Words & Photos by Henry Phull
It’s been a long old wait, but this year’s show season has finally begun, kicking off with Ultimate Dubs at the Telford International Centre. This has always been one of the biggest car shows on the calendar, and being the first show of the year means people are attending with new projects and updates that have been worked on throughout the winter. Plus, like us and a lot of people in the show, there’s the option of staying overnight in a hotel, a good chance to catch up with friends in the bar until the early hours. To some people that’s part of the fun of Ultimate Dubs. Turning up the day before also means there’s usually some interesting cars scattered around the venue and the onsite hotel car parks, so it’s always worth a wander around. In Part 1 we’ll primarily be taking you around the outside areas of the show.
Every time we’re at the International Centre we bump into this beautiful 911, which is always worth a quick snap.
Opposite the Porsche, Alex Hurd’s bagged BMW E46 was parked up, check out the white-centred BBS RFs with gold hardware which work nicely against the silver paint and amber corners.
Over the road we caught Max Wilde’s gorgeous M4 and Shakey’s E39 M5 parked up whilst they spent a lot of the weekend in the adjacent hotel bar.
We thought we’d put this up to show that not everything runs smoothly at car shows. Our friend Kiran Mistry had some issues with his Mk1, involving a wheel falling off on route on the motorway at high speed. Luckily he’s OK, unfortunately the same can’t be said for his poor Golf.
It’s always fun to see the show car’s getting a clean outside before they queue up to their indoor spots. Here Aneysha (of FittedUK) giving her stunning ’64 Beetle a wash…
Out of the many Lupo’s in attendance, this was a clear favourite of ours, a bagged GTI sitting perfectly on Rota Zeros, it’s just a shame they’re not the genuine Work Equips, but other than that a great looking car.
We were also feeling James Cousins’ bagged Audi A5, there’s a definite chance that white cars are going to big this year.
Fifteen52 Tarmac’s on Mk4 Golfs are always a match made in heaven. Sean Lamb’s bagged R32 is pulling off this look flawlessly.
These two Jetta’s stood out, what’s not to like about a Mk1.. Jamie Lockyer’s example above, and Travis Price’s bagged Jetta below.
Abi Clarke has upped her game with the addition of Zender Phase 2 Turbos and fans on her Polo, incredible wheels.
Vossen CVTs look spectacular on most modern cars, shown here on Kiran Attwal’s bagged Audi TT wrapped by S6 Wraps in an eye catching yellow.
We’re fans of static and bagged cars, but Scirocco’s always seem to look their best on air. Check out this silver stunner on black Rotiform INDs, spaced out for some awesome fitment.
Although Ultimate Dubs is primarily a VAG show, there’s always going to be a turnout of other marques like we’ve already seen. Let’s move on to some more BMWs… like David Mcdiarmid’s newly bagged E46. With rare factory white paint, M3 front bumper and amber corners, but more importantly those insanely wide OZ Breytons!
But the winner of perfectly executed fitment goes to our Thom William’s and his bagged E46 saloon on newly lipped BBS RFs. Absolutely killer.
Alex Gray’s EOS was turning heads, not surprising as it’s bagged on 18″ Artec Turbo splits which bring the car together brilliantly. We loved the decals, too.
Moving along to a couple of the Taunton boys, Adam Wyatt has unleashed his Vento with a super bright new colour, now fitted with Air Lift suspension and a set of Rays Nismo wheels, making this something really different!
Facing it, Aggs Gaines’ awesome new Polo 6R GTI, also on Air Lift suspension. The gold OZ Ultraleggera’s compliment this car so well.
We see a lot of cars throughout the year, but Porsche 968’s unfortunately don’t pop up that much. What a nice surprise it was to come across Giles Ramsden’s impeccable example.
The 3 piece Teledials were a nice touch to Tom Michael’s bagged Mini Cooper S which was also rocking a rather impressive boot build.
We don’t see too many bagged Mercedes CLS55’s, so it was cool to come across Lee Patterson’s AMG on Airrex bags. This thing sounded ridiculous, but that’s to be expected with a supercharged V8.
Wagons are a popular choice in this day and age, but how often do you see a Polo estate? Joe Stackman’s static example really looks the part.
Thankfully we did come across some air cooled goodness, including Khol Parker’s ’66 Beetle.
Our mate Jack Ellis made the journey up from down South in his static B3 Passat. That front heckblende still makes the car for us!
Mk5 Golfs, tough cars to crack as they are so popular within the show scene, but Lee Johns’ new look is ticking all the right boxes – a lovely example.
As we get closer to the heart of Ultimate Dubs, we spotted Nick Sahota queuing up to take his place indoors. Here’s a little teaser of one of our favourite BMW’s new look for 2015. Two words, Bugatti Centrelocks.
Or how about an M4 convertible….
That’s it for our outside portion of Ultimate Dubs. We’ve shown you a variation of car’s that stood out – we’ll continue into the halls in Part 2, so check back soon to see what all the trader’s have been working on during those winter months. The quality of cars will continue to improve – we were not disappointed.