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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

@bm_bean

 

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

@tommk1

 

 

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

@s6wraps

 

 

 

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

@ben_r56

 

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

@bigj_223

 

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

@barr_end

 

 

James Munro’s bagged Porsche 356 Speedster

@tosh_carrera

 

 

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

@robertiain

 

Tom Lilico’s bagged BMW Z3 on Lamborghini Diablo splits

@droppokesmokedope

 

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

@jamesandrew_67

 

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

@dandub95

 

Christopher Purr’s Subaru BRAT

@pneumachris

 

Sam Eaton’s bagged VW Polo 9N3

@_yeknom_

 

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

@thomwilliams_

 

 

 

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

@stevenfoxall

 

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

@_tyl_matthijs_

 

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

@ron_964

 

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

@rory_fourtyfour

 

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

@players_jaylos

 

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

@kagggie

 

FYD Apparel’s bagged ’66 Cadillac Coupe Deville

@jamie_fyd

 

RIIVA Design’s Austin Healey on Air Lift suspension

@riivadesign

 

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

@jaikgolloghly

 

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

@blackman_k

 

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

@players_jaymac

 

 

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

@benfraserbmx

 

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

@ukmercman

 

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

@stillstatic

 

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

@oldrag57

 

HR Autoworks’ 1957 Volkswagen Oval Beetle

@hrautoworks

 

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

@dimmaman

 

 

 

Mark Gale’s static Ferrari F355

@argentoelemneto

 

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

@e30_jr

 

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

@r11xws

 

 

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

@owen_r32

 

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

@jordancharles_

 

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

@jake_stanford91

 

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

@p5uml

 

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

@matt_wcs

 

Chevrolet C10 on AccuAir suspension

 

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

@dubfordstyling

 

 

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

@paulmclean92

 

 

 

Matt Glassup’s Porsche 964 on Eta Beta’s

@mglassup

 

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

@g3_oem

 

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

@george_dvsn4

 

 

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

@juicy_ron

 

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

@lucybarlow1994

 

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

@dean_esprit

 

 

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

@dmcd_46

 

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

@j3ey

 

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

@mk3_vladi

 

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

@addms

 

 

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

@bnjmnwlkr

 

 

 

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

@classic_stance

 

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

@hodge_s3

 

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

@players_jaymac

 

 

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

@bagged_997

 

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

@matty_mk1

 

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

@kaydibee4

 

Brian Henderson’s Audi RS2 on Rotiform STR’s

@rotiform_brian

 

 

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

@robg60

 

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

@_craigsims

 

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

@caraudiosecurity

 

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

@tompenny_

 

 

 

Joe Burman’s body-dropped Volkswagen Mk1 Golf

@mk1burman

 

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

@joe.stubbss

 

 

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

@crescenttyres

 

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

@p22oke

 

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

@kelv_rollinlow

 

’42 Ford pickup

 

Paul Harding’s ’84 Porsche 911 3.2 Carrera

@s1oww

 

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

@76build

 

Carl Raine’s Fiat 126

@93carlraine

 

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

@harveyhowe

 

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

@shakey_studioincar

 

 

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

@chrispy_clean

 

 

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

@edward_e36

 

 

 

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

@some_lad_called_carl

 

 

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

@meguiarsuk

 

 

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

@chapmanmx

 

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

@yoan73

 

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

@jordanclifo

 

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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The Car Show Collective’s ‘Show of Shows’ 2015

Words & Photos by Henry Phull

 

Jack Williams first introduced himself to me back in September last year at Players Show, I had heard of his project ‘The Car Show Collective’ and what it was about.. his vision was simple – to provide an online calendar for car shows throughout the UK. It’s the place to go to see what’s happening in the means of automotive events, and I’ve always thought it was a great idea and much needed within the community to keep track of things. In less than a year, Jack and his family have gained a pretty big following, so when he messaged me to let me know he was already planning his own show, I was super stoked! Like myself, Jack is usually at a car show every weekend. He knows what works, and what doesn’t work – so I had full trust in him to organise something awesome and welcoming to everyone. Named the ‘Show of Shows’, the idea was to create a car show that allowed other car shows to exhibit their shows in one place, at the same time, along with a show and shine, trade stands and food & drink stalls. With the support from Gumball 3000, FittedUK, Low Collective, SS Autowerks, Fueltopia, Wheel Whores and many more, it was looking to be a great turnout.

