This is the build thread for the new Audi-Sport.net BBQ. If you came to AITP 2012 you would have seen and most likely eaten from the BBQ that we had brought with us. It was a great show and we ended up feeding over 2500 sausages and burger to the crowds.
With this start of 2013 it became clear that it wasn’t going to be that easy as due to the event being paid for partly but the selling of food at the show there was a little conflict of interest.
So rather than doing the same again we decided to try something a little different.
A friend of mine had a perfect car for the task and after badgering him (and turning up with a Stihl saw) we managed to get the basic component for the new BBQ we were going to build.
After a little messing around we found that the front and the back halves did come apart quite easily.
We still had all of the wiring and the interior of the car to deal with so it was stripped. The hood all the hydraulics that control it and the rest of the electrics were removed. The fuel tank all fuel lines as well as the brake lines were ripped out.
There was some debate about whether the BBQ should go in the boot or where the rear seats had gone. Eventually it was decided for three reasons that it should go where the rear seats were. Firstly the gas BBQ we had bought from Ebay wouldn't fit in the boot without some elaborate sliding mechanism or major cutting and fabrication. Secondly it was felt that the shape of the car would be lost with boot open all the time and thirdly and most importantly we at some stage want to add a beer fridge to the boot.
We need a method of towing the BBQ that wouldn't get in the way of the use of it once it had arrived at it destination. There was once again a little debate about folding or other complicated systems that would have been very cool but just too hard to create. In the end we went with a very simple and fool proof system of a removable drawbar.
As you can see in the pictures at this stage we hadn't really sorted the door openings and the sill problem. Another friend of mine came to my rescue at this point and lent me a plasma cutter. If you don't have one ask Santa for one for Christmas they are so handy when making a BBQ. What was left of the door apertures was cut off as well as the sills.
Now we knew where the front of the BBQ was going to be we could mount the actual BBQ. You can also see the last of the three images that we had also wired the rear lights up as the trailer lights.
Once the frame the BBQ was going to sit on was in the correct location it was just a matter of putting a large sheet of checker plate across the whole opening to seal/hide the cut. The sheet was roughly cut to shape and fitted. The BBQ Knobs were drilled through and the BBQ secured to the frame and sheet. The original side panels were cut and fixed back in place and two small plates were cut to fill the holes. Rather a lot of cardboard and swearing went into this part of the build.
As you can see in the pictures the addition of some speakers and amplifier was now part of the master plan
The basics of the build were done and the all-important first firing of the BBQ was needed. So on a very nice afternoon we wheeled the BBQ out of the workshop and into the middle of the car park just about as far away from everything we could. Just in case there was a little mishap.
Unfortunatly everything was eaten before I had a chance to take a picture.
A suprising large a mount of tow testing was done at this stage with the pit buggy we have. Carl seemed to feel that it was his job to drive around and around Silverstone testing both the smooth towing action and the sound systems full output.
The final finishing touches were done to the checker sheet and the panels were removed for painting.
There was a split in the camp on the colour the BBQ should go. Half wanted Sprint and the other half was for Nogaro as you can see Nogaro won.
With the lights back in and the missing panels once more attached the BBQ was really coming together. But we still had a few minor details we need to finish. The first was the brakes and wheels. The original car had been altered at some time in its life to run 5x112 PCD so it was easy enough for us to fine a set of wheels. These came in the form of a set of Oettingers that a friend (thanks Barney) had set in his garage. The next problem was the standard brakes just looked terrible behind them so we had to find a upgrade. After raiding the shelves at Fearnsport Silverstone we happened upon a development kit that had been built for a B7 RS4 with 380mm disks. These looked like they were going to be perfect for the job.
The last cosmetic details left to do was to paint the grills on the speakers black and put the Audi emblem back on the boot lid.
The first showing of the BBQ happened at AITP 2013 where it seemd to have left a little bit of an impression on must people who saw it.
Many thanks to everyone who helped and came to see us at the show. If you want to see the BBQ it will be at many of the show we will be going to and it will continue to evolve. I hope you have enjoyed seeing how it came together and I can assure you that this thread doesn't give you any idea of the amount of time that has been put in just to get it this far.