TRAX

WHAT DO YOU GET IF YOU TAKE THE UK’S MOST FA­MOUS MO­TOR­SPORT VENUE, ADD THOU­SANDS OF BADASS CARS, IN­VITE THOU­SANDS OF PETROLHEADS, AND SPRIN­KLE IT LIB­ER­ALLY WITH LIVE AC­TION? YEP, YOU GET…

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Can TRAX get any big­ger? One thing’s for sure, our stand couldn’t. #Rammed

TRAX 2018, spon­sored by MMR Per­for­mance, lived up to its tag line of be­ing the ul­ti­mate per­for­mance car event as it charged into Sil­ver­stone for a feast of au­to­mo­tive fun! Thou­sands of fans de­scended on the Bri­tish home of mo­tor­sport for the sea­son-clos­ing ex­trav­a­ganza of all things per­for­mance.

With event favourites like the Auto Fi­nesse Show and Shine com­pe­ti­tion, to on-track ac­tion from the bril­liant Bri­tish Drift Cham­pi­onship team, there wasn’t a quiet mo­ment as TRAX took over.

The track was con­stantly busy with show­go­ers tak­ing on the twists and turns of one of the world’s most fa­mous cir­cuits and TRAX just wouldn’t be TRAX with­out some smoke and the Bri­tish Drift Cham­pi­onship cer­tainly didn’t dis­ap­point.

The VIBE Au­dio Vil­lage was a big hit with visi­tors check­ing out the lat­est au­dio tech, while the re­tail vil­lage was packed full of peo­ple look­ing for that last bit of trim for their car. The mag­a­zine pad­docks gave fans a chance to have a chat with the ed­i­tor of their favourite pe­ri­od­i­cal and feast their eyes on some bril­liant fea­ture cars.

It was an­other mega day and raised the bar again for TRAX. And we know the Fast Car En­ter­tain­ment team are work­ing to make the show even bet­ter next year. Roll on 2019…

Nankang Track Time

Sil­ver­stone’s cir­cuit wasn’t given a mo­ments rest all day. If it wasn’t the Bri­tish Drift Cham­pi­onship go­ing side­ways through Brook­lands, Luffield and Wood­cote, it was the pub­lic putting their skills and cars through their paces on the leg­endary 1.6-mile Na­tional track.

Tur­bosmart Sprint Test

One of the big­gest at­trac­tions at this year’s show was the Tur­bosmart Sprint Test. We know this first-hand be­cause the fire-up lane ran par­al­lel to the Fast Car stand and it was packed. So con­grat­u­la­tions to the be­low win­ners in the most com­pet­i­tive com­pe­ti­tion to date:

Hy­droshot Wash Bay

One of the main ques­tions we get asked on the morn­ing of a show is where to get wa­ter from for peo­ple to wash their cars? Well, this year we went one bet­ter and pointed them in the di­rec­tion of the WORX Hy­droshot Wash Bay! The Hy­droshot is a por­ta­ble, bat­tery-pow­ered pres­sure washer, which is an ideal ad­di­tion to your show kit bag. Morn­ing show washes will never be the same again.

Win a Car…

Since early spring 2018 we’ve been restor­ing and mod­i­fy­ing a 350Z to give away at TRAX. We are good to our word, be­cause the 350Z has a new name on the log book and that name is Robert Spur­geon. Con­grat­u­la­tions Robert, we hope you en­joy the car. The best £3 you’ve ever spent? We’ll take that as a yes!

The 3M Wrap Tour

The guys at 3M de­cided TRAX would be the per­fect place to wrap-up (sorry, not sorry) their Wrap Tour, which saw 14 of 3M’s best Au­tho­rised Ve­hi­cle Wrap­pers tour the UK in ve­hi­cles wrapped spe­cially to high­light the best that mod­ern ve­hi­cle wrap­ping has to of­fer.

