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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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More info on Only Charged Dubs:

Only Charged Dubs website

Only Charged Dubs on Instagram

Only Charged Dubs 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.




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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




Tradition. Recrafted. – A day with Meguiar’s Mirror Bright range

Words & Photos by Henry Phull


If you’re a car enthusiast, it’s highly likely that you endeavor to keep your pride and joy squeaky clean. However, with so many different cleaning products on the market, it’s hard to decide which products to start with. Luckily, Meguiar’s have released a new kit with all the essentials for keeping your car clean. Founded all the way back in 1901, there’s no doubt that you’ve heard of the brand… And with so many years experience in the car care industry, you know you can feel safe using their products. In fact, we already use their gear on our cars, so when we heard that they’d had just released a new range, we were eager to try it! The Mirror Bright collection sees the company revisit their roots, mimicking their old school glass bottles and metal screw tops with a modern-day plastic interpretation, for a vintage feel. With classic branding in black and white, the kit is designed to fit right in with classic cars. The Mirror Bright products are made up of completely new formulas too, for a premium performance and user experience – Meguiar’s tell us that these are truly high-quality items. Of course, with such a cool looking product range, we had to get our hands on it to try out on some classic cars. Our friends at Meguiar’s UK kindly sent over some gear, so we called up a few friends and decided to make a day of it and use the products on the cars.


The classic style Mirror Bright kit bag looks right at home in Doey’s classic interior


The Mirror Bright range consists of all the cleaning essentials: Polishing Wax, Detailing Spray, Automobile Shampoo, Wheel Cleaner and Leather Lotion


Naturally, we needed some Meguiar’s essentials to fully test the new range; microfibre wash mitts and towels, Water Magnet drying towels and a few Applicator pads (not pictured)




First up, we got to grips with the Mirror Bright Automobile Shampoo. With a hefty 1.4 litre bottle, you’re getting a lot for your money (RRP £18.00). It’s formulated for all automobile finishes, and Meguiar’s states that it’s been refined by over 110 years of experience and R&D. The texture of the shampoo itself is equally awesome – a carnuaba milk formula that cleans AND waxes while washing. It’s also designed specifically to work hand-in-hand with the Mirror Bright Polishing Wax, which we’ll look at later.



The Meguiar’s Microfibre wash mitt makes it easy to apply the shampoo



Chris showing that the Shampoo works just as well on his vinyl-wrapped Lexus IS200


Doey rinses the shampoo off of his BMW E21


The Meguiar’s Water Magnet drying towel worked wonders, soaking up any remaining water





Next up, we tried out the Mirror Bright Wheel Cleaner (650ml bottle priced at RRP £13.00). All of our friends run polished wheels and they often have trouble finding a wheel cleaner that is actually safe to use on their valuable wheels. Luckily the Mirror Bright Wheel Cleaner is gentle enough that it’s safe on all types including painted, aluminium, chromed and polished wheels.


Doey rinses down his wheels first before applying the product


The pH balanced soaps and special ingredients easily dissolve brake dust remnants, with the liquid turning purple after a few minutes


Another essential rinse was required to wash away the remaining product once it had done its job


The results were brilliant, with no harm done to Doey’s polished CCWs




For the best clean, polishing is absolutely essential for a proper shine and overall paint protection. The Mirror Bright Polishing Wax is sold in a 414ml bottle, with an RRP of £22.50. Meguiar’s use unique natural and synthetic ingredients to gently polish all painted finishes, revealing a maximum gloss, depth of colour and “Mirror Bright” reflections. Once again, this product is safe for all glossy paint types including lacquers, enamels and clear coats.


The screw-top bottle makes it ideal to pour onto the Meguiar’s Applicator pad


Sean applies the product to his BMW E36 using the Applicator pad, and buffs with a Microfibre towel


The result is a true mirror-like reflection!




Detailing spray, or “quick detailer” as it’s known to most people, is probably the most essential item for any car-show goer. It’s the perfect finishing touch to get that show-shine finish super quickly on arrival to an event, or simply in between washes. The Mirror Bright Detailing Spray (650ml bottle for RRP £13.00) cleans both exterior AND interior surfaces. It’s made up of a non-scratch formula and safe for all paint types. Seeing as we already cleaned the cars properly, we decided to try the Detailing Spray on an interior.


Carlos sprays the product directly onto a Microfibre towel before applying to the interior of his BMW E36


It worked a treat and left a great shine on the whole interior, including the doorcards, dashboard, centre console, instruments and even the front and rear screens




Finally, we ended with the Mirror Bright Leather Lotion (available in a 414ml bottle for RRP £12.00). This is an impressive product to clean, condition and protect your leather interior with. It’s made up of gentle cleaners that help to remove dirt and grime that has attached itself to your leather over time. It’s even packed with UV Sunscreens that help prevent sun rays from fading your seats.



Carlos pours the Leather Lotion onto a Meguiar’s Applicator pad, before applying to his BMW Vader leather seats. As you can see, the pad picked up plenty of dirt.


After application, a Microfibre towel was used to buff off the excess product, instantly leaving a revitalised, natural looking interior – no slipperiness or fake-looking shine here!


Cleaning done, everyone stands back to admire their work


The two bagged BMWs looking super shiny


Carlos’ ceramic polished OZ Futuras looking like new after a dose of Mirror Bright Wheel Cleaner



The static boys, looking “Mirror-bright”!


