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Ultimate "Stance" 2017.

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Words: Aron Norris | Photography: Jonny Elliott & Jonny Smith 

 

What you're about to see is the future. It's November 2017. This is the Ultimate Stance show preview. You’re welcome.

 

Why choose a side of the fence when you can enjoy it all? #splinters.

The VW scene: great traditions or played to death? An example to us all or the worst role model ever? 

Do modified Volkswagens leave you salivating or cure your insomnia? Either way, it's hard to deny the influence of the VW marque on modified car culture. Step forward the Ultimate Dubs, *ahem* Ultimate Stance, show.

Whilst the internet has spawned discussion after discussion both for and against the “state” of the modified car “scene” in 2017, we live to fight another day and show no signs of slowing down.

Diversity in the car “scene” has never been greater and we’ve never been more connected to what's going on globally. Social media allows us to “attend” events all over the world, and gain inspiration from all corners of the globe.

The "death" of the VW-only show has seen an equal and opposite rise on the non-VAG side of the fence, which, truth be told, is why RollHard exists.

Back in 2010, we were the “black swans” at VW events with our mixed marque line-up. We were surrounded by purist "blinkers" and it was fun to upset people with our cars.

Never deterred, we took matters into our hands and created our own brand of enthusiast car culture, with everyone invited, regardless of bonnet badge. The voices of the few have now become the chants of the many, such has been the rise of the "mixed marque" scene. A new wave, a new direction: "All Makes, All Models, One Community...". 

This is our preview coverage for Ultimate Stance, you'll be seeing most of these cars again in November, which is no bad thing as you're about to find out.

 

Don’t get us wrong, we love VWs, but...

...We also love a change. All of the shots in this feature were taken at the UKs biggest indoor VW show, Ultimate Dubs, but you won’t see a single VW pictured, because, if you want VWs, you’ll have to check out our Part One Coverage

Whilst we do love VWs, this feature is all about the non-VAG metal at this years UD2017 event. We make the rules around here, after all.

 

Step forward the black swans of 2017...

Jaymac's Datsun 260Z is a thing of immense beauty. I'm so glad Jay kept things sympathetic with the original era of the car. This is more resto-mod than "stancer", but it looks so damn good for it. Rotiform 4 spoke GTBs would fool most into thinking they're period correct. Clever stuff.

RollHard Ultimate "Stance" 2017 - Ultimate Dubs/UD2017

RollHard Ultimate "Stance" 2017 - Ultimate Dubs/UD2017

RollHard Ultimate "Stance" 2017 - Ultimate Dubs/UD2017

Ryan Stanton's E39 Alpina has been getting attention for all the right reasons, and long may it continue. Pissing off the purists is something we really don't mind, especially if it's all done in good jest. Ryan's B10 Touring sticks two fingers up with Airlift setup and Rotiform RSEs nicely nestled under those arches.

RollHard Ultimate "Stance" 2017 - Ultimate Dubs/UD2017

RollHard Ultimate "Stance" 2017 - Ultimate Dubs/UD2017

RollHard Ultimate "Stance" 2017 - Ultimate Dubs/UD2017

Nick Pritchard is a car collector with taste, his Sierra Cosworth RS500 gets our vote every single time...

RollHard Ultimate "Stance" 2017 - Ultimate Dubs/UD2017

RollHard Ultimate "Stance" 2017 - Ultimate Dubs/UD2017

RollHard Ultimate "Stance" 2017 - Ultimate Dubs / UD2017

Our boy Alex Hurd's 330ci E46 has started the show season strongly, with some nice additions for 2017, mixing Jap and German influences...

RollHard Ultimate "Stance" 2017 - Ultimate Dubs/UD2017

RollHard Ultimate "Stance" 2017 - Ultimate Dubs/UD2017

Evans' has done extensive work on his LS430 over winter and boy does it look good... This land yacht has been cambered to perfection...

RollHard Ultimate "Stance" 2017 - Ultimate Dubs/UD2017

RollHard Ultimate "Stance" 2017 - Ultimate Dubs/UD2017

RollHard Ultimate "Stance" 2017 - Ultimate Dubs/UD2017

Becky Evans' brought her E21 along to the show. Concourse OEM looks with tasteful modifications? Oh go on then...

