The Catwalk

Written by : Posted on December 1, 2011 : 32 Comments

About a year ago we posted Jeremy Chapman’s 2004 Jaguar X-Type Sport on the site. It is still amazing that this Ford Mondeo-based car still receives such mixed feedback will all of his mods – garnering feedback from negative words that rhyme with “Jag” to people incorrectly dismissing it as a Ford Taurus. Having known Jeremy as long as I have, I know he lives for this controversy. Try showing up to a Volvo forum in 2005 with Mercedes wheels or more recently to an all British meet where the average participant age is over 60 and getting the dirty looks from Jaguar purists. That is what Jeremy is all about and it doesn’t take ugly wheels or OTT paint jobs for him to get polarized feedback. In many circles his mods would be considered subtle, but to the Volvo or Jaguar communities they have been extreme.

Jeremy is a wheel guy through and through. You see this with the Jaguar and I’ve witnessed it with his Volvo C70, VW Eurovan, Volvo 850 and even the old shots of his MkII Golf from back in the day. The stance scene is a perfect outlet for this wheel fetish and he’ll tell you himself that his fetish is pretty bad. Jeremy bought the Jaguar in November 2009 and since then it has had nine sets of wheels.

The car started with a decent set of multi-piece factory BBS-made wheels called “Melbourne”, but they were only 7” didn’t really give Jeremy the look he was after. Plus because everyone seems to want multi-piece BBS wheels these days, Jeremy was happy to express his dislike for the common good. This is an anthology of the various faces and incarnations of the last two years.

He then briefly mounted some staggered 19” mesh wheels from his previous C70, but didn’t even leave them on long enough to snap pictures. He then bought a set of Modular wheels in a staggered 20” fitment.

Those got him closer to the look he wanted and he kept those on for some time, but then as snow started to fall, he moved to an old set of Porsche Carrera wheels with snow tires.

Once it started to warm up, Jeremy decided to leave his Porsche adapters on and run 20×9 Porsche Sport Techno wheels.

Then Jeremy was hit by the bug to get lower and while he could easily tuck 20s on the car, he wanted to get his pan a bit closer to the ground again and decided to fit Jaguar Cygnus wheels from a 2010 XF.

Those got him much closer to the ground, but were a little plain for his liking, so he went back to the aftermarket Jaguar stable and procured a set of 18×9.5” Coventry Whitleys made exclusively for Jaguar.

Still unsatisfied, Jeremy went back to his Volkswagen roots and purchased the last set of original design Porsche Twist wheels from Hartmann in 18×10.

That puts us to the here and now. With the winter months approaching and Jeremy’s dependence on mobility in the ice and snow for his 60+ mile daily commute, he purchased his current set of winter wheels in 17×9 with Bridgestone Blizzaks. No they aren’t real, and Jeremy doesn’t care.

At the end of the day, Jeremy is kind of playing dress up with a car that hasn’t seen a lot of love from the aftermarket. The model has the visual chops, especially with lower pressures in his air suspension and true to catwalk form; he’s changing the look of the car with every season.

No one really knows what he’ll do next, but I’m sure he’ll be driving his car back onto the catwalk to let us know.


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