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The Learning Curve – Ethan Sexton’s 1990 BMW E30 318is

Words & Photos by Henry Phull

 

Looking back on 2017, I think it’s fair to say that the E30 has easily been one of the most fashionable cars in the ‘stance’ scene, which is kind of weird, considering how much prices have soared. That said, buying one now would be a justified investment for the future, as values are only going to continue to rise, so maybe that’s what everyone’s doing? Or could it be down to the fact that the E30 is still one of the most enjoyable, driver-oriented, and beautiful, cars that money can buy? Probably a mixture. Well, with so many examples out in the wild, you do have to filter through them to find the real gems, which brings us to Ethan Sexton’s gorgeous 318is, one E30 that’s been on our radar for a while now. Having owned the car for almost five years, Ethan has put it through several guises during his ownership, but it wasn’t until earlier this year that I felt the car was at its best, so, naturally, I was eager to set up a shoot.

 

 

Ethan’s story is like that of most BMW owners, it was a family affair. His dad happened to own a beaten up 325i Sport for a brief period, but long enough for Ethan to fall in love with BMWs… “I’ll never forget drifting around in it and realising how fun cars could be” he exclaims. The E30 was the car that truly sparked his interest in all things automotive, and when he turned 18, Ethan bought an E46 318ci. Although he loved the car itself, he was disappointed with its lack of power for a new, heavy car. That constant want of an E30 was at the back of his mind, and after seeing lots of modified examples online, he knew he had to have one for himself. The search was on!

 

 

It’s worth mentioning that before buying the E30, Ethan had no experience with modifying cars. It was the BMW that changed everything and allowed him to learn so many new skills. “I’ve had access to a fairly big workshop for the last few winters and I’d spend pretty much every evening there with friends just messing around with each other’s cars”. So the E30 that Ethan ended up buying, was a 1990 318is, which he selected over the normal 318 due to the “is” model being a fair bit quicker and sportier looking. Unfortunately, a straight-six model was out of the question at the time because of high insurance prices. Amazingly, Ethan found his Alpine White example under an hour away from home, owned by a Volkswagen enthusiast who had only owned it for a short period.

 

 

“I literally knew nothing about cars when I bought the car” Ethan explains… “But I had seen a white E30 online, it was slightly lowered and on BBS RS’. At the time, plans to get the car looking anywhere near similar to the one I’d seen online seemed very unrealistic, but things soon spiraled out of control!”. Ethan started out by doing everything cheaply to get the car looking how he had imagined as quickly as possible, but soon came to realise that it was worth investing more money when buying parts, especially considering he never wants to sell the car.

 

 

At first, Ethan fitted some cheap JOM coilovers, but quickly became sold on the idea of air suspension. “It gives you the flexibility to use the car practically, as well as being able to have it looking exactly as you want it when aired out” Ethan explains. Plus, his girlfriend was living in Birmingham at the time, so driving up from Southampton regularly was out of the question for a very low static car, and the 318is M42 sump sits incredibly low, too. “I still find it surprising how many people expect a car on air suspension to handle extremely poorly… to me at least, I think it’s perfect for a road car. And not soft/sloppy as many people expect.”

 

 

Ethan decided to go for an Air Lift Performance setup with AutoPilot V2 management for his air suspension package. At the time, he wasn’t clued up on air ride, and had heard plenty of great reviews of Air Lift products. He opted to visit his local installer, Shakey at Studio Incar who ended up fitting a completely custom setup, as an E30-specific kit hadn’t been released at the time. Shakey had experience with E30’s, having bagged Nick Sahota’s M3 previously, the first bagged E30 M3 in the UK (Click here to check out that feature!). Shakey also created a bespoke hardline boot setup at the same time, although Ethan eventually wanted his spare wheel and boot space back. As a result, he’s reworked the installation and is now running an air tank mounted on the rear parcel shelf which looks super cool.

 

 

Getting a classic car sitting right isn’t usually just as simple as installing the bags. Ethan has fitted a new shallow sump to allow the car to air out even lower. Plus, the rear subframe was dropped to fit a CAtuned camber kit, designed to remove negative camber which the E30 chassis naturally gains once lowered. Ethan mounted the kit in the opposite way to gain more negative camber. At the same time, he fitted Revshift poly bushes on everything, along with Powerflex front lollypop bushes. The car now sits extremely well. Evidently, it was worth the extra effort!

 

 

Looking into the cockpit, “It’s always been a bit mix and match, due to me always changing my mind about things and cheap seats coming up for sale” Ethan laughs… The E30 actually started off with the standard “is” interior, then to a set of OMP retro/classic bucket seats, and finally to a pair of Recaros removed from a Rover. These grace the car currently, along with a Nardi Deep Corn wood steering wheel and matching gear knob. Ethan then sourced a new carpet to update the original retired example, and dyed it from grey to black, along with the rear bench. Being a bit of an audiophile too, he wanted to update the retro audio system, opting for Hertz component front speakers and a JL Audio subwoofer.

 

 

Believe it or not, the first wheels that Ethan purchased for the car were a set of BBS RS’ reps.. yes, REPLICA wheels. Although we’ll forgive him, as he later saw sense and fitted a set of brand new 17″ Schmidt TH-Lines which he ran for quite a while – they looked great. Now, however, things have been switched up again with a set of 16″ Carline/Dyna CM2’s. “I knew I wanted some new wheels but couldn’t decide what to go for, until my decision was finally influenced by Sean Crompton’s E36 on Carline CM6s, so when I saw that Prakash Thanky was selling his CM2s off of his E21, I just had to go for them” Ethan explains.

 

 

After roughly measuring the car, Ethan let excitement get the better of him and went to pick up the CM2s regardless of not being sure whether they’d fit. Often with second-hand wheels, they don’t. Amazingly, the rears did fit just as he’d imagined, but the front wheels did have to be rebuilt with 3″ lips, changing them from 8J’s to 9J’s, and still required 15mm spacers to get them to fit exactly as he wanted. “Fitting tyres to them was a nightmare, due to the inside design of the barrels, the usual tyre shops were unable to fit the tyre sizes I was after and I ended up driving back to Luton, where I’d bought the wheels from, to see Faz at Specialist Tyres, who had come up with a method of fitting the tyres and got them on with no issues” he recalls. The wheels are now 16×9 up front with 195/40 tyres, and 16×10 rears with 215/40 tyres. As a result of the wheel building and work to get the front end lower and having the arches rolled, Ethan now has that glorious arch-to-lip fitment he desired.

 

 

Bodywise, Ethan has replaced the bonnet and both front wings due to their poor condition. At the same time, he had the “is” bootlid spoiler removed, although he now slightly regrets doing so. Various front lips have been fitted over the years, including a Reiger-style lip, which ended up in two pieces! He’s now settled for a genuine “is” lip and side skirts. Aside from that, you’ll also notice the euro-style yellow lights which compliment the Alpine White bodywork nicely. The M42 engine remains stock (other than the shallow sump, and the addition of a K&N air filter), but he did, however, have a complete custom stainless exhaust fabricated by Powerflow in Totton for a sportier driving experience.