Sean’s Carline CM6s also came up amazingly


You don’t often see a wrapped car looking this shiny




After spending a whole day with the Mirror Bright range, we can safely say that these kits will be in our boots for the rest of the show season. Everyone loved the products, from an application point of view (perfect sized triggers on spray bottles, and quick release screw top lids on the others making for easy pouring), and of course from the actual results. The cars were actually left with a true “Mirror Bright” shine. Plus, the products themselves look damn cool, too – The vintage branding goes hand-in-hand with our favourite sorts of cars, classics! All the products tested are available now individually, or as a complete package. Check out the Meguiar’s UK website below and join the revolution of car care products.


More info on Meguiar’s UK:

Meguiar’s UK website & online store

Meguiar’s UK on Instagram

Meguiar’s UK on Facebook


The cars:

BMW E21 – Steven Doe – @doeboyfresh

BMW E36 coupe – Carlos Gomez – @carlos_g88

BMW E36 ‘vert – Sean Crompton – @s_crompton

Lexus IS200 – Chris Phillips – @chrispy_clean




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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



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




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



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



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




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


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





PJ Dickman’s bagged Scirocco on RAD48 LR’s




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



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



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




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



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



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



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




JC Asiat Nem’s Audi TT on Air Lift suspension



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



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



Ron Huijzer’s Porsche 964 on BBS LM’s



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



Emmanuelle Peereboom’s Mk1 Jetta



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



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



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



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




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




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




Steven Boeykens’ Audi A6 Avant on Air Lift suspension




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






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



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



HR Autoworks’ 1957 Volkswagen Oval Beetle



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



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




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



Daniel Wasilewski’s bagged Phaeton on Bentley wheels




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



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




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



Tseerd Weulen Kranenberg’s Mk2 Golf Rallye



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




Alex Lambert’s bagged Polo




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





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



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



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






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




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



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





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





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




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




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



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



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




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



Chris Halliday’s bagged Tiguan on BBS E88’s



The Install Company’s Type3 Fastback on Air Lift suspension



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



Jack Buckley’s Mk3 Golf on Gotti’s



Jack Moody’s static BMW E38 740i



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



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



BMW E34 on BBS RF’s




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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VW Days 2016

Date: 18/19 June 2016

Location: Seraucourt-le-Grand, France


Words & Photos by Henry Phull


This year is all about the European car shows here at Slam Sanctuary. I’d heard numerous good things about VW Days, which is organised every year by ‘Club Golf Ile de France’ and held in a quiet town just outside of Saint Quentin. This is nice for us Brits as the venue is less than a two-hour drive from the Calais terminal, and essentially one stress-free smooth toll road. Being a two day event, we set off on the Saturday morning from the Eurotunnel and decided to stay overnight in a hotel just ten minutes away, although for a majority of the show goers, it’s all about the camping experience. This year though, the weather on Saturday was horrendous – so I’m glad I had a hotel room! The rain put a few people off on day one making it a washout, but come Sunday the sun was out and the show transformed into something epic. I even came home with some sunburn! Much like when we were in Belgium, it was a nice change to see what the Europeans are building.  To adhere to the name VW Days, the event is very VAG-orientated, understandably, with a few exceptions that you’ll find throughout the article. All in all, I was blown away by the variety of builds and the sheer size of the show. Here are the cars that stood out from the crowd…




Marcel Klok’s Audi R8 on HP Drivetech/AccuAir suspension & BBS LM’s



Adam King’s Mercedes-Benz W220 on AccuAir suspension & Rotiform TMB’s



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



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



Romain Buffaumene’s Renault 5 GT Turbo on OZ Futura’s





Charly Lannoy’s Audi TT on Air Lift suspension & Rotiform BRU’s



Lorenzo Magnani’s Mk1 Scirocco on BBS RM’s



Alexis Hue’s custom Beetle


Guillaume Michaud’s static Mk1 Golf Swallowtail on BBS E52’s



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



Christophe Waterplas’ Audi S5 on Air Lift suspension & Rotiform IND-T’s




Romuald Dubreuil’s bagged Mk2 Golf on Ronal Racing wheels



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



Air Lift Performance’s Mk7 Golf R



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




Kristof Heyvaert’s Mk2 Golf G60 on Ronal Racing wheels



BD Clean’s Mk2 Golf VR6 Turbo on BBS RS’




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



Mercedes-Benz 560SEC



Gary Lux’s Porsche Panamera 4S on HP Drivetech suspension & OZ wheels




Twan Niemeijer’s static Corrado G60 on Ronal Racing wheels



Dylan Caels’ Mk2 Jetta on Speedline wheels




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


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


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



Benoit Couty’s Mk2 Golf on BBS E50’s


Matthieu Salomé’s static Porsche 944 on Tramont Cup wheels




Warwick French’s Audi RS3 on Air Lift suspension & 19″ Fifteen52 Tarmac 348′s



Jamie Mctoldridge’s Mercedes-Benz W123 230CE on Air Lift suspension



Quentin Ghysens’ Audi S3 on Air Lift / AccuAir suspension & Awlest QG.001′s



Haiko Hartmann’s Audi C7 A6 Avant on AccuAir suspension & WatercooledIND LP1’s




Marco Pereira’s Mk5 Golf on AccuAir suspension & stepped-up BBS RF’s




Matt Carter’s Audi A5 on AccuAir suspension & custom Brabus Monoblock 3’s




Marcel Bäumer’s bagged Mercedes-Benz W108 280SE





Klaas van Schaijk’s Mk1 Golf



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



Richard Payne’s Porsche 964 on on KW Suspension and Rotiform STR’s




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



Dionisio Silva’s Audi R8 on Rotiform BLQ’s



G’Rèm Verson’s Mk3 Golf on OZ Futura’s


Joe Stubbs’ Mercedes-Benz E350 on HP Drivetech/AccuAir suspension & Rotiform YVR’s





