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Retro Rides Gathering 2017

Date: 20 August 2017

Location: Shelsley Walsh, Worcester


Words & Photos by Henry Phull


Each year I try and get more and more people to go to Retro Rides Gathering (RRG), which I’ve been attending religiously since 2013. Why? It’s unlike any other automotive event on the calendar… You can expect to see some of the rarest cars that were all the rage back in the day – it’s truly amazing to experience so many retro rides in one place. RRG is all about acceptance… Whatever your car is, it’s cool as long as it’s old! You’ll rarely come across any snobbery at the Gathering; people are there to hang out with friends, talk cars, enjoy some motorsport and party (If you’re there for the camping!). What really makes this event special to me is that motorsport element, the Shelsley Walsh hill climb, which is what a lot of static car shows lack. Well, not Retro Rides, if you get bored looking at cars all day, you can experience the smell of gasoline and burning rubber from the paddocks, or way up on the hill. With morning and afternoon sessions, pretty much anyone can take their car up the historic hill if you register early enough. There are some special ‘guest cars’ – mostly hardcore race cars which are thoroughly breathtaking, but the majority tend to be completely random, from classic Datsun 240Z’s to Ford KA’s! Variety is commonplace here, just check out my photo coverage below and see for yourself…



Dan Prior’s Nissan PS13



Marcin Kobylanski’s BMW E28 on BC Racing coilovers & ACS Type 1’s



Triple B Engineering attempt to get Pipey’s ’20B 3-rotor’ E-Type started…


Olly Green’s Datsun 240Z on Hayashi Racing Type CR’s




James Ibbotson’s Hillman Imp Super





Alex Brown’s BMW E36 on Brock B1’s



William Harris’ Austin Mini Clubman



Carbon Collective’s Porsche 964 on BBS LM’s



James Wade’s bagged Audi 80 B2 on BBS RF’s




George & Jack Heath’s BMW 1602 on hydraulic suspension & BBS RS’

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Rob Palmer’s Mk3 Golf VR6 on Air Lift suspension & BBS RS’



Dave Walbrin’s Datsun 610 (w/SR20DET)



Monster Reading’s Mercedes-Benz W114 (w/OM606) on Air Lift suspension




Luke Underwood’s Toyota Hilux


Lily Carton’s Honda Civic EF sedan on Autostar Kanji’s



Wayne Greatrix’s BMW E30 M3 (w/LS swap) on OZ Racing wheels




Ben Daniel’s Vauxhall Firenza


Triple B Engineering continue to work on the E-Type…


Andy Ludlow’s Datsun 240Z





Shane Fala’s BMW E28 (w/M50)



Liam Doran’s Group B Pikes Peak Ford RS200



Ben Rees’ Toyota Celica GT on WORK Equip Spirit 11’s (front) & SSR Riverside R109’s (rear)





Jeda Motorsport’s Peugeout 205GTI



David Munt’s Vauxhall Cavalier Mk2 (w/3.0 V6)



Gavin Jewkes’ MG BGT (w/Sebring V8 3.9 Efi)



Jack Hopkins’ Hillman Imp



Pipey McGraw’s Jaguar E-Type (w/Mazda 20B triple-rotor)






This year’s Retro Rides Gathering was an extra special one for us, as our good friend Pipey debuted his long awaited “3type” project, which you’ve just seen above. What is it you ask? Well, Pipey and Coltech Classics took a Luego Viento kit car chassis and a Jaguar Series 2, 2+2 shell and merged the two together, along with Porsche 930 arches. But Pipey being Pipey, didn’t want to go for the usual V8, and swapped this out for an NA bridge-port Mazda 20B built by Triple B Engineering in Northampton. Although the car wasn’t entirely finished, they got it to Shelsley Walsh and the guys at Triple B completed the engine wiring on site! It took them almost the entire weekend to get the motor running, but they finally succeeded. Although limited to just 3,000rpm and in desperate need of a map, Pipey managed to get one run up the hill, completely untested. I think this made a lot of people’s day, including mine! We’ll be taking a closer look at this once it is completed, so stay tuned. This car is the absolute definition of Retro Rides Gathering and the perfect example of why you need to get it on your calendar. I also hear they have a second show coming up next year at Goodwood Motor Circuit, keep your eyes peeled!




