Published April 28th, 2016
With show season being back in full swing again, it was only a matter of time before we’d attend our first event of the year. For most people, Early Edition is the first chilled-out show of the year. With a high selection of high calibre cars on show, along with a live DJ producing a nice back drop, we had our hopes set for an exciting yet calm day out. With this said, Early Edition was our first opportunity in 2016 to bring you guys extensive coverage of a highly anticipated show. We spent most of the day getting photos and recording footage for our aftermovie, which you can check out below.
The guys behind the show (Edition38) hold a strict VAG only policy on cars in the main show, this does allow for the event to stay small but remain interesting at the same time. Negatively, there can be a certain ‘us and them’ vibe between the general parking and show and shine areas. Many of the cars in the general car park were equally as stunning as those in the show ground and it was a shame to see them unable to compete in the show and shine simply because they had a BMW or Mercedes badge on the bonnet. Understandably, E38 is a VAG forum, making it only fair that the organisers fine pick which cars go where. Despite this, one car in general parking that really grabbed our attention straight away was Jordan’s wide body E36. It’s all-black colour scheme and perfect static fitment makes this car look mean, it pulls off the classic ‘murdered out’ looks faultlessly. We had a chance to see the car before it’s wide body stage last summer at an Ace Café meet hosted by Vagroots, so seeing the difference makes us appreciate the effort that’s gone into making the car what it is today.
‘Jordan’s E36, IG: @thebirdsanctuary’
The first car we took time to look at inside the main show was Alex Kerry’s 1973 beetle. Being a friend of the team, Alex was one of the first people to receive our new Candy stickers. It was very exciting to see our brand represented on a show worthy car. Alex’s contemporary approach to classic aircooled style makes this car enjoyable to glare at to say the least. There’s attention grabbing bits all over the car too, such as the rear widened arches which always grab people’s attention as they walk past it. The beetle also had had a crazy new roof rack fitted since we saw it last, which although looked great, it meant the car was slightly too tall to place 3rd in the limbo later on in the day. Without a single doubt, the car was a constant crowd pleaser. Rolling around the show ground with its pleasantly loud exhaust, it put smiles on people’s faces with its familiar aircooled stance.
‘Alex Kerry’s 1973 beetle, IG: @ruined_73bug’
As with every VAG event, there were a large number of golf’s of all different ages and specs. There were two we loved in particular. Andy Rowell’s grey Mk5 on stepped lip BBS RS’s was one of them, and we knew as soon as we saw that gorgeous wheel set up that this is a car we’d share with you guys in our write up. We made a special effort to do the wheels justice in our aftermovie, which features more angles of the car as a whole.
‘Andy Rowell’s Mk5 Golf, IG: @x18ndy’
The other was Adam’s 7R newly on Messer wheels. We’re sure a lot of people are aware of the car as it’s been around for a little while now. The car drew tons of attention and rightly so, it’s definitely something special. The car itself has gone through more stages than we could mention, rocking numerous different wheel set ups (from Ferrari to Labmorghini to Rotiforms) and a few different wraps too. Working at the highly renowned Yiannimize customs, Adam is always on top of the game when it comes to colour schemes and wrap ideas. He also recently installed clear tail lights, which are a hit or miss with some people. Personally we love them, we also overheard something along the lines of them being the only set in the country making them even more special in our eyes. As well as grabbing some pictures of it, we also managed to grab a nice roller of it on the way out.
‘Adam’s Mk7R Golf, IG: @adam_7r’
James Munro brought along his beautiful bagged Porsche 356 Speedster replica for a few hours. Unfortunately we didn’t get any pictures of it as the car was surrounded by a crowd the whole time it was there, but if you’re into aircooled I suggest taking a look at his Instagram account (@tosh_carrera) so you can appreciate just how nice this car is. Luckily, we did manage to take some photos of another exquisite Porsche: Matt Woodgate’s 997 on Airlift suspension and Rotiform wheels. With the car recently being finished it was very exciting seeing it in the flesh. We were a massive fan of Matt’s previous yellow A4, but we’re confident to say that the Porsche is a massive upgrade.
‘Matt’s 997 911, IG: @bagged_997’
It would take us forever to mention every car we saw and liked at Early Edition, but this is not the end of what we got to show you guys. Have a scroll through the photos below to see the rest of our favourites from the event and be sure to watch our aftermovie to get the full impression of just how good of a day we had up in Northampton. If you’re interested in finding more information on the cars below make sure to have a flick through our Instagram where we tag all the owners in the pictures. Thanks for reading our first ever blog post, and we are rather excited to bring you more coverage. Cheers!
Words by: Michal Fidowicz and Sonny Harverson