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Lotus Unlocked – The Evora GT410

This is the first event I’ve been to since this dreadful global situation – Lotus Unlocked at Caffeine & Machine – and thank the Car Gods for that! It was so great to see people again and even better to see incredible cars again.Lotus invited myself and Anthony to meet the team and drive the…

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Hooning in a Caterham: Rookie Drifter Part 4

I’ve never driven a Caterham before, but I’ve always been curious. Especially when I see them flying around a track and overtaking whatever is in their path. So when I had a chat with Ben at Want2Race and he invited me to spend a day with the team at Donington drifting a Caterham 7 –…

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Custom Defender by Arkonik

I’ve had two Defenders, a 90 hardtop and then a 90 pickup both in Keswick Green, lovingly called Ronnie and Reggie. I absolutely loved driving them, but, you really do have to love a Defender to want to drive one. And, we all know they like to fall apart (in most cases their fixable with…

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Los Angeles to Las Vegas

I visit Los Angeles as much as I can, it’s my favourite place. LA is an incredible city for custom cars, bikes, beautiful weather, positive people and tasty food too. This time Anthony and I stayed in West Hollywood (Weho!) just behind The Chateau Marmont, we try and stay somewhere different every time we come…

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The Toyota GR Supra

Ok, how do I begin to describe my 10 days with the new Toyota GR Supra 3.0 Pro? For one it’s a head turner – I’ve never had so many people look, holla and/or want to talk to me about a car I’m driving. Granted, I did chose the Supra in Lightening Yellow – but…

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Rookie Drifter Part 3

It’s been a minute since my last rookie drift training session and this time I’m at Rockingham with Sarah Price and Learn2Drift. As I mentioned in my previous posts and social media coverage, to make some decent progress with this discipline – so I can then get into Gymkhana – I need more seat time.…

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The Podcast is Here!

Anthony Partridge (my co-hoon from Goblin Works Garage as well as my partner in crime) and I have been working on a podcast and it’s finally available! This Custom Life is us, sharing our world of petrol fueled fun through honest, stripped back conversations. Inviting the listener into our custom lives and of course we…

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The Goblin Works Garage BMW E30

I really should have written a feature on the Goblin Works BMW E30 before now, but Fast Car Magazine had an exclusive so I wanted to wait for that. In fact you can vote for the E30 as Fast Car Magazine’s Feature Car of The Year right here if you like it. But now it’s…

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Rookie Drifter Part 2

Exactly a month after my first drift training day at Prodrift Academy I was back, this time (after a quick re-fresh) Sarah put me straight into a Nissan 350z Nismo and the driving immediately and quite literally went up a gear. The first part of training was at quite a slow pace, I didn’t have…

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Honda Civic Type R GT

For the last few days I’ve had the pleasure of driving a Honda Civic Type R GT 2.0 VTEC Turbo MT. Those who read my reviews will know not to expect anything super technical or stuffy and today is no different. OK read on. When you start the Type R it’s automatically in Sport Mode,…

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Rookie Drifter

As you probably know, because you’re on my site, I love cars – reimagining them, taking pictures of them, talking about them and most of all driving them. So it’s about time I put more effort into driving like a boss. I’ve got my race license – I really should write about that too –…

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Goblin Works Garage Series 2

We’re back! I apologise for being a bit slow on the uptake – we’ve been filming a special episode in Albania, series 2 is out in America and the UK, I’m still trying build my own project AND improve my driving skills with some drifting. So series 2 is out, we’re onto episode 3 in…

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Albania, Expect The Unexpected

Whilst filming series 3 of Goblin Works Garage I found myself on a road trip in Albania. Not a country I’d ever planned to go to because to be honest it doesn’t have the best reputation. I should know better than to judge a country or a place before I’ve been there myself, I traveled…

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The Malle Mile 2019

I can’t believe The Malle Mile has already gone and here I am writing all about the epicness. It’s the second year I’ve been to this exciting, enlightening, inappropriate motorcycle event and once again I’ve had an awesome time. Last year I made it my mission to have passed my motorcycle tests (which I did)…

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The Bike Shed Show, 10th Edition

This is the third year I’ve been to The Bike Shed Show at Tobacco Dock. Every year the show gets better and bigger, with people attending from all over the world. If I hadn’t been so wiped out from filming I would have taken more pictures and made a video, but honestly the best way…

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Simply Ford

It’s been a bit hectic of late, working on cars and getting them ready for series 2 reveals. So I haven’t been able to go to many shows because we’ve been working weekends on Goblin. This weekend was no different but we were filming at Simply Ford down at Beaulieu Motor Museum, so I got…

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The New Jeep Wrangler

A few weeks ago I was invited to test out the new Jeep Wranglers up in Cumbria. Well you don’t have to ask me twice – drive a new Jeep around all day? Yep. I’m there. Anthony came with me as well which was great because ultimately he’s a bike guy, so his perspective is…

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Hello Again America!

