This years show happened the same weekend as Edition 38 and left us with a dilemma, Nelly & Kelly style.
Did we hit Edition 38 then Trax the following day? Work commitments put that out the window.
Did we just hit Edition 38? But that would meen missing out on the live action etc at Trax.
This left us with no choice, but to head to Trax and make the most of the show.
The weather though quickly made us wonder if we would be wasting our time.
Friday had seen beautiful sun and girls floating around in skirts,
turn the page to sunday and well you can see for yourselves.
Rain rain go away came to mind.
The drive up was uneventful, wet and miserable weather,
people forgetting how to drive or turn on their lights
and very few cars on the road made for a drive rather than a journey.
The only excitment coming when we stopped for a sausage roll and were instantly
sent to the back of the que for being polite.
It seemed early morning service workers had little to no sense of humour or personality.
Onwards though with the drive and up to Silverstone to meet up with another Defintive crew member
fresh from his barracks in Aldershot. Tom.
Many people love him, rave about him although we aren't so sure.
Firstly he ratted on his friends and co presenters.
Secondly he is a little old.
Thirdly though is our biggest reason for not liking him. He can't drive.
We aren't amazing drivers, we don't race in F1 or anyother form of motorsport
but we had the pleasure of seeing Ben drive last year at the final round of the BTCC
and out of the 3 race's we aren't sure he actually finished any of them and if he did it was below 10th in every race. Not great for someone who is ment to be one of the best drivers in the world,
although to be fair the hype created about "The Stig" was probably very hard to live up to.
Anyway rant over and on with the show.
There are cars, girls, track action and alot of trade stands to entice you into
spending your hard earned and harder saved pennies.
From exhausts (as shown above) to cleaning supplies all areas are catered for
and you could easily find yourself driving home at the end of the day with just enough
money left for a over priced KFC in one of the stupidly
small service stations that line our motorways.
This year Need For Speed were showcasing their new game "The Run" at Trax.
We don't get alot of time to play games anymore, we have jobs.
But when we do its nice to play something that relates to our passion of cars
and the Need For Speed series has always satisfied our thurst.
The Run looks to be no different although definatly
more mainstream than the earlier underground series.
No underglow kits can be found on this game.
To be honest, we are very bored of talking about games, trade stands
and other boring mundane things.
On to the cars!
That isn't to say though that this E46 wasn't worthy of a pic, it clearly was.
Not alot has been done, but the wheels are what stood out for us.
This set of BBS isn't something you see everyday,
abit more special than dare we say it another set of RS's on a BMW.
The stance of this car is just right and its a 5 door so plenty of room for the
kids, dog or another set of wheels should you be that way inclined.
With low cars and crazy wheel combo's spreading as far as the eye could see.
This Bora clearly wanted to be noticed and in a desperate bid to
do so let his GF choose what color to paint the wheels.
We can imagine the conversation going something like:
"Babe what color wheels should I go for?"
"Yes, don't you love me?"
"Pink it is, sorry"
Most car's wouldn't pull this off, although on the grey of the Bora it seems to work,
we aren't to sure on the duck tho, another thing that seemed to pop up all around the show.
This MX5 stood out to us for one reason.
Function over form.
Usually that would make us run away shouting
"What? You'd rather you could drive your car than make it low or look good, you fool"
But this car is nothing like that.
The owner Sebastian drives this car and we dont mean to shows.
He takes it to drift days and abuses it, just how it should be.
The car still sports a scar from a recent excurision at Awesome Fest,
just proof that this car gets driven and not polished like a relic from some forgotten era.
The car sits millimetres from the ground, with the wheels barely cleaing the arches
yet Sebastian isn't worried and laughs in the face of potholes.
Keep your eyes out for more of this car as we are currently working on organising a feature with the owner.
This year round 5 of the BDC was being held along side the show.
Drifting is a great spectator sport, lots of noise, tyre smoke and sideways action to watch.
The morning was a wash out with little to see or photograph, but in the afternoon the sun showed its face.
So we set up camp to check out some of the best drifters in the wolrd battle it out in the top 16.
This year some special guests arrived to take part in the BDC.
From team Need For Speed Darren McNamara and Frederic Aasbo
turned up to smoke their tyres infront of the UK fans.
Drift car's are an amazing sight, sporting stupidly high BHP, insane steering angles
and wheels big enough to house a small family of immigrants they make for some great viewing and driving.
Ranging from audio dedicated clubs to hot hatch owners clubs and VIP cruisers they
give you hours of walking around chatting and admiring.
We usually find that if you look around you can find some hidden beauties in amongst
the club stands and the owners are almost always around for a chat.
Sat on Rota's and with a huge tow eye poking from the rear we just had to take a closer look.
Upon closer inspection we could see the attention to detail that had been taken when creating this car.
The number plates and surrounds, the color co-ordinating tow eye all added up to perfection.
One of our own, Tom is a die hard Leon fan and ever since seeing
Gordan Sheddon driving one in the BTCC he has longed to own one.
So it was no suprise that the owners came over wondering what 4 people
all wearing the same tops with camera's were doing analysing their cars.
After a quick chat it turned out these guys
were from Ireland and were running a sitecalled ShoWerks.
The site can be found at www.showerks.com and is very similar to our own concept.
Tiried of sitting back and watching forum after forum,
car club after car club hitting the internet and shows.
Watching the modified car scene getting worse and worse
they decided to do something about it, ShoWerks was born.
We intend to work with them soon so watch this space.
They were everywhere, from Vauxhall Zafira's to Audi Avants.
The wheel is a great wheel, good looking, lightweight (if you get real ones)
and can finish off any project that you are building.
We can't help but feel though that now there are many reps and everyone
seems to have some that they have lost some of their magic.
We will leave that with you guys to decide.
Its a Honda Civic Shuttle.
This funky little car just has a essence of fun surrounding it.
Its an estate, but its not German. SHOCK.
The stance is sorted, the wheels are epic and its not a hatch or a saloon.
It would be rude not to really.
Trax is a great show and will hopefully continue to be.
It has everything a true car enthuasist needs.
Track action, trade stands, hundreds of cars on display and lovely ladies.
For us the highlight of the day was meeting some great new people, chatting to fellow owners
and generally hooning around having a great time.
We hope the new contacts we made their turn to future relationships.
It just goes to show once again what we stand for. The people make the cars!
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Thank you to Tom who provided a number of the pictures taken
and to the rest of the Definitive team for a great day.
Enjoy the rest of the photo's below.