 

 

Of course, with a debut show you never know what to expect.. But from a handful of images circulated throughout social media, the venue itself looked incredible. They managed to secure the grounds of Penshurst Place in Tonbridge, nestled in the Kent countryside, so I knew it was going to look idyllic. As soon as I pulled up into the public car park I was instantly blown away by the location, more so than I expected. A quick glance at the cars and it was clear that there was a wide variation of vehicles on display. If you’re into cars, no matter what sort, you would’ve found at least a handful of cars you’d of liked.

 

Anyway, let’s get into it with my highlights from the day, and start off with cars entered into the Show and Shine. Beginning with Laurence Turner’s BMW 1600-02, it was such a gorgeous example of this rare vintage beauty. It even had a rear Louvre which I don’t think I’ve even seen on one of these before.

 

 

 

A couple of cars down, and I stumbled upon a Plymouth Roadrunner in fantastic condition. See what I mean about variation…

 

 

Let’s not forget a bit of Japanese stance, with Fyse’s static Honda Integra DC2 on a set of CCW LM20’s

 

 

I’m glad I finally captured a head-on shot of Joey Hazell’s BMW E36 ‘vert on hydraulics.

 

 

Two bagged BMW’s is always an awesome sight on low-cut grass.. Check out Matt Clifford’s 840ci along with Joshua Hay’s E92.

 

 

Rory Hamilton’s Mercedes-Benz W115 240D has made it into a lot of our write ups recently, but this was the first time I genuinely had a chance to take a proper look around it, and it’s certainly impressive. Those gold centred BBS Mahle’s really pull the car together, and you may notice some newly added twin chrome exhaust pipes.

 

 

 

I still love the Zender Phase 2 Turbos / fans on Abi Clarke’s Polo Coupe, which is is also rocking CBR600 bike carbs.

 

 

The WatercooledIND MD1’s suit Connor Smith’s bagged B7 Avant so well, something a bit different to the norm.

 

 

What a duo, Michael Ralph’s Mk4 R32 and David Sanders’ Mk5 Edition30 bagged Golfs laid out on the grass.

 

 

This is a car that I shot frequently last year, Tallis Godfrey’s bagged E36 M3 Evo ‘vert. Amazingly, this is the first outing I finally caught him at so far in 2015, and it’s now sitting on a rare set of OZ Executive splits.

 

 

Harpal Choda rocked up in his Mercedes-Benz 190E Limited Edition, running Air Lift suspension with AccuAir management, and a stunning set of AMG split rims which totally transform the car.

 

 

One of my favourite E30 M3’s has to be Tej’s Santorini Blue example on ACS, a classic choice.

 

 

Gold CCW’s are a match made in heaven on Ian Linthwaite’s Jetta, bagged by the guys at Plush Automotive.

 

 

In addition to the Show & Shine, there was a nice mixture of trade stands positioned around the venue. Our friends at Wheel Whores had lots of U.S. muscle on display, plus a rather murdered out Ford GT owned by Lee Fulford. So much want!

 

 

Only Charged Dubs had Joe Yip’s Mk6 Golf on display, showing off one of their stunning boot installs in addition to some beautifully stepped up BBS RS’s.

 

 

 

Opposite, I loved Danny Mellor’s B8 A4 on Vossen VLE1’s. Check out the install on this one, including the air tank fixed to the top of the boot.

 

 

 

Moving on to the FittedUK stand, Jake Hilling’s 1965 Beetle on Air Lift was looking picturesque in this setting.

