Last Saturday we hit the road for our annual trip to Fermoy, Co. Cork for VAGE Show and shine. We were a smaller group than usual as some of the GTINI crew had already made the trip down for TJ’s wedding which was also on the Saturday.
Our little convoy consisted of Stefan, Connor and me (the only hardcore VW enthusiasts) in the MK3 Golf and three Audis. Paul’s lovely and ever practical A6 estate, (AKA the birdcage) Kyle’s crazy static S3 and Matt, Lucy and family slumming it in the company car – a black A3 Sportback.
Gentleman that he is, TJ had organised accommodation for us all in Cahir despite being in the throes of last minute car building and wedding planning! So the Saturday proceeded pretty much as normal, with the pit stop (or should I say piss stop?) in the usual lay-by testing the newly up-rated brakes on the MK3, followed by dinner in the Cahir House hotel and (more than a few) drinks in TJ’s pub.
Feeling slightly delicate the next morning, but somewhat revived by a delicious breakfast in the B&B we got back on the road for the last few miles down to Fermoy.
The VAGE show is not the biggest in the world, but still more than enough to keep us entertained for an afternoon. The standard of cars was noticeably higher this year and it was great to see some real performance driven mods. The Raceism stand particularly stood out – those guys certainly know their way around stance (more Audis hmph!) There were other beautiful cars on show, including a stunning air cooled Beetle which deservedly took Car of the Show.
Stefan was particularly impressed by the MK2 ‘sleeper’ – which looked rough as hell but held a 1.8T – and giggled excitedly every time it started up. There were some questionable bits and pieces too, but hey, to each their own!
The GTINI stand drew a lot of attention throughout the day too with the Raffle Leon as the centrepiece, Gavin’s US Highline Bora and Janice’s white aired MK2 TT with carbon touches to name but a few. Gethin was even interviewed for VW Ireland while we struggled to contain ourselves from making rude gestures in the background!
The highlight of the weekend for us – though probably not for the man himself – was the long awaited unveiling of TJ’s MK2 Jetta. It has been newly converted to a 4motion V6 engine and is sitting pretty on a set of Image wheels. Is scooping the Best Jetta prize a better feeling than saying “I do”? Maybe not, but I’m sure there aren’t too many who can say they’ve done both in the same weekend!