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:: GTi International 2004 Run-Up ::

Click here for the GTi International 2004 - Full Report

May is upon us already and for anyone remotely interested in all things VAG that can mean only one thing… GTi International. The premier UK show for VW enthusiasts is coming up on the weekend of 8/9th May and marks the beginning of the show season for all us petrol heads. As always, Matey-Matey will be there so watch this space for a full feature with pics of all the latest projects.

For those of you who are regulars, the show will need no introduction but for those who have not been before check out www.gtiinternational.co.uk for all the details. If you go to just one show this year then make sure it is this one. It runs over two days and is being put on at Bentwaters Park airfield in Suffolk.

Excuses such as "it's too far to travel" just won't cut the mustard as there is always a massive Dutch and German presence and people travel from all over the country to be at 'GTi International' If you are travelling a long way you may want to stay locally and camping is available (see official web site) but must be booked in advance. We did this last year and it not only worked out very cheap but was a great laugh. Just don't forget to pack some Alka Seltza for the inevitable hangover.

International is an excellent opportunity to catch a first glimpse of all the project cars that people have been slaving over during the winter months, or of course to exhibit your own hard work. There are always a few stories of people working until the early hours of Saturday morning to finish their car in time for the show.

If you are after any parts for your car then you may well find yourself a bargain in the auto jumble although you need to be there early to beat the other thousands of bargain-hunters. All the traders offer excellent show discounts so go armed with cash but if you want to take the parts away with you it often pays to go on Saturday as they often sell out of their more popular offers. The show and shine (daily drivers….allegedly!) is on the Saturday and the concourse (dedicated show cars) is on the Sunday but any show cars are normally around and about on both days so you wont miss out if you are only there for one day.

Other activities include the sprint and handling course. Don't forget your driving license if you plan to take part in either of these. The sprint is great fun but not particularly good value or very accurate so do not take it too seriously. If you are after some real sprint action then get yourself to the GTi Festival at Santa Pod in July. Watching some of the faster cars tackling the sprint is awesome, as the 0-60 dash is often dispensed in well under 4 seconds and there is always fierce competition for the title of fastest dub in the UK.

Whether you own a GTi, G60, VR6, 1.8T or any other VW/Audi/Seat derivative, this year's International promises to be an absolute blast so hopefully we will see you there, and watch this space for the full story in a couple of weeks.


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