 

 

Having recently bought himself a remapped BMW 123d daily driver, Ethan can now keep the E30 on the driveway and tinker with it as and when he pleases, without having to worry about it every day. With no plans to get rid, I get the feeling it will be a forever ongoing project. With a car like this, there’s always something do to, and Ethan absolutely loves a challenge and admits that the car is constantly changing (there are even talks of an M50/M52 swap in the future). Props to him for keeping at it for so long, his hard work has definitely paid off and he should be proud to have built himself one of the most eye-catching E30’s in the UK. Let’s see what next year brings!

 

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@ethansexton on Instagram

 

 

 

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Westside Treffen 2016

Date: 25 September 2016

Location: Chalfont St. Peter Cricket Club, Gerrards Cross

 

Words & Photos by Henry Phull

 

Westside Treffen is the hidden gem of modified car shows in the UK. It really does surprise me how many people don’t know of its existence when I mention it. From people that have been, including all the regulars, you’ll constantly hear “Come to Westside. It’s THE most chilled out show.” Well, they ain’t lying! The quality of cars on display is usually top notch too, and that’s partly what makes this show awesome. It could also have something to do with the time of year, being the last outdoor event on the calendar, a lot of people are about to tuck their show cars away for winter. Westside is one final stage for your pride and joy to make a spectacle before the new show season (Unless you’re attending Ultimate Stance this weekend, of course – but the crowd there is slightly different). The ideology for Westside is pretty simple really. Book out a cricket club on the outskirts of West London, bring your friends and their cars (of which 80% happen to be concourse condition classic Volkswagens), get the family to help out with some incredible home-cooked food, 80s/90s music and you’re onto a winner. It’s no surprise that the show has grown year on year but still remains a small, relaxed event.

 

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

@julesloose

 

 

Shaun Grazette’s BMW E92 on Air Lift suspension & Blitz Technospeed Z1’s

@sasag01

 

Liam Chapman’s BMW E46 on BC Racing coilovers & Rotiform BLQ’s

@liam_e46_

 

Sandeep Gill’s BMW E30 325i cabriolet on Air Lift suspension & Schmidt TH-Line’s

@sgill78

 

 

Adam Farrington’s Seat Leon

 

Carl Shakespeare’s supercharged Mk3 Golf VR6 on OZ Ultraleggera’s

@shakey_studioincar

 

 

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

@bm_bean

 

 

 

 

 

 

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

@p5uml

 

 

Will Smith’s Audi D2 A8 on Air Lift suspension & Rotiform CCV DDT’s

@renegadewill

 

Mark Allen’s VW Mk4 Golf estate on Air Lift suspension & Eta Beta’s

@markvw89

 

Gursh Chohan’s BMW E30 cabriolet on Air Lift suspension & BBS RS

@gursh_cc

 

Scott Paterson’s BMW E36 Touring on BC Racing coilovers & Throwing Stars

@scottpatersonphoto

 

Sam Ratcliffe’s BMW E46 M3 on APEX ARC-8’s

@samratcliffe_

 

HTS Motorsport’s M52-swapped BMW E30 Touring on Air Lift suspension & Schmidt TH-Line’s

@htsmotorsport

 

Josh Mussell’s static Nissan 350Z on WORK Meister S1′s

@likehelldesign

 

 

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

@bigj_223

 

Kay Singh’s BMW E30 M42-Turbo on Air Lift suspension & Rotiform TMB’s

@kaysinghh

 

 

 

Car Audio & Security’s Porsche 964 on Rotiform FUC’s

@caraudiosecurity

 

Car Audio & Security’s Dodge Challenger SRT on Air Lift suspension

@f2jbl

 

Car Audio & Security’s BMW M4 & E30 M3

@caraudiosecurity

 

Car Audio & Security’s BMW M4 on Air Lift suspension & Rotiform RSE’s

@caraudiosecurity

 

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

@caraudiosecurity

 

Mark Fisher’s Volkswagen Mk5 Golf GTI Edition30 on Air Lift suspension & BBS RS-GT’s

@mark_five_golf

 

Car Audio & Security’s Audi RS2 on Rotiform STR’s

@caraudiosecurity

 

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

@f3jbl

 

 

PROFUSION Customs’ Porsche 964 RWB on WORK Meister S1′s

@profusioncustoms / @rwbuk

 

George Assi’s BMW E24 635CSI on Air Lift suspension & BBS RS

@georgeassi

 

 

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

@e46_alex

 

Oly Roberts’ Audi B5 RS4 Avant on Air Lift suspension & RAD48 PR’s

@ollieberto

 

 

Jay Kalsi’s static BMW E30 cab on OZ Futura’s

@yung_kromez

 

 

Jas Singh Bains’ static BMW E38 on OZ Breyton’s

@jaswiththeseven

 

Barry Selwood’s bagged Mk1 Golf Cabriolet on BBS RS’s

 

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

@classic_stance

 

Bally Hanspal’s BMW E46 M3 cabriolet on Air Lift suspension & ACS Type 2’s

@bally_hanspal

 

 

Kelly Holliday’s VW Mk4 Golf R32 on AccuAir suspension & HRE 501′s

@hrekel32

 

David Sanders’ VW Mk5 Golf Edition30 on Air Lift suspension & BBS RS

@dav_sanders

 

 

Anton Elliott’s VW Mk1 Golf

 

Jeeten Ghedia’s BMW E38 on BC Racing coilovers

@j33ten

 

Ben Macrae’s bagged VW Mk6 Golf on 3SDM 0.06’s

@ben_macrae

 

Tony Saund’s Audi C5 S6 on BC Racing coilovers & Radi8 R8A10’s

@dfinitiv

 

 

 

Michelle Waters’ widebody Audi B5 S4 on Air Lift suspension & RAD48 VR’s

@chelle_df

 

Stuart Connell’s VW Mk2 Golf GTI on Air Lift suspension & BBS RM’s

@audi_stu

 

Harry Chodha’s bagged Mk1 Golf Cabriolet on BBS RS

@harry_chodha

 

Kos Loizou’s BMW E24 635CSI on ACT splits

@bubblebmw

 

 

Lucy Barlow’s bagged BMW E21 on BBS RM’s

@lucybarlow1994

 

Angus Munro’s Porsche 964 on BBS Super-RS’s

@dubfordstyling

 

 

 

 

 

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

@joe_t25

 

Joe Saunders’ VW Mk3 Golf TFSI on OZ Turbo’s

@g3_oem

 

Carl Levy’s VW Mk1 Caddy on BBS RM’s

@cars_cats_ink

 

 

Rad Khalil’s Audi B7 RS4 on Air Lift suspension & BBS E28’s

@rs4rad

 

 

I’m really pleased that Westside has stuck to the same venue. It seems like they could move somewhere bigger every year with ease. Instead, they stick to what they know and what works. Let’s face it, there’s plenty of larger shows you can visit, but this is partly what makes Westside unique. Some worry about getting their car into the show because of the limited space – I say just turn up earlier! I think I said it in my previous article, but 2016 has not been kind to us in regards to rain… Luckily the rain stayed away for this show, but it had been chucking it down the previous night, which meant wet roads on route to the show. This blatantly put a few people off, but it just so happened that people turned up a bit later than usual. The show was heaving. I turned up, caught up with loads of friends, admired some impressive cars, and feasted on some fantastic Jamaican and Indian food. What’s not to love? If you’ve still not been to Westside, you’ve been missing out.

