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DIRECT ACTION

Words and photos: Paul Cowland

The recent Forge Action Day at Castle Combe may not have exactly broken its own mould in terms of show content but when you factor in the impressive mix of track action, cool cars and big aftermarket manufacturers, you could argue that following the old adage of ‘if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it,’ was definitely a wise move for the event’s organising team.

This was the fifth year that Gloucestershire tuner Forge has added its weight, ideas and industry friends to Castle Combe’s tried-and-tested Action Day format, and the result is a truly eclectic gathering that has become known for its ability to attract the most diverse range of cars and enthusiasts on the UK show calendar. It’s certainly the most inclusive of all UK shows and one of the very few places where classic and retro cars – and their respective owners – rub along happily with Japanese and Euro cars, race and drift machinery, and even kit cars and specials. When describing the attendees at this show it’s easier to pick a genre that’s not here rather than ones that are. Put simply, if it’s got an engine and wheels, it’s welcome at Forge Action Day.

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Welcome to the Cool Britannia issue. The UK scene continues to push boundaries, bring out ideas and develop trends and put simply, blow our collective minds. So we thought it was about time we put together a special issue packed full of some of the UK’s finest cars to drop over the last year. With the flawless execution of Martin Barker’s restomod’d two-door Audi 80 to Jim Offord’s impeccable Mk2 G60 and Carl Levy’s homegrown Mk1 Caddy we’ve got the old school covered. And with Shaun Lewis’ ever-evolving T5 and Craig Levens’ incredible Mk5 we’ve got the new school wrapped up too. We haven’t forgotten the smaller Dubs either, Jamie Jackson’s 400bhp Lupo is a real giant-slayer and Jake Belfied’s carbed Mk2 Polo Coupe proves you don’t have to build a Golf to take the showfield by storm. Like the cars themselves, PVW magazine continues to grow, push boundaries and hopefully, inspire people as it goes. We’re in this together, and it’s a great place to be, Enjoy the issue.