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Kustom Kolors’ Open Day 2016

Date: 9 July 2016

Location: Kustom Kolors HQ, Christchurch, Dorset

 

Words & Photos by Henry Phull

 

If you haven’t heard of Kustom Kolors, well you’re in for a treat… They’re a local bodyshop specialising in everything from crash repairs to full restorations and custom work with plenty resulting in magazine features. Some of the rarest and most exotic cars pass through the workshop, so when Colin (the head honcho) got in touch a few months ago and suggested that I come along with the Slam Sanctuary pop-up store for their 2016 Open Day, I was completely game. In the past, their open days have always been a massive success, bringing numerous local car enthusiasts together. It’s awesome to team up with nearby businesses to show off what our area has to offer. Plus, being neighbours, Jimmy’s Iced Coffee got involved with sponsoring the event and came down in their huge Mercedes-Benz camper truck and were offering free iced coffee all day – perfect on a sunny day, which it was! Oh, did I mention that there was a free BBQ all day, too?

 

Richie Farrington’s Mk1 Golf GTI on BBS RM’s

@richievr

 

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

@lucybarlow1994

 

Lawrence Warner-Green’s BMW E60 on Air Lift suspension & 3SDM 0.08′s

@maverickwg

 

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

@carlos_g88

 

Chris Phillips’ static BMW E36 saloon on Rota Grid’s

@chrispy_clean

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

A customer’s Porsche 911 Speedster

 

John Meade’s 1983 Ford Escort on banded steels w/Chevrolet hubcaps

@letitgoletitflow

 

 

Harry Hindmarsh’s static Mazda MX5 on WORK Equip’s

@equiped5

 

James Manners’ Audi B5 RS4 Avant on Air Lift suspension & Rotiform LVS’s

@crescenttyres

 

 

 

Dan Bartlett’s static Mk2 Golf on Extreme Offset Wheels

@dsbvid93

 

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)

 

 

 

 

A customer’s Shelby Cobra

 

 

A customer’s Lotus Esprit

 

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

@ollieberto

 

 

 

Sinclair Ellis’ narrowed 1949 ex-border patrol Split Beetle on Sprint Stars

 

Tom De Villiers’ static Mazda MX5 on WORK Meister S1’s

@shortbackandslides

 

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

@s_crompton

 

Mark Woodford’s bagged Chevrolet C10

@mwoodford83

 

Steven Doe & Lucy Barlow’s BMW E21’s

 

 

 

With plenty of Kustom Kolors customers in attendance, it was a perfect line up to show the variety of projects KK have the pleasure of working on. Seeing them all together just makes it extra special. Congratulations to everyone that took home an award, and simply for attending and showing support for your local companies – it means a lot to all of us. We even managed to raise some money towards Macmillan Cancer Support – awesome! There are now talks of holding a second event come Winter time, so keep your eyes peeled on the Kustom Kolors social media and don’t miss the next one.

 

More info on Kustom Kolors:

Kustom Kolors website

Kustom Kolors on Facebook

Kustom Kolors 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!

Bimmers & Burgers 2

Words & Photos by Henry Phull

 

After the success of last year’s event, the guys at Bimmer Boys and Auto Enhance decided to bring back their ‘Bimmers & Burgers’ event for 2015, held again at Auto Enhance’s very own premises in Essex. Widely known for their wide range of bodystyling, interior and performance accessories, they prepped the surrounding industrial estate once again for a BMW takeover. Hailing from the south coast, this was another rather long journey for me, but as usual it was fully worth the effort, the sun was shining and the BMW’s were out in force making for an awesome day out. Plus, a perfect chance to catch up with friends and meet new ones – something I usually have less time for at a regular car show, which is why I love these smaller chilled out events. Anyway, here are my highlights from the day…

 

 

This was the first time I had the chance to check out Joey Hazell’s E36 ‘vert since fitting his recently stepped up BBS RS’s which look incredible. The car is also running hydraulic suspension and a whole list of other mods longer than my arm.

