:: GTi International 2006
- 17th and 18th June::
It's that time a gain and Inters '06 will soon be upon us.
This year it's being held at the old Bruntingthorpe Proving Ground in
Leicestershire - LE17 5QS - and it seems they made some tweaks to the format.
We won't be going this year as it now clashes with "les
24 heures du Mans" - (The 24 Hour Le Mans Road Race in France) so
we'll have to rely on you lot to tell us if they've finally cracked it!
As ever there looks to be the sprint, show and shine,
concours and some camping near to the venue. The tickets go up in price every
year so we'd suggest you book
in advance :
The official site can be found here
See below for some pics of '04
Well…. GTi International '04 has come and gone. Dan & I went on the
Saturday so typically Saturday was cold and wet whilst Sunday was dry and
fine. Nevertheless, it was yet another great show and the quantity of awesome
GTis defied even our expectations.
It wasn't all plain sailing though thanks to Surrey County Council. The
plan was to drive up early Saturday morning in Dan's 1.9 Mk2 but thanks to a
large pot-hole which decided to collide with us on Friday evening, the car
remained in the barn for GTI International
After hitting the pot-hole we stopped to check for the inevitable buckled
wheel or blow-out but neither was present so we figured we had gotten away
with it. It was only after spending 4 hours polishing the car that we noticed
the impact had forced the shock piston clean through the lowered Bonrath
top-mount…….not good! Luckily the Matey-Matey car collection is
reasonably extensive and we were able to take my old 16v Corrado. It seemed
vaguely amusing the following evening but I can assure you that at midnight
the night before the situation was anything but funny!!
As for the show, it seems that 'old skool' is as popular as ever, which in
our book is a good thing. There were numerous cool Mk1s on display sporting
original VW roof racks, four doors (yup four doors…and very cool they
looked too) and even white-wall tyres. A lot of these cars had come over from
the continent but us Brits appear to be catching on - we saw a number of cool
Euro-look GTis wearing UK plates.
Old gems such as Mk1 Polos, Mk1 Scirrocos and even the odd Derby seemed to
be getting the old skool treatment. The overall diversity of the show seems
to have improved. Gone are the days when all the cars are Mk1 or 2 Golfs. Now
there are numerous Lupos, TTs, S3s Seats etc to add a welcome bit of variety.
The 1.8T engine appears to be the power-plant of the moment with a number of
well-executed conversions to bear testament to this.
Our hearts go out to all who entered the show and shine on Saturday and
spent the morning battling the elements to ensure that their cars were in
tip-top condition. If it wasn't for enthusiasts like these who want to show
their cars whatever the weather then the show would be a thin in the ground.
All the usual trade stands were present, although the auto jumble seemed a
bit of a non-event which for sad cases like ourselves [who enjoy sifting
through piles of used car-parts] was a bit of a disappointment. I also didn't
notice the tyre testing taking place which seemed a very lame bearing in mind
the organisers had put the ticket prices up AGAIN. As always I would
summarise that the quality of the show was down to the participants and
enthusiasts rather than the organisers.
One particular highlight however was the mobile rolling road. The orange
rear-engined Mk1 that I saw being put through its paces looked like it kicked
out enough power to twist the engine completely off its mounts, whilst the
noise it made would have small children and the elderly running for cover.
We hope you enjoy all the pics. If you spot YOUR car featured in any of
them, please let us know as we would love to do a feature on it.