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VW Days 2017

Date: 10/11 June 2017

Location: Saint-Quentin, France

 

Words & Photos by Henry Phull

 

After attending Club Golf IDF’s VW Days last year for the first time, I knew it wasn’t an event I wanted to miss again, so I made sure to booked my travel and accommodation for the 2017 show well in advance. Held over two days, this show makes the perfect long weekend, or mini holiday if you’re travelling from another country. Whether you decide to camp at the show venue and take advantage of the onsite night-time entertainment, or stay in the nearby hotels and takeover the local town (which is what we did), VW Days is more about spending time with friends – it just so happens to be an incredible car show, too. With high quality cars attending from all over Europe, there was plenty to see – what they’ve achieved is, no doubt, France’s answer to a premier car show. Although I’d say the event is 90% VAG, Ilce and the organisers are partial to the odd BMW, Mercedes-Benz and non-VAG car being allowed in, which makes for a nice change, because although the Europeans build some of the best Volkswagens and Audis that I’ve ever seen, it’s still good to offer some variety – they seemed to get this just right. Just take a look at my highlights below…

 

Victor Korotkov’s Audi C7 A6 Avant on Air Lift / AccuAir suspension & Rotiform HUR’s

@victor_korotkov

 

 

Klaas van Schaijk’s Mk1 Golf on BBS E55’s

 

Marcel Klok’s Porsche 964 on H&R Deep suspension & BBS E28’s

@marcel_klok

 

Many Many’s Mk2 Golf GTI on Air Lift suspension & BBS RF’s

@stancescrap

 

Ben Rye’s ’57 Volkswagen Oval Beetle on Air Lift suspension & custom 3pc smoothies

@oldrag57

(Click here to check out our feature on Ben’s Beetle)

 

HR Autoworks’ ’57 Volkswagen Oval Beetle

@hrautoworks

 

 

G’Rèm Verson’s Mk3 Golf on Air Lift suspension & Gotti/ACT SX’s

@grem.lowest

 

Marco Pereira’s Audi C7 A6 Avant on AccuAir suspension & OZ Futura’s

@mpperformance

 

 

Romain Moncelet’s Mk5 Golf ED30 on Air Lift suspension & Rotiform LSR’s

@romainmoncelet

 

Yoan Joaquim’s BMW E92 M3 on Air Lift suspension & Rotiform SIX’s

@swb_automotive_yoan

 

 

Jamie McToldridge’s RX8 Rotary-swapped 1966 Datsun 520 on Air Lift suspension

@players_jaymac

 

Julien Jacinto’s Volkswagen Santana on Air Lift suspension & Gotti/ACT SX’s

@julien_jacinto

 

Antonino Trunfio’s Mk1 Golf on Borbet A splits

@antonino_trunfio

 

Abi Clarke’s Polo Coupe on Zender Phase 2 Turbos / fans

@shwwty

 

Rob Kelly’s Audi C7 A6 on Air Lift suspension & Rotiform OZT’s

@rob_fitteduk

 

Marcel Bäumer’s Mercedes-Benz W108 280SE on Air Lift suspension

@baeumers

 

 

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

@stefan_vda

 

Joshua Bradley’s Skoda Fabia on Air Lift suspension & BBS RF’s

@braderz_in_the_faberz

 

Eloise Saunders’ Audi Mk3 TT on Air Lift suspension & Rotiform RSE‘s

@eloisesaunders

 

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

@josh_stokes

 

 

 

Guillame Michaud’s Mk2 Golf on BBS E52’s

@g_mikro

 

 

Steve Fraser’s Audi S3 Saloon on Air Lift suspension & Rotiform LAS-R’s

@s30bmx

 

Andrew Carter’s Mk2 Golf on H&R Ultralow suspension & BBS E26’s

@carter_213

 

Nicolas Ogé’s ’62 Deluxe Beetle

@nicolasoge

 

 

Nick de Rond’s Mk3 Golf on Air Lift suspension & BBS RF’s

@mk3nick

 

 

Alexandra Schwing’s Polo Coupe

 

Matt Carter’s Audi A5 on AccuAir suspension & WORK Meister’s

@stancefaktor

 

 

Kevin Devert’s Beetle

@lowbugz

 

Alex De Oliveira’s Mk2 Golf GTI on Air Lift suspension & Eta Beta’s

@aleex941

 

 

 

Vincent Plonquet’s Mk7 Golf R on Air Lift suspension & OZ Superturismo’s

@vwins_7r

 

Dimitri Léouna’s Mk3 Golf on Air Lift suspension & Eta Beta’s

@mk3_mk2_

 

Warwick French’s Audi RS3 on Air Lift suspension & Fifteen52 Penta GT’s

@wardog701

 

 

Douglas Degroodt’s Mk1 Golf on Air Lift suspension & BBS RF’s

@douglasmk1

 

VW Days is truly an amazing weekend away. Situated in Northern France, it’s a really easy drive along one toll road from the Euro Tunnel and ferry terminals (approx. 1hr45min). Plus it’s close to neighbouring countries too – which explains the large turnout of foreign cars mostly from Belgium and Germany. Whether you’re into camping, or prefer the luxuries of a hotel, I can’t recommend VW Days enough – it’s probably the next best thing to the Wörthersee experience and a lot more affordable. With so many cars to admire, make sure you check out the Bonus Gallery below to see even more. Big thanks to Ilce and the team for welcoming us – we’ll be back next year. Don’t think about it, do it!

 

BONUS GALLERY

 

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More info on Club Golf IDF / VW Days:

Club Golf IDF website

Club Golf IDF on Instagram

Club Golf IDF on Facebook

 

Stance Fever 2017

Date: 7 May 2017

Location: Rockingham Motor Speedway, Northamptonshire

 

Words & Photos by Henry Phull

 

After the success of last year’s show, we decided to head back up to Rockingham Motor Speedway for 2017’s offering of Stance Fever. Starting back in 2014 as a small event at the Ace Cafe in London, Stance Fever is the brainchild of Faz Ahmed (Specialist Tyres) and Nick Rance (Beds-Modified) who wanted to bring two rather different car cultures and styles together. It’s no surprise, then, that a wide variation of cars and taste is commonplace at their show. Both well connected within the car community, Nick and Faz packed-out the Ace Cafe for their first event… Year two called for a bigger venue, and a move to Norton Heath Centre in Essex. With the high quality of cars, more and more people had their eyes on Stance Fever, thanks to their ‘quality over quantity’ vibe, visible from the get-go. In 2016, it was time to open up the show to a wider audience with the introduction of Rockingham Motor Speedway, which provided much more space for cars. Take a look at our highlights from last weekend…

 

Christian Canning’s Porsche Cayman on HP Drivetech / AccuAir suspension & Rotiform RSE‘s

@callmepicasso

 

 

Connor Hollamby’s Mercedes-Benz W201 190E on Air Lift suspension & BBS RF’s

@connorhollamby_

(Click here to check out our feature on Connor’s 190E)

