Titanic Dubs Triumphant Return

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Titanic Dubs hosted by GTi NI turned out to be a car show with success amid a year of incredible uncertainty.

Widely regarded as the most relaxed show of the season for Northern Ireland car enthusiasts, Titanic Dubs has almost always been the car show to end the season on a high.

Organised by a club of Volkswagen Audi Group enthusiasts, Titanic Dubs, alongside a few other of the clubs events, started from incredibly humble beginnings.

Like most things this year, the event organisers were forced to cancel not only the country’s largest car show which they host, but also their summer show too, as one of the event organisers, Nigel Lamont explains, “This year has been particularly difficult due to the Covid situation and we wanted to make sure that we had at least one show this year.

“We had to cancel DubShed as well as our summer show at Castlewellan, it looks liked we may even have had to cancel Titanic Dubs, but we jumped through a lot of hoops and obstacles to make this event happen, liaising with several authorities including police, venue, council, and the health board.”

This effort by a small team of organisers seems almost as big and stressful as it would be for their two-day DubShed event which sees tens of thousands of people through the doors, as Nigel continues, “It has been a huge effort for a small event in comparison, but it has been a success here, everyone is behaving themselves and have stuck to the rules.”

“Everyone is just busting to get out and get their cars out for a drive and to show off any work they had carried out over the winter months,” explained Nigel.

Due to tight restrictions still in place regarding social distancing, the usual format of all owners and spectators gathering at the end of the event for a prize giving were sacrificed this year.
Instead, event staff walked various trophies and awards around the show, enabling them to hand over awards at each specific vehicle they deemed deserving of an addition to its trophy cabinet.

Having attended this show most years, it has been noticed that attendance figures had started to dwindle. With this in mind, I did not know what to expect on arrival this year, but unsurprisingly, due to the fact that there have been little to no shows this year, the volume of cars on display this year was noticeably improved.

It wasn’t just a numbers game whilst looking around the Titanic Dry Dock however, as the quality of cars on show was generally of a higher standard than seen in most recent years.

Well done to all involved, both organising and those participating, for a fitting tribute to end the season that never was.

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RMS Forum Comments

veedubnoodle replied at 10:54, Wed 09 Sep, 2020
Gutted. We thought this wasn't happening so we booked a weekend away in Donegal instead. Now MJ is raging she can't bring the Beetle down lol
azzamut replied at 08:38, Wed 16 Sep, 2020
Looking forward to this Very good last year
Chris100 replied at 17:52, Wed 16 Sep, 2020
went down last year, to be honest I didn’t think it was worth £10. If it was a fiver in I would have gone.
pablo replied at 18:14, Wed 16 Sep, 2020
Ill likely go anyway, for bants. tenner isnt much these days
ChrisL replied at 07:11, Thu 17 Sep, 2020
Heading up the north coast this weekend or else I would have gone. £10 isn't much and after the drought this year of car shows its a bargain lol
DaddyC replied at 09:10, Thu 17 Sep, 2020
Where is the best place to park for this these days?
purplea4T replied at 09:27, Thu 17 Sep, 2020
| Where is the best place to park for this these days?
Usually the science park car park Gary. Right beside it.
Ben replied at 09:55, Thu 17 Sep, 2020
Yep the science park, just bring your parking ticket in with you and the guys in the cafe will validate it for you so you don't have to pay. If I get my car back early enough on Sat I'll take a wee race down.
Bronk replied at 13:44, Thu 17 Sep, 2020
Might go for a nosey myself.
r16vka replied at 09:00, Fri 18 Sep, 2020
I didnt plan concieving my two kids out very well. My eldest's birthday falls around dubshed, and my youngest's falls at titanic dubs :tired_face: If @natogreen16v or @veedubboy can arrange a small petting zoo next to the burger van in 24hrs then i can go there instead of the farm for his birthday :joy::joy::joy: