Car Culture Live at Ards Airport

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The team behind Car Culture Live have a record of running successful drag and drift events at Bishopscourt and Ballykelly.  Their ambitious plans to bring the event to the air strip in Newtownards, as a weekender event including bar, camping, and DJ along with the main attractions of drifting and drag racing was a tall order: did they deliver?

Car Culture Live at Ards Airport

The Saturday event was predominantly focussed on the drag racing event.  Skies were sunny which boded well for some good quarter mile times on the relatively grippy airstrip surface.

Unfortunately with no start lights, PA or visible time clock, it was anyone’s guess at times who had won.  We hope to see the times and ETs emailed out – post in the comments if you have received them!

Car Culture Live at Ards Airport

There was a reasonable turnout of both spectators and show and shine cars on the first day of Car Culture Live however they were spread far and wide at the sizeable venue and we can’t help noticing that both the quantity and variety of cars were down on previous Ballykelly and Bishopscourt events.

Car Culture Live at Ards Airport

The evening then kicked off the open drifting track time.

Car Culture Live at Ards Airport

With the lack of PA there was little notification of when events were starting or finishing to the frustration of the public and event competitors.

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The Sunday event was part of the NI Drift Championship, however unfortunately torrential rain all day washed out day two.

Photos by Graham Curry

Car Culture Live at Ards Airport

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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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ace275 10:46 | Sun 26 Jul, 2015 | Report
The funny bit being... This is exactly 1 year after Belfast motor show to the day lol
markboyle 11:07 | Sun 26 Jul, 2015 | Report
@Reno_LV Fantastic pics. They look great - looking forward to seeing the rest. @Marc.W I was so suprised at how quick this was yesterday. It's definitelly a bit of a sleeper you could easily get caught out by at a set of lights!! What sort of BHP is it putting out? Is it DSG?
Ceebl 11:18 | Sun 26 Jul, 2015 | Report
I was disappointed with the amount there yesterday, thought it was going to be rammed to the gills. That being said I still really enjoyed it, thought the atmosphere was good and it was nice to get to see a bit of the racing and stuff... As others have said, don't let a few idiots put you off the idea of it being a good event, this country has that many morons in it that they will be everywhere at every type of event, if you judge an event by what a few people do at it, no one in this country would organise anything or go anywhere! Will def go to this next year again in the hope they have the drag racing better organised and keep the cars moving more. No one wants to stand around for an hour watching a queue of cars sitting waiting to go either lol
pablo 11:42 | Sun 26 Jul, 2015 | Report
50cal stand looks AWESOME!!!!!
Arfur 11:52 | Sun 26 Jul, 2015 | Report
Doesn't look to bad from those pics... There was a lot of coming and going from the comber road entrance even when I past it around 23.00 last night.,
ace275 12:41 | Sun 26 Jul, 2015 | Report
I enjoyed the drag racing and drifting, but I was boiling my power steering fluid and didn't want to do any damage. Was a good atmosphere though just poorly organised. Hopefully some things the organisers can learn from for next year and make it a better event
Marc.W 12:43 | Sun 26 Jul, 2015 | Report
| @Reno_LV Fantastic pics. They look great - looking forward to seeing the rest. @Marc.W I was so suprised at how quick this was yesterday. It's definitelly a bit of a sleeper you could easily get caught out by at a set of lights!! What sort of BHP is it putting out? Is it DSG?
Got a load of gopro footage to upload, yeah it's the DQ200 box, the only one that doesn't have any launch control, so I always loose ground on the starts, was RR'd last year @ 204bhp :D
Ceebl 12:56 | Sun 26 Jul, 2015 | Report
| Got a load of gopro footage to upload, yeah it's the DQ200 box, the only one that doesn't have any launch control, so I always loose ground on the starts, was RR'd last year @ 204bhp :D
Are those the 1.4tsi engine jobs?
Marc.W 12:58 | Sun 26 Jul, 2015 | Report
| Are those the 1.4tsi engine jobs?
Yep
Graham 13:52 | Sun 26 Jul, 2015 | Report
Today was moist to say the least ! 90876


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