 

 

Matt Clifford moved his E31 840ci a bit closer so we could get a better look.. Now running 19″ Rotiform LHR’s with gold centres to compliment the velvet blue paintwork, he’s also just had a full stainless steel exhaust fitted by Torqueflow to finally make the most of that 4.4L V8, and it sounds awesome.

 

 

 

The yellow wheels on Lee Patterson’s Mercedes CLS55 AMG tie in nicely with the FittedUK branding, don’t you think?

 

 

I really have a soft spot for a good Mk2 and Chloe Crew’s example looks the business.. running Air Lift bags it now sits perfectly on gold centred (yes, more gold!) Schmidt TH Line’s.

 

 

Right in the middle of the show field there was a bowl full of Lowriders to make the afternoon even more interesting…

 

 

It was awesome to catch up with SS Autowerks, who were out in force with their trade stand and Alex Wrights static E36 on super wide ACS’s and overfenders. We’ll be taking a closer look at this car very soon.

 

 

 

Christian Chapman also had his aero kitted Mk5 Golf on display, this is all amounts of crazy – just what I expect from SS Autowerks!

 

 

 

More show stands included Fueltopia and Shining Monkey UK…

 

 

Plush Automotive’s 700hp RS6, on AccuAir and HP Drivetech suspension and ADV1 wheels is everything you could want from an Audi Avant.

 

 

Matty Loveridge’s Mk1 Swallowtail (that I shot back at Early Edition) looked mezmerising laid out on the Low Collective stand. The new additions of Compomotive Turbo’s and Air Lift suspension put this car at the top of my wishlist.

 

 

Jon Lott’s custom built Porsche 911 GTH was getting a lot of attention, which is no surprise.. just look at all the details on this stunning build.. Those widened arches and Fuchs make this car menacing, along with an eye-catching Aero Green paint job and beautiful yet contrasting purple interior re-trim to finish it off.

 

 

 

 

Sam Wookey’s Polo is certainly one of the nicest Mk1’s out there at the moment. An incredible amount of attention to detail can be seen throughout this build, check out that bay for starters!

 

 

 

Over on the RollHard stand, ‘Bricky’ the Volvo was holding down the fort as per usual!

 

 

Samuel Torr’s bagged VW Polo GTI looked tidy on Alfa Romeo wheels, and shows that splits aren’t always needed!

 

 

 

Thom Williams is currently winning at the fitment game with his bagged BMW E46 on widened BBS RF’s. It looks so mean from the front and rear.

 

 

 

Our friends from LikeHell Design were also parked up with RollHard, Jordan O’Sullivan’s Mini Cooper S on Carline CM6’s.

 

 

And Josh Mussell’s static Nissan 350Z on WORK Meister wheels.

 

 

Chris Phillip’s static Lexus IS still blows me away, I’m still unsure how he drives it anywhere, but it does look incredible on those stepped-up BBS RS’s.

 

 

I love that we are finally seeing more and more Japanese cars in UK ‘stance’ culture, like Martin Picker’s Lexus LS400 running custom bags, Air Lift V2 and Cosmis Racing XT-206R wheels.

 

 

Continuing the Jap trend, here’s Nath Howell’s bagged Subaru Impreza that I snapped recently at Early Edition. He’s certainly been turning a lot of heads recently with this beast, finished off with a set of wide WORK Meister’s.

 

 

Prestige had Simon Wilkinson’s awesome Volksrod on display.

 

 

This little Trabant was cruising about all day and breaking necks, such a cool sight!

 

 

Kristin Grayson’s bagged Astra GTC on 3SDM’s was sat over on the Formula Clean stand – nice to see people modifying cars we’re not used to seeing.

 

 

Towards the end of the day, the Show & Shine winners were driven through the show ground and lined up ready to collect their prizes from the stage.

 

 

 

The Gütenstance guys decided to collect their prize for best Clubstand together!

 

 

 

Whilst most were watching the prize giving, it gave me another chance to photograph some more cars without distractions… Check out Neville D’mello’s clean E30 M3.