Ivan Manevtsov’s Mk3 Vento on Air Lift suspension & KW Turbo’s



Ilce Ilievski’s Mercedes-Benz W124 on Air Lift suspension & BBS RS’s




Phillipe Serexhe’s Audi B8 A4 Avant on AccuAir suspension & WORK VS’s


Wil LY’s Audi 80 on BBS RS



Fabien Boiselle’s bagged Mk2 Golf on face-mounted OZ Futura’s




Yoan Joaquim’s VW Mk5 Golf on Air Lift suspension & BBS E28′s



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



Brieuc Le Gall’s Mk3 Golf GTI on Air Lift suspension & Speedline Mistral’s



Dani Comd’s Audi Allroad on Air Lift suspension & Rotiform IND-T’s





Maxime Batibat’s Bora on face-mounted Speedline Mistral’s




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



Rooth Jenkins’ Mk3 Audi TT on Air Lift suspension & Rotiform BLQ’s



Stephan Calles’ bagged Volkswagen B8 Passat estate on BBS RS2



Cris Chile’s Mk3 Golf cabriolet on BBS RF’s


Matt Clifford’s BMW E31 840ci on Air Lift suspension & BBS Bugatti EB110′s



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



Eddy Chhlang’s Mk2 Golf on BBS RS’s


Florent Arnaud’s Mk5 Golf


Romain Courtant’s Audi A5 on Air Lift suspension & BMW X5 wheels



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





Florian Nicol’s static Mk2 Golf on custom-built BBS RA splits



Kevin’s bagged B3 Passat



Benjamin Dubois’ bagged Mk5 Golf on BBS GT’s


Francois Karikari’s Mk1 Golf TDI on BBS RS’s



Jo Ritchie’s Mk3 Golf cabriolet on BBS RF’s



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




Matt Woodgate’s Porsche 997 on HP Drivetech/Air Lift suspension & Rotiform LHR’s



What a variation, right? The quality of cars was just phenomenal, and it’s hardly surprising that so many people from the UK make the trip over for VW Days. It’s a petrolhead’s dream short break, whether you camp and enjoy the party onsite, or decide to hotel it and experience the local town that becomes completely taken over by modified cars from all over Europe – similar to a mini-Wörthersee in fact. Many thanks to Club Golf IDF for having us, we’ll certainly be back again! Our next European adventure will take us to M.I.V.W. in August. Until then, see you all at the coming UK events.


More info on Club Golf IDF & VW Days:

Club Golf IDF website

Club Golf IDF on Facebook

Club Golf IDF on Instagram


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Players Classic 2016

Date: 11 June 2016

Location: Goodwood Motor Circuit, Chichester


Words & Photos by Henry Phull


Players Classic 2016 is a big one for me, it marks the 3 year anniversary of Slam Sanctuary, as this was the show that kickstarted my love of photographing cars. Since then the car scene has come a huge way in terms of quality and builds, just as this show has. Every year the team somehow seem to take over more and more of the Goodwood Motor Circuit grounds to the point where you’ll fail to find a patch of land that isn’t taken up by a show car. Players Classic is the biggest show of the year since Ultimate Dubs back at the start of the season. It’s become so popular that a lot of the show is now largely filled with cars that have made the journey over from Europe. Also, Players is so well-known in the car world that people even fly over from the USA to check out the show and network. It’s become one of the coolest events on the calendar, much down to the venue itself and of course the incredible diversity of cars that are selected and shown throughout Goodwood’s historic paddock. In addition to numerous companies trading in the exclusive ‘Trade Village’ (including us this year!), ‘Classic’ combines a static show with plenty of track action including the pre-booked track day experience and various drifting displays throughout the day – plenty to keep you entertained. Well, on to our photo coverage, it’s another long one, so you might want to grab a cuppa!



