GTINI DUBSHED 2015
In Stance We TrustText and Photos: Reinis Babrovkis
3 large display halls, hundreds of vehicles, 10,000+ spectators, 2 days of German automotive feast and above all great and friendly atmosphere – this is Dubshed.
For the 6th year running, what is now the Ireland’s largest VAG show: “GTINI Dubshed” has been hosted by Belfast’s Kings Hall; when first launched the show hardly managed to fill a corner of the Pavillion Hall, fast forward to 2016 and the German enthusiasts have taken over the whole Complex.
As one of the first major shows in UK in the spring, Dubshed has sort of become the local “Geneva”; car owners would have been working hard over the winter to come up with something new and surprising and this is the time to reveal them.
I was glad to see the horrid wall separating the main hall in half was gone, thus providing a much more open and friendly layout for the main hall where the show headliners were displayed. It was a showcase of standard, modified, retro and modern cars; every single was unique and finished to a high standard.
“Belfast Audi” was present with a line-up of older and newer models to celebrate the 35 years of the legend that is Quattro.
Local car blog ilovebass.co.uk as usual had gathered an impressive collection of cars for their stand, including John Peden’s slammed e30 convertible, Adam’s matte wrapped BMW Touring and a very special looking “Peden Conceptz” air-ride Porsche. The stand also featured a BMW Art Work inspired rocket bunny aero kit BMW E36.
As expected the Northern Irish bodywork shop “Paintworx” unveiled their winter surprise – Marky’s freshly built 1 series BMW. The German hatch, finished in estoril blue was converted to the air ride suspension, dressed in Cosmis Racing wheels and equipped with a beautiful roll cage and upgraded seats.
Clark’s MK V Golf GTI returned with a new fresh layer of paint for the 2015 season. The midnight purple has transformed the car nicely and despite never receiving the wheels on time, car looked good as always.
Weed’s Rat Rod MkIII Golf attracted a lot of attention with his unique and funny take on the modifications. A shotgun for gear level, wooden pallets for your carpets and coat hanger to hang your cups, love it!
The air cooled hall was filled with equally impressive motors of various styles – hot rods, dragsters, camper vans and race cars.
Despite the appalling weather conditions this year there was a huge display of cars outside with many remarkable machines amongst them, including the hidden gems like BMW E30 M3, Mercedes Benz 300 and others.
As for the prizes – no shock there as the “car of the show” went to Matt and his stunning VW Karmann Ghia, congratulations.
As always, the boys and girls at GTINI had outdone themselves, well done; here’s to 2016!