We’ll catch you all very soon with our booth at Ultimate Stance (Telford International Centre) on Sunday 30th October.

 

More info on Westside Treffen:

Westside website

Westside on Facebook

Westside on Instagram

 

 

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Auto Grüppe’s Summer Run 2016

Date: 29 August 2016

Location: Southsea seafront, Hampshire

 

Words & Photos by Henry Phull

 

Auto Grüppe organised an event back in 2014… the congregation of some incredible cars at Beaconsfield services on the M40, followed by a leisurely drive to the rendezvous point at Southsea seafront in Hampshire, for a chilled evening with friends and cars. To this day, it remains one of the coolest gatherings that I’ve attended in the UK. I’ve been patiently waiting for the guys to plan the next one – This year they finally got their act together and set a date for the second event. The idea was exactly the same as before (why change something that worked so well, right?), another cruise from Beaconsfield down to Southsea. I decided to skip the convoy and meet up with everyone in Southsea along with a few other Southerners, seeing as we live around the area, anyway. When I arrived, there were already plenty of modified cars trying to take over the Avenue where the meet was being held – unfortunately it was a bank holiday Monday after a big music festival held at the same location, so there were a few vans and tractors moving about and clearing up the rubbish from the weekend, but we made the most of it and it didn’t seem to spoil the vibe. To top it off, the weather was glorious.

 

Steve Howson’s Mercedes-Benz 190E Cosworth on OZ Futura’s

@ukmercman

 

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

@1987soarer

 

Matthew Dear’s BMW E91 on Fifteen52 Tarmac’s

@mattdearphoto

 

 

Georgia Barker-Wright’s static VW Lupo on WORK Meister CR01′s

@gkbw

 

 

Carl Shakespeare’s supercharged Mk3 Golf VR6 on OZ Ultraleggera’s

@shakey_studioincar

 

 

Billy Callow’s BMW E21

@billlage

 

Carlos Gomez’s static BMW E36 on BBS Style19′s

@carlos_g88

 

 

Ryan Bosh’s Nissan SR13 on Extreme Offset Wheels

@boshs13

 

Sam Eaton’s Volkswagen Polo 6R on Air Lift suspension & Fifteen52 Tarmac’s

@ea10_sam

 

 

Mark Allen’s Mk4 Golf estate on Air Lift suspension & Eta Beta’s

@markvw89

 

Adam Burton’s Mercedes-Benz W123 on hydraulic suspension

@hardslamadam

 

 

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

@s30bmx

 

Curtis Hughes’ bagged Volkswagen Polo 6R

@po10_s_vw

 

 

Zak Starr’s Nissan Skyline GTR R32 on Cosmis Racing XT-005R’s

@gtrzak

 

Jamie Salmon’s static wide-arch turbo’d Mercedes-Benz C250 on banded steels

@chunkychap

 

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

@powey

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

 

 

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

@doeboyfresh

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

 

 

Bobby Valentino’s wide-body Honda Integra DC5 Type R on AccuAir suspension & BBS RS’s

@bobby.stancedaily

 

 

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

@ethansexton

 

 

Mark Webb’s Nissan 200SX

@thewebbieshow

 

Jack Hill’s Seat Leon Cupra

@j44kck

 

 

This was the sort of evening that sticks with you.. even more so than the typical car show, and don’t worry, not your average car park meet. It was definitely refreshing to see a turnout of quality vehicles take over a picturesque Avenue – particularly when you get such a beautiful sunset in the background. I think the photos speak for themselves, so props to Auto Grüppe for hosting yet another successful ‘Summer Run’. So this has got me thinking, we already have ‘Homegrown’ in West London and ‘Dub Club’ in the Midlands… perhaps we need something like this more frequently down on the south coast. What do you guys think? Leave your thoughts in the comments.

 

More info on Auto Grüppe:

Auto Grüppe website

Auto Grüppe on Facebook

Auto Grüppe on Instagram

 

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!

 

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.

 

IF IT’S RETRO, IT’S COOL…

 

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

@stevenfoxall

 

 

Retropower’s Audi Sport Quattro SWB rep

@retropower_marc

 

 

Joshua Tamwar O’Sullivan’s Mazda MX5

@joshuatamwar

 

 

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

@jamesandrew_67

 

Pipey McGraw’s W8-powered Volkswagen K70

@pipey_mcgraw

 

 

 

Jonathan Briggs’ Renault Extra Van w/GT Turbo conversion

@brigsygtt

 

Andy Bower’s Mk1 Ford Capri

 

Luke Herbert’s Mk2 Volkswagen Polo

@lukeherbss

 

Adam Hazlewood’s M52-swapped BMW E30

 

 

 

Tom Barry’s BMW E30 325i

@tom.barry

 

David Whitefield’s Cadillac Brougham Hearse

 

Richard Woolmer’s Austin A35

 

Alex Penberthy’s Mk2 Volkswagen Polo

@alex_86c

 

Daniel Lark’s C33 Nissan Laurel

@sundance_lark

 

Luke Drinan’s Mk2 Ford Escort

@lukedrinan

 

Rob Phillips’ M50-swapped BMW E30

@rob_phillips

 

Murray Eversham’s Ford Escort RS Turbo

@murray_eversham

 

James Cass’ C32 Nissan Laurel

@jamesblackletter

 

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

@mark_e21

 

 

ON TO THE CLUB FIELD…

 

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)

@shootall

 

 

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

@flatliner32

 

Lily Carton’s Nissan Silvia S14

@lilyfive

 

 

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

@dean_esprit

 

Chris’ bagged Ginetta G15

@cjimp

 

 

Joe Scott’s BMW E21 on Compomotive TS501’s

@joe_e21

 

Luke Polyblank’s Toyota AE86

@lukas_ae86

 

Anthony Steel’s Volvo 240 on Advan SA3R’s

@letpigsfly1

 

Carl Raine’s Fiat 126

@93carlraine

 

Audi RS2 Avant

 

BMW E34 Touring

 

C10 Nissan Skyline

 

 

Mark Bullock’s Vauxhall Cavalier Turbo

 

Conor Elliott’s Volkswagen Mk2 Golf

@thatconorkiddy

 

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

@si_wcs

 

Eden Cayless’ VW Type2 on Gotti’s

@eden__rh

 

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

@arfan.retrobling

 

 

 

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

@lamodz_official

 

 

 

BMW E12 Alpina B7 S Turbo

 

 

William Harris’ Austin Mini Clubman

@hegnirst

 

 

 

Adam Burton’s Mercedes-Benz W123 on hydraulic suspension

@hardslamadam

 

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

@jamesandrew_67

 

 

Robin Whitfield’s ‘Bosozoku-style’ Nissan Sunny

@epic_specialz

 

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

@seannaayyy

 

LET’S END WITH A BURNOUT…

 

 

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!

