Straight Outta Kempton


Posted on: May 30, 2017

Words and Photography: Michal Fidowicz 

It must be pretty nerve racking to host your own show. I have vague dreams of maybe hosting a Candy-show-sort-of-thing one day, but where would I start? I have absolutely no idea. There’s groups out there who have put on numerous shows before and still find themselves scratching their heads on how they could possibly improve and increase the quality of the day they throw on for the public. So starting off with a blank canvas is even trickier. You need to nail the location, you need to nail the selection of cars you allow in, you need to nail the food stands, you need to nail the way the venue is laid out for the public and most importantly, you need to nail a good first impression. The first show is vital, because if your first show doesn’t deliver you better be prepared to have a poor turn out the following year.

Straight Outta Kempton had my curiosity as it was laid out a little different to your usual show. It didn’t take place on a Sunday, rather it took place on Saturday. I also didn’t have to wake up early as cars were expected to arrive at 14:00 rather than your usual 6:00. I also didn’t have to go very far to get to the venue as Kempton Race Course is in West London. So all in all, thumbs up all around from me.

The venue they chose was Grand. While it was not stupidly massive, it wasn’t grass based and there was a fair bit of room for people like me to run around with a camera and crack on with my duties. The weather complimented the feel of the day well and I even got a slight tan. Once again, thumbs up from me.

Let’s talk about the main attraction of the day thought. The cars on show were predominantly German however there was the odd miscellaneous machine on show. Whilst I always say the more variety the better, I wouldn’t say I was bored at all during the day. Hopefully my pictures will give you a nice idea of what I mean…

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One of the cars that really stood out to me is Amar’s most recent take on a 6n2. This man has been building Polos since before I was born, and you can definitely tell. It seems like literally every part on this car has been improved and tinkered with. The carbon fiber splitters all around the car really stand out to me, along with the carbon interior trim and the open air roof. This is build definitely deserves the attention it’s received over on Amar’s instagram.

 

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Another build that definitely deserves attention is Bryan’s Austin Allegro which has been neatly joined on to the bottom of a Volkswagen Beetle. I was all over this car all day, it ticks all the boxes I want a built to tick, it’s raw and oozing with character. Now if that doesn’t show you Bryan’s mechanical genius, he also brought alone his pristine MK1 GTI…

 

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In my eyes, VanityBMW had one of the richest club stands on the day. Being a true BMW enthusiast I have a natural bias and tend to lean towards anything with the Bavarian flag on it. However credit where it’s due, the stand was featuring what seemed like a good 40 or so cars. There was definitely something there for everyone – be it a decked touring or a classy coupe, and vice versa.

 

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There were plenty of show stopping BMWs outside of the BMW Vanity stand too, along with a healthy amount of other German cars in between. Like I said a second ago, there was something for everyone at Straight Outta Kempton.

 

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The stage area of the venue was pretty interesting too. Cars were parked up in an organic manner which made taking photos more interesting. People were able to go up on the ramp and talk about their pride and joy too which is always nice. You find people can be shy about putting the spot light on their own creations, however give them a bit of peer pressure and a microphone and they can go on about their cars forever…

 

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… and as with every show, there more you spend exploring about the more you realise that gems are scattered around everywhere.

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And on that beautiful MK4 Golf, I’m going to leave it there. I think you can tell from the tone of the article that I had a great day out, at a good location with amazing people and some truly great cars. SOK, thank you for having us, and we’ll be back next year.

As much as I love going to all of these shows, I find it’s often tricky to make the most of every car for what it is – and whilst cars are great, the people who build them are the most interesting part of the build and this community we call the scene. Yes, I could put together a car feature article for a single car – and I thoroughly enjoy reading them. However although I might mention everything on the spec list of the car I feel like that isn’t always the best representation of what I truly want to get across. I think this is the perfect time for me to introduce something William and I have been working on for a while now for the website.

The Showroom.

The Showroom is a new part of www.candyshowroom.co.uk/blog where we’ll be diving into the mind of an individual who’s built something which grabs our up-most attention. We’ll have the chance to put down more than some photos and basic details, as after all the person behind the car is the most important part of the build. I can’t think of a better person to join us for our first Showroom feature than Matt Hollands. Join us over on The Showroom by clicking here, to find out more about Matt and his E38, or simply click blog and then Showroom.

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As always, thank you for reading.

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