Words and Photography: Michal Fidowicz
Owner: Matt Hollands
Welcome to our first ever Showroom feature. In this one, we’ll be taking a look at Matt’s E38. I first met Matt at an Ace Cafe meet where we started chatting about his car, after finding out he was fairly local to me we organised a photoshoot, after which he offered to run our first ever Candy Showroom banner. Since then, we’ve attended many shows together with our group, we’ve been involved in music videos and other car and non car related nonsense. I think it’s more than fitting that he get’s the first Showroom feature.
I organised to meet with Matt and asked his a few questions about him and the car.
“Right Matt, quick spec list on your car please”
“Right so it’s a 1998 BMW E38 728i, in Orient Blue. The best colour. It’s got BMW Style 297 wheels in 20″, 10j at the front and 11j in the rear. Alpina Splitter with an All Fit lip at the bottom so it sits lower. Custom built quad exit exhaust, so it basically looks similar to the Alpina V12s. Just cut the back box out and put the quad pipes on. It’s on D2 air ride system, which is basically a copy of Airlift 3H which I’ve had a number of problems with. In fact point this out in the article, the D2 kit is problematic. It’s not a massive spec list, just trying to keep it clean and fresh. I’ve recently got it detailed at The Play Bay which made a massive difference.”
“And what’s your favorite mod out of all of them?”
“The favorite mod? It’s gotta be the air, even if it doesn’t work”
“When did you get the car and what was the first thing you did to it?”
“I bought the car in errrrr, June 2016 for £1100. The winning bid… I actually bought it accidentally, and then the first thing I actually did to it was angel eyes. Swiftly followed of course by coilovers.”
“Is there a certain philosophy with the build?”
“Well funny that because at first I just wanted to really dump it on it’s arse and see where it went from there. But now I’ve had it for a year I kind of have an idea of where I want to go with it, in terms of keeping it OEM. So for example the wheels are going to go and get replaced by 3 piece splits with an OEM BMW face. So yeah, keeping it OEM, keeping it fresh and keeping it clean.”
“So what was the reason for buying the car? Was there anything else you had your eye on at the time?”
“Ermm so at the time of buying it I knew I wanted to get rid of my 3 series. It just got to the point where there wasn’t really anything else I could do with it and I thought it was time for a new project. I followed a load of Instagram pages like the ones from Japan with the big-body Lexuses – all decked out. So I thought that’s exactly what I wanted to do. I wasn’t massively into the car scene when I had my 3 series so I thought, right, that’s what I wanted to do. So originally I was looking at Lexuses, like the LS400. Sadly thought I couldn’t get insured on them. So I went naturally for the Mercedes Benzs, the S-classes, but they were out of my price range. I wanted to get the old, old ones. Erm, I then ended up finding the 7 series I got now. I actually bought it by accident, I bid on it but I didn’t actually thought I was going to buy it. Turns out, the car was a blessing in disguise. I’ve had no problems with it, it’s been running sweet ever since I picked it up.”
“How did you get into cars and the car scene?”
“It started when I was younger. Me and my best mate Mike used to play a load of car racing video games, so we always had that interest. We used to have like those little Nitros RC cars which we used to build, and then rag them around our road. And then from that, my cousin who lives on my road built a little race car sort of thing. It was a Toyota Starlet Turbo. So I was always interested in that, always wanted to help him out. Of course my dad was also always into cars, when he was my age he used to tinker with them. It’s always been around in our family… maybe not as extreme as what I’ve done but yeah, it’s always been there. Then I got my first car, and yeah it went from there.
“So what’s the next mod on the list?”
“It’s either going to be wheels. 3 piece splits, in 19”. I want to run fitment all around on it. Erm, and then, maybe… before that I wanna do some interior bits. Maybe some curtains, tables. Changing the head unit too. Getting a double-din TV sort of thing would be cool.
“Cool, so next one. Name me your 3 favorite builds that you’re following on Instagram right now.”
“Right bear with me…
At this point Matt spent 20 minutes browsing his phone
Okay, Nick Kraft. Ermm he has like a Nardo Grey Rocket Bunny E46. I’ve been following that build since I first got my E46. He recently bagged it… next one. This is more of like a recently followed account that I’ve bumped into. Right next one is… Tobias Lampinen. He is from Sweeden and has that burgundy E38 7 series on BMW throwing stars. I mean it’s only recently popped up but ever since I’ve loved what he’s done with it… Next would be… whats his name… that v8 fag guy. Micheal Evans. When I wanted a big car I remember seeing his old car, and ever since I saw it I just loved his work. The attention to detail in building that Lexus… the amount of parts underneath just to get that camber… it’s mental.”
“Right last and final question, whats the one thing you want to see gone from the car scene?”
“Ooooh, bagged A5. That silly SE A5 with no rear seats… @bagged_A5 …. no no haha, whats the one thing I want to see gone? Hmm… the bitchyness. Like at the end of the day people build cars for themselves. If I see someone happy with their build I think that’s great, that’s the way it should be. Build the car for yourself.”
Thank you for taking a look at the first ever Showroom feature. Matt was a great sport and I’m keen to see what he does with the car this show season. Be sure to check out Matt’s Instagram which I linked above.
See you in the next Showroom feature!