After what seems like an eternity, we finally made it to a car show this weekend – and it didn’t disappoint!
The Forge Action Day at Castle Combe is always one of our favourite shows, and despite the challenges involved adhering to Covid-19 rules, the team at Castle Combe Circuit and Forge Motorsport managed to pull together a cracking event.
Although there was no public admission allowed on the day, owners were able to book their cars in to display on a club stand. Now, you may think this would lead to an empty feeling event, but it was nothing of the sort. With row after row of gleaming cars parked up, the place was rammed and felt very much like any other Action Day.
As ever, there was a rich and varied mix of cars on display. Everything from a ’60s Chevy Impala on air ride, through to full-on track monsters and of course, plenty of stunning show cars in the Show and Shine competition. It was great to see the PRORAM-equipped Mk5 Golf of Christian Gale, take a trophy, too – look out for a full feature on this stunning VW soon. Click HERE to see out full range of PRORAM pleated filters.
For us, events are a great opportunity to meet customers old and new and it’s something we’ve really missed over the last few months during lockdown. So it was great to be able to chat with fellow car enthusiasts about their projects and show what we have available. Our free goodie bags went down well too.
After so long away, we were itching get back out on track and brought along a selection of track toys. These included our trusty BMW 135i (now rocking a roll age, buckets seats and new rear diff); plus a Clio 182 and Audi S4 (B5) avant. We also invited our friends at BMW MINI specialists, Autoworks Services, to join us with their matching BMW M3 track cars.
With perfect conditions on track, everyone was keen to get out there and put in some fast laps – and the guys didn’t disappoint. However, the fun came to an abrupt end for Chris’ 135i, which wasn’t running right at all. Although it needs a full investigation, things aren’t looking good for the 3.0-litre lump – pretty much sums up 2020 so far!
But let’s not end on a negative. The BMW will come back bigger and better and we’ll be bringing you a full feature as soon as we can.
Thanks to everyone at Castle Combe Circuit for working so hard to ensure that the show could go ahead, and to the guys at Forge for, ahem, forging ahead with it! It’s been a strange year for everyone, but this made us all feel a little more normal again – top work, guys!