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Spring ’17 – 10 Years of The Wheel Specialist Fareham

Date: 13 May 2017

Location: The Wheel Specialist Fareham, Hampshire


Words & Photos by Henry Phull


Back in the Spring of 2015 I was invited to an Open Day at The Wheel Specialist’s (TWS) Fareham branch. Not knowing what to expect, it turned out to be one of the biggest Southern event’s that I’ve attended with a surprisingly high standard of cars in attendance. Two years later, TWS got in touch to say they were organising another Open Day event to celebrate 10 years in business, and they wanted Slam Sanctuary to be involved. Naturally, I agreed, with the intention of targeting the sort of cars that we love – of the slammed variation of course. Well, TWS smashed it once again. The event was a huge success, with all sorts of cars taking over the surrounding industrial estate. With a DJ, burger van, a bar, and great coffee from The Splitscreen Barista, the vibe was perfectly chilled, giving us southerners a much-needed chance to catch up with one another as well as getting a chance to chat to TWS about their services and get an insight into what they do. With so many cool cars popping in and out throughout the day, I captured a few of my favourites, check them out…


Ryan Stewart’s supercharged Alpina B10 3.3 Touring on Air Lift suspension & BBS RF’s


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



Tom Hams’ Volkswagen Scirocco on Air Lift suspension & Rotiform TMB‘s



Chris Phillips’ BMW E36 on BC Racing coilovers & WORK Equip’s



Sebastian Nowogrodzki’s BMW E24 653CSI on Air Lift suspension & Style5’s



Ben Chandler’s BMW F80 M3 on Air Lift suspension & Rotiform KPS



Nathan Pedersen’s Audi D2 A8 on Air Lift suspension & Rotiform CCV‘s



Nick Sahota’s Lamborghini Diablo



Joseph Cummins’ bagged BMW E38 on Alpina Dynamics




Carlos Gomez’ BMW E36 on Air Lift suspension & BBS RS’


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



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


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



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



Nick Sahota’s Koenig Ferrari Testarossa



The Slam Sanctuary Audi C5 A6 Avant on Air Lift / AccuAir / BAGS by OCD suspension & Rotiform KPS



Sean Crompton’s BMW E36 on HSD coilovers & Carline CM6’s



Vernon Kerr’s bagged Grumman LLV postal truck



Thomas Lenthall’s Mitsubishi Evo 6 on WORK Meister S1’s



Jake Nest’s Mazda RX-7 on Cosmis Racing XT-206R’s




Carter Harris’ custom Harley Davidson



Ethan Sexton’s BMW E30 318is on Air Lift suspension & Carline CM2’s





The Wheel Specialist Fareham are lucky enough to refurbish wheels on all sorts of rare and quirky vehicles, as well as the typical everyday car – this brought a lot of interesting examples to the Open Day. We may love slammed and stanced cars, but it’s always nice to see things that we rarely see – we’re petrolheads after all. Make sure you check out the Bonus Gallery below for more of these gems. As well as TWS giving away an award for ‘Best Wheels’ of the day (won by Sean Crompton and his Carline CM6’s), we also ran our own Instagram-based competition throughout the day – congratulations to David Cooper for winning with his photograph of Ryan’s Alpina B10 (Click here to check out the photo), he took home some Slam Sanctuary merch and a Meguiar’s Mirror Bright detailing kit. Big thanks to everyone that took part. Nicely done, TWS, here’s to another ten years!




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Slam Sanctuary x The Wheel Specialist Bournemouth Open Day 2016

Date: 9 April 2016

Location: The Wheel Specialist Bournemouth, Ferndown, Dorset


Words & Photos by Henry Phull


Down in Bournemouth we don’t have much going on in terms of modified cars… well, ‘quality’ cars I should say. Evidently, they are out there… there’s just been nowhere to congregate, until now. Most weekends we travel all over the country to see cars we adore, but every now and then it’s nice to do something local. Our partners, The Wheel Specialist Bournemouth have always wanted to improve on their open day, so we decided to join forces and organise something special, and different to the area. With a select few hand-picked cars, and the rest of the event open to the public, we invited some of our favourites to come down to TWS’ premises in Ferndown for a full look into their facilities and what services they can offer. Their neighbours very kindly allowed us to take over their car park, making the event as large as possible. Mix this with a food truck, coffee van and music, we were on for a fun day. Plus, we were out with our Pop-Up Store keeping you all looking fresh.