I recently travelled to California to film an episode of Goblin Works Garage, which I can’t elaborate on for obvious reasons. It was a full-on two weeks with very little down time, so ordinarily I’d get a ton of pics but this time round I could only get a few. So here’s what I snapped…

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I’m Not Driving That With Ali-A

As well as Goblin Works Garage I also worked on another custom car show for the BBC, I’m Not Driving That With Ali-A. These projects were for first time drivers who needed a bit of extra driving tuition and in exchange we added something special to their cars with some custom touches. I usually work…

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Get Lost In The Jeep Compass

Jeep Compass 2.0 MultiJet-2 4WD – Vital Statistics:  £34,295 OTR, £39,645 OTR with options, 170 hp, 0-62 in 9 seconds, 122 mph top speed, Diesel, 9 speed automatic transmission. Right, I’m going to cut to the chase, to be perfectly honest I wasn’t actually prepared to like this car. In fact I presumed it would…

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MX5 Update

Following on from the roll bar install it was time to tackle the front of the car, trying my hardest to erase the hair dresser stereotype. Starting with a few small details before tackling the rust and finding a suitably hell-ish body kit I opted for a grill and stealth turn signal intakes. Replacing the…

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Abarth Spider 124 GT

Surprise surprise I’m a sucker for a rear wheel drive pocket rocket, who isn’t? But when that special little sporty number is adorned in carbon fibre and has an Abarth badge, then you’ve got my undivided attention. OK so we know Abarth makes a Fiat faster and this car is no different. However this Abarth…

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Sema

On the way to the airport I remembered Sema was going to be on whilst I was in LA. I couldn’t be that close to all that custom madness and not go to Vegas so we sorted tickets and decided to work it into the trip. I hate planning too many things and much prefer…

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Hollywood

I travelled back to my favourite place, Los Angeles, after a very hectic filming schedule (news to follow) – in need of a break. However I went with Anthony Partridge and he had other ideas that did not include stopping to chill out at all. I’m not complaining though because we had an Indian Chieftain…

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Abarth 695C Rivale Review

I’ve never driven an Abarth before but I’ve always been curious. So when the opportunity to experience the Abarth 695C Rivale comes up obviously I dive at the chance. I love driving different cars, jumping in and figuring everything out. Especially as my car has no power steering, no electric windows, shot suspension… so the…

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Keep On Rollin Baby

It’s time to fit a half roll bar (with harness bar) to my MX5, because when I’m hooning about on the road and the track I don’t want my head to get squished. So after doing some research and asking around I contacted TR Lane Performance Ltd who are MX5 specialists and leaders in the…

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Broke Boys

One of the things I adore about custom life is discovering and meeting other petrol heads doing what they love and working really hard to do what they love everyday. I find it extremely strange when people say things like “you’re so lucky to do what you do and have this lifestyle”. Luck has absolutely…

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FittedUK 2018

FittedUK 2018, what an absolutely epic custom event! I’d better start at the beginning before I get too carried away and emotionally invested in all of the cars again. So, I’m making a new custom car show with the BBC and we’re filming at Project Three in Manchester. The P3 team were heading over to…

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Clean Air For My MX5

My MX5 did have an upgraded air filter but it was toast. Full of holes and lots of dirt so changing this out for a spanking new one became my next priority. Ideally I would’ve liked to have installed the new air filter when I added the turbo, intercooler etc but we all know that…

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Black Deer Festival 2018

This was the first year for Black Deer Festival, a country/rock and Americana event in Tunbridge Wells Kent. Bolt London had a stage there – so I saw it advertised through their Instagram and while I’m not that fussed about festivals anymore, this one caught my eye. One because Bolt were involved and two because I…

