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FittedUK 2017

Date: 30 July 2017

Location: Eventcity, Manchester


Words & Photos by Henry Phull


When FittedUK moved their show to Eventcity in Manchester last year, I wasn’t really sure what to expect, as the venue was staggering in size. However, they pulled it off and the show was a huge success, marking it as one of the UK’s largest indoor automotive events whilst catering for all sides of the industry, and the many styles that come with vehicle modification. The show has something for everyone… With four halls, 28,000 sq metres of indoor space, and 22,000 sq metres of outdoor space, it really is absolutely huge. You’d think it would be hard to fill such a vast space with quality cars, but yet again, the team at FittedUK smashed it and put on an incredible display. From new Lamborghini’s to hot rods, from custom bikes to lowriders… the variation was seriously impressive. The coolest thing about FittedUK? It’s got to be seeing select cars on raised podiums. Cool, or what? I’ve done my best to capture some of my favourite cars from the day, check them out below and don’t forget to browse the ‘Bonus Gallery’ too.


Jack Royston’s ’71 Volkswagen Type 3 Notchback on Air Lift suspension & BBS E30’s




Chill Winston’s Volkswagen Mk1 Scirocco on Mad’in wheels



Chris Scragg’s Audi 100 on Air Lift suspension & BBS RF’s



Adam Lamont’s Mercedes-Benz W211 E270 on Air Lift suspension & custom AMG splits



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




Ashley Scutt’s BMW E30 M3 & BMW 2002 Tii


Simon Lynn’s static Honda EK Civic on BBS RM’s




Leroy Goddard-Fletcher’s bagged Mercedes-Benz W126 on custom Mercedes Intra splits



Faz Ahmed’s S50-swapped BMW E30 cabriolet on Air Lift suspension & BBS RS’



Charlie Evans’ static BMW E28 on ACS Type 1’s



Josh Gresswell’s ’74 Volkswagen 1303 Super Beetle



George Wilson’s Volkswagen Polo 6N2 GTI on Air Lift suspension & BBS RS’



Cara McNeill’s Volkswagen Mk5 Golf on Air Lift suspension & Rotiform OZT’s



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



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



Dalton Limbert Player’s VW Mk6 Golf R32 on H&R suspension & BBS RS861’s



Elliot Carter’s BMW E92 on Airdynamiks / AccuAir suspension & BBS RF’s



Jorge Lupton’s Honda EG Civic on Air Lift suspension & BBS RM’s




Jake Kitching’s Volkswagen Mk2 Golf on BBS E50’s



Fraser Gatherum’s Volkswagen Mk4 Golf estate on Air Lift suspension & OZ Racing wheels



Sam Sandhu’s BMW E63 M6 on AirREX / AccuAir suspension & Art In Motion MA6’s



Chris Coles’ Volkswagen Mk6 Golf on Air Lift suspension & CCW Classic’s



Amar Flora’s Volkswagen Polo 6n2 on hydraulic suspension & CCW Classic’s



Ashley Gratton’s Volkswagen Mk1 Golf on BAGS by OCD suspension & BBS RS’



Jake Hilling’s Beetle-panned ’78 Volkswagen Brasilia on Air Lift suspension



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


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



Niall O’Dowd’s Porsche 993 on hydraulic suspension & BBS RS’





Penguin Speed Shop’s bagged ’49 Chevrolet Fleetline



Thomas Lacey’s Subaru Impreza STI on Air Lift suspension & Work Seeker FX’s




Stuart Grey’s Mk5 Golf R32 on Air Lift suspension & BBS E88’s



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



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



Jack Butlin’s Ford Mk6 Fiesta on BAGS by OCD suspension & OZ Futura’s



Adam Montgomery’s BMW F32 on D2 / Air Lift suspension & 3SDM C-1011 FR’s





Richard Lines’ Seat Leon on Air Lift suspension & Schmidt VN Lines



Max Edwards’ ’78 Beetle on Air Lift suspension & BBS RS’



Tom Lilico’s BMW Z3 on Air Lift / AccuAir suspension & BBS RS’




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



Alex Wright’s static BMW E36 328i Sport on ACS Type 1’s



Carlos Gomez’ BMW E36 on Air Lift suspension & OZ Futura’s



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


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


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




With such a immense event, I wanted the Slam Sanctuary booth to follow the same ethos, and with the support of four stunning SS-feature cars, we really made an impact – I’m pleased to call this our best trade display yet. We also had the couch, TV, and Xbox set up with Forza on the go, and plenty of FREE Jimmy’s Iced Coffee with every purchase. I hope you all enjoyed it as much as we did! Most significantly, FittedUK saw the unveiling of our new ‘Smoke & Gasoline’ capsule clothing collection which went down an absolute treat. Thanks to everyone that came and picked something up! If you missed us, you can now buy everything online with FREE UK delivery – just visit http://store.slamsanctuary.com – Hurry as this collection is limited to just 100 pieces per design. Until next year, FittedUK… Keep up the good work. Catch you all this weekend for RollHard Cressing where our Pop-Up Store will be back out.




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One For All – Only Charged Dubs’ 2000 Audi C5 A6 Allroad

Words & Photos by Henry Phull


I think that we may have a slight addiction to wagons, just check out a few of our recent features and all will become clear! Regardless of manufacturer, they just transform so well when introduced to a fancy wheels and lowered suspension. There’s also something satisfying about essentially turning a ‘boring’ family car into something that can turn heads. Estate cars are ultimate practical cars, with plenty of people using them over small vans if they can get away with it, which is exactly what today’s feature car is used for. It may not be a show piece, but Only Charged Dubs’ Audi Allroad has been subtlety, yet tastefully, modified to handle their daily duties as well as transporting the OCD trade stand around the UK and Europe (just like we do with our own Audi wagon, in fact). Plus, it works hand-in-hand as a demo car for many of the products they offer, too, featuring an Airdynamiks air suspension package with AccuAir e-Level management and more.



Matt Payne (head honcho at Only Charged Dubs) was using his trusted Skoda Fabia MonteCarlo as their demo car through 2014-2015, which pretty much helped OCD with their journey into the air suspension market. However, as the company grew, the need for a bigger vehicle grew at the same time. “This led to me looking at a range of options, I knew I didn’t want a van as whatever I bought also had be my daily driver and demo vehicle for OCD and our products, so I wanted something that would tick as many boxes as possible.” Matt explains.



Being a Volkswagen fan at heart, Matt started looking at B5 & B5.5 Passat wagons, which he’d always had a soft spot for. “The American’s seem to get these looking just right, which is where I pull a lot of my style & tastes from when modifying cars” he admits. However, he noticed that most Passats had “been around the world in mileage” and it was difficult to find one with a bigger engine than a 1.9tdi, along with the bodywork never being in good condition. Matt didn’t want to have to pay out for lots of paint and body repairs. So, the search expanded to Audis, such as B5 and B6 A4 wagons, but they were just too small for OCD’s needs.



With the A4 out of the equation, this left him with the A6, notably the C5 platform, given the budget. “The C5 has always been a bit of an ugly duckling – I’ve never been a fan of the boot lid and plate holder. But after looking around, and then seeing modded Allroad’s, I started to change my mind.” Matt explains, mostly down to James’ at BecauseBags and Jules Loose’s modified examples, to name a few. Matt mentions that the upsides to the A6 platform are that they come very highly spec’d from factory, have good engines, loads of room and plenty of comfort for daily use – ticking most of his boxes!



With a newly found love for the factory wide arches, Matt began the search for an Allroad. “I spent weeks casing cold trails of sold Allroads, with dealers saying that they never have them in stock for long”. So, when the ideal, 1 lady owner car, popped up near London, Matt quickly made the trip down from Doncaster, and did a deal. Not surprising, considering the Allroad in question had under 90k on the clock, was fitted with the optional Recaro leather interior from factory (also found in the S6/RS6), had good service history, and more importantly to him, “no fake wood trim!”.



