10 October 2009
A VW Corrado
joins the family
28 September 2009
and Players 2009
. Click for pictures. Both good shows and a noticable drop in turn out to Edition 38.
9 April 2009
Finally found a body shop to do the respray on the Cabrio, SPR Coachworks in Uckfield. I spent the weekend before striping the car ready for prep and paint. Not too bad, the easy bits on new cars, like the window removal were the hardest on the old one! They came and collected the car today Pictures
28-29 March 2009
Snetterton 2009 Yamaha Past Masters + Others. Pictures here.
14 September 2008 PM
Snetterton 2008 Yamaha Past Masters + Others. Pictures here.
14 September 2008 AM
VW Players 2008, first time at this show and it's got something about it, Inters at TRL maybe? Hopefully more to come over the coming years. Great location, plenty of hard standing for the showers and well laid out. Pictures here.
31 August 2008
Edition 38 2008. Wet, wet, wet. Probably was a good show, but just too rainy to stay. 30 minutes worth of pictures here
20 July 2008
Brands Hatch 2008 Past Masters Yamaha + Others. Brilliant day in a hospitality suite supporting Steve Higerty and Team Stoater. Pictures here.
1 June 2008
Stoner Park 2008 - Brilliant show and it gets bigger every year. This time a bit different as I have the convertible, so we had roof down all the way there and back! Pictures here
25 May 2008 - 92 Mk1 Golf GTI Sportline
I'm finally the proud owner of a mk1 Golf GTI Convertible 92 Sportline (on a J). Since buying the car I've and had a smile on my face ever since.
The intension is to rebuild the slightly tired example. Body work is sound with two minor rust patches. Roof is a bit tatty, being replace this Thursday and I have some 15" BBS RM rims arriving. The body work will be done soon. Interior is probably the worst with wear and tear items needing replacing glove box, window rake, winders, carpet, etc
The wheels arrived from Germany within a few days, they look amazing and are now on the car. The roof was replaced by a company in Croydon called Car Hood, good job and now doesn't leak!
Obviously their is limited or no availibility of decals. I was thinking of replicating decals. Pictures Here
30 March 2008
British Touring Car @ Brands Hatch Check out the pictures here.
28 March 2008
Travelling north bound on the A21 just past the Sevenoaks junction. A jag in front of me (50-55mph), put my foot down to pull past...as he pulled over...saw the surface water too late (more like a lake!)....span side ways front end facing the barrier....front end then hit the crash barrier first....slid along the barrier...did the backend damage...got fired out of the crash barrier....further nice little spin and came to a stop on the grass on the other side of the carriageway. Any faster I'd have been in hospital....lucky is was relatively slow...2 mins later an M3 follows me and gets stuck in the fast lane...nightmare. R.I.P.
8 July 2007
GTI Festival 2007 - Great show and drag strip. Even managed to get my GTI up the strip this time! 15.9 was my best time, I need a bigger turbo! Picture here
16 June 2007
GTI International 2007 (Saturday) - 17 quid! Bloody Hell, do I get lunch with this?. What a disappointment, the weather only paying a small part to a bad day. It's been a few years since we've been to GTI International, not intentionally just holidays, etc, getting in the way. BUT we've not missed much! Poor venue, too spread out, max power kiddies (phew, I still have my plastic dust caps ;-)), quarter mile was a joke (Do RWYB at Santa Pod, do it right!) Hopefully it was better on Sunday. Golf W12 650, nice. Pictures.
3 June 2007
Stoner Park 2007 - This one gets better every year! A brilliant venue with a relaxed atmosphere. A really nice mixture of water and air cooled Vdubs. Pictures here.
1 April 2007
British Touring Car @ Brands Hatch - What a great day. A fun packed day of touring car racing along side a mixture of Seat, Clio and Formula series racing. Nice cool day for some fast race action. Check out the pictures here.
3 September 2006
Edition 38 2006 Overstone Park - Another great year,
this one gets better and better.....the replacement for GTI International when
at TRL. Pictures here
20 August 2006
VW Festival 2006 @ Harewood House, Leeds - We took
the long trip north to see this show for the first time. Real nice laid back show,
plenty more amazing VW dubs to see. Pictures here
9 July 2006
GTI Festival 2006 @ Santa Pod - Great show, plenty
of action. Check out the great rocket pictures and BMW burnout
25 June 2006
Hop Farm 2006 - First time show, small, less hardcore
VW fans involved. Pictures here.
