REVIEW: Garage Awesome’s 2010

Posted: December 31, 2010 in Reviews

It’s New Year’s Eve, which means it’s time to draw a line under all of our 2010 activity… and go get drunk. However, before we look forward into 2011 we thought it would be nice to showcase our adventures from 2010 all in one monster blog post!

Now to call it a review of 2010 is a little ambitious, since the Garage Awesome project was only dreamt up in mid July, so it’s more a review of our action throughout the past 5 months, in it we have included all the things we have been up to, some you might have missed and all with pictures that have not previously been on Garage Awesome, so for those who have read every last word and viewed all our pictures, there is something new for you lot too!

Our Project began by hitting the JDM Allstars event at out local track; Donnington Park and following it up with a second drifting event just a week later as we took in round 4 of The British Drift Championship, immediately confirming Garage Awesome’s interest in the art of sideways! The first static show we hit was the Jap Show held at the picturesque Thoresby Hall, and even allowed myself and Chris to show our own vehicles!


In between the drifting and Japanese show sandwich we launched ourselves onto the social networking scene via Facebook and Twitter and also using Flickr to host our snaps from a variety of different events, something we’re going to continue working on throughout 2011.

Feature cars were something we wanted to include and when Karl & Jay’s Volvo 340 appeared just days before heading around Europe we grabbed the opportunity with both hands and sent Coop out to take some snaps! Our second feature car came in the form of the fabulous Ford Fiesta ST of Matt Slinn, still one of our most popular posts and some nice shots despite us still very much learning the ropes.

August saw us head off to Cadwell Park to do what we do best; take pictures of moving race cars and in this particular instance it was round 4 of the Time Attack championship covering both Pro/Club Pro and Club classes.


Accompanying the Time Attack we managed to fight the crowds to take some pictures of the European Drift Championship and whilst the track action broke for lunch, I took the opportunity to take in the Kleers Show and Shine paddock and the club stands to find some of the best polished vehicles to blog about!

Continuing into August we had managed to develop the Garage Awesome logo as you see it now, and we had started to get some good hits and were receiving some nice feedback. Next thing to hit our pages in August was a massive two part special on one of the biggest modified car festivals in the world; USC at Santa Pod, incorporating Show and Shine, Run What Ya Brung and some of the action from the ESC drag series, oh and not to mention Santa Pod’s very own Fireforce Jet demo car!


Coop then headed off to Mallory Park where he managed to take some amazing quality pictures of the British Rallycross championship and managed to fill us in with all the action from this amazing form of motorsport!

Our first cruise also popped up in August, with cruising a staple part of any car enthusiast’s lifestyle, we certainly didn’t want to ignore it, and for our first covered event we ran a convoy down to Derby and took in the action from Streetrace’s After USC cruise.

With a slight gap in our action, I spent a few days planning and writing an article based on the UK scene’s obsession with importing cars over from Japan, which was well received, although most of the credit has to go to the owners of the stunning EP3 Civic Type R and DC5 Integra Type R; Rich Smith and Sallyanne Braddock, whose immaculate cars were shot despite a miserable day and having to send Coop way out of his comfort zone, and up in a forklift!


Our third feature car linked us nicely to the previous article, with local Skyline owner Ben Morton bringing us his sweet R33 GTS-T, again on a rainy day, to run a nice little feature on.

Next on the Garage Awesome agenda was a trip to Hull, not for the last time in 2010 either, our first call was to the annual Hull Motor Show, always a nice day out, accompanied by some great weather and a wide variety of clubs and cars from all over the North East of the UK.

One of the favourite events on the Garage Awesome calendar is that yearly visit to Silverstone circuit for Trax, a massive event that took up two parts in a similar vein to the USC report back in August. With track action and the masses of club cars to fill the memory cards, selecting the photos to use is always the toughest of jobs!


Whilst at Trax, the guys from our first covered event, the JDM Allstars, did their final battle of the year and we managed to get some great shots as they gracefully, and not so gracefully, drifted their way around the complex.