“We wanted the Allroad to grab people’s attention at shows, as well as showing off the products and brands we can supply” Matt explains, so the first port of call was to get the car on to better air suspension. Well, it turns out the Allroad is actually fitted with factory air suspension with three different selectable heights. Unfortunately, being pretty dated, it’s not the best system and a lot tend to fail when they get on a bit, plus the factory air would never give OCD the actual drop that they wanted. Being the sole UK distributors of Airdynamiks, they teamed up to create a brand new C5 air suspension kit with them, bringing a new option to the market.



With a new strut and bag package all round, an AccuAir e-Level management kit (Rocker switch kit) with height-sensor technology was a no-brainer for Matt for trouble-free usability, especially since the car would be fully loaded up a lot of the time. The air installation was carried out just in time for the  Ultimate Stance show back in 2015… “It went in pretty simple, mounted in the spare wheel well nothing showy, just making it neat & usable.” he explains, utilising dual stealth VIAIR 44c compressors, dual VU2 valve units, iLevel WIFI control, and dual 3-gallon seamless air tanks.



However, Matt soon worked out that the Allroad is fitted with a slightly different front wishbone and upright setup than most of the models of the same platform. “The Allroad arms are taller, meaning drop is limited, so we sourced RS6 uprights and replaced these. The wishbone arms were also replaced RS6 examples with the addition of SPC camber adjustable top arms, which got attacked with the angle grinder to save us a few more mm’s clearance to the body when air’d out.” To add insult to injury, the OE front brakes didn’t fit either! Essentially, the whole front suspension setup had to be changed, bar the ARB and callipers, for the required drop.



With the Allroad finally sitting as he had imagined, the next jobs were to sort out a few cosmetic changes, starting with the headlights. “Another bugbear of these vehicles is headlight lenses going yellow – mine had too.” Matt says, which he replaced with a newer set of US-spec examples, sourced directly from the States. These feature amber running lights, instead of sidelights, which most people don’t even notice, but totally bring the silver car together. Interior-wise, a Kenwood double-DIN SATNAV unit was installed, making those long drives to Europe much less daunting. Additionally, Matt swapped out the generic automatic gear shifter in favour of a Black Forest Industries knob, which actually makes the car look like a manual – a nice touch. The original 4-spoke steering wheel was also replaced with an S6 3-spoke wheel to complete the transformation.



Finally, let’s get down to the wheels – probably the most aggressive part of the car’s appearance. Along with the S6 and RS6 models, the Allroad ideally demands wide wheels to fully make use of the factory arches. The OZ Futura has always been one of Matt’s favourite wheels, so he decided to make a set work on the Allroad. This meant stepping up a much smaller faced wheel into a usable size. “We took a set of 17″ OZ Futura’s and stepped them up to 19” using bubble style lips (which we had to wait seven months for!), plus 7” barrels front & rear, 3” front dishes, 4” rear dishes. Sandwich mounted, with high polished dishes, black powdercoated barrels, silver powdercoated faces, with spoke fronts brushed, then full faces clear coated for protection. SRR black chrome hardware was used to finish them off”. The built wheels land at 19×10.5j (235/35/19 tyres) up front & 19×11.5j (245/40/19 tyres) at the rear, resulting in perfect arch-to-lip fitment all round – “The US look I wanted from day 1!” Matt says joyfully.



OCD have had the Allroad for 18 months now, with parts still stored away and waiting to fit. It’s fair to say the car still isn’t “done”, but then again, when is anything? A custom RS6 style grille is being put together, plus the S6 steering wheel is going to be retrimmed to match the BFI gear knob. Black headlining and pillars from an S/RS model are also on the cards. But, being a big Audi, there’s always something to be maintained… The team have already replaced the alternator (which requires the complete front end removed for access), sorted various oil leaks, replaced countless tired parts and checked the cams over (as these commonly wear on the V6 engine). Whilst it was apart, they cleaned the bay up, had some parts wrinkle-black coated and put together with new stainless fixings, which just makes it look that little bit extra special. There are plenty of jobs to keep them busy, but most importantly, Matt finally has an all-rounder that delivers on looks, practicality, is a pleasure to drive, and works as the perfect demo vehicle for OCD, too.




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Elsecar at the Races 2017

Date: 9 April 2017

Location: Doncaster Racecourse, South Yorkshire


Words & Photos by Henry Phull


Elsecar at the Races is a new one for us at Slam Sanctuary, so let’s begin with a little history… What started out as a car meet known as ‘Elsecar Mega Meet’ / ‘Club GTI Mega Meet’ a whole 19 years ago, this historical gathering of cars has grown into something much, much bigger. With previous meets taking place at the Elsecar Heritage Centre in Elsecar, Barnsley, they were seeing over 200 show cars and 200 club cars in attendance! With popularity continually growing, 2016 saw the organisers move the event to Doncaster Racecourse, which has the the capacity for 700+ vehicles. This went hand-in-hand with re-naming the show to ‘Elsecar at the Races’. Our friends at Only Charged Dubs (and Elsecar show sponsors) had been raving about last year’s show, which meant we had to come up this year to see what all the fuss was about. We were met with one of most chilled-out events we’d ever been to. The whole vibe was perfect and everyone was extremely welcoming and friendly to each other. Along with an excellent mix of stanced, classic, air-cooled, and a whole host of club stands on display, Elsecar is a show that any petrolhead can enjoy – catering for all tastes. With so much to see, we captured some of our favourites, check them out below.


Bradley Mckee’s bagged ’78 Volkswagen B1 Passat on BBS LM’s



Jack Smith’s bagged Mk1 Golf on Fifteen52 Tarmac 348′s



Dan Birkinshaw’s Audi B8 A4 Avant on Air Lift suspension & OZ Superleggera’s



Carl Atkins’ Mk2 Golf on Air Lift suspension & BBS RM’s



Jack Butlin’s Ford Mk6 Fiesta on BAGS by OCD suspension & OZ Futura’s



Only Charged Dubs’ Audi C5 Allroad on Airdynamiks / AccuAir suspension & OZ Futura’s



Hoho Chan’s BMW E92 330d on Air Lift suspension & BBS RS2’s



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



Matthew Hartle’s bagged Mercedes-Benz W202



Vick Nagi’s Mercedes-Benz W126 560SEL on Air Lift suspension & BBS E28’s



Dan Smith’s Porsche 966 on Eta Beta’s



Jemima Cox’s Volkswagen Polo 9n3 on Air Lift suspension & Autostrada Modena’s



Joe Bycroft’s BMW E21 on BBS RS’



Adam Sheldon’s Mk5 Golf R32 on Air Lift suspension & OZ Superleggera’s



Jak Johnston’s Mk1 Golf G40 on StillStatic / H&R suspension



Ryan Hall’s Mk1 Caddy on Air Lift suspension & PLS Daytona’s



James Hellewell’s Audi RS5 on BC Forged wheels



Jack Betts’ 1968 Beetle



Adam Berry’s bagged 1966 Karmann Ghia



Jas Virdee’s Mk4 Golf R32 on Air Lift suspension



Cameron Stead’s Lexus IS220 on BAGS by OCD suspension & Rotiform IND-T’s



Craig Hugill’s Porsche 911 Cabriolet on BBS RS’



Jay Polson’s MK5 Golf GTI on Air Lift suspension & OZ Futura’s



Paul Foster’s Mk1 Golf on BBS RS’




Max Edwards’ ’78 Beetle on Air Lift suspension & BBS RS’



Leo Jackson’s Mk1 Jetta on Tramont’s



Dale Grainger’s BMW E38 740i on AirREX / Air Lift suspension



Jason Buckley’s Mk1 Golf on H&R suspension & BBS E52’s




Aksan Cy’s Mk5 Jetta on Air Lift suspension & BBS RF’s




Chris Robson’s Audi A1 on Air Lift suspension & OZ Superleggera’s



Jamie Fagan’s Mk1 Jetta G60 on Ronal Turbo’s



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



Vinylimage’s Passat R36 on Air Lift suspension & Vossen VLE-1’s



Kirsty Greatrex’s 1969 Beetle



So, was it worth the 8-hour round trip? Based down on the South Coast, we don’t often get up to Yorkshire, but 2017 is all about expanding our horizons and we’re so glad to have made the journey. It was totally refreshing to visit to a car show with so many different sorts of vehicles to lust over, and, although it’s predominantly a VAG show, there were still plenty of other marques being shown off – with no hatred (often the case at similar events). Of course, The glorious weather made the day even better, and it was nice to have the indoor part of the show to catch some much needed shade from the sun. No doubt, Elsecar at the Races will be added to our annual diary for the foreseeable future. Thanks to the guys at Only Charged Dubs for letting us tag along for the weekend, too.




