Built to Last: Belfast Car Show Impresses

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Built car show, returning to Belfast’s Titanic Exhibition Centre for it’s second year, has garnered a well earned position in the annual motoring calendar in Northern Ireland.  Unlike the other big shows of the year, this one is truly multidisciplinary where rally cars sit with modified daily drivers, supercars, drift cars, vintage classics and motorbikes.

This sets Built aside as a something for everyone event, for all petrolheads no matter your specific interest.  Not Japanese specific; not Euro either.  It’s this mix that makes it brilliant.  It’s an entirely deliberate approach that has certainly resonated with the car enthusiasts that had brought the wide variety to the show, headed up by the organisers, local businesses Blackwater Graphics, Blok 51 and Fitted State.

Despite the mixed weather outside, the well spaced and clearly laid out Titanic Exhibition Centre filled quickly with the paying public, with any that I spoke to really enjoying the variety of cars on offer.

Indoors was a high standard of private entries surrounded by local and national traders.  There were many cars from the ROI, some from GB and a chap from Henry from Germany with a crazy Jungle Vento (see photos further down), along with bikes and pickups.  There was plenty of food, places to chill and a DJ providing a great family friendly atmosphere.

Outside there were further private entries.  Still a very high standard on show, along with a quad, more bikes and some stunning truck cabs on display, against the backdrop of a Game of Thrones set and Green screen (they are currently filming in the Titanic Quarter).

The day was over too soon as the winners were read out by none other than RMS member and local clothier Chris Suitor.  Full list of winners are below.

We had another great time at Built and hope it returns to Belfast in 2019.

Show Winners – Top 15

Mk4/3 Black Golf
Henry (Germany) jungle vento

Robbie Carmichael Scania lorry

White Ford Capri
Suzuki Quad Wayne canavan
Vw Lupo Luke Bramley
Vw split window camper
White Toyota soarer

Chevy apache pickup
Lee Doherty Harlequin Golf

Darren Mccallister white mk 3 escort
Hawkeye Land Rover
White Nissan sunny
Mk2 Escort orange Philip greenlee
Conor McCann mk3 golf

Overall Winners

Car of show – Aaron Black Blue E30 BMW
Built choice – Gareth Blaine NASCAR

Sponsor Winners

Wheel Whores best wheels – Aaron black Blue E30 BMW
Best bike – Craig Kenny Vespa
Hexis best vinyl – Carson Perry Lexus
CIP sponsor choice – Aston Martin DB11
Auto finesse award 1 – D-coy military vehicles
Auto finesse award 2 – Ryan Bell S15

Photos by Graham Curry Photography.


About Author

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.

RMS Forum Comments

clrrk replied at 14:06, Tue 30 Jan, 2018
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Blackwater Graphics replied at 20:17, Wed 11 Apr, 2018
Entries are open for Built. Head over to www.builtevent.com All makes and models of all ages welcome, cars, motorbikes, off road, Motorsport.
jonny_w replied at 21:04, Wed 11 Apr, 2018
@Big Pimp get a trade stand booked!!
Big Pimp replied at 21:17, Wed 11 Apr, 2018
| @Big Pimp get a trade stand booked!!
On it already dude
jonny_w replied at 21:19, Wed 11 Apr, 2018
| On it already dude
Perfect now check your WhatsApp lol
Blackwater Graphics replied at 12:23, Mon 09 Jul, 2018
199688 Only 3 days left to enter vehicles for Built - enter online at www.builtevent.com
Graham replied at 02:25, Thu 19 Jul, 2018
Just some of the machinery that will be attending the event! 201012
Graham replied at 12:27, Thu 19 Jul, 2018
On the RMS Blog: Built on the success of last year's inaugural event held at the Titanic Exhibition Centre in Belfast, the automotive extravaganza known as 'BUILT Event' is set to return on Sunday 12 August from 12pm-5.30pm. (Read the Full Article Here) https://rmsmotoring.com/wp/wp-content/uploads/2018/07/IMG_7912.jpg Read the Entire Article Here
Blackwater Graphics replied at 21:16, Mon 30 Jul, 2018
Want to come to Built but haven't entered online? No problem. We're welcoming all types of vehicle who want to come along and join our outdoor area. If you didn't enter your car online simply arrive between 10:30am and 11:15am on Sunday morning, 12th August. 202504
southsky sunrise replied at 20:34, Thu 02 Aug, 2018