Brands Hatch 2011 - Modified Live weekender Part 2
With Round 3 being a predominantly track-focused day, Round 4 of Modified Live was going to be an absolute scorcher with hundreds of show cars and clubs descending on Brands Hatch. With the sun reaching temperatures of over 25 degrees it felt more like a European show than the UK, and even before the gates opened the trade area was rammed pack – it was going to be a good day.
Towards the Paddock Hill Bend area of the circuit was a mass of smoke and noise – the EMMA Audio Club deafening out punters with 4x4s packing over 150db of hardcore audio, while the infamous Drift Taxis were busy scaring passengers brave enough to jump in. This area also provided the Fiesta Racing Series with pit area, every direction you turned track-prepped Fords were busy getting ready for their series. But it was along Brabham Straight where the main trade action was taking place, and as you can see from the pictures it was absolutely rammed. Once again Kleers provided a Show and Shine display, this time taking on nearly 70 of the UK’s best show cars aiming to win one of the nine class trophies awarded.
Directly opposite the Kleers stand was the EDC Drivers paddock, displaying all eight competing cars along with teams and drivers ready to answer any questions asked (it’s alright, they don’t bite). With the Pirelli Tyres truck right next to the EDC stand it’s crazy to see just how much rubber these guys get through in a single round – a whole set of tyres dispersed in just a couple of runs (or even sooner if you’re Steve Will in the 700bhp M3).
Walking back up the main straight then brought you into the trade area, Round 4 packing even more traders than we’ve ever had before. Local guy’s Kode Performance brought along an impressive amount of stock along with seat manufacturers Corbeau. Cosworth were on display once again showing off their latest big brake kits while ICE experts offered top quality audio, HID lighting and tons of stickers all at an absolute bargain price.
As you reached Clark Curve the only thing visible was a mass of gleaming motors, the whole area fully taken over by car clubs and owners groups. Old favourites the Mitsubishi Lancer Register brought along their Club trailer and a host of members’ cars as well as the Subaru Impreza Drivers Club and the GTR Owners Club. Kent Modified had one of the largest club stands with over 30 motors on display – full credit to these clubs who pull out all the stops on putting a good display for the crowds, we’re talking about music all day, DJs, BBQs are much more.
Despite competing in the Time Attack, Pro-R were also happy to bring along their Subaru-endorsed stand with not one but three brand-spanking Imprezas on display, all modified with the approval by Subaru themselves. With Jon Mathers doing such a good job piloting the Impreza in the Club class it looks like Pro-R can put down the spanners and try their hand at entertaining the crowds instead.
One of the best elements of the Brands Hatch Indy circuit is just how visible it is from the Brabham straight. With the EDC drifting on Surtees and Clearways the whole drift is easily visible, and with the Time Attack cars reaching over 150mph down the main straight there’s even a free grandstand open sitting high enough to see right up Hailwood Hill too. In between the EDC and TA Racing Modified Live also put on a host of displays including the massively-popular Racing Trucks. These two behemoth machines pack over 1200bhp and 2000lb-ft of torque, racing at speeds of over 100mph just inches apart. Naturally both drivers can’t help but showboat, producing some of the smokiest drifts which would easily show up the EDC cars.
So here’s something a little bit different, a club ‘Tug Of War’ competition. Modified Live is all about the clubs, and a bit of friendly competition never hurt. Taking place alongside the EDC stand, each club nominates their strongest/stupidest members to go head-to-head with a rival club. At the end of it, the winning club not only gets the satisfaction of being strongest but also £50 to no doubt buy some beers for the rest of the members. Another competition taking place was the Rodeo Bull also down by the EDC stand... weirdly, only 4 blokes signed up as opposed to 8 women, not sure how that happened. With DJ Richie Don on the decks the whole paddock was a proper buzz – sun, fun and awesome cars, what more do you need.
Back over on the Kleers stand all 70 judged cars were busy being cleaned to be immaculate prior to judging. There really is a massive variety here, suiting every element from concourse-clean performance cars to crazy airbrushed show cars. While we’re not biased in the slightest, we’ve got to admit the Havoc GTI Volkswagens really were spectacular – millimetres off the ground thanks to air-ride suspension, OEM-quality modifications and all finished in a super sweet-looking exterior. Kleers judge Craig Phillips told us ‘every aspect is judged here – it’s not just what we think looks best. The engines, arches, interiors – even the fine details like the back of the engine bays are all checked for cleanliness, and that’s what wins the trophies’.
Winning cars for the Kleers trophies were
Best Modified - Sammy, silver Mk4 Golf
Performance Modified - Dan Thorne, Cosworth-powered Capri
Retro Modified - Paul Digby, Escort Cabriolet
70s Classic, Manny - E21 320 BMW
80s Classic, Kevin - 6-series BMW
Best Euro, Paul Williams - G60 Mk2 Golf
Best JDM, Lam Duong - Toyota Aristo
Best Truck, Carl Brown - Toyota Hi Lux
Best in show - Mk2 Golf Rallye
It’s safe to say that Modified Live Round 4 exceeded all expectations – with the perfect weather, a quality location and support from all the clubs and traders it turned out to be one of the best events we’ve ever held. At the end of July we’re heading back up to Cadwell Park on July 31st. With good weather planned and the Time Attack/EDC series providing action once again make sure you don’t miss this one.