Full post coming soon…
We decided pretty early on in our planning for Austria 2013 to make an overnight stop on our way out to Wörthersee. We did the 17 hour drive last year which left us grumpy and tired, we just didn’t fancy a repeat to be honest.
Our thinking was to stop roughly half way along our 1000 mile (1600 km) route and after some crude Google maps work we settled on Stuttgart, Germany. Inevitably this meant a visit to the Porsche museum. The full Wörthersee update will be coming your way very soon. For now… let’s talk Ferdinand Porsche.
The building itself is a huge slab of angular white concrete. It’s safe to say we didn’t travel all this way to admire the architecture, but the dramatic exterior certainly builds anticipation as to what’s on show within.
The museum is on the same site as the Porsche factory and flagship Stuttgart dealership, so it’s fair to say there are a lot of Porsche’s around this area. You can actually see the body shells on the conveyor belt moving overhead crossing the main road linking the production line processes together.
The museum takes you on a chronological journey from the very beginning right up to present day Porsche metal. Starting with Ferdinand Porsche’s early fire engine to full blown race cars through the decades.
The way in which the Porsche marque has continued to develop with every model is obvious as you walk around. Ferdinand’s fixation with speed and balance has led to so many successful racing cars along the way in addition to less performance offerings in the early days.
The lighting in the museum is phenomenal, showcasing every curve and piece of chrome, really drawing out the details of each car.
^Porsche Type 360 Cisitalia, 1947, 12 cylinders + supercharger, 1.5L, 385 HP, 300 km/h. The lightweight ally body and powerful engine was far ahead of its time but never made it beyond the test stage due to financial issues.
Very few designs have stayed as sympathetic to their original concept as Porsche have. Even though the early cars utilised flat-four engines Porsche will always been known for its rear wheel driven flat-six air and water-cooled power plants.
The museum even has its own workshop in the basement to keep the cars maintained and roadworthy, which of course is available to view from the café area. Judging by the cars that were in for work during our visit, there isn’t much they don’t work on here. I’m sure there’s plenty of mechanics out there who wouldn’t mind swapping their workshops for this.
If you’re planning a trip to or via Stuttgart, definitely visit the Porsche museum, plus there’s a hotel just up the road – ideal.
Photos and Words: Aron
Tom Heap’s Mercedes 300CE.
We first had contact with Tom when he sent us a picture of his super low, static Mk1 Golf cab a while back. And more recently he sent us some more pictures of his latest car, a 1990 Mercedes 300CE. When we first opened the picture’s we were blown away, the thing has such an impact with such simple execution. This was one car we were looking forward to checking out in the flesh.
That time came at Early Edition as Tom had come down for the day, but as he’s obviously not running a VAG car he was banished to the carparks outside. Where dare we say it, was grabbing more attention than most of the car’s parked out there. Tom then came over to the Squared wheels stand where we were flogging stickers and tee’s, and we had a little chat about all things car related. This is when we talked about the possibility of running a feature on his car, and lucky for us Tom was more than up for getting something organised.At Early the 300CE sat perfectly over black centred Impul R5′s thanks to a self made air ride system, more about that soon. But not long after Early they had a bit of a spruce up with a lick of Audi white paint on the centre’s. Which in my opinion suits the overall look so much better than the black centre’s did, give’s for a much cleaner look.
Now let’s get onto the story of Tom and his 300CE.
Once Tom had sold on his Mk1 Golf cabbie he was on the look out for a new ride to work his magic on, and the search then began for a 190e. I know, the car pictured above, that we have mentioned a few time’s already is clearly not a 190e. While he was searching local forums, pistonheads and all the normal avenues for car purchasing, one of his friends told him about someone who wanted rid of their 300CE. Soon after that a deal was struck on a slightly neglected, white, 3ltr straight six 300CE for a bargain price.
As any self respecting car enthusiast, a standard car just doesn’t cut the mustard. And after being around for over 20 years, this 300CE was feeling abit sorry for itself with everything getting tired and worn out.
So the whole knackered standard suspension was ripped out and replaced with full set of E36 coilovers as surprisingly they are a direct fit. This now meant it was now running nice and low, infact it was that low a cat’s eye in the rain said goodbye to the sump and all the contents of the engine. After getting the car recovered by a friend and repairing the damage done by every low car’s enemy, Tom decided on a new way to get low and not risk smashing his sump again. Air.
As you can imagine though, there aren’t many air kit’s around to suit a nearly 2 ton 1990′s Mercedes 300CE. So this called for a custom kit to be made up to suit the 300, and instead of dropping the car off at some company to do all the work Tom decided to undertake it all himself. That consisted of re using the E36 struts up front, but then he had to make custom mounting plates for the bags. And at the back he swapped out the E36 struts for modified S13 unit’s and again custom bracket’s for the bags.
All natural camber in the rear too, no added shims or washers here.
The 300 isn’t going any lower than this without an engine raise either, as it’s currently sat on the floor when it’s air’d out.