On the fi­nal day of the event-filled, 665-mile trip, nine of the ve­hi­cles joined us on the Fast Car stand. Show­go­ers then had the op­por­tu­nity to get up close and per­sonal with the cars be­fore vot­ing for their favourite ve­hi­cle, which in­cluded ev­ery­thing from sports cars and vans to a clas­sic road­ster, all wrapped us­ing the lat­est 3M prod­ucts.

The win­ner was Ben Ham­blin, owner of Wrap Kings in Cradley Heath, West Mid­lands. He was pre­sented with a tro­phy and crowned the 3M Wrap Tour Cham­pion 2018 for his car’s wrap, which used prod­ucts from the IJ180mC se­ries of print wrap films by 3M. Ben’s van was also voted in at third place.

“TRAX Sil­ver­stone was the per­fect way to end what has been an amaz­ing five days,” said Pen We­b­ley, mar­ket­ing man­ager for 3M’s Com­mer­cial So­lu­tions divi­sion. “Visi­tors were stunned to see what lead­ing ve­hi­cle wrap­pers can achieve us­ing 3M’s in­no­va­tive prod­uct range.”

The tour be­gan at 3M’s UK head­quar­ters in Bracknell, Berk­shire. Stops in­cluded Baltic Square, in Gateshead, Tyne and Wear, where the fleet formed a pub­lic ex­hi­bi­tion, and Santa Pod Race­way, in Welling­bor­ough, Northamp­ton, where it went on show dur­ing the Na­tional Drag Rac­ing Cham­pi­onship Fi­nals.

“The 3M Wrap Tour has been an amaz­ing way to cel­e­brate the fan­tas­tic tal­ents of some of our AVWs, who are among the best in their pro­fes­sion,” added Pen.

“Ev­ery­one seems to have had a great time and their ve­hi­cles have been get­ting a lot of at­ten­tion. Now the AVWs can all en­joy some well-earned rest.”

Fast Car #FC400

In a show packed full of high­lights, we pro­duced one of our best show dis­plays to date with our #FC400 col­lec­tion. It was a huge gather­ing of jaw-drop­pingly cool cars brought to­gether to cel­e­brate Fast Car’s 400th is­sue.

From Supras to Sky­lines, BMWs to Boxsters and ba­si­cally ev­ery­thing in be­tween, the sprawl­ing dis­play proved to be a ma­jor hit with show­go­ers. Roll the pic­tures…

Show and Shine

As al­ways the Auto Fi­nesse Show and Shine com­pe­ti­tion brought to­gether 20 pris­tine cars from all warps of car cul­ture and spon­sors Auto Fi­nesse had a tough job de­cid­ing the win­ner, but this ac­co­lade went to Keith Brownsell’s im­mac­u­late clas­sic Mini – a wor­thy win­ner! En­joy the good­ies.

And the Win­ners are…

Like al­ways there were a lot of awards up for grabs at this year’s event and an em­pha­sis was put on the club stands, which make up such a large part of the show. So two thumbs fresh go to Lim­it­less UK for win­ning the Best Club Stand Award, Caddy Club UK for scoop­ing the Best One-Model Club Dis­play and to Mid­lands Smart Club for tak­ing home the Best Re­gional Club award.

Go Next Year

Did you miss out on this year’s event? Well, fear not dear reader, TRAX 2019 has been con­firmed for Sun­day 6 Oc­to­ber. That’s less than 11-months away, so get build­ing those cars and we’ll see you at Sil­ver­stone. You can’t say we didn’t warn you…

Wowz­ers! A Lib­erty Walk Mus­tang RX-8s shared the tar­mac with Lam­bos Robert Spur­geon is one lucky sausage

And that’s a wrap… Proof that Ben Ham­blin is the Wrap King!

Who re­mem­bers Danny Hether­ing­ton’s cus­tom Fi­esta from is­sue 384?

Win­ner, win­ner… The E30 is called Betty. True story … chicken din­ner Over 750bhp, not bad, not bad…

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