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



Tom Heap’s bagged Mercedes-Benz C124 on OZ MAE’s




S6 Wraps’ BMW E92 on Air Lift suspension & Rotiform TMB’s





Ben Hughes’ Mini Cooper on BC Racing coilovers & OZ Futura’s



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



James Barr’s bagged VW Polo 6N2 GTI on BBS RM’s




James Munro’s bagged Porsche 356 Speedster




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



Tom Lilico’s bagged BMW Z3 on Lamborghini Diablo splits



James Ibbotson’s static Hillman Imp on Alleycat & Revolution wheels



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



Christopher Purr’s Subaru BRAT



Sam Eaton’s bagged VW Polo 9N3



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





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



Tijl Matthijs’ VW Mk2 Golf G60 on Air Lift suspension & custom splits



Ron Huijzer’s Porsche 964 on stepped-up BBS RS



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



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



Kats Giles’ Audi Q3 on Air Lift suspension & Rotiform CCV’s



FYD Apparel’s bagged ’66 Cadillac Coupe Deville



RIIVA Design’s Austin Healey on Air Lift suspension



Jaik-Meriden Golloghly’s bagged Mini Cooper S on custom Saab 900 Turbo splits



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



Jamie Mctoldridge’s Mercedes-Benz W123 230CE on Air Lift suspension




Ben Fraser’s Nissan 180SX on Rotiform LVS’s



Steve Howson’s Mercedes-Benz 190E Cosworth on OZ Futura’s



Still Static’s Audi B8 A4 on H&R suspension & 21″ Vossen LC105-T’s



Ben Rye’s bagged 1957 Volkswagen Oval Beetle ragtop on Ultra’s



HR Autoworks’ 1957 Volkswagen Oval Beetle



Maarten’s Porsche 964 on KW V3 HLS suspension & Cargraphic Racing wheels





Mark Gale’s static Ferrari F355



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



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




Owen Burnell’s VW Mk4 Golf R32 on Air Lift suspension & OZ Super Leggera III’s



Jordan Hill’s static Volkswagen Mk2 Golf on OZ Fittipaldi’s



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



Sumil Pancholi’s E39 530i on Air Lift suspension & Hartge splits



Matt Clifford’s BMW E31 840ci on Air Lift suspension & BBS Bugatti EB110’s



Chevrolet C10 on AccuAir suspension


Angus Munro’s Porsche 964 on BBS Super-RS’s




Paul Mclean’s BMW E34 on BC Racing suspension & stepped-up BBS RS’s





Matt Glassup’s Porsche 964 on Eta Beta’s



Joe Saunder’s TFSI Volkswagen Mk3 Golf on OZ Turbo’s



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




Karl Runeckles’ BMW Z4 on hydraulics & custom-built Style32′s



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



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




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



Joey Hazell’s BMW E36 ‘vert on hydraulic suspension & stepped-up BBS RS’s



Vladi’s Volkswagen Mk3 Vento on Air Lift suspension & KW Turbo’s



Adam King’s Mercedes-Benz W220 on AccuAir suspension & Rotiform TMB’s




Lee Curtis’ Audi C5 Allroad on Air Lift suspension & Rotiform CCV’s / Jack Ellis’ Audi C5 Allroad on BC Racing suspension

@curtisg40 / @staticjack


Ben Walker’s BMW E28 on Broadway Static suspension & OZ Breyton’s





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



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



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




Matt Woodgate’s Porsche 997 on HP Drivetech/Air Lift suspension & Rotiform LHR’s



Steven Doe & Becky Evans’ BMW E21’s on Air Lift suspension

@doeboyfresh / @queenb_uk


Matty Loveridge’s Audi TT on H&R suspension & BBS GT’s



Kenneth de Bock’s BMW E92 335i on AccuAir suspension & OZ Futura’s



Brian Henderson’s Audi RS2 on Rotiform STR’s




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



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



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



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





Joe Burman’s body-dropped Volkswagen Mk1 Golf



Joe Stubbs’ Mercedes-Benz E350 on HP Drivetech/AccuAir suspension & Rotiform YVR’s




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



Ashley Morell’s BMW Z4 on AirREX suspension & Borbet/MK Motorsport wheels



Kelvin Clifford’s Volkswagen Mk5 Golf on Air Lift suspension & Verein Sport Club One’s



’42 Ford pickup


Paul Harding’s ’84 Porsche 911 3.2 Carrera



Josh’s wide-body BMW 2002 on 7Twenty Style44’s



Carl Raine’s Fiat 126



Harvey Howe’s BMW E82 on Air Lift suspension & BBS RF’s



Carl Shakespeare’s supercharged Volkswagen Mk3 Golf VR6 on Momo R3’s




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




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





Carl Deakin’s bagged Volkswagen Mk2 Jetta on Schmidt TH-Line’s




Adam Wyatt’s Nissan PS13 & Lee Johns’ Toyota Supra SZ-R on WORK Meister’s

@iamwhisk / @jza80_lj


Meguiar’s Ford Crown Victoria on Air Lift suspension




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



Yoan Joaquim’s VW Mk5 Golf on Air Lift suspension & BBS E28’s



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



That just about sums up our highlights of 2016’s show. Jamie, Carl and the rest of the Players team absolutely smashed it again. They’ve got that ‘chilled’ show vibe perfected, which makes it a pleasure to attend year on year. I must’ve bumped in to 90% of the people I know through cars and the automotive industry which just goes to show that people really do love this event. Catering for all motoring fans (even those who prefer two wheels), there’s something for everyone. If you missed it, then don’t worry… Players is back with their main show later this year at North Weald, Essex on the 18th of September 2016. Keep your eyes peeled on the Players social media and website to make sure you get the chance to enter your car into the Show & Shine. We’ll see you there!


