03:10hrs and the not so favourable sound of the phone alarm wanders into my some what sleepy state. To say that I had had a restless night would be an understatement. The excitement of the show season opener always gets my interest in knowing there will be so much loved metal on display. Some shown on the internet through the winter on detailed build threads, others a complete secret until their reveal on the day.
Moving cars around early on a Sunday morning is never easy when trying to be respectful to the neighbours so, a friendly text the night before was sent to those either side of me to let them know that I would be starting the R32 up at 04:00hrs to be off to Telford.
A days trip was planned "only" because I had left it too late to book a hotel room. Hayley (my fianc'e) wasn't happy at missing a night away. Anyway she was not going to get up with me at that time in the morning so I made the lonely journey just me and the R32 up to the show.
I had never really pushed the car that hard before but I wanted to get there early and found the old girl to be VERY thirsty. I literally drove her from motorway services to motorway services. It has to be said with the radio on at a reasonably quiet level, the soundtrack from the exhaust note is very addictive. Not so much on the motorway but when you get off the main roads and on to the twisty bits it sounds lovely going up through the gears.
I arrived at 06:20hrs not the first there to be fair. There were at least forty cars in front of me. The atmosphere was that of excitement. We queued on the road leading into the car park and the surrounding roads. People were out cleaning their cars while we waited and to be fair the car parking attendants were all quite friendly and up for a laugh considering the time of morning and being presented with a lot of keen car enthusiast.
Now I have to say and it may be an age thing, the the "loud brigade" were there in force revving their 1.4' engines and letting their cherry bomb exhaust pop. People with broken exhausts revving them and it sounding like a bunch of old tin cans. As Volkswagen owners I thought we were better than that? Perhaps its age and experience over youth with very little LOL.
I popped a cheeky post out on the Ultimate Dubs face book discussion page about entering the "selfie" competition. Get a "selfie" with the car and send it into the site to get the chance to win a limited edition t-shirt from the site. Peoples seemed to like it and I have had quite a few comical pictures sent in.
It seemed like an age before we got into the venue but, once in and out of the cold and rain it was like "coming home", familiar surroundings with a sense of excitement. Note to self, not to forget that they only accept cash at the ticket counter as I had to duck out of the front of the queue and go grab some cash.
No massive surprises in side, the halls filled with traders and some very sexy metal. I stopped and had a chat with one of our partners at SoScene Magazine. Smuj as usual is very charismatic and was pulling the readers in with his unique charm. Not too far away from there was Henry Phull of the very comprehensive www.slamsanctuary.com check out their site for some new and exciting designs on their clothing range.
The @ukmk3s were on show in the first hall with Aaron Moore from Straight outta Kempton. I do like my MK'3 and especially a MK3 wagon.
There was a steady stream of people into the venue through the day and as the afternoon went on it was impossible to get near to the show cars for any photography, so in the end I gave up and just wandered around chatting to friends I had not seen since last show season. I bumped into Nathan White spending quality time with his wife Amanda,
I popped by to see some of the guys at Westside @westsidevw . Saqib Ahmed's MK1 was outstanding, so much so it won best in show.
I had a gander at @dansb32 stunning caddy. In all honesty there was little opportunity to get a "clean shot" of this beauty and in fairness a lot of people do realise that your trying to take pics and will move. Still its not "all about me" and others are there to enjoy.
I popped over to see Elliot at the www.wheel-whores.com/ and picked up a few new air fresheners for the car. Checkout all their new range for this season on their website or on instagram @wheelwhores. As always Elliot was working hard, this time with no sign of a hangover as he had been behaving due to family helping out on the weekend.
I have to confess I fell in love with the stunning red MK6 and Mk7 on the Still Static stand. Maybe its the colour, the stance or just that they are such lovely looking machines, whatever it is I lost a little bit of my heart.
So the season opener has happened... it paves a bit of a hectic way that for me starts everything off. Everyone is so giddy visiting this show wether you have all been dormant over winter fixing those nagging broken items, upgrades or for some a full blown project or a decent overhaul, the whole experience of getting to mingle with fellow enthusiasts is not to be missed.
This show never fails to impress. Is it the cars, is it the venue or the people? Who can choose but when you combine all three you have a winner.
So whats next the PD fans... Well before you leave, go check out the pictures below and then go visit the show season calendar from the links bar above.
More shows on the horizon, more fun and let’s hope our good British weather helps us all enjoy it.
More blogs coming your way soon.
looking forward to seeing you all at the next show.
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