Now in its third year, we took a trip to Loughgall Country Park to check out the BHPNI Show & Shine at the Festival of Speed.
When you live in Northern Ireland you get used to weather conditions determining when events can go ahead. This means that available weekends are limited to between March & October and even then sometimes things don’t goto plan. Due to the sheer number of events per year overlapping schedules are inevitable and therefore we have missed out on the two previous BHPNI Show & Shine events. This year, however, was different.
We’ve been friendly with BHPNI founder Cameron Taggart since before its inception so we were keen to support his event and take a first hand look at what he and his team have been growing over the past two years and we weren’t disappointed. Being associated with the Festival of Speed provides an unique situation with the modified, classic and rally experience attractions being combined to form one event.
Following on from Letstance we once again teamed up with our friends at Design RMC to host a stand which included: Clark’s MK5, Ryan’s A5, Niall’s Jetta, Aaron’s A3, Richie’s, A4, Moe’s MK6, Nelly’s MK5 and Cully’s MX5.
The show and shine featured a high standard of cars that we have now come to expect from local shows but the main highlight of the day for us was taking a trip into the forest for the specially prepared rally stage where an array of MK2 Escorts, Corollas and even a Nissan GTR hurtled through the tree lined roads putting on an exhibition for the spectators.
Come awards time many of the usual faces popped up with Daniel Henderson’s Exeo, Dale Feathers MK2 Golf, Darren Donnelly’s Jetta and Vicky Warke’s Civic amongst the top ten with some boy in a black Golf winning car of the show…