More info on Players Show/Classic:

Players Show website

Players Show on Facebook

Players Show on Instagram


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Eurosunday 2016

Date: 29 May 2016

Location: Lommel, Belgium


Words & Photos by Henry Phull


Last year was my first outing to Europe to experience a car show, it was a last minute decision to head over to Lommel in Belgium with my friend Mark in just one day. The show completely blew me away, and I knew that it would be on my list for this year. After speaking with the organiser, Kristof, I decided it would be worthwhile to trade at the event, a perfect opportunity to offer our European fans a chance to pick up some clothing without having to pay the overseas shipping charges. Naturally, in addition to setting up our pop-up store, I wanted to make the event coverage just as special as last year’s. Therefore, this is one our longest articles yet – so a WIFI connection is recommended before you continue, unless you’ve got unlimited data! You’ll notice the best thing about Euro shows is the pure variation. The Europeans don’t seem to limit themselves at all, so you’ll see plenty of newer Mercedes-Benz’s, Jaguars and even new Fords on air ride – it’s pretty incredible to see, really, as well as the classic cars that have received pristine makeovers. Plus everything in between. With so much to capture, this article highlights the cars that made the event so special for us…




Costa Xouras’ 1984 Porsche 911 Carrera 3.2 on stepped-up BBS RS


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



Kenneth de Bock’s BMW E92 335i on AccuAir suspension & OZ Futura’s







Only Charged Dubs’ Audi C5 Allroad on Airdynamiks / AccuAir suspension

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

@onlychargeddubs / @henry_slamsanctuary


Only Charged Dubs’ Mercedes-Benz W201 190E on Air by OCD suspension & custom Barrock splits



Karel Spijker’s bagged Mercedes-Benz W201 190E on Air by OCD suspension & custom Barrock splits



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




Davy en Ine Huygen-Cox’s bagged Ford Focus estate on Bentley’s



Nick de Prins’ bagged Volkswagen Jetta





Timmy Hermans’ bagged Volkswagen Mk1 Golf on BBS RM



Danny Swartz’s bagged Beetle




Sam Wookey’s Volkswagen Mk1 Polo



Stephan Calles’ bagged Volkswagen B8 Passat estate on BBS RS2




Fill Thws’ Volkswagen Mk2 Jetta on Gotti’s


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



Danny Busker’s BMW E60 on Air Lift suspension



Diego Coppens’ Volkswagen Passat CC on Air Lift suspension


Sven Deridder’s Volkswagen Mk7 Golf GTI on Air Lift suspension & OZ Futura’s



Tijs Van Breda’s Volkswagen Derby on BBS E50’s




Georgie Marlow’s Volkswagen Mk1 Golf on Air Lift suspension & BBS RM’s



Gary Morgan’s Mk1 Ford Escort



Alan King’s Volkswagen Mk3 Scirocco on Air Lift suspension & Ispiri wheels



Rene Sauer’s Volkswagen Mk2 Golf GTI on Zero-RS Racing centerlock wheels


Langer Patrick’s bagged Volkswagen Passat CC on 19″ Rotiform BLQ’s


Pietjo Pruymboom’s Mercedes-Benz C63 AMG on AirREX suspension & Rohana RC7’s




Prestige Auto Couture’s widebody Mercedes-Benz E-class W212 on AccuAir suspension & Ferrada FR3’s



Jordy Mullens’ bagged Audi A4 on Rotiform BLQ’s



Achten Nicky’s Volkswagen Beetle on Fuch’s


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





Connor Hollamby’s bagged Mercedes-Benz W201 190E



bagged Audi A5 on 3SDM 0.08’s


Quentin Allegretti’s Mazda RX7 on AccuAir suspension




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



Prakash Thanky’s BMW E21 on Air Lift suspension & Gotti’s



Quentin Ghysens’ Audi S3 on Air Lift / AccuAir suspension & Awlest QG.001’s



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



Arnout van Brummelen’s Volkswagen Mk2 Scirocco on BBS E50’s


Rachid Ait Moumad’s Audi B5 A4 Avant on Air Lift suspension & OZ Ultraleggera’s




Jeremy Onyn’s bagged BMW E28 on Style5’s



Daniel Knight’s Audi S5 on D2 / AccuAir suspension & Rotiform CCV’s



Mitch’s static Volkswagen Mk3 Golf 20vt on BBS RS





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



RM Concept’s bagged Audi 100 on BBS RS




Steve Fraser’s Audi S3 saloon on Air Lift suspension & Rotiform BLQ-2’s



Jordy Vandergeeten’s widebody Audi A4 on Air Lift suspension & Rotiform BWE’s




Guido Schreur’s Volkswagen Mk2 Golf GTI G60 on BBS RS



Guy Manilla’s bagged Volkswagen Mk1 Golf on custom built 4×100 17″ Smoothies by 2Polished




bagged Jaguar XF


Thomas Putman’s Audi B5 A4 on Air Lift suspension & Fifteen52 Turbomac’s



Roy Reimerink’s Volkswagen Mk3 Vento on Air Lift suspension & BBS RC042’s



Matthias Weertz’s Audi B5 RS4 Avant on H&R suspension & Vossen VFS1’s





Alessandro Costantino’s static Audi A8


Sven Raymaekers’ Audi B8 A4 Avant on Air Lift suspension & Rotiform BLQ’s



Gary Lux’s Porsche Panamera 4S on HP Drivetech suspension & OZ wheels




Kenaii Vanransbeeck’s Volkswagen R36 Passat on Air Lift suspension & Rotiform OZT’s



Mazda 6 on Vossen CVT’s


Vanoppen Steve’s Volkswagen Type3 Notchback



Volkswagen Scirocco on BBS GT-2’s



Prestige Auto Couture’s Mercedes-Benz E-class estate



David Petit’s BMW E30 M3 on PLS splits




bagged Audi A4 Avant on Rotiform IND’s


Porsche 356 on BRM wheels



Gregory Granado’s BMW E28


BMW E34 540i on OZ Futura’s





What a turn out, don’t you think? Especially when the afternoon turned into rain showers, which was rather disappointing, although this didn’t seem to stop the attendees. Considering the poor forecast and dim day, the quality and quantity of cars was still incredible and bigger than a lot of UK shows. We all love Euro shows so much, it wasn’t surprising to see handfuls of British cars making it over for the weekend, too. So, if you’re thinking about heading over to Europe, Eurosunday in Lommel is definitely worth it. There’s plenty of accommodation locally for a nice weekend away which works out super cheap if you’re in a group, alternatively stay in Antwerp the night before like we did. It’s really not that far from the Eurotunnel/ferry. Anyway, thanks to Kristof and the whole Eurosunday team for having us. We’ll be back for the next chapter!



