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Posts Tagged ‘Stance

14
Nov
13

07-06-13 – Players Classic x Speedhunters x Goodwood Motor racing circuit

It’s freezing cold now and pretty much dark all the time. Yep, winter. It’s happened again, but 5 months ago (yeah, it’s really been that long) it was 25 degrees and I was in the South.  I got the golden ticket from Bryn over at Speedhunters and, with slightly less than no thinking about it, booked my place.  With some final spannering complete on the car I loaded up for the 500 mile round trip: Goodwood, petrol-head Mecca and sporting venue of the finer gentleman, oh and Players…those guys!

500 miles is a LONG way in a stripped out 105db car, but it was worth it….it was really worth it!  As you’d expect the quality of the cars was second-to-none…the best the UK and probably the-pointy-bit-at-the-top-of-Europe had to offer.

The cherry on the cake: A massive bucket-list tick off in the shape of getting to take in a few laps of the legendary circuit in my KP.  Massive thanks to Captain Players himself Jay who hooked me up with a track briefing to get me out there despite rocking up late!  The circuit was great; really fast with that tricky hair-pin to test your brakes, bravery and give you an excuse to make some noise in front of the crowd.

500 miles. 5 laps of Goodwood and still shiny enough to play with the big boys:  The KP that keeps on giving.  I’ve had a total second honeymoon with this car.

 

There’s been a lot of shows this summer, but none with quite the same vibe, sense of occasion and all-round style of Players Classic….see you at the next one!

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28
Jun
13

14-04-13 Early Edition

How to make friends and influence people:  Turn up late to a VW show in your daily Mercedes and get a pass straight into the show and shine.  Out of my league and out of my depth.  Thanks to Meguire’s I was able to borrow some products to clean W123 down (I was fully expecting to be leaving it outside in the car park) and we were in.  Massive thanks to the Edition guys for the golden ticket.  Awesome show and a great warm up for full-fat Edition later in the year.

04
Apr
13

Project KP30: Racer86 x Compomotive – Tailor Made

The splits are gone and the hunt is off.

I’m a big fan of sourcing rare wheels, rebuilding then in your living room and making them work. But this time I wanted box-fresh, spanking new and untouched  Once I’d gotten over that decision the rest was easy with a call to Comopomotive: I wanted these MLs custom made to the exact specification for the KP: from the PCD (finally the correct 110mm for the car) to mm perfect staggered offsets and beautifully locating centre bore.

Like a Savile Row suite they fit perfectly and, in that one-off anthracite grey, give me all the nostalgic race car look I wanted.  It goes without saying they weigh almost nothing and the quality is stunning.  I’m over the moon with them.

The catalyst for these new wheels?  Well, at the end of last summer I passed the car to a highly recommended painter (while I was on holiday – much more fun than sanding and spraying) to re-paint the bonnet for me (after I’d been having some issues doing it myself and ran out of time) and came back to find the whole car had been resprayed….yep.  That happened. With me out of the country they just went ahead and did the whole car!  It’s never looked so good and, as sad as it is to admit, my home job just wasn’t cutting it.  It looks like glass now and really pops.

I’ve been giving the car a thorough once-over ahead of the 2013 show season and hopefully some sunshine use: from changing the manifold gaskets to rebuilding the brakes, it’s only just back on the ground for the first time in weeks!

Pic dump:  I’ve just picked up a 50mm f1.4 and I love it!

TA22 wood grain – says 4. Has 5.

Really need to make up a nice bracket for my TRD CDI module…

K-Love

Now all it needs is driving!

 

 

23
Sep
12

Project W115 – Cover Break– Racer86.com x Retro Cars Mag #otherotherbenz

As seen at Players.  So far he’s two sumps down and not out.

27
Aug
12

Project W115 – The Low Life Will Kill You – Racer86.com x Retro Cars Mag #otherotherbenz

This weekend I nearly died.  At least 4 times. This is why:

Si (off of Retro Cars Magazine) brought his project W115 (Project Debonair or Agnes) up for a spot of ride height correction…The full and graphic blow-by-blow account will be in staff rides in the mag, but basically it fought us hard for 10 hours.  Highlights included a coil sping compressor breaking while the spring was in the car, coil bound and my had was in it.  How I’m not walking round like captain hook, I’ll never know.

Despite all that we fought on and the car now looks amazing!  I can’t wait to bring you more pics as soon as it goes live, but for now enjoy these teasers!

Awesome weekend allround.

And remember Kids:

21
Aug
12

Chapman on Gas: Air’d out Lotus Esprit

Spotted at Retro Rides Gathering ’12: A highly comendable display of ’80s wedge.

18
Aug
12

15-07-12 – All Dubs Mega Meet

A last-minute tip-off through my Facebook feed had me heading 5 miles down the road to find the All Dubs Anniversary meet at Ankerside, the local multi-storey car park (an awesome venue for a meet and one I’ve shot cars at loads).  Not sure how I’d missed this one, but it turned out to be a good save; awesome meet with a really cool mix of cars from pretty much all over the country.  Not a bad way to spend a Sunday evening in the summer.




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