Team Redmist 2014 Season

This Year I have had the pleasure of working with British Drift Championship (BDC) team, Team Redmist. I had this amazing opportunity after going to BDC round 1 and doing some pit and track shots, I got talking to the team leader, Stu, after round 1 and sorted out going to do some photos and short test video for them before Japfest.

    BDC Round 1 – Lydden Hill

This was my first ever round of professional drifting and I went as public with no media access so didn’t know what to expect, and what I got was a nice surprise. Open pits with all the drivers and pit crews friendly and talkative with all cars laid out for nice pit shots. So I went round looking at the cars and looking “behind the scenes” sort of thing before all the track action started. Once it began I found out how different it was than shooting my local drifting practice days (Skid Risk) and how much quicker it was and so came the beginning of quicker panning.

For Team Redmist unfortunatly it wasnt a very successful weekend with some bad weather and none of the team being able to qualify for the top 16 battles.

After round 1 and talking to Stu met up with him and we spoke about some arrangements for the year and I shot a short video and a few pictures then we decided to make Japfest my first full trial with the Team.

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    Japfest

Well Japfest was very hectic, getting in slightly late due to massive queues. Once was in I was introduced to all the other members of the team, Dean & Mark, and spoke about the shots they wanted as photographing out on track was very limited due to Castle Combe’s restrictions on that day and Top Gear Filming an episode.
After Japfest, I was officially welcomed to be part of the team and media with Chris who has recently left the team to go to university. I was asked to cover all rounds of BDC and some Extreme Torque events throughout the year.

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    Extreme Torque Sunderland

A manic weekend is about how to sum up how the run up to Extreme Sunderland went, this was because I was already attending and shooting Modified Nationals (The Nationals) at Peterborough that weekend and Extreme was on the Sunday and Bank Holiday Monday. I was unable to make it for the Sunday session but drove straight up to Sunderland from Peterborough Sunday afternoon after the show had finished and got up there ready to start shooting the Monday session.
It was unlike any event I had done before as the track was made of just cones and water barriers with a lot more open space and freedom for us to move around and get different shots and with Monster truck action in the intervals.
The results were pretty good for the team with 2 of the 3 drivers qualifying for the top 32 Battles.

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    BDC Round 2 – Knockhill

This was my first BDC round as fully accredited media and after a long journey over the border to Scotland (thanks to Selina and Adam) we got the pits set up and ready for a weekend of action and rain. Well the rain came down, and got heavier and heavier and heavier and was relentless during practice & qualifying which didn’t help the drivers or media alike.
The Sunday was a lot better weather wise with it making the track unpredictable again for the drivers due to them practicing on a very wet track, but even so this just proved why they are professional drifters.

Unfortunately there was only 2 of the 3 team members at this event but Dean managed to qualify for Top 16 Battles.

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    BDC Round 3 – Teeside

Being my first time at Teeside I was looking forward to photographing on track due to it having far less big barriers in the way unlike some tracks yet being extremely safe for both media, drivers and spectators.

Unfortunately due to more events clashing I was only able to cover the Saturdays practice and qualifying and again the weather was a hindrance with more rain. And again Stu was also unable to attend due to him representing the team at Extreme Torque show at Manchester (see the next write up). Both Dean and Mark did well in qualifying with them both getting inside the top 32 and both finishing with BDC points.

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    Extreme Torque Manchester

While Dean and Mark were at Teeside BDC round Stu had gone to Manchester to represent Team Redmist in another Extreme Torque show, and even though I didn’t go I made the video for this event thanks to Stu using our Drift Ghost Cameras to full use. This is the first full event coverage video production that I did for the team with only using the footage that was captured on the Drift Ghost cameras.
In the event Stu did extremely well with some really good twinning and trains including some wall taps. This event was the same as Sunderland aswell as in the intervals Monster Trucks were on track and as seen in the video Stu had the Idea of camering one up only for it to get run over, but it miraculously still works perfectly. Stu qualified High in the top 16 ready for the battles and then after some really tight battles managed to bag 3rd place.

