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Stuttgart Shark – Jan-Eric Géugis’ 1983 BMW E24 635CSI

Words & Photos by Henry Phull

 

Although I have a history and carry an unhealthy obsession with E24’s, I’m not alone in thinking them to be one of BMW’s best ever looking cars. There’s something about the classic shark nose in coupe guise that they just got right back in the 80s. It’s a car that has aged extremely well, too, and you’ll find it’s still appreciated by the vast majority of people – even those who aren’t even interested in cars will admire a 635CSI, stock or modified. Like all shark nose BMW’s, the value of the 6 series is on the rise, which means there’s fewer out there – especially modified ones. To try and preserve these cars, I think the only way to do so is by treating them to air suspension (unless you’re keeping it stock, of course). Jan-Eric owns the beautiful example in the spotlight today… this car has been grabbing everyone’s attention throughout the 2017 car show season, which isn’t surprising – it’s a thing of beauty. I finally met up with Jan-Eric during my stay in Poland for Raceism THE Event back in July, where we spent a Summer’s evening cruising through the city of Wrocław. Eventually we stumbled across the perfect setting, where we may or may not have crashed a couple’s wedding photoshoot 😉 However, when the bride and groom decide to include the car and pose alongside it, you know you’ve done something right.

 

 

A 23-year-old electrician from Stuttgart, Jan-Eric has been fixated by BMW’s since he was a kid, and was lucky enough to own an E46 for his first car. “Back then I had to have something low value with a small engine, but at least it was a BMW” he laughs. “I like sporty street cars, and these cars are the best mix of sportiness and classiness in one package, especially the older BMW’s up until the late 90’s”. Since the first E46, he’s had a few others, including an E36 which he bought and modified purely to get some fun out of the straight six M50. Later he moved on to a more sensible car, an E46 330d Touring, which has taken over his daily driving duties. Naturally, this was treated to coilovers and super-concave BBS RC’s.

 

 

But let’s get down to more important matters, re: the 635CSI… It had always been Jan-Eric’s dream to own an old school BMW, and in Winter 2015 he began searching for one. The hunt actually started out for an E21 or E28, but every car he came across had far too much rust and required excessive restoration – even though he was in Germany, where you’d expect to have much more choice. With the E24 also being rare over there, he didn’t even consider them an option, until one just so happened to pop up for a reasonable price, and in his hometown of Stuttgart. What a result!

 

 

The car was an early example, registered in 1983 and featured the older chrome bumpers. It was in relatively good condition too, only needing a good polish and paint correction, as it was still wearing its original factory paint (Polaris Silver). The car was a no-brainer for Jan-Eric, so the deal was done and he took the big 6 home. He had a plan for his ‘classic bmw’, even before he had found the E24. It had to be slammed on air suspension and shiny wheels. It’s a classic combo for any shark nose BMW… it’s all that’s really required for a jaw-dropping end result.

 

 

The majority of the build was completed by Jan-Eric himself, in his garage, with the occasional hand from friends. His first port of call with the project was to address the air suspension. Air ride can be a little daunting when it comes to classic cars, as most suspension companies don’t cater for them, but luckily he found airRIDE-System.pl who fabricated custom air struts for the front and rear.

 

 

Once these were built, Jan-Eric could bolt them on directly to the car. To control the whole system, he opted for an Air Lift Performance AutoPilot V2 management package. Finally, the 635CSI could sit on the floor, and drive over obstacles with no issues.

 

 

Next, it was time for wheels – the make or break part of any build. Jan-Eric was set on BBS RF’s. After purchasing some basic 8×17’s, he just wasn’t happy with the specs, considering the size of the 6 series, so he started looking into step-up lips to convert the wheels from 17″ up to 18″.

 

 

For this, new 18″ barrels were required along with the specialised ‘step-up lips’. However, rather than traditional step-up lips, which have a certain look to them, he discovered some more appealing ‘bubble-lips’ from Slantlips.com, which intensify the look of a 4,5″ lip even more and look rather unique.