 

Evolve Automotive’s BMW M2 GTS on Bilstein suspension & 6Sixty Emblem’s

@evolveautomotive / @starlam2

 

 

Conner Manners’ VW Mk6 Golf on Air Lift suspension & VSP Type2’s

@conner_mk6

 

Harvey Howe’s BMW E82 on Air Lift suspension & OZ Breyton’s

@harveyhowe

 

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

@ethansexton

 

 

Barry Smith’s BMW E36 328i on Air Lift / AccuAir suspension & 3SDM 3.19’s

@santorinie36

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

 

Shannon Kiely’s Vauxhall Corsa D on Air Lift suspension & Fifteen52 Turbomac’s

@shannonmkiely

 

Ben Gill’s Mercedes-Benz W204 on Air Lift / HP Drivetech suspension & Rotiform SCN’s

@ben._.gill

 

Nicola Sidney’s Vauxhall Astra GTC on Air Lift suspension & Rotiform RSE‘s

@nicolasidney

 

 

 

Tony Ward’s VW Mk6 Polo R on Air Lift suspension & BBS RS’

@h8rxd

 

Ernesto Colmenar’s VW Touran on Air Lift suspension & Rotiform IDK’s

@ecolmenar

 

Keil Critten’s R32-swapped VW Mk3 Golf on Air Lift Suspension & custom-built VR6 splits

@keil_mk3

 

Natasha Sharpe’s VW CC GT on Air Lift suspension & Radi8 r8b12’s

@tishtash_brokegirl

 

Jimmy Stephens’ BMW E82 on Air Lift suspension & Rotiform TMB‘s

@jimmyboistephens

 

Shaun Grazette’s BMW E92 335i on Air Lift suspension & Blitz Technospeed Z1’s

@sasag01

 

Calvin Buyuk’s Audi A5 on Air Lift / AccuAir suspension & Radi8 r8t12’s

@bagged_a5

 

Chris Porter’s VW Mk6 Golf GTI on Air Lift / AccuAir suspension & Rotiform BLQ‘s

@porter1287

 

Steve Noble’s VW B6 Passat on Air Lift suspension & WatercooledIND MT10’s

@s90_nbl

 

Darren Simon’s static Mercedes-Benz R230 SL55 on Rohana RC10’s

@darren_fitmentjunkies

 

Amar’s Audi A5 on Air Lift suspension & Vossen CV7’s

@amar7128

 

Roval Waithe’s VW Mk7 Golf GTI on Air Lift suspension & Rotiform CCV‘s

@rovalll

 

 

Ben Ancliff’s Porsche Boxster on hydraulic suspension & Eta Beta’s

@ben_smartcleandetailing

 

Calum Lester’s VW Mk5 Golf GTI on Air Lift suspension & OZ Futura’s

@calumlester

 

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

@henry_slamsanctuary

 

Karl Runeckles’ BMW Z4 on hydraulic suspension & BBS RF’s

@ronn_x_

 

 

 

Clearly, the quality of cars in attendance at Stance Fever gets higher and higher each year, and, although not a huge event, this year did see over 600 people through the gates. With two ‘Top 100’ pre-selected areas of show cars along with plenty of club-stands and even space for people to simply turn up and show their car on the day, the event caters for everyone. Plus, with live drifting taking place simultaneously, as well as the usual Rockingham track action, there’s plenty to see if you do happen to get bored of looking at cars. Naturally, Faz and Nick have decided to continue at Rockingham for 2018, with even more updates planned. So, keep an eye on the Stance Fever social media pages for an announcement of the date – you’re going to want to add it to your diary!

 

BONUS GALLERY

 

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More info on Stance Fever:

Stance Fever website

Stance Fever on Instagram

Stance Fever on Facebook

 

Lionel Racey – Carl Shakespeare’s 1996 Volkswagen Mk3 Golf VR6

Words & Photos by Henry Phull

 

This isn’t the typical kind of car that you’d expect to see gracing our digital pages here on Slam Sanctuary. It’s… how do I put it? Less ‘stancey’ than our usual spotlight features. However, Carl Shakespeare (or Shakey, as he’s more commonly known) has created a stunning example of a fast-road hatchback that we just had to showcase. Let me introduce his ’96 Mk3 Golf VR6, nicknamed ‘Lionel Racey’… It not only looks the part (subtle and understated), it goes and sounds like an absolute rocket, too, with a supercharger under the hood and a recent NOS setup. Considering the car’s purpose (driving fast!), it sits just right, too. It’s an impressive overall package, and after seeing it go through some significant changes during 2016, I bided my time and waited for the right moment to get this awesome VR6 behind the lens. That time finally arrived one late afternoon in the New Forest…

 

 

But let’s start with the owner himself. Head honcho at Studio Incar, Shakey actually works on all sorts of interesting cars on a daily basis, creating mid to high end custom audio setups, bespoke upholstery, and the occasional air suspension installation. Basically, most of the cars he works on tend to be full of the latest tech. However, he usually seems to go for a complete opposite approach with his own cars. Shakey likes to drive hard, with a lot of his more recent being semi stripped-down and static, as opposed to a ‘show-car’ approach.

 

 

Shakey has been into his Volkswagens since 2004, having owned countless Mk2’s, a Mk1 (which he actually hated!), an R32 and lots of Mk3’s already, including Vento’s and Jetta’s. In between the VW’s, he’s owned a whole host of BMW M cars, too… E46 M3’s, an E39 M5, E92 M3 and E36 328i, and although he has grown attached to BMW, he always seems to come back to the Volkswagen marque. “They just have an incredible following full of amazing people, you could genuinely try and ‘give up’ Volkswagen and you’d find it very hard indeed” he tells me… “Any VW guy/girl will have a long list of friends that they’ve completely forgotten are due to the marque and are now just best, close friends. It’s that and the VW lifestyle, it’s so much calmer than any other.”

 

 

So let’s get to the Mk3… Stuck without a project car for once, Shakey was left with his daily driver and wanted to get stuck in to another build, and at the time wanted something he could use on the Studio Incar trade stands. It just so happened that a customer and now good friend of his, Christopher Sukhram, had mentioned that he had a Mk3 VR6 tucked away in his garage. He told Shakey that it had been painted and had the arches pulled slightly, which were welded flat and smoothed inside (This alone would save himself a lot of effort in the long run).

 

 

The car had been driven home from the paint shop and garaged straight away – a whole seven years prior! So, with an ideal candidate sitting right there, he badgered Christopher constantly and almost gave up. Eventually, he finally gave in and sold Shakey the car. “It hadn’t seen light for many years, a quick oil change, so I turned over by hand and it then fired. Like any VW does.” he explains.

