At this stage, I’m unsure that there’s the rest I can say about the Juicebox BBQ.
It’s merely one of many best occasions I’ve coated anyplace on this planet, and is strictly what I imagine actual automotive tradition to appear to be. It’s natural; it’s not designed to line somebody’s pockets or improve their social media following; it’s welcoming; it’s pleasant; and options actual world, relatable vehicles.
Moreover all of this, what number of automotive occasions have you ever ever attended in your life that value nothing to attend and the organisers provide you with free meals and drinks as a thanks for coming alongside? I might think about it’s a reasonably brief record.
At its most simple, the Juicebox BBQ is a gathering designed to be an appreciation for all of those that contribute to Irish automotive tradition. It’s a possibility for these individuals who won’t really feel snug bringing their vehicles or tasks elsewhere to assemble with likeminded of us. Let’s be sincere, whereas there’s actually an abundance of automotive occasions today, not all are equal.
It’s doubtless as a result of I’m near most of the Juicebox crew that I really feel significantly at dwelling at these conferences. In saying that, I don’t suppose I’ve ever met an individual who didn’t take pleasure in a very good BBQ.
As is usually the best way with internet hosting occasions in Eire at any time of the yr, the climate could have ultimate say on the day. Whereas the rain blowing in from the North Atlantic swirled away for a lot of the day, it didn’t actually have any noticeable have an effect on on spirit or proceedings usually. When you reside in Eire, you’re typically in a position to deal with the climate.
Maybe, perhaps, the rain served as an additional high quality filter? You’ll discover that those that present up in these situations are all the time essentially the most dedicated.
I’ve made no secret of my waning ardour for automotive tradition during the last couple of years, so I hoped that this may be the spark to reignite issues. On the very least, I needed to spend a while really having fun with the occasion, moderately than worrying about if I’ve sufficient pictures or particulars from house owners.
I’ve attended each Juicebox BBQ through the years, however have all the time labored them. Positive, there are harder and intensive jobs on the market, nevertheless it doesn’t change the truth that when you’ve got your working hat on, that you just don’t actually get to understand an occasion as a lot.
Whereas I had a digital camera with me (only a mirrorless physique and a single 50mm lens), I didn’t have the intention of masking the BBQ for anybody however myself. I simply needed to shoot for enjoyable and with out the strain of any deliverables after the occasion, one thing I can’t bear in mind doing at any stage during the last decade or extra.
Whenever you’re not making an attempt to power the matter, I believe you begin seeing extra. That is fairly apparent in hindsight, however once you’re consistently near one thing and within the weeds with it each day, apparent isn’t actually apparent.
Pottering round at my very own tempo and really getting to have a look at and recognize all the things was an absolute pleasure. Lots of these vehicles have been round for some time now, however you typically overlook simply how particular they’re. Over-exposure to a very good factor will almost all the time end in that.
There have been a few surprises as effectively, like this 1JZ-powered Toyota Cressida. A inventory inside, tough across the edges bodywork however an immaculately-prepared engine bay with some actually tidy fabrication work put a smile on lots of people’s faces.
An elevated variety of rotaries was welcome, too. This FD3S featured a triple-rotor 20B with a significantly massive turbocharger connected to it.
There was some much less apparent vehicles round as effectively, like this Corolla. These have been all over the place on Irish roads for a substantial a part of my life, after which all of them simply disappeared seemingly in a single day with the introduction of our Nationwide Automobile Check. What was the epitome of an unusual automotive when launched – and never an apparent alternative for modification – has been made into one thing that may put a smile in your face.
There was no scarcity of Japanese icons both. Eire remains to be very a lot maintaining that golden period of late ’90s and early ’00s JDM model alive. Whereas Japan itself has advanced from that period, and the US has created its personal related however totally different model, I’m grateful to nonetheless be capable of see these vehicles like these, immediately.
This period simply strikes the suitable steadiness (for me) between model and efficiency. The vehicles look good static, however they appear even higher when sliding round or lighting up the native ring highway through the nighttime.
With that mentioned, it’s actually all in regards to the individuals concerned. I’ve all the time discovered that my cynicism ranges drop on the Juicebox BBQ, and that’s right down to the individuals who attend and who organise this occasion. There are not any egos, no nonsense, no drama, no bullsh*t. What extra are you able to ask for?
On the finish of the day, we’re all actually simply individuals lovers. Vehicles simply occur to be our chosen medium.