After 8 years any show could get stale, but the guys at GTINI keep knocking it out of the park. So what makes Dubshed so special?
What can I say about Dubshed that we haven’t said before? No really, what can I say! For the first time in quite a few years the formula has stayed the same – there was no new venues, no new additional marques, no major new attractions but yet for me personally, this was one of the best shows they’ve held.
Being the season opener Dubshed always comes with a hype so big that it’s almost impossible to live up to, but yet year after year the team at GTINI meet the expectations and continue to put on a great show. Perhaps it’s the excitement of being the show that the vast majority of the modified scene unveil their new builds at, or maybe its because over the last 8 years they’ve progressively tweaked the show closer and closer to perfection – who really knows?
One of the more anticipated builds this year was Niall O’Dowd’s Porsche 993 Carrera 4. If you don’t know Niall, you’ve probably seen at least one of his previous cars. He’s gained a bit of a reputation over the years from his Lupo, Mini, Z4 & Cayman builds but he’s never been shy in saying that all those cars were just stepping stones to the car he really wanted to build.
After 5 years of planning and over a year of building his dream finally became a reality. Wearing a set of stepped BBS RS’s, a fresh coat of polar silver paint and a set of hydraulic rams under the arches the outside of this 993 looked incredibly fresh, while inside the car had been treated to some Recaro buckets, Schroth harnesses attached to a custom roll cage and a full retrim by our friend Del at Optimus. Definitely worth the wait…
Another build that drew crowds the entire weekend was Thomas Lacey’s JDM import Subaru Impreza STI. We first came across it at Xposed where he came away with one of our top prizes. Since then the car has undergone a complete transformation courtesy of the guys at Rick’s Car Care. Rick’s have been pumping out some great wide bodied Japanese cars for the last few years and this might just be the best yet.
A case of show and go, this 500+ horsepower street slayer wears a wide set of Work Seeker FX wheels wrapped in Toyo tyres to help put the power down and fill the extra inches provided by the wide arch kit. Canards and huge drift style wing help with aero while inside the iconic jap combo of Bride seats and Takata harnesses are paired with a candy red dash dodger roll cage.
Something that I noticed was attention to the details had really stepped up a gear this year. In previous years fully trimmed interiors and wire tucked engine bays would be something that were few and far between.
One car that had both was Graham McClung’s 9N3 Polo GTI which deservedly went home with a Top 20 award. His interior, another masterpiece by Optimus, has been updated from last year and now features a custom roll cage.
On the outside the Autostrada Monza’s have been replaced with a set of OZ Futura’s from our own project Polo while the engine bay has been gutted, smoothed and tucked for an extra clean look.