 

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

@granty_gee

 

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

@seannaayyy

 

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

@aaron1066

 

 

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

@texastom_lowcollective

 

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

@joe_onlychargeddubs

 

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

@michaelyip14

 

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

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

@onlychargeddubs

 

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

@__lewisbarnes

 

 

 

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

@danny_onlychargeddubs

 

 

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

@edward_e36

 

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

@ethansexton

 

Eden Cayless’ VW Type2 on Gotti’s

@eden__rh

 

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

@b19trx

 

 

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

@scuffedrims

 

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

@g_lowcollective

 

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

@tompenny_

 

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

@25_brandon

 

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

@ignition62

 

 

 

Shaun Lewis’ bagged Volkswagen T5 on Rotiform FUC’s

@sl301

 

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

@j8yuh

 

 

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

@xenonzuk

 

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

@samrodenn

 

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

@r11xws

 

Bagged Ginetta G15

@cjimp

 

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

@hoho15_nmls

 

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

@jordanclifo

 

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

@prakash_thanky

 

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

@markvw89

 

 

 

 

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

@sole_flavours

 

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

@ruairicoleman1

 

 

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

@biggielxws

 

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

@corv26

 

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

@julesloose

 

 

Aneysha Wakelin’s static 1964 Beetle

@aneysha_fitteduk

 

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

@robertiain

 

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

@jake_stanford91

 

 

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

@cgod_zak

 

 

 

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

@y16_jdc

 

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

@350adam

 

Jake Hilling’s 1965 Beetle on Air Lift suspension

@littlejakebmx

 

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

@dean_esprit

 

 

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?!

 

CLICK HERE TO GO TO PART 2

 

More info on FittedUK:

FittedUK website

FittedUK on Facebook

FittedUK on Instagram

 

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Gravity 2016

Date: 17 July 2016

Location: NAEC, Stoneleigh, Warwickshire

 

Words & Photos by Henry Phull

 

Launching a new automotive event in the congested UK show circuit is a daunting task. For people that do what we do, a dedicated show is the ultimate dream and accomplishment, which our friends at Slammed UK have managed to achieve this year with their debut show ‘Gravity’. With more and more shows popping up on the calendar, the venue has become the ‘make or break’ factor. Jordan, the main man behind Slammed UK and Gravity, spent a lot of time getting it right, opting for NAEC at Stoneleigh Park, Warwickshire – just outside of Coventry. An ideal central location, easily accessible for the rest of the country, and with plenty of indoor space – absolutely critical now that the British weather has become as unpredictable as ever. With two halls; a VIP-style room similar to those at Ultimate Dubs, a main hall with barn-like lighting & attributes, plus a large outside area, there was a nice contrast of backdrops which makes for an overall captivating feeling. Slammed UK are known for their variation in the car scene and their show was the perfect example of that. Take a look at our highlights…

 

Paul Burns’ bagged BMW E28 on Gottis

@b_instahype

 

 

 

Joe Stubbs’ Mercedes-Benz E350 on HP Drivetech/AccuAir suspension & Rotiform YVR’s

@joe.stubbss

 

Jack Parson’s Volvo S40 on D2 / Air Lift suspension & BBS SR’s

@ecm__jack

 

Daniel Coates’ Mk6 Golf GTI on Air Lift suspension & Rotiform BLQ-T’s

@dco473s

 

Mat Finch’s Porsche 997 Gen1 CSR on HRE forged wheels

@matfinchuk

 

Chris Howes’ VW T5 on Air Lift suspension & Detroit Steel Wheels

@cr55how

 

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Luke Shaw’s Mk3 Golf on Air Lift suspension & BBS RC041’s

@emkaythree

 

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

@_samcurtis

 

Auto Finesse’s BBS-kitted VW Mk2 Golf on Air Lift suspension & Ronal centrelocks

@autofinesse

 

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

@elmo_rh

 

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

@lamodz_official

 

 

 

Danny Webster’s bagged Mk6 Ford Fiesta on BBS RS’s

@dannyfidi3

 

 

Abi Clarke’s VW Beetle on Air Lift suspension & 3SDM 0.08’s

@shwwty

 

Rich Knowles’ Mazda MX5 on hydraulic suspension & WORK Meister S1’s

@igglepiggle_time

 

Joshua Woodward’s Mini Cooper S on Air Lift suspension & BBS RS’s

@joshhwoodward

 

Shaun Grazette’s BMW E92 on Air Lift suspension & Blitz Technospeed Z1’s

@sasag01

 

 

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

@samrodenn

 

Joe Chatfield’s Mk2 Jetta on Air Lift suspension & Fuchs’

@joejetski94

 

Ben Hughes’ bagged Mini Cooper on Fifteen52 Tarmac’s

@ben_r56

 

 

Team SPB’s Mercedes-Benz CLS on hydraulic suspension & Vossen CV7’s

@teamspb

 

 

 

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

@dean_esprit

 

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

@stevenfoxall

 

James Cowley’s static wide body Honda S2000 on WORK Meister S1’s

@jimbo_s2k_uk

 

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

@rob_blackwell

 

 

Kaz Singh’s BMW E39 on Air Lift suspension & Rotiform LHR’s

@kaz_singh

 

Adam Moore’s Mk4 Golf on Air Lift suspension & Rotiform IND-T’s

@adds20vt

 

Tom Grimshaw’s Audi Q3 on AccuAir suspension & Rotiform IND-T’s

 

Karl Runeckles’ BMW Z4 on hydraulic suspension & custom-built Style32′s

@ronn_x_

 

Sam Dean’s VW Lupo on Air Lift suspension & custom Exip wheels

@sammdean

 

Zak Starr’s Nissan Skyline GTR R32 on Cosmis Racing XT-005R’s

@gtrzak

 

 

 

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

@robertiain

 

 

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

@aajware

 

 

Dan Taylor’s BMW E46 M3 on Air Lift suspension & BBS RS2’s

@dte46

 

Thom Williams’ Honda S2000 on Air Lift suspension & BBS LM’s

@thomwilliams_

 

Meguiar’s Ford Crown Victoria on Air Lift suspension

@meguiarsuk

 

 

 

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

@p5uml

 

Dan Birkinshaw’s bagged Mk5 Jetta on BBS GT004′s

@birk999

 

Charlie Evans’ static BMW E28 on AC Schnitzer Type 1’s

@charlie__evans

 

 

George Powell’s static Hillman Imp on Ultralite wheels

@george_powell96

 

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

@looooony

 

 

Tom Heap’s bagged Mercedes-Benz C124 on WORK Meister S1’s

@tommk1

 

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

@azriz

 

 

 

Joe Addison’s static BMW E36 cabriolet on Gotti’s

@joeaddisonyo

 

Beinn Dale Goodchild’s static Polo Coupe

@beinndg

 

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

@henry_slamsanctuary

 

Lee Curtis’ Audi C5 A6 Allroad on Air Lift suspension & Rotiform CCV DDT’s

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@curtisg40

 

 

So, did Gravity exceed our expectations? I’d say so. It’s difficult to stand out from other shows, but the choice of venue completely made it for us. We don’t always want to see a perfect looking show hall, and Gravity’s main hall was different to most shows – with more of an air-cooled vibe to it, which actually worked really well with the range of cars on display. Of course, being a debut show, there were a few things that could be improved on, but that’s to be expected – I’m sure Jordan and the team now have plenty to think about and are already planning next year’s show. If you missed it, don’t think twice about attending in 2017 – Gravity is definitely one to watch.

