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Highlights Of GTI International 2014

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Among the summer's automotive events is a very special weekend for Golf GTI fans, with the 27th edition of the GTI International taking place at the Shakespeare County Raceway in Long Marston, Warwickshire, on 4-6th July.

GTI International is the biggest and longest running Golf GTI gathering and advance ticket sales show that this year's event will be the biggest yet. This is the second year in a row that Golf GTI and hot VAG model fans from all over Europe will be making their way to Long Marston airfield, which is outside Stratford-upon-Avon, after the venue received widespread approval from visitors, press, trade and clubs last year.

Once again, the highlight of the weekend will be a quarter mile Sprint track drag race, where visitors can pit their beloved vehicles against each other and an electronic clock, to measure their quarter mile acceleration, with a potentially 3,000 strong audience in the grandstand seating. A number of Britain's top tuners will also be running demos on the strip, along with Volkswagen Drag Racing Club members. All eyes will be on Paul Jordan, who can apparently now get to 150mph while making the standing quarter in 8.95 seconds in his Scirocco 20VT 4WD, beating his own winning time from last year of 9.6 seconds.

If you think you can beat that and want to take part on the Sprint track, make sure you come in sensible shoes, long sleeved top, long trousers and a crash helmet. Those attired for the beach will not be allowed to take part.

There are also Autoglym sponsored Show 'n' Shine and Concours events, where the best turned out VWs from all over Europe will be strutting their stuff. There will be pristine originals and lovingly restored classics plus major modifications and customisations on show, which have been allocated a bigger space this year. If your idea of a good time is to spend hours polishing up your VW badge, there's no charge to enter these competitions and your efforts could be rewarded with a trophy.

A number of clubs will be attending the show, with some thoughtful displays on offer, plus the usual motor show mixture of vehicles for sale, trade stands and an autojumble. There will also be amusement areas for children and on site camping with facilities, including showers and toilets, a clubhouse and bar and catering.

Even if you're not a Golf GTI owner, this makes a fantastic family day out.

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