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Castle Combe, a great racing circuit, a great event venue and only 10 minutes up the road from Definitive HQ. Autometrix had arranged a VAG track day their on the 16th July so it seemed a recipe for success. That was untill we woke up, took alook out the window to see god had turned the tap on. Still we didn't let the weather get to us, met up with a few other VAG owners and set off on our way.
Despite the frankly terrible weather VAG owners refuse to let it get them down. The rain may of been pouring but there where plenty of cars waiting to enter the circuit. Some of the Definitive team had their cars on show and shine, so it was park up run for cover in the nearest cafe and then out to clean the cars, after a bacon and sausage roll of course. One thing about Castle Combe is that 90% is concrete, so even though the rain came down the show still had plenty to offer... as you will see.
After most of the morning had passed, and yet another meal in the Tavern we decided to brave the english summer and head out cameras prepped ready to get to work. This show had some great cars to offer and we weren't going to let a little bit of wet stuff get in the way of them getting the recognition they deserved.
As with any VAG show the cars varied from old skool MK1 and MK2 golf's up to modern day R8's. We were lucky enough to be surrounded by some of the best cars in the south west, including one such MK1 golf that caught our eye. Nothing about the car shouted look at me, which is one of the reasons we looked at it, we are big fans of the understated. Clean cars with subtle mod's and not a bright colored sticker on a 45 degree angle anywhere in site.
We are big fans of MK1 golf's as you may of already guessed and we find the idea of tracking a mint one, well scary. The owner of this example though had no such worries. The car sat on a set of BBS RS wrapped in stretched rubber. When we seen the car parked up and looked closer we realised it was stripped and race prepped, we automatically assumed that he had a spare set of wheels knocking about, altho it turned out not to be. He took the car out on track with the same wheels and tyres, in the damp. A brave man im sure you'd agree.
This TT is practically standard, but yet again a clean well executed and subtle car caught our eye. We sadly don't know too much about this one, other than the fact that its a TT, its quattro and he has a track pass. Nothing more need's to be said. You can pick up a early TT for as little as £3,000 these days, and we are struggling to think of a better car to have some fun in for that money. I have seen these with over 100,000 miles and still going as well as the day they were made.
Being a VAG show stance was a major part of the day. One of the best we found was this VW Bora. This car has been on the scene for a few years, but this year turned up with a new set of wheels. The car sits level and has near perfect stance. Not a inch of arch gap to be seen and as we all know thanks to many people and many stickers arch gap kills.
Another and perhaps the best was this R32. Now firstly let me just say that this isnt any normal R32 its a 500bhp turbo R32. Yes you heard correct 500bhp and on air.... mad mad man. This car was on a rare set of convex BBS and like all cars on air sat perfectly. We prefer static stance, its more "real" than air but we have massive respect for people who run air and use it to its full advantage. Just like the owner or this car. After strolling around the show lapping up the great cars and meeting some greater people we decided to set up camp by the track and catch a a few shots of some of the road legal cars and prize possesions people decided to take out on Castle Combe's famous track.
While some cars are ment to be on track, like this track slagged MK2 some just are not. We found a number of cars that suprised us and caught us unaware, leaving us scrabbling for the on button to catch a snap. First up was this beetle. Normally beetle's are found in the car park, slammed on the deck or driving very slowly up your local a road. This one however was different. A beetle on the track? Now if you know about beetle's you will more than likely know that engine conversions are very popular, from 1600 up to super expensive Porsche conversions. This beetle however was running a Subaru N/A engine and it sounded great through the standard beetle exhaust. Their is something about the sound of flat 4 engine without a turbo that just sounds great.
After rubbing our eyes to make sure we were still awake and not dreaming we relaxed for a few laps, only to be caught off guard yet again by what can only be described as a LWB Ford Transit van lapping the circuit. Now i'll be honest, we know nothing about this van, if its standard (it sounded it), if it had some spanky new engine in it or if the owner fancied some pretty cheap advertising. All we know is, it's a transit and its driving around the track.
As seem's to be always the case with Castle Combe it was another great event. They seem to have a nack for organising great days, wether its Japfest or VAG Day Castle Combe always seem to come up with the goods. Even though the weather was bascially rubbish some great cars turned up and some fun track time was had by many. We are looking forward to the Audi Drivers International and all the other great events at Combe. If you haven't been to any there before we suggest getting up there ASAP.
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