Regal Autosport is a well known aftermarket/tuning company based in Southampton, supplying remapping services, performance parts and fitting as well as regular maintenance. You may have heard of them, you may have not. But rest assured they’re becoming more and more well known by the minute. If you went to any of the big shows last year, chances are you saw a car they’ve had a hand in. So when they announced a cars and coffee meet backed up by our friends over at Pride & Performance – what did you think we were going to do?
It’s still early doors on the 2018 show season and it shows in the temperature. When I left the house to head for Regal in the morning I knew it was cold, but nothing compared to walking around and shooting bare handed in the freezing temperatures for three hours later on. Then for the second time this year it began snowing, literally unheard of in Hampshire. I remember as a kid I’d love it, now as an adult, I just find it bloody irritating. Especially when it’s so bad you’re unsure whether to head to work in the morning. Although an empty snow filled car park sometimes helps. Nevertheless the conditions certainly didn’t keep people away.
I’ve been to Regal before for the odd meet, but nothing on this scale. Not only was Regal’s compound rammed as it usually is, but the entire surrounding industrial estate was too. Regal are on a roll with their own cars, Ash’s Golf R is a proper wolf in sheep’s clothing whilst retaining that perfect daily drive, and Ryan’s newly purchased limited edition matte ‘Frozen Black’ e92 m3 is to die for. Even more so with all the modifications carried out and the ones left to follow. Mark attended in his still freshly purchased R34 GTR and Ben in his green bagged f80 m3. All amazing cars in their own right.
It’s always good to catch up with long distance ‘car friends’, so when I saw Andy had rocked up in his k20 swapped ITB’d Civic Type R ek9 it brought a smile to my face. Apparently it’s not getting used as much as it used to, no doubt thanks to the new fk8 Civic Type R also adorning his driveway. The standard of car really was good, I wish I’d got more pictures looking back but I guess I was just too busy looking for myself for a change.
It was a great meet and I for one hope they hold more throughout the year. Even the chavtastic Corsa flying past over and over again popping and banging for attention didn’t take the shine away from the day. Each morning is getting brighter pointing towards summer and more shows, rest assured every one we attend you’ll see and hear about here.