An empty harbor surrounded by shipping containers, unused warehouses with a stunning backdrop that features one of the most famous transatlantic ocean liners, the QE2. The venue - Port Rashid owned by DP World; the event - Caffeine and Machine the vision of ex Crank and Piston founder Phil McGovern. And who’d of thought that all of this came off the back of a rain storm?
There is no hiding that we have been big supporters of Caffeine and Machine following the reappearance of their meets at the start of this season. They may have not been the largest shows/meets in this region but what sets them apart is the diversity of cars and the atmosphere. After seeing the venue for the first time some weeks back we knew that this season closing would be big. But that still didn’t prepare us for what went down on the day.
Due to the time of year the timings had been readjusted to compensate for the heat. Not the norm for the normally early rising Caffeine and Machine, this one kicked off at 3pm.
The venue itself was huge, and we are not sure how DP World has managed to keep this location hidden. The main strip was littered with anything from classic Muscle cars all the way up to modern day super cars. Dotted between each bay of parking were trade stands which ranged from live airbrushing, live music, furniture made from car parts and hand built scale model cars.
And on that note next season is already shaping up to be a big one. With the car culture growing within the UAE and Middle East we need more events like this. But, they would not possible without a venue. So a special mention needs to go to DP World for not only supplying the stunning backdrop but also their very welcoming hospitality. Behind the scenes they went over and above in such a short time, especially after the bad weather had cancelled the previously planned Caffeine and Machine event.
And how could we sign off without mentioning this man, the brain child behind District31 and a very integral part of the organizing team. Fred you stole our hearts!
Until next time!