 

 

At first, the plan with the Mk3 was to build a demo vehicle for Studio Incar, with a whole host of audio equipment, sitting on air suspension. Well, that idea didn’t last long. As soon as Shakey got the car road legal, he drove it and realised that, just like the Mk4 R32, “It makes lush noises, but it’s mind numbingly slow!” he laughs. Almost immediately, he started pulling out the interior in an early attempt to make it fast and handle better. “It’s amazing how well the car started to respond to subtle stuff.” That was settled then – it was going to be a fast road car.

 

 

Having been painted and left untouched, the condition of the Mk3 when Shakey took delivery was rather good. However, there were a few imperfections, notably the paint on the doors which was too thin and had primer showing up in direct sunlight. Therefore Shakey had New Forest Classic Cars repaint the doors along with various other parts to bring the car up-to-date. With the car being built previously to Christopher’s taste in the late 2000’s, the modifications weren’t to Shakey’s taste, so he went on to source different bumpers, side trims and grill.

 

 

After stripping the interior almost completely, Shakey installed a Wiechers cage and Recaro Pole Position seats – for which he made custom subframes that allow a low-slung height with the side mounts and work with the stock front/back adjustment. At the same time, with the help of Sam Rutter, they created custom carbon fibre door panels (real – not wrapped or dipped).

 

Under the bonnet is purely the business end – it doesn’t get cleaned unless it’s being worked on!

 

They also added some stainless steel hardware for pull handles and stitched up the door triggers and grab handles, along with some mounts for a pair of Hertz He midbass speakers (Naturally, Shakey had to get some audio in there). A Volkswagen Motorsport gear knob was also sourced from Matt at Trimsport and he also decided to switch out the stock steering wheel in favour of a boat item, which he just loves the feel of – it looks the part, too!

 

 

The new goal for the VR6 was to gain as much power as possible, which called for some supercharging action thanks to the guys at VRT, who fitted a Rotrex C-94 charger. This took a little longer to fit as it had to be sent off to have the 12psi pulley changed out for an 8psi item (a little more stock engine friendly, but still not the safest). On it’s return, Ryan (one of the owners at VRT) heroically took his own supercharged VR6 apart to supply the parts for the build. A high pressure in-tank pump was also fitted along with a ported ECU. “When I got the car back it was like I had been given a completely different car, with the weight difference and the extra 100+ HP it absolutely rocks.” Shakey recalls.

 

 

In order to cope with the newly acquired power, Shakey decided to update the braking system with ECS tuning adapters and bells/rotors, along with Porsche 996T Brembo callipers (fully rebuilt and coated) running Yellow Stuff pads. The suspension was also uprated, with a complete bush overhaul (OEM where he spec’d, and poly everywhere else). Neuspeed braces were also fitted all round in addition to H&R anti roll bars. The Golf sits on a set of Spax RSX gas filled coilovers with height and dampening adjustability. There’s also the added camber and caster adjustment on the top mounts. “These aren’t a show car shock, purposefully so they won’t go mega low – but that’s not what the car is about.” Shakey explains.

 

 

Wheels are always a difficult factor on any build, and it wasn’t easy for Shakey to make up his mind. “I originally wanted 16” BBS RS, black on black, with some big profile tyres… However, I got linked to these and I love them!”…a set of 17″ OZ Superleggera’s, which were refurbished in Satin Anthracite by The Wheel Specialist Fareham, and paired to Yokohama S-Drive 195/40 tyres all round. The wheels are spaced 3mm up front to clear the brakes, and 8mm rear left and 10mm rear right for wider track and rear beam levelling. The result is a truly aggressive one, and works perfectly with the motorport-inspired look.

 

 

At this moment in time, Shakey seems happy with the progress of the car, but with a project like this, it’s all about the driving experience and getting the maximum thrill possible. In fact, the Golf is currently at Jtech Automotive having the nitrous set up properly – which will surely take the enjoyment factor to the next level, and beyond. “There are loads of plans for the car really” he explains… “Limited slip diff, more power, built engine, 6 branch if it is to stay supercharged… You know how it goes, but I do love this car to bits right now – it’s a rapid, noisy, smelly little thing that can hold its own when cleaned up too.” With the weather finally improving, I bet he can’t wait to get back in the car and enjoy it again for the rest of the 2017 season – I can’t wait for another ride in it.

 

BONUS GALLERY

 

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More info on Carl Shakespeare:

@shakey_studioincar on Instagram

 

More info on Studio Incar:

@studioincar on Instagram

Studio Incar on Facebook

Studio Incar website

 

 

 

Players 10.0

Date: 18 September 2016

Location: North Weald Airfield, Essex

 

Words & Photos by Henry Phull

 

There’s one show that, undoubtedly, initiated the birth of several modified car shows in the UK… the one and only Players at North Weald Airfield. Founded by Jamie McToldridge and Carl Taylor, their vision came into fruition by hosting a new type of show that catered for all petrolheads within the clustered automotive world, but most importantly, oozing anything cool. Naturally, Players is known to have a strong presence of cars sporting Air Lift suspension and Rotiform wheels, but that’s to be expected when they are the main sponsors of the event. BUT, it’s balanced out with plenty of diversity. For example, walking into the main show, the first thing that would’ve met your eyes was a jacked up Chevy Impala lowrider. Followed by the UK’s first RWB Porsche. Then a classic Mercedes-Benz to a brand new BMW M4 on air. From a selection of Mk1 Golfs, to a Bagged Austin Healey! And people say that there’s no variation left these days? Well, I’m sorry, but that’s just plain B.S. – Jamie and Carl are two guys with quite the opposite taste in cars – put them together and you’ve got a team of incredible curators, showing us what is cool, and what’s going to ‘wow’ you as soon as you step foot into their show. Players 10.0 proved that they’ve still got it, ten years later.

 

Pav Gill’s Chevrolet Impala SS lowrider on hydraulics

@psychopav

 

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

@profusioncustoms / @rwbuk

 

 

 

James Brown’s bagged Mercedes-Benz 190E on Rotiform MBZ’s

@jamesyesyesbrown

 

 

Raj Sangha’s Audi RS2 on Rotiform STR’s

@rajsangha964

 

 

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

@p5uml

 

 

Kim Cowden’s Mk1 Golf

@kim57t

 

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

@cptnlow

 

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)

 

 

Jamie McToldridge’s Volkswagen Mk1 Golf G60 on H&R suspension & Rotiform YVR’s

@players_jaymac

 

 

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

@elmo_rh

 

Marcel Bäumer’s Mercedes-Benz W108 280SE on Air Lift suspension

@baeumers

 

 

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

@caraudiosecurity

 

Will Drayson’s BMW E92 on Air Lift suspension & Rotiform BLQ’s

@will_dra

 

Raj Sangha’s BMW M4 on Air Lift Suspension & Rotiform RSE’s

@rajsangha964

 

 

JAG’S Bodyshop’s Audi B5 S4 Avant

@jagsbodyshop

 

Max Marshall’s Austin Healey on Air Lift suspension

@madmaxmarshall

 

 

Paul’s Audi B5 S4 Avant on Air Lift suspension & Rotiform DIA’s

@players_jaylos

 

