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The Japanese Sedan – Chris Phillips’ 2002 Lexus IS200

Words & Photos by Henry Phull

 

Although I’ve grown somewhat accustomed to seeing Chris Phillips’ Lexus IS200, there’s still a part of me that remains in some sort of disbelief, or shock, every time I see it, for it’s one of the best sitting cars I know of. I’m sure you’ll be thinking that there’s no way he drives it this low in the UK… It must be aired out, right? Think again, it’s static. Not only that, but it’s been executed flawlessly on a jaw-dropping set of BBS split rims, a surprising choice for a Jap car, although they work incredibly well on this car. To top off the madness, Chris dailies this Japanese frame slayer day in, day out. That’s dedication. A valeter/detailer for Meridien Modena by trade, he keeps the Lexus immaculately clean, too. For a car that was originally purchased to keep stock and use as a workhorse, things seem to have got a little out of hand – once you fall in love with lowered cars, there’s no looking back. Some would say it becomes a part of you and you’ll forever carry the bug, even if you start off with a completely different sort of car.

 

 

Chris’ car history involves a couple of Corsa’s which went through the full works… limo tints, massive exhausts, neons, and lowered appropriately of course. But the Lexus came as a replacement for his Volkswagen Polo 6N, a highly modified and well known car which ended up on full air ride, CCW Classic wheels and a G40 engine-swap after several previous transformations. Being one of these people that has experienced life with both bagged and static cars, I’m sure Chris will agree that the love/hate argument over the two suspension platforms really does come down to personal preference.

 

 

Deep into Polo ownership, it was becoming evident that the project was draining Chris of money. Even though he still loved the car, it was a constant revolving battle, especially with the engine swap which led to numerous late nights and early mornings – frustration would probably best describe the situation. “It’s a car I will never forget I owned, but there comes a time where you have to cut your losses” explains Chris. With the idea of leaving car modifying behind him, he set out in search of a new motor. After hours browsing the classifieds, he was having trouble finding a car he would be happy living with.

 

 

As is often the case, it was a waiting game for something cool to pop up. Soon enough, the Onyx Black IS200 SE came up online advertised in Farnborough. “I was working in Basingstoke at the time so on my way home one night I took a detour to take a look at the car”. It seemed the ideal car for a daily motorway cruiser and general runaround, stylish yet comfortable at the same time. The deal was done and a week later Chris collected the car. It was in need of a little TLC… Having had some work at the bodyshop previously, the paint wasn’t looking great, mainly due to not being lacquered. With the bug for modifying cars still non-apparent, Chris planned to basically tidy up the car and make it presentable.

 

 

Still an avid car show attendee (mainly VW ones due to the Polo) Chris noticed that, slowly but surely, more non-VAG cars were making an appearance on the VW-dominated scene, yet he’d still not seen an IS200 in the UK circuit. “I spent many nights looking through forums and Facebook pages to see what had been done with them. Most of my results were coming back to modified IS300’s in America, proving they’re more common over there.” With this thought at the back of his mind, he still managed to go a good three or four months without being seriously urged to modify the Lexus. Of course, the bug did finally reappear… and rightly so.

 

 

It all started one evening when Chris discovered that somebody he knew had put a set of IS200 coilovers up for sale. “A couple of weeks later I had the money together and it was game on – it’s pretty much snowballed from there.” Presently, he has collected four different types of bumpers, two sets of side skirts, a couple of sets of wheels and different grills. “You could say that the itch had returned and it just had to be scratched.” he laughs. The coilovers in question are HSD Monopro’s with custom stiffer springs to allow for a better ride at the height Chris has chosen. Along with 30mm RCA spacers up front, the car was given to Coltech Classics in Poole for a few hours work which involved notching the suspension turrets to allow the upper control arms to pass through, allowing the car to go even lower. To help sort out the rear fitment, Chris installed Megan Racing adjustable rear camber and toe arms.