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Bagging Our Wagon – The Slam Sanctuary Audi C5 A6 Avant

Words & Photos by Henry Phull


2016 presented a new chapter for Slam Sanctuary. With the introduction of our Pop-Up Store, I had the task of transporting it around the UK and Europe to multiple automotive events. This meant that I needed a suitable vehicle to haul a lot of gear around, although I still wanted the car to look cool. I knew that whatever I chose, it was by no means going to be a show car, but more of an appealing daily beater that could demonstrate some of the products we sell. A true BMW fan at heart, I first thought about an E46 Touring (having owned one previously, I knew what great cars they are). Unfortunately, they just weren’t big enough, so I then considered E39 530d Touring’s, but the price of these were still ambitious. Then there was the option of buying something newer, like an E60 530d, however then there would’ve been no spare funds to “slam” it.


I started looking at Audi’s with the 1.9tdi engine. Although having never owned one myself, I’d heard nothing but good things about the economy of these engines (essential for my needs) and how cheap they are to maintain. With a C5 S6 Avant in my household already, I knew that the C5 platform was capable of fitting all of the Slam Sanctuary gear inside, as I’d used it to transport everything to Ultimate Stance in 2015. Plus, they were extremely comfortable on long journeys – ideal! So, the hunt was on for a C5 A6 Avant. After wasting my time viewing several poor examples, a clean 2004 1.9tdi finally popped up at a local car dealer, overpriced and finished in an obscure colour (hearing-aid beige, which it is jokingly known as amongst friends), it was much tidier than anything I’d seen previously. A deal was done, and it was time to transform it into a wagon worthy of the Slam Sanctuary name.


Our Pop-Up Store, all this had to fit in the A6!




Naturally, the A6 had to be lowered as much as possible… But coilovers or air? That was the question. I’ve had people ask me why I didn’t just fit coilovers if I was on a tight budget. Well, the car was going to be fully loaded and weigh a lot. Coilovers just didn’t seem like the right way to go. In fact, I knew from the start that it was going to have to go on air, as I wanted to be able to load the car up whilst simultaneously having it stay at the exact height I wanted, so that it wouldn’t even look like it was under load. Also, with lots of driving planned to new places, including Europe, I didn’t want the hassle of driving a static low car. I’ve done it in the past and as much as I respect those that have the patience for it, the whole goal for this wagon was for it to be a hassle-free daily driver. The less worrying, the better.



Prior to picking up the A6, I had been talking to our friends at Only Charged Dubs (OCD) about their own A6 Allroad, which shares the same C5 platform. They’d just bagged it too, so I knew that they would have first-hand experience with the platform and would be able to recommend which method would work best on my car. Matt at OCD was enthusiastic from the get-go and was always keen on discussing ideas to present me with the most affordable custom solution. I was completely sold on taking the car to OCD and letting him work his magic. The toughest choice, however, was deciding what air management to run. I was on a budget, yes, but a manual setup was out of the question. This was going to be a daily driver, so ease of use was essential. I also knew that the more affordable pressure-based digital systems were not as reliable as they claim to be, so it was really Air Lift 3H vs AccuAir e-Level, the two readily available height-sensor based systems. It seemed better to spend more money in the first place and do things right. In the end, seeing as I was going with Air Lift bags, I went with the tried-and-tested AccuAir e-Level management system, so we could demonstrate as many products that we offer as possible.



Of course, Air Lift Performance was the first choice for bags/struts. However, my A6 is a FWD model and unfortunately Air Lift only offered a complete bolt-on kit for 4WD/Quattro models (standard over in the USA, where Air Lift are based) so we had to go with a front-only Air Lift kit. This meant that a custom setup would need to be fabricated for the rear end… Another reason why I took the car to the very capable OCD.



Luckily, Only Charged Dubs were just about to release their new line of universal bags (BAGS by OCD) so Matt reassured me that there would be no issues with creating a custom rear air setup specifically for my car using their BAGS. Using custom CNC’d mounting cups, the BAGS would fit perfectly in the rear suspension setup of the FWD A6 with very minimal modification.



As the A6 was going to be used more like a van than a car, part of my requirements were to keep all the boot space available, in addition to my spare wheel. As I was going to do a lot of long trips in this car, I wanted the piece-of-mind of having a spare wheel should I ever need it. After some test-fitting, Matt and I agreed that the most effective way to go about it was to mount the AccuAir VU4 manifold and ECU underneath the car. Besides, they’re completely weatherproof! With limited spare space in the boot, there was actually one side compartment that was unused. A small Air Lift 2.5-gallon tank and a single VIAIR 400c compressor were selected to mount in this limiting compartment, whilst everything else would be bolted underneath the car.





Matt’s first task was to run and connect the AccuAir wiring harness from the rear to the front of the vehicle to ensure we had power for the ECU and VU4 underneath the car.



Next, he completely stripped the boot, which was actually a lot more time consuming than you would imagine. Audi certainly know how to engineer their interiors! This left the fitting area completely exposed and ready for installation of the air tank and compressor.



In what limited space we had, the compressor was mounted above the rear wheel arch for a very snug fit. Followed by some minor trimming, the 2.5-gallon tank was secured in the remaining enclosure, preventing it from any unnecessary movement.



Once the boot was reassembled, the result was a completely hidden air install, easily accessible using the factory compartment cover. This was exactly what I wanted, with my spare wheel area completely untouched.



The next step was to get the car onto the ramp and into the air to start fitting the suspension components.




The Air Lift Performance struts were a direct fit and designed specifically for the C5 chassis, so installation was straightforward – replacing the existing shocks for the new units, much like fitting coilovers, with the added connection of the air lines.



The front level sensors were fitted next. The AccuAir e-Level system is based on height, which is determined by specialised sensors on each corner of the suspension. They’re extremely accurate and the system will maintain the vehicle height when loading or unloading passengers or when road conditions change… This is also regardless of load, which is perfect for when I completely load the car up with gear. The location of these is absolutely essential to give an accurate reading. Luckily Matt has installed hundreds of these kits, even on his own C5 Allroad, so he knew exactly where to place them for the best result.



He then moved on to bolting the AccuAir VU4 4-way manifold and ECU underneath the car. It was mounted to the driest area, close to the rear bumper, keeping it out of the elements as much as possible. Although, being completely weatherproof, it’s really nothing to worry about anyway.



The 3/8″ air line was then run to all four suspension corners and also into the boot along to the tank and compressor through one of the factory grommets, keeping the install as OEM looking as possible.



Moving on, it was time for the custom part of the install… the rear setup. The original springs were removed, ready to be replaced with the universal BAGS by OCD.



These stunning custom bag cups were CNC’d to place in between the bags and the car’s chassis.



Matt fully pressure-tested the BAGS prior to installation to check for any leaks to ensure no faults during use.



The only modification needed to install the new bags was to drill a hole into the spring locator so that the bag cup could be bolted in for a tight fit and to avoid the bags coming detached from the vehicle.



The OEM rear shocks were kept during installation, but I later upgraded these to shorter TA-Technix sport shocks, as the original ones were worn out.



Finally, the remaining two level sensors were fitted close to the rear beam, to complete the management part of the install.



