After months of build up Dubshed kicked off the NI show season in its usual monumental fashion at the Kings Hall in Belfast.
There is no other show in Northern Ireland that stirs as much hype as Dubshed. For months VAG enthusiasts from the UK & Ireland have littered social media with #dubshedprep giving us an early insight into what we may see.
Having started from lowly beginnings in 2010, Dubshed has grown from 200 cars and 600 spectators to 700 cars and over 8,000 visitors through the doors with ‘everything from show cars to race and drag competition prepped cars, to daily drivers that are just a little bit special’.
Moving to a 2 day event in 2014 it has become less of a standalone show and more of a weekender with people traveling from far and wide to spend a long weekend in Belfast.
While Saturday hosts the preview day, judging and the now infamous Kleen Freaks party at Box Nightclub, Sunday is a day to relax, enjoy the show, nurse hangovers and reminisce about the previous evenings ‘banter’.
In the UK, Ultimate Dubs provides the platform to launch new cars, in Ireland Dubshed is the place to find all the newest builds. The Fitted State team were reppin’ hard with Adam’s hydro Up! wearing some BBS E26 centre locks, Nikki’s Polo on some fresh white OZ Futuras and my own MK5 Golf now sporting a new colour.
Again this year there was a strong contingent from overseas with Kleen Freaks hosting Steve Fraser’s MK6, Kats Giles MK5, Craig Mahoney’s Lupo and Warwick French’s A3. Our friends from Keep It Clean were also in attendance hyping their Cleanest show and showing off Michael Scott’s Lupo.
Keep any eye out for Part 2 of our coverage which contains Sunday’s action and we’ll also chat about some of the winners.