 

More info on Gravity/Slammed UK:

Gravity website

Slammed UK on Facebook

Slammed UK on Instagram

 

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VW Days 2016

Date: 18/19 June 2016

Location: Seraucourt-le-Grand, France

 

Words & Photos by Henry Phull

 

This year is all about the European car shows here at Slam Sanctuary. I’d heard numerous good things about VW Days, which is organised every year by ‘Club Golf Ile de France’ and held in a quiet town just outside of Saint Quentin. This is nice for us Brits as the venue is less than a two-hour drive from the Calais terminal, and essentially one stress-free smooth toll road. Being a two day event, we set off on the Saturday morning from the Eurotunnel and decided to stay overnight in a hotel just ten minutes away, although for a majority of the show goers, it’s all about the camping experience. This year though, the weather on Saturday was horrendous – so I’m glad I had a hotel room! The rain put a few people off on day one making it a washout, but come Sunday the sun was out and the show transformed into something epic. I even came home with some sunburn! Much like when we were in Belgium, it was a nice change to see what the Europeans are building.  To adhere to the name VW Days, the event is very VAG-orientated, understandably, with a few exceptions that you’ll find throughout the article. All in all, I was blown away by the variety of builds and the sheer size of the show. Here are the cars that stood out from the crowd…

 

 

 

Marcel Klok’s Audi R8 on HP Drivetech/AccuAir suspension & BBS LM’s

@marcel_klok

 

Adam King’s Mercedes-Benz W220 on AccuAir suspension & Rotiform TMB’s

@addms

 

Carl Shakespeare’s supercharged Mk3 Golf VR6 on OZ Ultraleggera’s

@shakey_studioincar

 

George Wilson’s bagged VW Polo 6N2 on Gotti’s

@george_dvsn4

 

Romain Buffaumene’s Renault 5 GT Turbo on OZ Futura’s

@romain_rs_sellerie

 

 

 

Charly Lannoy’s Audi TT on Air Lift suspension & Rotiform BRU’s

@low.motion_fr

 

Lorenzo Magnani’s Mk1 Scirocco on BBS RM’s

@nitrolori

 

Alexis Hue’s custom Beetle

 

Guillaume Michaud’s static Mk1 Golf Swallowtail on BBS E52’s

@g_mikro

 

Nick de Rond’s bagged Mk3 Golf on face-mounted BBS RF’s

@mk3nick

 

Christophe Waterplas’ Audi S5 on Air Lift suspension & Rotiform IND-T’s

@saxoholic

 

 

Romuald Dubreuil’s bagged Mk2 Golf on Ronal Racing wheels

@romu12

 

Jack Dinsdale’s Audi TT on Air Lift suspension & Fifteen52 Tarmac’s

@j44jdx

 

Air Lift Performance’s Mk7 Golf R

@air_lift_performance

 

Stefan Vandenabeele’s Mk1 Golf on KEAN Suspensions & BBS E50’s

@stefan_vda

 

 

Kristof Heyvaert’s Mk2 Golf G60 on Ronal Racing wheels

@mrvagnation

 

BD Clean’s Mk2 Golf VR6 Turbo on BBS RS’

@bd_clean

 

 

Vladimir Uzelac’s Porsche 964 on stepped-up BBS RS’s

@vlad_srb

 

Mercedes-Benz 560SEC

@pixracing

 

Gary Lux’s Porsche Panamera 4S on HP Drivetech suspension & OZ wheels

@gary_ggrounded

 

 

Twan Niemeijer’s static Corrado G60 on Ronal Racing wheels

@twan_niemeijer

 

Dylan Caels’ Mk2 Jetta on Speedline wheels

 

 

 

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)

 

Alex Hurd’s BMW E46 330ci on Air Lift suspension & Fifteen52 Tarmacs

@e46_alex

 

Benoit Couty’s Mk2 Golf on BBS E50’s

 

Matthieu Salomé’s static Porsche 944 on Tramont Cup wheels

@matthieu1301

 

 

Warwick French’s Audi RS3 on Air Lift suspension & 19″ Fifteen52 Tarmac 348′s

@wardog701

 

Jamie Mctoldridge’s Mercedes-Benz W123 230CE on Air Lift suspension

@players_jaymac

 

Quentin Ghysens’ Audi S3 on Air Lift / AccuAir suspension & Awlest QG.001′s

@ragequitsch

 

Haiko Hartmann’s Audi C7 A6 Avant on AccuAir suspension & WatercooledIND LP1’s

@_lowjob_

 

 

Marco Pereira’s Mk5 Golf on AccuAir suspension & stepped-up BBS RF’s

@mpperformance

 

 

Matt Carter’s Audi A5 on AccuAir suspension & custom Brabus Monoblock 3’s

@stancefaktor

 

 

Marcel Bäumer’s bagged Mercedes-Benz W108 280SE

@baeumers

 

 

 

Klaas van Schaijk’s Mk1 Golf

 

 

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

@taxi_

 

Richard Payne’s Porsche 964 on on KW Suspension and Rotiform STR’s

@richie_milestone71

 

 

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

@elmo_rh

 

Dionisio Silva’s Audi R8 on Rotiform BLQ’s

@denisrs66

 

G’Rèm Verson’s Mk3 Golf on OZ Futura’s

 

Joe Stubbs’ Mercedes-Benz E350 on HP Drivetech/AccuAir suspension & Rotiform YVR’s

@joe.stubbss

 

 

 

Ivan Manevtsov’s Mk3 Vento on Air Lift suspension & KW Turbo’s

@mk3_vladi

 

Ilce Ilievski’s Mercedes-Benz W124 on Air Lift suspension & BBS RS’s

@ilceilievski

 

 

Phillipe Serexhe’s Audi B8 A4 Avant on AccuAir suspension & WORK VS’s

 

Wil LY’s Audi 80 on BBS RS

 

 

Fabien Boiselle’s bagged Mk2 Golf on face-mounted OZ Futura’s

@fabien_euskalanas

 

 

Yoan Joaquim’s VW Mk5 Golf on Air Lift suspension & BBS E28′s

@yoan73

 

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

@henry_slamsanctuary

 

Brieuc Le Gall’s Mk3 Golf GTI on Air Lift suspension & Speedline Mistral’s

@brieu

 

Dani Comd’s Audi Allroad on Air Lift suspension & Rotiform IND-T’s

@dani.comd

 

 

 

Maxime Batibat’s Bora on face-mounted Speedline Mistral’s

@maximebatibat

 

 

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

@s30bmx

 

Rooth Jenkins’ Mk3 Audi TT on Air Lift suspension & Rotiform BLQ’s

@roooth

 

Stephan Calles’ bagged Volkswagen B8 Passat estate on BBS RS2

@stephan_calles

 

Cris Chile’s Mk3 Golf cabriolet on BBS RF’s

 

Matt Clifford’s BMW E31 840ci on Air Lift suspension & BBS Bugatti EB110′s

@matt_wcs

 

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

@cptnlow

 

Eddy Chhlang’s Mk2 Golf on BBS RS’s

 

Florent Arnaud’s Mk5 Golf

 

Romain Courtant’s Audi A5 on Air Lift suspension & BMW X5 wheels

@k0xx_

 