A bit of an annual tradition is for myself and Hayley, my other half, to go to the world’s biggest VW camper show in the Malvern hills for Vanfest! We love it here; we love campers, so I fought off the rest of the Garage Awesome team to bring you coverage from the 5 or so fields ram packed with classic and modern VW Campers.

News became an important part of Garage Awesome’s work, and we received some great information regarding the future of the Donny Show, and will hopefully bring you more on that when we can!

Without a doubt, our very personal favourite event that has happened in 2010 was the Britcar 24hr race, some amazing photos, amazing atmosphere and one of those things you just have to experience as a petrolhead, it really didn’t disappoint and it is the first event on our calendar for 2011!


Back on the Time Attack trail we headed off to Norfolk circuit; Snetterton to again cover the popular Modified Live action, with all the Time Attack classes covered and the final season’s results brought to you too! Kleers again ran their Show and Shine event and a good walk around the club stands provided us with enough material to cover both the on and off track action.

Then onto what I still believe was the biggest cruise ever done in the UK and Hull where Rich and Dean at Fast-N-Modded invited us over to cover their charity based “Hulloween” cruise, tough light conditions and over 1200 cars made it a very busy night, but with over a £1000 raised and a great night had by all we were so glad and fortunate to have been invited along to cover it!


Just a week later saw Chris and I trek to the capital city to another event, this time Stuart and his team at BritishMods invited us along to cover their night at the Ace café. Again, the light conditions were tricky, but we’re learning all the time and with a good bacon and egg sarnie inside us we covered the event with great success and enjoyed our trip down to the Ace!

Sadly, just a week later we found out the news of, and there is no other way to describe it but, the “Modifiers Bible”, Max Power was to end in the early part of 2011.

Whilst all this was going off, Coop had put his wellies and thermals on and was stood deep in the Welsh forest to capture the action from the 2010 GB leg of the WRC, with the best drivers in the world piloting these types of cars for the last time down the Welsh mountains, it made for some fab photography!

Following the demise of Max Power and the close of the show season, we rolled the clock back 5 years and dug out some old photos I had taken in 2005 and wrote an article on the changes within the scene, but it’s the cars that stole the show, with many bringing back fond, and sometimes terrible, memories in almost all who read it!


In the final part of 2010 the weather dominated the headlines, and it was the same with the events that we managed to attend, Coop again being the first to encounter the snow on the Roger Albert Clark Rally, which was quite an adventure!

With a gap in the weather, we went all Retro and brought you feature car number 4 in the shape of Chris Antcliffe’s Metro Clubman, another car that caused a bit of a stir upon its publish, with people suddenly realising that a Metro can become cool, and since then we have had a few others sent to us, so it might not be the last time Garage Awesome sees a Metro grace the blog!

With the snow back the final year’s activity was hosted by Nicola and the team from Kroozin North West and their Xmas cruise, a snowy trip up to Salford made for a fun packed and very entertaining evening indeed!


So, phew, that’s 5 months of Garage Awesome, an amazing launch 5 months and without a doubt a springboard to launch us all guns blazing into the 2011 calendar. It has been amazing and what started out as a small side project has turned into something the 3 of us take a great deal of pride in, and are constantly firing texts, emails and phone calls across to each other with fresh ideas and plans for 2011 so please keep tuned to Garage Awesome.

Also it wouldn’t have been as possible without the support from the people we have met and worked with, so a few “thank you”s; firstly the backbone of the scene; the clubs, especially Rich & Dean at Fast N modded, Stuart and Marie at Britishmods, Nicola and her team at Kroozin North West, Becca & team at UKCarCruises, Lofty and the gang at UK Modified Ridez and the teams at Maxxd, Streetrace and Kent Kruzin.

People already well established within this tough industry have also helped us out and we look forward to working with you all in the future, so thanks to Ben at LowLifeUK, Jason & Pippa at Auto-media, Donna & Jo at Santa Pod, the Donnington Park, Mallory and Silverstone Staff, Rob and Andy at Time Attack/Modified Live/Kleers, Kimi from JDM Allstars and all the guys at the BDC.

I’m sure we have missed some but you know who you all are so thank you and we’re so looking forward to a full year of Garage Awesome Coverage!


Pic Credits – Ollie Novell & Rich Cooper


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