Standing Out From The Crowd At Ultimate Dubs

Already queuing up your comment? I got you… bags and wheels.

The VAG show scene almost always divides opinions on here. We’ve all heard the criticisms and arguments before, so I don’t need to got through them one-by-one again. Nor am I going to spend precious time and words in defending against the criticisms either – it’s a trap that myself and my fellow speed-stalking colleagues have almost all fallen foul of at some point or another, and no good comes of it.

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Yes, the ‘Dub’ show scene can be stale and repetitive at times, but that’s a criticism that can carry for almost any facet of car culture. Drift cars – it’s all just zip-ties and old Nissans, isn’t it? Hot rodding? Nothing but old V8s and chrome. Lowriders are pinstriping, hydraulics and Still D.R.E on a constant loop, right?

The truth of it is, in any scenario, neither supporter or detractor of any niche is correct. Yes, every genre in car culture has its recipes that many choose to follow, and these identifying factors are the very backbone of each particular scene. They’re what enables us to put nice, convenient labels on things – that’s a drift car; that’s a show car; that’s a drag car.

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But within each niche or genre there are oddities and gems; people who have approached things that little bit different, and not been afraid to think outside the box. When attending shows like Ultimate Dubs, that’s where the ‘hunt’ is, in searching out these unique stories and builds.

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I don’t know about you, but I’m naturally drawn to those that dare to differ. I heard a lot of people complaining about the amount of non-VAG cars at this ‘Dub’ show, but looking through my images I took a disproportionate amount more photos of them than the stuff that was actually ‘meant’ to be there. I guess I love a rebel.

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Sometimes someone doing something utterly outrageous is enough to stop you in your tracks. An Air Lift Performance setup on an M4 GTS? Madness but so cool.

Of course there was a plethora of interesting VAG content to be had at UD2018, too. It could be a crazy track build, an expertly executed car and wheel combo, a lovingly restored classic, a wide restomod engine swap or someone pulling off a build to a degree of perfection that just sets it apart from the rest. For all of the cookie-cutter builds at Ultimate Dubs that barely manage to divert your attention, it had all of the above.

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Still, I actually found myself a bit disappointed by this year’s event. Maybe it’s because it’s my third consecutive year attending, or maybe there’s something else at play here. Has progression slowed down in the VAG scene? Are people running out of new ideas?

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Did you go to this year’s event yourself? What were your thoughts? Let us know in the comments.

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I’ve picked out a handful of my favourite builds to bring you spotlights on in the near future. For now, feast your eyes on the gallery below, and remember to check out the photography guide that we published a few days ago.

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Jordan Butters
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jordan@speedhunters.com

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1

That E30 M3 is just simply GORGEOUS.

2

Damn! That's a lot of eye candy, dude. There's quite a lot to like.
Personally, I like the VAG scene. Lots of lifestyle mods, even more performance mods, huge community that's accessible to most. Who cares if BBS and some tartan upholstery is all it takes?
The white coupe and the Ferrari are droolworthy, and is that 924.
Only thing I didn't like is the M4. That's a 'fuck you' car if I've ever seen one. Lol

3

White TE37 and GTR - perfection

4

What car is sporting the Lamborghini brakes??

5

B7 RS4

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Francesco Padula

F&F Jetta with the very rare brake caliper option.

Author7

Haha that's exactly why I took the wheel shot!

8

No, you look at it the wrong way. This one is the base model without the optional brake caliper delete.

9

I'll go ahead and admit, that I'm totally in love with that two-tone Porsche 924...

10

Gorgeous isn't it?

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Randomguyontheinternet

I'm not sure people will run out of ideas anytime soon. There's always that "next big thing". I wonder if lifting cars will ever become super popular. There seems to be a huge influx of lifting cars and taking them off-road. Usually it's Subarus, but I've started seeing it with Porsches, Miatas, and even VW's and a Mazda 3!

12

That would be something I could get onboard with.

13

So admittedly I'm biased, but that 924 Turbo looks great! It's also got the same seats as mine!

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Author14

Yes my friend. That is ace.

15

those pants are wayyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyy to tight in that first picture...lol

16

104 images of cars in total and that's what stuck in your mind way down here in the comments section. That's gotta say something…

17

Bags and wheels...

18

Has Speed Hunters ever featured Boba's Golf? He put down something like 1200ps or 1400ps in a home built 1st gen GTI that got to 300km/h faster than a Veyron Super Sport.

19

that would be a feature. His Mk1 and 2 Golfs are beasts and built upon the 4 cyl 16V EA827, not on the VR6
But you would need Videos to do them fully justice :)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FIa_drJsKlY

20

What wheels are on the bagged red 964 911, they are just plain cool looking.

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They look like 'Azev B'.

22

I really like variety in ways you took the pictures, espically the motion blur with still white Jetta I'm almost low-key inspired to try taking a picture like that once the weather warms up in Maine.

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And overall coverage of the event.

25

It would be nice if every Carspot or Image from SH had a Like or Dislike Button. Maybe a few haters will only push that button and be quiet ?

26

No. This isn't social media.

27

All right forget about this ^_^'

28

The light blue 5 door mk1 on steels really stands out to me. Likewise the black E28

29

Bags and wheels is right. BUT GOD DAMN I NEED A MK2 GTI IN TORNADO RED

30

gross

31

I attended the show with a group of mates. If i had to sum it up it would be MK1 golfs, BBS, Smoothed bays. It did get repetitive and boring seeing the same thing just on a different coloured car. The quality of T5/6 builds was insane! and it was actually really nice to see the odd Jap car in there. the R34 skyline was a big wow factor. Saying that we did spend a long time at some cars really looking through the engine bay details. I think the issue with the Vag scene is there is only one look, so people wont experiment much. Its almost like there's is a MSA book for Dubs. The Jap scene is totally different, there's drift, track, stance all these different styles and when you go to a jap show you never know what you will see next. whereas you could pretty much guess at a dub show.

32

.........i spot Jesse.........

33

What wheels are those on the the yellow Audi TT?

34

Whatever they are they mounted the turbines on the wrong side of the car. They should pull air out, not push it in.

35

can u share more pics of that two tone 944 please

36

VW Golf gen1 is wondering in my dreams again, specially a good example like the cover image (it's on the cover for some reasons after all)

37

Jordan I am a "hardcore" old-skool VW guy. I have '95 Mkiii Jetta that was painted by Dave Paster in New Jersey. Has an NGP Racing built motor, full Vogtland suspension, bronze Rota Slipstreams, etc. It only has 3000 miles since rebuild 3 years ago. Bought it brand new and drove it 253000 on same clutch. Got hit by a Honda CBR400 at 65MPH and the guy got killed in 2004. Car is almost completely restored. I mean EVERYTHING. new fenders, lights, rear window pulled out and resealed, new sun roof gasket,etc. I love this car and it's Dusty Mauve quick is pretty rare. I love ANYTHING German but old Vdubs are freakin' GREAT! Nice pics! Google: David Alston + Mobil1 and watch Mobil1 video I shot with my car 3 years ago.

38

What kind of VW is the white one with the D15 DUB license plate?

39

"Hellraiser" Audi TT has its wheel fans mounted on the wrong side of the car.

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