Events: A second look on DUMPd 2012

So, DUMPd… I don’t visit meetings with static cars that often because, as you can tell from my previous blog posts, I prefer the action on the track. But when I heard about DUMPd I knew I had to visit it. The concept of a big selection meet aimed at stanced cars with all the various scenes represented was something that appealed to me because it made sure the area wouldn’t be jam-packed with cars with lots of polyester and a 12 gigawatts audio system.

And of course, the location. We Dutchmen have a habbit of razing buildings as soon as we don’t have any use for it anymore so there aren’t a lot of large empty old factories and warehouses left. Using the old ENKA factory as the location for DUMPd certainly added a lot of cachet to the whole meet because I’ve never ever been to a car meet in such a beautiful building. I hated it from a photographers point of view because of the weird reflections caused by the roof windows and the dim light but the derelict state of the building contrasted beautifully with the cars in perfect condition inside.

The organisation was running a smooth show. No long queues at the entrance, no steep prices and enough people walking around to watch everything. The only thing I can complain about were the food stands, as usual. There weren’t enough of those and they were charging way too much .

When I arrived I was immediately dragged inside by Rens. He handed me some Wangan Warriors stuff and ran off. So I did what I usually do, walk around for a good half hour looking around before I start taking pictures. The indoor selection was of high quality and instead of putting the cars together by mark or scene they were all mixed. And it worked, where else can you see a NSX parked close to a Saker and an old Ford race car instead of endless rows of Volkswagens Golf next to a row of Hondas?

I expected lots of stanced show cars, but there were enough race cars to make me very very happy. Even all the way from the UK, like a beautiful white Nissan 200SX I immediately recognized from a feature in the may 2012 issue of the British Banzai magazine. For a drift car it was in perfect condition and I really like the contrast between the black overfenders and the white body.

I noticed contrast is becoming more and more a trend. A few years ago many people jumped on the coloured wheels bandwagon to create a stark contrast between the body and the rims and I noticed more and more people are using little coloured details to style their cars. Painting the side mirrors in the same colour as the rims is quite popular just like having stickers in a contrasting colour.

Giving old cars a new life by a bit of tuning, a nice set of rims and possibly a nice stance is something of all times. We all know the old Volkswagens and BMW’s but an old Mercedes sitting low is a rare sight here in The Netherlands.

Old Volkswagen vans, the T1, are still popular and they look awesome when lowered. A wide selection of models attended DUMPd, from a panel van to the old campers. Everything I look at one of those I expect to see some old pot smoking hippie behind the wheel, but that’s just my twisted mind.

Ever expected to see a army-themed Miata rolling on Federal tyres? No? Neither did I. It didn’t go for the US Army style with a big white star on it but it was modelled after one of the old US Army Air Force bombers from World War 2.

The French car industry has a long and successful racing history. Remember the Renault Alpines, the old Matra’s or the Renault 5 Turbo? I don’t know how original this 205 was, but with the bright colour, a big front mounted intercooler and the wide body kit it certainly attracts attention and I’m guessing it’s frightingly fast.

Speaking of wide bodies, how about a VAD Revenger? At first I mistakenly took it for one of the famous RWB creations but it has smoother lines and looks, just slightly, less aggressive than its Japanese counterparts.

The area outside was filled with cars of all makes and models. The Nissan 350Z was well represented, by this black on black German one for example. Lots of carbon fiber parts that looked like the real deal to me. If I drove this car I would get very nervous at every speed bump.

The Mini, more specifically the Cooper, is becoming a popular tuning car recently. There are lots of aftermarket parts available and even the factory sells a many different performance packages for affordable prices. It’s one of those cars that just looks alright with just a little drop in ride height.

It looks like tuning an old Beetle takes three steps. Lower it, add a roof rack with some old stuff and hang a Hawaii garland on the rear view mirror. Most of the Beetles are the same except for the colour and I would love to see some more originality from the scene, although seeing a bright yellow one between two dark coloured modern cars is still a nice surprise.

When I left, at the end of the day, I there were still a lot of cars and people present. I think that alone indicates how much fun DUMPd really was. The cars were nice, the location was perfect, the weather was very good and all the people I talked to during the day told me they hoped for a second edition next year. I think the organisation can be very very proud of itself for this great event.

– Alex Kamsteeg