 

Dan Tuttle’s 1960 Chevrolet Impala on Air Lift suspension

@dantuttle

 

 

Jamie McToldridge’s Mercedes-Benz W123 230CE on Air Lift suspension & Rotiform LHR’s

@players_jaymac

 

Ryan Stewart’s track-spec Porsche Cayman on Rotiform LSR’s

@7th.seal

 

 

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

@1987soarer

 

Jon Naish’s Nissan President on hydraulic suspension

@johnnynaish

 

Jamie McToldridge’s RX8 Rotary-swapped 1966 Datsun 520 on Air Lift suspension

@players_jaymac

 

 

 

Andy Maguire’s Audi B5 RS4 Avant on Air Lift suspension

 

Jamie Wootton’s 1966 Volkswagen Beetle on Empi wheels

@motojamie7

 

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

@stevenfoxall

 

 

 

Still Static’s Audi B8 on H&R suspension & Vossen LC105-T’s

@stillstatic

 

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

@bm_bean

 

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

@aajware

 

Patric James’ Volkswagen Corrado on Air Lift suspension & Eta Beta’s

@players_vex

 

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

@classic_stance

 

Alex Begley’s BMW E92 M3 on Air Lift suspension & Fifteen52 Tarmacs

@alex_3b

 

HR Autoworks’ 1957 Oval & Ben Rye’s 1957 Oval Ragtop

@hrautoworks / @oldrag57

 

James Ellerker’s static Mk1 Ford Fiesta

@bone__idle

 

Dub-It’s Volkswagen Type2

@dub_it

 

Matt Bampton’s Mk3 Golf GTI ABT 16v on Air Lift suspension

@mjbampt_rbauto

 

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

@lamodz_official

 

 

JAG’S Bodyshop’s Liberty Walk BMW E92 M3

@jagsbodyshop

 

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

@s30bmx

 

Beth Halsey’s Audi A1 on Air Lift suspension & Rotiform BLQ-2’s

@hxlsey

 

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

@edward_e36

 

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

@joe_t25

 

Chris Wallis’ Mk5 Golf GTI on Air Lift suspension & OZ Futura’s

@christopherrw

 

 

Hunain K’s Mk6 Golf R on Air Lift suspension & OZ Futura’s

@nain_r20

 

 

 

 

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

@flatliner32

 

Kat Giles’ Audi Q3 on Air Lift suspension & Rotiform KPS’s

@kagggie

 

Mikel Roe’s Mk6 Jetta on AccuAir suspension & OZ Futura’s

@mikey_plush

 

Chris Phillips’ static Lexus IS200 on WORK Equip’s

@chrispy_clean

 

 

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

@e46_alex

 

Billy Hilton’s Audi S8 on KW suspension & Rotiform CCV’s

@bigdollarbilll

 

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

@s_crompton

 

 

Bekir Iskender’s BMW E39 540i on Air Lift suspension & custom 19″ 3pc Alpina Softline’s

@beck34ist

 

 

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So, Players remains on top with variation and unbeatable quality of cars – but, and it’s a big but, is it enough in this fast-moving automotive community? With so many new shows on the horizon, it’s clearly becoming more and more of a chore to keep up with the youngsters and new breed of car enthusiasts. With content from shows popping up on Instagram before you even have a chance to look around in person, there’s an unfortunate sense of impatience in the car scene these days. I get the feeling that the North Weald show is gradually becoming second to its younger sister, Players Classic, which is the event that seems to get bigger and better each year – plus there’s the history and motorsport heritage that comes with the location of Goodwood Motor Circuit. North Weald will always remain a special place to ourselves and others that have been part of the scene for years – but could it be time for a change of format? We’ll be supporting it nonetheless.

 

More info on Players:

Players website

Players on Facebook

Players on Instagram

 

 

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Edition38 Show & Shine 2016

Date: 2-4 September 2016

Location: Overstone Park, Northampton

 

Words & Photos by Henry Phull

 

It’s that time again… Edition38! This is probably the most anticipated show of the year for Volkswagen and VAG fans. It’s essentially a camping event held over a long weekend, the ideal opportunity to get together with friends and cars. Thanks to plenty of night-time entertainment, people treat it as a party weekend, followed by one of the best Show & Shines in the country at the end of it. Edition has grown so much, that each year I notice a stronger presence of cars that have travelled over from Europe. This year was no exception, as I was blown away by plenty of examples from the Netherlands, Belgium, and France which stood out from everything else – showing us Brits how it should be done. Now, due to the weather being absolutely disgusting on the Friday and Saturday of the event, we skipped them and made our way up on Sunday (the main day for Show & Shine), where the rain stayed away, luckily. Props to everyone that camped all weekend in the wet and mud – that’s dedication! Enjoy our round-up, with some of the UK and Europe’s highest quality dubs.

 

 

Matthias Niestroj’s Mk1 Golf on BBS E50’s

@postgolf_reanimated

 

Alois Hankofer’s Audi B8 RS4 Avant on Air Lift suspension & Rotiform QLB’s

@ahexclusiveparts

 

 

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

@george_dvsn4

 

Christian Pack’s bagged Seat Leon on VSP Type2’s

@chris_dvsn4

 

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

@stefan_vda

 

 

Richard van Rooij’s Mk5 Golf on Autostrada Modena’s

 

Jack Cammack’s bagged Skoda Fabia VRS on OZ Futura’s

@jackcammack1

 

 

 

PJ Dickman’s bagged Scirocco on RAD48 LR’s

@radzilla_pjd

 

 

 Oxford Car Audio’s Audi S5 on Audi S5 on Airlift / AccuAir suspension & Avant Garde F541′s

@oxfordcaraudio

 

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

@_samcurtis

 

Stan Jalhay’s static Mk2 Golf GTI on BBS E50.2s

@stanjalhay

 

 

Adam Hodge’s Audi S3 on H&R suspension, Lamborghini BBK & 20″ Audi Rotor’s

@hodge_s3

 

Still Static’s Audi B8 on H&R suspension & Vossen LC105-T’s

@stillstatic

 

Klaas van Schaijk’s Mk1 Golf GTI on centrelock BBS E50’s

 

 

Liam Handley’s Mk2 Polo Coupe GT on BBS RS’s

@liamhandley1

 

 

JC Asiat Nem’s Audi TT on Air Lift suspension

@jicey95300

 

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

@mk3nick

 

Aaron Would’s Lupo on Air Lift suspension & OZ Turbo’s

@aarxn8

 

Ron Huijzer’s Porsche 964 on BBS LM’s

@ron_964

 

Vinyl Image’s Passat R36 on Air Lift suspension & Eta Beta VentiR’s

@vinylimage

 

Emmanuelle Peereboom’s Mk1 Jetta

 

 

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

@markvw89

 

Justdent’s R32-swapped Mk1 Caddy on Fifteen52 F40 Tarmac’s

@justdents

 

Dan Malley’s Mk2 Golf on D2 / Air Lift suspension & BBS RM’s

@dandub95

 

