Trax 2016 – Bigger and Better Than Ever
This year’s Trax was the biggest and most varied in the history of the show. Sprawled across Silverstone, it was a vast array of modified cars from across the spectrum of brands, clubs and scenes.
There was a great vibe throughout the day; even the intermittent rain couldn’t put a dampener on the enthusiasm of the owners and show goers who’d made the trip to Silverstone, many arriving at first light. If you’ve not been to Trax before one of the things that you’ll quickly understand is the vastness of the show. It takes up a large proportion of the in-field area of the circuit and (as we did) you can easily lose most of the day looking at the show cars, talking to owners, browsing the many supplier stands or watching the on-track action.
The modified BMW scene was well represented throughout the show, and at the Performance BMW stand we were even lucky enough to have Ross Bradley along with his 880hp twin-turbo, American V8 E30 which we featured in the June issue. It alone drew a lot of attention during the day.
Particularly eye-catching was an E31 Alpina 8-series on air, decked while parked up. E31 8 Series are rare enough, but to see one modified, albeit lightly, was a great sight. There was also a strong contingent of modded E46s and a good showing from the Modified BMW Owners club. It was a good day in the show and shine for the modified BMW crowd too, with the win being taken by a properly stanced Velvet Blue Alpina B3 owned by Gaz Smith.
Away from the static displays there was track action throughout the day. Despite the intermittent rain, stars from the British Drifting Championship plied their craft through the Brooklans/Luffield complex, coating the site in a haze of tyre smoke. There was also plenty of opportunity for visitors to get on track in ‘run what you brung’ sessions around the National Circuit.
Overall, Tax 2016 was a real success, chocked full of everything you want from a car show; a huge variety of vehicles including some of the best modified cars in the UK, entertaining on-track action and plenty of suppliers. We can’t wait to come back next year!
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