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DubFiction 2017

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.

 Bagged A7 - Buxton, England 09/07/2017

Bagged A7 - Buxton, England 09/07/2017

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! 

 Ghia - Buxton, England 09/07/2017

Ghia - Buxton, England 09/07/2017

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.

 Hang Loose - Buxton, England 09/07/2017

Hang Loose - Buxton, England 09/07/2017

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.

 2 Generations - Buxton, England 09/07/2017

2 Generations - Buxton, England 09/07/2017

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.

 Green Machine - Buxton, England 09/07/2017

Green Machine - Buxton, England 09/07/2017

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.

 Cars On Cars - Buxton, England 09/07/2017

Cars On Cars - Buxton, England 09/07/2017

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.

 8L Gang - Buxton, England 09/07/2017

8L Gang - Buxton, England 09/07/2017

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.

 R36 - Buxton, England 09/07/2017

R36 - Buxton, England 09/07/2017

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!

 Burner - Buxton, England 09/07/2017

Burner - Buxton, England 09/07/2017

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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Rob

Ramp City

First of all I need to apologise. I’ve been silent for the past couple of months for a few reasons, the main one being busy at work and not getting out with my camera. Anyway, now that’s out of the way lets get started.

As you may know I like riding bikes, I’ve done blog posts in the past about my cycling outings. Previous posts have all be centred around mountain biking but this one is different, instead of riding my mountain bike I’m out on my old BMX. I headed out with Rob, Jay, Dale and Dom to a place called Ramp City in Blackpool, if you know you know, after work for an evening session. We all arrived at different times but when everyone was together the session really started to get going.

 Rob Vert Wall - Ramp City, Blackpool, England 24/11/2016

Rob Vert Wall - Ramp City, Blackpool, England 24/11/2016

I rode for about an hour before falling and hurting my wrist. I didn’t particularly mind though because that meant I could focus on getting some pictures. As soon as I got my camera out Rob was boosting the vert wall in the street section, obviously I had to get a picture of his madness. After a short street section session we moved into the mini spine where Jay pulled a big tuck no-hander and an even bigger turndown. Rob mentioned that he had been eyeing up a line for a few years but never actually pulled it off. That line is a transfer from the spine quarter to the big quarter (see gallery below). It took him a couple of tries and 1 slam before he got it right before he moved on to throwing barspins into the mix.

 Jay Turndown For What - Ramp City, Blackpool, England 24/11/2016

Jay Turndown For What - Ramp City, Blackpool, England 24/11/2016

From the mini spine the guys moved over to the other side of the park to the pyramid box area. As usual Rob was messing about with some odd tricks/lines and trowing some classic lines. After some messing around, Jay calling out tricks and Dom and Rob practising tail whips over the box Dale called out Jay, Rob and Dom do a train over the pyramid. Jay pulled another huge tuck no-hander, Rob pulled a tyre grab and Dom a table air.

 Jay Tuck No-Hander - Ramp City, Blackpool, England 24/11/2016

Jay Tuck No-Hander - Ramp City, Blackpool, England 24/11/2016

om headed off shortly after this so we all moved back over to the street section where Rob and Jay tried to jump from the wembley gap to the stairs/rollers. Jay gave up after a few attempts but Rob was determined to make it. It took a while but he managed it and it looked SICK. After Rob pulled the gap Jay headed off as well leaving myself, Rob and Dale chilling and riding/skating till the session finished at 9pm. After the camera went away I still wasn’t able to ride properly so I cruised around on Robs skateboard just so I wasn’t sitting around getting cold.

 Rob Wembley Gap - Ramp City, Blackpool, England 24/11/2016

Rob Wembley Gap - Ramp City, Blackpool, England 24/11/2016

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Priory Lane Festival - Night

This is Part 2 of my Priory Lane Festival posts, if you missed Part 1 check it out before continuing.

