Titanic Dubs Belfast Brings 2018 Season to Close

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The Volkswagen Audi Group (VAG) of cars has had a fan base all over the world for years now, with enthusiasts loving them in all shapes, sizes and ages. Here in Northern Ireland, I have been covering events for local VAG club, GTi NI, for longer than i care to recall and they never stop raising the bar and pushing standards higher.

Starting off by running ‘run what ya brung’ track days at Kirkistown when ‘go’ was better than ‘show’ – while at the same time running a Castlewellan car show, allowing those with ‘no go’ to ‘show’ – GTi NI have raised tens of thousands of pounds for charities throughout the province along the way.

2018 has been a pretty frantic year for both established and fresh car shows and whilst many have surpassed expectations some have fallen foul of the mark. However, the local car show season isn’t over till the big lady sings.

Titanic Dubs Belfast Brings 2018 Season to Close

I am yet to find a big lady singing, but the echoes of exhausts around the Titanic Dry Dock & Pump House will suffice for now, as it was once home to a titanic-sized big lady!
The dedicated team from GTi NI once again rolled out one of the most chilled and enjoyable shows for the seventh year running, with this end-of-season send-off being the perfect place to display cars for one last time, before they begin their voyage to varying garages all over the country, ahead of winter, and light restoration in anticipation of next year’s events calendar.

The show thrives on the relaxed and quaint atmosphere provided by the historic surroundings, with many cars and vans travelling over the invisible line that brexit hopefully doesn’t impact upon, as well as the odd participant traversing the Irish Sea to absorb what Titanic Dubs is all about.

For nothing more than an end of season show, this is incredible dedication, however it was visible on arrival that attendance was severely down this year in comparison to years gone by, perhaps there was other things on over the weekend, or maybe folk are just burnt-out after one of the busiest show seasons to date, who knows.

Titanic Dubs Belfast Brings 2018 Season to Close

Nonetheless, the lack of quantity was certainly made up for with an abundance of quality, young or old it didn’t really matter as anything goes at this show as long as it is VAG – oh, or a BMW, yes the NI-BMW crew had an impressive club-stand to show off their cars alongside GTi NI, who they have a close affiliation with.

After scones and copious amounts of tea had been consumed amidst chat that will echo around the dock for days to come, the show was finished mid-afternoon with a few words from Gethin and Nigel of GTi NI during the prize giving, i mean lets face it, no show is complete without a few trophies, just like no season is complete without a big lady singing!

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Graham is a professional photographer and motoring writer with over 15 varied years of coverage from manufacturer press launches to international motorsport and rally events throughout the world. Graham is a full member of the Guild of Motoring Writers. See more at grahamcurry.com

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redanni 21:14 | Sat 29 Sep, 2018 | Report
| Brilliant day!! 210330
Oh what a shot:cool:
Graham 15:22 | Mon 01 Oct, 2018 | Report
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DaddyC 17:12 | Mon 01 Oct, 2018 | Report
Nice write up Graham (y)I have to admit i seen little of the show advertised or talked about on here which is unusual. Dunno if it was the same on anti-social media that lead to lower numbers? Its normally one of the better shows as you mentioned.
purplea4T 07:37 | Tue 02 Oct, 2018 | Report
I have to agree Gary, not very well publicised this time round, usually one of the better shows too. GTINI seem to have ended their forum and the social media isn’t too hot either.
Graham 08:28 | Tue 02 Oct, 2018 | Report
I think there was a glitch in the online entry system too, so perhaps people never bothered resubmitting their interest
Paddy_R 11:40 | Wed 03 Oct, 2018 | Report
| I think there was a glitch in the online entry system too, so perhaps people never bothered resubmitting their interest
Quite possibly as I went on and it said they weren't accepting entries. I just turned up and got in no issue at all.
dub 12:20 | Wed 03 Oct, 2018 | Report
| GTINI seem to have ended their forum and the social media isn’t too hot either.
Noticed that, not enough traffic?
purplea4T 13:55 | Wed 03 Oct, 2018 | Report
| Noticed that, not enough traffic?
Not sure what to make of it, for all the cars that are at the GTINI shows, the forum was very “cliquey” and the usual guys posting on it that you could count on 2 hands.


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