24 June 2006
KW Variant 3 coilovers and also Eibach front and rear
antiroll bars installed, stage 5 pictures here
The Fiesta Zetec S
has made way for an mk4 R32! Completely
standard, here are the pictures
. This thing really does
4 June 2006
Stoner Park 2006 - First time we've been to this show.
Nice relaxing show, plenty of trade stands and a great location. Here are the pictures
17 April 2006
Finally I've managed to move on with the Golf and add
some more modifications. I've installed a Forge Front Mounted Intercooler (FMIC)
to stop the heat soak over the summer and also a Turbo Intake Pipe (TIP). What difference
these modifications make! Mucher smoother and the turbo appears to spool up quicker.
Next will be the larger turbo and a remap to make full use of the FMIC and TIP.
Check out the stage 4 pictures
11 September 2005
London to Brighton Rally 2005 - 80,000 bikes
in Brighton! Mad! We also got to see Paul Snr, Pauly and Mikey of Orange County
Choppers. Here are a few pictures
of the day.
4 September 2005
Edition 38 @ Overstone Park (Northamton) -
Back to Northamton for a second show. Wow! best one I've been to for while, quality
show cars, great atmosphere. It felt like my first show at GTI International when
it was at TRL. Here are the pictures
10 July 2005
GTI Festival 2005 @ Santa pod, summer fun!
- hot, hot, hot! Loads of drag strip action, check out the
9 July 2005
We were up early and on the road by 5:30 am
to get up to JBS Autodesigns
in Chesterfield for around 9am. They fitted a new stock flywheel with a aftermarket
kevlar plated clutch, it took 4 hours to fit. Big thanks to JBS.
Since then I've done around 1500 miles on
the clutch and it's great, more bite, lighter clutch peddle and I now have ALL my
power back. I think my old clutch had been going for a while.
24 April 2005
GTI Festival (GTI Sprint) 2005 - Great day,
rain stayed away. The rocket car was LOUD, it was the first time I've heard one!
- Check out the pictures
24 December 2004
Didn't manage to get to any v dub shows this
year, but will do in 2005.
11 May 2003
GTI International 2003 -
pictures and a few movies
. The weather wasn't great on Sunday but still a good
5 May 2003
I finally got the BBS CH 18x8.5 (ET30). Also
since the last photo shoot it has been de-locked and I've added a turbo badge to
the rear. The pictures are here
12 April 2003
Pictures of Fiona's (my girlfriends) little
have now been added to the site.
9 February 2003
Linked to the story below - I have just found
out that my drivers side locking mechinism is doing pretty much the same thing.
Again the microswitch is stuck in one or another state, locked or unlocked. This
time it's locked, which is better, and can wait for repair, because the ECU tells
me that the alarm is working properly - as opposed to the passenger side unlock
state where the alarm wouldn't set at all, but appeared to be working from the outside.
23 November 2002
I had a slight problem with my central locking
and (I think) a few other related problems.
I first noticed that the headlight warning
buzzer was not working when opening the door and also the interior light didn't
work. I checked all related fuses and none had blown.
Got out the VAG-COM to check for errors and
this one appeared....
00929 - Central Locking Unit: Passenger Side
(F221) 27-00 - Implausible Signal
So I tried locking the car with the central
locking switch on the drivers side, and the passenger side locking pin popped back
up as though the door was open (drivers side stayed locked). I then thought arrggghhh
the doors where not locking with the alarm set from the key, but that was all working.
I'm now at a loss as to what it could be.
Going to take the door apart today and check
for water entry in to the door, locking unit and central locking unit......................
......................Fixed it. DTC free.
The passenger side locking unit had gone mad,
as far as I could see it was a micro switch managing the locking state (always appearing
unlocked). Just replaced it the whole unit, as you can't buy the micro switch separate
(riveted on), all working now. Expensive at 70 quid!
9 June 2002
GTI Festival 2002 -
, it's the first time I've been to Santa Pod and it's great. Cheaper
1/4 mile runs than GTI International. I was thinking of running mine in the afternoon,
but then the skies opened and rain stopped play all afternoon. We spotted alot of
the same cars from GTI Inters, so most of the pictures are of the track.
