Modified Live 2012 Round 4 - Anglesey International
The Modified Live series is back, and carrying on our trip around the UK we’ve travelled all the way west to the newly-refurbished Anglesey Circuit – a truly unique venue overlooking both the Irish Sea and mount Snowdonia. Despite its location on the coast of Wales, it’s a properly easy circuit to reach and on a day like today with the sun shining it’s undoubtedly one of the best places to be if you’re a motorsport fan. As with all the Modified Live events we’ve got a selection of different racing taking place throughout the day, ranging from the Time Attack and EDC Championships right through to the Civic Cup series to provide non-stop action all weekend.
For the first time this year the Modified Live series is being held over an entire weekend, incorporating two rounds of the EDC and Time Attack with an almost festival approach rather than a traditional car show. As well as the track action, we’ve got an evening packed full of live music with DJs including Slipmatt, Rigby and Undrdog. It’s great to see so many people setting up their tents and camping for the whole weekend – the Great British weather has finally rewarded us with 22 degrees weather for the evening.
Anglesey’s unique layout means a huge amount of the circuit can be viewed from any one spot in the paddock, and with the ocean and coastline just a few metres it really is a sight to behold. Another big benefit of Anglesey is the open paddock area combining everything from race teams, car clubs and traders all in the same area making for a quality atmosphere – no more walking miles purely to get a burger or find a toilet. Despite its location, we’re hugely pleased to welcome so many of our sponsors and traders along to the Welsh circuit including Super Pro, Kobe Performance, Pro-R and Waxacar.co.uk. For our Time Attack guys, sponsors KW Suspension have brought along their support truck complete with a skilled engineer to offer advice and tuning tweaks to all those competitors looking to extract every ounce of performance from their coilovers – now that’s dedication.
Back in the paddock Kleers continued their Show & Shine competition welcoming all makes and models, be it German, Japanese, Retro and Performance to name a few. Kleers were keen to demonstrate a new range of products specifically developed for race cars including windscreen and helmet detailer – perfect for ensuring crystal clear vision when hammering round the track at 130mph. As a show tailored towards those clubs and campers, we’ve got a huge range of activities taking place including tug of war, a rodeo bull ride and prize giveaways throughout the whole day. In between the racing, we’ve also got two racing trucks drifting round the Anglesey circuit with millimetre precision – it takes SERIOUS skill and commitment to pedal one of these 1000bhp monsters round such a tight track, especially as there’s not much between you and ocean…
Something we’re really proud to be part of at Anglesey is the Help for Heroes charity - a charity devoted to helping those service men and women who have been injured or affected while serving the country. Throughout the weekend, Help for Heroes has invited a range of volunteers to come and experience the thrills and spills of Time Attack, putting their disabilities to one side and helping the likes of Jonny Morris and Ronnie Amis setup in the pits. In addition to this, Jon Mathers from Pro-R is providing demo laps in his Impreza to give those ex-servicemen a glimpse of just what it’s like to fly round Anglesey. It’s a real honour to be supporting such a great charity, and all donations made throughout the weekend will be going straight to helping even more brave soldiers who we can’t thank enough for their hard work.
One of the best elements of the Modified Live show is just how close it allows every single person to get to the action. Throughout the day, Marky Mark has provided driver interviews with some of the EDC and Time Attack competitors, while the entire pits remains open allowing people to see the detail and engineering which goes into each car. No other series welcomes so much variety, from traditional turbocharged Japanese machinery right through to classic Cosworths and even a Metro 6R4, there’s something for everyone regardless of age.
As the evening descends the actions nowhere near over yet – in fact it’s only just warming up. From 7pm we’ve got a range of awesome DJs playing sets right through to 1am for the campers – there’s going to be a few sore heads in the morning, but we’ll worry about that tomorrow. It’s a quality vibe all evening whether you want to rave or just enjoy the atmosphere. Even down in the pits many of the Time Attack and EDC teams are setting up camp with the smell of BBQ filling the air – what more do you want from an event?
It’s been an absolute quality event and we’ve got to give a big thanks to the guys at Anglesey for the fantastic hospitality right into the early hours of the morning, with the on-site bar staying open way past its schedule. Best bit? We get to do it ALL again tomorrow – same venue, same competitors and even more action planned. Make sure you join us and follow all the latest information over on Modifiedlive.co.uk