Once the auto-calibration was set on the e-Level touchpad, it was finally time to air out the A6!




There you have it. Matt and the team at Only Charged Dubs did an incredible job getting the car on the floor. The first part of the puzzle was complete.




Obviously, I couldn’t rock the ‘broken suspension’ look for long, so a few final elements were needed to complete the A6’s transformation. Firstly I just had to put some nicer wheels on the car, so I opted for a set of 19×8.5 Rotiform IND-T’s, which were then powder coated in matte anthracite by our partners at The Wheel Specialist Bournemouth and fitted to a set of Nankang NS20 215/35/19 tyres resulting in some subtle stretch. 15mm spacers were also added up front. To match the finish of the wheels, I called on the services of Jack & Luke at JCT Developments in Ringwood to apply some Slam Sanctuary branding using 3M wrap film across both front doors, resulting in a perfect match with the anthracite wheels.


I next visited our friends at Xclusive Customs in Poole to get the rear windows tinted – although I wouldn’t usually go for a complete ‘limo spec’ tint, it was important to hide what I was carrying from view, especially when leaving the car in random places overnight. Lastly, the car was finished off with a Seat Cupra R front splitter which makes the rounded front-end slightly more aggressive. Other than that, the car remains standard. I then got on the phone to our insurers, Herts Insurance Consultants (HIC), to declare the new modifications and agreed on a specialised policy. Don’t forget to do this when bagging your car or your insurance could be invalid… it isn’t always more expensive to do so.











Nine months of testing and abuse later, I finally took the A6 to the New Forest one evening to capture these photographs. To conclude, this car has been the perfect daily workhorse and it does exactly what I need it to do without costing the earth to maintain. I’ve driven it thousands of miles all over the UK and Europe and had no issues with the air ride whatsoever. I can jump in it and drive anywhere without worrying. If you want a hassle-free way to lower your car, I can’t recommend bagging your car enough. Do not fear if there isn’t a bolt-on kit readily available for your car, hopefully I’ve shown that there’s usually a way around it by using universal bags and some basic fabrication which doesn’t have to bankrupt you. Only Charged Dubs even offer a bag upgrade for BC Racing coilovers now, so there really are endless options out there. Don’t be put off, make it a life on air.


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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



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



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




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



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



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



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

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



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





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




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



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



Eden Cayless’ VW Type2 on Gotti’s



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




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



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



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



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



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





Shaun Lewis’ bagged Volkswagen T5 on Rotiform FUC’s



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




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



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



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



Bagged Ginetta G15



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



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



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



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






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



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




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



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



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




Aneysha Wakelin’s static 1964 Beetle



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



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




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





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



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



Jake Hilling’s 1965 Beetle on Air Lift suspension



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




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?!




More info on FittedUK:

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Shop Visit: Only Charged Dubs

Words & Photos by Henry Phull


The popularity of air ride has grown considerably over the past couple of years. Not only has it become more accessible, but many people have finally realised how practical it really is. With so many options now available, it doesn’t have to break the bank either. The question is, if you want someone else to do the work for you, then where do you go? Whilst there are plenty of shops dotted around the UK, Only Charged Dubs (OCD) have put out some incredible work as of late and are one of the few that go above and beyond to cater for the customer. The key word that comes to mind with these guys is variation. If you read our show reports, you will have seen plenty of their cars (and customers’ cars) pop up. They were kind enough to invite us up to their headquarters in Doncaster, South Yorkshire where we were welcomed with open arms. Spending a few days with these guys was more like hanging out with mates than visiting your typical garage – the whole experience was a pleasure. Although mostly known for their air installs in the ‘slammed/stance’ scene, the business didn’t actually start off by working with suspension. In fact, OCD is a lot more than just an air ride shop. So let’s take an inside look…





Catching up with the owner Matt Payne is always a refreshing experience. Unlike so many people in the industry, he’s completely open about his business and the community in general. One thing that has always stuck with me is that he’s always looking to solve problems, however big or small, so it’s really no surprise that his company has achieved so much. But how did OCD get to where they are today? “It all came about from my Mk2 Golf project. I was working as an apprentice for my local VW dealership when I bought my Golf, which I spent 3 years fully rebuilding from a 1.6 Driver to a G60 8v conversion. Fully overhauled, the only thing I couldn’t do myself was the paint work as I was building it on my parents drive.” Matt reminices. This led him onto the path of G-Lader rebuilds (superchargers found on the G40 & G60 Volkswagens – hence the name ‘Only Charged Dubs’), after other enthusiasts saw the work on his Mk2. He even started developing his own parts for the Golf that weren’t available, as you do. Slowly but surely Matt began to build a customer base on the main UK G60 online forum at the time.




“As well as doing more work at home on friends’ cars, word of mouth spread, leading to more and more jobs” Matt explains. At the time his daily driver was a Skoda Fabia, and to make this more practical he started to look into air suspension. Because he was starting to lug more and more parts around, Matt wanted to lower the car in a way that would accept the excess weight. “I managed to get a trade account for air suspension which led on to installing air to a friend’s car shortly before the Elsecar Megameet 2013, which made OCD more well known in the ‘stance’ scene.” he says. Anyone starting up on their own cannot wait until they’re in a position to quit their full time job and concentrate on their true ambition, I can tell you this myself from starting Slam Sanctuary. Well, for Matt this opportunity came soon after that Megameet. He said goodbye to his job at Volkswagen and set up shop in a unit next door to Darkside Developments in Barnsley. With help from their team, together they pushed the OCD brand forward by modernising the website, adding more products and providing the much needed extra space for installations and “crazier work!” Matt laughs.





After 12 months in his first ever unit, neighbours Darkside Developments decided to re-locate to a new premises, which meant that Matt could also move the business back to Doncaster, his home. Not only was the new unit on his doorstep, but it was also closer to Carl Atkins, the man behind OCD’s boot installs and custom fabrication, overall making it a worthwhile move. “OCD had reached a point where it could stand on it’s own two feet much better and was needing much more operating space, both for stock and workshop.” Matt reveals. They’ve just finished it off to a state where they are happy with it, with a brand new showroom and waiting room. Having spent a good few days there myself, I can tell you it’s a great place to be and hang out.




With the facilities covered, OCD can offer anything from VAG servicing to full-blown engine swaps and classic car restoration. “Of course, G-Lader services, parts and expertise is something we will always offer. It’s where my VW love came from and I still believe there’s nothing quite like a well tuned 8v G60 engine in a classic dub!” Matt points out. One thing I do love about OCD, is that they give their customers a broad range of options to fit most budgets. Unlike a lot of salespeople, Matt and the team won’t just try and sell you the most expensive product. This has been an aim of theirs from the beginning. “Everyone loves an R8 on air with expensive wheels, but in reality only a lucky 1% can own that. So we aim to offer the same parts, service and options to every customer.” Matt explains. The key to Only Charged Dubs? Offering a wide range of products of course. If you’re looking to bag your car, a look on their website shows that there’s several options. From the popular Air Lift Performance, HP Drivetech, AccuAir and VIAIR options, to brands such as Airdynamiks, Air Zenith and several BagRiders products. Plus, they even offer their own “Bags by OCD” branded items – which we’ll look at shortly. If there’s no kit readily available for your car, Matt and the team will come up with a solution.




OCD keep a large variety of stock on their shelves, from air tanks of all sizes, fittings, compressors, and tons of spares which makes them one of the few companies that can offer their people specialist items next day to your door if needed. This is always handy if any of your components fail and you get stuck. With shipments coming in every week from the USA, OCD are now the sole UK distributors for BagRiders (a large air ride distributor in the USA), meaning that you can order most hard-to-get items from OCD without paying those dreaded import charges if you were to order direct from the States. With their online sales ever increasing, Matt says that 2016/17 will show an even bigger expansion with more and more products being added across their range.