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



Benny Rees’ 1976 Toyota Celica GT on Watanabe wheels




David Mcdiarmid’s BMW E46 on Air Lift suspension & WORK Emotion CR2P’s





Craig Yate’s BMW E36 on Air Lift suspension & Rota wheels



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




Matty Davis’ BMW E30 on WORK Seeker CX’s




Lee Curtis’ 1962 Beetle “Purple Haze”




Harry Hindmarch’s Mazda MX5 on WORK Equip’s



Freya Filippa’s Honda Integra Type R on Desmond Regamaster EVO’s





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


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




Mark Allen’s bagged Mk4 Golf estate with Bora front-end on Rotiform VCE’s



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



Adam Hutchings’ Volkswagen Mk1 Jetta on Stern splits





Chris Phillips’ static Lexus IS200 on stepped-up BBS RS’s


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




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



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



Carlos Gomez’s BMW E36 on Style19’s




Matt Beddis’ turbocharged Lexus IS200





BMW E31 850ci Sport manual


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




Neil Clements’ Mitsubishi EVO 4 on Wedsport SA-90’s




Lee Curtis’ Audi Allroad on Air Lift suspension & 20×10 Rotiform CCV DDT’s





Dan Bartlett’s Volkswagen Mk2 Golf



Volkswagen Scirocco on 20″ ETA BETA Venti-R’s


Dan Lewis’ static BMW E28



Adam Hodge’s static Audi S3 on 20″ Audi Rotor’s




Connor Clark’s bagged Lexus GS300 on Weds Kranze LXZ’s



Dorset Volkfest’s VW T5 & Oli Thorpe’s BMW E46





The Wheel Specialist Bournemouth’s Volkswagen Mk1 Caddy on Porsche D90’s



This being Britain, the weather was all over the place.. starting with perfect sunshine in the early morning and leading to rain showers and even hail later on. Everyone seemed to stick with it though, so thank you! We were so impressed with the quality of cars that made the effort to come down and support us and The Wheel Specialist. So much so, that we are looking to make this an annual thing, or maybe even twice a year. A lot of you were saying that more Southern events are needed, so keep an eye on our Facebook page for upcoming events – we are thinking about an End of Season event to finish off 2016.



More info on The Wheel Specialist Bournemouth:

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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!

Coffee, Doughnuts & Dubs – The Rothfink x Krispy Kreme Meet

Words & Photos by Henry Phull


Firstly, please excuse me for using the word ‘dub’, but I feel it’s acceptable for the title of our latest event coverage. When I heard the guys over at Rothfink were organising a meet, I knew it would be worth checking out. They offer some of the coolest apparel in the automotive industry and I’ve been keeping an eye out on their photoshoots and videos of air-cooled Volkswagens for a while now… we’re big fans of the brand over here at Slam Sanctuary. Although the show season has pretty much come to an end, the rain decided to stay away with the sun thankfully making an appearance a few weeks ago. What else was I going to do on a Sunday evening? So I hopped in the car with a couple of mates and we made the mammoth trip from Bournemouth to Bristol. Is it wrong to say we were equally excited to visit the Krispy Kreme shop and stuff our faces with doughnuts?



For me, a photographer, the sunlight turned into an absolute dream. I was so happy to be able to shoot Matt’s stunning Beetle in this light – my car of the meet by far.



There were plenty of Rothfink decals out on display, great to see people repping Jason and the  guys from Rothfink.



Matthew Veal’s Mk4 was certainly drawing in the crowds, on air ride and BBS RF splits. One of the nicest Mk4’s I’ve come across in a while.



Having seen a few photos of this online, it was awesome to finally see it for real, the Datsun Sunny estate on Reyvern hydraulics, sitting absolutely perfectly. This should bring back a few memories for some!




I got my sugar fix by in the form of far too many doughnuts, it was totally worth it though – even if I did want to throw up afterwards.



Spotted: the Fast Car Magazine A6 Avant on Airlift Performance bags and a gorgeous set of matte silver machined Vossen CV1s, an ideal daily.








Owen Burnell’s bagged Mk3 Golf wagon was looking lovely with its Vento front end/Phase 1 grill, on a set of BBS RS splits.



Andy Ward’s Mk5 GTI was gorgeous, with its contrasting cream leather interior. Sitting on StillStatic coilover suspension and 20″ Audi rotor wheels, I think you’ll agree it looks fantastic especially in this light.



Of course a few additional shots of Matt’s Beetle were necessary…




See what I mean about dreamy conditions.. check out this bagged MK5 Golf on some incredible Powertech Disc wheels, I’ve not seen a set of these before but loved the look.





Another smart Avant, this time Ryan Flyng-Jones’ static A4 on 3SDM 0.06s.



You can’t beat Corvette Sawblades, they work so well on Dan Bills’ Vento.




James Wheatley’s murdered out E36 was looking mean, on blacked out Style 32’s and a healthy static drop.








It’s always a pleasure to see Adam Wyatt and his VIP Lexus GS430, especially when he decides to rev up that V8 under the bridge… (click here to check out his recent feature)



Personally I thought this slammed Fiat 500 looked amazing, even on the steels. It’d be nice to see every other car lowered like this.



Being a Rothfink meet, there were of course a fair share of air-cooled buses in attendance.




I was happy to see Matt Woodgate made it down in his bagged B7, so I could photograph his car in the sunset… he just so happened to pick the best parking spot EVER.





