FRONT END

Fuel­topia’s sec­ond monthly mod­i­fied car meet of the year at Ace Cafe Lon­don brought with it some stars of the small screen to add even more glam­our to pro­ceed­ings…

Fast Car - - Contents - Words: Sam Pre­ston Pho­tos Chris Pres­ley

We head to the Ace Cafe, catch up with the An­gry Man and test your car knowl­edge.

In case you’ve gone with­out in­ter­net for the past decade and are un­fa­mil­iar with just what Fuel­topia is, let us give you a lit­tle his­tory. Es­tab­lished for over 10 years, the brand has now come to rep­re­sent some of the most ex­cit­ing new drag rac­ing/gymkhana/drift mo­tor­sport se­ries in the coun­try, in­clud­ing Bar­rel Sprint, For­mula G and the in­sane Euro­pean Burnout Cham­pi­onship.

But what about the times when the driv­ers aren’t shred­ding rub­ber and mak­ing clouds for the cam­eras? Why does the au­to­mo­tive fun have to stop there? This is where Fuel­topia’s ‘Off­line’ events come in: monthly meets held at Lon­don’s leg­endary Ace Cafe, where mod­i­fied car fans can rub shoul­ders with some of the front run­ners of the afore­men­tioned mo­tor­sport dis­ci­plines.

The sec­ond in­stal­ment of this year’s events was made all the more ex­cit­ing with the an­nounce­ment that a cer­tain Mr Rory Reid would be film­ing some scenes dur­ing the evening for Top Gear’s spin-off pro­gramme, Ex­tra Gear. As such, or­gan­is­ers were of­fer­ing the 50 spa­ces that make up the café’s car park to the top cars that ap­plied to be there dur­ing the night, cre­at­ing an ex­tra spe­cial at­mos­phere with all sorts of su­per-rare metal mak­ing the jour­ney out on the chilly Mon­day night.

When was the last time you saw the likes of a Jaguar XJ220, a Dodge Viper and even Team Galag’s Gum­ball 3000-spec Merc out and about to­gether on a school night?! Other high­lights in­cluded plenty of Bar­rel Sprint drift cars, Kode’s wide-body F30 (more of this in an up­com­ing is­sue), and FC fave Ash Squire’s retro Toy­ota Soarer Twin Turbo – which won Car of the Event and picked up an AMD car clean­ing pack­age in the process.

Full fea­ture com­ing soon Cheeky R33

There was an eclec­tic mix of mo­tors

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