 

 

After running the car on several different sets of wheels, including Rays G07WT’s, WORK Meister S1’s and Enkei NT03+M’s, the car in its current state (and undeniably the best look yet) now sits on a gorgeous set of BBS RS 320/321 which have been stepped up from 17″ to 18″ with a kit supplied by VR Wheels in the US with genuine BBS assembly bolts, half height caps up front and full height ones on the rears for a staggered look. Tyre wise, Chris settled for 215/35/18 fronts and 225/40/18 rears. “As it’s my daily i didn’t want to run such a small tyre to run the risk of it becoming unseated” he explains.

 

 

The Lexus originally had a half leather/half alcantara cream interior, which Chris swapped with a complete black interior, followed by a change of carpets, seat belts, trim panels, etc. They all had to be changed for black items which really do help to make the car look more modern and sporty. He also fitted a black leather arm rest which was sourced from a higher spec IS200. Chris’ friend Brad Comer retrimmed the handbrake and gear gaitors in black perforated alcantara to match the seat centres. Finishing off the cabin, and to make it look just that little bit special, he installed a black leather Nardi steering wheel (although after shooting the car, it’s now been changed for a Renown 130R Dark wheel).

 

 

Chris has fitted some extra goodies to make the exterior stand out over a regular IS200, including custom smoked headlights and fog lights, a Vertex front bumper along with matching Vertex side skirts, plus a TRD lip on the standard rear bumper. The boot lid has also been debadged in favour of the clean look that Chris has going on. Driving this low does have its set backs, going fast being one of them, but he isn’t fussed about speed. Performance wise, Chris opted for a Japspeed cat back exhaust system, which Coltech Classics modified whilst it was in, to get it sitting higher and more central to the cut out in the rear lip. It’s all about these small details which help set the car off.

 

 

I had to ask Chris why he puts himself through driving this low, as it would scare most people. “I have my good days and my bad days just like everyone, some days I get in the car and go for a drive and I’ve just got a smile on my face. But then other days you’ve got to plan your route making sure there aren’t any speed bumps, road works etc”. With static life, it is also impossible to keep a car in mint condition, and being a detailer this can sometimes get on Chris’ nerves. Things like messy arches due to rubbing, and wear that has taken to the bumper and side skirts, but these are the compromises that come with running a car so low. It just adds to the character, anyway. “Even with that in mind I still wouldn’t have the car any other way. It’s cool to see joe public look at the car and give you a thumbs up or a nod.” he says.

 

 

Chris lives every car guy’s dream. Monday to Friday he is surrounded by cars at work, and not just any cars… Ferrari’s and Maserati’s. He’s fortunate enough to drive some models that other people would only dream of seeing, including the Ferrari Enzo, 599 GTO, 288 GTO and even LaFerrari, “150yards but I still count it”, he chuckles. On the weekends, Chris spends his time at car shows, working on the Lexus or detailing privately. He’s become quite well known for his handiwork around these parts, taking care of several cars that we’ve already featured on Slam Sanctuary.

 

 

 

“I’ve been able to meet some great people along the way who I now feel privileged to call friends and if I was ever to attend a show on my own I can always count on someone being there that I could catch up with.”

 

 

 

It’s awesome to see that there are still people out there that thrive to drive as low as they possibly can. Seeing something like that pull up behind you is mind boggling and you just can’t achieve that level of satisfaction with a bagged car. We enjoy both air ride and coilovers here at Slam Sanctuary, but deep down there has to be some sort of extra credit due to those like Chris who take things a step further, not to mention, completely different choice of car. Every now and then he has thoughts of selling up and buying something more sensible, yet again, looking at the car and how it sits now, it’s no surprise that he can’t bring himself to do say goodbye. Besides, those questions and remarks about speed bumps and curbing wheels from joe public will never get old, 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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South West VIP – Adam Wyatt’s 2003 Lexus GS430

Words & Photos by Henry Phull

 

For a style that is hugely popular in Japan and the US, the UK scene seems to have overlooked a fascinating part of car culture, which is why it was a breath of fresh air to be able to take a closer look at the latest feature car. Now don’t mistake VIP for the usual “Very important person”, I’m referring to the modification of Japanese luxury cars, ie. slamming them onto the floor and modifying the car to sit as wide as possible, using the most outrageously deep wheels you can source. It’s about being elegant and crazy, all in one. Having previously been a Volkswagen fanatic and owning cars such as a Mk4 wagon which was static and stupidly low, and a 300bhp VR6 supercharged Mk3, Adam Wyatt was getting bored of the VW scene. He decided it was time to step up the game , and build a VIP car, especially with the affordability of Lexus’ and other Jap luxury cars these days. He wanted to do something out of the box of normality, and hopefully raise interest in the VIP scene in the UK.