Only Charged Dubs recently introduced their ‘Bags by OCD’ range of air bags. The idea initially came up whilst they were working on their demo Mercedes-Benz W201. Of course, being a classic car everything on the Merc had to be custom made… “We found that there is an ‘ok’ range of bags to work with instead of independent springs. But bags that work over dampers are hugely limited, and the ones available are ok on some platforms but offer poor drop or lift on others depending on how they are set up.” Matt explains, “Plus there’s no options of sleeves over dampers too, meaning some cars with tight suspension space either have to lose out with no air option or undergo expensive custom work to the rest of the suspension.” To combat this, they launched ‘Bags by OCD’, a product that is moderately priced alongside most air suspension kits, which work and perform to the same level, but allowing a bigger range of custom bags. Designed to work with BC Racing’s Extreme Low coilovers, they allow customers to mount the bag on to the threaded body, sealing it to the damper giving the maximum drop and lift that the damper gives. Obviously this still allows for BC’s threaded body adjustment, dampening adjustment all round plus camber front top mounts of most applications. Most kits retail at around £1300-£1500 depending on the rear bag mounting. So far they’ve used these kits on a BMW Z4, VW Mk6 GTI and will soon be testing on a Honda S2000 and Lexus IS220. Plus, having universal bags readily available means they can be used on cars with absolutely no air options available, such as our own Slam Sanctuary demo Audi A6 FWD which we’ll be showing you soon!




Being the main UK distributor of Airdynamiks, this was the first time I had the chance to check out their products in person. I have to say that the build quality and attention to detail is second-to-none. After noticing them testing various car kits around 18 months ago, they got in touch and began working on a kit for their Audi C5 A6 Allroad demo car, a customers Audi A1 (and Polo platform) and their Audi Mk2 TT Quattro demo car. Based in Canada, the turnaround time on these products means a slightly longer wait, but it is definitely worth it. Sister company to Scale Suspension, who primarily build top end racing suspension for track, time attack and drifting, Airdynamiks use the same dampers which they convert into air suspension. “Their twist is using a range of air bag sizes to suit certain models of car. Giving a smaller air bag if space is tight but also giving a much better spring rating. A smaller bag allows for a high bag pressure at ride height, whilst using less air tank volume. So less compressor time!” Matt says. These kits come with threaded body dampers, dampening adjustment and optional camber top plates for most applications. “As well as anodized components, stainless hardware and powdercoated mountings these kits don’t just work well, they look the part too as well as lasting for years!”. I was so impressed with the quality of these products that we decided to make them available through the Slam Sanctuary online store, too.




“Our air suspension work is something we have grown slowly and worked hard to get to the point we’re now at. We feel we aim our work to an ‘OCD’ level of fit and finesse, being able to carry out almost any modification to a customers car. From simple suspension swaps, crazy show installs & wheel/tyre fitting and fitment.” -Matt Payne




I asked Matt the all-important question, what he thinks OCD are best known for?… “I’d like to think our friendliness and social side” he replied, and I completely agree. In fact, I often come across his comments throughout social media which are always trying to assist people, not just selling a product 24/7. That’s absolute gold right there and a rare thing. “OCD has always been something more than just a specialist shop. Friends and customers are always welcome to our shop to just chill out. We feel this is something that has quickly dropped from the scene and made things more of a competition than an enthusiasm.” he continued. The idea of bringing back this enthusiasm for the cars and seeing customers projects go from standard to magazine featured is what it’s all about for Only Charged Dubs. Plus, that VAG group technician training really gives them the upper hand when it comes to find their way around most Volkswagens, Audis, Seats and Skodas. That background has built Matt’s vision of keeping to a certain quality of work which he strives to keep to a factory level. “I’d always like to think should our work be seen at another garage their technicians wouldn’t notice what we’d installed against the factory components of the car.” he adds.



(left-right) Carl, Joe & Matt


With four main members of staff; Matt the owner and technician, Carl who carries out the boot install work, Joe who runs front of house – answering customers calls, emails and handling orders including packing day in, day out, as well as Danny who runs the graphic design side of things behind the scenes, Only Charged Dubs are some of the friendliest and approachable bunch of guys in the industry. Not forgetting, professional, full of knowledge and brilliant at what they do – so there’s no stopping them! With plans to completely overhaul their online presence this year by adding an even bigger range of air suspension kits, expanding on their coilover range in addition to a much-needed FAQ section and an overall easier shopping experience, it’s worth keeping your eyes peeled to their social media and website. In the meantime, you’ll find them at most of the UK car shows, so hit them up with those tricky questions for your build! Also, make sure you check back to Slam Sanctuary soon to find out how they got on with bagging our Audi A6 Avant demo car that we let them loose on for a few days.


More info on Only Charged Dubs:

OCD website

OCD on Instagram

OCD on Facebook


Near Doncaster, South Yorkshire?
Check out the OCD Open Day this Sunday 22nd May 2016!


Ultimate Dubs 2016

Date: 12/13 March 2016

Location: Telford International Centre, Telford


Words & Photos by Henry Phull / Additional Photos by Steph Clarke


It’s been a long time coming, but show season has finally returned for 2016, kicking things off last weekend in Telford at the one and only Ultimate Dubs. To most of us this is the big show to start the year with – a perfect opportunity to show off the new builds and projects which have been hidden away during the cold Winter months. With that in mind, there was pure excitement in the air – we’ve all been away from the car community for a a few months which seemed like forever. Not have we been away from the cars, but friends too – so UD is the perfect reunion! Plus, following our success at Ultimate Stance back in November, we decided to bring back our Pop-Up Store for this show, with plans to hit a lot more events throughout the year – so keep your eyes out for us. As hectic as it is trading at a busy show like Ultimate Dubs, we still managed to get some time in for the all-important photographs. So sit back, grab a cuppa, and enjoy what the modified car scene has to offer so far…


Our pop-up store all ready for trading!

Missed us? Check out the online store HERE



Pipey McGraw’s W8-powered Volkswagen K70




Nick Sahota’s BMW E34 540i manual on BC coilovers and custom built 18″ Throwing Star M-system wheels





Shaun’s Mk5 Golf R32 on Air Lift suspension & OZ Superleggera’s



Kleen Freaks Belgium’s Caddy on Rotiform YVR’s




Route 32’s R32-swapped Mk1 Golf on Air Lift suspension



Kats Giles’ Audi Q3 on Air Lift suspension & Rotiform BLQ-2 DDT’s



RAD 48’s bagged Scirocco on LR 2.0’s



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



Prakash Thanky’s M50-swapped BMW E21 on custom Air Lift suspension & Gotti splits



Radioworld’s Lamborghini Gallardo on D2 Air suspension



Amar Flora’s static Polo 6n2 on BBS RM’s




Dan Taylor’s BMW E36 328i ‘vert on WORK Meister’s




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

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



Carl Atkins’ bagged Mk2 Golf 16v on BBS RM’s



Danny Mellor’s Mk2 Audi TT on Airdynamiks suspension & 3SDM 3.25’s



Matt Payne’s Audi A6 Allroad on Airdynamiks / AccuAir suspension




Josh Hall’s bagged Mk6 Golf on BBS RS (step-up from 16-18)