 

 

 

Outside and repping’ for Auto Enhance, Dee Barwick’s E82 123d finished in Austin yellow and sitting well on a set of 3SDM 0.04’s.

 

 

Alongside was James Barrett’s gorgeous E46 M3 repsprayed in Lamborghini Grigio Telesto grey and rocking some Quantum 44 S1 monoblock alloys.

 

 

In my opinion, Ben Young’s E92 335d is one of the best cars to pull off 3SDM’s 0.06 wheel. As well as looking awesome on air, this thing has been remapped and goes like stink!

 

 

Marsel Theodhori’s M535i is one of the most highly modified E28’s I’ve ever seen, but the most impressive thing of all is that it’s packing a M106 with 500hp of turbo madness.

 

 

 

Moving on and back to that stance we all love, check out the PBMW Magazine E39 540i on a full Air Lift set up, featuring a lovely hard line install by Studio Incar. This sits so well on those OZ splits.

 

 

 

I’m excited for Richard Ansari to fit his newly widened OZ Mito’s soon, meanwhile his E46 M3 still looked pretty awesome on the temporary set of AC Schnitzers.

 

 

It’s always a joy to photograph Becky Evans’ E21. Bagged on Air Lift and AutoPilot V2, rocking a super rare rear louvre, and currently sitting on a classic set of BBS RS’s, it’s no surprise that this was the car that only last year kicked off the E21 trend in the UK. She has a few changes up her sleeve for the rest of the year which will be revealed soon enough and should surprise a few people.

 

 

 

I’d not seen this out since Westside last year, but Tej Panesar made it down in his bagged E36 ‘vert.

 

 

This Sapphire black E60 M5 may be familiar to some, now owned by Phil Robinson, it’s packed with upgrades such as Eventuri intakes, an Evolve E-tronic exhaust and Alcon Super front and rear big brake kit, to name a few.

 

 

I’ve always had a soft spot for Kamal Sokhi’s Alpine white E30 Touring, featuring an M52 conversion and a complementing set of OZ Futura’s.

 

 

Around the corner I ran into a gang of bagged E92’s, starting with Az Riz’s 330d on 19″ Quantum 44’s.

 

 

Joshua Hay’s example has to be the meanest looking of them all, sitting on SSR Professor MS1 wheels and bagged by Studio Incar on Air Lift bags / AccuAir eLevel management with a stunning boot install showing off those dual tanks, hard lines and audio set up.

 

 

 

Wheel wise, I think Shaun Grazette had it down with his 335i on Blitz Technospeed’s, tucking huge 11.5’s at the rear.

 

 

My car of the day had to be this E30 M3. Everything about it was just perfect, firstly you’ll notice it has been right hand drive converted – a major mod that you don’t see often, especially on an M3. Furthermore, it was hiding an S54 lump out of an E46 M3 along with a supercharger! A gorgeous interior finished it off along with genuine BBS LM’s giving it that motorsport look.

 

 

 

 

 

Of course later in the day a few non-BMW’s managed to sneak in under the radar. Check out Jag Singh’s (Jag’s Bodyshop) Rocket Bunny kitted V8 Mercedes CLK…

 

 

 

I wasn’t sure whether to include this, but thinking about it, I’m hoping it will raise some awareness. Unfortunately an E24 635CSI was rear ended by a Mk5 Golf on the road outside the event, I’m not sure on the full details but the driver of the BMW was taken away in an ambulance – hopefully he’s okay! Anyway, it goes to show that accidents do happen, so be careful out there or your pride and joy could end up like this. A sad sight, especially considering I’m a 635CSI owner myself.

 

 

I’m always confident that the turnout will be in the high numbers whenever Bimmer Boys organise an event, and Bimmers & Burgers was no different. A nice variation of BMWs, an ideal venue at Auto Enhance, good people and tasty burgers. I’m sure it’ll be back next year, so keep an eye out in 2016 and if you’re driving a BMW, make sure you head on down.