 

 

Shaun Grazette’s bagged BMW E92 335i on Blitz Technospeeds.

 

 

I finally had the chance to look over Alex McKenzie’s little Lupo, I’ll try and capture the boot build next time!

 

 

It had been a while since I saw this one, HTS Motorport’s bagged E30 Touring featuring an M52 engine conversion and the recent addition of TH Line splits.

 

 

 

A lot of people I spoke to throughout the day mentioned one of their favourites being West Donovan’s E30 chromie on SSR Formula Mesh’s.

 

 

Finally, Matt Woodgate’s Imola Yellow B7 A4, looking classy as always.

 

 

Well, hopefully you enjoyed looking through my show highlights… But I’m sure you are wondering, how was the show itself? Was it successful? In my opinion, for a debut show, Jack and the team absolutely smashed it. Somehow they managed to nail that ‘chilled out’ vibe that everyone craves at a car show. In fact, this was the first big show I’ve been to recently in which I’ve managed to actually talk to people for more than five minutes. Plus, the turnout was pretty damn impressive. Of course it wasn’t completely full, and there were a few empty spaces – but this was to be expected. It’s certainly been a learning process for them but now they know what will and won’t work for next year, but I personally think it’s going to be huge! Congratulations again and thanks for having me down, Slam Sanctuary will be back next year for sure.

 

 

Early Edition 2015

Words & Photos by Henry Phull

 

Edition38’s Show and Shine is quite some time away, but why should we have to wait until then? Luckily the organisers of one of the Summer’s biggest VAG shows seem to share this view, and yet again saved us from our show blues with their newer show, Early Edition, which kicked off as usual at The Saints stadium in Northampton. Early Edition has always been a relatively small show, it is of course mainly a warm up event for the big one later on in the year. But unsurprisingly, it is forever growing. The attendance, like last year, was off the chain. They’ve had to expand the show ground itself to give everyone more space, which means even more show cars. Also I’m not sure if it’s just me, but I much prefer shows that are on tarmac, it’s where cars belong, right? It always beats shooting a car on a grass field.

 

On to the show, and I’ll start things off with Oxford Car Audio’s awesome Audi S5 demo car, sitting on Air Lift bags and Avant Garde F541 SPEC1 wheels.

 

 

Opposite, Joe Caudwell’s supercharged Audi RS5 was equally jaw dropping, bagged by Plush Automotive with AccuAir suspension and also rocking a set of Avant Garde carbon split rims, F431 SPEC2’s. I think the dude on the floor must’ve been eyeing up some brakes.. ha.

 

 

I loved the colour of Jak Johnston’s LHD 1981 Mk1 Golf GL and I’m looking forward to seeing it on a set of BBS E49’s in the very near future!

 

 

I was admiring Dale Buckley’s Mk1 Audi TT back at Ultimate Dubs, but it was nice to finally see that fresh new colour outdoors. It looks even better than I’d previously thought, along with those gorgeous BBS RS’s.

 

 

 

The recent addition of Rotiform LHR’s have done great things for Will Smith’s Polo, which is still one of the cleanest 6N2’s you’ll ever come across.

 

 

It is refreshing to see that more and more air-cooled cars are being accepted into the community, here we have Aneysha Wakelin’s ’64 and Kirsty Greatrex’s ’69 Beetles.

 

 

 

 

For me personally, Matty Loveridge’s Miami Blue Mk1 Golf swallowtail was car of the show. I’ve always had a soft spot for this car back when it was on BBS RS’, but he’s recently added a super cool set of Compomotive Turbo’s and bagged the car on Air Lift suspension. I thought it’d be difficult to top what he already had, but Matty has done it. And to perfection.

 

 

 

You’ve gotta love a bagged Audi Avant, Nick Bulmer’s A4 here on huge 20″ BBS RS2’s and AccuAir suspension.

 

 

Adam Wyatt unveiled the new look for his Vento only very recently at Ultimate Dubs, but it looks like he’s already changed the wheels to a set of Advan 3 spokes which work incredibly well.

