Finally. Show season has returned. It’s been a long winter, for me personally it feels like one of the longest. It’s not over yet either, as I type this it’s snowing outside. Nevertheless crowds of people in hundreds of German cars descended upon Telford for the annual show opener – Ultimate Dubs.
I find this show always divides opinions amongst people. I sometimes see as many posts on Instagram expressing hate for the show as I do hype. Stereotyping the event for ‘bags and wheels’ when I personally think you could say something like that about all parts of the scene.
I’ve also heard complaints more recently about how the show isn’t sticking to it’s roots anymore, it’s not all about the VAG group anymore. Some people like that. I think it’s unavoidable, it’s how the world and shows are going. I also think it’s a good thing. It adds that little bit more variety, attracting more people is always a good thing.
Mark’s R34 GTR and Ryan’s E92 M3 are prime examples of why I enjoyed it so much this year. Sure they’re not of the VW variety, but I’m sure they had the biggest crowds round them all day and evening. I never thought I’d see bayside blue in the halls of UD, classic combo with the Volk TE37’s. Meanwhile the matte frozen black of the M3 looked perfect against the gold BBS e88’s albeit borrowed from Mark.
Mind you that’s not to say that the VAG group didn’t have anything worth looking at. I’m not normally a fan of seeing manufacturer made track cars being decked out out on ultra low coilovers or air ride, I believe if they were made to go round a corner as fast as possible why spoil it? But I’ve been proved wrong in the last year or so by people showing that their cars fitted with these types of suspension, can do almost everything they could do before. The crazy clean Clubsport S sat on the stillstatic stand was a testament to that.
All in all it was a good show, a good place to start. I for one can’t wait for the temperatures to rise and the next show to begin. For now, enjoy the photos.