 

 

With the bubble lips and new larger barrels purchased, he eventually rebuilt the RF’s to 10×18 +5 (front) and 11×18 -2 (rear), using gold hardware, polished aluminium hexes, and repainted the centres in a satin “shadow bronze”. The wheels are paired to 225/35 tyres (front), and 245/35’s (rear).

 

 

With the help of his friend Andy at MegerleMetalworks, the fenders were customised to allow for the wider wheels. This gave Jan-Eric the arch-to-lip fitment that he wanted. We rarely see many ‘fitted’ E24’s, as most bagged examples tend to tuck their wheels. This is one of the defining characters of the build and it certainly makes Jan-Eric’s E24 stand out from the crowd (not that there is much of one!).

 

 

Jan-Eric finished off the car by replacing the tired factory comfort seats with a complete black sport leather interior removed from an early M635CSI. Along with a wooden Nardi steering wheel, these items transformed the E24’s cabin and finally made it a sporty, yet classy place to be. Jan-Eric’s 635CSI may be a simple build, but in reality, suspension and wheels is all you really need to touch with a car like this. So many people get easily carried away and mess with what the car should look like. Jan-Eric has got it right and seems extremely happy with the car in its current state. That being said, he has mentioned that he’d like to see some more power from the M30B35 engine!

 

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@jan_eric.cmbr on Instagram

 

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Raceism THE Event 2017

Date: 8/9 July 2017

Location: Stadion Wrocław, Poland

 

Words & Photos by Henry Phull

 

Last year there was one event, in particular, that had me drooling all over my iPhone screen… the one and only Raceism Event, which boasted purely high-quality cars at a jaw-dropping venue. To top it off there was insane drifting taking place simultaneously, notably featuring a fully stanced, supercharged widebody E46 M3, going at it all weekend! It looked like my idea of heaven, so much so that I knew I had to get over to Poland for their next event. I initially considered driving over from the UK, but damn, Wrocław is a long way! So I looked into flying and amazingly managed to find flights from Stansted-Wrocław for just £50 return. It was decided, then, I was going to Poland! As the flight was so cheap, I just booked it and decided to worry about everything else later. It actually worked out really well. I split the whole trip with a friend, and we found accommodation for four nights for just £60 each and used UBER (which were also stupidly-cheap) to travel around. Raceism were kind enough to sort us out with some Media passes too, so we could get nice and close to the action. The event itself takes place at Wrocław’s municipal stadium, a huge venue with an ‘upper deck’ area utilised for the static show, and a lower car park which is transformed into a drift circuit for the weekend. We arrived nice and early on the Friday, to watch all the show cars arrive and park up. The quality of cars was just as I imagined… next level. I mean, there were four RWB Porsche’s in attendance. Yeah, four! It’s no surprise that Raceism use the slogan “Go Hard” to promote their show… it sums it up perfectly. I could talk about it all day, but I’ll let the photos speak for themselves. Sit back and enjoy…

 

 

911GaragePoland’s Porsche 964 RWB “Yoroi” on WORK Meister S1’s

@911garagepoland

 

Hati Kralik’s Porsche 930 RWB on Rotiform 917’s

@hatikralik

 

911GaragePoland’s Porsche 993 RWB “Kabuto” on WORK Meister S1’s

@911garagepoland

 

Christian Ammer’s Porsche 964 RWB on AccuAir suspension & Messer ME15-3’s

@mr.ed_911

 

Jens Mewes’ Volkswagen Mk5 Golf on HP Drivetech / Air Lift suspension & Speedline Mistral’s

@stance_jens

 

Paweł Bednarczyk’s bagged Lexus GS450H widebody on WORK Emotion CR-2P’s

@lewapb / @projekt86official

 

Ju Scha’s BMW E91 335i Touring on H&Air / AccuAir suspension & Vossen CG209T’s

@julezz_lnm

 

Alex Bachmann’s BMW E24 635CSI on Air Lift suspension & LX VT’s

@alex.lxfelgen

 

 

Veit Richter’s BMW Z3 on Air Lift suspension & custom LX wheels

@veit_richter

 

Marco Prochaska’s bagged Audi 80 cabriolet on BBS RS’

@marco__pro

 

 

GR8 Street Performance’s BMW M4 Liberty Walk on AirREX suspension & Rotiform LVS’

@gr8ics

 

Maxi Riepertinger’s Mazda MX5 on BBS RS’

@maxi_topstance

 

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

@stancefaktor

 

Simon Bauer’s Porsche 964 on H&R Deep suspension & BBS RS’

@simon_964

 

 

Michał Erpel’s Peugeout 205

@averniejadek

 

Eric Nitsch’s bagged Volkswagen Mk1 Jetta on Schmidt TH-Line’s

@eric2303

 

Jens Evensen’s Pandem-kitted Porsche Cayman S on Air Lift suspension & WatercooledIND MD1’s

@jens_tbgstance

 

Jori Kangasvieri’s Mercedes-Benz W212 on Ksport / Air Lift suspension & BBS LM’s

@jorijuhanii

 

Paweł Gruk’s bagged Opel Omega on custom Steinmetz wheels

@_fitted

 

 

Michael Hawlicek’s Audi TTRS on AccuAir suspension & RAD48 VR’s

@rs_hawi

 

Rudi Johne’s BMW E31 840ci on AccuAir suspension & 17>19″ Gotti’s

@rudi_xs

 

Victor Stefanica’s Porsche 944 on AceofAce suspension & BBS RS’

@shtefaniuk

 

 

Lexy Roxx’s Pandem-kitted BMW E36 on H&R suspension & Rotiform LSR’s

@lexyroxx

 

Magdalena Hajduś’ BMW E91 on Air Lift suspension & 20″ OZ Futura’s

@magda_hajdus

 

R3 Wheels’ Maserati Granturismo on HP Drivetech / AccuAir suspension & R3 H7’s

@r3_wheels

 

 

Sebastian Thoss’ Lexus SC430 on Ksport / AccuAir suspension & RAD48 LR 2.0’s

@the_thoss_garage

 

Denis Muratow’s bagged BMW E32 740i/6 on Rondell’s

 

 

Cezary Piechowicz’s bagged Mazda RX7 FC on BBS RS’

@bagged_mazdarx7fc3s

 

 

Alexey Kurdup’s widebody Toyota GT86

@bansky_ck

 

Emir Taletovic’s Audi A5 on HPDrivetech / AccuAir suspension & RAD48 BR’s

@emir_ggrounded

 

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

@mpperformance

 

Bremi Grabowski’s bagged Audi Mk1 TT on BBS RS’

@bremibreakboy

 

 

 

Rick Findeisen’s Mercedes-Benz GTS AMG on AccuAir suspension & RAD48 VR’s

@rick_rad48 / @gruma_exklusiv

 

Cikam’s bagged Mercedes-Benz W111 280SE on OZ Futura’s

@cikamko

 

 

Fabrice Dotzauer’s static BMW E36 on OZ Futura’s

@faybriz

 

Łukasz Pająk’s widebody Nissan R35 GTR on D2 air suspension

@pajak_carbonerre

 

Mateusz Baranski’s static BMW E28 on BBS RS’

 

Gabriel Hardwood’s BMW E36 on Air Lift suspension & BBS E50’s

 

 

Adam Harych’s 2JZ-swapped / Pandem-kitted BMW E46 M3 on BC Forged LE72’s

@dr_leo_turbo

 

 

Jan-Eric Géugis’ BMW E24 635CSI on Air Lift suspension & BBS RF’s

@jan_elli.cmbr

 

