Thousands of Golf GTI owners of all ages will soon be converging on Bruntingthorpe Proving Ground for this year’s GTI International.
Staged over the weekend of 23 to 24 June, the event – which is organised by Volkswagen Driver magazine and sponsored by Revo Technik – celebrates its 25th anniversary this year, and it promises to be the biggest and best yet.
The main attraction is the quarter-mile sprint, essentially a drag strip where some of the fastest Volkswagens record zero to 60 times of 2.5 seconds, and the quarter-mile in 10 seconds. Last year saw over 500 cars registered and over 1800 runs recorded.
There is also a handling course, promoted by Bilstein and Eibach with support from Hankook tyres, where entrants can test their driving skills against the clock on a challenging slalom course. Rather more sedate but no less popular is the ‘Show ’n’ Shine’, sponsored by Meguiar’s, which features hundreds of the country’s top show cars, many highly modified and customised, while others are preserved in immaculate standard classic condition.
As well as previewing the new Golf GTI Cabriolet, Volkswagen UK will be displaying its collection of Mk I to VI Golf models. Germany-based Volkswagen Classic Parts is also bringing a number of historic cars to show at the event.