutely everything. A lot of brutal driving on country roads saw the ‘flattening’ of the rest of the exhaust system which will no doubt be due for renewal soon.

 

 

Jamie ran the car on a set of black Rotas up until recently, when he could finally afford what he had his mind set on; Work Meister S1’s. Due to Driftworks recently becoming the Work Wheels UK distributor, getting hold of them was easy and he didn’t have to worry about the hassle of import duties and waiting times, so Jamie decided to go for an 18″ set with 9.5j fronts and 10j rears, with white centres.

 

 

Getting the fitment correct on these huge wheels was crucial. This involved a lot of playing about with magazines, arch rollers, and so on. Jamie has had to do a few tweaks to the front camber mounts in addition to new adjustable rear arms for precise camber control. It took a long while to get it all right and, more importantly, drivable… But with the help of Josh (from LikeHell Design) who also runs these wheels on his static Nissan 350Z, they cracked it in the end.

 

 

 

Tyre wise, Jamie is running 215/35’s on the front and 225/35’s at the rear, but as fitment is always on his mind, he’s thinking of replacing the fronts with a pair of 205/35’s soon. Nevertheless, I think you’ll agree with me when I say that the stance and fitment on the Z4 has been well and truly nailed. I went out in the car with Jamie and the amount of looks the car gets is crazy.

 

 

Of course, being this low comes with endless consequences. As well as the exhaust being constantly ripped to shreds, the design of the Z4 bumper means it is forever unclipping when it touches anything slightly raised. Plus, his poor front arches are taking quite a beating – but to Jamie, it’s all part of the game and he absolutely loves it.

 

 

 

Believe it or not, Jamie doesn’t think the car is low enough! But when you can actually feel the floor warp and change shape under your feet whilst driving over the slightest uneven surfaces, I’ve assured him that it is, and that he’s crazy. It takes serious balls and patience to drive this low in the UK… but then again the car is a great reflection of Jamie’s personality, one of the nicest guys you will come across in the car world. Although the Z4 looks finished, cars never are. He’s already thinking about a wrap in addition to (and to my amazement) trying to get it even lower. What astounds me the most is that Jamie doesn’t own another car. He drives this every day, and for this I salute him.

 

 

Ultimate Dubs 2015 – Part 2

Words & Photos by Henry Phull

 

In Part 1 of our coverage, we highlighted some awesome cars from outside the Telford International Centre for Ultimate Dubs. Let’s continue from where we left off, with Nick Sahota’s E30 M3. This car was one of the most talked about show cars of 2014. We often wondered.. what else could you possibly do to improve the car? Well, Nick has smashed it for this year, adding a set of BBS Motorsport Bugatti centre lock wheels, thanks to a costly conversion. They have totally transformed the car into something visually mesmerising, and far more appropriate. It also continues to be the most photogenic car, so roll on the photographs…

 

 

 

 

It’s always a pleasure to run into Dougie Flockhart’s PVW featured Mk3 VR6 Turbo on black centred BBS LMs. The attention to detail on this car is outstanding, even if it’s not to everyone’s taste!

 

 

 

Auto Finesse blow us away at every show, they put on the coolest and best quality display, hands down. Of course their Mk1 Caddy project was keeping everyone interested…

 

 

…But this year the guys have built something new to keep the Caddy company, nicknamed ‘Project 80s’, a Mk2 Golf with full BBS kit, E50s, and on Air Lift suspension. It was one our favourite cars of the show by a long mile.

 

 

Over on the Fueled Society stand, Matthew Richardson’s bagged Edition30 Mk5 Golf was sitting beautifully on a set of stepped up BBS RS with gold hardware and finished with red caps to match the car.

 

 

 

Another car that did it for us was Thomas Flanagan’s Mercedes W201 190 on custom wheels rebuilt from single to 3 piece, along with a stunning air install by Novak & Boden. A modern touch on a classic – an outstanding piece of work.

