The epic results of ‘Tom Vs Dale’

The epic results of ‘Tom Vs Dale’ image
Meguiar’s has been keeping rides pristine for generations. So, when shine supremos Tom Clarke and Dale Masterman embarked on a fresh-for-2019 custom build off, they knew they had to channel the modifying culture of times past. 
Professional rivalry is always healthy in the workplace. This is true of any job – salesman vie for supremacy on the monthly targets chart, racing drivers need to earn more points than their teammates, politicians endeavour to accrue the largest and most spurious expense accounts, advertising execs battle it out to see who can have the longest lunches….. and at Meguiar’s UK, the rivalry is rooted in who can build the coolest car.
 
Tom went for the fully kitted up Renault 5 GT Turbo with motorsport tuning and striking Reanultsport Liquid Yellow paint job. Dale opted for the German stylings of the Mercedes w114, adding Air Lift Performance and a stunning Copper Sunset finish which is a real head-turner. 
 
To be honest, we still can’t decide the winner as both are breath-taking for completely different reasons. And not only can you see these cars on display in Hall 5 by the Discovery Live Stage, but you can also hear them as they will be driven onto the stage and chatting about their builds each day.
 
 
Tom’s Renault 5 GT Turbo Spec:
Styling:
Renaultsport Liquid Yellow paint, Prima Racing Corsa wide body kit, Clio RS200 rear spoiler, OEM Clio aerial, OEM filler
cap grafted back in, fully sealed using Raptor Paint.
Tuning:
C1J/Cléon 1.4-litre turbo – full rebuild by Prep’N’Lay, full custom hose kit in black from Forge Motorsport, black Forge Motorsport actuator, black Forge Motorsport dump valve, black Forge Motorsport intercooler, black Forge Motorsport header tank, Pipercross air filter.
Chassis:
7×16” (front) and 8×16” (rear) Dimma 3-piece split-rims – refurbed by The Wheel Specialist Fareham, 205/45 Nankang AR1 tyres, custom Bilstein B14 coilovers, MMR performance rear beam, Powerflex bushes, stock callipers fully refurbished at EBC Brakes, EBC Yellow stuff pads, EBC discs, Forge Motorsport braided lines, Garage Midnight stud conversion.
Interior:
Renaultsport Recaro CS front seats, rear bench trimmed with Renaultsport cloth to match, yellow Renaultsport seat belts, grey Renault carpet, Campus dash, Campus doorcards (Campus trim used to show off 3-stage pearl), Kenwood audio.

Dale’s Mercedes w114 Spec:
Styling:
Peugeot Copper Sunset body, roof in candy, metalflake and lace, hand-painted fuel cap, original design and future tattoo by Danny Birch, grille emblem delete, side mirror delete, rear badge delete, double bumper upgrade (donated by Bagged Benz UK), rear lights painted in red candy.
Tuning:
M115 2.0-litre four-cyl, 3-speed auto.
Chassis:
8x18in (front) and 9x18in (rear) custom Detroit Steel Delray wheels – painted Copper Sunset with satin clearcoat and finished with hubs and beauty rings, 215/35 (f) and 225/35 (r) Nankang tyres, Air Lift Performance air-ride with 3S management, Bilstein shocks.
Interior:
Original seats trimmed by Cobra and Edd Aldridge in modern/vintage Forest Green in old-school ‘fat biscuit’ style, full hidden JVC audio system inc. doubleDIN headunit, dash and trims painted black, vintage Mooneyes foot pedal from Dale’s dad.