What do you get if you cross ex Top Gear Live organizers and a Car Show in Glasgow, Scotland? You create the Ignition Festival Of Motoring! Now this is not the first time I’ve been to Ignition as I went there last year when it first debuted, now while last year was great and still a brilliant car show, this years show was absolutely unbelievable!
First of all the Atmosphere was so much better than last years show, we turned up at about 12pm on the Friday and even then the amount of people there was unreal, we parked in the Multi-story car park near the grand stands and the amount of people watching plus the atmosphere as a whole was gob smacking, I’ve never seen it so packed!
Now the first thing you notice when driving up to the event is the noise of the cars on the street circuit, the noise literally bounces off the buildings nearby, every kind of car was on track – anything from classic F1 cars to Rally Legends, American Muscle to Drift Machines, when we turned up we got to see classic American Rat Rods, Hot Rods and Muscle cars, the noise alone was music to anyone’s ears, there’s nothing like a rumbling V8 at 12 o’clock in the afternoon!
Once the tickets were bought we got underway and the first thing we noticed was the amount of cars outside, anything from classic Mini’s to multiple Jaguars, the emergency services were even there to show off their vehicles & equipment, now apart from the track, the outside isn’t the best as there isn’t much vehicles outside at the shows – it was the same last year, however this year the layout was better so it looked as if there was more.
Now inside the Hydro is a different story, the main halls of the Hydro is where the show comes alive, the halls are full to the brim of cars and everything car related, in one of the small halls is where the R/C Tracks were held alongside a F1 Wheel changing challenge which is where I got a 10.71 second wheel change which is rather quick considering that one wheel came off and another wheel went on – I didn’t do 4 years of mechanics courses for nothing! in the same hall was a Knockhill stand as well as a Supercar Driving Experience stand showing off some of their awesome cars.
Now the Main hall is a totally different kettle of fish compared to the small hall which neighbors it, this is essentially where every single manufacture and nearly every single dealership is set up, everything from Abarth’s to Aston Martins, the Dealers were out in force with McLaren Glasgow, Aston Martin Edinburgh and Mercedes was there too!
Now alongside all the cars there was also Motorcycles there too with some absolutely beautiful examples from the likes of Ducati Glasgow, Harley Davidson Glasgow and Indian Motorcycle company, now i’m not really a big motorcycle fan but I couldn’t help but fall for them, especially the Army Inspired Harley Davidson the dealer was showing off, it was phenomenally gorgeous!
Also alongside the bikes was numerous companies selling their different products and services, one of which included Reep Scotland who I’ll hopefully be going to see soon about some PPF Film for my C70 which hopefully will be getting applied to her in the near future (more to come on that later), amongst the different stalls were numerous wheel restorers, leather seat restorers as well as paint restorers as well which not just catered to people like me but to many others who may need stuff like that doing.
Now onto the main subject and the title of this Article – I got to meet and talk to non other than Tim from Shmee150, now while he may not be on everyone’s list to meet, he is to me – it was people like him and other YouTubers in the car industry who essentially made me become an Automotive Journalist so to meet someone who essentially I watched and admired, it was a real treasure to meet him and thank god I did, he was so down to earth and he even gave me advice on how to become well known, he essentially said that if I love cars and love doing what I do and I put in the effort then why not and from somebody as successful as him to give me advice was unbelievable to little old me, I will certainly be taking his advice and will be putting it to good use.
In the Smaller hall on the other side of the main hall was where Tartan Tarmac had a stand, most of the cars there I’d seen before at their monthly events, it was really good to meet up again with them as I unfortunately never made it to their SEC Meet last Sunday, next to them Abarth had a little test track course people could go onto for some skilled driving as a passenger.
Now to celebrate the 70th anniversary of Ferrari, Ignition had a special hall celebrating their anniversary, the Ferrari’s in their were out of this world, they had everything from the new 488 GTB to a 250 GTO! – That’s right, they had the most expensive Ferrari and also the most expensive car to date at the show surrounded by other major players in the Ferrari stable which included a Ferrari Enzo, an F50 and a F430 GT2 Race Car amongst many others.
At the other end of the Hydro there was Ride & Drive events on which included anything from Drifting in purpose built drift cars to Auto Testing, I went onto the Auto Testing which essentially meant that on the first lap I would guide the driver around a purpose built course using a map and on the second lap I would put the map down and the driver would go full pelt around said track as fast as he could go, I was in an MX-5 MK1 and even though it was only a 1.6 litre with about 120 bhp it was the most fun I’ve ever had – I was hanging onto the grab handle all the way round on the second lap with the biggest smile on my face, as Jeremy Clarkson once said, “Those who are last are sideways and smiling”.
All in all this years Ignition Festival was a petrolheads dream with cars from all ages there from different manufactures there too! I’ll certainly be there again next year and I’m already contemplating on bringing along ProjectC70 to next years show, I was originally going to bring her along to this years show but never had the money nor time to put her into the show unfortunately – Here’s to next years Show!
Hope You Enjoy!
From Alex Jebson