    BDC Round 4 – Lydden Hill

Round 4 saw us returning to Lydden Hill, only to find there was a massive twist in the tail……. Lydden Hill was being run Backwards for the first time. This was a very late call as Lydden Hill only got permission to do this just over 24hrs before the event was meant to take place, so the race was on to get the circuit ready for race weekend.
The circuit being run backwards mean that all drivers were on the same level with none of them having any experience of the entry speeds needed and how much speed would need to be scrubbed from the clipping points up to the hairpin. During practice people were getting to grips with the track and at the end they were pushing it to its limits and this was shown during qualifying when there were 2 impressive crashes and a few good wall taps. One of those wall taps was unfortunately Mark but luckily it only caused cosmetic damage.
Although the damage was only cosmetic on Mark’s car he only managed to qualify 20th so just missed out on the top 16 battles because of the time lost from the crash. Dean however managed to qualify 16th so managed to get into the battles, but unfortunately was knocked out in the first battle so finished 16th.

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BDC Round 5/6 – Anglesey Circuit

    Anglesey Circuit saw all 3 of the team members back together for the first time since BDC Round 1, which in itself made this event special for us. The weekend started on a high with all going well through the first part of practice but it some came clear that there was going to be a lot of messy cars as people were dirt dropping from the start of practice. As practice continued Mark and Stu got some really good runs in but finding it from the clips down the straight really hard to get properly as they were either going too fast and had to straighten or not enough and not making the hairpin. But as it got later into Dean’s Pro practice disaster stuck when his gearbox imploded.
    After Dean’s gearbox failure he had a few hours to get the car apart and back together ready for qualifying , bring on Charlie. Charlie is the teams helping hand/ grease monkey and all round mechanic help, this LEGEND managed to get Dean’s gearbox out in just over 30mins. Then because of massive camaraderie from the BDC teams Kirsty (Team Falken) managed to find a box that Matt Denham (Drift Elite) had brought spare and agreed to lend it to Dean. So off Charlie went fitting the new box and he managed to get it all back up and running with plenty of time to spare.
    During qualifying the whole team didn’t manage to get any good runs with small issues on each run which was unfortunate as it put Dean out as he qualified just outside the top 32 in Pro Class. Stu managed to qualify 30th and Mark scrapped in with 6 points (for entry speed) to secure 32nd place in Semi-pro. When the qualifying results were announced it showed how challenging the course was as most of the drivers failed to score a really good run.
    Sunday Battles were very short for the team with both, Stu and Mark, getting knocked out in their first battles as they were against the top qualifiers. Even though the final round wasn’t successful Anglesey was a nice place to end the ’14 Season of BDC and it was a good end for the team all being together.

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    CARnival

CARnival is a new weekend car show that was being held at Rockingham Speedway and drift taxi’s were being run alongside some track action and a static car show. Team Redmist got an invite to participate in the Drift Taxi’s, which meant they would do runs on a circuit with passengers from the public. This was a good opportunity for the team to have some fun but with Mark being able to make it this just left Stu and Dean. But none the less the event was really good, this was due to having a nice big play area for the guys to drift with a few “drift trains” happening and consistent fun battles between the teams and drivers.
As some more fun the drifters were also allowed 30 minutes drift time on the main track of Rockingham speedway which was a new experience for all the drivers and was a really good treat for most of its not something that is allowed often.

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    Extreme Stunt Show – Monster Spectacular

The Season Finale for the team was Extreme Stunt Show’s Monster Spectacular at The Provident Stadium, Bradford. This was an Evening Event leading up to a firework display, it included everything from BMX’s to Monster Trucks and everything in between with Team Redmist getting a 12mintute show space to put a routine in.
At the end of the teams routine Two Brother Stunt Team were going to come out and perform some stunts but Stu got talking to them and they decided to join in the end of Team Redmist’s routine with then going around the cars and the cars going around them.
Before the event started we didn’t know what to expect but with a crowd 6000+ strong the atmosphere began to rise with anticipation and what a show it was. The crowd were amazing, I would say the best we have had all year, every moment possible they were getting involved cheering everyone on.

