GTINI's laid back summer show lives up to expectation as the sun shines over the famous tree.
If you ask anyone in the Irish dub scene what their favourite show of the year is, chances are they’ll say Castlewellan. Maybe its the chilled out atmosphere, the obligatory GTINI sun, camping, the bbq or getting lost in the maze – but theres something about this show that everybody seems to love.
While GTINI’s other shows, Dubshed & Titanic Dubs, are strictly VAG affairs, Castlewellan also offers a chance for other manufacturers to join in with a number of selected club stands. Cars such as Thomas Sturgeon’s freshly painted S2000, Dario Giordano’s bagged BMW 118d & Tom Kennedy’s Mazda MX5 took attention away from the usual award winners with prizes for Best Jap, Best German and Best Other respectively.
On the VAG side of things the categories for judging had been changed from models to generations. Fitted State featured Richard Gibson and Gavin Black picked up prizes in their respected classes while Paul Rooney’s MK3 VR6 on hydraulics and a new set Work VS XX’s and Dean McFarland’s Purple A3 on Ferrari wheels also caught our attention.
Another element of Castlewellan that people love are the car limbo and most people in a car competitions with cars arriving stripped specifically for these events. This year the most in a car went to a red Vento with 20 people, 5 shy of the record we helped set in a 6n2 Polo, yes a 6n2 Polo, a few years ago.
Car of the show went to a rather stunning Karmann Ghia while our friend Marty McConnellouge picked up another prize for runner up with his spectacular Bolf.