The Vectra gets a wrap, the Cavalier retires from the BTCC and Julian fixes the Zafira.
If I’m being totally honest, I didn’t realise the fact that if you can feel a car’s bodywork imperfections with your finger, it’ll show through on a wrap (possibly even more pronounced). My VXR was suffering from slight lacquer peel on its nearside front door and front bumper, plus the car had minor offside rear wheel arch damage where the wide Irmscher Sport Stars formerly in place caught body metal after the ride height was lowered. The idea vinyl would hide these complaints was well wide of the mark, which is why the car was sent to Dunstable-based body shop, West Herts Customs, for corrective surgery before being driven to the workshop of multiple BTCC team supplier and 3M-approved vinyl wrapping outfit, Joyce Design in Essex.
West Herts Customs boss, Gary Pemble, and his trusty team soon stripped back each of the Vectra’s affected panels, removing imperfections as they worked their way along the length of the car. All wheel arches, lower bumpers, the front valance, lower rear quarters and any other area affected by stone chips were duly repaired and smoothed, leaving a surface ready and waiting for the Joyce Design boys to work their magic. Interestingly, the non-permeable primer Gary applied to the treated panels is an amazingly close match for Arden Blue! His technicians also installed the new 362mm AP Racing-spec brake disc kit and fitting hardware I bought from Cosworth tuner, Reyland Motorsport. More on these parts to follow in the next issue of Performance Vauxhall.
With the car collected and back at my home in Cambridgeshire, the Irmscher five-spokes were removed and replaced by the awesome matte black MOMO Revenge nineteens I showcased in my last project update (order a back issue copy of the mag at bit.ly/backissuespv). There are few modifications which transform the appearance of a car quite as radically as new rims, and it’s safe to say even without multi-coloured vinyl covering Arden Blue paintwork, the MOMO wheels gave the car a much more threatening look, one enhanced by the aggressive tread pattern of the low profile Yokohama ADVAN Neova AD08R tyres fitted by Rafal at Huntingdon-located alloy wheel repair centre, Wheel Genie.
MOMO distributor, Wheelwright, sent me a set of locking wheel nuts, at which point it was time to drive from the top of the M11 to the bottom, where Joyce Design’s talented technicians were
The Vectra rolling out of the West Herts customs workshop
Vinyl placed beneath the top layer of the wrap creates embossed bonnet and tailgate branding