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

@ivokusters

 

 

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

@vlad_srb

 

 

Heaven on Wheels’ Audi A5 Sportback on Air Lift suspension on ADV1 wheels

@saxoholic

 

 

Steven Boeykens’ Audi A6 Avant on Air Lift suspension

@boeykensa6

 

 

Auto Finesse’s Mk2 Golf GTI 20vt on Air Lift suspension & Ronal Racing centrelock’s

@autofinesse

 

 

 

 

Jack Belfield’s static Mk2 Polo Coupe 16v on BBS RS’s

@_jakebae__

 

Sebastien Lobry’s bagged Mk4 Bora on face-mounted Speedline Mistral’s

 

 

HR Autoworks’ 1957 Volkswagen Oval Beetle

@hrautoworks

 

Ben Rye’s bagged 1957 Volkswagen Oval Beetle ragtop on custom 3pc smoothies

@oldrag57

 

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

@sole_flavours

 

 

Richard Skinner’s bagged Santana LX on BBS RA’s

@g60golf1980

 

Daniel Wasilewski’s bagged Phaeton on Bentley wheels

@airridesystem.uk

 

 

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

@shakey_studioincar

 

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

@g_lowcollective

 

 

Harry Chodha’s bagged Mk1 Golf Cabriolet on BBS RS’s

@harry_chodha

 

Tseerd Weulen Kranenberg’s Mk2 Golf Rallye

 

 

Simon Andrzejewski’s Mk2 Golf GTI 20vt on Air Lift suspension & OZ Futura’s

@simondoski

 

 

Alex Lambert’s bagged Polo

@polo83lambert

 

 

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

 

 

 

 

Marco Tchan Schianchi’s Mk2 Golf G60 on BBS RF’s

@marcoschianchi

 

Max Mummery’s Mk3 Golf on Air Lift suspension & BBS E50’s

@maaaxm

 

EPS Motorsport’s 915hp Audi S1 Quattro on Rotiform LSR’s

@eps_motorsport

 

 

 

 

Alex Buckingham’s bagged wide-arch VW Polo 6R on stepped-up BBS RS’s

@alex6r

 

 

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

@autofinesse

 

Matty Loveridge’s Mk1 Golf Swallowtail on Air Lift suspension & BBS E76′s

@matty_mk1

 

 

 

Dan Gilligan’s Mk2 Golf Rallye on BBS E50’s

@dan_gilligan

 

 

 

Fixawheel’s T5 on AirREX suspension & Rotiform CCV’s

@fixawheel

 

 

Kristof Heyvaert’s static Mk2 Golf GTI on Ronal Racing wheels

@krstof_h

 

 

Audis in the Park’s Audi B5 on BBS LM’s

@audisinthepark

 

Rob Palmer’s bagged Mk3 Golf VR6 on ceramic polished BBS RS’s

@robg60

 

Kat Giles’ Audi Q3 on Air Lift suspension & Rotiform KPS’s

@kagggie

 

 

GRM Northampton’s Mk7 Golf R on AirREX suspension & Cast13 wheels

@grm_northampton

 

Chris Halliday’s bagged Tiguan on BBS E88’s

@kic_chris

 

The Install Company’s Type3 Fastback on Air Lift suspension

@theinstallcompany

 

Jack Ellis’ Audi C5 A6 Allroad on BC Racing coilovers & Rotiform IND-T’s

@staticjack

 

Jack Buckley’s Mk3 Golf on Gotti’s

@fuckl3y

 

Jack Moody’s static BMW E38 740i

@moody4130

 

Jake Ryan’s M52-swapped BMW E30 on Air Lift suspension & OZ Futura’s

@e30_jr

 

BMW E30 on hydraulic suspension & Schmidt Modern-Line’s

@j9dog

 

BMW E34 on BBS RF’s

@rawr_32

 

 

We sneaked in a few photographs of BMW’s, naturally, as you can often find plenty of non-VAG cars dotted around outside the show field, trying their best to join in. Looking at Volkswagens all day can sometimes become a little boring for us – Edition is one of the few shows left that has still stuck to the ‘VAG only’ rule, but fair play to them, they are still attracting the numbers and going strong, this is was their 16th show! But it still makes you wonder – will they ever give in and let other marques be part of the show? Time will tell. Despite the rain, it looked like most people had a fantastic weekend. Thanks to the Edition38 team for having us, we’ll be back.

 

More info on Edition38:

Edition38 website

Edition38 on Facebook

Edition38 on Instagram

 

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RollHard: The Show 2016

Date: 14 August 2016

Location: Cressing Temple Barns, Essex

 

Words & Photos by Henry Phull

 

Established back in 2010, RollHard is now one of the most recognised groups in the modified car scene… They choose to focus on the sense of community that comes with the lifestyle of a petrolhead, “All makes, all models, one community” as they state, which I absolutely love. It’s not hard to work out why so many car enthusiasts choose to be a part of RH and of course rock the stickers on their cars. Let’s face it, if you’re into cars, you’ve heard of RollHard. They’re everywhere, and even have a huge following over in Europe. Having previously held a few events (RollHard Duxford back in 2013, The Belgian Chapter in 2014 and 2015, and their Charity event also in 2015), a new idea was brought to life this year after discovering an absolute gem of a location in Essex – the Cressing Temple Barns. Imagine a beautiful, scenic venue in the remote countryside, featuring 13th Century Medieval barns, outbuildings, gardens, and paddocks. Not your usual recipe for a car show, but that’s what made this one just that extra bit special. With plenty of nooks and crannies throughout the venue, cars were dotted all over the place, which made it more fun to explore than say, strolling past rows upon rows of cars like at other shows. Usually, I’m not the biggest fan of car events on grass, but the quirkiness of this venue definitely made up for it. So, sit back and check out the highlights below…

 

 

Jack Smith’s Lexus GS300 on D2 / Air Lift suspension & Weds Kranze LXZ’s

@smithjack

 

 

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

@elmo_rh

 

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

@bigj_223

 

 

 

Chris Goring’s BMW E46 on BC Racing coilovers & WORK Meister M1’s

@larm46

 

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

@likehelldesign

 

Jordan O’Sullivan’s static Mini Cooper S on Tracer Tech 2’s

@jordzzz

 

Micheal Evans’ Lexus LS430 on Air Lift suspension & WORK Durandal DD5.2’s

@v8fag

 

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

@bm_bean

 

 

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

@juangti86

 

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

@cptnlow

 

Frederik Ceulemans’ bagged Mk1 Scirocco w/16VT & BBS RS

@joenge

 

 

 

Edd Fell’s Mk2 Audi TT on Air Lift suspension & BBS E28’s

@3ddr0

 

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

@e46_alex

 

Andy Willems’ bagged 1973 Mercedes-Benz S280 W108 on 18″ Intro Wheels

@willemsandy80

 

Jon Naish’s Nissan President on hydraulic suspension

@johnnynaish

 