Rich Weller’s E39 525i: Pure Class

Words & Photos by Henry Phull

 

I cannot explain my passion for BMWs, I think it is somehow wired into me. My dad had several bimmers (E28s, E24s, E36s, etc) throughout my childhood, so they are in my blood… So much so that other marques rarely do it for me – although I can always admire something special! I first spotted Rich’s E39 M Sport on my daily commute and started seeing it quite often, clearly he shared part of my route to his place of work. This may puzzle you, but this was when the car was completely standard, on 17″ M Sport rims and standard ride height. Why did I care? Well, it goes back to what I was saying – I have a serious problem with BMWs. If they happen to be lowered, well that’s just a bonus.

 

I got to know Rich initially through Facebook. He saw a photo of my E46 coupe that I was driving at the time and we got talking. Turns out he had seen my car on the commute too. Well you know how is is with us car guys, we started discussing his plans for the 5 and that was that. Rich has always been a VW guy at heart, having owned several over the years including Mk1s, Mk2s a few Audi’s, only in more recent years has he made the move to BMW with a couple of E36s which naturally progressed to the bigger 5 series. Rich has still got time for his love of Volkswagen’s though, as his second car is a fully track prepped Mk2 Golf.

 

 

We hit a few shows together last year and ever since I’ve wanted to shoot his E39. As most of you know, the British weather hasn’t been kind to us recently. After many failed plans to go on a shoot (thanks, rain!), last weekend we got lucky and the sun was out all day long! Rich suggested a location – Chewton Glen in Hampshire, so off we went. The E39 looks right at home at this luxurious location.

 

 

Rich’s E39 is the baby 525i straight six. He hunted long and hard to find a manual M Sport E39 and this is what he ended up with. Unfortunately manual V8s are like hens teeth so he settled for this, although I know for certain he still wants a V8 of some sort next!

 

 

This isn’t a car with a mod list that extends past the length of my arm like most feature cars, quite the opposite. Rich’s 525i shows that simplicity is key, especially when it comes to BMWs. You don’t always need to break the bank to create something that will turn heads. The only modifications on this car are the suspension, wheels, black kidneys and amber corners. The result, a vehicle that is the pure definition of class.

 

 

As you can see, we sneaked onto the driveway of the Chewton Glen hotel (ok maybe not… we did ask permission first!). Of course this was followed by a drive around the lush surrounding grounds.

 

It’s such a shame that by law we have to run front plates in the UK. Look how good that M Sport bumper looks without it.

 

 

The 525i is sitting on a set of BMW 18″ Style 32 alloys, but these aren’t the popular 32’s you may be used to seeing. These ones are a concave design, originally made for the E60 5 series. Rich is the first person I’ve seen to run these on an E39 and I think they compliment the car perfectly. They wear 215/35 up front and 245/35 tyres on the rear.

 

 

Suspension wise, Rich is running JOM coilovers with modified bump stops, which actually ride surprisingly well. He’s planning to get it lower in the near future with some additional modification!

 

 

In addition to the all important manual shifter, this car is coupled with an alcantara interior rather than the usual leather, which makes a pleasant change.

 

 

 

After our little tour of the hotel grounds we took a drive into town. This car breaks necks. Lots of necks.

 

 

I thought I’d include these two shots just to put the car into perspective in the real world. Hopefully you’ll agree that it just looks plain awesome. The front end stance is menacing sight.

 

 

Rich’s car is an exceptional example of ‘OEM+’. It goes to show that you don’t always need a set of splits, a wrap, or excessive engine modifications to create something special. It all depends what route you want to go down as the car owner, and this is what he wanted. So what’s next in the pipeline for Rich? I have a feeling he’s going to scratch that V8 itch, but not of the BMW variety!