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Night Sessions – Rich Maguire

12th October 2017 — by Dave Cox

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This week in night sessions…

…Rich Maguire and his STi Gravel Express. No, that isn’t a typo. This was a genuine development car for STi.

Rich had brought himself down to the Fueltopia monthly Offline Meet at the Ace Cafe second Monday of each month if you’re wondering. I had seen it there a few times before and always nodded in approval as I passed it.

On this particular meet, sat there under the sodium arch lights of the Ace Cafe my penchant for fast wagons spiked. Knowing of a cool location round the corner, Phil and I went inside to find Rich. He happily handed over the keys and, we were off.

As this is a STi development vehicle it is running full pink STi suspension, and with a mild tune, around 350bhp. Rich set about making some other improvements both visually and performance focused. 355mm Porcshe brakes, fifteen52 carbon wheels, cusco coilovers, and ABW wide arch kit.

Feeling the car as we drove over speed bumps, the suspension wasn’t crashy at all, you could certainly cruise around in this as well as hoon it around a track. This is exactly what he does with it. He’s even driven it to Gatebil and back. I love the classic lines of this car. The added width and lower ride height really help make it look aggressive.

I wonder if he would let me borrow it for a drive up to Wales?

Oh and if you want to see a bigger feature, check out Dan Fegent’s feature on it HERE

Words & Pictures: Dave Cox (SHOOTINGDAVE)
Instagram: @ShootingDave

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Stunt Festival & Streetfighter Show

22nd April 2017 — by Dan Fegent

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Whichever side of the coin you have chosen, whether you are a supported of bikes or cars has been a hotly debated path ever since man jumped off of his horse and was thrust into the world of motorised transport, and realised “Hey these things are fun!”.

The Ace Cafe Stunt Festival featuring the Streetfighter Show & the Fueltopia Barrel Sprint looked set on settling this debate once and for all. Both sides would get to show their worth in their own disciplines before facing off against each other in a perfect display of raw rider & driver talent with a car vs bike barrel sprint.

From the moment the gates opened for the crowd, Wembley echoed with the roar of bikes & cars. From demo runs on the Barrel sprint track from the four wheeled competitors to the various stunt bike competitions taking place, there was simply never a dull moment.

The crowd for each camp was continually amped up throughout the day with high levels of skill being displayed. It wasn’t all just tarmac shredding two & four wheel mayhem however as there was plenty to see off track.

Static displays of bikes and cars were varied & ample & allowed each patriot of two or four wheel a chance to get up close and personal with each others offerings. Ace Cafe put on a hearty food stand so those could sit and discuss their discoveries & settle their differences. Throughout the day the atmosphere was buzzing, with plenty to see off & on the track, everyones attention was torn in all directions.

However As the afternoon sun started to heat up, all focus turned to the track as 7 of the best stunt riders would face 7 of the best barrel sprint drivers. The showdown was an awesome spectacle of petrolhead mayhem with drivers and riders being pushed to the limit. Ultimately it would be the cars that would take the victory but I think I can safely speak for everyone there when I say both sides were the winner.

Riders and drivers both earned each others respect, and the crowd echoed the same sentiments. Everyone watching was treated to an ultimate showdown. As the sun set, the content crowd left, completely satisfied by what they had witnessed. After this level of showcase I am certain that many of them felt like myself, and that is that we can only hope that we get to see more of this in the future.

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Offline at the Ace Cafe – February

19th February 2017 — by Dave Cox

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February’s Offline meet at the Ace Cafe was our biggest yet. With a wide range of automotive metal and BBC’s Top Gear: Extra Gear in attendance. It was a great opportunity to forget about work and hang out with like minded people.

It was great to see some unusual cars there too, I don’t think I have ever seen a Jaguar XJ220 in person, or at least on the road. It had such clean smooth lines, hard to believe that it is around 23 years old. It has aged to well. Sadly it disappeared before I could get some decent pictures of it.

Another that really caught my attention was this Dodge Viper GTS-R, when I was a kid, this was one of my dream cars and this one in race trim was phenomenal. Again, that left before I could spend some time or speak to the owner. If you’re reading this, say “Hi” on any of our channels, we’d love to know more.

It was also pretty fascinating to see the Top Gear crew do their thing. I didn’t want to get in the way of their filming but you may see me in the back of shot in a few of them. I’d love to know what they thought of the night and can’t wait to see it aired. It really makes you feel proud when you see something like Top Gear turn up at your event.

There was also some regular faces there, you may recognise this E36 that I featured earlier this year, you can read about it here.

Also if this Mercedes AMG seems familiar, well we featured that earlier this year too, click this link and you can even see behind the scenes on the lovely guys at Xquisite Productions who built here.

Here is a cool little video that shows you guys what goes on during our meets. If you fancy popping a long, one night, we hold them on the second Monday of each month at the Ace Cafe. Check out the facebook page for more information.

And whilst we are sharing videos, our buddy Adam at 6Two1 did this awesome VLOG of the event too as we invited him down.

Words & Pictures: Dave Cox (Shooting Dave)

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Offline at the Ace Cafe

19th December 2016 — by Dave Cox

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It’s the second Monday of December and the last of this year’s Fueltopia Offline meet. Sure it’s dark, cold outside but it is only a short walk to your car, your chariot to the petrolhead venue that is the Ace Cafe.

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For us this is great opportunity to catch up with old friends, make new ones and discover new cars. It has also served us well as a way of discovering feature cars. You may remember from one of the meets at the beginning of the year (this one)  that we came across Ash’s Soarer which we then featured. 

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At this event we got to meet our latest recruit Kim Pham who has since made his first appearance here on our site with a post about the Winter Teddy Bear Run. It is always nice to meet fellow contributors on our site, although we all march under the same banner, we rarely get the chance to spend time with each other. It was nice to give him a warm welcome.

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Grabbing a coffee and walking around the parking lot, it was nice to see the ever changing variety of cars on show. This month there was more R34 Skylines that I have seen here before ranging from stock all the way to drift specification.

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Also in the mix was Monty’s stunning Charger RT which I must admit to not getting many pictures of. We were too busy talking about his plans for his awesome truck which we have seen a few times before. We hope to bring you a feature on that later next year once it has undergone some *ahem* subtle tweaks.

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However, sitting over to one side being anything but subtle was the awesome Team Galag Mercedes AMG GTs. We had to go in for a closer look and yes, we will be bringing you a feature in the new year. Keep your eyes peeled. And maybe cover your ears, it is a little on the loud side.

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If you fancy joining us, come down to the Ace Cafe every second Monday of each month. But for now, enjoy the gallery.

Words & Pictures: Dave Cox (Shooting Dave)