Sven Haegeman’s bagged BMW E12 528 on BBS Style19′s

@haegemansven

 

 

Scott Paterson’s static BMW E36 Touring on Throwing Stars

@scottpatersonphoto

 

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

@rob_blackwell

 

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

@thomwilliams_

 

Eric French’s Mk2 VW Polo Coupe on Schmidt wheels

@ericfrenchie

 

Rory Hamilton’s bagged Mercedes-Benz W115 240D on BBS Mahles

(Click here to check out our feature on Rory’s Mercedes)

@rory_fourtyfour

 

Matty Loveridge’s Mk1 Golf Swallowtail on Air Lift suspension & BBS E76′s

@matty_mk1

 

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

@taxi_

 

 

 

Chris Phillips’ static Lexus IS200 on Enkei NT03+M’s

@chrispy_clean

 

Andy Guyett’s BMW E36 Touring on Air Lift suspension & M Parallel’s

@gus247

 

Meguiar’s Ford Crown Victoria on Air Lift suspension

@meguiarsuk

 

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

@blackman_k

 

Paul’s Audi B5 S4 Avant on Air Lift suspension & Rotiform DIA’s

@players_jaylos

 

Mark Sime’s BMW E82 on Air Lift suspension on Zito wheels

@mark.sime

 

Shaun Fielding’s Porsche 911 on Fifteen52 Outlaw’s

@shaun2250

 

 

Roger Ramjet’s Audi B5 RS4 Avant 

@g60dw

 

Reece Chapman’s Mk1 Audi TT on Air Lift suspension & BBS RS’s

@chapmanmx

 

Mark Riccioni’s Mk7 VW Golf R on Air Lift suspension

@mark_scenemedia

 

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

@1987soarer

 

Paul Burns’ bagged BMW E28 on Gotti’s

@b_instahype

 

 

Elliott Waterman’s static Renault 5

@ewr5

 

Tom Sandys’ Mk1 Audi TT on Air Lift suspension & Fifteen52 R43’s

@tomsandys

 

Liam Richardson’s bagged Beetle

@grease_ball13

 

 

Gary Morgan’s Mk1 Ford Escort

@gmbodycraft

 

Richard Harris’ Audi B7 A4 Avant on Air Lift suspension & Rotiform IND’s

@richard_thomas

 

Hannah Edwards’ Seat Leon on Air Lift suspension & Bentley wheels

@h14nnu

 

 

 

Darron Burrows’ Nissan 370Z

 

Oxford Car Audio’s Audi S5 on Audi S5 on Airlift / AccuAir suspension & Avant Garde F541′s

@oxfordcaraudio

 

Sam Harman’s Mk6 VW Jetta on Air Lift / AccuAir suspension & Rotiform TMB’s

@samharman45_tsi_

 

Connor Hollamby’s bagged Mercedes-Benz W201 190E

@connorhollamby_

 

 

Sam Williams’ bagged Mazda MX5 on BBS RF’s

@samwilliamsz

 

Auto Finesse’s Mk1 Caddy on Air Lift suspension & BBS E50′s

@autofinesse

 

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

@letitgoletitflow

 

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

@gkbw

 

Bekir Iskender’s BMW E39 540i on Air Lift suspension & custom 19″ 3pc Alpina Softline’s

@beck34ist

 

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

@ethansexton

 

Craig Sims’ BMW E28 on BC Racing suspension & 16″ BBS RS’s

@_craigsims

 

Matt Vanstone’s Audi S3 on Air Lift suspension & RAD48 DR1’s

@m9tvy

 

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

@renegadewill

 

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

@ollieberto

 

James Brown’s bagged Mercedes-Benz 190E on Rotiform MBZ’s

@jamesyesyesbrown

 

James Aveil’s bagged Mercedes-Benz W114

@james.aveil

 

David Hanagan’s Audi A5 Sportback on Air Lift suspension & Rotiform SPF’s

@david.hanagan

 

Tej Bajwa’s static BMW E30 M3 on ACS Type 1’s

@c9tej

 

Rash Bajwa’s BMW E34 M5 on BC Racing coilovers & Throwing Stars

@rash_4q

 

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

@shakey_studioincar

 

Max Wilde’s BMW M4

@maxwilde808

 

Nick Sahota’s BMW E34 540i on BC Racing coilovers & custom-built 3pc Throwing Stars

(Click here to check out our feature on Nick’s 540i)

@nicksinghsahota

 

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

@carlos_g88

 

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

@s30bmx

 

Mark Allen’s bagged Mk4 Golf estate on Eta Beta’s

@markvw89

 

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

@lucybarlow1994

 

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

@hoho15_nmls

 

 

RollHard: The Show was certainly one of the more unique car events on the calendar. With plenty of gorgeous cars to look at, gardens to explore, their own cinema, badminton (yep!), on-site tea rooms with ice cream and refreshments, as well as some very tasty food stalls (which makes a nice change!), it made for the perfect day out. For their first event at this venue, I think they did a fantastic job. Here’s to the next one – thanks for having us!

 

More info on RollHard:

RollHard website

RollHard on Facebook

RollHard on Instagram

 

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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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Dorset Volksfest 2016

Date: 8/9/10 July 2016

Location: Wareham, Dorset

 

Words & Photos by Henry Phull

 

We’ve been supporting Dorset Volksfest (DVF) since their first show back in 2013. Being on our doorstep, DVF brings our local Volkswagen community together over a long weekend (Friday-Sunday). It’s the perfect excuse to have a short break with family and friends and admire some awesome VW’s at the same time. The show has continued to grow, with 2016 no doubt being their biggest and best event yet. It’s even started to attract people from all over the country which is truly amazing to see – it means Richie and the DVF crew are doing something right! If you’re looking for a chilled weekend away with plenty of food & drink, trade stalls and entertainment, then this is the show for you. This year we turned up on the Sunday and set up our pop-up store – thanks to everyone that stopped by and picked up some gear! Of course, whilst juggling the store, we managed to take a look around the Show & Shine area as well as the many cool cars dotted around the show field. Here’s our highlights…

 

 

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

@henry_slamsanctuary

 

Bradley Went’s bagged 1967 Beetle

@braderzzz788e

 

Nicola Smith’s VW Lupo on Air Lift suspension

@nikkijoy

 

Luke Baker’s Audi 50

@_lukes_fifty_

 

Ben Lewis’ 1971 Type2 bay window

@evilbens

 

 

Hamish Williamson’s bagged 1969 Westfalia

@fnl_hamish

 

Phoebe Hughes’ bagged 1956 Oval Beetle on Rocket Racing wheels

@fnl_phoebe

 

Adam Hutchings’ Volkswagen Mk1 Jetta on Stern splits

@hutch123

 

VAS Works’ T5 on 3SDM 0.08’s

@vasworks

 

VAS Works’ Caddy on Rota Grid’s

@vasworks

 

Jim Terry’s T5 on 3SDM 0.04’s

 

