EVENT | Blackwater Graphics RS Meet & BBQ

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With the winter fast approaching and all the ‘show cars’ apparently running scared to their air conditioned garages, one could be excused for thinking the car season is officially over, and in a lot of enthusiasts minds, it is. But Andy at BlackWater Graphics (long term mate of Autolifers and generally nice bloke) thought differently.

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When I got a text from him inviting me along to the very first “BlackWater Graphics BBQ and FordRS Meet” I made a genuine effort (read: grass uncut, Autowifer angry…) to make it along with my lowly little camera and check out the metal that arrived on a damp Friday evening.

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Upon arrival I was greeted with a great quality and variation of different metal. Of course the Ford Brigade where out in force with their Focus ST’s, RS’s, Escort Mk1’s and Fiesta’s, but I was pleasantly surprised when I also seen a few other classic rally cars, other marque track focused vehicles (A great showing from In2Motorsport) and a few random tag alongs (Railway BMW arrived with their beautifully presented E30 BMW).

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My car of the night had to be the Vauxhall powered Mk1 Escort. I loved the controversial nature of the non-ford powered Escort, and after chatting at length to the owner it was clear this car was driven as intended. “Their is no room for nostalgia when you are chasing tenths of seconds”.

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Andy had chosen to keep things super relaxed; no show & shine, no prizes and no pressure. The night was fantastically chilled, ran on until late and the burgers where fantastic.

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A lot of people might think that this kind of night isn’t what the car scene needs or wants, but I would totally argue differently. I think nights like this are exactly what the car scene should be all about. More nights of chilled out chat, laughs, zero cliches and old stories of dodging police, rally legends and Autolifer banter.

Words & Photos: David Murphy

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