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Motoring event experts, GTI NI, return in top form bringing their third installment of the Eurotreffen car show held at the Blue Circle Boat Club just down the coast from Larne. 

This highly anticipated outdoor car show was put together at fairly short notice in 2021, turning out to be yet another GTI NI success story; hence it’s return in 2022 and yet again on the first Saturday in July 2023.

The County Antrim event, which has replaced, and considerably surpassed a GTI NI summer show that for years was held Castlewellan Forest Park, did not disappoint. The weather was considerably kind, with just a few light scattered showers. A new ‘floor plan’ for the field, done via a GPS John Deere field star app, allowed room for extra cars to display.

When you have the team behind internationally renowned car show, Dubshed, in charge, you know you’re in for a treat and this year’s Eurotreffen saw in excess of 150 entrants. The beauty about a laid-back event such as this one, which starts mid-morning and ends at a sensible time, is that you attract an amazingly eclectic mix of all things automotive spanning a few generations.

This peaceful and secluded venue, which is surrounded by Forest, echo’s the chorus of birds singing from the trees. The select venue was only ever disturbed by the rumble of the odd train rolling down the nearby tracks and the sizzling from the ever-popular barbecue.

The calm was only ever broken when the stage proceedings got under way. Which, hosted by Connor McCann and Nigel Lamont, proved to be tremendously popular with everyone. Drive-on, drive-off stages are something I have only ever seen in photographs from European car shows, and GTI NI’s research into them paid off.

Throughout the day, various cars and their owners, people of interest within the car scene, and folk who build and prepare vehicles were all invited onto the stage for a casual chat with the hosts.

As is the norm for almost every car show in the country, various prizes are handed out covering many categories. Sometimes prizes are simply left on the windscreen of a car, more often however, vehicle details will be read out and its owner gets to collect an award from the applause of their peers.

This means that many of us who attend shows never truly know what cars have claimed which prize, unless it is your mate that has won. GTI NI mix things up at Eurotreffen by selecting their ‘Top 20’ cars and bringing them over the stage for all to see.

Finally, a brace of cars gets selected as the Trophäenjäger (trophy hunter). These two vehicles deemed the best on display by the organisers.

Well done to Nigel, Gethin, and all of those who volunteer to help in making shows like this a success. A mammoth effort didn’t go unnoticed, and I for one will be sure to try my best to return next year on what I believe will be an even bigger and better event.

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Graham is a photojournalist and motoring writer with over 20 varied years of coverage from manufacturer press launches to international motorsport and motoring events throughout the world. Graham is a full member of the Guild of Motoring Writers and Ulster Motor Writers Association.