A brand new event for 2019, PGD promised to deliver some of the best German cars in the UK, combined with big trade support and an open pit lane track format – and it didn’t disappoint.
By 10am Castle Combe was bustling and the calibre of cars on display had to be seen to be believed. Every performance model of German car seemed to be catered for and it was great to see Audi RS6s parked next to Porsche GT3 RSs, C63 AMGs with BMW M5s and dozens of Golf Rs. From 1980s VWs and Audis, through to the latest supercars, and everything in between, there really was something for everyone.
The trade village was headed up by our lead sponsors Awesome, who pulled out all the stops for this event. With their APR truck and a great selection of demo cars, including their 9.3sec TT RS, the freshly liveried Dinan M2 Competition, their iconic Mk1 Golf, as well as KW Suspensions and Scorpion bringing cars to the stand, it made a fine display. Next to them were Racingline Performance with their huge race truck, showcasing another array of VWs and Audis.
The race truck then continued with Ramair who took over the grass opposite the Strawford Centre. A mini pit area had been set up for their test driver Chris Roberts in his 600bhp 135i – a car he absolutely hammered, racking up an incredible 157 miles on track!
Regal Autosport and Performance Powertrain Solutions hit the track with their Mk7 Golf R, alongside Ryan Stewart showing how capable his Garage Midnight M3 is.
MRC Tuning brought a great selection of cars, with their Scottish dealers Dh Motorsport driving 400 miles to the event.
Darkside Developments showed what their diesel track cars can do and were running their Audi A5, project Citygo and several other quick machines.
Local BMW specialists Autoworks Services proved just how good E90 M3s are when set up for track.
V-Hub Performance brought along their Mk5 Golf track machine and gave it a good workout on the day.
PERON had two Golfs out on track for some fast laps and an array of Akrapovic-equipped RS6/7s and M2s on their stand.
By lunchtime, everyone took a break from the track sessions and found a spot to watch the lunchtime entertainment. The Drift Collective Team took to the circuit in a selection of BMW drift cars and put on a fantastic display of sideways driving. Session one was cut short by a crash, but this allowed the 30 Years of Being Awesome track session to start early. Ten hand-picked cars went out for some fast laps, with a real mix of cars, from a rear-wheel drive Mk2 Golf with a 2.7 biturbo S4 engine, to a Porsche GT3 RS, Awesome’s TT RS and RE Performance in a Huracan Performante (it’s a VAG underneath!).
Some of the UK’s biggest YouTubers were also in attendance including Jamie from Officially Gassed and Ricky from LLF, who were both filming for their channels.
Car of the show went to Jamie Turner of Turner Race Developments with his stunning Porsche 964. The Bastos-liveried car ticked all the boxes and drew many admirers all day on the Top 10 display. Club of the show went to the Welsh and Southern R32 Owners, who brought a great selection of tuned R32 Golfs as well as a few rare R36s.
The Show and Shine competition was a tough one to judge, but three winners were eventually selected. In third place was Matthew Perkins with his Audi S2, while Kieran Brady took second with his Immaculate Caddy. But the top spot went to Christian Gale’s Mk5 Golf GTI which turbo fan wheels and a stunning interior. A bonus award went to Tyler Robertson’s Mk2 Golf with R32 engine, courtesy of our sponsors Nanolex – well done to all of our winners!
Awesome’s Mark Ash said, “I’d like to congratulate DRIVEN Automotive Media and Castle Combe Circuit for putting on such a great first event. The trade support was very impressive and the standard of cars very high. I’m really looking forward to next year.”
A huge thank you to everyone who helped to make this event such a success, especially the car clubs and our traders. In particular we’d like to thank Awesome, Autoworks Services, Ramair, MRC Tuning, Regal Autosport, Performance Powertrain Solutions, PERON and Darkside Developments. Thanks also to the rest of our traders, Forge Motorsport, RE Performance, V-Hub Performance, Dialynx Performance, Volkscraft, Indigo GT, TSR Performance, QS Tuning, Melksham Motorspares, Mercedes Bristol, Mulgari Cars, NV Motorsport and Bristol Detailing Supplies.