Mark Allen’s bagged Mk4 Golf estate on Eta Beta’s

@markvw89

 

Adam Hodge’s static Audi S3 on H&R suspension & Audi Rotor Arm wheels

@hodge_s3

(Click here to check out our feature on Adam’s S3)

 

Dale Smith’s Mk1 Golf on ATS splits

@daleg60

 

Callum Maher’s Beetle on banded steels

@callumandhisbug

 

 

 

Ratty Pete’s bagged Type2 panel van

@fnl_rattypete

 

 

Aaron Campion’s bagged Volkswagen LT28

@chestercopperpot666

 

 

Morgan Hall’s bagged 1968 Westfalia

@fnl_morgan

 

 

James McCafferey’s DKW F12

@jamesmk1

 

Coleman Sam’s T25 pickup on Porsche D90’s

@colemanbmx

 

Andy Payne’s 1964 Ragtop Beetle

@volksferkin

 

 

 

 

Graham Page’s Type2 Splitscreen panel van

@grum78

 

 

Lee Curtis’ 1962 Beetle ‘Purple Haze’

@curtisg40

 

Sam Axon’s Mk2 Golf GTI

@samk2

 

Pipey McGraw’s W8-powered Volkswagen K70

@pipey_mcgraw

 

Chris Allen’s rat rod

@chrisallenfury

 

 

Ryan Biles’ Mk3 Golf on hydraulic suspension & Schmidt Modern-Line’s

@ryanbiles

 

DVF’s T5

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It always seems to rain on the Sunday of Dorset Volksfest… Unfortunately this year was no different and we were drenched on arrival for most of the morning. Luckily though, the afternoon cleared up and it turned into one of the warmest days of Summer yet. With a fantastic range of air-cooled Volkswagens as well as a few water-cooled gems on display, the turnout was awesome offering something for every sort of Volkswagen fan. We’d like to say a big thank you to the DVF crew for allowing us to turn up late and set up shop, and for hosting another brilliant show yet again. Not forgetting all of you that made the trip down to Wareham for the whole weekend. Let’s make 2017 even bigger!

 

More info on Dorset Volksfest:

Dorset Volksfest website

Dorset Volksfest on Facebook

Dorset Volksfest on Instagram

 

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A Life Sentence – Ryan Powell’s 1997 Volkswagen Mk3 Golf VR6

Words & Photos by Henry Phull

 

If you’ve been frequenting Slam Sanctuary and the specific portion of the car community we tend to focus on, then you’ll know that the Volkswagen Golf has long been one of the most popular chassis choices for styling and performance modifications. However, choosing which model to go for can be challenging unless you have your heart set on one or the other. Ryan Powell opted to build himself a Mk3 which we are showcasing today. Despite being a huge fan of the Mk1 and Mk2’s, the later Mk3 had some of the newer technology that the older cars lacked – but still not completely reliant on computers. It’s the model that is classed as ‘old but new’ – the last of the classic Golfs before they became completely modernised and overrun by troublesome electronics. In a momentary lapse of reason, Ryan almost found himself buying a Corrado VR6, so clearly the engine played a strong part in Ryan’s decision to go with the Golf, which was to become a huge part of his life.

 

 

Passing his driving test at the age of twenty, Ryan’s driving debut started quite late. Think ‘Max Power’, and you’ll get an idea of how his motoring days began… the first car being a Vauxhall Corsa which was rolled within the first three weeks of ownership. It was then swiftly replaced by another Corsa which was also written off from being driven into a wall! So, two Vauxhall’s down the scrap yard in record time… Ryan soon decided it was time to upgrade to something he actually wanted and would take care of. He has always been in love with Volkswagens before he could even drive, drooling over his older cousin’s issues of Performance VW and even going to car shows and meets with him and mates. A look into insurance quotes showed that Golf’s were finally within his threshold… the search was on.

 

 

After searching for a few weeks Ryan came across the car you see today, just down the road from him in Portsmouth, although it was completely standard at the time. Unfortunately the Golf was a non Highline model, but it was finished in ‘LO41 Straight Black’ – a desirable colour, in addition to being a rot-free, low mileage VR6. Being right on his doorstep, there was no way Ryan was going to let this one go… A deal was done and his VR6 base was ready for the upcoming years worth of modifications.

 

 

Ryan has owned the Mk3 for over four and a half years now, so it’s naturally been through a few different stages and looks. Unsurprisingly he wanted to get the car on the floor as soon as possible, starting on coilovers with a set of KW V1’s then later upgrading to GAZ Custom Ultra Low’s which drove great, but with the height that Ryan ran the car at, plus the amount of travel left on the coilovers, the Golf’s arches were taking a significant beating. With constant bills for sump repairs, sub frames and arch work, a switch to air ride was on the horizon to save money (and the car) in the long run.

 

 

About a year ago, Ryan bit the bullet and forked out his hard-earned cash on a full Mk3 AirREX strut kit with Air Lift Performance V2 management, which he fitted himself on the driveway. Once he got his head around everything, he reckons the fitting part was a pretty simple task. Whilst some people would just bolt on the air and be done with it, Ryan told himself that if he was going to be on air ride he wanted the car to properly lay frame – this meant a bit more work and messing around. A few visits to Coltech Classics in Poole for some chassis notching, as well as an engine raise so that the sump sits level with the subframe, and the car now lays frame whilst fully air’d out. A little additional work can go a long way.

 

 

The first set of wheels Ryan ran on the Golf were 16″ 8j Mercedes 8-holes which he absolutely adored, but when the chance to own some genuine splits arose (located just 10 minutes from his house) he jumped at the chance… 17×8 & 17×9 BBS LM’s with ET35 all round. Although with a 5×114.3 centre bore, it meant that Ryan had to find somewhere to get some adapters made up, and opted for Adaptec Speedware in the USA – after running a set on his previous Mercedes wheels he already knew that the quality of their work was excellent. With the wheels and adapters mounted, Ryan went through a few different tyres to get to the optimal fitment, resulting in 185/35/17 up front and 195/40 at the rear which allow the car to sit just right.

 

 

Body wise, Ryan has added a few special touches to complete the car’s look. Firstly, you’ll no doubt be wondering about the front end.. Hella Quad headlights really make it unique – Ryan admits that the lights get a varied feedback – but the car was built for him and nobody else, so why should other people’s opinions matter, right? He’s managed to pull them off and distinguish his car from the crowd. Along with the headlight swap, the car rocks a Vento front bumper with a smoothed plate recess and GL splitter. At the rear you’ll notice a shortened plate recess and a tasteful Votex spoiler. To tidy up the rest of the exterior, Ryan fitted brand new wings, replaced all the door handles with colour coded items and even changed the window glass rubbers all round.

