VW & Classic Car Show Limerick
Not that long time ago, I came home from this magical place in the Alps – Wörthersee. My memory cards, still full of photos I had taken in Austria, and later in Poland, didn’t seem to be ready to record more images. I wasn’t ready either. I got paralyzed by all of these awesome builds I saw, or rather by the result of our randezvous – the few gigabytes of digital images. Also, my Mk2 wasn’t ready for the show in Limerick, running just the standard GL steelies and way too much rubber. When I was about to fold my cards and stay home, Szymon made me an offer I couldn’t refuse – a ride to Limerick in his whining, built-not-bought Polo G40. I got convinced to go.
We were meeting up to form a convoy at Applegreen garage on N7, on the outskirts of County Dublin. Karl, who owns the bagged Mk4 featured above, was so excited for the show that he couldn’t sleep and came to the meeting point a little bit earlier, at 4am. Pssssst. Mk4 – aired out. Please enjoy your stay. Three and a half hour later, the rest of the usual Dublin-team has arrived to form a little convoy to Limerick to the VW & Classic Car Show.
Shows can be fun, but the real joy is to drive these cars, or see them rolling. Though I left my Mk2 at home, I still enjoyed the ride listening to G40s finest tunes, to all its number one hits, when Stee doggedly kept on trying his fiancé’s 1.4 16v Lupo against Szymon’s supercharged 8v Polo. With no luck of course, though the little 1.4 16v was pulling strong. Them convoys… Especially the journey over to a show – it’s always fun.
The Show – Limerick Racecourse
After seeing all of that late night porn in Velden am Wörthersee, coming to a home show can be tricky. The bar, set high by some of the finest cars in Europe is hard to beat. But when we arrived, just at the gate to the VW section, Padraig’s totally mad, drag-ready Karmann was strategically placed to make everyone drop their jaw as they entered. Twice. The rusty Bug beside, is a well matured project too. Both together, the Karmann and the Bug were a nice opener for people visiting the show.
But there’s no show without the best, and freshest, builds around. Upon arriving, I found that Piotr’s BMW E39, a.k.a ‘the nicest Passat of Limerick Show’ was situated in the classic car section. Far away from all of the other low ‘yokes’. I know, it’s a BMW, but rocking freshly baked custom rolls, this E39 needed to be elsewhere. So, we got it moved over to Raceism United’s club stand, where it belongs. Later, when everyone was awaiting results, we sneaked out to take a few quick photos of this simple, yet stunning car. I couldn’t resist.
Not only Piotr’s BMW got smuggled into VW part of the show. There were a few other examples, but one stood out the most out of all. Probably due to its colour – orange, or maybe not. Rather, because it was a very rare, classic BMW. An orange E9 CSL which simply couldn’t be missed, sitting there nicely on a set of BBS E50’s, if I’m right. One of my mates, when he saw this image he was at work, operating a big-ass crane in Dublin’s Port, playing Tetris with containers. But, when he saw the E9 CSL, he nearly went game over. He couldn’t believe his eyes. ‘Porn man, porn!’ – he said.
There was even some more porn than that, I’ve assured him. A tale says, Tj’s supercharged Jetta VR6 ‘makes ’em #moist’. I’m not sure if that’s true, but this car would surely make a few aroused after a round over Turbokurve Faakersee… if not all these traffic jams and ‘Meine Lieblingsoffizier’, die Polizei, keeping an eye on ‘too deep’ cars driving around. Anyway, Tj’s Jetta is a top notch and is one of the best examples of the growing standard of cars in Ireland. We need to bring a few nice builds across the water! Wörthersee, next year? It’s worth seeing.
VW & Classic Car Show was also worth seeing. Though at first, I wanted to pass on this cool show, I’m glad that Szymon convinced me to come and took me on board his show-winning Polo G40. It was a nice chilled out day with some awesome motors and great company. Well, the latter is the main reason for coming to any of these shows. As always, it was great to see everyone. See you soon at the next one!