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Special thanks to the whole team, Stu, Mark, Dean & Charlie for welcoming me into the family. And a massive thanks to everyone over at all the events i’ve attended as I have met some awesome new people, Rob and Marcus (everythingdrift.com), Kevin (smokin’ images), Jo (project touge) & many many more.

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Aston Martin V8 Vantage

Yesterday I had the rare opportunity to shoot a high end luxury sports car, a 2010 Aston Martin V8 Vantage. It wasnt a normal one either with it being lowered and having all the carbon extras inside and out. This beautiful machine sounds as good as it looks with the exhaust centre section changed aswell.

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The detail on the car was immense and just goes to show how much time and effort is put into every car that comes out of the factory, this goes from the decals to the plaque on the front with the inspectors name on it. Then we come to the engine, and what an engine it is, this is another piece of art on its own. This particular one has the 4.7 V8 and it might look good sitting back in the engine bay but that is nothing compared to the noise and power it makes. It takes off like a rocket and the noise makes the hairs on the back of you neck stand up.

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When Richard bought this car it didn’t have any of added extra bits like the carbon so he decided this would be the first thing to change, he went straight to the Aston dealer and bought the whole carbon kit (splitter/diffuser/wing fins & door inserts) and then fitted them all himself, and for me those with the added lows look absolutely amazing

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To add to the power it has to have the stopping power which its massive brakes have which site lovely with red callipers all stickered up behind a set of stunning wheels which still amazingly well on the car with a bit of tuck on the front and near on flush fit at the back. There is not much more you can ask this car to be with its perfect OEM+ look, it is definitely the complete package any car could be.

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We decided to do some rolling shots at the end of the shoot and it has to be one of the most expensive cars I have rigged so far but it was worth the time and effort

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RC Drift Addict

Well I was asked by Chris, the owner of RC Drift Addict weather I fancied going to take some pictures of some of the local guys doing some remote controlled drifting down and Underground car park.

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So off I went not knowing what to expect to find a good bunch of people with a variety of shells having a good laugh, and that’s when I found out how expensive of a Hobby it can be with whole packages going from a few hundred into thousands but the things you can do is incredible with only your imagination being the limitation. So I went about setting up some test shots of some of the cars static and and seeing what I could do with the poor lighting.

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Once id got to grips with some static ones I moved over to the place they were using as a track and decided to get on the end of the big corner. Watching them come round was incredible to see what such little things can do and how quick they are. The shells ranged from Nissan Skylines to BMW M3 and other inbetween all been fully customed to how they wanted them, painted, stickered up with different wheels making them all unique.

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Here is a link to all the pictures in Hi-Res -

http://www.flickr.com/photos/bedworth/sets/72157640793010125/

And Chris made a little Montage of the pictures from the night -

Dont forget to go and check out RC Drift Addict’s website and Facebook page -

http://www.rcdriftaddict.co.uk/
https://www.facebook.com/rcdriftaddict

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Adam’s BMW E36 325 (M50) Turbo Drift Car

Well I’ve known Adam for some years and his has had BMW’s for many years and over the past 3 years or so he has been drifting with the purpose built drift car but decided it needed more power so at the end of last season he decided to turbo it. And here is the result, and what a result it is, this rough and ready car drives amazingly and sounds even better as you will find out later.

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Once the build was finished a few weeks ago I spoke to him about some photos/video and we got talking about testing and a test day so I went ahead and spoke to Curborough Sprint Course who I had previously hired for a photoshoot back in November. After a quick phone call and discussion all the details were sorted and we had got the track exclusively for 4 hours on a Saturday afternoon so off we went.

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On the day the car was fine for the 1st few laps but then began to play up but then after some new spark plugs, lots more fuel and a few fuelling adjustments away it went, and was fine all afternoon after the first hiccups and took loads of abuse. The more abuse it got the bigger the flames out the screamer pipe were with the set-up of the exhaust straight out the side of the front bumper and the screamer pipe out of the wing and the turbo and filter sitting in the wing.