 

Rewind to just over a year ago, and after much searching Adam found the base that he would use for the build, a 2003 Lexus GS430 fresh as it came out of the factory finished in Black Cherry Pearl paint with all the luxury mod-cons as you would expect (bar some ugly aftermarket alloys), along with a tasty sounding 4.3 litre V8 lump. It was the perfect platform for Adam to get to work and start his monster of a project.

 

 

The idea was to capture attention, and an essential modification in doing this was widening the car to give it a much meaner looking presence. Working in a body shop as a panel beater by trade, Adam is no stranger to bodywork, and attempts to do everything himself. To widen the car, he rolled all four arches and flared them, so that they would tuck his chosen 11j and 12j wheels – a set of 18″ Weds Kranze, running 235/40 tyres up front and 245/40 at the rear. The fitment is absolutely on point.

 

 

To get the car sitting this flush, Adam took the decision to install air. Having had silly-low static cars in the past, he wanted something he could now drive hassle free, but still allowing the car to sit on the floor as it should with any VIP styled vehicle. Adam took on the build himself with a few friends and installed everything in his garage at home. Suspension wise, the Lexus sits on AirREX fully damper and height adjustable air struts which is managed by an AccuAir SwitchSpeed management package. This is finished off with a 5 gallon 8-port dumpy air tank in the boot along with VIAIR twin needle gauges in the centre console.

 

 

The GS430 is an elegant car, even when standard just out of the factory. Adam wanted to complete the look by making the car as smooth and as flush as possible. This included smoothing the boot lid and removing all number plate holes and badges to fully tidy up the rear end of the car. This is completed with a Jap/US spec number plate and all red lights. Up front Adam opted for a smoothed US style front bumper along with a Greddy replica front lip and US running lights.

 

 

 

Even though the air install provided adequate lows, Adam still wasn’t convinced so he decided to notch the front suspension turrets which allowed the car to sit an extra 1″ lower, it’s this sort of attention to detail that really makes the car what it is.

 

 

 

After all these essential body modifications, the car underwent a full respray by Adam’s good friend Louis Nobbs (who’s Mk2 Jetta we recently featured). Given all the subtle mods, many would fail to notice how much time and effort has actually gone into it but the final result is rather stunning. You might’ve also noticed the super crazy dual tail pipes Adam has installed, which belong to a custom stainless straight pipe fabricated by Oli Dunnett, removing the factory cats and four silencers, to fully amplify the V8, and boy is it loud! It is by far one of the noisiest road cars I’ve ever heard, with a lairy NASCAR style note which no doubt will actually scare pedestrians.

 

 

 

Inside the cabin is the usual luxurious affair found in Japanese saloons of the era, and essential to any VIP car. Leather comfort heated seats all round with piano wood trim, air conditioning, memory adjustable steering column… the list is never-ending. Adam has kept most of the interior as standard, adding a full LED light upgrade and VIP style curtains to all the windows. Not forgetting the gauges and management controller for the air ride setup, positioned cleanly at the bottom of the centre console.

 

 

 

 

Adam has certainly done the VIP style justice. He’s nailed the all-essential balance of elegance and extreme insanity, with his almost OCD attention to detail on body modification and making those 11j and 12j alloys fit perfectly. As a result, the car has had a ridiculous amount of attention over the past year, and Adam has countless funny stories of scaring people with his stupidly loud straight pipes. It really is ridiculous.