Matt Clifford made the journey down from Coventry in his stunning E31 840ci – look out for the feature coming soon to Slam Sanctuary.








I loved this diplomatic style Mercedes W108, what a beauty. A ride full of class.




Bruce Holder was certainly causing a stir in his jaw dropping and super low Land Rover 4L V8, crazy!



So, with a large amount of many people tucking up their cars for Winter already, the turnout was still impressive… with a nice mixture of air-cooled and non-VAG cars in attendance, giving everyone something cool to appreciate whilst they feasted on some of Krispy Kreme’s finest. I was also glad to say I’ve finally visited the venue, now becoming famous for the meets held there. Hopefully Slam Sanctuary will be back sometime in the near future, and I look forward to Rothfink organising another event next year. In the meantime, make sure you check out their latest line of apparel now available on their store. Cheers guys!


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Tallis Godfrey’s E36 M3 Evo Cab

Words & Photos by Henry Phull


As a lover of the OEM+ style, Tallis Godfrey’s estoril blue BMW E36 M3 Evo cabriolet was one of my stand out cars of last year, having spotted it at a selection of shows. This is yet another example of how simplicity is usually a favourable approach to a build. I never had the chance to meet Tallis at any of the events until recently at the ‘Bacon, Eggs & BMWs’ meet, where we finally arranged to photograph the car. As the weather was so good that day he agreed to let me shoot it then and there, after finding a nice spot within the Fairoaks Airport grounds.



Okay I’m aware, its a cabriolet.. but we decided to keep the roof on for the majority of the shoot. There’s something about the E36 hard top.. they look exquisite. Possibly nicer than a coupe, but thats just my opinion. Feel free to judge yourself, or let the photographs choose for you.




The M3 sits on a classic choice of wheel, the 17″ ‘Style 5’ / BBS RC090 with polished barrels, complimented by Audi platinum silver centres with custom estoril blue nuts to match the car’s paintwork, a fantastic job by Dips at The Custom Cars. The staggered 8j & 9j set are running 205/40/17 tyres up front and 215/40/17 with additional 5mm spacers on the rear.



It certainly made a change to see an E36 without the headlights full of condensation! Tallis has installed a full plasma white 5.5k HID kit, with added CCFL angel eyes to accompany brand new OEM lenses. They look mint, and make the car look like new.



Suspension wise, the M3 features Eibach Pro Street coilovers, fully wound down, and a Stance-Solutions Static+ kit which fits directly to the top of the coilovers – an interesting alternative to a full air ride setup. The rear suspension remains completely static, where as the front is assisted by the Static+ kit, charged with air to raise the ride height up to 50mm if required. Ideal for tackling annoying obstacles.



Tallis has currently set up the rear camber arms to -3.3, but has had them up to -5.5 in the past.



This is one of the cleanest E36 M3s you will ever see in the UK. Everything on it has been done to absolute perfection.



The inside of the car has had just as much love and care spent on it as the outside has. Notice the extended leather dashboard and centre console, all colour coded. Plenty of ICE is also to be found, with an H&K upgraded 11 speaker system, Alpine head unit with DVD, Sat Nav, Freeview and iPod connectivity.



Being a BMW ‘Individual’ model, the M3 came with colour coded leather sports seats from the factory. Tallis however went the extra mile and custom fitted a pair of Vader headrests, an essential mod for any E36. The OEM steering wheel was retrimmed by Royal Steering Wheels which features extra thick padding, oem grain and perforated leather, blue and red ‘M’ stitching and matching blue inserts to compliment the Individual colour combination.



Behind the steering wheel there are retrofitted Mercedes AMG paddles customised to fit using a slip ring from an E39, all working to control the factory SMG gearbox.



The air install includes a twin head pump in the boot which is controlled by a single two way switch, seen on the top left switch surround above the gear selector. Compression fittings rather than a push fit were chosen for a nice sound when raising and lowering, using a 6mm nylon line with a 12 o/c solenoid to dump the air. All of this is discreetly hidden away.




Being the Evo model, it has the later 3.2 S50 straight six engine and is almost entirely untouched, bar a Gruppe M induction kit and an Autologic remap. The bay is finished off with a custom polished strut brace. The exhaust is also completely stock as Tallis loves the look and sound of it as it is.




Every panel, bumper strip and accessory is like new. It just goes to show that by tackling all the minimal parts on a car, it can really bring it back to life and have people wondering what it is that makes this car look better than most other E36 M3s.. because lets face it, this car is mostly OEM. Most non die-hard BMW fans won’t realise how much effort has actually gone in to making it look as stunning as it does, but they will stop in the street and look. Its a real head turner. For Tallis, thats a job well done.



Of course we had to take the hard top off for a cheeky shot. I wouldn’t mind rolling around in the summer like this, so very stylish.



Tallis has really stepped up the OEM+ game with his pride and joy. Be sure to check it out at shows this year, where it will probably be rocking a new set of Porsche splits for the new season. I’m looking forward to seeing the new look.