Modified Nationals Top 10

1 06 2010

Right, after sifting through the pictures I was having somewhat of a hard time deciding which ones to post up. Which is when it struck me that using the age old method of the Top 10 system might just work. So here we go, my Top 10 cars from The Modified Nationals 2010. There may be some controversial choices in there but I’ve tried to keep the choices are varied as possible as well as choosing from a lot of different budget ranges. So sit back, relax and please feel free to debate my choices.

10.  MG ZR

9. Carbon Fibre Honda Civic

8. Fiat Punto

7. Datsun Sunny Estate

6. VW Golf R32

5. Vauxhall Corsa B 5-Door

4. Z-Cars Mini

3. HKS Nissan Skyline R34

2. Vauxhall Corsa D

1. CarAudioSecurity Subaru Impreza


Modified Nationals 2010 – Preview

30 05 2010

Well today I headed to Peterborough for the Annual Modified Nationals show. Now, I have to admit, I was slightly apprehensive as the Mod Nats does have something of a reputation for being a plastic tat fest galore (that can be taken one of two ways). Now while there is still an element of this kind of thing I was pleasantly surprised to see a really good amount of high quality, really well modified cars on display. There is no doubting the influence Euro or Cleaned styled cars are having on the UK scene at the moment as the place was rammed with them. Now while some elitists hate this, I’m all for it, I’d much rather attend a show full of cars like this than one with just a couple of gems amongst the plastic and neons. So, here is a sneak preview of what turned out to be a surprisingly enjoyable show. More pictures up tomorrow and the whole gallery will be on the flickr by the end of the week.

Red Stripe

29 05 2010

When was the last time you saw a Mk3 Golf GTi looking this good? In recent times the GTi has become over-looked in favour of the beefier VR6 and the easy power of the Mk4 1.8T and TDi’s. Hell, even low spec Mk3’s seem to be in higher demand than the GTi. So it’s always nice to see someone still flying the flag for the classic GTi badge. This one, owned by Edition38 member Jas started out as a very clean 8v with a very nice spec, including factory Leather Interior, Morette headlights and a set of very rare optional extra 5-spoke Alloys. However, not one to be content with owning such a minter Jas soon had the car sitting closer to the tarmac thanks to a set of compulsory AP Coilovers. After a seemingly endless stream of wheels, including a set of genuine BBS LM’s and a set of Borbet T’s  Jas finally settled on the timeless choice of BBS RS’s with matching black centres. Is there any car these wheels don’t work on? However, it isn’t the wheels, the stance or even how immaculate this car is that does it for me. No, for me and this is a strange one, it’s all about those Red Trim stripes. They hark back to the GTi’s golden days of the Mk1 and 2 when the Golf GTi was the Hot-Hatch to own, in fact, if you look at the likes of the Peugeot 205 GTi or the Fiesta XR2, most Hot Hatches had red trim. It’s a retro feature that is both subtle and but also full of impact. I love this car and simply wouldn’t change a thing.

One For the Purists

25 05 2010

Certain cars just get a certain kind of dedicated following that other cars just don’t get. The kind of following that like their cars to be ‘just so’. You know the type, the MG owner who spends every waking hour polishing his car for it to only do 20 miles a year. Or the Sierra Cosworth owner who knows every single part number on his car. Well the Peugeot 205 GTi is another car that could be heading in that kind of direction. It is kind of understandable though, I mean, out of the box, the 205 was considered by many to be ‘the’ Hot-Hatch and with that kind of status comes the mentality that they should be left untouched. I guess it’s the kind of ‘if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it’ mantra. However, thankfully, some people have to tinker, okay not always to good effect, but sometimes people get it just oh so right. This is one of those occasions. The owner of this Belgian 205 has managed to completely transform the car with very little work. In fact, to my eye, other than the obvious drop and those stunning split-rims the only other modifications I can see are the fog-lights, exhaust and slightly extended arches. If I’ve said it once, I’ve said it a thousand times, less is more.

More Doors, More…

14 05 2010

Practical and sexy… like your friends Mum who you’ve always had a crush on.

Rocket Bunny

12 05 2010

If you’re into your JDM cars or the Drift Scene you’re more than likely aware of the Rocket Bunny Silvias. But did you know they’ve also done a Mk2 Golf? I’m really feeling their take on a Euro car, but I can’t help but wonder what it would look like with similar wheels to the Silvias.

Just a Rant and a Golf

9 05 2010

Why is it when you’re looking for something specific what you’re looking for is either far too far away, or non-existent? You can bet that a week ago, the market was overflowing… and it probably will be too once I’ve given up or succeeded in finding what I’m looking for. Frustration is setting in. But in the meantime, this Golf is pleasant.