 

 

 

Personally what I love to see is at the end of the day Adam along with his mates have done all the work on the car themselves. It’s a truly ‘home built’ car, and it’s not just been about fitting suspension and adding some expensive wheels… so much has been changed. Even if you’re not a fan of Jap or the VIP style itself, you can’t not appreciate the work that has gone into it, it is stunning. Unfortunately all things eventually come to an end, and after a fun year of ownership Adam has decided to move on and put the car up for sale. He has a new project on the horizon, which should be in the form of another Jap car. It looks like he has caught the bug now! I wish him all the best with the next car and I’ll be sad to see this go, as I’m sure he will, it’s always a fun one to see at car shows (or hear from the other side of the show ground).

Retro Rides Gathering 2014

 Words & Photos by Henry Phull

 

I had been looking forward to this one for some time. It’s no secret that Retro Rides Gathering is my favourite show on the season calendar, thanks to the sheer variation of cars that you just don’t see anywhere else.. anything and everything is accepted, and to top things off, the day is mixed up nicely with an adrenaline pumping hill climb allowing general show-goers a chance to hoon it up the hill in their own pride and joy. Plus everyone has a chance to walk around the paddock and experience the essence of motorsport right up close. It’s a pretty awesome set up that you don’t usually get at other shows.

 

This year welcomed a venue change to Shelsley Walsh in Worcestershire, the historic hill climb venue. As good as Prescott Hill has previously been for the gathering, it seems to have been outgrown. Shelsley Walsh happens to be a much bigger venue, and the attendance was still phenomenal.

 

 

Just chilling out around the paddock and you’ll encounter a continuous line up of cool machinery waiting for their turn up the hill.

 

 

 

This year the trade stands seemed a little on the thin side compared to previous years, but there were still some gems like this Audi Quattro. A seriously mean bit of kit.

 

 

I’ve never seen so many E21’s all together in my life, there was a whole row of them.. it was a lot to take in. Here are two of my favourites.

 

 

 

 

I’m a sucker for a nice 190E. This one was super clean and ready for the track.

 

 

 

Another thing about Retro Rides I like is the amount of Jap classics that turn up, very rare cars over here in the UK.

 

 

 

Two of the most breathtaking cars from the show have got to be the following Lotus Esprits which were sensational. The first one we saw a couple years back at Prescott, but we hadn’t seen the white one before. These are a rare sight, let alone modified examples. Very cool indeed.

 

 

 

 

This Triumph was really well executed, such an awesome little car.

 

 

The banded wheels really add something extra to the car and make it stand out.

 

 

 

 

 

Of course Retro Rides always graces us with a few AE86s..

 

 

 

 

 

The E30s were plentiful, each with a variety of modifications and styles.

 

 

 

It was nice to see these two M3’s together again. What a colour combo.

 

 

 

One of the best bits of the day is being up close and personal at the start of the hill climb. Noise, petrol and burning rubber gracing the air, pure heaven for us petrolheads.

 

 

 

 

A major highlight for me was this track spec E30, rocking an S50B32 motor in the bay with some tasteful velocity stacks fitted. Pure porn. The best bit? It was actually being thrashed up the hill all day!

 

 

 

 

 

Let’s revisit what I said at the start.. Retro Rides is the most varied show there is. There are no rules or scene you need to stick to, to ‘fit in’. Check out this Hillman Imp for example…

 

 

Now check out this Hillman Imp. Two very different cars, unique in their own ways!

 

 

 

The cars on the RollHard stand were looking stunning as usual. Good work guys.

 

 

 

 

 

Slowly but surely we are starting to see a few more E34s at shows. This one was sitting well on banded steels.

 

 

This must still be one of the lowest static E30s around.

 

 

Nice to see a set of real G60 steels on this Mk1, colour coded too and looking classy.

 

 

 

An E34 M5, it doesn’t get much better than this, one of the last hand built M cars.

 

 

 

I see a lot of Mk1 Golfs on my travels, and this has to be one of the cleanest I’ve seen. A credit to the owner.

 

 

As common as the MK2 + BBS look is, it does work and looks awesome.

 

 

 

This Hot rod was a pretty insane vehicle. Definitely cool. I’d sort out that rear tyre though, blimey.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I was a big fan of this Mk1 sitting on a set of Work Equips.

