Dubshed 2023: The Different Corridor

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The Logan Corridor

Most vehicles exhibits evolve over time. Tastes change, the viewers diversifies, and small concepts start to take route and develop. That is the place Dubshed finds itself proper now, evolving.

Whereas it’s nonetheless very a lot a VAG occasion at coronary heart – as seen by my latest stroll round Eikon Exhibition Centre’s Fundamental Corridor – issues are getting very fascinating within the Different Corridor.

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I keep in mind attending Dubshed again in 2016 and seeing the primary semblance of change. New kinds and concepts got here with the standard addition of a 20-car marquee bolted onto the facet of the Fundamental Corridor. Within the time since, issues have taken an enormous leap ahead.

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Throughout the not too long ago constructed Logan Corridor, all method of machines vied for the eye of Dubshed 2023 attendees. There was one fixed although: high quality.

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The everyday chatter amongst buddies has modified from ‘Jeez, did you see that Golf with the…’ to ‘that Toyota 86′, ‘that Honda Civic’, or ‘that Ford Sierra’.

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Sure, that Ford Sierra with the Buddyclub P1 wheels. Sure, that Sierra on hydraulic suspension… with a Saab 16-valve turbo engine. Michael Scullin’s automotive is typical of the wildness that was on supply throughout the Logan Corridor at Dubshed 2023, and a construct we will likely be intimately sooner or later.

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Persevering with my wander round, I couldn’t assist however cease and stare at this Citroën ZX 2.0 16V. In a sea of untamed, modified machines, it was refreshing to see an extremely uncommon and infrequently ignored French scorching hatch nice in immaculate, authentic situation.

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Anybody who has spent any size of time in my firm will possible know that I’ve an unbelievable love for early Fiat Pandas, so to see this Blackline Efficiency construct in individual was an sudden deal with. Hydraulic suspension, an enormous audio set up and sitting so superbly on a set of 13-inch Picture Turbo alloys – this construct is one thing particular.

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An untrained set of eyes may in a short time have handed by this Bedford HA van parked up in a close-by nook, however due to a tip-off I went in for a better look. The very first thing to notice is the mid-’00s Vauxhall inside. Seats and a steering wheel from an Astra is smart as low-cost replacements, however issues actually click on once you study that the total working gear from a VXR lives beneath the padlocked bonnet.

Try the construct thread, this factor is nuts!

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Keep in mind once we caught up with the gang from Zero7Four just a few years in the past? Nicely, just a few of the gang made the journey throughout to Lisburn for Dubshed, and it was nice to see Shaun’s unbelievable new wide-body Toyota 86 on Work wheels. The sweet purple paintwork is unbelievable, and testomony to abilities of Martin at MidnightAutoBody.

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The 2 Donegal vehicles have been joined by a former Z7F automotive on this gorgeous RPS13 Nissan 180SX. Midnight Purple paint, RAYS Volk Racing TE37s, Confetti Recaros – absolute perfection.

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Being blown away by the choice inside, a fast look across the exterior space uncovered just a few gems. How good does a very authentic Mk5 R32 Golf nonetheless take care of all these years?!

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And what about this E46? My preliminary thought was road/drift hack, however then the semi-slicks, racing gloves and Nürburgring Nordschleife season card raised a smile.

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Head already hurting from the variability, there was one closing automotive I wanted to see: Auto Finesse’s insane LBWK Nissan S15. Whereas Liberty Stroll have pushed boundaries up to now, their silhouette racer package for the S15 have to be the wildest but.

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What makes the AF automotive much more particular is the historical past within the chassis. This automotive was initially constructed up by Limitless in Japan for drag racing obligation, the place it achieved a 9-second quarter-mile move. Imported to the UK by Harlow Jap Autos, the present automotive transformation started as soon as within the Auto Finesse steady. Whereas the Silvia appears to be like lots completely different than it initially did, it nonetheless retains its stroked SR20DET engine that pushes almost 1,000hp by an HKS sequential gearbox.

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For a as soon as staunchly German occasion, Dubshed now showcases the range of automotive tradition within the vastness of the Different Corridor. And the insane number of vehicles that flip up every year is simply testomony to the massive number of builds taking place in small sheds and massive outlets throughout Eire.

Cian Donnellan
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