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

@stevenfoxall

 

 

 

Florian Nicol’s static Mk2 Golf on custom-built BBS RA splits

@flow_mk2

 

Kevin’s bagged B3 Passat

@the.keev

 

Benjamin Dubois’ bagged Mk5 Golf on BBS GT’s

 

Francois Karikari’s Mk1 Golf TDI on BBS RS’s

@betefonce

 

Jo Ritchie’s Mk3 Golf cabriolet on BBS RF’s

@ritchie_jo

 

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

@juangti86

 

 

Matt Woodgate’s Porsche 997 on HP Drivetech/Air Lift suspension & Rotiform LHR’s

@bagged_997

 

What a variation, right? The quality of cars was just phenomenal, and it’s hardly surprising that so many people from the UK make the trip over for VW Days. It’s a petrolhead’s dream short break, whether you camp and enjoy the party onsite, or decide to hotel it and experience the local town that becomes completely taken over by modified cars from all over Europe – similar to a mini-Wörthersee in fact. Many thanks to Club Golf IDF for having us, we’ll certainly be back again! Our next European adventure will take us to M.I.V.W. in August. Until then, see you all at the coming UK events.

 

More info on Club Golf IDF & VW Days:

Club Golf IDF website

Club Golf IDF on Facebook

Club Golf IDF on Instagram

 

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Eurosunday 2016

Date: 29 May 2016

Location: Lommel, Belgium

 

Words & Photos by Henry Phull

 

Last year was my first outing to Europe to experience a car show, it was a last minute decision to head over to Lommel in Belgium with my friend Mark in just one day. The show completely blew me away, and I knew that it would be on my list for this year. After speaking with the organiser, Kristof, I decided it would be worthwhile to trade at the event, a perfect opportunity to offer our European fans a chance to pick up some clothing without having to pay the overseas shipping charges. Naturally, in addition to setting up our pop-up store, I wanted to make the event coverage just as special as last year’s. Therefore, this is one our longest articles yet – so a WIFI connection is recommended before you continue, unless you’ve got unlimited data! You’ll notice the best thing about Euro shows is the pure variation. The Europeans don’t seem to limit themselves at all, so you’ll see plenty of newer Mercedes-Benz’s, Jaguars and even new Fords on air ride – it’s pretty incredible to see, really, as well as the classic cars that have received pristine makeovers. Plus everything in between. With so much to capture, this article highlights the cars that made the event so special for us…

 

 

 

Costa Xouras’ 1984 Porsche 911 Carrera 3.2 on stepped-up BBS RS

 

Ivo Kusters’ Volkswagen Mk1 Jetta on Air Lift suspension & BBS RS

@ivokusters

 

Kenneth de Bock’s BMW E92 335i on AccuAir suspension & OZ Futura’s

@kaydibee4

 

 

 

 

 

Only Charged Dubs’ Audi C5 Allroad on Airdynamiks / AccuAir suspension

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

@onlychargeddubs / @henry_slamsanctuary

 

Only Charged Dubs’ Mercedes-Benz W201 190E on Air by OCD suspension & custom Barrock splits

@onlychargeddubs

 

Karel Spijker’s bagged Mercedes-Benz W201 190E on Air by OCD suspension & custom Barrock splits

@karel190e

 

Lucy Barlow’s bagged BMW E21 on BBS RM’s

@lucybarlow1994

 

 

Davy en Ine Huygen-Cox’s bagged Ford Focus estate on Bentley’s

@davyhuygenphotography

 

Nick de Prins’ bagged Volkswagen Jetta

 

 

 

 

Timmy Hermans’ bagged Volkswagen Mk1 Golf on BBS RM

@den_timmy

 

Danny Swartz’s bagged Beetle

 

 

 

Sam Wookey’s Volkswagen Mk1 Polo

@s_wookey

 

Stephan Calles’ bagged Volkswagen B8 Passat estate on BBS RS2

@stephan_calles

 

 

Fill Thws’ Volkswagen Mk2 Jetta on Gotti’s

 

Nick de Rond’s Volkswagen Mk3 Golf on face-mounted BBS RF

@nickderond

 

Danny Busker’s BMW E60 on Air Lift suspension

@beemer_danny

 

Diego Coppens’ Volkswagen Passat CC on Air Lift suspension

 

Sven Deridder’s Volkswagen Mk7 Golf GTI on Air Lift suspension & OZ Futura’s

@dub_gti

 

Tijs Van Breda’s Volkswagen Derby on BBS E50’s

@tijsvanbreda

 

 

Georgie Marlow’s Volkswagen Mk1 Golf on Air Lift suspension & BBS RM’s

@georgie22

 

Gary Morgan’s Mk1 Ford Escort

@gmbodycraft

 

Alan King’s Volkswagen Mk3 Scirocco on Air Lift suspension & Ispiri wheels

@a20kgy_rollingroyaltyoffical

 

Rene Sauer’s Volkswagen Mk2 Golf GTI on Zero-RS Racing centerlock wheels

 

Langer Patrick’s bagged Volkswagen Passat CC on 19″ Rotiform BLQ’s

 

Pietjo Pruymboom’s Mercedes-Benz C63 AMG on AirREX suspension & Rohana RC7’s

@prestige_auto_couture

 

 

Prestige Auto Couture’s widebody Mercedes-Benz E-class W212 on AccuAir suspension & Ferrada FR3’s

@prestige_auto_couture

 

Jordy Mullens’ bagged Audi A4 on Rotiform BLQ’s

@jordymullens

 

Achten Nicky’s Volkswagen Beetle on Fuch’s

 

Kiran Mistry’s Audi 80 on Air Lift suspension & BBS E50’s

@blackman_k

 

 

 

Connor Hollamby’s bagged Mercedes-Benz W201 190E

@connorhollamby_

 

bagged Audi A5 on 3SDM 0.08’s

 

Quentin Allegretti’s Mazda RX7 on AccuAir suspension

@quentinrx7

 

 

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

@_samcurtis

 

Prakash Thanky’s BMW E21 on Air Lift suspension & Gotti’s

@prakash_thanky

 

Quentin Ghysens’ Audi S3 on Air Lift / AccuAir suspension & Awlest QG.001’s

@ragequitsch

 

Haps Gill’s Mk5 R32 on Air Lift suspension & Rotiform NUE’s

@hapsss

 

Arnout van Brummelen’s Volkswagen Mk2 Scirocco on BBS E50’s

 

Rachid Ait Moumad’s Audi B5 A4 Avant on Air Lift suspension & OZ Ultraleggera’s

@rachidlkk

 

 

Jeremy Onyn’s bagged BMW E28 on Style5’s

@jeremy_onyn

 

Daniel Knight’s Audi S5 on D2 / AccuAir suspension & Rotiform CCV’s

@s5_daniel

 

Mitch’s static Volkswagen Mk3 Golf 20vt on BBS RS

@mitch_mk3

 

 

 

Ollie Roberts’ Audi B5 RS4 Avant on Air Lift suspension & RAD48 PR’s

@ollieberto

 

RM Concept’s bagged Audi 100 on BBS RS

@rubenmellaerts

 

 

