What do you get when you cross a knack­ered builder’s van with an Astra SRi Turbo? Some­thing that’s likely to get shot at in a post-apoc­a­lyp­tic war­zone, ap­par­ently…

Performance Vauxhall - - ASTRA VAN - WORDS Dan Be­vis PHO­TOS Chris Frosin

cool cus­tom van in 2015? Lat­eral think­ing, that’s what. A lib­eral sprin­kling of orig­i­nal­ity and a bullish keen­ness to do it on your own terms.

This all made per­fect sense to Dan Ewins who, af­ter an ex­tended pe­riod of fid­dling with As­tras, chose to fuse what he knew with the wild world of cus­tom­van­ning. “I’ve al­ways liked the Astra, and I love try­ing new things that oth­ers are ner­vous of do­ing – like with my last Astra GSi that fea­tured on the cover of To­talVaux­hall in March 2015,” he ex­plains – the car in ques­tion run­ning banded steels and sport­ing a whop­ping front-mount in­ter­cooler. “I like ex­treme looks, but I also like it to look like any mod­i­fi­ca­tion I make was meant to be there from the start. I chose the van this time as I’m a builder by

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