Dubshed: Northern Ireland’s Best Car Show?

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Dubshed’s 2015 event at the King’s Hall in Belfast was held today, and with six years in the running I wonder if it is the best car show in the province.  Many of you might think, of course it is, easily the best car show of the year in Northern Ireland.  Best of the year, yes it could well be.  What about best Ever?

Let me explain; it’s highly unlikely that there will be a manufacturer supported Motor Show on our shores.  Cheap travel and the ‘net has probably knocked that on the head.  Nothing else in the last six years, bar Dubshed, has brought that many car enthusiasts under one roof.  So before you head straight to the reply box to vent your frustration that you don’t like Golfs, or lanyards, or air suspension, bear in mind that this event has been the biggest boost for the Norn Iron motoring enthusiast…. since RMS!

Dubshed pictures

Dubshed as you can see here was incredibly busy when I visited on Saturday afternoon.  One of the organisers, Gethin Evans, who I interviewed earlier in the week,  told me that despite the shorter opening hours (2.30pm-6pm) for the Saturday, that it was unexpectedly busy.  Even though Dubshed covers a huge area, including the main hall, a considerable amount of the Kings Hall grounds and two smaller halls, it was shoulder to shoulder with public and door mirror to wing mirror with exhibitors and show cars.

Golfs Galore

Without a doubt, you would expect to see a variety of the people’s car flagship, the Volkswagen Golf.  Every generation was well represented, to the point where I would personally dread having to judge the ‘best Golf’ category as there were some absolute crackers.

Dubshed Golf

This immaculate baby blue Mk1 Golf was certainly centre of attention.  Check out the fold back roof.  Or if you prefer the complete open top experience, this rare white Golf clipper was also stunning.

Dubshed Golf

This Mk2 Golf impressed with it’s engine conversion, immaculate paintwork and Vento (Jetta for the Americans) front end conversion.Dubshed Golf

 

Gethin’s Mk3 500bhp+ monster .

Dubshed Golf

 

For more Golf love see the image gallery.

Audi was well represented across the show including this head turning matt red A5.

Dubshed Audi

 

This beautiful cayman was definitely one of the highlights.

Dubshed Porsche

 

Preparation, preparation, preparation

I can’t say enough about the standard of cars throughout the show’s various halls.  Fellow RMS writer Gary Reilly and I discussed how high Dubshed has set the bar in quality and quantity, compared to shows of old, when badly painted fibreglass was generally acceptable.

When you bring a battery drill to polish the lip of your rims, you know you have a dedicated enthusiast on your hands.  It’s genuine hard graft (along with the investment in time and money) which inspires people to this level, and Dubshed have to be thanked for bringing these people together somewhere where we can all appreciate their commitment. It’s not just airbag suspension, extreme negative camber and lanyards draped hung from jeans and bonnet catches.

Dubshed: Northern Ireland's Best Car Show?

 

There were some gorgeous classics on display including some rally inspired Audi Quattros, an entire aircooled hall with classic Beetles (and a BMX display), some classic 911s and this jaw-dropping Karmann Ghia.

 

Karmann Ghia Dubshed

Dubshed – The Verdict

There are a lot of specific cars I didn’t cover in this article, however I’m hoping that we can feature some of them in the coming weeks on the blog.  I did want to delve into the Dubshed experience, and why as a car enthusiast that doesn’t necessarily worship in the church of VAG, I still found it a hugely enjoyable and fascinating show.

I hope I’ve managed to convey the Dubshed experience to those who weren’t able to make it this year, or to those who think it isn’t their cup of tea.  Perhaps they will make the trip in 2016.  Below are a selection of photos from the event, and hopefully you can find more specifics and more images on the forum.

Thanks to Graham Curry for the Photos and the organisers of Dubshed for having RMS along.

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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.

RMS Forum Comments

j44nty 17:41 | Sun 29 Mar, 2015 | Report
Worth the tenner to look at the brown stroke bronze mk2 golf and silver mk1 on cards two beautiful cars. Anything made after 1999 was poo especially the field full of agri spec jettas and Boras fresh off the farm. Wreaking your arches with your rims I don't understand but from and old old bloke perspective the main hall was excellent with some of the best mk1's and 2's I've seen for quite a while
Woodcutter 18:03 | Sun 29 Mar, 2015 | Report
When are the winning cars announced?
Cooper 18:41 | Sun 29 Mar, 2015 | Report
I'm trying to get the winners list from the organisers although they are understandably busy wrapping up the show.
Deckz 18:43 | Sun 29 Mar, 2015 | Report
| Worth the tenner to look at the brown stroke bronze mk2 golf and silver mk1 on cards two beautiful cars. Anything made after 1999 was poo especially the field full of agri spec jettas and Boras fresh off the farm. Wreaking your arches with your rims I don't understand but from and old old bloke perspective the main hall was excellent with some of the best mk1's and 2's I've seen for quite a while
That's the best "hand picked vag" cars in NI lol
natogreen16v 18:47 | Sun 29 Mar, 2015 | Report
The one inside are picked. Not outside. Good weekends craic tho
BIGDAVE 18:56 | Sun 29 Mar, 2015 | Report
First time at the show for me and I thought it was great from the organisation to the cars on display. I spent 3 hours or so at it yesterday and when I got home and looked at some of the pics on here I still managed to miss a few cars lol.
Chris100 19:06 | Sun 29 Mar, 2015 | Report
I thought it would good but not great, still enjoyed walking round with a couple of friends checking out some nice motors. There are worse ways to spent £10 and a Sunday afternoon. I would have like to have had more trade stands, but as said the standard of cars inside was pretty high with only a few exceptions.
weeloaney 19:21 | Sun 29 Mar, 2015 | Report
Was up for about 2hrs this afternoon. Great show as always, some properly stunning cars. As @Ben E said the lemon metallic mk6 golf is wrapped and not painted. For some reason it does look it's be slightly sanded and not polished properly, which you wouldn't do in a wrap. So no idea what's going on with it but if you know why Ben I'd be interested just cause of pure curiosity. Would look awesome tho. Wanted to get a few things from blok51 when I was leaving but couldn't get anywhere near it with the crowd. Didn't take any photos of the stand out cars for me as I'd just get annoyed with the crowds, so will just pick them out from others when I have time.
Jamesc 19:27 | Sun 29 Mar, 2015 | Report
Great show as per usual! Some cracking cars! Still in shock that i came home with a Trophy for the TT!
Arfur 19:34 | Sun 29 Mar, 2015 | Report
Ragin I missed this, now that i'm a veedub owner n all lol!!


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