Thursday, 28 July 2016

The Low-tus Strikes Back

Words & photos - Daniel Bevis

Holy cow, Dean Meeson's S3 Esprit has evolved again! As if its conversion to air-ride and Alfa Romeo V6 power weren't enough, Dean squirreled the thing away from view and, when he emerged, knocked the show scene slightly off its axis with this fresh new look. Those astounding wheels are custom one-offs, featuring Excel-inspired centres painted in Land Rover Kaikoura, with really deep lips. And that new paint job? It's actually a wrap, if you can believe it.
There are numerous other detail changes too - I wrote a feature on it for this month's Fast Car magazine, you should grab a copy. Go on, off you pop...

More pics from the 2016 Players Classic here.

Friday, 8 July 2016

Carbon EP3

Words & photos - Daniel Bevis

Envy is the modifier's curse. Having recently bought an EP3 Type R, I now find that I'm always peering at other people's EP3s for inspiration - this green one, for example, made me consider the possibility of fitting Mitsubishi Evo IX wheels.

But this carbon-fibre affair? It's sent my aspirations into overdrive. Now I really want a carbon bootlid, and StopTech brakes, and a ducktail, and air-ride, and... ah hell, it's all good here. Inspiration indeed. Inspiration and deep, deep envy.

Spotted at the 2016 Players Classic - more pics here.

Monday, 4 July 2016

Bōsō Sunny

Words & photos - Daniel Bevis

Bōsōzoku is a subculture that often takes a lot of explaining. Literally meaning 'reckless tribe', the ethos traces its roots back to illegal motorcycle street-racers of the 1950s, their outrageously styled bikes tearing up the streets of suburban Japan with little regard for safety or the law. Fast-forward sixty years, however, and this is what bōsō means today...

The modern bōsōzoku car actually owes a lot to the styling treatments of their forefathers in the 1980s, which are enjoying a huge renaissance of late. We're talking sump-clattering ride height, surreally caricaturised bodykits, jutting sharknoses, comically extended exhausts, in-your-face retro colour schemes - a deliberately jarring aesthetic. Imagine a Group 5 racer from the 1970s, if it were animated by Marvel Comics. It's the kind of vibe that makes the vast majority of onlookers laugh and scoff. Which is just what the bōsō driver wants.

You don't see a lot of cars styled in this manner in the UK; the Nissan Sunny you see here is something of a show regular, evolving gradually over the years. Back in 2013 it was wearing flat green paint, then it moved onto a rather splendid black-and-gold affair, complete with skyscraping pipes, and just look how fairground-fabulous it is now. A real 'why the hell not?' car that's hard not to love.

Spotted at the 2016 Retro Show - click here for more photos.

Friday, 1 July 2016

Bagged 356 Speedster

Words & photos - Daniel Bevis

Simple instructions for how to win at life: acquire 356 Speedster, paint beige, fit air-ride, park in grass. That's pretty much it. Ask James Munro, owner of this low-down Outlaw, he'll tell you. Life doesn't need to be complicated, you just need a cool car with a twist. Satisfaction will surely follow.

Spotted at the 2016 Players Classic - more pics here.