One of the perks of covering the epic rounds of UK Time Attack is that a whole series of top quality shows has been built up around it giving visitors and car owners plenty of bang for their buck and with each and every Time Attack event running in sync with a Modified Live show it seems to be a match made in heaven!
It appears, however, to have fallen out of favour with more than a few people, as the numbers filling up the club stands seemed lower than in previous years and a lack of main magazine presence usually covering these kind of events means that overall publicity and coverage is also down… and we’re not quite sure why.
To us here at Garage Awesome, the Modified Live franchise kinda has it all, and it’s engineered in such a way by the men behind Sumo Power; Andy & Rob Barnes; to reflect the interest and needs of the hoards of modified car fans in a ‘something for everyone’ kinda way, with 800bhp cars thundering round some of the greatest tracks in Britain to appease those who are after an adrenaline fix right through to the slow yet meticulous way the Show and Shine competitors prepare and present their rides in a battle to win honour and cash prizes.
Once again it was Kleers who provided the main battle ground for the Show and Shine competitors, along with a support truck full of the latest detailing products in their range available to buy, I mean you could hardly miss them, who else can you think of with a 20ft inflatable Kleers bottle strapped to the roof of their van!
Despite an entry list slightly down on the usual, the judges still had a tough time picking out the category winners, often reporting that there were only a few points in it in some cases! 5 categories had prizes awarded, these included; Euro, JDM, Retro Modified, Modified and Performance Modified and to top it all off, the overall winner was crowned “Best of Show” – a format that is going to run throughout each of the 5 events this year.
The very sweet looking Honda S2000 claimed the JDM prize, owner Rich Mckee had only had the car back from the bodyshop a few days prior, therefore immediately receiving confirmation of the hard work he and the team at Elite Bodyworx have put in over the past months.
One car that’s instantly recognisable as a well established show car is Daniel Hickman’s Punto, and he picked up Best Euro Car, to no doubt add to his already pretty sizeable trophy haul! Airbrushing was the order of the day in the Modified Class with Citroen C2 owner; Sharon Hibbitt taking top honours mixing tidy silver bodywork with lairy, pink, camo style airbrushing in every nook and cranny.
The Retro Modified class also found itself a worthy winner! David Fulwell’s amazing rear-mounted Honda K20 engined Mini really was something to behold and made its way to the top of what appeared to be the toughest class to be in! Performance is the aim of the game in the last class, with Mathew Holmes representing Fast n Modded in his tuned and carbon clad Suzuki Swift. The overall Show and Shine winner or “Best in Show” was scooped by one of the most unusual vehicles you see at these kind of events, it’s certainly not everyday a Toyota Hilux double cab drives away with the top honour, but Mitch Lewis’ was immaculate, big lift kit, flawless paint and chassis and a real presence in the arena, nice one Mitch!
The club stands also play a role in making the show and a good walk round in between track action showed that some awesome cars were hiding amongst the fields. Kroozin North West had one of the biggest stands brimming with sweet cars, and at the top end we couldn’t move for Subarus as the SIDC and other regional divisions of Scooby owners converged on the show, not to be outdone, the Mitsubishi Lancer Register turned up with almost every variation of the Evo as well as their impressive hospitality trailer.
Other club stands we spotted that had made a decent effort included UK-Mods, 350z-UK, Midlands Car Club and Audi SRS. The ‘Total’ series of magazines had a nice display of rides, this ever growing and popular magazine has just spawned its 4th in the series with the launch of Total Honda and had all the popular titles on sale!
On track in between the Time Attack saw the epic, and there is no other way to describe a Porsche-beating, 5 tonne, drifting, articulated tractor cab, head round the circuit… putting the fear in the marshalls I was stood with at the top of Clay Hill and we also had the Pirelli European Drift Championship which, although runs as its own event, we feel it’s more of a demo session and takes a backseat compared to the BDC and JDM Allstars when it comes to UK drifting, but impressive none the less!
Scotland is the show’s next stop, with Knockhill the destination and we’re expecting the Scottish modifiers to show us theirs when it comes to Show and Shine… can the Scots match the standard of the English cars…? Guess Garage Awesome will find out on the 15th May!
Words – Ollie // Pictures – Chris & Ollie