Ultimate Stance 2019
by Alex Carroll
I spent a solid 20 minutes googling, "quotes about the year coming to an end." I was hoping I would find something inspirational to say about the 2019 car show season. All quotes sucked though so here's one from Bob Ross, "There is nothing wrong with having a tree as a friend." Preach it Bob.
You would think hosting the first year of the show would be enough pressure for the guys at Ultimate Dubs, but no. They don't just kick off the year, they throw the closing party in the form of Ultimate Stance. Taking place in the same International Centre in Telford (not to be confused with the Ironbridge Tourist Information Centre that Robbie kindly navigated us to). Of course that meant we arrived at around 4pm on Saturday afternoon, long after everyone else had finished setting up; In true ILB fashion. Faced with the ever daunting task of building the pop-up shop, obviously we were the last people to leave the halls, security were not pleased. Sorry security.
The show opens its hall doors to cars of every kind of make and model. You can literally see everything from a bagged Hillman Imp to a juiced up low rider. It is this diversity that sets the show apart from Ultimate Dubs, not only making it a great show; but allowing everyone to come together for the end of the year! No matter what you drive. We see it as a chance to see all the friends that we've spent the show season year with. It's the perfect chance for everyone to get together for good times and goodbyes. We can dig that vibe.
Being the last show of the year means it's probably going to be the last time that we see these builds in their current guise. I can guarantee you that all the guys and girls will be busy over winter building and changing up their builds. Good luck to anyone diving back into their projects, we can't wait to see what you guys come up with over those cold winter months.
We'd like to take this opportunity to say thank you to every single one of you guys that have dropped by the shop this year, whether it was just to say hello, check out our carpentry skills or buy some of our merch. Without you guys, we wouldn't be able to make the content that we do. It's so humbling to hear the kind words you guys tell us about our work, we really do appreciate all of the support we get. It inspires us to continue pushing our work. We've met so many awesome people this year, been given the kindest hospitably no matter where we have travelled too, and have had the best time. It's the people in this car scene that makes it what it is. Supporting each other in everything we do is vital to pushing builds, content and everything in the scene to the next level. We couldn't be more grateful to be a part of it.
Right that's the soppy bit out the way - let's get onto what we're all here for, no not Wetherspoons on the Saturday night but the cars.
First we'll start with the nicest guy of the weekend, Nicholas Holroyd's 1957 Volkswagen Beetle. He found this car in a barn a few years back in a barn covered in oil which gives the paint the patina effect it has today (if you look close enough you can see some of the original green paint). His mission has been to get this car as close to the floor as possible which he has managed to achieve - you can't get your finger between the floor and the sill. Timeless BBS RS' and incredible metal seats make this one of our favourites at the show.
It wouldn't be an ILB show report without some old BMW's, they're pretty much our bread and butter.
We'll start Vish's E36 touring, there's so many cool little touches on this car so we'll try and cover them off as best we can. Starting off with the paint, Atlantis Blue Metallic which is an BMW Individual colour you'll be hard pushed to find another one in this colour. Onto the wheels, a custom 3 piece set of polished BBS RC with matching Atlantis Blue BBS badges. The interior is probably the best part of the whole build, full tan leather retrim with Recaro CS' that have colour coded seat backs, Renown steering wheel and starlight headliner.
Next on the BMW hunt we found this E34 Touring in the carpet hall, we couldn't quite believe this car is static - it sits so well. We really liked the silver front lip contrasting against the black paint.
The other car parked up at the pop-up shop was Scott Irving's Volvo 850R, this build caught our eye back at FittedUK. It’s such a clean and simple build and we don't think we've ever seen another bagged 850 on our travels this year, especially on a set a BBS Magnesium wheels. Thanks for coming out man.
Unfortunately that's the end of this years show season for us. Don't worry though, it isn't the end of our content. Make sure to keep checking our socials and youtube for regular updates. We have a ton of aftermovies waiting to drop.
Again we want to say thank you to all the people that made this year as special as it was. Shoutout to everyone that helped with the aftermovies, all the guys putting on awesome shows, everyone that had a car on our stand, everyone that goes through the trouble of building a show car, our photographers, everyone that places and order, everyone that stops by for a chat, the list goes on and on.
You guys are all awesome. Peace.
Words & Photos: Alex Carroll