The wheels. They are Impul R5′s, which Tom picked up at as old tatty 2 piece wheels. He then converted them to 3 piece and purchased some new wider lips to bring them to 9′s up front and a healthy 11.5J in the rear. And as you can see in all these pic’s the fitment is pretty spot on, so a job well done sir.
All in all we think Tom’s nailed it with his 300CE. But don’t get too used to seeing it like it is now in these pic’s, as he’s already got a few idea’s in the pipeline to change things up a little. And when he does, you can be sure to see some more shot’s up here.
Words and Photo’s : Tony.
Well i’ve been very, very quiet on the modding front for the past 18month’s or so. That’s done to various reasons, main one being i’ve become a Dad to a beautiful little girl so the past 6 month’s i’ve been a little busy.
Back to the car’s. I used to have the white Audi S3 running on coil’s and Roti BLQ’s, but decided to be more sensible (And this was before we knew about the baby) and get a economical car. I’ve always liked BMW tourers, and in particular the E91. So a nice example 320d was the car i went searching for. After a few weeks finding the one i wanted with the right spec, i bought this standard E91 320d M-Sport in sparkling graphite.
I run around with it standard for a fair few month’s enjoying being able to go anywhere with no worries whatsoever. But eventually i got the bug for having a much more impractical car that didn’t like speed bumps and other sticky out from the road type of things.
And now to bring the story right up to date i have just received my new, 1st set in the world Squared SD6′s. To add to this, i’ve been involved with Squared since the start with the owner Jon. So it was an obvious choice of what wheels to run, just a case of what design to have. Me and Jon threw about a few idea’s of what to run on my car, wether to run an existing set we already have on sale or to go all out with a fresh design. As you’ve probably guessed from the start of this paragraph we went for the new design idea.
As i’m static i wanted to get the fitment as flush as possible so not to poke and ruin my arches. With plenty of measuring up and researching i decided to run 19×9′s upfront and 19×11′s out back with nice low offsets too.
Once that happen’s i will be updating on here with plenty more pic’s.
So that bring’s me up to date with a kind of a build on here. I’ll try and be more on the ball in the future and keep this little build up to date.
Until then check out Squared’s website and facebook.
Word’s and Pictures: Tony.
Early Edition is a nice little show put on by the guys at Edition38 at the Northampton Rugby ground, in essence it’s the warm up show to their main longstanding event in September . It’s now in it’s 3rd year and seems to be going from strength to strength every year, so would of been rude not to pop down and grab a couple of pic’s.
First up (Pictured above) was something from the older Audi ranks, this awesome Audi 100 with a more than adequate drop to get it sat perfectly.
Then we saw this clean Mk4 with a very colourful interior.
Part of our Belgian crew made there way over too. Glenn (Owner of the Passat) is one of the main guy’s with Levi who are behind the organisation of our “Belgian Chapter” show on August the 18th. Check out our Facebook for more info on the show.
EST365′s polo now sat on some BLQ’s.
Cool Mk1 Jetta.
We spotted this golf, which we assumed was a MK6 but was told via a facebook post its a MK5.5. Doe’s anyone have any more info on this? Was done by TUK custom’s? Looked spot on either way.
Love small split’s, and this Polo rocks them well.
This Lupo looked nice and fresh in white, not sure what make the wheels were. Look to be heavily inspired by the Rotiform LHR though.
Here’s one of, if not our favourite car at the moment. Tom Heap’s awesome Mercedes 300CE running Impul R5′s and air ride. Keep checking back for more from us on this awesome car.
Phil’s S3 now on Air.
We like facemounted BBS here at RollHard, and mk2′s.
Soon to be released onto our shop. A selection of 3 colours and black to tailor for most tastes .
aaaand we finally have business cards massive thank you to Ben Gaut for allowing us to use this image of our S2000
Cheap car i said nothing major i said!.
So i had a change of heart and actually enjoying the S2000 over the winter months i am finding myself getting the s2000 ready for this years season.
First on the list was to remove the bent front passenger wing (That happened at our meet) and replace it with one that Tony got me from a scrapyard. Whilst i was at it i removed the driver side front and rolled both arches to prevent me creasing another arch. Above Adams new mk4 awaiting some shoes and some more touches!
With that all done it was on to the next few jobs and get the car ready for paint. This was meant to be a cheap build drop it on coilovers and some nice wheels i said (nothing like the Corsa) but now i am finding myself getting it ready for a full repaint!.
Cant wait to get this car back!
Better late then never
Back in September we decided to hold a small meet the evening before the all important Players show. With cars coming into the uk from all directions and due to the small space we had keep this event invite only, inviting our close friends and friends from afar. Expecting only half the invited to roll up we were far from being wrong with the small area packed with some of europe’s hottest metal kissing badges with its neighbour.
Heres just a few snaps taken from the evening. Keep your eyes peeled for this years event as we have a much bigger premisses to play with.
Massive thanks to the lomotion boys for coming down. Love this EK!
First outing for our S2000 cant wait to get her back on the road.
Our adams old MX will be missed.
Lee from lomotion 1 series. Cant wait to see its new look!
One of fav EG’s ever!
Fords A3 with the full package.