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The car pulls amazingly well and had no boost spikes and was super smooth transition from off boost to on with hardly any lag what so ever which will be perfect for drifting and once the track got a bit wet this was shown as begun to get very tail happy but was surprisingly controllable with no issues at all. So 35 litres of fuel and 4 hours later the car was packed back onto the truck and was a complete success and is now tucked up ready for the next drift day.

Here is a small video from the day done on various equipment:

MDB Images Presents: Adam’s BMW E36 325 Turbo Drift Car – Test Day from Mathew Bedworth on Vimeo.

Must say a massive thanks to all the guys that helped with the car and with the video on the day and a big shout out to Dean over at RW Developments for building the car and to Stick-2-it and Slambox

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Rollin’ on Steelies/ Zilla – Two Face Polo 6R

Let me introduce what I call the Two Face Polo, Perry’s VW Polo 6r, one side clean, the other side zillalife’d up with there signature print. This is an OCD persons worst nightmare, not symmetrical in any way apart from the wheels, but will that last? You cant even classify this car, its not Euro because of the interior yet its not JDM because its not Japanese which is why I love this car.

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On the outside this has been put on Havair 2way Air ride with brand new Extreme offset Wheels, 16″, in Chrome, with rear spacers to get them to tuck up front yet poke at the back. Then is the iconic signature Leopard print vinyl that is for Zilla Staff exclusive. Then to finish it off are the finish touches like the black bolts and black front badge.

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But when the lights go down and the moon rises so the car changes with is colour changing under car neons which have a multitude of settings including the ones that has been called the “Christmas Light” setting where they flick though all the colours at a steady pace.

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Then on the inside comes the different story with the one single Bride fixed bucket seat with a Takata Harness finished off with a Zilla gear knob in purple. This car is one unique masterpiece and is constantly evolving with new ideas. So always keep you eye out for it as it is surely to have something new on it

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Massive thanks to Perry for the pleasure of letting me do the debut shoot. Also watch out on Matt Media/ Watercooled Society of a video that is being made of this as well.

Dont forget to go and check out Rollin’ on Steelies
Extreme Offset Wheels
Zilla

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Car Rig

Well as some of you might know over the past few months I have been getting together all the equipment to make a car rig to do moving shots. To do this instead of spending masses of money I looked through forums and found alot of help on the Talk Photography Forum. So after researching I went about building it and tried steel but it was too heavy and wasnt going to work so managed to get some aluminium at the right price and went about building it.

(sorry for picture quality they are took on my phone)

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So after I got it all together I decided to start off with a 4m rig, which i am now extending to upto 6m for longer cars, and then I went about doing the testing and for the 1st attempts I used my car for safety and then a friend’s E30

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I was very happy with the results so met up with Sam with Passat B6 and Matt (from Matt Media) with his Golf R32 and went about doing some more shots and experiment more and these are the results

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Big thanks to Jack for helping me build, and Adam, Sam and Matt for letting me do test shots on their cars.

And here is a little behind the scenes shot from Matt Media

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Honda Integra DC2 Type R- Curborough Sprint Course

Well back early in the year I attended a charity meet organised by Shop ‘n’ Shine and donated a free photoshoot to the raffle and Jack was the lucky winner, after long discussions he decided he wanted the Integra to be done but then came the decision on the location as no where normal like urban areas would look right. So after searching and discussions with locations we decided upon using Curborough Sprint Course by Lichfield.

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This UK Spec Honda Integra Type R is actually Jack’s 50yr old Dad’s Daily driver and family Track toy. It is Running 209bhp with a modified JDM ECU mapped by Romain at Eurospec with a nice spec list to go along with that making it a very quick little car. It is fully stripped out and constantly evolving with just having new brakes and mentions of a roll cage in the future.

