Is the scene dying? Or just changing?

My business partner and I are both heavily involved in the modified and performance car scene, even more so than most people. This is due to the levels of involvement we have with the different people and areas within the scene itself.

We deal with the trade end of the scene, and know that a lot of traders are having a hard time this year. Areas like window tinting, and bodykit sales are down – have those “fads” passed?

In addition to the trade end, we also deal with the show organisers and promoters on a regular basis too. We know that some shows have been cancelled this year as they felt there were too many, and we know that the attendance at the shows has been down too – so far this year anyway.

Big body kits are out!

And finally, we deal with the user end of the scene, the consumers and the customers. The actual car owners themselves who keep the scene alive year after year. In the first few months of this year, we noticed the drop in the scene straight away and we initially thought that it was dying. We thought that new laws being passed, and new fashions springing up meant the end of the modified and performance car scene in the UK.

Then the show season started, and we noticed that there were still the regular hard core show-goers attending, a few new clubs and members too – and although attendance figures were nothing compared to the last few years, there was still a good selection of cars and people which meant the shows were still buzzing with enthusiasm.

So we sat down and started talking about what we had said about the scene, and that we were wrong. The scene isn’t dying, its just changing!

The times of sticking huge bodykits and wide arches onto your corsa seem to be coming to an end, and more and more people are leaving their cars standardish, and are getting more into the motorsport aspect of the scene.

Stripped out cars are in!

Many of the people i know are now drifters, blagging local tyre places for any unwanted tyres so they can stock up for those days out at DWYB at pod. Most of them have highly tuned Japanese cars, some with exterior mods too, but most with subtle mods, and lots of power!

A fair few of my friends are now into the strip at Santa pod, and also the tracks at cadwell park and silverstone. Instead of taking part in a bit of traffic light grand prix, they save it for the pod and race their mates somewhere where it can be timed to perfection helping you get your 1/4 mile time lower.

Don’t get me wrong, the bodykit and styling aspect of the scene is still around, and probably always will be – but it is the one part of the scene that has changed big time!

So in conclusion, the modified car scene has lessened, and the performance car scene is rising.

I think that overall its a good thing for our world, as it means that the people left in it, are the people who are serious about it. The fact its probably not top of the fashion charts means that there is no longer spoilt rich kid’s driving standard fiestas into a bodyshop, and driving a front page cover car out.

Only the hardcore remain.

Next Round of the EDC At JTS

The official EDC website reports on the next round of the EDC that is being held at the famous Silverstone Circuit in Northampton.

Round 3 of the / European Drift Championship sees the gang travel to Silverstone Circuit, June 1st.

Now in its 2nd year, the JTS show was a fantastic platform for the EDC last year and a hardcore crowd attended to witness the Drifters hitting Brooklands at speeds of over 100mph full on opposite lock, 2008 promises to be just as exciting and worth every penny too!

At these speeds, men are separated from the boys, he who dares and all…..

Don’t miss out, click and buy your tickets now, full info on the JTS website.

Modified Nationals 2008

The biggest modified car club show of the year has just passed, and this year there was only rain for one of the days even though we heard that sunshine had been booked for the whole weekend!

The first full day of the show was a big hit with everyone, the clubs were out in full force cleaning cars and setting their stands up, and the public were starting to wlak round and take in all the modified creations that lay before them.

Nationals is one of the few shows where there is no motorsport aspect for people to compete in, or to watch. The show is primarily about the car clubs, so if the weather isn’t good it ruins the entire show. Thankfully the weather was good, and the clubs were taking the opportunity to show everyone what they were made of.

Last years best club stand winners – Street Legal – had a awesome stand on the hard surface near the main hall. They used the same marquee as last year but took on a whole new stand layout the really complimented the area they had been given. – who didn’t even rank last year – showed everyone that they are still here and still a strong force in the scene. Their stand looked very organised and very professional. A few other stand looked good too, British Mods, UK Modified Rides – but many of the clubs didnt even bother!

Many of them may of been disheartened by the weather last year, but we are English and should be used to a bit of rain by now!

The second day wasnt as good, as the heavens opened and many of the car clubs  decided to call it a day and go home. The few that stayed, were the ones that had put in lots of effort, and surprisingly the ones that won the awards!

The winners are as follows;

Best Car on a Trade Stand – Pink Yaris by Suki Yen

Best Car on a Club Stand – Blue Wide Arch Mini by Wayne from Sinful Behaviour

3rd Place Best Club Stand – CMMOC

2nd Place Best Club Stand – Sinful Behaviour

1st Place Best Club Stand Champs – Modified Car Club

Spirit of the Show – TBC

Congratulations to all the clubs and individuals that walked away with silverware, you all put a lot of hard work into your cars and club stands at the Modified Nationals 2008 – And it paid off!

We have only managed to find images from one club – if you have images please email us a link to your gallery and we’ll display some!