MADE In Dubai

To be quite hon­est.. I didn't re­ally know what to ex­pect from MADE...

Fast Car - - OUT THERE - Paddy Mc­Grath Words & Pho­tog­ra­phy

I knew be­fore­hand that this was only its sec­ond run­ning and al­though I’d heard good things about last year’s show, I didn’t think it was enough to jus­tify a 12,000 km round trip just to check it out. Make no mis­take, even on a Boe­ing, that’s a long way to travel.

The main rea­son for my ap­pre­hen­sion was that I had pre­vi­ously vis­ited Dubai in 2010 and, at that time, the cars I saw there were very much the kind you would ex­pect to see: su­per­cars, hy­per­cars, sports cars and the odd Nis­san Pa­trol. There’s noth­ing wrong with any of those in the slight­est, but I’ve al­ways been a bit cold to­wards cars that any­one can buy, pro­vided they have enough money.

I wanted to see the cars that peo­ple were build­ing. I wanted to see the emerg­ing styles and trends in the re­gion, and I wanted to see cars built on ideas that can­not be bought. And I got ev­ery­thing I wanted, and some more.

MADE is not a huge show, and it’s not a show which should be judged by num­bers alone. The event is hosted within a rel­a­tively small area but one which en­cour­ages you to ex­plore. The con­trast be­tween the main open area where you ar­rive first, and the shaded ar­eas un­der­neath and in­side the main grand­stand (which over­looks the start/fin­ish straight of the Dubai Au­to­drome) are a pho­tog­ra­pher’s dream.

Even as the day goes on, the venue con­tin­ues to trans­form as the shad­ows and light move around. It’s a re­ally unique event to doc­u­ment, and that’s be­fore I even get talk­ing about the cars.

What I en­joyed the most about this par­tic­u­lar show was that de­spite not hav­ing 10,000 cars, there was still a lot of va­ri­ety on show. It never felt like there was too much of one thing - most automotive sub­cul­tures were still well rep­re­sented.

On the Ja­panese side of things, there was ev­ery­thing from a Lib­erty Walkkit­ted R35 GT-R to a com­pletely stock and gen­uine KPGC10 GT-R. From out-and-out show cars, to sub­tly mod­i­fied street cars, both new and old. Es­sen­tially, just the right amount of ev­ery­thing.

The beauty of shows like MADE is that they strive to achieve equal qual­i­ta­tive rep­re­sen­ta­tion across all automotive

sub­cul­tures. It’s tapas, but for cars. Small tasters of ev­ery­thing to help you to see more, learn more, and ap­pre­ci­ate more of our mo­tor­ing world, but only if you’re open to it.

I wouldn’t know why any­one wouldn’t want more cars in their life, even if they’re dif­fi­cult to re­late to. At the very least, there’s al­ways fresh in­spi­ra­tion to be found by ex­pand­ing your bor­ders.

When I was plan­ning this trip, I don’t think I ever ex­pected to be so im­pressed by a rel­a­tively small and free-to-at­tend show. De­spite be­ing only MADE’s sec­ond year run­ning, it’s in­cred­i­ble to see how quickly the or­gan­is­ers have been able to dial in on what they want to achieve.

It’s not as easy as it looks, and it’s far more than just send­ing out some in­vites and ar­rang­ing a space. I also know now that it’s most cer­tainly worth the jour­ney for 2021, too. ■

It was worth the 12,000km trip to see this gor­geous NSX

Mod­i­fied A90 Supras are the fu­ture

Noth­ing to see here, just a cou­ple of RWB Porsches

They love a Sky­line in the UAE…

… see, we told you

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