More info on Eurosunday:

Eurosunday website

Eurosunday on Facebook

Eurosunday on Instagram


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Stance Fever 2016

Date: 22 May 2016

Location: Rockingham, Northamptonshire


Words & Photos by Henry Phull


Back in January I had a message from my friend Faz, the co-organiser behind Stance Fever, mentioning that he was putting on a bigger and better show for 2016. The event originally debuted at the Ace Cafe in London, then moved to Essex in 2015, so this year had to be something even bigger. Bigger is definitely the word… This year Stance Fever moved to the famous Rockingham Speedway in Corby, Northamptonshire. With plenty of excitement in the air, we decided to join forces and agree to attend with our pop-up store for this years show. Plus, it was the first outing for our new Audi A6 Avant hauler, even if it did break down on the way home, but I won’t bore you with the details. Take a look at our highlights from the day – the mix of cars was quite something, with a huge variety of marques catered for.


Jamie Hitchcock’s static BMW Z4 on WORK Meister S1’s



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


Stephen Goss’ BMW E46 on Air Lift suspension & ACS splits



Matthew Wells’ bagged Ford Fiesta ST on Fifteen52 Turbomacs



Josh Gibbs’ VW Mk5 Jetta on Air Lift suspension & OZ Futura’s



Joe Iwanicki’s Mk6 Ford Fiesta on hydraulics & BBS RS



Nick Allen’s bagged Volvo 1800ES



Charlie Croker’s bagged 1977 Lotus S1 Elite



James Wilson’s Nissan 350z on Air Lift suspension and SSR Vienna wheels


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





Adam Rickards’ VW Mk7 Golf R on Air Lift suspension & Lamborghini Aventador wheels



Karl Runeckles’ BMW Z4 on hydraulics & custom-built Style32’s




Sam Baxter’s bagged Mini Cooper S on Corvette Salad Shooters



Ben Gill’s VW Mk5 Golf on Air Lift suspension & OZ Futura’s



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



Carlos Gomez’ static BMW E36 on Style19’s



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




Jack Howden’s VW Polo 6R on Air Lift suspension & BBS RF’s



Harvey Howe’s BMW E82 on Air Lift suspension & BBS RF’s



Matt Cooper’s BMW E46 ‘vert on Air Lift suspension & custom-built Style3 splits



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



Adam Crispin’s bagged Mitsubishi Evo X on WORK Meister S1R’s



Nicola Sidney’s Vauxhall Astra GTC on Air Lift suspension & VXR wheels



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



VW Scirocco on Air Lift suspension & Rotiform TMB DDT’s


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



Our pop-up store… Catch us next at Eurosunday in Belgium!


There you have it, everything from bagged Ford Fiestas to classic Toyota Soarers, Stance Fever had it all. As usual, a big thank you to anyone that came down to our pop-up store for a chat or to take home some apparel, it’s always a pleasure. With this event getting bigger every year, I can’t wait to see what the team have in store for us next year. Make sure you pencil it in your diaries for 2017. We’ll be back out this weekend for our first European show of the year, Eurosunday in Belgium on Sunday 29th May.


More info on Stance Fever:

Stance Fever on Facebook

Pushing the Boundaries – Alex Wright’s 1996 BMW E36 328i Sport

Words & Photos by Henry Phull


Astonishingly, BMW’s E36 model has finally started to rise in value over the past year or so. Even though so many of these cars are being broken for spares and drifted, parts are still relatively affordable and easily acquirable, but because of this, the number of clean roadworthy cars has started to drop. The way I see it is that there’s two ways to take on an E36 build right now.. go for the mint OEM/+ look, or go completely wild with it like the car featured here, Alex Wright’s 328i Sport. Although far from ‘show car’ standard, this is one of the (if not the) lowest static E36’s in the country – and that’s what we’re interested in here at Slam Sanctuary of course. I’ve known Alex for a while now and been patiently waiting for a chance to shoot his car – but he’s forever been chasing the perfect fitment and ride-ability, but it looks like he’s finally nailed it, pushing the boundaries to get his car as low as he possibly can. Just seeing it on the roll, is something else.



Predominantly a Volkswagen man, Alex’s interest in cars previously involved a Mk2 Golf (on Wellers with AFH on R1 carbs), a Mk3 Golf (ABF on Corvette wheels) which he ran on flipped coils and four notches which actually got him sent to court, so eventually it ended up on AccuAir suspension to keep him out of trouble. That was followed by a B3 Passat on the same suspension & wheel set up, and then a B5 A4 on RH’s. Further down the line, Alex thought he’d have a go at drifting and purchased his first E36 328i, which quickly ended up in a tree at the bottom of his road – luckily he was okay, but the drift idea became a distant memory as he started to focus on lowering cars again as he had done before.