 

 

Continuing with the ‘traffic light’ colours, check out Matt Woodgate’s A4 on Air Lift suspension and Rotiform splits finished completely in black.

 

 

 

Finishing up with those colours is Luke Polyblank’s bagged Mk2 Golf on a gorgeous set of Gotti’s. I love the rear heckblende which really pulls the body striping together.

 

 

 

Over on the StillStatic stand, VRS Northampton’s Mk7 Golf R stopped me in my tracks. It must be the lowest static Golf R around, surely? Finished off nicely with big brakes and mbDESIGN wheels.

 

 

The colour combination of Nick Ackroyd’s Scirocco was something else… Viper Green paintwork and gold centred Rotiform CSW’s, what a thing of beauty. Along with an interior and boot build by RIIVA Design and EDGE Automotive, this car everything you could want in a show car.

 

 

 

BBS E50’s have to be one of the all time greatest wheel designs, which go so well on Jason Buckley’s Mk1 Golf. Early Edition was certainly a haven for all kinds of Mk1 goodness.

 

 

I’m starting to see that glorious signature ceramic polished finish on a lot of wheels recently, all hailing from the guys at Felgen Werkes. Here’s Tim Smith’s Mk4 R32 rocking his finished set of WatercooledIND’s.

 

 

And look, another ceramic polish finish on Kats Giles’ widened Mk5 Golf… although this time with a stunning set of Rotiform LHR’s.

 

 

Over on the Players’ stand, I’m glad Kiran Mistry got his Mk1 back on the road after an unfortunate incident prior to Ultimate Dubs a couple of month’s ago. It’s now looking awesome.

 

 

It’s pretty cool to see a bagged Seat Leon, as they’re not a car you see that often. Nicola Sidney’s Mk2 shown here on an eye-catching set of OZ Pegasus splits.

 

 

And believe it or not, more pink wheels… D2 Forged on Mark Lampard’s bagged Audi TTS.

 

 

You thought I was done with the Mk1’s? Too bad.. there’s more to come. Jacob Moore’s example was getting a lot of attention due to its classic BBS combo, absolutely timeless.

 

 

Shaking up the game, however, was Route 32’s immaculate Mk1, which has been around for a while now, and always popular due to that R32 engine conversion and stunning interior. This year they’ve added a set of custom B-Star wheels which look incredible on the car, especially with that contrasting turquoise centre colour.

 

 

 

 

I do enjoy seeing people think outside the box of the ‘usual wheels’, and making different choices. There’s so many wheels out there. The 20″ OZ Superturismo’s work great on this bagged Scirocco.

 

 

More of that Felgen Werkes polished magic on Georgie Marlow’s BBS RM’s complimenting her Mk1.

 

 

 

The second time I’ve seen Auto Finesse’s Air Lift equipped Mk2 demo car, and it looks even better in daylight. That BBS bodykit really makes the car!

 

 

 

So I’ve shown you my highlights of the show, now I’m going to take you outside into the surrounding car parks where there’s more wonderful cars to see, including lots of non-VAG. I’ll start with Olly Snow’s stunning Mulberry Mk3 VR6 on BBS RS.

 

 

Considering what bargains S8’s are nowadays, I’m surprised we’re not seeing more of them. Billy Hilton just slammed his awesome example on KW coilovers and 20″ Rotiform SNA’s.

 

 

It’s a car we all saw a lot of last year, and a relief to finally see back out again… Becky Evans’ beautiful BMW E21 bagged on BBS RS.

 

 

The VIP Modular VX210 wheels on Mark Gunning’s Audi A5 are monstrous, check out the size of those lips! Bagged by Only Charged Dubs, this car sits extremely well too.

 

 

 

Some more handiwork from Only Charged Dubs, with Josh Hall’s Mk6 on Autostrada Modena’s.

 

 

These BBS GT004’s looked glorious on Myles Collins’ R32.

