READ­ERS’ RIDES

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Our favourite read­ers’ rides this month. The win­ner gets a Meguiar’s New Car Kit worth £40! Has your car got what it takes to win?

EACH MONTH WE GET TONNES OF SUB­MIS­SIONS FROM OWN­ERS WANT­ING TO GET THEIR CARS PLAS­TERED OVER THE PAGES OF THIS HAL­LOWED MAG­A­ZINE. UN­FOR­TU­NATELY, NOT EV­ERY­ONE CAN GET A FULL FEA­TURE, AS WE’D SOON RUN OUT OF PAGES! BUT RATHER THAN LEAVE THEM FES­TER­ING IN OUR BULGING EMAIL INBOX, WE THOUGHT THE BEST ONES COULD BE HON­OURED HERE IN OUR READ­ERS’ RIDES SEC­TION. SOME MAY EVEN GO ON TO BE­COME FULLY-FLEDGED JA­PANESE PER­FOR­MANCE FEA­TURE CARS! SO KEEP AN EYE OUT ON FU­TURE IS­SUES, AS YOU NEVER KNOW, YOU MAY HAVE SEEN A SNEAK PEEK HERE FIRST! WE WILL ALSO BE PICK­ING OUR CAR OF THE MONTH, WHICH WILL WIN AN AWE­SOME MEGUIAR’S NEW CAR KIT WORTH £40!

LEE HUTCHY’S TOY­OTA GLANZA V

Based in County Durham, Lee Hutchy has a se­ri­ous sexy slice of Toy­ota’s dinky hot hatch, the Glanza V. From the rare 8k9 blue paint­work (one of only 5 in the UK) to the con­trast­ing pink engine bay and the mul­ti­point rollcage to the gen­uine Varis and Lives­ports body­work up­grades, this is a car that screams at­ten­tion. And it doesn’t shy away when you open the bon­net, ei­ther, with a full com­ple­ment of WEPR parts such as the TD04 turbo, man­i­fold, down­pipe and screamer pipe boost­ing the 1.3-litre mo­tor to over 240bhp! Sticking the blue beasty’s 15in Rota Grid V al­loys to the Tar­mac is a set of D2 coilovers, fully poly­bushed arms and a host of Ul­tra Rac­ing braces. With ex­am­ples like this, it’s no won­der th­ese pocket rock­ets are shoot­ing up in value!

PAIGE MURRAY’S NIS­SAN 370Z

In a lux­u­ri­ous shade of pearl white, Paige Murray’s Nis­san 370Z is pack­ing a pair of Stillen Gen 3 in­takes, a Mo­tor­dyne e370 ex­haust sys­tem with ART pipes and a South­bend Rac­ing fly­wheel. Topped off with an Ecutek remap, this lit­tle lot has pepped up the beefy V6’s out­put and ne­ces­si­tated an up­grade to Z1 two-piece discs all round. Ex­te­rior up­grades in­clude Tar­mac Sports side skirts, a Stillen front split­ter and an Evo R rear car­bon dif­fuser and spats mak­ing a stun­ning Z-car!

MATT HONEYWILL’S SUB­ARU IMPREZA

Dumped on the deck by an Air Lift Per­for­mance air ride sus­pen­sion setup, Matt Honeywill’s Blob­eye Impreza has got a strong hand in the stance game. The 18in XXR 557 al­loys in black and gold suit the car per­fectly, es­pe­cially when tucked tight into the Karl­ton flared arches. The sub­tle body­mods are a mix of HT Autos and Charge­speed items that com­bine to en­hance, rather than de­tract, from what Sub­aru in­tended. In­side, a set of Cor­beau RRB re­clin­ing seats en­sure Matt is sup­ported when he lets the 330bhp tuned EJ20 loose on the twisties, a pas­time that is fur­ther aided by a White­line anti-lift kit, roll cen­tre cor­rec­tion kit and droplinks mak­ing this aired out Impreza a true per­for­mance tool!

LEE ROB­SON’S HONDA CIVIC TYPE R

An­other ride rock­ing air sus­pen­sion is Lee Rob­son’s EP3 Civic Type R. The stun­ning Mi­lano red facelift model fea­tures D2 bags with Air­lift man­age­ment to get the body­work skim­ming the Tar­mac and those gor­geous Ad­van SA3R three­spokes tucked sweetly into the arches. In­side, a flocked dash, stripped rear and half rollcage dom­i­nate the pro­ceed­ings while an M2 Mo­tor­sport Spoon-style stain­less steel ex­haust sys­tem adds a tasty sound­track along with a handy boost in bhp.

TOMMY BRADY’S TOY­OTA CELICA GT-FOUR

The word ‘im­mac­u­late’ gets thrown around in car cir­cles a lot, but few cars can truly match up to Tommy Brady’s pris­tine OEM white Toy­ota Celica Gt-four WRC. The ex­ten­sive build has taken the last 14 months and has been a com­plete restora­tion with no stone left un­turned. But this is no mere re­turn to stock, as Tommy has been busy with a whole host of cus­tom fab­ri­ca­tion work which makes his cun­ningly con­cealed up­grades look like they came from the fac­tory. Nice. One thing that def­i­nitely didn’t come off Toy­ota’s pro­duc­tion line, how­ever, are the awe­some Des­mond Rega­mas­ter wheels! Proper JDM wheel roy­alty there!

ROSS HANCOX’S DAT­SUN SUNNY PICK-UP TRUCK

How cool is this? Ross Hancox’s 1984 Dat­sun Sunny pick up truck is a se­ri­ously rare beast on UK roads, es­pe­cially when it’s mod­i­fied and tuned to such an ex­tent. Ross has fit­ted a set of cus­tom coilovers to lower the ride height and frame the SSR Longchamps wheels per­fectly. He’s also smoothed the body­work and added cool car­bon touches such as the boot and bon­net. The engine is mint, too, and is run­ning twin 40 Solex car­bu­ret­tors. An awe­some piece of kit!

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