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British GT Championship at Silverstone

Sunday was a good day, not only was the sun shining, I spent the day at Silverstone with Century Motorsport in the thick of the British GT Championship action. To say I was excited is a slight understatement, four-wheeled euphoria is more like it. Total nerdalicious delirium is even more like it – I was…

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The Bike Shed Show, 2018

It’s well documented that I love The Bike Shed. Ever since Vikki and Dutch invited me to display my custom Cortina in amongst the custom bikes and addictive atmosphere of their motorcycle club it’s felt like home. So it’s a given that I’d be super excited about their annual show at Tobacco Dock in London.…

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Online Custom Car & Motorbike Gallery…

I have a big collection of snaps capturing the colour and detail of classic/custom cars and motorcycles, most I’ve seen at shows some I’ve helped design and build. I started taking these photos with my phone camera when I’d forgotten to bring along my Nikon and then it became a style I adopted for my…

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Out Of Nothing

On our recent Lost On Purpose Tour I met a bunch of incredibly inspiring and talented people, one of which I wanted to talk more about, Carl Bjorkland and his brand Super Rat. Super Rat is a custom, collaboration between two brothers, Carl and Mark Bjorkland, influenced and developed by their love of skateboarding, custom bikes,…

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Under The Bonnet of My MX5

I did have a build plan with regards to my custom MX5, however as is the case with most classics, my little car had other ideas. The MX5 has been leaking coolant so I had to dive into the engine bay and upgrade all the hoses to silicone ones and wanted to install a new…

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Lost On Purpose Tour Video

Last month myself, Ant Partridge and Niels Peter Jensen went on a road trip from Portland to LA with Ricky de Haas from Wannabe Choppers. It was an insanely fun, positive and inspirational trip and I could chat forever about how much I love Southern California or you could read all about the whole tour in…

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Lost On Purpose Tour

The first leg of this tour sees me sat next to the notoriously contagious loon Anthony Partridge for 12 hours on a plane, so it’s already a challenge. Ant is my friend, co-hoon at Goblin Works Garage and a super talented custom bike designer and builder – he’s also the reason why I’m here. Basically…

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MK1 MX5 Custom Project

I’m a proper petrol head – obsessed on another level – and I just can’t help taking on another project! I have a MK1 MX5 which will become a fast road car that I can hoon around a track in as well. I’m throwing in a touch of custom design for good measure, some mods,…

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Goblin Works Garage

Tonight Goblin Works Garage airs for the first time on Quest at 9pm! To say I’m excited doesn’t begin to cover it and obviously I want to plug the show, but I also really want to talk about the team – Ant Partridge, Jimmy de Ville, myself Helen Stanley, and the all important Goblin crew.…

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Inspirational Influences

Inspiration comes from everywhere and one of my big influences is architecture. I love simple, clean, uncluttered, uncomplicated visuals with impeccable attention to detail; for me this applies to buildings, cars, bikes, interiors, style – everything I want to see and everything I strive to create. I don’t like chaos aesthetically or otherwise. A wonderful…

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NEC Classic Motor Show 2017

This weekend was the 2017 Classic Motor Show at the NEC in Birmingham and what a weekend! This year I had the pleasure of being there as a proud member of Goblin Works Garage where we had a stand to promote our upcoming custom car and bike series. We were even interviewed on stage by…

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Goblin Works Garage is Coming…

As you may or may not know I’m obsessed with cars – custom classics especially, I eat, sleep and breath custom classic cars. Just lately I’ve also been lucky enough to be part of Goblin Works Garage… Goblin Works was an engineering company from the 1970’s that sadly went out of business. My friend, extreme…

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Black Stitch Supply Co.

