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Barbican Turbo, Middle East Modified Car Show to Captivate Audiences

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ABU DHABI, UAE, July 26 -- Modified car and motorsports enthusiasts from across the UAE and the Gulf are to be captivated by Barbican Turbo, the region's premier tuning, custom car and motorsports festival organised by United Business Media.

Following on from last years success when over 19,000 enthusiasts from across the Middle East descended on the Abu Dhabi National Exhibition Centre (ADNEC), Barbican Turbo 2009, to be held from 8th to 10th October, promises visitors an even more exciting and interactive experience, packed with features and stunning vehicles from international and regional tuners.

Features of the show include the 'Top 100', the 2nd UAE National Sound Off, the 1st National Dyno Shoot Out' competition and for the very first time in the Middle East visitors will be treated to extreme driving displays courtesy of world-class drivers from the European Drifting Championships.

Matt Tarrant, Show Manager Barbican Turbo, commented on why Barbican Turbo is such a popular event in the region; "Barbican Turbo is the only event of its kind in the region, we are a dedicated custom, modified, tuning and motorsports show dedicated specifically to fans of this sub-culture."

He added "This is why our show was so successful last year and why it will be bigger and better this year - there is more activity planned, with new show content, companies, zones and features including among others the Paddock area which is a dedicated spot for local car clubs to hang out and show off their rides to visitors."

Entries are already being received for the Top 100 competition which will award titles such as 'Car of the Festival', 'Best Engine', and 'Best Airbrush'. The winner of the Top 100 Amateur Car of the Festival trophy will also win a fantastic prize from Swiss International Airlines, Swiss Tourism and Zermatt Tourism. This includes 2 business class flights to Zermatt, three nights in a 5 star hotel, a gorge adventure, summer skiing, helicopter ride around the Matterhorn and a downhill ride with a monster scooter. Entrants to the competition are also entitled to a 20% discount on Konig Wheels from selected outlets in the U.A.E. to place on their cars for the competition and will receive their voucher from United Business Media once their entry is received.

The 2nd UAE National Sound Off competition will see titles awarded for 'Best Installation' and 'Loudest Stereo' and there will also be the 1st ever UAE National Dyno Shoot Out competition to determine the car with the greatest horsepower.

Running alongside Barbican Turbo is Adrenaline Sports Live, presented by Rani, the Middle East's only action packed adrenaline sports festival where visitors will be able to try out sports from indoor skydiving to skiing. Tickets purchased for either event will provide entry into both festivals.

For all the information about the festival and to enter the Top 100 please visit:, follow Barbican Turbo on Twitter and Facebook and to purchase tickets, visit and selected retail outlets.

Show Manager/Sales - Matt Tarrant:

Sponsorship Director - Becky Crayman:

Notes to the editor

Barbican TURBO: the Ultimate Auto Fest is organised by UBMi UAE, and is one of the four founding partners of the Abu Dhabi National Exhibition Company.

Barbican TURBO: the Ultimate Auto Fest will cover a range of areas, providing both trade visitors and consumers everything they need to modify either their or their clients' vehicles, including -

    - Tuning and Performance (air intakes, exhausts, turbochargers;
      all aftermarket engine parts)
    - Restyling and Accessories (body kits, carbon fibre bonnets and
      spoilers, graphics, aftermarket front and rear lights, tints, paints,
      suspension, dress-up parts for exterior, interior and the engine-bay)
    - Car Care and Accessories (shampoos and polishes, oils and lubes
    - Mobile Electronics and Technology (I.C.E - In Car Entertainment,
      stereos, TV screens, DVD players, radar detectors, alarms etc)
    - Aftermarket Wheels and Tyres (chrome wheels, racing wheels, SUV
      wheels, and all types of tyres)
    - Tools and Maintenance (all the equipment related to the
      servicing, modifying and maintenance of vehicles)
    - Lifestyle Products (clothes, trainers, sunglasses, mobile phones,
      technology and fashion)
    - Business Services (such as specialist car and bike insurance
      companies and brokers)