The day portion of the festival ended at around 5pm and the night portion started at around 6:30pm leaving an hour and a half for set up. I actually nipped home in this break as there was nothing to shoot. The first act of the evening, Adam Williams, started just after 6:30pm and played until 7:30pm. Adam is a local musician who plays in local pubs and open mic nights and performs a mixture of acoustic covers and mash-ups of all genres, usually current and popular music. Adam is supremely talented and really deserves all the exposure he can get. I actually saw him playing at a local pub a week later by chance and his reception there was incredible!

 Adam Williams - Preston, England 01/10/2016

Adam Williams - Preston, England 01/10/2016

Next on stage was Double R Arts, they performed a selection of songs from pervious shows they have put on in the past, mostly from the American Idiot musical. Some members of the group also performed solo, some in duets and 1 trio. All the members are amazingly talented, and all really know how to put on a show both as a group and as individuals. Their performance lasted for 45minutes, from 7:45pm to 8:30pm.

 Double R Arts, O.K. - Preston, England 01/10/2016

Double R Arts, O.K. - Preston, England 01/10/2016

The 3rd act of the night was a local rock band who frequent the Priory Music Project, they go by the name Kings Mould. They are all young musicians who really know how to play their instruments and how to put on a show. They put 110% into their performance playing a mixture of covers and original songs. Their set also lasted 30minute and was a full frontal wall of energy and sound with the typical edgy, aggressive, punk attitude. 

 Kings Mould, Passion - Preston, England 01/10/2016

Kings Mould, Passion - Preston, England 01/10/2016

The final performance of the night was a comedy music duo called Ryan and Craig, who are hilarious may I add. They played a 45minute set, 9:30pm to 10:15pm, full of comedy covers, public jokes and a few inside jokes. They had a huge amount of crown participation and had everyone in stitches the whole time, they serenaded 1 audience member and got another up for an impromptu performance. If I get the chance I will definitely be seeing these guys again and I suggest you do too!

 Ryan & Craig - Preston, England 01/10/2016

Ryan & Craig - Preston, England 01/10/2016

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Priory Lane Festival - Day

Before I start I’m splitting this event into 2 blog posts, one for the day portion and one for the night portion. I have so many images and so much to talk about I didn’t want it to be 1 HUGE post. So here we go, Priory Lane Festival during the day.

On October 1st I attended the Priory Lane Festival that was hosted by the Priory Lane Music Project at the Priory Lane Youth Centre. I was invited along to photograph the event by my friend Michael who runs the music project. I arrived at around 12pm, lunch time, to be greeted by a whole host of different things going on, I hadn’t anticipated just how much would be going on at once. There was a Graffiti Artist, Graffiti Rooms, spraying a mural for the music project, Birds of Prey, a BBQ, a coffee morning/cake sale, and drama workshops.

 Graffiti Rooms - Preston, England 01/10/2016

Graffiti Rooms - Preston, England 01/10/2016

I mainly hung around outside to shoot the progress of the mural from blank boards to finished piece. The artist, Graffiti Rooms, is a really down to earth guy with a supreme talent and passion for what he does. I chatted with him a few times throughout the day but tried to leave him to his work as much as possible. Like I just said the mural started as 3 plain white boards leant against the side of the building but over the course of 3 hours and many, many layers of paint, they slowly turned into a beautiful mural that through a camera lens looks like its been designed in Adobe Illustrator and printed out. If you have a minute go check out Graffiti Rooms’ Instagram page, it’s seriously cool!

 Graffiti Rooms, Halfway - Preston, England 01/10/2016

Graffiti Rooms, Halfway - Preston, England 01/10/2016

Whilst the mural was being painted I dived inside to check out the Drama Workshops. Double R Arts hosted the workshop and the amazingly talented kids played out some scenes while the audience guessed who they were, the scenario and the where they were supposed to be. I watched for a short while and all the kids are seriously talented for their ages. Lighting was difficult inside so I didn’t get many useable images.