A friend’s 318is came up for sale cheap as it had also been crashed, leaving one side of the car with bent arms, so Alex picked it up and swapped over all the parts which were unharmed from his 328i. A healthy drop, Brock wheels, an LTW wing and more.. clearly he was enjoying playing about with E36’s, but it soon became apparent that the 318is lump had nothing on his previous 328i straight six and Alex missed the power.



Jamie Hitchcock’s 328i then appeared for sale, which Alex decided to buy as a donor car with the intention of dropping the engine into his 318, as the car had no interior whatsoever, stock suspension, no wheels or rub strips and what seemed like endless air lines (as the car was bagged during Jamie’s ownership) and sub cables which he is still finding to this day.



However, the car was a genuine 328i Sport, which are now becoming somewhat rarer and swayed him into keeping the shell and getting rid of the 318is completely. The car was ideal for Alex… “I’ve never been into show cars, clean paint or immaculate interiors. I’m drawn to cars that may be a bit battered but sit just right, especially static cars that can easily be mistaken for being on air.” he explains.



Finished in Montreal blue, the paintwork on the 328i was far from perfect, but it’d do for Alex’s needs. The plan was to get the car as low as possible and still be driveable. “Nothing looks better than a car on the floor with fitment, even better when it’s static. When I park next to people on air and I’m as low or lower you can’t help but grin.” he chuckles.



One of the first steps into drivability was to fit a set of SS AUTOWERKS engine spacers which raised the engine by 20mm to ensure the sump sits above the stock subframe, massively helping with clearance and piece of mind. The fuel filter was also relocated into the engine bay to prevent it from being destroyed underneath the car. Whilst I’m talking about it, the engine remains stock, apart from an ACS delete and silicone intake with a K&N filter, plus a Super Sprint cat back exhaust for some added noise.



Alex first fitted a set of FK coilovers which he had to cut up to get low, but unsurprisingly the ride was simply awful. Luckily an affordable set of HSD MonoPro coilovers later came up for sale which he snapped up immediately. These drove well when lowered normally, but the ride was still unbearable with the significant drop that he wanted…



This led to experimentation with various custom springs, finally opting for 6″ 16K springs on the front and 4″ 16K on the rear, which improved the ride comfort considerably, and which is now spot on. Again, after lots of tweaking, Alex’s optimum setting for the camber top mounts are set to -5 on the front, along with rear D2 Racing adjustable arms set up to -3.5.



Driving low wasn’t doing any favours for the rear arches on the E36 which were rotting badly anyway. To help with the overall plan of getting the car get even lower, and of course being able to keep the car without having to constantly spend on fixing the arches, Alex knew it was time to cut out the rot, and fit overfender’s which were sourced by SS AUTOWERKS.



These were fitted over the rear sections of the car and allowed an extra 50mm each side for wider wheels… it’s worth noting that the rear bumper mounts had to be spaced 25mm to accommodate them. The overfenders were painted to match the car along with the front bumper as it had been ruined previously.



Alex ran the car on the Brocks he had kept from the 318is for a while, but when an opportunity to trade them with a bit of cash for a set of AC Schnitzer (ACS) Type 1’s, it was a no-brainer. Besides, the Brocks had to be spaced out far too much with the newly installed overfenders. Being splits, it meant that the ACS’ could be rebuilt a lot wider to fill the wider arches.



Originally they were 17×8.5 up front and 17×9.5 rears, so Alex swapped the 3″ 9.5’s to the front and ordered some 4″ dishes to rebuild the rear wheels. Once built, the specs work out as 17×9.5 ET13 with 3″ dishes up front, and 17×11 ET-5 with 4″ dishes at the rear, which tuck perfectly under the rear overfenders, whilst the front arches have about 25mm pull in them.



Alex is still not done with the wheels and wants to try the faces in a darker colour, but they still do look a treat on the car. Getting tyres right also took some time, and making sure the car sat right and not too ‘nose down’ which is a personal hate of his on most E36’s. After being unhappy with 225/40’s on the rear, he upped them to 245/35’s along with 205/40’s on the front. It’s still crazy to think that the car is indeed static! Not many people would dream of running bagged fitment on a static car, but my hat’s off to Alex.



You only have to take a peek inside the cockpit to understand that everything about this car is, quite simply, raw. Immediately noticeable is the Safety Devices 4 point cage, which Alex had to modify to fit, as it was originally for a non-sunroof model car. The feet were cut off, a harness bar was welded to it, and then the whole thing was welded into the car on new base feet by Craig Sims.



The race car theme continues with a set of bucket seats out of a Mitsubishi EVO 5 which were made to fit, finished with TRS and Takata harnesses. Along with the prominent Kode dildo shifter, the interior is completed with a new Renown ‘100 Motorsport’ dished steering wheel with M-style stitching (350mm wide and 100mm deep) which was supplied by RollHard.



“This car was built without spending loads of money and still makes an impact” Alex tells me. Sure, it’s taken about a year to get to this point, but with a build like his it’s all about making those small upgrades as you can and when money allows. Alex now gets constant questions from E36 owners and others wanting to replicate his build and fitment, because let’s face it, he’s nailed the fitment. Some people don’t even believe that it’s static, which is always funny to witness at shows and meets. This isn’t just lowering a car as far as a set of coilovers will allow, and hopefully after reading you’ll get it… Endless fine tuning goes a long way. But, it’s not done yet. Alex has decided to take the car off the road towards the end of the year to work on a turbo build, flat boot with fuel cell, plus a true rear coilover conversion. It sounds like a serious-looking car will soon have a very serious engine, I can’t wait.