 

 

 

It’s been a while since I’ve shot James Aveil’s Mercedes W114, I love this thing.

 

 

Of course there’s Rory Hamilton’s W115, too. These two looked fantastic together and it’s cool to see more of these big Mercs already this year.

 

 

I really dig Alex Herman’s E46 M Sport, it really suits those 2-piece OZ Mito Type 3’s.

 

 

Here’s a double whammy of white centred BBS RF’s, firstly on a pre-facelift E36 ‘vert…

 

 

And another set working equally well on Alex Hurd’s bagged E46 M Sport.

 

 

 

Steven Doe made the trip from down South in his stunning BMW E21, bagged on CCW wheels. I’ve shot the car a lot already this year, but it’s still a clear favourite.

 

 

Parked alongside was Chris Phillips static Lexus IS300, looking incredible on stepped-up BBS RS. Chris has recently fitted some Vertex skirts which makes it hard to believe this car is static.. tough as hell!

 

 

 

Being a BMW enthusiast myself, something like this will always make my heart melt. I loved Jake Ryan’s 318is, bagged and on OZ Futura’s. A strong look.

 

 

 

I’ll finish up with some LikeHell Design repping, starting off with Jamie Hitchcock’s static BMW Z4 that we recently featured (click here to check out the feature).

 

 

And more WORK wheels on Josh Mussell’s (the man behind LikeHell) static Nissan 350Z.

 

 

This was the first time I’d come across this, but that white centred WORK Meister look seems to work on a lot of platforms. Check out Nath Howell’s bagged Subaru Impreza. Cool or what!?

 

 

Finally, Jordan O’Sullivan’s R53 Mini Cooper S on Carline CM6’s remains to be one of the nicest Mini’s out there.

 

 

That’s it for our Early Edition coverage. As usual, the event was huge… just imagine how big Edition38 is going to be later on in the year. Unlike Ultimate Dubs, the organisers here didn’t allow ANY non-VAG into the main show this time, even on trade stands. How do you feel about this? We want to know, leave your thoughts in the comments. However we’re still glad that there was such a large turnout even in the car park, it shows you’re all interested nonetheless. Thanks to Edition38 for having us, we’ll see you again at the main Show and Shine on 4/5/6 September. Next up on our agenda is The Car Show Collective’s ‘Show of Shows’ in Kent on the 17th May. Don’t miss it!

 

 

Ultimate Stance 2014 – Part 1

Words & Photos by Henry Phull

 

It’s crazy to think we’re midway through November already, and 2014’s show season has already come to an end. So, as not to completely end the year prematurely, we’ve been keeping you waiting for this one. Behold… Ultimate Stance. Having first kicked off the year with Ultimate Dubs at the International Centre in Telford, it turns out the organisers (now fully established throughout the scene), wanted to step things up – to not only host the season starter, but finish off with the grand finale. It’s pretty much as you would expect… Ultimate Dubs, but with lots more non-VAG cars, and a hell of a lot of BMWs. We certainly don’t have a problem with this! With the Telford International Centre being such a huge venue, and the show surprisingly filling up four halls and the surrounding car park, we’re splitting our coverage into three parts. Hopefully this will also give you your show fix over the coming few weeks whilst everything is tucked away for Winter and there’s near to nothing going on.

 

Seeing as we made Ultimate Dubs a weekend affair, we decided to do the same for Ultimate Stance. With our onsite hotel sorted, we headed up and arrived at the venue on the Saturday afternoon, greeted by several cars lining up to get cleaned before parking up inside. It’s always quite interesting and sometimes a right laugh to see some of the bagged cars riding at their driving heights, but we’ll try not to embarrass anyone! Instead, let’s kick off with a shot of two vehicles you rarely see parked up side by side! Sam Beach’s E24 635csi and Matt Clifford’s E31 840ci, both bagged too. The weekend was already set to be good.

 

 

We bumped into Shakey and the rest of the guys from Studio Incar (check out our recent shop visit by clicking here) giving the Liberty Walk M3 and the rest of their line up and good ‘ol clean.