 Double R Arts - Preston, England 01/10/2016

Double R Arts - Preston, England 01/10/2016

After the drama workshops finished they were replaced with a Drum Circle Workshop hosted by Tidal Beats. They arrived with a massive array of African Drums, set up a circle of chairs and welcomed anyone and everyone who wanted to join in. They didn’t just play and expect people to be able to play along, they actually taught people how to play the different notes and rhythms as they went along. The 2 guys leading the workshop were super tenanted and really had a back for teaching as well as playing. They ran 2 workshops during their time at the event and both were full and completely different. If you want to check them out or even join they check out their website and get yourself down to one for a super fun activity that everyone can enjoy!

 Tidal Beats, Demoing - Preston, England 01/10/2016

Tidal Beats, Demoing - Preston, England 01/10/2016

After checking out the drama and drumming workshops I headed back outside to see how the mural was coming along and was AMAZED by the progress! I had left when it when nothing more than an outline and a few accents, but came back to a work of art! The artist was just adding the final touches to the piece so a grabbed a few shots and just watched in awe.

Part 2 of the even will come next week and will be all about the evening at the Priory Lane Festival so make sure you check that out when it goes live.

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Rob

Trail Tuesday - Ride The Lights

This week's Trail Tuesday was slightly different and a lot less trail-y. Myself, Rob and Eddie decided to hit up the annual Ride The Lights in Blackpool. The idea behind the event is to close off the main road down the promenade to cars so cyclists can ride the length of the Blackpool Illuminations, we didn’t really know what to expect but knew we’d have fun no matter what.

 Under The Pier - Blackpool, Lancashire, England 30/082016

Under The Pier - Blackpool, Lancashire, England 30/082016

We met at Morrisons in Blackpool at about 7pm, pieced our bikes together and set off to the start of the Illuminations. Myself and Rob were on our mountain bikes, Rob on his Specialised Demo 8 and me on my Whyte G-150, Eddie on the other hand was on his Pinarello single-speed road bike. 

We hadn’t anticipated just how many people would be out that night but it didn’t phase us, we took the ride at our own pace and made our first stop under the South Pier for a snack and a drink.

 Fixie Hype - Blackpool, Lancashire, England 30/082016

Fixie Hype - Blackpool, Lancashire, England 30/082016

After our break we started to lose the natural light so I grabbed as many pictures as I could before we completely lost it. As we headed towards the tower we manly stuck to the tram lines to avoid the main crowd and having to weave in and out of other people. Our next stop was outside the tower, we stopped here to get some pictures for Instagram and to see what was going on as there was a stage set up and music playing.

 Crew - Blackpool, Lancashire, England 30/082016

Crew - Blackpool, Lancashire, England 30/082016

From the tower we headed further on but on a slightly different path, we diverted down the coastal path away from the main road and accidentally ended up in at the far side of Bispam. We promptly turned round and headed back along the road to the illuminations, by this time is was about 9pm and the promenade road was only closed till 10pm to we set off at a rather fast pace. It took us probably 5/10 minutes to get back to the road closure, we carried on our pace most of the way back to were we started.

 The Bikes - Blackpool, Lancashire, England 30/082016

The Bikes - Blackpool, Lancashire, England 30/082016

As we made our way back to the tower myself and Eddie were side by side when a roadie came barreling up behind us, we moved out of his way but didn’t expect Rob to be tyre to tyre with him imitating him as they passed. We picked up our pace to catch up but rob gave up the chase shortly after. We sailed past the tower without stopping but did have another snack stop under the South Pier.

 The Tower - Blackpool, Lancashire, England 30/082016

The Tower - Blackpool, Lancashire, England 30/082016

After our second snack stop we slowed our pace and had some fun on our way back to the cars. We found some baks that made nice take offs and had a few runs each at them and had a go at some Urban Downhill on a stair set as we passed the Pleasure Beach. By the time we got to the end of the road closure they were just starting to open it up to cars again. We didn’t really hang around and made haste back to the cars where we packed away and parted ways.

Ride The Lights was a welcome break from the usual mud and sweat that comes with Trail Tuesday and all 3 of us said we’d do it again. I highly recommend taking part next year, it an easy ride and extremely enjoyable. You don’t have to be an avid cyclist, or have the fanciest bike, you can take part no matter your age or skill level. Did I mention it is FREE? All you need is a bike and some lights to take part!

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Rob