 

 

 

Also on the Fueled Society stand was Jack Bodenham’s Golf on an amazing set of gold Advan 3 spokes. We love these and don’t see them often, a nice choice.

 

 

Across the hall, Hayley Brzezinski’s static Dragon Green Mk3 Golf was looking good on a set of Corvette salad shooters over on the UKMK3s stand.

 

 

We also caught a peek of Owen Burnell’s bagged Mk3 wagon that we recently featured – click here to check out the feature!

 

 

You’ve probably already realised that Ultimate Dubs has now become about more than just VWs. Some people seem to have a problem with this. Our opinion is… there’s more to car culture than just Volkswagens, plus the show would be boring if most of these non-VAGs weren’t here.

 

 

Our friend Matt Clifford (yeah that video guy with the E31 8 series we featured) just had his new wheels delivered from Rotiform just in time for the show. Here it is in all it’s glory on the Obsessive Detail stand. The 19″ 9.5j and 10.5j LHR’s have certainly transformed an already incredible car.

 

 

Only Charged Dubs, a company we’ve recently been keeping a close eye on, were out in force with a huge stand to display some of their VAG air ride installs. Check out Josh Hall’s Mk6 Golf below on a colour coded set of Autostrada Modena splits.

 

 

Danny Mellor’s Audi A4 B8 has been through a bit of a change up since we last saw it at Ultimate Stance last year. 2015 brings a set of Vossen VLE-1s which really look the part against this car’s extraordinary paintwork.

 

 

Opposite we were drawn in by a badass Audi A5 owned by Mark Gunning, which sits on a huge set of VIP Modular VX210 wheels with SPF centres and chrome flat lips.

 

 

Moving on to the WORK Wheels UK stand, we bumped into Alex Flanagan’s E36 on Work Meisters and overfenders. It’s static, too. This is one intimidating car!

 

 

 

Alongside Alex’s E36, the Driftworks E90 M3 was on display, this sits on HSD coilovers and 19″ 10j & 11.5j Work Meisters in a black finish to complete the ‘Murdered out’ look.

 

 

 

Over the winter months, there are some cars in particular you keep seeing on Instagram and Facebook. One of those cars was Tom Heap’s Mercedes 300CE over on the SlammedUK stand. Rocking a Zender bodykit and 17×9/17×12 Impul R5s, it may remind you of the previous Merc he built about two years ago. Alas, there’s a colour and wheel change on the horizon soon!

 

 

 

Paige Walton’s (S6 Wraps) static BMW E91 Touring was certainly drawing in the crowds with a striking gold wrap, along with RH Crossline wheels in black with gold hardware to match.

 

 

Georgie Marlow’s Mk1 Golf was looking even shinier than usual, thanks to some recently ceramic polished BBS RMs – a fine job by the guys at Felgen Werkes.

 

 

Over to the LikeHell and RollHard stand, our friend Jamie Hitchcock was unveiling his BMW Z4’s new look, some gorgeous 18×9.5/18×10 Work Meisters. Oh, this is also static. Yeah…

 

 

One of our favourites back from Ultimate Stance last year was Jordan Fielding’s bagged Audi 100L on Gottis, so it was awesome to see this again.

 

 

Dale Buckley’s Audi TT alongside was spectacular with a fresh new colour and huge BBS RS’s, unsurprisingly this came in the Top 25.

 

 

One of our all time favourite Beetles, nicknamed ‘Macy’ and owned by Matt Rudd was on display over on the FittedUK stand. Not bad for a ’63!

 

 

 

 

We saw Vick Nagi’s bagged A4 Avant a few weeks ago at the Car Audio & Security ‘Caffeine and Cars’ event, when it was on the Audi Rotors which looked perfect. We didn’t actually think he’d be able to top that, but here it was, on Rotiform CENTRELOCKS. Well played, Vick!

 

 

 

That wraps it up for Part 2 of Ultimate Dubs 2015. As you can see, the quality of cars has continued to improve, so check back very soon for the final part of our weekend in Telford where we’ll be looking inside the final two show halls.