Ryan Castleman’s bagged Mk5 Jetta wagon on custom built Audi A8 Winter wheels



Guy M. Plex’s bagged Mk1 Golf on custom built 4×100 17″ Smoothies by 2Polished



Juan van Oversteyns’ Mk2 Golf GTI 16v on BBS RS




Corbyn Dickason’s ‘Manila Green’ Mk1 Golf on BBS E75’s



Richard Colvill’s custom Porsche 911



Eden Cayless’ Type2 Bus




Dave Paulus’ Mk1 Golf GTI on AccuAir suspension & BBS E50’s




Eddy Chhlang’s Mk2 Golf on BBS RS



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



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



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




Jamie Hitchcock’s static BMW Z4 on WORK Emotion CR2P’s



Forge Motorsport’s Mk1 Golf



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



Grant Owens’ Audi 100 on Rayvern Hydraulic suspension



Vento R32 on BBS E50’s



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



Matt Clifford’s BMW E81 840ci Sport on Air Lift suspension



Liberty Walk UK’s Mini Cooper S with their full LB kit & 3SDM 3.01 FX’s




Kelly Holliday’s bagged Mk4 Golf R32 on HRE 501’s



Plush Automotive’s Audi RS6 Avant on HP Drivetech / AccuAir suspension



Jay McToldridge’s G60-swapped Mk1 Golf on Rotiform YVR’s



Sole Flavours’ Mk4 Golf on WORK VSXX wheels



The Install Company’s Type 3 Fastback on Fuchs



Steve Fraser’s Audi S3 Saloon on Air Lift suspension & Rotiform OZT’s



Parm Panesar’s Audi RS4 Avant on Air Lift suspension & Rotiform KPS



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



Chris Scragg’s Audi A5 on Air Lift suspension & Rotiform CCV’s



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



Vick Nagi’s T5 on Air Lift suspension & 19″ steels



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



RIIVA Design’s Mk6 Golf wagon on Air Lift suspension



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



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





Patrick Brennan’s wide-arch Mk1 Golf on BBS RS



Mk5 Jetta coupe on Air Lift suspension



Still Static’s Audi B8 on Vossen LC105-T’s



Matt Woodgates Porsche 997 on Air Lift suspension & Rotiform LHR’s




Mk2 ‘Shorty’



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



Balls’d Type 181 (Trekker)



Vick Nagi’s Mk5 Golf R32 on Air Lift suspension & Rotiform IND-T’s



Tom Harding’s Mk5 Golf Edition30 on Air Lift suspension & BBS GT001’s



Bagged Mk6 Golf GTI


BMW E21 Alpina


Craig Sims’ bagged BMW E28 on Gotti’s




Conor Elliott’s static Mk2 Golf on Extreme Offset Wheels




Jason Bowes’ Audi A5 on Air Lift suspension & Vossen VFS2’s



Ryan Stewart’s Porsche Cayman on Fifteen52 Formula LTW’s



Ben Hughes’ bagged Mini Cooper on BBS RF’s



Dave Mcdiarmid’s BMW E46 on Air Lift suspension & BBS RF’s



Manda Fry’s Audi B8 A4 on Air Lift suspension & Rotiform SNA’s



And there you have it, it was a long one so thanks for sticking it to the end. As you can see, we have another exciting show season ahead with some incredible cars, if Ultimate Dubs was anything to go by. We’d also like to say a big thank you to everyone that came down to support our trade stand – we were tucked away, so it does mean a lot to those that made the effort to track us down! Look out for us at upcoming shows if you’re interested in grabbing some of our clothing.

In the meantime, you can check our our web store (store.slamsanctuary.com) which now includes Air Lift, Rotiform, VIAIR, AccuAir, Airdynamiks and BC Racing coilovers in addition to our soft goods.



More info on Ultimate Dubs:

Ultimate Dubs website

Ultimate Dubs on Facebook

Ultimate Dubs on Instagram


Seen your car above? If we haven’t named you, drop us message a through our Facebook page or email info@slamsanctuary.com and let us know if you’d like your name added to the article! Also be sure to let us know if we made any errors regarding your cars modifications. Sometimes we make mistakes, albeit rarely, but we like to make things right!

Air by OCD – Matt Payne’s 1992 Mercedes-Benz W201 190E

Words & Photos by Henry Phull


The Mercedes-Benz 190E has been a hit with petrolheads ever since they were used as touring cars and seen throughout legendary motorsport events. However, with the sought-after Cosworth models now out of most people’s price range, the spectacle has turned on to the standard 190E’s, which back in their time would’ve looked like any normal boxy German saloon car, simply blending into the landscape. What owners are doing to them now though, is quite remarkable. Who’d have thought dumping one on the floor and adding some larger wheels could make such a basic car look so appealing? Even though they’ve been a popular vehicle of choice in the modified scene ever since the late 80’s/early 90’s, the demand has massively grown over the last couple of years in the UK show scene… One of our favourites being Matt Payne’s Arctic white 1992 W201 which we’re showcasing today. Although we’ve already featured a W201 this year, Charlie Wheeler’s static 190D (click here to check it out), we’re switching things up and taking an alternative look at how things can be done using air ride, with Matt’s simple yet effective build.



Matt has been interested in cars for a long time, mainly through family influence. Since he was 17 years old he’s been following the car show scene, attended local meets and helped out on cars with his friends. Training as a Volkswagen technician certainly played a huge part in his ever-growing fascination with cars and predominant obsession with VW’s. In fact this led him onto starting his own business, Only Charged Dubs (OCD), who predominantly specialise in VAG cars – G40/G60 forced induction, air ride, servicing and much more.



The car that really got his company noticed was down to Matt’s third car, a Mk2 Golf which started out as a ‘1.6 Driver’, which he fully restored and eventually converted to a G60. After two years of daily driving, something more modern was required – a Skoda Fabia Monte Carlo… This really helped OCD grow as a recognised business.. it was the ultimate car to show off their air-ride services to a ‘general’ audience, not forgetting the development of OCD’s custom Polo platform air ride kit which put them on the map.



So why the Mercedes-Benz you may be asking? “I’ve never been a huge Merc fan, but I’ve always had a soft spot for any modern classic car… late 70’s, 80’s & early 90’s cars just have that square boxy look that I love” he tells us. The Fabia had been around for nearly three years, so Matt decided it was time for a new OCD demo car, whilst he could still drive the Fabia daily (although this has now finally been replaced by a bigger Audi A6 C5 Allroad, on custom air of course). “The 190 seemed to be a new modern classic, and after seeing a couple bagged and thinking we could get a cheap kit for it, I bought this one.” Matt explains.



Matt found the 190E through eBay, it was a completely standard 1.8 8v petrol, but the head gasket had gone due to lack of use and the exhaust had fallen apart inside so it ran way too slowly for his liking. The all-important paint, however, is original and came up incredibly after a good detailing session and machine polish/seal. It was an ideal base for OCD’s demo car and it meant they could create something from a completely blank canvas.



“We needed it to be on the floor, looking OEM+ and really show off what OCD and air suspension can do. Not just the usual brands of air & wheels!” he explains. Only Charged Dubs are well known for their custom air work, not just bolting on the usual ready-made kits which are widely available. This car is a fantastic example of what is possible when you think outside the box.



The air setup on Matt’s car was created completely from scratch, after trying out a cheap kit that was available for the platform and realising it was “crap”. The team at OCD got to work on creating a better solution, including new front arms, bag mounts and a custom BC Racing damper kit with camber top mounts, allowing for adjustment all round. “Our kit is a full comprehensive suspension kit, this replaces the OE front arms with no other modifications required. The only thing that’s needed is 2 holes drilled in the rear upper spring seat to allow the air bags to mount up.” Matt reveals.



This allows the body of the car to drop as low as possible with no rubbing or catching – now that’s what we like to hear! “This allows much better air bag pressure when driving, allowing a much nicer drive – it really feels like factory still and just floats along the roads.” he continues. After fully testing the setup, OCD’s kit is now manufactured and available for the W201 platform – get in touch with them for more information.



Along with the custom front LCA’s and bag mounts, Matt opted for Universal Air ‘AirHouse2’ bags front and rear, 3/8″ air lines all run by dual Speciality Suspension 28″ & 24″ air tanks, two Air Zenith OB2 compressors, an AVS 9 switch box, Zaetech Digigauge and wireless touchbox. “The main piece is the RideTech BigRed manifold that really makes the car bounce!” he chuckles… this really has a different effect to airing up and out in comparison to a lot of other products on the market – making it that extra bit cooler! All this has been built into a beautiful boot installation which is a superb demonstration of hard lines and fabrication which OCD are known for.



