Ultimate Stance ’15 – “The Finale”

After the success of last year, and the stratospheric growth in popularity of sister show Ultimate Dubs, Dean and the team from Dub Shows had their work cut out to make this year’s even better. They needn’t have worried…

Saturday morning brought a beautiful, crisp autumn day. The empty car parks and lack of drizzle provided the perfect opportunity for our tame ‘togs to fire off some shots.

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The night before the show, we were privileged enough to be given the opportunity to publish the first shot of Dan from Wheel Unique’s incredible E46 M3 on BBS fans. Dan fabricated them himself, completely from scratch, and they look even better in the flesh that in the pictures. No, he won’t make you any.

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Our impromptu shoot was interrupted by the arrival of our stand’s star attraction; Ollie Pearson’s mind blowing, roof chopped, fully retro 1964 Porsche 356. Pure, unadulterated, automotive art.

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Inside, with the smell of carnuba in the air, the halls were already starting to fill up and the stands taking shape. From 11am onwards, a steady stream of some of the best cars in the country, hand selected from thousands of entries over months of deliberation, started making their way to their allotted spots.

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After what can only be described as an “eventful” Saturday night, the morning of the show itself saw (some of us) up bright and early, to ensure everything was ready for the public. With a few bits of last minute prep, the stage was set for the doors to open…

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As the Official Media sponsor for the event, we were given an excellent position right at the front, next to the Show & Shine, and with a perfect view of the stage. This gave punters a good chance to have a proper look at the two cars on our stand; Ollie’s sublime Porsche, and Pollhard’s monstrous Audi TT; Beauty and The Beast in perfect juxtaposition. The irony of having one of the most iconic aircooled cars of all time on the Watercooled Society plot wasn’t lost on us…

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Official Show Sponsor, Auto Finesse, were given pride of place in the middle of Hall 2. As we’ve come to expect from the now globally dominating detailing product company, their display was utterly flawless. With their incredible Caddy, Mk2 and rare as you like high-top Bay in attendance, they certainly weren’t short of attention on the day.

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One of our favourite cars in the Show & Shine was Roy’s beautifully pinstriped Ford Taunus. This home restored Aussie bruiser was dripping with awesome details, and just goes to show that thinking outside the box pays off sometimes.

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Our friends over at Hayburner magazine were stationed by the main doorway between Hall 1 & Hall 2. As you’d expect, they were on top of their game, bringing with them an incredibly patina’d Split panel van and stunning 356 Coupe. Slightly left of field was their awesome slammed Lotus Elite, sitting pretty and wowing crowds all day long.

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Special mention has to go to Gary Dim Sung and his awesome B20’d Civic EF, which made it all the way from Leeds, despite managing to snap a wheel on the journey down.

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The massive Wheel Whores stand in Hall 3 absolutely blew us away. We didn’t expect Elliot and the team to be able to top last year’s display…but they definitely did. From a 7.00 second pass dragster, through Philip Egan’s crazy Nissan Elgrand, to friend of WCS’ Bruce Holder’s amazing “Project X”, there was something for everyone. Ellie from Voodoo was once again on hand to help people with their wheel related woes, like poor old Dean…

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Ade Brannan’s Cossie was looking utterly sublime, sharing space with this unfathomably beautiful 911. Dan Taylor’s fanned-up E46 made an appearance too, in striking contrast with Rich Tapp’s brilliantly thought out R32 on white 1552 Tarmacs.

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Work Wheels brought along a fantastic selection of their rolling stock. Phil Morrison’s utterly terrifying Nascar based, LS-X powered AE86 drift monster was there, along with his freshly painted, heavily customised Murcielago.

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The coveted Hall 4 was home to some of the best builds of the year. With supercars vying for space with incredible audio cars, the room’s contents can certainly be described as ‘eclectic.’

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Mr.Murphy and the Retro Rides boys had once again managed to bag a space in this room. Dean and Luke brought their exquisite Lotus’ (Loti? Lotee?) on air along, and shared the space with the fantastic gold P1800 that we showed you at Players, James Ibbotson’s awesome Imp and probably the coolest Mazda we’ve set eyes on. Mini-Truckin’ will be big very soon…

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The atrium between the halls was crammed to the rafters with awesome stuff; with Ray (of Rayvern Hydraulics) crazy Amarok parked next to Shane Lynch’s new 370Z skidder, minds were being well and truly blown…

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As we wandered out into a scene more reminiscent of Silent Hill than Telford, we saw more than a few familiar builds, but a good number that we hadn’t seen before. The standard, even outside, was amazing. Testament to the variety and quality of car that the event has attracted, even in just it’s second year!

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Friend of WCS Lea’s incredible static E36 touring on RFs was looking as shiny as ever. Serious love for this car.

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Dave Clee, Glen Warrillow and the others put on an awesome display, repping the Up!s in style. Right at the main entrance, they were the first thing most people saw when walking into the hall. Keep an eye out for a special feature coming very soon on what two best friends can do with identical cars, using very different mindsets…

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We, along with many others, love the variety that Ultimate Stance provides. The format means that everything inside is of the highest standard, and that every taste is catered for. What a perfect close to the season.

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Until next year…

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