 

 

After running the car with its original paint for a few years, Ryan wanted the shell to be perfect, resulting in a full respray in the original LO41 colour to keep it OEM. Before it hit the paint booth, the wings were completely flattened to allow for maximum clearance all round. Ryan fully prepped the car himself before handing it over to the paint shop, and even had to put everything back together himself afterwards. His good friend Chris Phillips then gave the car a complete detail to make that new paintwork pop like it should.

 

 

The attention to detail Ryan has taken with the outside definitely follows throughout the interior, making this Mk3 a lovely place to be. He first swapped out the original interior for a set of leather Highline seats, but found himself sliding all over the place due to his ‘spirited driving’. These were quickly swapped out and replaced with a pair of Recaro’s. To match these, Ryan sourced a Vento rear bench and had it retrimmed in the same material, along with the gear and handbrake gators. The roof lining was then dyed black, the carpet changed to black, and the A, B and C pillars replaced with Highline items.

 

 

You wouldn’t even notice if you weren’t a dedicated Golf fanatic, but Ryan even replaced small things like grab handles with B4 examples and sun visors from a Mk3 Cabriolet. Furthermore, he installed a US spec rear centre console with cup holders and a boot switch which has been fully wired up. The rather ugly original Mk3 steering wheel was binned in favour of a Momo Team 280mm wheel – which Ryan says vastly improves the driving experience, but not the parking!

 

 

The audio set up in the car is moderately basic, with an Alpine bluetooth headunit and upgraded Hertz HSK 165XL speakers – but when you have the sound of that VR6 engine note to listen to, who needs an expensive audio set up? Of course, the tank and components for the air ride had to be installed into the boot, and after attempting it himself Ryan realised he was no carpenter. He decided the best place to take it to on the South coast was Shakey at Studio Incar, who created a basic tank install with plenty of room leftover for a usable boot.

 

 

Ryan, a massive fan of the VR6 in its stock form, opted not to do anything out of the ordinary under the hood. The engine is all about the noise in his opinion, with a dream of supercharging it in the future just to improve the sound even more – power gains seem to do nothing for him. Unfortunately on the night before Players Show and Deutsch Connection a few years ago, the head gasket gave up and the car barely made it to the shows. The engine was inevitably rebuilt, with a set of 263 cams and the addition of a K&N panel filter with a slightly modified air box. With the work done, Ryan has a worry-free and usable VR6.

 

 

Unsurprisingly, the best way to increase the VR6’s sound was to upgrade the exhaust system. After becoming fed up of the previously fitted exhaust whistling like a turbo at 4,000 RPM, Ryan had a full custom stainless steel Powerflow system installed, which sounds incredible. The custom system also meant it could be fabricated to sit closer to the floor to allow yet more clearance. Ryan likes to push the Golf to its limits, so stopping power is rather vital. The factory brakes on the VR6 aren’t anything special so Ryan changed them for a set of Skoda Octavia VRS brake callipers and carriers allowing him to run 312mm discs, along with braided Goodrich hoses and dot 5.1 brake fluid.

 

 

Ryan’s job sees him working at Southampton docks on car transport ships, so he’s constantly driving all sorts of vehicles including exotics like Aston Martin’s, McLaren’s, Rolls Royce’s, Bentley’s, etc… Yet it is the Golf that puts the biggest smile on his face. Four and a half years is a significantly long time to own a project car in comparison to most of the people we’ve previously featured, but this one has been kept fresh with an ever-evolving appearance. Despite the toned-down approach to building the car (you could say that it’s a sleeper of some sort), it still breaks necks and stops people in their tracks wherever it goes. All those years ago when Ryan was drooling over Volkswagen’s in those magazines – he’s now created something that puts everyone else in awe with his stunning example of a Mk3 that sits just perfectly.
 
 

Event Coverage: Players 7.0

Words & Photos by Henry Phull

 

Players has become known as one of the the biggest car shows of the year to many enthusiasts nationally and overseas. This year marked their seventh year running, and my gosh has it got big… Everyone had been hoping that the weather would hold off, as the days leading up to the Sunday had been dreadful. On arrival at North Weald Airfield, the clouds were hovering but luckily it stayed dry for the majority of the morning. A few showers here and there luckily didn’t put people off, as the attendance was phenomenal. People were being turned down to the show and shine because it was so busy.

 

 

Speedhunters had their own hangar with several cars on display and photoshoots going on in the background. Check out the Mk1 Golf with R32 transplant above that was also seen at Edition38.

 

This RX-7 was looking seriously mean.

 

 

 

This Mercedes was one of my show favourites, it was immaculate with an interior to match.

 

 

 

I saw this bagged E46 back at DC13 earlier in the year, it’s now rocking some new shoes, BBS RFs.

 

 

If you’ve been to a car show in the UK, you’ve probably seen this 635CSI, I never get tired of this beautiful car.

 

 

Two of Audi’s finest on the Airlift Performance stand.

 

 

 

 

I was impressed with this static E36, those are the lows we like to see.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Adrian May’s tough R32 on the Wheel Whores stand.

 

 

On the Vabric stand, check out the Mk1 Jetta sitting on BBS RFs…

 

 

and Pipey’s static Mk1 Golf.

 

 

Opposite was the Low Standards’ stand with their Mk2 Golf.

 

 

 

 

These two Mercs were very tastefully modified.

 

 

Further into the Show and Shine area, I ran into Ben Koflach’s E36 Touring, featuring a set of old school BTCC Rays wheels and the latest addition, an S54 engine from an E46 M3. Wow!

 

 

 

 

I’ve snapped Tallis Godfrey’s E36 cab a few times at shows, but I’d not seen it with the hard top fitted. What can I say, I love this car!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Nice to see a set of Advan 3 spokes, looking awesome on this A3.

 

 

 

Toyota Celica sitting well on Rotas, a healthy drop and de-spoilered. Win win.

 

 

 

 

 

 

An E30 cab rocking a set of E34/E31 M-System’s.

 

 

 

The amber sides on this E39 really make the car!

 

 

 

 

Chris Newton’s Mk2 with BBS fans, stunning! He took home the Wheel Whores ‘Best Wheels’ award.

 

 

Perhaps a familiar sight for some of you? Poor E36… the things we do for lows.

 

 

 

 

I’ve not seen such a nice Mk3 in a while…

 

 

 

 

I’m a sucker for E34’s, especially when they are low like this 525tds.

 

 

Jack Waller’s supercharged R32.

 

 

 

 

I love the RollHard E91 M-Sport Touring, sitting pretty on a set of Squared wheels.

 

 

This little Lupo was rocking the steelies. Loving the wing artwork too, not overdone like so many examples.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Our E46 Touring, still a work in progress!

 

 

Kingsley Black’s bagged Passat on Rotiforms.

 

 

Unfortunately the rain decided to arrive in the afternoon and people started to leave. I don’t blame them, it was cold and wet.. but did give me the opportunity to snap a few cars leaving.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Despite the typically British weather, I enjoyed my day at Players. Splitting the show into several areas – two hangars, tarmac outside the hangars and then the huge show and shine area meant there was plenty to look at and keep busy. See you next year!