With the car on the floor, Matt wanted to get the wheels right. They’d already gone custom with the air ride, so why not go the same way with the wheels? The outcome was a set of Mercedes-Benz ‘Barrock’ wheels, a Mexican hat-styled wheel originally found on W123’s. OCD had their machinist precision cut the wheel faces and matched to a BBS RS 16″ face bolt pattern, allowing them to go for 16″ to 17″ ‘bubble’ step up lips, resulting in 17×8 up front and 17×9 rears. “It’s a slight mod that no one really notices over the custom wheels. Which I like, it adds even more to the OEM+ look of the car and really suits the car well.” Matt explains. These are paired to 195/40 tyres up front and 205/40 at the rear, a tasteful amount of stretch.



Interior-wise, Matt preferred to keep everything original, similar to the outside of the car. “I wanted black as it doesn’t age as much and appears to be quite rare in the old 190’s”… The only elements out of the ordinary that you might notice are; the Zaetech Digigauge air pressure display which is neatly installed into one of the blower fans and the chunky AVS 9 switch box used to control the ride height. Sticking to a manual air set up just seems so right in a classic car like this – a modern looking digital controller wouldn’t look at home in the W201.





We’ve seen the Merc at several car shows this year and it’s unsurprisingly turned a lot of heads. Matt and the team have put just the right amount of modifications on the car. Only air and wheels you may ask… What more could you possibly need on a classic car like this? Matt has put his touch on an already beautiful shape. As well as putting the car on a set of BBS RS for a few shows to change things up, the custom Barrock wheels do suit it perfectly. From now, not much will be happening with the Merc other than a little more colour coding to the boot build over the Winter. Matt mentioned he may even regrettably put it up for sale in the new year to make way for another OCD demo car. Despite the name ‘Only Charged Dubs’, the 190E demonstrates that they really can tackle any sort of air build, whether it’s a ‘dub’ or not. We’ll be finding more about what they get up to with an exclusive shop visit, so check back to Slam Sanctuary soon.



More info on Only Charged Dubs:

Only Charged Dubs website

Only Charged Dubs on Facebook

Only Charged Dubs on Instagram



Eurosunday 2015

Location: Lommel, Belgium

Date: 7 June 2015


Words & Photos by Henry Phull



Eurosunday is one of those European shows I’ve been wanting to go to ever since I started Slam Sanctuary. It’s the show that everyone always raves to me about. I thought I’d be missing it yet again this year – mainly due to low funds having recently spent too much on my project car. Sounds familiar, right? However, flashback to 8pm on the Saturday night before the show, and I received a message from my friend Mark saying “Eurosunday….?”. After a few minutes of laughing at each other, we checked the Euro Tunnel prices, £60 return. Doable! Belgium and back in one day… it seemed like madness, considering we are all the way in Bournemouth – 170 miles from Folkestone. But thinking about it, what else were we going to do on a Sunday? Alarms set for 3.30am, we set off at 4am and thrashed the Mk4 to the Euro Tunnel, with a McDonald’s breakfast and coffee stop tied in of course. To our dismay and after our stupidly early start, we arrived at the Euro Tunnel terminal only to be told there were delays of up to two hours… we weren’t impressed!



Once we finally boarded the train, a brief 40 minutes later we were in Calais, and set off straight away to the show venue. As we were now running late, we gunned it through the short stretch of France and over the border, making our way past Antwerp and then through the delightful countryside into Lommel. We only stopped once for a toilet break by the side of the road! The venue itself was situated in the nearby industrial estate, completely abandoned from the public, making it an ideal venue to host a car show.


We arrived just after Midday, and I was shocked at the sheer amount of cars in the show, it was definitely bigger than anything I’m used to in the UK. Plus to make things even better, it was super hot. After a quick glance at the cars whilst queuing to get in, we both knew we’d made the right decision to do this crazy last minute trip. Anyway, sit back, and let me take you through my show highlights…


Roberto Polo’s Vento front-ended Mk3 Golf on Air Lift bags and colour coded OZ Futura’s


Misha Strik’s Mk2 Golf on Eta Beta Turbo’s

I learnt that Misha, a good friend of the show organisers, unfortunately passed away recently… His friends and family are still taking his Mk2 to shows and keeping the dream alive, awesome!



Jan-pieter Luca’s Volkswagen K70 bagged on a custom KEAN Suspensions setup






Nato Stark Luis’ Mk4 R32 Golf


Matthias Niestroj’s Mk1 Golf


Danny Swartz’s bagged Beetle on the Streetcustoms.nl stand


Matt Clifford’s bagged BMW 840ci on 19″ Rotiform LHR’s on the Watercooled Society stand


Will Smith’s bagged VW Polo 6n2 on Rotiform TMB’s


Bryan De Bondt’s Audi A3 on OZ Futura’s


Matt Payne’s Mk2 Skoda Fabia running Air Lift suspension and 17″ SSR 3pc wheels on the Only Charged Dubs stand


KEAN Suspensions’ bagged Audi A6 Allroad on 22″ Vossen CVT’s


Ost Wesley’s Audi S3 sedan dumped on AccuAir suspension and Rotiform DAB’s


Anton Harnie’s BMW E82 123d, with custom KEAN Suspensions air ride and VIP Modular VRS15 Concave wheels



Keviin Do’s Mk6 Golf on OZ Futura’s from Luxembourg


James Harper’s Audi S3 on air and 19″ OZ Racing centrelocks


Jeffrey Paulusse’s Mk4 R32 Golf on Air Lift suspension and BBS E88 split rims



Davy Binst’s VW Beetle


John Vinx’s VW Passat on ACT split rims


Bart Liekens’ Mk2 Golf on BBS RF’s


Patrick Kreuz’s bagged Mercedes-Benz 190E W201


Julian Loose’s widebody B5 Audi RS4 on RAD48 LR 2.0 wheels and R8 ceramic front brakes



Georgie Marlow’s Mk1 Golf on ceramic polished BBS RM’s


Indy Virk’s static VW Passat “Stilltaxi” on Audi S8 wheels


Steve Fraser and Kats Giles’ Mk6 and Mk5 Golfs running Felgen Werkes’ ceramic polished Rotiforms


Kats Giles’ wide-arch Mk5 Golf on Air Lift suspension


Pro-Art’s BMW E90 with M3 body kit conversion and KEAN Suspensions air install


Andreas Langen’s bagged Audi Avant


Kiran Mistry’s Mk1 Golf on Air Lift suspension and BBS E50’s


Jamie McToldridge’s static G60-powered Mk1 Golf


Coenen Joery’s Mini GP running Robert Racing Airride (on AP coilovers) and Rotiform VCE’s


Wulteput Dietrich’s TA22 Toyota Celica GT on air ride



Kristof Mombaerts’ Porsche 964 sitting on gold-centred Rotiform LVS’s


Mark Allen’s Mk4 Golf estate “Wilma” with custom air ride, Bora front-end conversion and Eta Beta split rims


Faz Ahmed’s Calypso BMW E30 ‘vert on Air Lift bags and 16″ 7.5j & 8.5j BBS RS’s


Prakash Thanky’s BMW E21 with M50B25 engine conversion, Air Lift custom suspension and Carline CM2 splits with 3″ and 4″ dishes




Wim Ronal’s Mk2 Golf 4-door on OZ Turbo split rims


Mark Van de Watering’s bagged Audi Avant on polished Rotiform BWE’s


Dennis Werweissdasschon’s Mk3 Golf on 3-spokes



Maarten’s Porsche 964 sitting on BBS E88’s and KW V3 HLS suspension


 RM Concept‘s custom bagged Audi 100 on BBS RS’s



Patrick Prüß’s Volkswagen Beetle


Mk1 Golf on BMW BBS Style19’s


Volkswagen Brasilia




Stefaan’s BMW E30 M3 on BBS RS


Kevin Pourtois’s 1976 BMW E3 2.8L on custom air ride and BBS Style5’s



Steven Vleugels’ bagged VW Scirocco on 20″ Jaguar BBS Sepang wheels




Steve Vanoppen’s 1957 Oval on air ride and 17″ Fuchs


Bram Depraitere’s bagged Mk6 GTD wagon sitting on Eta Beta Porsche wheels


Laetitia Empain’s bagged Audi TT on RH splits


Dimii Jacobs’ Luxor beige BMW E30 on a custom Robert Racing Airride setup, custom sport interior and BBS RS wheels