 

 

 

I think this was the first time I’ve seen the new M4 in real life, and I have to say, BMW have seriously stepped up their game with this one. Max Wilde’s example here, looking amazing in white.

 

 

Clearly, all was set for a varied show, after seeing this little Nissan Cube which I absolutely loved. Nice to see something different, this one bagged and sitting on Work Meisters.

 

 

Let’s move inside, to four halls of automotive heaven, not to mention additional spaces surrounding them! You certainly didn’t have to go far before you bumped into something cool.

 

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Matt Vanstone’s air’d out Audi S3 was looking glorious in it’s stunning Sprint Blue finish, on a set of 18″ 9j Mercedes Segin alloys.

 

 

Another set of flocked 3SDM’s (which are now up for sale) on Cara McNeill’s black bagged Mk5 Golf, a great look.

 

 

There’s something about Vossen wheels on modern cars, Team SPB’s beastly hydro’d Mercedes CLS is a prime example running on a set of CV7s.

 

 

 

The E36 game has become severely over crowded as of late, but Ruairi Coleman has built a car with all the right elements making for a perfect looking example. A 328i, resprayed in Estoril blue, one of BMW’s nicest colours of all time, plus those amber corners set it off nicely in addition to the boot spoiler. It sits really well on air suspension, and topped off with a set of 8j and 10j (rears) OZ Futuras.

 

 

 

We don’t come across too many stanced Alfa Romeo’s, so it was a surprise to see this 156, sitting low on a set of Rotiform NUE splits.

 

 

Alongside the Alfa was another rare car for the UK scene, a Honda Accord CU2 with a super eye-catching paint job, static too – impressive.

 

 

Over on the VIBE Audio stand was Mark’s bagged Mk5 Golf GTI on Lamborghini wheels…

 

 

Dale Masterman’s bagged Beetle always looks great on its Empi vintage style wheels.

 

 

One of our recent favourites is Aneysha’s 1964 Beetle. There are so many tasteful subtle touches to the car, it’s just right. Check out the recently added Albert Swan Neck mirrors…

 

 

 

You can’t beat an Audi Avant, and Myle’s Collins’ (the man behind FittedUK) bagged B7 looks awesome on BBS GT-004’s.

 

 

 

A beautiful set of Vossen CVT alloys on this bagged Audi TT owned by Kiran Attwal.

 

 

So, more hybrids are entering the show scene, check out this VIP style Lexus GS450h on D2 Air Suspension, awesome.

 

 

Good to see the boys from Somerset made it down, with Lee Johns in his bagged Mk5 Golf, sitting on a set of Mercedes Alphard rims.

 

 

Adam Wyatt’s VIP Lexus GS430 which we recently featured (click here to check out the feature).

 

 

 

Absolutely love what Matt Woodgate has done to his B7 A4, from the Rotiform IND-T’s with painted centres, to the Amaretto leather interior to match.

 

 

 

Another favourite has got to be this Mk6 Golf R with widened front arches made to fit the 20″ Vossen wheels. With the addition of air ride thanks to Airlift and AccuAir, the fitment is 100% spot on, making for an outstanding overall package and thing of full beauty.

 

 

 

 

 

So that’s the first hall done, let’s move through to outside, after stopping for a quick look at Shaun Morris’ static BMW E28 on a super cool set of OZ Breyton’s.

 

 

Luckily as the Telford International Centre is such a big venue, the car park is equally as large, with the majority of it being used for an outside area as part of the show. We think we found some real gems, like Tom Stephenson’s incredible E38 740i running on D2 Air Suspension. The rear is tucking so well, we were seriously impressed – this is how a bagged car should be.

 

 

 

We love Mk1’s of all kinds, Travis Price is the owner of this gorgeous Jetta CL on Schmidt TH-Line’s and recently installed air ride.