Mario Mattick’s Porsche Cayman S on HP Drivetech / AccuAir suspension & RAD48 ZR’s

@rad48_mario

 

 

Kamil Rybka’s bagged BMW E34 535i on custom Style2 3pc wheels

@rybol100

 

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

@marcel_klok

 

Morten Birkeland’s S50B32-swapped BMW E30 on Air Lift suspension & BBS RS’

@mbirkk

 

 

Fabian Lara’s Fiat 126p on PLS splits

@kojocinio

 

Tobias Lampinen’s bagged BMW E38 740i on custom-built Throwing Stars

@lampinen_vlnt

 

 

WagnAir’s Audi B5 A4 on HPDrivetech / AccuAir suspension & 3SDM 0.05’s

@wagnair

 

 

Piti Dżi’s BMW E21 on Czeslaw Air Suspension & custom-built 16″ Alpina splits

@piti_dzi

 

Kevin Zimmermann’s bagged BMW E28 on BBS RS’

@kev.twenty8

 

Reinhold Rothkopf’s Audi RS5 on Air Lift suspension & RAD48 MCR5’s

@_rothy_

 

Bonek’s static Lada 2106 on Hayashi Racing Command’s

@bonek2k

 

 

Marcel Prinz’s Volvo 244 on Air Lift suspension & custom-built Ritmo CL splits

@marcelprinz93

 

 

I can’t think of any other event that I’ve attended where the quality of cars has been this high. Raceism have created a truly prestigious car show for the European stance community, with cars from all over the continent in attendance, and judges hailing from the UK to Japan. Plus, the ‘Next Level’ drifting event was worth the trip alone. This wasn’t your typical drift championship – think more ‘homebrew’ and you get the idea. Health and safety was so relaxed that we could get right up and close to the cars on track – check out the Bonus Gallery below to see what I mean! So if you asked me which ONE car show to visit, it’d be Raceism. It’s the perfect opportunity to have a short break away, and if you’re travelling from the UK, you’ll find everything in Poland extremely cheap! Next year’s dates have already been confirmed for 6-8 July 2018 – make sure you get it in your diary. We’ll be back.

 

BONUS GALLERY

 

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More info on Raceism:

Raceism website

Raceism on Instagram

Raceism on Facebook

 

VW Days 2017

Date: 10/11 June 2017

Location: Saint-Quentin, France

 

Words & Photos by Henry Phull

 

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

 

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

@victor_korotkov

 

 

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

 

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

@marcel_klok

 

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

@stancescrap

 

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

@oldrag57

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

 

HR Autoworks’ ’57 Volkswagen Oval Beetle

@hrautoworks

 

 

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

@grem.lowest

 

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

@mpperformance

 

 

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

@romainmoncelet

 

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

@swb_automotive_yoan

 

 

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

@players_jaymac

 

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

@julien_jacinto

 

Antonino Trunfio’s Mk1 Golf on Borbet A splits

@antonino_trunfio

 

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

@shwwty

 

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

@rob_fitteduk

 

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

@baeumers

 

 

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

@stefan_vda

 

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

@braderz_in_the_faberz

 

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

@eloisesaunders

 

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

@josh_stokes

 

 

 

Guillame Michaud’s Mk2 Golf on BBS E52’s

@g_mikro

 

 

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

@s30bmx

 

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

@carter_213

 

Nicolas Ogé’s ’62 Deluxe Beetle

@nicolasoge

 

 

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

@mk3nick

 

 

Alexandra Schwing’s Polo Coupe

 

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

@stancefaktor

 

 

Kevin Devert’s Beetle

@lowbugz

 

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

@aleex941

 

 

 

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

@vwins_7r

 

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

@mk3_mk2_

 

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

@wardog701

 

 

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

@douglasmk1

 

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

 

BONUS GALLERY

 

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More info on Club Golf IDF / VW Days:

Club Golf IDF website

Club Golf IDF on Instagram

Club Golf IDF on Facebook