I’ve got a different style of post for you all this week, I’ve stepped away from the travel content for this one, just to test the waters, so I hope you enjoy it.
The day is Sunday, July 9th, a day I been looking forward to for a while. It’s the day of the DubFiction 2017 car show at the Bull I’th Thorn in Buxton. If you don’t know what DubFiction is then I’ll quickly explain. DubFiction is an annual car show held at the Bull I’th Thorn pub in Buxton, Peak District, the show attracts large crowds of mainly VAG (Volkswagen Audi Group) enthusiasts to appreciate the tuning and styling efforts of fellow enthusiasts. The show gets bigger and bigger each year with a field full of preened and perfected cars all there for the same reason.
With the show starting at 10 am and a 1h30min drive ahead of me I set off at 9 am. I had hoped to be there for around 10:30 am but a diversion along my route set me back 30minutes. When I finally arrived, I paid the reasonable £10 entry fee and got parked up. The carpark was almost a show in itself but the best was yet to come. This year the DubFiction organisers held a non-VAG show alongside the main show with trophies given two the best looking cars, chosen by the organisers. I didn’t actually stay long enough to find out who won what. After strolling through the non-Vag show I got to the main reason for my visit, the VAG show!
The arena was filled with rows of Audis, VWs and Seats of all models, ages and looks. I slowly made my way methodically around the show, snapping as I went. The first car I photographed was the Audi A7 at the top. This car is owned by a guy called Jack Hogg (check out his Instagram) and was an absolute beauty. The car is lowered using air bags and sat on some huge Avant Guard wheels. What caught my attention was the clean black styling of the car and how simple yet effective the styling is. Moving along towards the end of the first row was a collection of 5 classic VWs, 4 Campers and a Karmann Ghia. The Ghia looked showroom fresh and was tastefully restored by its owner, I just had to get a picture. Out of the campers, 2 were fully restored and customised to their owner's tastes and the other 2 were styled like Rat Rods (see the gallery), again to their owner's tastes. I actually preferred the Rat Rod campers, I think they look much cooler.
As I made my way around and along the second row a classic Beetle caught my eye. The hood was up showing off a clean engine bay, by clean I mean stripped back and simple looking, and pin stripes like a classic American muscle car. The Interior though was just something else! The simple aesthetics continued to the cabin and the attention to detail even went down to the inside of the glove compartment lid which had “Hang Loose” hand painted with the pinstripes present again. Just across from the Beetle was a glorious looking Audi TTRS in an amazing Satin Burnt Orange colour with racing inspired decals adorning the car. The TT was probably one of my favourite cars of the day, I’ll show you my actual favourite in a moment.
Another of my favourites and I car I would love to own one day is the grey Audi RS4 Avant in the picture above. Again, I love the simple styling of the car and how aggressive the body kit is on it, I actually prefer the Avant to the Saloon version of this car. As you can see above there are 2 generations of the RS4 parked next to each other showing the transformation of the car over the generations. After perusing half of the main arena I made my way back out towards the car park to grab some lunch, on my way though I had a quick nosey at the few trade stalls that were set up along one edge of the arena and treated myself to a black sun strip that will be going on my car when I have time to fit it. I also checked out my favourite car of the show, the jaw dropping Java Green Audi S3 you see just below, I particularly like the gold Audi rings and the colour coded grille and wing mirrors. I did spend a few minutes just admiring this car from every angle before getting my lunch.
For lunch, I got myself a Chicken Fajita Wrap from one of the vendors, which really hit the spot, and washed it down with a Flat White, because I LOVE coffee, and a home made lemonade from the coffee van that was posted up by the main entrance. After my quick lunch, I nipped back to my car to deposit by sun strip so I didn’t damage it by carrying it around with me, then checked out the non-VAG show properly. The non-VAG was predominantly BMWs and Fords but there was a beautiful Lotus 7 as well as a crazy track inspired Mazda 3. Out of the non-VAG show, my favourite cars were the Black Cherry BMW 3 Series, the Lotus 7 and the replica Alpina track car that can all be seen in the gallery below.
Once back in the main show I had a quick lap around what I had already walked in case anything had changed, and had a proper look at the organiser's cars. Another of my favourite cars was the JLoose RS6 Avant, I didn’t get any decent pictures of the car and because it is such an iconic car in the Audi scene I didn’t want to put out any sub par pictures of it. If you do want to see some great pictures of the car though check out Julians Instagram account. After my quick lap, I headed over to the other side of the main arena to check out what I hadn’t previously. I started with an older Audi S3 with a clean engine bay, lashed in carbon fibre, which I would do to my own car if I had the know-how to pull it off. My car will never be a show car though so I don’t have to worry. I also checked out some even older A/S3s that were hiding down at the far end of the arena, these were all the 8L generation and all looked great lined up together in their various forms.
After looping around the far end of the show I made my way back towards my start point and past a line up of VW R36 Passats, one of which really caught my eye. This particular one (seen below) had a crazy colour shifting paint job and an embossed design along the sides of the car, unfortunately, the camera didn’t do it justice as the colour shift doesn’t show up at all and the embossing is only just visible, but none the less it was amazing! You’ll have to take my word for it.
From the Passats I snaked my way through the final few rows of cars and found some real hidden gems, including a Rat Rod inspired VW Golf Pickup, a smooth looking VW Polo R-Line, an amazing brand-new, Nardo Grey Audi RS6, another classic Beetle and last but not least, a Raleigh Burner motorbike conversion! I have to say the Burner really topped the day off for me as it was so unique and cool and it made me really want one!
Seeing as it was the first enthusiast car show I’ve been to, I have to say it was an amazing day and I really recommend visiting when it is next on. Yes, it was a bit of a pain to get to but once there it really was worth the drive. Like I said earlier, I did leave the show early as I needed to be back in Preston for some other prior arrangements. I don’t actually know what I would have done for the rest of the day had I stayed because I did see everything in about 2 and a half hours. If you fancy a great day out looking at some amazing and varied cars the DubFiction is a show worth visiting, I’m not sure when the next one it but keep an eye out on their Facebook page for more info.
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