Steve Fraser’s Audi S3 saloon on Air Lift suspension & Rotiform BLQ-2’s

@s30bmx

 

Jordy Vandergeeten’s widebody Audi A4 on Air Lift suspension & Rotiform BWE’s

@jordyvandergeeten

 

 

Guido Schreur’s Volkswagen Mk2 Golf GTI G60 on BBS RS

@g_u_i_d_o__

 

Guy Manilla’s bagged Volkswagen Mk1 Golf on custom built 4×100 17″ Smoothies by 2Polished

@plexuz82

 

 

bagged Jaguar XF

 

Thomas Putman’s Audi B5 A4 on Air Lift suspension & Fifteen52 Turbomac’s

@b5_thomas

 

Roy Reimerink’s Volkswagen Mk3 Vento on Air Lift suspension & BBS RC042’s

@roy_jetta_mk3

 

Matthias Weertz’s Audi B5 RS4 Avant on H&R suspension & Vossen VFS1’s

 

 

 

 

Alessandro Costantino’s static Audi A8

 

Sven Raymaekers’ Audi B8 A4 Avant on Air Lift suspension & Rotiform BLQ’s

@raymaekerssven

 

Gary Lux’s Porsche Panamera 4S on HP Drivetech suspension & OZ wheels

@gary_ggrounded

 

 

Kenaii Vanransbeeck’s Volkswagen R36 Passat on Air Lift suspension & Rotiform OZT’s

@kenaiipsst

 

Mazda 6 on Vossen CVT’s

 

Vanoppen Steve’s Volkswagen Type3 Notchback

@nopke_lupke

 

Volkswagen Scirocco on BBS GT-2’s

 

 

Prestige Auto Couture’s Mercedes-Benz E-class estate

@prestige_auto_couture

 

David Petit’s BMW E30 M3 on PLS splits

@petit_david_

 

 

bagged Audi A4 Avant on Rotiform IND’s

 

Porsche 356 on BRM wheels

 

 

Gregory Granado’s BMW E28

 

BMW E34 540i on OZ Futura’s

 

 

 

 

What a turn out, don’t you think? Especially when the afternoon turned into rain showers, which was rather disappointing, although this didn’t seem to stop the attendees. Considering the poor forecast and dim day, the quality and quantity of cars was still incredible and bigger than a lot of UK shows. We all love Euro shows so much, it wasn’t surprising to see handfuls of British cars making it over for the weekend, too. So, if you’re thinking about heading over to Europe, Eurosunday in Lommel is definitely worth it. There’s plenty of accommodation locally for a nice weekend away which works out super cheap if you’re in a group, alternatively stay in Antwerp the night before like we did. It’s really not that far from the Eurotunnel/ferry. Anyway, thanks to Kristof and the whole Eurosunday team for having us. We’ll be back for the next chapter!

 

 

More info on Eurosunday:

Eurosunday website

Eurosunday on Facebook

Eurosunday 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!

Stance Fever 2016

Date: 22 May 2016

Location: Rockingham, Northamptonshire

 

Words & Photos by Henry Phull

 

Back in January I had a message from my friend Faz, the co-organiser behind Stance Fever, mentioning that he was putting on a bigger and better show for 2016. The event originally debuted at the Ace Cafe in London, then moved to Essex in 2015, so this year had to be something even bigger. Bigger is definitely the word… This year Stance Fever moved to the famous Rockingham Speedway in Corby, Northamptonshire. With plenty of excitement in the air, we decided to join forces and agree to attend with our pop-up store for this years show. Plus, it was the first outing for our new Audi A6 Avant hauler, even if it did break down on the way home, but I won’t bore you with the details. Take a look at our highlights from the day – the mix of cars was quite something, with a huge variety of marques catered for.

 

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

@bigj_223

 

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

@henry_slamsanctuary

Stephen Goss’ BMW E46 on Air Lift suspension & ACS splits

@sgoss_e46

 

Matthew Wells’ bagged Ford Fiesta ST on Fifteen52 Turbomacs

@m44tx_w

 

Josh Gibbs’ VW Mk5 Jetta on Air Lift suspension & OZ Futura’s

@mk5josh

 

Joe Iwanicki’s Mk6 Ford Fiesta on hydraulics & BBS RS

@joejanny

 

Nick Allen’s bagged Volvo 1800ES

@3dnick

 

Charlie Croker’s bagged 1977 Lotus S1 Elite

@kampfreddie

 

James Wilson’s Nissan 350z on Air Lift suspension and SSR Vienna wheels

 

Nugget Caldicott’s BMW E82 on Air Lift / AccuAir suspension & BBS RF’s

@nug_photo

 

 

 

Adam Rickards’ VW Mk7 Golf R on Air Lift suspension & Lamborghini Aventador wheels

@adam_7r

 

Karl Runeckles’ BMW Z4 on hydraulics & custom-built Style32’s

@juicy_ron

 

 

Sam Baxter’s bagged Mini Cooper S on Corvette Salad Shooters

@supercharged_sam

 

Ben Gill’s VW Mk5 Golf on Air Lift suspension & OZ Futura’s

@ben._.gill

 

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

@s_crompton

 

Carlos Gomez’ static BMW E36 on Style19’s

@carlos_g88

 

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

@ethansexton

 

 

Jack Howden’s VW Polo 6R on Air Lift suspension & BBS RF’s

@howd3n

 

Harvey Howe’s BMW E82 on Air Lift suspension & BBS RF’s

@harveyhowe

 

Matt Cooper’s BMW E46 ‘vert on Air Lift suspension & custom-built Style3 splits

@mcooper1991

 

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

@1987soarer

 

Adam Crispin’s bagged Mitsubishi Evo X on WORK Meister S1R’s

@adzevox

 

Nicola Sidney’s Vauxhall Astra GTC on Air Lift suspension & VXR wheels

@nicolasidney

 

Alex Rogers’ Polo GTI on Air Lift suspension & BBS RC041′s

@alexrogers92

 

VW Scirocco on Air Lift suspension & Rotiform TMB DDT’s

 

Auto Finesse’s BBS-kitted VW Mk2 Golf on Air Lift suspension & Ronal centrelocks

@autofinesse

 

Our pop-up store… Catch us next at Eurosunday in Belgium!

 

There you have it, everything from bagged Ford Fiestas to classic Toyota Soarers, Stance Fever had it all. As usual, a big thank you to anyone that came down to our pop-up store for a chat or to take home some apparel, it’s always a pleasure. With this event getting bigger every year, I can’t wait to see what the team have in store for us next year. Make sure you pencil it in your diaries for 2017. We’ll be back out this weekend for our first European show of the year, Eurosunday in Belgium on Sunday 29th May.

 

More info on Stance Fever:

Stance Fever on Facebook

PUR35T – Nick Sahota’s 1986 BMW E30 M3

Words & Photos by Henry Phull

 

I might be a little late to the party, but shooting this particular E30 M3 has been on my wish list for quite some time. For me, featuring this car has been unlike any other. I’ve been lucky enough to experience it first hand and witness the many stages it has been through over the past year, travelling in and alongside it to and from numerous shows and events around the country. I guess this is the ultimate way to feature a car, right? However, my feelings towards this M3 haven’t always been the same. I’m not going to lie, but when it was first unveiled a couple of years ago at Ultimate Dubs (yes, the M3 was launched at a VAG show!), I wasn’t overly keen on it. Maybe it was my lack of experience with air suspension that put me off or the wrong M3 engine under the hood (an E46 S54)… All these things were just plain wrong in the minds of hardcore BMW enthusiasts. It wasn’t just me, but there seemed to be a general 50/50 split of opinions. However, over time I started to fall in love with it. And I mean completely. In hindsight, I now completely understand why Nick modified an already incredible car in such a way. If you’re in the position to make a great car even better, then why not give it your best shot?