 

 

 

It’s always intriguing to come across a modified 1 Series at a show, because you simply don’t see many of them. Alex Smithson’s was a lovely example, on Airlift Performance bags and ACS splits with some great fitment.

 

 

 

Balls’d came down to the show in something pretty unusual, a Subaru Forester which they’ve only just slammed on Tein coilovers. Fair play for doing something different, Best Forester we’ve ever seen!

 

 

 

There’s nothing better than seeing a stunning home build. Rory Hamilton’s Mercedes W115 is breathtaking, and in white – a rare colour for one of these big Mercs.

 

 

 

It’s always exciting to see the latest menacing car to rock an SS Autowerks banner. This time it’s Christian Chapman’s Golf GTI. Obviously not just any Golf… but one with crazy aero all round and just generally over the top, but we love it.

 

 

Lewis Maher’s BMW E46 is certainly a strange colour, however the overall result is spectacular, bagged and sitting on a set of Rotiform VCE’s.

 

 

 

Nikki Harris has yet again changed the colour of the Brock B1’s on her supercharged Mini Cooper S. Still not sure which colour is best, they all seem to work equally well!

 

 

 

That about rounds up Part 1 of our Ultimate Stance coverage, and already we’ve seen some truly amazing cars. Check back soon for Part 2 in which we’ll take you through the rest of the outside zone, along with the second hall for more of this year’s best show cars.

Event Coverage: Forge Motorsport Action Day 2013

Words & Photos by Henry Phull

 

Last weekend I headed down to Castle Combe race circuit in Wiltshire for the 3rd Annual Forge Action Day, which is run by the folks at Forge Motorsport. To be honest I didn’t know what to expect as I’d never attended one of their action days before. On arrival it was clear that there was something for everyone, a really mixed show, which is always good. I’ve photographed vehicles that hopefully you, our audience, will enjoy!

 

The majority of the show was situated in the pit area of the track, which meant you could be right in the middle of everything going on. In addition to the show cars on display, there were multiple track sessions taking place throughout the day, so there were constantly cars lining up, pitting, and getting ready for a blast around the circuit.

 

 

The cars on track were also mixed up, from Mk2 Golfs to old school Fords.

 

 

 

In the paddock area there were various trade stands to keep you busy.

 

 

 

Some very tasty E92 M3s…

 

 

 

 

It was nice to be able to get so close to some of the team cars, such as CP Racing’s RX7 below.

 

 

This was pretty insane – the Monster Energy Pikes Peak Ford RS200.

 

 

 

 

 

Pipey’s Mk1 Golf representing Slam Sanctuary on the Wheel Whores stand.

 

 

Joined by Harvey Fulford’s immaculate Porsche 944.

 

 

 

An ‘Action day’ wouldn’t be complete without the sighting of an AE86.

 

 

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This Audi Quattro LWB was one of my cars of the show… a lovely restoration job done on it. The Ronal wheels look spot on.

 

 

It was seriously clean, just check out that engine bay.

 

 

 

Closer to the track I got closer to some of the drift team pits…

 

 

 

…Because drift car.

 

 

 

The Falken team prepping their cars.

 

 

And onto a bit of drift action, my favourite part of the day.

 

 

 

 

This was a popular sight throughout the pits, following the drift sessions. These tyres belong to the Huxley Motorsport Volvo V8.

 

 

I first saw this Mk1 Golf back at Retro Rides, and it’s still looking as good as ever with its V8 transplant.

 

 

 

I’m growing on these new Beetles, this one has been done very tastefully.

 

 

 

The Players RS4 Avant was drawing in the crowd as always, thanks to the bright pink Rotiform splits.

 

 

A pretty clean Skyline spotted in one of the club stands.

 

 

As well as this B5 S4 Avant on Merc wheels.

 

 

An F10 M5, a pity it was not going around the track!

 

 

 

 

 

So to summarise, a day for everyone to enjoy. If you like motorsport and cars in any form, there was something for you here. The drifting was spectacular and I’d recommend it to anyone. Keep up the good work, Forge.