Andy Hatton’s bagged Mk4 Golf estate


Sebastien Quintin’s Mk7 Golf on Air Lift suspension and 20″ Vossen CVT’s


Andy Willems’ 1973 Mercedes-Benz S280 W108 on custom air ride and 18″ Intro Wheels



Jack Frost’s Mk2 Jetta with colour-coded RH split rims


Glenn Op de Beeck’s Porsche 964 on KW Suspension and Eta Beta splits



Raf Jans’ BMW E46 coupe on ACS Type 1’s



Frederik Ceulemans’ Mk1 Scirocco with 16VT, BBS RS, air ride and custom retrimmed Porsche interior


Crabbe Jasper’s static Mk4 Golf on Eta Beta splits




Robert Schor’s Mk2 Golf with 16v G60 motor, US front and bumpers, sitting on BBS Le Mans wheels




Costa Xouras’ 1984 Porsche 911 Carrera 3.2 on 16″ BBS RS’s, stepped up to 17″



Kevve Raekelboom’s old BMW E21 on custom AccuAir suspension by KEAN and BBS Super RS



Nick Oude Nijhuis’ static and caged Mk3 Golf on PLS 3pc splits



Faah Bio’s static B7 Audi A4 on Vossen CV7’s


Nick Sas’ BMW E24 with ACS wheels and bodykit


That sums up my Eurosunday highlights, hopefully you enjoyed my selection! We stuck around for a short while after the show but then remembered that we had another train to catch, so we hit the road again. Just before we got to Antwerp we bumped into Jamie, Kiran and the rest of the Players crew in their two Mk1’s. As they were also heading for the Euro Tunnel, we decided to join their convoy. Let me tell you, following these two beauties at neck breaking speeds through Belgium and France was quite a sight! Naturally I had to grab a few rolling shots…





I’m so pleased that I finally managed to get over to Belgium for the day. Not only was it my first Eurosunday, but my first ever European car show. You know those mates that constantly go on about how much better Euro shows are? We’ve all got them… Well I’m sorry to say, but I think it’s probably true! This has just made me want to do a lot more Euro shows as soon as possible! Don’t get me wrong, I love the UK shows, but it was certainly nice to mix things up a bit and see some cars I’m not used to seeing. On that note, I’d recommend it to anyone. Hopefully Slam Sanctuary will be back next year!


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Ultimate Dubs 2015 – Part 2

Words & Photos by Henry Phull


In Part 1 of our coverage, we highlighted some awesome cars from outside the Telford International Centre for Ultimate Dubs. Let’s continue from where we left off, with Nick Sahota’s E30 M3. This car was one of the most talked about show cars of 2014. We often wondered.. what else could you possibly do to improve the car? Well, Nick has smashed it for this year, adding a set of BBS Motorsport Bugatti centre lock wheels, thanks to a costly conversion. They have totally transformed the car into something visually mesmerising, and far more appropriate. It also continues to be the most photogenic car, so roll on the photographs…





It’s always a pleasure to run into Dougie Flockhart’s PVW featured Mk3 VR6 Turbo on black centred BBS LMs. The attention to detail on this car is outstanding, even if it’s not to everyone’s taste!




Auto Finesse blow us away at every show, they put on the coolest and best quality display, hands down. Of course their Mk1 Caddy project was keeping everyone interested…



…But this year the guys have built something new to keep the Caddy company, nicknamed ‘Project 80s’, a Mk2 Golf with full BBS kit, E50s, and on Air Lift suspension. It was one our favourite cars of the show by a long mile.



Over on the Fueled Society stand, Matthew Richardson’s bagged Edition30 Mk5 Golf was sitting beautifully on a set of stepped up BBS RS with gold hardware and finished with red caps to match the car.




Another car that did it for us was Thomas Flanagan’s Mercedes W201 190 on custom wheels rebuilt from single to 3 piece, along with a stunning air install by Novak & Boden. A modern touch on a classic – an outstanding piece of work.




Also on the Fueled Society stand was Jack Bodenham’s Golf on an amazing set of gold Advan 3 spokes. We love these and don’t see them often, a nice choice.



Across the hall, Hayley Brzezinski’s static Dragon Green Mk3 Golf was looking good on a set of Corvette salad shooters over on the UKMK3s stand.



We also caught a peek of Owen Burnell’s bagged Mk3 wagon that we recently featured – click here to check out the feature!



You’ve probably already realised that Ultimate Dubs has now become about more than just VWs. Some people seem to have a problem with this. Our opinion is… there’s more to car culture than just Volkswagens, plus the show would be boring if most of these non-VAGs weren’t here.



Our friend Matt Clifford (yeah that video guy with the E31 8 series we featured) just had his new wheels delivered from Rotiform just in time for the show. Here it is in all it’s glory on the Obsessive Detail stand. The 19″ 9.5j and 10.5j LHR’s have certainly transformed an already incredible car.



Only Charged Dubs, a company we’ve recently been keeping a close eye on, were out in force with a huge stand to display some of their VAG air ride installs. Check out Josh Hall’s Mk6 Golf below on a colour coded set of Autostrada Modena splits.



Danny Mellor’s Audi A4 B8 has been through a bit of a change up since we last saw it at Ultimate Stance last year. 2015 brings a set of Vossen VLE-1s which really look the part against this car’s extraordinary paintwork.



Opposite we were drawn in by a badass Audi A5 owned by Mark Gunning, which sits on a huge set of VIP Modular VX210 wheels with SPF centres and chrome flat lips.



Moving on to the WORK Wheels UK stand, we bumped into Alex Flanagan’s E36 on Work Meisters and overfenders. It’s static, too. This is one intimidating car!




Alongside Alex’s E36, the Driftworks E90 M3 was on display, this sits on HSD coilovers and 19″ 10j & 11.5j Work Meisters in a black finish to complete the ‘Murdered out’ look.




Over the winter months, there are some cars in particular you keep seeing on Instagram and Facebook. One of those cars was Tom Heap’s Mercedes 300CE over on the SlammedUK stand. Rocking a Zender bodykit and 17×9/17×12 Impul R5s, it may remind you of the previous Merc he built about two years ago. Alas, there’s a colour and wheel change on the horizon soon!




Paige Walton’s (S6 Wraps) static BMW E91 Touring was certainly drawing in the crowds with a striking gold wrap, along with RH Crossline wheels in black with gold hardware to match.



Georgie Marlow’s Mk1 Golf was looking even shinier than usual, thanks to some recently ceramic polished BBS RMs – a fine job by the guys at Felgen Werkes.



Over to the LikeHell and RollHard stand, our friend Jamie Hitchcock was unveiling his BMW Z4’s new look, some gorgeous 18×9.5/18×10 Work Meisters. Oh, this is also static. Yeah…



One of our favourites back from Ultimate Stance last year was Jordan Fielding’s bagged Audi 100L on Gottis, so it was awesome to see this again.



Dale Buckley’s Audi TT alongside was spectacular with a fresh new colour and huge BBS RS’s, unsurprisingly this came in the Top 25.



One of our all time favourite Beetles, nicknamed ‘Macy’ and owned by Matt Rudd was on display over on the FittedUK stand. Not bad for a ’63!





We saw Vick Nagi’s bagged A4 Avant a few weeks ago at the Car Audio & Security ‘Caffeine and Cars’ event, when it was on the Audi Rotors which looked perfect. We didn’t actually think he’d be able to top that, but here it was, on Rotiform CENTRELOCKS. Well played, Vick!




That wraps it up for Part 2 of Ultimate Dubs 2015. As you can see, the quality of cars has continued to improve, so check back very soon for the final part of our weekend in Telford where we’ll be looking inside the final two show halls.