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Posts Tagged ‘VW

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.

17
Jun
13

Summer Daze: The 8 Week Blur

Testing, testing…is this thing still on?

The last 8 weeks have been manic.  Good manic.  Show season is in full effect and I’ve barely spent a weekend at home.  when I have been back at HQ I’ve been spannering on a new project that’s gotten massively out of hand.  More on that in a bit.   Here’s a taster of some of the action:

Castle Retro Show

The annual pilgrimage to South Wales went off without a hitch and even the sun shone.  I rocked down with the usual suspects in the Herald  for the full 3 days and it was EPIC.  From a Mobile cinema to blazing infernos, we glamped the place to death.

Northern Classic Show

A random show in the North near Manchester: Indoor is the key here, it is England after all.  As a rest from the usual scene suspects it was refreshing: Flat caps and beards more the order of the day, but a chilled vibe and diverse mix made it well worth the trip.  The ’90s spec hotel I stayed in didn’t, but we’ll gloss over that.

Early Edition

Like normal Edition, but earlier.  A random spot of Mercedes love by the organisers saw me roll into the show and shine in the Benz totally unprepared!  Luckily the legends at Meguires sorted me out and the daily got lime light for one night only. The only Mercedes in the village: Hell YES.

Retro Mania

Retro Mania smashed it this year and finally got the weather it deserved to make a good go of it.  The mix of Dubs and Old Skool was great, filling the place all day Saturday and Sunday.

Players Classic x Speedhunters

Oh yeah, a couple of wees ago there was this show you might of heard about…what was it again, erm: PLAYERS CLASSIC.  You know I love a bit of Goodwood, so when Speedhunters gave me the opportunity to have the KP there with them I jumped at the chance.  522 miles in 35 hours saw me take in the historic circuit, race around it (and ticked a big one off the bucket list) and mix it up with some great people.  The whole thing was amazing; expect a BIG update on this when I get my act together!

And that project I mentioned…

Well, I bought a ’64 MINI as a quick 3-day turn-around job and a bit of fun. 7 weeks.  SEVEN weeks it’s taken to get it finished.  It’s been worth it though and as I sit here now it’s covered 600 miles and it getting the final touches this weekend.  Once it’s all done I’ll get it shot and fill you in…it’s a MINI, but it’s a bit special….

 

 

 

 

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.

26
Jul
11

Project 924: The Jet-Set Life is Going To Kill You

Hey, you remember when I had that blog I used to update all the time?  Yeah, about that…

OK, so stuff’s happened…mainly the E30 Sold, just when I’d decided to keep it.  So, on the rebound, I bought this:

I’m an ’80s baby and this has been brewing for a while. In fact Pre-E30.  OK, let’s get it over with: It’s not a proper Porsche and it has a van engine. DEAL WITH IT.

It’s a 1980 2.0 N/A and has been a concourse car since ’88 then spent the last 6 years in a garage.   Belive me when I say it’s clean.  I’m going to Hell for dailying this one.

I’ve already done a load of service stuff (boring), removed the wost mud flaps I’ve ever seen and replaced them with Turbo model spats.  I’ve also changed the interior and I have rims and coilovers sat here waiting to go on…I’ll save them for another post though, let’s not peak too soon after 6 weeks off!

29
May
11

Berg Cup Round 1: 06-08-05-11 – Part #3

Finally: More Berg Pics!

Home-brew Lotus Sunbeam is de-stroked to 2.0l and revs to 10K!

We were chatting to the owner about it and he told us he’s currently building a M5 V10 Powered Ultima GTR!

DTM enough for ya?

Genuine Zakspeed MK2 was built and raced by Zakspeed until ’89 when the current owner bought it; he’s been racing it ever since!

Bosch mechanical injection pump for dyno tuning

And finally, my dream house overlooking the hill.

 

15
May
11

Berg Cup Round 1: 06-08-05-11 – Part #2

Round two and I’m still on just the pics from the pits on Friday…Enjoy!

This was one of my favorite cars from the whole weekend: Clean GTE

Got Aero?

At the same time as Group H, the NSU trophy was running.  I’m pretty sure I’ve only ever seen one of these cars in the flesh, so to suddenly be in a field with 10s of them was amazing.

Drink?




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