Car culture in Northern Ireland is a big deal. Their love of cars shows no signs of letting up as things go from strength to strength. Dubshed has been flying the flag for Northern Ireland for a while now.
In fact, the Dubshed team have been growing this event for six years and to say things have snowballed is an understatement. From two-hundred cars in 2008 to over nine-hundred this year, Dubshed really is becoming a big noise in the UK show scene.
This year saw a change of venue and plenty of line-up changes to keep things fresh. For the first time non-vag was welcomed with open arms. With ILoveBass on-board and providing quality metal in the non-vag department, this year’s Dubshed really was a snapshot of what’s going on in Northern Ireland’s car scene right now. "Dub" in name only, this show now caters for ALL tastes and styles and this can only be a good thing for the future of the show in my view.
We sent our resident photographer Chloe Scott down to check out the show. On the hunt for Northern Ireland’s freshest metal, sit back, relax and enjoy our photo coverage of this year’s event...
Now we can’t really talk about Dubshed 2016 without mentioning John Peden’s ‘unfinished project’ BMW e21. Rough and ready on the outside, its turbocharged engine and bay was absolutely immaculate. I absolutely love this exactly as it is, shabby chic. That said, I can’t wait to see the finished article.
Damian Barnicle’s mk3 completely stole my heart. Very well played for taking a fresh approach with a modern classic. Top marks for execution.
This TT looks right at home on OZ Superleggera wheels teamed with big brakes...
This green Jetta has set tongues wagging ever since its debut at Ultimate Dubs. The world’s first mk5 Jetta coupe, some serious work has gone into this.
One of my personal favourites from the show was Conor Rauld’s 1995 BMW e34. Loads of OEM touches, it just sits SO damn right...
Graham Moore’s mk2 Jaguar sat proudly in the ILoveBass hall. This thing is all kinds of cool and looks as fresh as the day it was built. I’m fairly sure even the most hardened VW nut couldn’t fail to be impressed by this.
Autofinesse brought their entourage over from England, including their ’88 Caddy and ‘project BBS’ mk2 demo cars. Retro coolness at its finest…
…and sticking with the retro theme let’s take a look at Jonny Donnelly’s Nova Merit…
The lads from Keepitclean brought some damn shiny metal along and walked away with a few trophies to boot. A simple but ever-so-effective formula that seems to work everytime.
This Rocket Bunny S15 made an impact for all the right reasons... This is one hell of a build!
We spotted Andrew Sloane’s Mk5 looking great on its new Brada setup, wearing our RH banner with pride.
Rocket Bunny MX5 anyone? Ricks Car Care brought this little beauty along. Looks to be the complete package to us.
Luke Kilmartin brought along his Arctic Blue DC5, not much I can say about this beast, I mean, look at it! Work Equip 5’s, air, job done.
The future certainly looks bright for car shows in Northern Ireland. Well done to all involved with the show.
Words: Aron Norris
Photography: Chloe Scott