Last Saturday saw the gates opened to the second Forge Action Day at Castle Combe Circuit in Wiltshire, UK. With textbook ‘show’ weather throughout the day, and a capacity crowd filling the venue, a superb time was had everyone that attended – with the cars present making up one of the most eclectic collections on the show calendar.
As last year’s inaugural event was such a huge success, the team at Forge Motorsport were hoping that the additional work and extra elements that they had added to improve this year’s event would please the crowds. Much time had been spent contacting the many owners clubs, and building on last year’s ethos that ‘Everybody and everything is welcome’, showgoers were treated to a simply sublime mix of race machinery, retro cars and award-winning show rides.
It’s hard to think of another show with such diversity of content. The Capri club rubbed shoulders with endless rows of Subaru.s Hardcore drift and Time Attack cars lapped alongside tweaked Minis and flawlessly-finished VAG rides – and ’32 Fords sat next to BTCC cars. In a celebration of everything good about the internal combustion engine, the Forge Action Day offered a mouth-watering selection of cars on and off the track covering some nine decades of innovation and style.
In addition to the wealth of metal and bustling crowds, Forge had also invited many of its friends and technical partners along to showcase their wares and shake down their own development cars on the track. Reading like a ‘Who’s Who?’ of the automotive aftermarket, a ‘Trader’s Village’ was constructed, housing blue-chip names like Scorpion, Eibach, Omex, Bilstein, Powerflex, Cobra Seats, Pipercross, Revo, Milltek and Litchfield Motors, each with their latest products and demo vehicles to impress enthusiasts.
Naturally, Forge’s own stand housed some of the most perfectly executed show cars at the event. Catering for every taste, finely detailed air-ride VWs, Fords, Renaults and Audis sat alongside all manner of more track-focused and race machines. Centre stage was the superbly detailed 1932 Fiat Topolino ‘Altered’ of Bennett Racing – packing over 3,000 bhp!
Out on the track, Forge had also arranged for many of its sponsored drivers and teams to provide charity passenger rides for the day. With stars and cars like Bo Neilson’s sorted Time Attack Astra and Gary Searle’s fire-breathing Evo on hand, thrills were never more than a wheel twirl away. Even BTCC ace Rob Austin came along to help, hustling his Forge-decaled Audi around the challenging circuit in a superb display of driving.
Editors from the Unity Automotive Publishing Group were also present on the day, not only displaying some of the best show cars from their own respective scenes, but they were also able to hand out some exquisite hand-fabricated trophies to stand-out cars that exemplified the ‘Best of Show’ at the event. Each trophy was made by Forge’s motorsport fabrication team and featured a fully polished Lotus gear-shift gate, knob and lever. Autoglym also kindly donated a prize pack of their Royal-warranted car-care goodies to each lucky winner to allow them to keep up the good work.
Commenting at the end of a clearly successful day. Forge Managing Director Peter Miles said “We’re just blown away with the scale and attendance at this year’s event. We’re hugely indebted to the owner’s clubs, our drivers and our technical partners that have made this day what it is, and on a personal note, I would really like to thank the Forge and Castle Combe teams for all the extra hours and hard work that they have put in to make this event something special. We set out to create an all-inclusive event that catered for every marque, scene and genre of car, and I think we’ve nailed it in only our second year. Thanks to every guest for supporting us and I hope that we can see an even wider variety of cars and people next year!”