Autofest at Ecos Centre

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JAG events held what turned out to be a huge car show in the Ballymena showgrounds. To my memory this is one of the first shows in the town, and hundreds of modified and performance cars turned out for the day. Even the morning rain didn’t stop people turning out for the event!

RMS of course had a stand along with the other websites around the oval, but there were two other fields filled with cars and trade stands. Even the PSNI turned out an exellent stand with their Lancer Evo, R32 Golf and new Impreza on display. The Steer from the Rear S15s could be seen on the East Coast Customs stand, beside it was Audio Advice and on the other side of the field, Street Racer and other trade stands could be seen.

A few words from the event organisers:

<strong>JAG Autofest 2006 End of show Report.</strong>

This was without a doubt Northern Ireland’s Largest Autofestival! Firstly we would like to thank everyone that came along and helped to make the day what is was. The weather was disappointing but it’s the one thing you can’t control. There was a good turnout from all the car club’s, modified websites and modified cars.

Anyone that has been involved in organizing car shows will understand that vintage vehicles and motorbikes do not come if it is raining so we were glad to see the ones we had. Some really impressive cars appeared throughout the day proving that Northern Ireland really does have an excellent quality of Vehicles!

The trade stands were very impressive and the PSNI, TA and Fire Brigade put on a really good display. Thanks to Trial star display team for an excellent show. There were a lot of cars of interest including The General Lee, Kitt from Knight Rider and Starsky and Hutch with thanks to Star Car Hire. The De Loreans and Hummers also looked really well.

Below is a copy of the prizes awarded on the day. It was disappointing that some vehicles left before the judging and therefore could not be included, however the cars that won were worthy of prizes in the judges opinions and no bias was shown! We cannot publish registration details so I hope everyone will know the cars we are referring to in the list below.

Anyone looking to contact us regarding collection of unclaimed trophies can do so by emailing <a href=”mailto:[email protected]”>[email protected]</a>.

Thanks to all the marshalls, judges, car clubs, websites, stands and sponsors for their support.

We would like to take this opportunity to thank the following Sponsors: – DJF Graphics, Red Bull, Auto Trader NI, Kerr’s tyres, ECC, Lindsay Ford, Turtles of Rathkenny, S M Designs, 1st Gear Graphics and Sound In Motion.

Car of the Show Sponsored by Kerr’s Tyres-
1st-Black 206, Mark, Motor Sports and Spares
2nd- Gary- In Car Audio
3rd- Orange Focus in main arena with tiger stripe
4th- RS2000- Morty NCC
5th- Audio Advice 3 Series BMW

Other prize winners in this category included:-

MG Rover- Whippit NCC
Street Racer MR2
Clio- J. Peden
Renault 5 GT- Jon44
TDI Bora- Bora Benz NCC
Black RX7- In main arena
Black Corsa- (Plate starting) IJZ
Blue 206-(Plate) LAV
Black FTO- H. Kular
Silver Golf- Audio Advice
Black Corsa- A. Hughes
Silver MK2 Golf GTI- SIM
Silver Golf-
White Manta- (Plate) E61
Yellow Mexico- (Plate) AEK
MG Rover- S. Hagan

Lowest Ride sponsored by 1st Gear Graphics- Yellow Mazda B2000

Best Trade Car- Kerr’s Tyre’s

Cleanest Engine Bay- Blue EVO 8MR (Brand new I believe LOL!)

Top Truck sponsored by Kerr’s Tyres- Joey Dunlop Lorry

Best Interior Sponsored by Sound In Motion-
1st- MG Rover, S. Hagan
2nd- Black GTO, H. Kular
3rd- RS2000, Morty NCC

Most Original Modification- Yellow Mazda B2000

Best Bodywork sponsored by ECC- Michael’s Black Ford Cougar

Best Ford- Sponsored by Lindsay’s Ballymena
1st- Ford Classic (Plate) 642
2nd- Ford Anglia (Plate) 701
3rd- Ford Focus (Plate) OLZ

Best Install- Sponsored by SIM-
1st- Morty NCC RS2000
2nd- Black Golf OCZ
3rd- M. Lewthwaite Fiesta

Best JAP- Sponsored by ECC
1st- Blue Civic EKZ
2nd- White Civic R864
3rd- Silver Evo K8

Best Euro- Sponsored by Turtles of Rathkenny
1st- Seat Leon FEZ
2nd- Red BMW JIR
3rd- Yellow Ibiza-PCZ

Best Paint Job- Sponsored by S M Designs- Metal Flake Golf plate M14

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Andy is the founding member of RMS, and when he's not following motoring events around the UK and Ireland he can be found on the track (sideways, having competed in top level drifting for a decade), or of course he'll be on the forum.

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