GTINI Castlewellan 2015
Dubs All AroundText and Photos: Reinis Babrovskis
I am really not that interested in the VW scene, nor would I ever choose a car show over a Rally if they clashed on the same date, yet there I was – GTINI Castlewellan 2015 instead of the Lurgan Park Rally. Why? Because for a reason I cannot really even explain this show has a magical atmosphere surrounding it and I wanted to be there; and I do not regret my choice.
As we all know the boys and girls from the GTINI club certainly do know how to put up a good show; these folk are also behind the hugely successful Dubshed and Titanic Dubs shows, so there was no surprise really that the show was another triumph. Whilst the shows above are serious full-on competition, Castlwellan is more like a stress free family gathering of the "folk car" community.
It could be the location, or the chilled vibe, or simply the cool cars that make it so wonderful, but one thing is for sure - these guys certainly master the weather dance; whilst the rest of the country was getting soaked, just like any other year the dubbers were having bbq's and getting burnt.
Despite the show’s affection to the VW brand, other manufacturers were welcomed, and more so this year by the looks of it. Don’t get me wrong, it is not a bad thing though; I thoroughly enjoyed the variety. It is still a VW show at the end of the day, but seeing a retro BMW or Ford, or Japanese classic thrown into the mix make it more versatile and appealing. This year certainly was the busiest it has been with both sides of the Castlewellan Forest Park car park being packed
One of the main attraction of the show is obviously the car limbo - aka how low can you go competition. Poor cars got loaded with dozens of people to gain that extra cm clearance.
Some of my favourites from the show include James's liquid yellow wrapped Lupo on the Schmidt Th-Lines. This bright hatch certainly stood out from the crowd.
Conor's Golf has underwent some major changes recently - with the help of his mates, Conor transformed the Golf beyond recognition. The Golf received a new heart - VR6 as well as new colour - the Manilla Green as well as front mounted BBS. VW would approve!
Whilst restoring his classic Mini Autolifers member Jayme has swapped the British classic to a bit more modern German hatch. The GTI Polo is sitting perfect and dressed in lovely shoes.
Winners:Best 10 of the show:
Grey Leon Cupra OSTS 4572
Blue over Cream Air-cooled VW Beetle
Jazz Blue MK3 Golf RDZ 511
Orange MK1 Polo TO1 322
Midnight Purple Mk5 Golf
Red MK2 Golf 89D 6805
Best British – Silver/Blue Ford Sierra Cosworth
Best BMW – Red 5 series JIB 528
Winner of the show- Brown 6N Polo: 98C 15093