For one reason or another, it had been a very long time since I’d actually managed to get to another car event in Ireland with the sole purpose of just enjoying it for what it was, checking out some cool cars and catching up with friends new and old. Thankfully though, last Sunday was that day I’d be hoping for, as Adam, Blaine and myself jumped in the car and headed down to Waterford for the 2019 Juicebox BBQ.
For the past few years, the guys from Juicebox have put on a sort of invite-only car meet in a business park in Waterford, which brings together good friends, cool cars and of course, good food in the form of Waterford’s finest “blaas”, burgers and more BBQ’d goodness. Having missed out on it last year, I was super excited for it this year and I was definitely right to be, because by all accounts afterwards, it might just have been the best one yet.
We arrived somewhat early-on around 12.30, but already the yard the guys were using was filling up with some of the craziest variety of primarily 80s & 90s JDM goodness I’ve probably ever seen anywhere. From a string of R32 Skylines, from GT-Rs to ex-Prodrift drift cars that have hardly seen the light of day in about 10 years, to possibly the craziest “booter” AE86 Corolla in the world, it was pretty insane from the get-go.
Cars kept flowing in too. The longer the day went on, it seemed like more cars just kept coming on in. Even as some would head out the gate, more would keep coming in and taking the place of the ones just gone. That’s a system I can get behind!
Alongside a slew of cars I’d never seen before, either online or in-person, there were plenty of familiar faces, or at least cars, too. Adrian’s S14A, which we’re normally used to seeing on track at our Drift Games Drive or Bash events, was sat up between Flip’s FC RX7 and Aidan’s S14, and it was epic to see the car in a setting outside of Mondello Park for a change. Not that we don’t love seeing it thrown sideways of course, but I think you get what I’m saying. Right?
I also forgot just how good a good Honda can be. About 8-10 years ago, especially around where I live, Civics, Integras, and Accords were pretty much everywhere. Nowadays though, they’re definitely getting rarer by the day, so to see a whole host of tasty Hondas was oddly refreshing. This DC2 Type R on Volk SE37Ks was, in my eyes at least, incredible, as was the wingless DC2 next to it, sitting on a set of classic Desmond Regamasters with Spoon Sports calipers.
We can’t forget about Jackie’s new EG Civic track toy though. What, at first, seemed to be a pretty unassuming car from a distance became one of our firm favourites from the day. It really was a case of having to lift our jaws up off the floor from this one. Kudos!
As mentioned earlier, it’s safe to say AE86s and R32s certainly took up a big percentage of the available space in the yard. Joe’s ’86 is always a firm favourite for me, but it certainly wasn’t the only one for us to check out.
Robbie’s JZX110 is another car we’re used to seeing in Mondello at some of our days. It and Chris’ JZX100 MKII beside it looked seriously good under the sun of the sunny South East. Maybe we need to bring you guys a little more on these 2 cars?
All in all, I really could be here all day and have you reading all day about each and every car that was at the BBQ, but you’d probably get a bit bored pretty quick. Instead, why not just enjoy a selection of our favourite photos we got on the day down below. We’ve also got plenty of video footage from last Sunday too, so we’ll be bringing out a cool little recap tomorrow as well, which you’ll be able to check out on our Facebook and Instagram channels.
Before we get into the rest of photos, we just want to say a massive thanks to Neil & Flip for the invite down and for putting on one hell of a good show. It really was a super chilled and fun day out, and was great to catch up with so many awesome people. We already can’t wait for next year’s one!
And now for the rest of the photos. We’ve got a full gallery down below, so just click on one of the photos and then you’ll be able to cycle through the full gallery in the easy pop-up.