I like to scout around on Instagram for custom cars and bikes, new brands, independent awesomeness and general visual loveliness. On one of these perusals I came across Black Stitch Supply Co and gave them a follow because their page had all of the above and it turns out they create pretty good apparel and…

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MK1 MX5 Project

At the moment I’m working on some extremely exciting projects that unfortunately I can’t talk about just yet, frustratingly this is one of them. What I can say is that I am in possession of a MK1 MX5 and last week I went on a road trip to an abandoned petrol station so I could…

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A602’s Autorama 2017

Always a great custom show, the A602’s Autorama at the weekend was a blast. The custom Cortina made an appearance and was in perfect company with all the other incredible custom builds. I get a bit overwhelmed at these events because I’m so utterly obsessed with custom classics – I don’t know where to look…

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Inspired by Motorsport

Spending everyday with cars and motorbikes will influence your appearance after a while, probably without you even realising it. We obviously need certain things when riding a motorbike like a helmet, jacket, boots, a jersey… but a lot of these things end up crossing over into everyday life too. The same goes for cars; I…

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Instagram Inspiration

As well as this blog I share lots of pictures on my Instagram account, mostly custom car and bike related things with a few tattoos, longboards and some behind the scenes snaps at Goblin Works Garage. I’ve found so many great custom shops, independent brands and inspiring snaps in Instagram, it’s also a great place…

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Hello Honda

My petrol flavoured obsession just went up a gear; for years I’ve been meaning to learn how to ride a motorbike and get my license and now I’m finally on my way. I found a 1971 Honda SL100 K1 XL Trail Bike – the perfect bike to learn on. It came from America some years back and has…

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The Ford Mustang Fastback

I’m a classic car fan, particularly a classic Ford fan, so I really didn’t think I’d be that impressed by the new Ford Mustang. New cars in my opinion (with a few exceptions) are plastic, soulless and just not my cup of tea stylistically. I like a car that can be fixed without plugging it into a…

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NEC Classic Motor Show

ON Friday I went along to the NEC Classic Motor Show with my Dad to look at some beautiful cars and motorcycles. We’re both big petrol heads and I had a few meetings set-up so we spent the whole day there. Those of you who have been to the NEC will know it’s massive and…

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Out With The Old Blog & In With The New…

I recently redesigned and renamed my blog, ruthlessly deleting most of my previous blog posts to make it more relevant to my personal passion – custom cars, this reflects my work now and how I spend my time. I don’t care for fashion, I like style and design and that’s why I changed everything on…

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Kunstvoller

I spend a fair bit of time on social media talking about cars, telling people about my builds and generally spreading the word about stylish loveliness in all forms. On my social media travels I came across an awesome bunch called Kunstvoller, a lifestyle brand made for extreme sports junkies. We hit it off because…

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Custom MK2 Cortina

I need to talk about the custom MK2 Cortina because it’s so incredibly beautiful and I love it! I changed the name and look of my blog to include style in all forms, especially those forms powered by an engine, sitting on four wheels and looking smoking hot. So, a few weeks ago we showed our custom,…

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Hot Rod Hotties

This weekend I decided to drive over to the NRSA Super Nationals for a little hot rod action, I wanted to see what other people on the scene are doing, have a look at all the custom projects and generally stare at beautiful cars. I took hundreds of pictures but managed to narrow it down to a few favourites…

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The Bike Shed

The Bike Shed, a mecca for custom bikes, food and drink, you can hang out, shop and obsess over their incredible motorcycles. They also have regular events with music, cars, beer and more bikes – perfect, in fact it’s petrol head heaven. The Bike Shed is my new favourite place and I plan to hang…

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Goodwood Revival

AS a life long petrol head I was really looking forward to returning to Goodwood Revival this year. The weekend sees thousands of people visit Goodwood for cars, music, food, dancing, shopping and more cars. As well as customizing and restoring classic cars, in general I spend every waking hour immersed in car related things.…

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Abandoned Theme Park Video

FOLLOWING on from last week’s feature we also made a home movie about our adventures. We’ve visited a derelict lido, an abandoned asylum, a defunct hospital and an abandoned theme park to name a few purely selfish jaunts, feeding my obsession with post apocalyptic wonderlands. These incredible places don’t stick around for long in this country, any excuse to…

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Abandoned Theme Park Trip

This week we went on another road trip to an abandoned theme park. We packed up the car and drove to this post apocalyptic wonderland before it disappears forever under the foundations of a housing estate – an ominously significant sign of the times, anything of “dispensable beauty” will no doubt end up the same way. An obsession and…

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Goodwood Revival 2014

AFTER a mad dash down south I ended up at Goodwood Revival and had an absolute blast. Full of the most incredible cars, fashion, food and drink, all dressed up and thrown back in time. People come from all over the word to visit Revival, the atmosphere is dynamic, it’s the ultimate weekend. Everyone dresses…

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