12 May 2002
GTI International 2002 -
pictures, very good day, shame about the weather.
A few of the best and strange. Orange cars
are supposed to be red, not sure why that happened.
11 January 2002
A nice find today UK VW forum
mad race through the streets of sweeden in a Ford Escort Cosworth and Toyota
Supra, both kicking out about 450bhp+
The front and rear lower valences have been
painted, I also painted the badges front and back
Here are the pictures
6 August 2001
After searching through some old X-Files video
tapes, recorded from TV, I came across the Golf commercial so I decided to encoded
Golf commercial - Encoded with Windows Media v8. Right click, save as....
if you having problems.
Not sure what the copyright issues are, but
its a commercial so they can't loose.
19 June 2001
Well the exhuast and DV arrived. Opened up
the exhuast box and starting looking at the tail pipes..........hmmmm.......that
does not look right. It looks like a standard exit under a rear valance. I hot foot
it out to the car with exhaust and line it up with the mounts. Nope it isn't going
to exit out the 4 motion valance. I call Forge Motorsport the next day and speak
to Stuart. Stuart says it should exit a 4 motion valance, but I say it doesn't.
So Stuart call's Carl at Milltek to check what he's sold me. Stuart call's me back
and says yep it should fit, but it doesn't I say. Now we have a problem. Stuart
thinks that I'm the thick DIY car enthusiast, so he says could I call Carl on his
mobile. So I call Carl and explain the situation, Carl says that Forge have sold
me the wrong type "unknowingly". Carl says the he will speak to Forge. Cool its
getting sorted :). Receive a call from Stuart saying sorry Milltek had recently
changed production of this box and now make two instead of one, Forge thought they
had replaced it. Stuart says that Milltek will send me the back box only, directly
to my address.
In the meantime I remove the stock exhaust
(needs cutting off ! They install it as one part in the factory, must be easier
to drop in before they put the shell on) I look in my Bentley manual and cut it
in the place they recommmend. I Installed the Milltek front section (from the Cat
to the rear axel) I didn't use the exhaust clamps that came with it, they looked
like large hose clamps and very weak. So I went out to get some better clamps from
the local car parts shop.
The new back box arrives :) That looks better.
I finish installing the back section and take it out for a spin. Hmmmm.....bang....ting....bang....ting.
Arse, sounds like it hitting the heat sheild....errrr.....nope.....it the "better
clamps" hitting the rear axel (I found it after about five trips and jacking it
up and down). I didn't see that when the car was first jacked up. I can get it in
to a position where it will clear the axel, but can't get the socket wrench in that
gap....bugger....I finally find a position where I can tighten the clamp and clear
the axel. The next trip appears to be.......(silence)......ok, thats it. The clamp
had scratched the rear axel so I got some black spray paint and covered it up to
The diverter value has got the be the easiest
job of the day. I had read lot of reviews on
VWVotex on how to install a DV. I was worried about the stock hose clamps
on AWD and AWW type engines are sealed and factory fitted, and thought that they
may be difficult to get off. But the European AGU engine has standard screwable
hose clamps :-). All installed with no problems.
I decided to take the car on a 80 mile round
trip to show up any problems and DTC errors. I got back hooked it up to VAG-COM, .........no errors :). Cool, that works.
Have a look at the
1 June 2001
Ordered my Milltek exhaust and Forge diverter
value from Forge Motorsport
The exhaust is going to take some time to come as Milltek are having some problems
with the production of the mid section of the exhaust. The exhaust has twin round
tail pipes which will exit from a 4 motion rear valance. Already fitted my 4 motion
rear valance by following Roger Moore's tech procedures
. The modification went fine, apart from breaking
a small tab on the edge of the valance next to the mud gard, so its now slighty
out of line (due to the badly set plastic in the stock rear bumper). But I added
an extra screw through the bumper and in to the valance to hold it in line. I haven't
got the front and rear valances painted yet, that will come soon. I also bought
a new front valance as current one is very scratched due to it hitting the ground
when I go down steep ramps in multi-storey car parks (can't do that when they are
painted :-)). I haven't fitted the new front one, I'm waiting until I can get them