 

 

There must be some sort of record for the amount of banded steels in one place!

 

 

 

 

 

It’s pretty gutting to think we’ll have to wait another whole year before we get our next Retro Rides fix. Cannot wait! Props to all the organisers for doing so well with everything, being their first time at the new venue they still managed to keep it all running smoothly. And luckily for us, the new campsite was good too. We were there all weekend, and it’s definitely recommended, but make sure you book early, we know a few friends that missed out on tickets. Don’t be one of those people – see you next year.

When stance isn’t enough – Jamie Carter’s 1988 Nissan Laurel C32

Words & Photos by Henry Phull

 

Standing out in the car scene is a challenging prospect these days, especially if you don’t want to follow the the typical trend of ‘Air Ride and Rotiforms’ that so many seem to opt for. First glance at Jamie Carter’s 1988 Nissan Laurel 2.4SGX and it’s clear that he is not one to follow trends… You won’t find his car at any mainstream shows, as he simply does not care what others think. Let’s get things straight, there’s nothing glamorous to see here. Rough around the edges with surface rust and scuff marks scattered around the bodywork, this Laurel is definitely no show queen. There’s much more to it than looking pretty. Jamie built the car for himself to enjoy, and that’s what matters. It’s just a bonus that it happens to look so badass.

 

 

Jamie first picked up the C32 Laurel as a completely standard example. Naturally, the first job was to chop the springs and get it on the floor as quickly as possible. Consequently the car looked amazing, although soon after, Jamie realised it was time to take the car to the next level and do it properly.

 

 

To improve the handling, Jamie installed S13 hubs which allowed him to fit HSD adjustable coilovers for a healthy drop, which ride surprisingly well for such a heavy saloon car.

 

 

Wheels are always a difficult choice for a rare, retro vehicle. Jamie didn’t want to spend a silly amount of money, and as a result opted for 16×10 Diamond Racing steels, refurbed in a gunmetal grey – which go extremely well with the Laurel’s two-tone colour scheme. These are paired to slightly stretched 225/40 tyres all round.

 

 

It’s not until you notice the custom 2.5″ stainless exhaust and hear it start up, that you realise there is something more to this car. That’s because for Jamie, stance isn’t enough.

 

 

 

The idea was to keep the original retro looks… but turn it into a complete animal.

 

 

After much pondering and peer pressure, an engine swap was on the cards. Jamie set himself a budget, and the search was on… A few weeks later he ended up purchasing a complete written-off Skyline R33 GTST, which, if you are a Jap fan, you’ll know these carry the RB25DET motor. A prime candidate for Jamie’s build.

 

 

It was no simple task, with the swap taking a good few months to complete. Being a mechanic by trade, Jamie luckily had access to a workshop and took on the build himself with a couple of like-minded mates whenever there was a free evening or weekend, bar a couple of issues such as the critical wiring which required special expertise from engineer and friend Giles.

 

 

Modifications to allow for the swap include a modified subframe from the Skyline donor car, custom driveshafts and prop, in addition to the RB manual gearbox. A new front mounted intercooler was installed along with a new inlet to get the most out of the RB25 lump.

 

 

Although it’s not yet seen a rolling road, Jamie estimates the Laurel is now putting out around 300bhp. This extra power means the original Laurel brakes would not cut it, so they were scrapped accordingly in place for uprated 300ZX front brakes.

 

 

 

As with most mechanic’s cars, the Laurel will always be an ongoing project. With so much time spent working on other people’s cars, there’ll always be something that needs finishing on his own pride and joy.

 

 

As a result, the interior is dirty, and there are missing panels all over the place, but really, who cares? In my opinion he should keep the car like this. It’s the rawness that makes it what it is. The car was built to be abused – there’s no point in hiding it. You’ll notice Jamie did however opt for a Nardi steering wheel, always a tasteful upgrade whatever the car.

 

 

There’s something truly special about 80s Japanese cars, character.. which is what modern cars unfortunately seem to be missing most of the time.

 

 

 

The attention the Laurel gets whilst crawling through traffic just proves what looker it really is. While most people tend to ask what the hell it is, they are always affectionate over it. It truly is a thing of beauty.

