So it has to be said Heatwave 2011 actually turned out a lot better then we had expected. Its no secret that Ireland is filled with nice cars. Properly built clean cars exist and many times over the years going to shows these cars would never be on show, in fact most of the time it would be the exact opposite, with only a handful of cars on display which would make you look twice. Not taking away from the work of some people but the car scene has definitely changed and it was only a matter of time until the shoes would reflect this. It was certainly a different line up of cars compared to lets say 2005!
Its nice to see the car scene is still going strong, with the recession and many other factors creeping in all the time and people saying how its dying rapidly, I have to admit there was a great interest at Heatwave. Lots of female action and lots of decent cars. You cant really complain with that. We brought our 1980′s camera with no batteries or film to make sure we would get all the angles.
Dave and Andy are holding it down strong with MIJ, one of the only proper Irish car magazines left and they were doing their thing with Cian from sticky rings on a pretty busy table selling stickers and Mags!
Good to see that as the years go on more and more canvases get popular, the VW scene seems to be really picking up amongst a different younger crowd which can only lead to good things.
Like this polo sitting on barreled steelies.
With a hint of creativity. When sticker bombing is done right it usually always turns out good results.
Another nice little touch!
Carbon sticker wrap seems to be getting very popular, not so sure about this but there is good potential I guess.
It can look pretty cool when done right.
It gives an interesting result when you cover an entire car!
There needs to be more Subaru’s being done out there….
Oh wait a second there’s one! And its not blue with rally stickers on it. This wagon was awesome and done in an incredible colour. Shame it was parked so close to the door it sucked for photography. Really enjoyed the look of the wagon though sitting on SSR type C’s in black which looked amazing against the fresh paint job.
But it would be this GD Impreza that wold take the trophy, finally it was nice to see an Impreza that was done that little bit different. The colour and the lack of spoiler was doing good things for this car.
The BBS LM style wheels were also done right. Definitely not shy of the arch infact sharing a very close relation ship made this WRX such a nice car to look at.
This e39 was sitting low and mean. Not too hard to make one of these look awesome.
I think the older they get the more gangster they look. This e34 was awesome sitting on some BBS meshes. A classic look for these cars that could never get tiresome to look at.
Lurking further around the outside section of the show we came across some enjoyable Honda’s like this DC2 which stood out amongst the crowd because of its TC005′s. Such a sick wheel on these cars.
This CL1 was looking very clean, such a sick colour and wheel setup.
The same can be said for the Accord, such an nice wheel choice and that purple was doing wonders against the silver. The back end had such a sick stance going on and I can only imagine the front end is coming down to the same level soon. This is easily one of the nicest in the country.
Some stuff was still a little bit questionable at the show….. That DGK sticker isn’t doing too much here.
These Equip 01′s actually looked pretty damn awesome in the FWD offset on this Ek4. A rare wheel to come across indeed.
Its crazy what a set of wheels and a drop can do to a car, making even the more undesirable chassis in the Irish car scene have a whole different appeal. This Fiesta looked totally different sitting on Schmidt Modern lines.
Same can be said about this Vectra, using the slammed + clean formula it could easily turn a casual lesser desirable Vectra into something a lot more attractive. The Rotiform BLQ replicas looked awesome on this. I liked the extra touch of the Lamborghini center caps as these wheels originally came on the Lamborghini Gallardo LP 560-4.
So good to finally see a set of Range Rover p38 style wheels on a VW Jetta. The wheel looks nuts with a different profile and on a different chassis like this A5 Jetta.
Same deal here, this Saab looked funky sitting on Bentley wheels.
The level of Toyotas at the show was amazing, some of the lesser seen models were on display in full form. This 4wd Caldina GT looked superb on Advan TC2′s. A good rival wagon for the WRX.
This SW20 was rad sporting some purple Advan SA3′s.
Another awesome little Toyota at the show was this Vitz on 5zigen Fireballs.
This Black Glanza had a classic set of Gold TE37′s and a beefy black front mount Intercooler rocking the stealth look
Gotta love for a super clean ST205.
The daddy of the Toyota Family of the 90′s was also on display. Rocking the MVP urethane front lip which makes the front bumper look even better.
So nice to see this Trueno in real life, always loved how it looks like a street version of Ueo’s car with the Jblood aero and wheels and the little garage sift sticker. Nice to see it still retains much of the stickers it had in Japan.
Flips old DC5 keeps getting better, check these CE28N’s with rays nuts slammed to the ground.
Big pimpin… Real wheels is where its at!
Jamies coupe we featured a while back looking good!
Always nice to see this immaculate 98spec DC2.
Black EVO 3!
In the corner there was a HPI RC drift car demo. Everyone needs an RC drift car, you would be surprised how much fun you can have.
The girls were loving Jackies car, infact just as much as he loves people sitting on his car haha! Its one of those cars where every time you turn and look it gets better and better… true story
I mean with an engine bay like that who wouldn’t.
Stay tuned for part 2 coming soon
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