Belfast Telegraph

Tuesday 21 October 2014

Dubshed: Thousands of petrol heads flock to Belfast for one of Northern Ireland's biggest car shows

This is the fifth year Dubshed has taken place - it draws thousands of car heads to Belfast

Thousands of budding motoring enthusiasts have turned out for one of Northern Ireland's biggest annual shows.

Dubshed - which attracted some 5000 visitors and 700 cars to Belfast's King's Hall at the start of the month - brought together enthusiasts from across Northern Ireland and beyond.

Now in its fifth year, the event organised by GTINI, offers fans of Volkwagen and Audis the chance to get hints and tips for modifying their vehicles, while learning the dos and don'ts of the industry.

Some of those taking part said the venue was "packed from front to rear, inside and out".

And the standard of cars on show was "noticeably up", according to those involved.

But it's not just the younger generation gearing up - with a diverse mixture of petrol heads visiting over the course of two days.

The show included everything from air-cooled vintage vehicles from the 50s, right through to the MK1 Golf, and more modern day cars.

One car fan said Dubshed was "always the show of the year".

"There were too many cars to mention that were worthy in my eyes."

Enthusiast Nicholas Connors (20) - who is passionate about car shows in Northern Ireland - said the annual event boasted '"an amazing atmosphere from start to finish".

"The ability to meet new people at these shows and see what they have done with their car," he said.

"Everyone has their own preference and their own budget...people do it bit by bit".

From the atmosphere, to the people and the cars themselves, shows like Dubshed are getting more and more people in the UK involved in the modified car scene.

Kate Umphray is one of the Belfast Telegraph's young guest editors

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