Refining a Classic – Charlie Wheeler’s 1993 Mercedes-Benz W201 190D

Words & Photos by Steph Clarke


We’re continuing the static, daily driven theme this week with Charlie Wheeler’s Mercedes-Benz W201 190D, and unlike Chris Phillips’ Lexus IS (click here to check out the feature), this isn’t one of those cars that I can say I’ve always seen about at shows and meets, as Charlie has owned the Benz for a just over a week! The car was predominantly built by the previous owner, Nic Stubbs with the current styling majorly being down to him, but we couldn’t resist capturing the car as it is. Myself and Charlie actually work next door to each other, and I noticed he’d just picked up the new motor on Instagram so It was only a matter of time before I was going to get a proper look at it. But due to some resurfacing work that has been taking place over the last few days, we’ve been having to park randomly elsewhere, so it wasn’t until the day of the shoot that I really had a chance to see the 190D in all its glory.



Charlie’s car history has been heavily dominated by Volkswagens throughout the past 5 years of being seriously interested in cars. Having owned a Mk4 Golf and Mk1 Caddy where clean paintwork was the focus, and more recently a Mk1 Jetta 1.6GTD which went down the low and poke route. I don’t think Charlie will mind me saying, ended up being more of a ‘beater’ than a show car as “it would fall apart wherever and whenever” he admits.



Even with a relatively small car history, having his own workshop/barn meant engine swaps and interesting mechanical jobs were constantly being carried out on other vehicles, so there was always something exciting to be working on. With his Jetta project almost coming to a tearful end after a recent accident which led to the front end being cut off and a new one welded back on, Charlie decided that was the last straw and it spurred on the want for something a little different.



Charlie remembered a story told to him by his dad from back in the day involving his granddad cruising about in a Mercedes-Benz 190 over in Portugal, which got him thinking about the idea of a 190E or something similar. The hunt began for a Merc which led him to be let down by several cars that were either too expensive for what they were, or destined for the scrap yard.



After a brief involvement in the car market world, Charlie finally come across Nic’s 1993 W201 190D 2.5 Diesel automatic in Dunkelblau – which is a very deep, almost black blue with nearly all original paint. Just the bonnet and boot lid have been resprayed previously.



This is where some people will agree to disagree with the whole ‘bought not built’ argument. Charlie purchased the car as you see it, with the only real mods being wheels and suspension already in place. With wheels that work so well on the car, Charlie had to get his hands on it, a platform for him to build and expand on. For now though, I had to shoot the car as the combination works so well on this classic.



So, the wheels are OZ Futura’s in 17×8 up front and 9’s at the rear finished in silver with polished lips teamed with 195/40 and 205/40 tyres, not a crazy amount of stretch, but justified enough to suit the fitment. Futura’s really do look at home on almost anything and here used to keep that classic ‘gangster Mercedes’ vibe.



I’m just going to say again that this is daily driven and static and we don’t live in a very forgiving part of the country for smooth roads, so I tip my hat to Charlie for sticking with it straight off the bat.



To get the Merc sat how it is, BMW E36 front struts were installed, which are shorter than the original items although luckily still a direct fit. The original rear shocks have stayed, with the springs chopped allowing for the appropriate drop. I don’t know what people’s thoughts are on cutting springs these days, as I feel a lot of people do it but then won’t admit to it. With a huge increase in people running air or those who prefer to run coilovers, both options aren’t always affordable to everyone. Being a plumbing and heating engineer on minimum wage means keeping things on a budget…



I’ve run cut springs myself on a previous car for a couple of years and I haven’t killed myself or any puppies! I suppose it’s all dependant on how low you go. Charlie said that the Mercedes actually drives really smooth considering, a lot better than his previous Jetta which was on coilovers. Whilst driving to one of the locations for the shoot it involved multiple speed bumps which were tackled with ease, although I’m not sure the story would’ve been the same if he had any passengers!



Charlie has always gone down the static route and like those who go to the extreme, breaks into a smile when getting asked about whether the car is on air ride, even getting the odd appreciative comments from the older generation that we bumped into during the shoot.



Elsewhere, the car has been left as it was from the factory. Wood grain on the dash and centre console, cream (and questionably stained) seats, the bare minimum amount of switches, all straight from the 90’s with a different colour front arm rest that must’ve been fitted by a previous owner somewhere down the line.



Future plans for the Mercedes include overhauling the interior with a wooden Nardi steering wheel and grey or cream leather to bring it a bit more up-to-date, binning the slightly mismatched and tatty fabric interior it has now. Charlie is also debating about switching to an air setup, as right now he is unable to get up his driveway!



If air ride doesn’t go to plan, he’ll be tearing up his existing driveway to make it more low-friendly, now that’s dedication! After all that and it’s still a keeper, Charlie is also thinking about an engine swap with a 3 litre, straight-six M103 engine from the W124 for a bit more grunt.




Before I bought my BMW E30, I was tempted by a 190 myself, so I immediately had a soft spot for Charlie’s car when I first laid eyes on it. Being this low on a set of lovely wheels just makes it all the more appealing. Part of me hopes that Charlie will continue with the static life, but if it looks how it does now and is more suitable on air for his day to day travels and disaster driveway, then so be it. There’s no grudges from us here! Having owned the car for such a short period of time means there’s plenty of scope for progress and future mods, all of which I look forward to seeing.