 

 

There is no doubt in my mind that Jamie built this car as a big “f**k you” to the current Volkswagen scene. Opting for 80s Jap (something we don’t see enough of in the UK!), along with big power, and absolutely no worry or care about the condition of the car or what trouble it might land him in. Burnouts aplenty and sessions at his local drifting track – the car sees plenty of action. It’s the definition of ‘retro cool’, fun, and intimidating, mixed into one. It’s a pleasure to see it out on the road, not giving a shit.

Brad Coup’s Integra DC2

Words & Photos by Henry Phull

 

I’ve wanted to photograph this car for a while now, so it made sense to make it Slam Sanctuary’s first feature. May I present to you, one of the cleanest Honda’s I have ever seen – Brad Coup’s 1996 JDM Honda Integra Type R. Some would say it can be a daunting task to try and make these stand out from the rest of the Integra herd, many fail, but it’s clear that Brad knows what’s up. Subtle modifications and a clean cut look is the winning combination here. We met up in the New Forest in Hampshire on a beautiful Summer’s evening. Let’s take a closer look…

 

 

 

A lot of love, time and tremendous care has gone into Brad’s pride and joy. You’ll never see it out in the rain, it’s treated to the garage – except when he’s out enjoying it of course. Fair play to him because the condition of this Integra is stunning.

 

 

The roads around these parts are atrocious and Brad likes to drive the car hard so it sits at a respectable ride height on a set of Meister R Zeta S coilovers.

 

 

Catching your eye first are the yellow tinted headlight lenses, not to everyone’s taste but a definite way to stand out. The front bumper has been paired with a colour coded Fiberworx Spoon lip and a J’s Racing air duct. Also noticeable is the Feels carbon bonnet and Spoon mirrors – always an effective upgrade on any Honda.

 

 

A look at the rear end shows more tasteful modifications including a Mugen Gen 1 spoiler, and an Aztect rear lip to set off the bumper. Underneath you’ll notice the Beaks lower tie bar and aftermarket exhaust system; an HKS Super Dragger coupled with a DC Sports 4-1 manifold.

 

 

The attention to detail continues inside the cabin, which is fully stripped out, featuring a Recaro Pole Position drivers seat fixed to a Buddyclub low rail, along with a Sabelt 4 point harness. A Personal Neo Grinta steering wheel with D1 Spec carbon snap-off boss really sets the interior off nicely. Brad has ditched the flimsy looking OEM gear knob for a D1 Spec heavyweight knob along with a K Tuned shifter, which works oh so well.

 

 

As good as the OEM rear strut brace looks alone, Brad wants to take it to the next level, with plans for a full MSA welded cage!

 

 

A glimpse under the hood and the first thing that hits you is the monstrous Tegiwa Carbon CAI, additionally a Koyo radiator and a Tegiwa 3-point front strut brace. More noticeable improvements include an ACT Lightened Flywheel and ACT Stage1 clutch tied with a Kaaz 1.5way LSD plus s80 – mfactory 4.923 Final Drive. If that wasn’t enough, Brad has had the P72 remapped with Neptune and shed some weight by removing the ABS, air con and power steering.

 

 

The DC2 sits on a bronze set of Volk TE37c’s (15×7 ET43) paired with Yokohama Advan AD08 195/50/15 rubber all round. Braking enhancements include Wilwood Dynalite calipers, 282 discs and Ferodo DS2500 pads. The front bumper is also finished off with J’s Racing canards, but soon to be replaced by some colour coded Fiberworx examples.

 

 

It wasn’t always smooth sailing for the Integra. Unfortunately last year a valve spring went on the gassflow’d big cammed head. Brad took it on the chin and decided to rebuild it as standard but to make it more to par he had the gearbox rebuilt with a 4.9fd and the Kazz diff. Right now the car is pretty much where Brad wants it to be, bar a few small modifications to come of course – let’s face it, a car is never finished.

 

 

The headlights looked great lit up as Brad set off to leave.

 

 

There you have it, our first feature. Stay tuned for more cars coming in the near future.