 

 

With the aid of a handful of professionals and a crazy concept, Nick’s dream was brought to life and as a result has become one of the most popular cars in the UK, albeit the world today. It’s easily the most photogenic car I’ve ever shot – social media is constantly bombarded with images of it and Nick has gained thousands of fans and followers because of this car, who seem to be wholeheartedly obsessed with the orange E30. Although with a build this gorgeous, it’s hardly surprising.

 

 

Nick was brought up around 80s and 90s BMWs, even though his first ever car was a Vauxhall Astra 1.4! From an early age he started working for his family’s property business which began to grow rapidly. This meant that Nick could finally build his dream BMW, along with a long list of other cars which he has become well known for across social media and the car community. His infamous garage includes two E30’s that have been M60 V8 swapped, a newly acquired E30 320i for a new project, three E34’s including an Alpina B10, M5 3.8 and 540i manual, an E39 M5, Porsche 911 (soon to be engine-swapped), a race-spec Ford RS500 Cosworth, Aston Martin V8 Vantage, supercharged Kahn Range Rover LWB and an diesel BMW X5 which he drives every day. ‘Dream garage’ comes to mind, but the E30 M3 still shines over them all.

 

 

There’s no doubt that Nick was strongly influenced by the 80’s Jaegermeister-liveried DTM M3’s, but he wanted a similar fast car that was usable and more comfortable for road use in the UK. The project began with a 1986 E30 M3 in black which had been imported from Germany – a mostly standard and usable example, although it did require some small rust repairs. Contrary to what the real M-enthusiasts feel towards the original S14 engine in the E30 M3, Nick decided he wanted to replace it with an S54B32 lump from a 2003 E46 M3. Ergen Motorsport in Southampton took on the engine conversion, pairing it to an E36 M3 5-speed manual gearbox.

 

 

In late 2015, the engine was finally finished up, courtesy of Evolve Automotive, who added an Eventuri carbon air intake (not pictured) to the S54 and properly remapped the car – the transformation was phenomenal. The S54 conversion is now quite a popular engine choice for E30’s and even E36’s as they seem to work flawlessly in powering the older chassis’. Of course with a much more powerful engine, the brakes had to be uprated. Nick opted for a WP Pro EX6 pot 360mm / R4 pot 336mm brake kit with sawblade rotors for much improved stopping power.

 

 

Following on, it was time to do something about the paint and bodywork. Nick opted for Stylehaus to take on a full respray in Inka Orange – this was originally a paint option on the BMW 2002 although, more appropriately, it was also the colour used on the Jaegermeister DTM M3’s. In addition to completely restoring the shell and bodywork during the respray, Stylehaus also rolled the arches to allow for the all-important stance that Nick had in mind.

 

 

To finish off the exterior and carry off the motorsport feel, Nick added a Sport Evo front lip and brake ducts, genuine smoked Hella headlights, Startec smoked rear lights, Evolution DTM rear gurney flap and mirrors, Sport Evo bumper strips and bonnet rubbers and a set of gorgeous metal BMW Motorsport door handles. As if that wasn’t enough, he even had all the rubbers and plastics replaced with brand new genuine BMW items for a factory fresh sensation!

 

 

With the paint sorted, Nick handed the car to Shakey and the guys at Studio Incar to work their magic on the suspension and interior upgrades. They decided to put the car on air ride, which would’ve made it the first bagged E30 M3 in the world at the time! With nothing available on the shelf for the E30, Studio Incar utilised universal Air Lift Performance parts, including double bellow bags, damper adjustable threaded body struts and camber adjustable top mounts, along with all new uprated steering links and bushes to get the M3 sitting right and riding properly. Air Lift V2 management was installed to take control of the air ride, which has worked flawlessly ever since.

 

 

 

I suppose this is one of the areas which some people can’t seem to understand (myself included when I first saw the car) – why bag an E30 M3? Well, after riding in the car many times on all sorts of road surfaces at low and high speeds, I can now say that it handles just as well as a car on coilovers. You’ve got to remember that this isn’t a track car, it was built to be driven on public roads, albeit at high speed most of the time! Nick does actually drive it like he stole it and the Air Lift suspension has been incredible every step of the way. At the same time, he can park it up and air out for the required low DTM look, whilst it can also handle some of the UK’s crappiest roads with ease. It’s usable, that’s why it’s on air.

 

 

The inside of this car is just as much a piece of art as the exterior. Whilst at Studio Incar, they had the complete interior (including seats, dash, doorcards, steering wheel, and everything you can possibly imagine) retrimmed in charcoal alcantara with contrasting orange stitching to match the outer paint. It really is gorgeous. They then went to town on the audio upgrades. Firstly, sound deadening was fitted throughout the car before the interior was re-installed. They opted for an Audison based system, including the pricey Audison Thesis HV Venti and two Thesis TH Quattro’s which were installed into the boot along with twin air tanks for the air ride system which were trimmed in orange alcantara.

 

 

 

In the rear of the car you’ll also find two 10″ Audison Thesis subwoofers, visible through the clear window in the boot installation. The sound system was finalised with a 3-way front end setup including mid range drivers in the a-pillars, tweeters which were custom built into the door cards and mid bass drivers placed into the front footwells. Controlling everything is an Audison Bit 1 processor along with a Pioneer P99 headunit. Everything has been trimmed to the highest standards, which makes it all look right at home in the E30’s cockpit.

 

 

Nick’s M3 was first unveiled on a set of black 17″ Compomotive TH wheels, but he has recently swapped these over in favour of a set of centre-lock 18×9 BBS Bugatti EB110 SS’s, which I have to say look incredible on the car. Not only are they totally different to anything put on an E30 M3 before, they still seem to work flawlessly with the DTM Motorsport look that the car has adopted. They are paired with Toyo Proxy T1R 215/40 tyres up front and 235/35 at the rear allowing for optimal fitment.

 

 

 

 

The M3 has been through a couple of changes since I photographed it in August 2015, including a slimmer boot install to shed the excess weight that the huge subwoofers and Audison items were causing – this changed the handling dramatically and is definitely more suited now to its fast road car status. You’ve also probably seen the car with its new Jaegermeister livery which Nick finally decided to have produced, imitating the original DTM cars that inspired the build. That’s the beauty of this project, he can constantly change elements to keep the car fresh. I think I got lucky shooting the car when I did, because for me it was the best look. I think it’s going to be very hard to beat, but I’ll continue to watch the future transformations Nick has pondering in the back of his mind come to life, along with the rest of his stunning collection of motors.

 

More info:

@nicksinghsahota on Instagram

Studio Incar

Ergen Motorsport

Stylehaus

Evolve Automotive