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Retro Rides Gathering 2014

 Words & Photos by Henry Phull


I had been looking forward to this one for some time. It’s no secret that Retro Rides Gathering is my favourite show on the season calendar, thanks to the sheer variation of cars that you just don’t see anywhere else.. anything and everything is accepted, and to top things off, the day is mixed up nicely with an adrenaline pumping hill climb allowing general show-goers a chance to hoon it up the hill in their own pride and joy. Plus everyone has a chance to walk around the paddock and experience the essence of motorsport right up close. It’s a pretty awesome set up that you don’t usually get at other shows.


This year welcomed a venue change to Shelsley Walsh in Worcestershire, the historic hill climb venue. As good as Prescott Hill has previously been for the gathering, it seems to have been outgrown. Shelsley Walsh happens to be a much bigger venue, and the attendance was still phenomenal.



Just chilling out around the paddock and you’ll encounter a continuous line up of cool machinery waiting for their turn up the hill.




This year the trade stands seemed a little on the thin side compared to previous years, but there were still some gems like this Audi Quattro. A seriously mean bit of kit.



I’ve never seen so many E21’s all together in my life, there was a whole row of them.. it was a lot to take in. Here are two of my favourites.





I’m a sucker for a nice 190E. This one was super clean and ready for the track.




Another thing about Retro Rides I like is the amount of Jap classics that turn up, very rare cars over here in the UK.




Two of the most breathtaking cars from the show have got to be the following Lotus Esprits which were sensational. The first one we saw a couple years back at Prescott, but we hadn’t seen the white one before. These are a rare sight, let alone modified examples. Very cool indeed.





This Triumph was really well executed, such an awesome little car.



The banded wheels really add something extra to the car and make it stand out.






Of course Retro Rides always graces us with a few AE86s..






The E30s were plentiful, each with a variety of modifications and styles.




It was nice to see these two M3’s together again. What a colour combo.




One of the best bits of the day is being up close and personal at the start of the hill climb. Noise, petrol and burning rubber gracing the air, pure heaven for us petrolheads.





A major highlight for me was this track spec E30, rocking an S50B32 motor in the bay with some tasteful velocity stacks fitted. Pure porn. The best bit? It was actually being thrashed up the hill all day!






Let’s revisit what I said at the start.. Retro Rides is the most varied show there is. There are no rules or scene you need to stick to, to ‘fit in’. Check out this Hillman Imp for example…



Now check out this Hillman Imp. Two very different cars, unique in their own ways!




The cars on the RollHard stand were looking stunning as usual. Good work guys.






Slowly but surely we are starting to see a few more E34s at shows. This one was sitting well on banded steels.



This must still be one of the lowest static E30s around.



Nice to see a set of real G60 steels on this Mk1, colour coded too and looking classy.




An E34 M5, it doesn’t get much better than this, one of the last hand built M cars.




I see a lot of Mk1 Golfs on my travels, and this has to be one of the cleanest I’ve seen. A credit to the owner.



As common as the MK2 + BBS look is, it does work and looks awesome.




This Hot rod was a pretty insane vehicle. Definitely cool. I’d sort out that rear tyre though, blimey.










I was a big fan of this Mk1 sitting on a set of Work Equips.



There must be some sort of record for the amount of banded steels in one place!






It’s pretty gutting to think we’ll have to wait another whole year before we get our next Retro Rides fix. Cannot wait! Props to all the organisers for doing so well with everything, being their first time at the new venue they still managed to keep it all running smoothly. And luckily for us, the new campsite was good too. We were there all weekend, and it’s definitely recommended, but make sure you book early, we know a few friends that missed out on tickets. Don’t be one of those people – see you next year.

Event Coverage: Retro Rides Gathering 2013 – Retro & Public Parking Highlights

Words & Photos by Henry Phull


Continuing on from our Retro Rides Gathering 2013 coverage, I thought it would be ideal to take a look at some of the cars that caught my eye from the show’s special “Retro Parking” area. Basically for show attendee’s not on a club stand, this was the place to show off their retro cars.



A rather tidy E32 7 series sitting on M Parallels.




Standing out as usual and representing RollHard – Tom Heap’s 300CE on air.




This original E30 M3 was in impeccable condition.







An E36 sitting on a black set of BBS RTs.







This Mk1 Scirocco was lovely.



So was this incredibly clean Beetle.




On the other side of the show I decided to also check out the main car park as there are always some gems to be found… this Mustang was the first thing to greet me!






This Passat works really well with Porsche twists.




A Z3 with some meaty looking tyres!



A very classy Lexus.




You don’t usually see a completely standard E34 Sport, with the original alloys too.



Caught this as I was leaving the show, a nice example of a 190E on splits with a decent drop. Very nice.



Do let us know in the comments if you enjoyed this car park coverage and we’ll look in to doing the same at upcoming shows.