RollHard Ultimate "Stance" 2017 - Ultimate Dubs/UD2017

RollHard Ultimate "Stance" 2017 - Ultimate Dubs / UD2017

RollHard Ultimate "Stance" 2017 - Ultimate Dubs/UD2017

Ilce Illievski's stunning W124 Mercedes is simple and classy. we wouldn't change a single thing...

RollHard Ultimate "Stance" 2017 - Ultimate Dubs / UD2017

RollHard Ultimate "Stance" 2017 - Ultimate Dubs / UD2017

Sean Robbin's 240Z is a lovely slice of JDM history. This car is both confusing and compelling, all at the same time. Classic looks with an M52 BMW lump dropped into the bay. Purists look away now...

RollHard Ultimate "Stance" 2017 - Ultimate Dubs / UD2017

RollHard Ultimate "Stance" 2017 - Ultimate Dubs / UD2017

RollHard Ultimate "Stance" 2017 - Ultimate Dubs / UD2017

And the best of the rest...

RollHard Ultimate "Stance" 2017 - Ultimate Dubs / UD2017

Roger Martin's Volvo 240 looks well on OZ Futuras and air. This car flies in the face of its "old man" reputation. Old Volvos have never been cooler.

RollHard Ultimate "Stance" 2017 - Ultimate Dubs / UD2017

RollHard Ultimate "Stance" 2017 - Ultimate Dubs / UD2017 RollHard Ultimate "Stance" 2017 - Ultimate Dubs / UD2017

RollHard Ultimate "Stance" 2017 - Ultimate Dubs / UD2017

Maarten drove his 964 over from Belgium and it took pride of place on the RollHard stand. This car has so many nice little details. Maarten picked up the Auto Finesse car of the show. Well done Maarten...

RollHard Ultimate "Stance" 2017 - Ultimate Dubs / UD2017

RollHard Ultimate "Stance" 2017 - Ultimate Dubs / UD2017

RollHard Ultimate "Stance" 2017 - Ultimate Dubs / UD2017

RollHard Ultimate "Stance" 2017 - Ultimate Dubs / UD2017

Dropping an Austin Healey on air is about as left-field as it gets. We absolutely love this car. Everything from the "barn-find" bodywork to the original wheels and hubcaps, this car always serves up a slice of fun, exactly what the car community needs.

RollHard Ultimate "Stance" 2017 - Ultimate Dubs / UD2017

RollHard Ultimate "Stance" 2017 - Ultimate Dubs / UD2017

RollHard Ultimate "Stance" 2017 - Ultimate Dubs / UD2017

Yellow cars have a certain sass about them in any case, but when you take a yellow Porsche Cayman, add Rotiform RSEs and air, you have a rather potent formula. This car caught our eye for all the right reasons.

RollHard Ultimate "Stance" 2017 - Ultimate Dubs / UD2017

RollHard Ultimate "Stance" 2017 - Ultimate Dubs / UD2017

Vick Nagi's 560SL Mercedes a.k.a. "The Vicktator" might have a rubbish nickname, but all is forgiven because it looks incredible on BBS E28s in 20" form. Vick's car was a proper lump of 80s Mercedes. We love it... 

RollHard Ultimate "Stance" 2017 - Ultimate Dubs / UD2017

Here we see Alexxxx Wright and Dan Taylor talking overfenders, wheel fitment and hangovers...

We see you, Alex Wright.

RollHard Ultimate "Stance" 2017 - Ultimate Dubs / UD2017

RollHard Ultimate "Stance" 2017 - Ultimate Dubs / UD2017

Based loosely on a Ford 103E Popular, this sliced and diced "rod" was a break from the norm on the Players Industries stand. Nice work by Carl Taylor and the gang for getting this one to the show...

RollHard Ultimate "Stance" 2017 - Ultimate Dubs / UD2017

RollHard Ultimate "Stance" 2017 - Ultimate Dubs / UD2017

RollHard Ultimate "Stance" 2017 - Ultimate Dubs / UD2017

RollHard Ultimate "Stance" 2017 - Ultimate Dubs / UD2017

RollHard Ultimate "Stance" 2017 - Ultimate Dubs / UD2017

RollHard Ultimate "Stance" 2017 - Ultimate Dubs / UD2017

RollHard Ultimate "Stance" 2017 - Ultimate Dubs / UD2017

Well done, you've seen all the photos, now go visit our shop. :)



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