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Well we got to the track and the weather wasnt bad, foggy but drying up after rain the day before. I had invited a good friend and photographer of mine to come along aswell, Tom Cash, and he lent me his L series lens for some moving shots on the track. Once everyone arrived we went about sorting out putting the car on the track to start off the static shots and thanks to Tom for his input and a different outlook on it all.

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Static over, then came play time, and the sound the Teg makes was just perfect. We could have all just sat there all day and listened to it go around the track. And after a fair few laps we were happy so got it back into position and got the interior shots while it cooled down.

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Thanks to Jack and his Dad and to Tom for helping and finally to Curborough Sprint Course for allowing us to use it

Spec List –

UK Integra type r
Tegiwa exhaust manifold
Mugen twin loop decay exhaust system
Mugen adjustable shocks and springs
Yoko ad08s
Ferodo ds2500 pads
Hel braided brake lines stop tech grooved discs
Modified standard b18 air box
Omp 3 inch harnesses
Custom boot and rear strut brace
Modified jdm ecu mapped at eurospec by Romain to 209bhp on a dyno dynamics rolling road
Got eibach front and rear camber arms/bolts coming
O and it’s got a Fidanza lightened flywheel and a stage 2 exedy clutch, solid shifter mounts
Poly engine and gearbox mounts
Kode suede steering wheel
101k on the clock
Shift light built in via the ecu
8800 rpm rev limit Vtec at 4500 145 lbft
Tegiwa brake stopper

Pictures and words by MDB Images

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Slammed UK’s Halloween Cruise @ Ace Cafe

What a night this was, I was asked a few months prior to the event by the owner of Slammed UK , Jord, whether I would be interested in attending this event and how could I refuse. It was a 260 mile, 6 hour round trip and it was worth every second.
The night started on a bit of a downer with planned fire breathers getting cancelled due to extreme wind being forecast, then at Ace Cafe a good part of the car park was used by an events company meaning less space for the cars.
But that did not even effect the event for long as by 6pm, an 2 hours before the meet started, the car park was full and people were parking all around the streets.

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The standard of cars at the event was very high and the mixture was even better, everything from fiesta’s to silvia’s. In the main carpark there was some stunning cars with my car of the event being a VIP style Toyota which is just stunning inside and out.

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The Slammed UK crew put on a really good event with amazing merchandise on sale and an excellent DJ, this proved to help make the atmosphere one of the best ive experienced in a while and it just proves that there is still lots of faith and good people in the modifying scene in the UK. There were so many cars the streets were just filling up and people just kept coming, and some of the cars on the streets were just amazing. Some old skool vw’s, fiesta on 3sdm’s, bagged transit van, camo green Mercedes and a lot more.

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Other than the cars people were very inventive with Pumpkins and there are some talented carvers out there with my favourite being one carved out to look like its eating another.

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Here is a short video I captured of some of the night.

MDB Images Presents: Slammed UK’s Halloween Meet ’13 – Ace Cafe from Mathew Bedworth on Vimeo.

Must say a massive Thanks to the S-UK crew for inviting me and letting me cover the event and a big thanks to everyone that came and made it the success it was.

Go and Visit them over at there facebook page https://www.facebook.com/SlammedUK

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Glen’s BMW E36 318i Convertible (Vert) – Slambox Feature

I met up with Glen through the Slambox Facebook group and the guys over at Slambox decided they wanted to do a nice little feature on this vert as it is only a handful of E36 Vert’s on Air ride. So we went around sorting a shoot out and decided to do it when I was on my way back up from London after getting some new wheels for my very of E36 Budget build. We were quite unlucky with the weather as it was uncertain if we could do the shoot due to rain and lack of undercover locations, but as it came close to the time it brightened up abit and decided to meet up and go and clean the car and see about shooting it. So after the clean we went to a little remote location but after getting a couple of flash shots it started to rain so we decided to pack up and go to a undercover location and do the shoot.