Elsecar Megameet is held at the Heritage centre in Barnsley off Junction 36 of the M1. For me (Tony) this is one of very few local show’s for me, so it would’ve been rude not to pop down and see what was happening. This year is the 15th year the Elsecar Megameet has been held, and it only seems to be going from strength to strength each year. I’ve been for the past 3 years, and it’s always been a nice chilled out show with a good atmosphere.
As i no longer own a VAG car i had no need to be up at daft o’clock to make it in the show area. So i rolled up at a respectable time of 12pm to start my little wander around the heritage centre. The show is by no mean’s a ”big” show, but that’s part of it’s charm, it has a real nice chilled out feel about it.
I started in the indoor area of the show, where i saw Jason Allen’s awesome A3 running many many trick touches, like 2 iPad’s on his install, perfectly fitted Rotiforms and a flawless paint job by the guys over at Reflex Auto Design.
Jason’s amazing interior.
Touring car inspired mk3 was a favourite of the show.
Perfectly stanced R32.
We have big love for Jack Smith’s Westie fronted mk1.
New wave Fabia looking the part with a healthy drop on some Rotiform NUE’s.
The rear of Jack Smith’s mk1.
We spotted this super clean mk1 outside running on StillStatic suspension and old school motorsport BBS, perfect combination.
This fabia really caught my attention.
Clean mk4 estate on 3SDM 0.05′s.
The Syco Graphix new work horse T5 is van perfection.
Makes the 20″ Rotiforms look small too.
We do love a set of RF’s here at RollHard, and these fully polished one’s were no exception.
Arosa sat well on Gotti’s.
On the way out i spotted Gavin’s E36 repping one of our windscreen stickers. This car definitely deserves to run a sticker for sure
Another shot of the Arosa.
All about the air ride for 2013.
Word’s and photo’s : Tony.
Unless you’ve been living under a rock for the past few weeks, you’ve probably seen pictures of this Laser Red Audi floating about on picture threads and Facebook pages. This car caused quite a stir in Wörthersee this year.
We first spotted Damian “Rayan” Stefanowski’s B5 on the pavement in Reifnitz, Wörthersee. Laying frame, proudly soaking up the Austrian sunshine drawing in scores of people trying to take a closer look. Among a sea of shiny RS’ (which don’t get us wrong, we LOVE), Rayan’s car stood out to us as something a little different.
As luck would have it, whilst we were stood beside the B5, Rayan and his mates came back to the car and after a quick chat we arranged to catch up with Rayan later that evening for some shots and a proper chat about his 1000km trip from Poland, his car… and the story behind those wheels.
We arrived at his hotel to find 20+ Polish guys in fold-up chairs having a BBQ on by the roadside - anyone who’s been to Wörthersee will know this is perfectly normal behaviour. We shared a beer with the lads, compared Wörthersee notes and got more details on Rayan’s car. These boys had driven over 1000km from Poland so between us, we’d travelled most of Europe to be here.
The car itself is a 1.9 TDI Quattro with upgrade Recaro leathers, naturally, this thing is on air and the simple 2 way ViAir setup lets the car sink itself into the tarmac nicely. Rayan’s B5 looks just as good parked as it does on the roll. This might be on air but trust me, Rayan drives this thing low.
Rayan never sticks with a set of wheels for long. He’s owned the car 18 months and been through several sets, everything from 18” BBS RS to 19” Cargraphic’s and now the wheels you see here.
The fitment is what can only be described as ‘90’s touring car’ and god does it nail it. The unfussy lines of the B5 are so well suited to a large dose of lows and motorsport wheels.
For those of you not familiar with your 1990’s supercars, these wheels used to live on a Bugatti EB110. Here’s a short history lesson for you all… during the early 90’s, speed was everything. The EB110 was crowned ‘fastest production car’ at the time (taking the Jaguar XJ220’s title) but the dust hadn’t even settled before McLaren released the (even faster) legendry F1 and that was game over for the overpriced Italian. Bugatti soon went bust having built only 150 EB110′s. These are rare beasts.
So back to the wheels, being the wild 90’s creation that the EB110 was, it had BBS 18×9 fronts and 18×12 rears in 2 piece centrelock fitment (BBS RT73’s for all you wheel geeks out there). The 12” wide rears were always going to be a struggle to fit under the Audi’s arches so what he really needed was 4 18×9 fronts. No problem – This guy had ‘several sets’ of brand new Bugatti wheels to pick from… some people have all the luck finding the rare stuff!?
The ET38 centrelock BBS’ were always going to need some fettling to get on the B5, centrelock adapters would have given too much poke so the decision was made to drill these to the Audi’s PCD. The work on these is faultless; it’s hard to tell that these didn’t originally come in 5 stud fitment. Needless to say that with some spacing of the rears this thing sits perfect in a way we haven’t seen since the touring car days.
The thing about Rayan’s Audi is how effortlessly it draws the crowds. It doesn’t make a song and dance, it goes ever so calmly about its business and makes a killer impact on Bugatti EB110 wheels.
We love this car.
And here’s a link to a little teaser video that we shot too .
Words: Aron Norris.
Photos: Tony Adams.
Video: Daniel Allard.