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Glen bought this car very cheap as he was offered it by a friend of a friend as it needed some work and Glen was in the market for new project. It is a BMW E36 318i Convertible with manual moving roof, it came with the M3 front bumper on but apart from that was basically standard. When he started building it he decided that he was going to keep the costs as low as possible so went on the search for low cost parts and came back with everything including coilovers, wheels & tyres, bumpers and painting for just over £1000. The car was ran for quite a while very low on coilovers but this came an daily issue for where he lived so he knew he had to go Air Ride but it just wasnt in the budget, but then he got lucky as a friend was splitting their E36 including the Air so Glen jumped at the chance to get the front setup and went about fitting it and has left the back on coilovers for now.

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The Car is sitting on D-Lux BBS RS Replicas which are 17″x8.5J ET25 fronts which are wrapped in 205/40′s and 17″x10J ET25 Rears which are wrapped in 215/45′s, this gives the car some width and aggressive look with the fronts just tucking and rears poking. To get the rear wheels to sit right in the arch they arches had to be rolled to stop the rubbing as some damage had been done with tyre and arch meeting. To add to the look it has a full Mtech kit (front, rear, mirrors and skirts) and yellow painted fogs for abit of a retro look. Glen also has done some little touches with Genuine Carbon Fibre front and Rear BMW Badges and put and M3 Steering wheel inside with a little sub in the boot.

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The car was built by Glen, his brother and Friends and it shows you just what you can do on a budget and you dont have to spend a lot of money to make a nice looking car.
“Big thanks to the guys at Simons Accident Repair Centre, who did all archs and sorted all the painting, Travis, Ross, Scott and everyone that has helped me build the car”. – Glen

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Pictures By MDB Images
Words By Glen Warrillow and MDB Images

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Adam’s 2012 VW Polo 6R

Here we have Adam’s 2012 Candy White VW Polo 6R feature as chosen by the viewers on Facebook (www.facebook.com/mdbimages).

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The car was bought factory standard and used like it for a short period while deciding on the plans for the car and then the decision was made to get coilovers and, as Adam put it, “Get it on the Floor”. So this was done and over the harsh winter he ran standard alloys. When the weather started to improve the wheel search began and he wanted BBS style wheels but could not afford the genuine article to begin with so bought some Dare DR-RS’s in 16″ x 8J ET25; this width and offset combination gave poke all round. These wheels lasted a few months but then started on the search again for something different and managed to source a set of genuine Schmidt Modern Lines, and to make this better they are a staggered set. The fronts are 16″ x 7.5J ET25 and the rears are 16″ x 9J ET25 with some nice concave difference in the rears compared to the fronts; but to get these to fit nicely at a lower ride height was a little challenge, on the rears especially, with some “Serious stretch needed” resulting in 175/50 on the front and 195/45 on the rears.

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While Adam was doing all the modifying people decided they show their appreciation by leaving marks on the car; this started with someone keying the rear of the car and then someone driving into the rear bumper and killing that and an arch, but thanks to some amazing people over at Smarts, Rims and Customs that all got sorted. Then if that was not enough, as Adam described them “Some genuine human being” keyed the whole one side of the car, so after that was sorted a space in the garage was made for it.

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Other modifications include a splitter off EBay, custom red stripe grill on the front with a plastidip badge and the rear badge has also been plastidipped with white vinyl inserts. An Audi A3 exhaust tip (Chrome) attached onto my original exhaust has also been added to clean up the rear end and to finish the front and rear out at show some custom plates have been made to represent “Sittin’ Dubs”, Adam’s Club. Since the photoshoot the rear badge has been changed back to standard, chrome and black inserts and all stickers off rear window have been removed to give more of a clean look.

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“I am loving my Polo 6R right now as it just keeps getting me compliments all the time and I have never seen a Polo 6R on Schmidt Modern Lines so kind of makes it unique to me which I am very happy about” Adam explained. So expect to see this around at the shows and don’t forget to check out Sittin’ Dubs on Facebook

A Feature Video

MDB Images Presents: Adam’s VW Polo 6R from Mathew Bedworth on Vimeo.

Thank You again for visiting and hope you have enjoyed the feature.

Pictures By MDB Images
Words By Adam Jackson and MDB Images

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